Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Mojo Part II

The other book that helped me out bigtime in '93 was purchased at Goltz Pharmacy. I had been thinking, "Wouldn't it be great if there was a book that told you how to live, how to be happy?" (not the Bible, though, something more hip and less Old Testamenty). I already had the hang of positive self-talk. What next? I lived right across the street from Goltz and was perusing their paperbacks one afternoon. I might have been waiting to get a prescription refilled. I noticed this book on the shelf:

It was a best seller that dealt with spirituality, life, love, you know, all the good stuff. I read the back cover summary and was sold. Here are some excerpts from the book:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. And as we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

"In order to ensure our progress toward the goal of enlightenment, the Holy Spirit has a highly individualized curriculum for everyone. Every encounter, every circumstance can be used by Him for His purposes. He translates between our perfect cosmic self, and our worldly insanity. He enters into the illusion and leads us beyond it. He uses love to create more love, and He responds to fear as a call for love."

"Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don't know it."

"We're all assigned a piece of the garden, a corner of the universe that is ours to transform. Our corner of the universe is our own life — our relationships, our homes, our work, our current circumstances —exactly as they are. Every situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity, perfectly planned by the Holy Spirit, to teach love instead of fear."

"Relationships are the Holy Spirit's laboratories in which He brings together people who have the maximal opportunity for mutual growth."

"Relationships are meaningful because they are opportunities to expand our hearts and become more deeply loving."

"All attack is a call for help."

Basically, the book teaches that love is the answer to everything in life.

The five best qualities to have in order to be happy are to be joyful, loving, accepting, blessing, and grateful. And one shouldn't "do" things in order to "be" happy. One should "be" happy and then go from there. So what say you? Yeah, you, sitting at your computer there. Do you choose to be happy right here, right now or do you have better things to do?


the108 said...

Im sure that I have better things to do but this is what makes me

Brian in Mpls said...

Choosing to be happy is a heavy concept..I don't know if I agree though? I am usually happy when I am getting things done that should be done and taking time to enjoy life but I guess in a sense I am happy when I choose to do those things so I am choosing to be happy...but it is still a by-product of something else...ok that probably makes no sense

Anonymous said...

Geez, those fancy, quoted bits could drive a girl to drink.

Am I happy?
Yes, very much so. So lets not go hunting for invisible demons then.


Rocketstar said...

Give me all the power, I am not afraid!!!