This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.
Reflection is one of the most underused yet powerful tools for success.
"A young man heard of a great warrior and went to ask if the warrior would be his master and teach him. The warrior said, "you seem sincere, but I doubt you that you will do what I suggest." The youth quickly replied, "I will do anything you request - I will meditate all day, and do whatever yoga postures you prescribe, and read everything you suggest, and I’ll be your faithful servant - I’ll do whatever you think is best for me, because I must become enlightened. Please be my master and teach me to be a great warrior like yourself." The warrior responded, "well, you do seem to be dedicated, so I will tell you what you need to do. If you wish to realize your true nature, then don’t follow me. Don’t call me your master, or anyone else. You must become master of your own life if you are to gain the ultimate freedom - to do this you need to follow your own hearts’ dictates. Be open to all experiences, and harmonize your heart and mind to be joyous in the present moment. You are the spiritual essence of the absolute, so you need only to be true to yourself, and keep your mind immersed in Reality." The youth was a little puzzled and said, " is that all? Aren’t you going to tell me what to do, and how to do it, and what to believe in, and have me serve and worship you? What kind of advice is this? Aren’t you a master?" The warrior laughed and replied, "I am no one’s master but my own. I told you that you wouldn’t be interested in what I had to say. My advice would lead any sincere, dedicated soul to freedom and realization, but that is not what you are truly interested in at this time. Your after someone to relieve you of your responsibility. Enlightenment is a solitary journey and no one can give you their wisdom or prescribe the course of your heart must follow. You’re interested in becoming a blind follower, instead of being the master of your own unique life. Within you is everything necessary the divinity already present within you; all seeking outward will only delay realization. If you felt you could gain greater insight into your true self by being around me, then you should just visit me as a friend, and see if there is anything for you to learn by example I set. You have dedication, now let your heart guide it, and you’ll find an understanding of true nature of your spiritual essence. Trust only in yourself and let no one be your master, but your own true nature of God."
- Richard Oddo
Loving someone who doesn’t know how to love themselves is the most exhausting thing. Especially when you try so hard to walk away and they try to hard to pull you back in.
This relationship will self-destruct in 3…. 2….