Excerpts and quotes for attaining the ‘Higher Life’

Lights Along the Mystic Path

If we are stressed out and unhappy, it is because we are not living from our True Self. Ponder these helpful ideas from Vernon Howard’s book  Cosmic Command to discover what has been waiting for us all along. *** A wise plan for knowing who you are is to first discover who you are not,…

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Attract Your Good

See the difference between thinking of the following ideas and thinking from them.  It is thinking from them that attracts your good. *** 1.  Choose not to be harmed–and you won’t feel harmed.  Don’t feel harmed–and you haven’t been. -Marcus Aurelius 2.  Let go.  Don’t hesitate to just let go.  Do not think or contrive…

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Observing ‘I’

Having read this morning, a chapter from Maurice Nicoll’s  Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of GI Gurdjieff and PD Ouspensky, Book 3 , an insightful and instructive course of self-discovery was set in motion.  What a great way to spend the day!  Here is an excerpt: *** “What is our greatest danger as we get…

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Just Observe

Jiddu Krishnamurti comments on self-identifying, understanding and a mind deeply observant. *** Being aware does not mean learning and accumulating lessons from life; on the contrary, to be aware is to be without the scars of accumulated experience.  After all, when the mind merely gathers experience according to its own wishes, it remains very shallow,…

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Attract the Higher

If we are stressed out and unhappy, it is because we are not living from our True Self. Ponder these helpful ideas from Vernon Howard’s book  Cosmic Command to discover what has been waiting for us all along. *** A wise plan for knowing who you are is to first discover who you are not,…

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You are New Every Moment

We humans are in a very strange dilemma, and here it is.  We believe that we must bring about our own salvation through thinking.   The recognition that we need ‘saving’ is a true insight, but we then go on to try and figure out with our faulty mind, what we must do to bring this…

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Do What You Don’t Want to Do

It has been emphasized by many great teachers that any attempt to ‘fix’ ourselves is not only futile, but counter productive to our spiritual growth.   Perhaps this compelling propensity we have is due to our arrogance; we don’t want to view ourselves as under very concrete and immutable laws of nature. It is as if…

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Unconscious Attitudes

Life can be very confusing and frustrating when we believe in ‘nice’ and ‘helpful’ people. Almost always, we find their nature is the exact opposite of what it appears to be on the surface. Vernon Howard offers us perfect protection: *** “This world that you live in is not governed by human beings at all.…

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Life Lessons

  Here is a beautiful lesson about Life impressions from Vernon Howard in The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power : Life Lessons “What kind of impression are you making on yourself?  It is self-enriching to find out. Every twenty-four hours you receive thousands of positive and negative impressions.  They come from outside and within.  You…

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Revelation to Elevation

This excerpt is by Maurice Nicoll, taken from The Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Vol. 2.  It has to do with psychological entropy, or in other words, a state in which “We cannot apply ourselves to anything and so cannot take in any new impressions.  We never try to learn anything…

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Facing Violence

An excerpt from  Jiddu Krishnamurti , The Collected Works: *** Sir, take violence.  Again, let us think that thought through.  First, I do not like to acknowledge that I am violent, because socially and morally I am told that to be violent is a very bad thing.  But the fact is I am violent.  So…

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Identification

What is identification?  Vernon Howard explains it perfectly in Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge: IDENTIFICATION Begin today to comprehend the enormously important idea called identification.  Your understanding will sweep away a thousand difficulties in a flash. To identify means to believe that something gives you an identity of some kind.  You can identify with anything…

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