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  posted on 10/21/2003 at 02:35 PM
Great links Pam and Dusty, Thanks!


So many roads to ease my soul....

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  posted on 10/22/2003 at 08:12 AM
Hey Sandman ,,, thanks ...there will be alot more.. my philisophy of Life is to try to bring 'enlightement' and help to those who need it,,,,,
and there will be many more links,,, if anyone has a favorite ..please add it


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  posted on 10/22/2003 at 08:48 AM
heres a email I got a few years back , from my friend Pamela Lee in Manila.... its worth a read

habits of highly
enlightened souls
Posted: 6:58 PM (Manila Time) | November 01, 2001
Inquirer News Service

A journey called life

ARE you happy? Think again.

"Every individual is experiencing darkness in one way
or another. Enlightenment is possible only with
‘internal work,' by cultivating one's state of being,"
said Mike George at a lecture held at Earthlite

The London-based management consultant and life coach
visited the Philippines to share his insights on life
and happiness.

George said man had lost awareness of what was true in
his journey called life. This is why beliefs have been
created and maintained—to the point that man resort to
violence to defend them.

"When we believe in something, it is not necessarily
the truth. No one can convince us of what is true,"
said George.

Even George cannot convince us of what is true. He
says he can only guide us to our "aha!" moments, also
called the "eureka" moments, instances of realization
or quick insight.

Here, there is a release of energy and power. This is
what is described as enlightenment.

"The truths are within us, not outside. It is our
false beliefs that block the truth," said George.

Asked what is the missing link in our search for the
truth, he replied, "All that I'm saying is an
expression of my spirituality—knowing the self first.
I'm not any of my labels but I'm spirit, a soul and a
source of peace and happiness. This is what exactly
Jesus, Buddha and other prophets were up to. Their
common essential message is to know yourself first. Go
beyond belief. Get into the truth. Religion is already
packaged. Spirituality is more about process. Starting
with the self is proper selfishness."

In his lecture at Earthlite, George showed the
contrast between truths and myths by describing the
characteristics of "darkened souls" and "enlightened

Seven habits of darkened souls

1. Acquisition is equivalent to substance. This is
based on the belief that the more you have, the more
success and happiness you achieve. This is why many
people go for compulsive shopping. In fact, what they
create is the fear of loss or fear of damage, which is
the entry point for insecurity or spiritual ignorance.

2. Control of other human beings. In childhood, we
probably picked up from our parents the habit of
reprimanding others. Without realizing it, we spend
our life controlling others or trying to change others
according to how we think they should behave. Suddenly
we get feedback from someone that we need to change
our behavior.

3. Dependence on something or someone. We attribute
happiness to marriage, when the kids come home and
when we retire. We delay happiness. The paradox is,
most human beings are happy being unhappy. Happiness
comes not from external conditions but from within. We
create our own happiness.

We are conditioned to believe that love is what will
complete our lives. Deep inside what we have is a huge
emotional need for love, and a fear of unsatisfied

4. Belief in labels. This is our greatest mistake and
one of our deepest habits. We ask, "What is your
profession? Where do you come from?"

Then you end the conversation with that. When you do
this, you cease to try to understand the other person.
The more you label another, the more you give power to
that label than to the real identity of the person.
What were neutral labels yesterday have become
negative ones today.

5. Listening to the voice of the inner critic (the
victim and the judge). The critic says, "I can't
change, I can't be enlightened, I am no good!" We need
to transform these voices. We need to love them to
death because love is the only thing that kills fear.

Try seeing yourself in front of the mirror the moment
you wake up. Start laughing at yourself—a guaranteed
stress reliever. This is the way to have a real
relationship with the self as against what others
think about you.

6. We can lose something valuable. In his book
"Discover Inner Peace," George describes attachment as
the condition from which we suffer when we are
incapable of acceptance.

"In our lack of belief in ourselves, we cling to
material possessions as substitutes for self worth; we
become fixed in our habits, especially those that give
us pleasure; we react emotionally when life does not
go as planned, or when the ego sees the opportunities
for inflating itself."

The truth is we own nothing but we can only use
material things. We are only trustees of these things
for some time. Our possessiveness generates fear and
causes our diseases. Negative thoughts weaken the
immune system. George quotes a Buddhist truism as
saying, "When you die before you die, then you don't
die when you die."

7. The beauty myth. This myth is pervasive in every
culture and in every society. For example, many people
aspire to be beautiful and happy like the models in
the magazines. The belief is that beauty can be
attained through buying and consuming.

We spend a lot of energy desiring to attain our
society's definition of beauty that constantly
compares ourselves with others. The truth is, each one
is absolutely unique. True beauty is inner beauty; it
is the result of being enlightened.
Habits of enlightened souls

1. Be quiet. At least once a day, sit down. There is a
source within each one of us called the spirit or
soul. It is a crime to disturb the inner peace. This
peace is our power to create positive things in our

Try speaking softly and slowly than your usual way.
Speaking this way is more powerful because it attracts
the peace in others. Just be aware of your words.
Savor their energy and rhythm.

2. Let go. Don't hold on to anything with your hand or
with your mind. Many think that doing this means
losing. If you don't release the old, you can't get
anything new. This requires detachment.

Letting go means moderating excessive attachment to
material possessions, to emotions, or to the status
quo or comfort zones in our lives.

3. Let it be. We are great fixers of other people's
lives. We're trying to write somebody else's script.
We are absent from our own lives because we're busy
living the life of others. Acceptance and contentment
are the first steps to healthy relationships.

George cites the example of our appreciation of the
moon, which is beyond change. We never dream of
wanting to change or influence it, nor have we the
slightest remorse that the same face of the moon is
always turned toward us: We have no need to see the
dark side. Extend this deep feeling of acceptance to
the people we meet.

4. Listen in. Use your intuition, the inner tutor and
the voice of wisdom. George gave the example of his
chronic smoking for 14 years. Though his inner voice
told him that it was not healthy, he suppressed that

Because we have held on to our false beliefs for so
long, we ignore and distrust our inner voice and tell
it to shut up. The process of enlightenment is the
process of learning to trust that inner voice once

George cites the example of conscience as intuition at
work. When we misbehave, the voice of conscience
alerts us to our mistake. We may shun that voice,
engaging in reason as the ally of ego to justify our

Yet the troubling intuitive disapproval of conscience
will go on to make its rebukes. We can either suppress
the advice or repair the wrong.

5. Wake up. Habits are programmed by our external
conditioning. Write down your habits then decide which
ones to strike out and replace them with virtues.
Visualize the virtue you want to create and empower
that image.

For example, if you want to develop patience,
visualize yourself as a patient person. Watch, feel
and manifest patience in every action you do until it
becomes your behavior. Waking up is to consciously
choose your behavior and thereby create the
personality you want. Never believe anyone who says,
"You can never change."
Life is like a river

6. Know yourself. Look behind the "I want" attitude,
those desires that make us need things that are not
necessary. The truth is, happiness is a choice, not a
chore, a decision to bring out from the self. Affirm
that you are happiness, a source of happiness.

7. Pass it on. Take one idea from this article then
pass it on to another. You empower yourself and the
other as you share this truth. This is also giving
value to the time you spent reading this.

George uses the river as metaphor for life. Life is
like a river, constantly flowing. The highest purpose
of rivers is to nourish plants and people who are
fellow travelers in the journey of life. Our highest
purpose is to nourish others.

Like the river, the greatest gift one can give is
wisdom. Through this, you empower yourself as well as

Try these habits, one by one.

After the lecture, a participant asked how the
majority of Filipinos who live below the poverty line
could be enlightened.

George replied, "Poverty is a perception. There are
different levels of poverty: material, mental and
spiritual or internal. The Philippines, compared to
the UK, still has the spirit of community. When I go
to the poor villages of Mt. Abu in India, I see
children who have completely nothing but radiate with
genuine happiness and innocence. This is spiritual
richness, which you can never see in materially
wealthy countries."

..... think about it......



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  posted on 10/23/2003 at 07:30 AM
Great links Pam and Dusty, Thanks!

Your welcome Razor Dude!


"Some people love their misery. And the truth is that when I see them enjoying their misery, I love it too! I'm happy for everyone." - ADG


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  posted on 10/23/2003 at 09:36 AM


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