What We Become

     …That which we I-dentify with becomes part of the “I.”  What we identify with the most is what will grow, is what we will become.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 29)

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Integrated Love and Unity

     If you were to use observation and mindfulness to analyze the people and world around you … (and the feelings inside of yourself), over time I believe that it would become apparent that a self-centered life more often leads to unhappiness than a life of integrated love and unity with others.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 29)

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God’s Inquiry About Lawns

Imagine the conversation The Creator might have had with St. Francis on the subject of lawns:


GOD: Francis, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there in the Midwest USA? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect, no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

FRANCIS: It’s the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers “weeds” and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD: Grass? But it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees, only grubs and sod worms. It’s temperamental with temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

St. Francis: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it — sometimes twice a week.

God: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?

St. Francis: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

God: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

St. Francis: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

God: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

St. Francis: Yes, Sir.

God: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

St. Francis: You aren’t going to believe this Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

God: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to enhance the soil. It’s a natural circle of life.

St. Francis: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

God: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

St. Francis: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

God: And where do they get this mulch?

St. Francis: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

God: Enough. I don’t want to think about this anymore. Saint Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts. What movie have they scheduled for us tonight?

St. Catherine: “Dumb and Dumber,” Lord. It’s a really stupid movie about…

God: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.


Living the Happier, More Fulfilling Life

     …Take a moment to think of the people you know in your life, of those who are the most self-centered and those who try their best to live a life of love and unity with others.  Do those who lead mostly self-centered lives seem happy or unhappy to you?  What about those who are always doing things for others, who are forever willing to sacrifice some part of themselves to help someone out or be a friend to a person in need?  Of the two, which seem to be living the happier, more fulfilling life?

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 29)

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     “What sort of penance shall I do, given the enormity of my crimes?”

     “Understand the ignorance that caused them,” said the Master.

     Later he added, “It is thus you will understand and forgive both others and yourself and stop calling for the revenge you refer to as punishment or penance.”

– Anthony de Mello, More One Minute Nonsense

A God-Centered Life

     …Everything in life is comprised of choices.  We can choose a life of love and inclusiveness, what I’ll call a God-centered life, or we can choose to live a life centered only on ourselves and what makes us happy individually, regardless of the effects it has on others (a self-centered life).

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 28)

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Experience the World for Yourself

     That’s why it’s so important to have a free mind.  Beliefs that have never been tested through close examination and/or experience are simply someone else’s theories or experiences!  Experience the world for yourself!  Don’t always rely on someone else’s word.  And that most certainly includes everything I’m saying in this book!  Don’t just accept something because your religion, society, or some authority figure says to.  Do the work yourself!  Try to find the truth experientially; then you shall know without any doubt whether something is true or not.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 27)

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