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The Garden of Your Mind

     Look around you—are most people generally happy?  Are they peaceful and carefree, living in harmony with themselves and the world around them?  Or do they seem to be unhappy, anxious, always flustered and fighting with people in their lives, victims of their own troubled minds and emotions?  Now ask yourself these same questions.  If you see within yourself and the world around you evidence of unhappiness and chaos, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate the garden of your mind.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 11-12)

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The Old Priest and the Young Rabbi

     An elderly priest invited a young rabbi over for dinner. During the meal, the young rabbi couldn’t help noticing how attractive and shapely the housekeeper was. Over the course of the evening he began to wonder if there might be more between the elderly priest and the housekeeper than met the eye. Reading the young rabbi’s thoughts, the elderly priest volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you my relationship with my housekeeper is purely professional.”

     About a week later the housekeeper came to the elderly priest and said, “Father, ever since your young rabbi friend came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find the beautiful sterling silver gravy ladle. You don’t suppose he took it do you?” The priest said, “Well, I doubt it, but I’ll write him a letter just to be sure.” So he sat down and wrote: “Dear Rabbi: I’m not saying that you DID take a sterling silver gravy ladle from my house, and I’m not saying you DIDN’T take it. But the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here.”

     Several days later the elderly priest received a letter from the young rabbi which read: “Dear Father: I’m not saying that you DO sleep with your housekeeper, and I’m not saying that you DON’T sleep with your housekeeper. But the fact remains that if you were sleeping in your own bed, you would have found the gravy ladle by now.”

Source: http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Spiritual_Humor.html

The Power to Direct the Flow of Energy

     …Within each of us there is the mysterious presence of whatever makes us conscious, an individuality or “I.”  Within this presence is the power to direct the flow of energy, what’s typically called the “individual will.”  This will-power is like a muscle in our minds—the more we use it, the stronger it gets.  If developed to its full strength, it can direct the energy flow with complete mastery.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 10)

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The “Energy Flow” Principle

     In attempting to understand your mind, there is one principle that needs to be understood above all others; let’s call it the “energy-flow” principle.  Simply put, the mind is like an energy conductor; it gathers and directs energy.  The basic principle of energy in relation to the mind is that wherever energy goes, something grows.  Whether it’s good or bad, positive or negative, it doesn’t matter.  Where energy goes, something grows.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 10)

 

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Today

     “Aren’t you going to wish us a Merry Christmas?”

     The Master glanced at the calendar, saw it was a Thursday, and said, “I’d much rather wish you a happy Thursday.”

     This offended the Christians in the monastery till the Master explained, “Millions will enjoy, not today, but Christmas–so their joy is short-lived.  But for those who have learned to enjoy Today, every day is Christmas.”

– Anthony de Mello, More One Minute Nonsense

Awareness is the Key to Everything

     Awareness is the key to everything.  We must understand our programming and our own minds first and foremost, observing how the mind operates, and become acquainted with certain natural laws associated with the functioning of the mind.  Then we need to question the ideas and belief systems that shape our mind and behavior, both internally and externally, freeing our minds from any untruth or programming we find there.  And finally, we must explore the world in and around us, trying to discover and experience truth for ourselves.  In the process—and in the results—lie the keys to our happiness and freedom.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 8-9)

 

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