No Experience Wasted

Well, my friends, I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful Tuesday. I’m about to head into Gallbladder surgery shortly.

I’ve been thinking about this quote this morning by the sculptor Rodin in preparation.

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

Every moment of our lives is an adventure. Some days things fly along and some days are rife with changes and challenges.

Yet, if you take a step back and see it all as an experience with something to teach this current you and the broader you beyond, then it all becomes a useful classroom.

Off for my day at class. See you on the other side.

Ray

Snowflakes of Perfection

There I said it! Even when it seems like it’s not, there’s perfection in ALL from a high enough perspective.

We think we have a pretty good sense of how things ought to go. When they don’t, we can become frazzled, frustrated, even angry.. When that happens, what perspective are we using?

A baseball season has 162 games. If you judged a 100-win team by the night they lost 13-2, you’d have a very skewed impression. Could you evaluate your life based on one day or one week? That wouldn’t be fair or accurate.

Yet, we are constantly judging individual events that stroll through our stream of consciousness as fair or unfair, true or false, right or wrong without the context needed to make such an appraisal.

In the flip side, we could choose to see that there is a certain perfection in everything as if there’s an intelligence far beyond our everyday awareness guiding our lives and human affairs on a perfect path we simply can’t see in this moment.

No snowflakes ever fall in the wrong place. They are right where and when they need to be to fulfill their destiny and so are you.

We could spend vast amounts of time wondering why that snowflake didn’t land elsewhere or we can accept that it did and see it as the unfolding of a perfection we don’t yet see.

Wherever you are on your journey today, know that you’re awesome!

Ray

Tomorrow’s Life is Born in Today’s Mind

One of the keys to understanding the power of the mind and its thinking that pushes and pull the waves of destiny is this.

It’s not one thought in one moment that shifts our lives or the world. It’s our persistent, habitual way of thinking that’s the force that constructs the universe.

Our present thinking – individually and collectively – is constantly busy building the future reality we will experience next.

So, it falls to us to think thoughts that build rather destroy, expand rather than limit, and love rather than fear.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray


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Rayquotes #10

Happy Saturday, my friends. Here’s another batch of Rayquotes to inspire and make you think. These come to me, not out of my own wisdom, but from wisdom of the universe around us. They’re just moments of insight. May they speak to you today at just the right moment.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray

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Finding the Truth According to Alan Cohen – Day 313 of 365 Days to a Better You

Through the ages, poets and philosophers have sought to define truth. It’s unlikely that anyone will ever come up with a definition that will satisfy everyone. Words can only eat around the edges of the topic.

Today’s post is an extended excerpt from Alan Cohen‘s book, The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

The real organ of truth is not the brain, but the heart. …. Hafiz, the Persian poet, said, ‘ O you who would learn the marvels of Love from the copybook of reason, I am afraid that you will never really see the point!’

We feel or sense Truth more than we think it. We know it more than we understand it. We can see it more than we can explain it. When we attempt to analyze Truth, we lose ourselves in the dead-end labyrinth of the thinking mind. When we love Truth, however, the storehouse of universal wisdom is opened to us. Our respect for Truth is our investment in its understanding, and our suffering the price of its denial.

The Truth, we discover, cannot be found in a book. We may find words and descriptions of the Truth in a book, but not the Whole Truth, for the Whole Truth is fathomless, ever free of containment, confinement, and conformity….

Truth re-creates itself by its own beauty. There is nothing secret about Truth it will find us where ever we are….

It is said ‘The Truth hurts.” The Truth has never hurt anything; only illusion hurts. The Truth knows only how to heal. Those who resist Truth resist healing, and those in need of healing can find it by embracing Truth.

The Truth brings with it a peace and satisfaction that falsehood cannot imitate. The lover of Truth lives only for the vision of his ideal and he is nourished only by his awareness of it. ….

The Truth is simple … When we return to simple things the Truth reawakens in our heart like a long-exiled lover. If you want to know what the Truth is, put aside your textbooks for awhile and walk along the seashore at sunset. Take a child to the park. Gaze at the stars. Observe the gentle rhythm of your breath. Listen to the sound of the bamboo flute.

Cohen is talking about the timeless, changeless, yet uniquely individual Truth that flows through each of us at every moment. He suggests that by aligning ourselves with it, we will find peace and contentment. By living it we can become truly who we really are without pretense.

Are you living your truth or are you living according rules written by someone else? As long as you live by someone else’s rules, you will never be the person you are here to be. That would be a real shame.

Ray

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