Most of our thoughts are just echos of our conditioning. Remaining identified with the stream 'self-talk' or internal narrative - 'normal' level of thinking - is choosing to continue living a nightmare.
“We are here to find that dimension within ourselves that is deeper than thought.” Eckhart Tolle
We can access, & can integrate, a far deeper, far more evolved level of consciousness than the ordinary discursive (egoic) thought level that got us into the global mess we're in. We must re-discover, integrate & embody our authentic, mature, evolved Self and become the change we so desperately need right now.
"The most important question a human being needs to answer according to Einstein: " 'Is the universe a friendly place or not?' ... If we believe that the universe is unfriendly ... peace will be elusive at best." Joan Borysenko. “Fire in the Soul. A New Psychology of Spiritual Optimism.” Warner Books, 1993.
"A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'universe,' a part limited in time and space.
We experience ourselves, our thoughts & feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures & the whole of nature in all of its beauty.
The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which s/he has attained liberation from the (separate) self....
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive." Albert Einstein 1934
"Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our being as humans, and the catastrophe towards which this world is headed - be it ecological, social, demographic or a general breakdown of civilization - will be unavoidable. . . The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and in human responsibility." Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, in his historic address to the U.S. Congress many years ago
"When a system is far from equilibrium, small islands of coherence in a sea of chaos have the capacity to lift the system to a higher order." Illya Prigogine, physical chemist & Nobel laureate
"Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.” Albert Einstein
“I would define love very
simply: as a potent blend of openness & warmth, which allows us to
make real contact, to take delight in and appreciate, and to be at one
with – ourselves, others, and life itself.
... love is the central force that holds our whole life together & allows it to function." John Welwood. "Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships. Healing the Wound of the Heart." Trumpeter, 2006.
"To be enlightened is to be intimate with all things." Zen Master Dogen
"I was born
when all I once feared
I could love.” Rabia Basri
"Once we are willing to be directly intimate with our life as it arises, joy emerges out of the simplest of life experiences." Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara
During meditation “you are not escaping the world; you are getting ready to fully embrace it.” Christine Skarda
We really can do better!