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“If you imagine someone who is brave enough to withdraw all his projections, then you get an individual who is conscious of a pretty thick shadow. Such a man has saddled himself with new problems and conflicts. He has become a serious problem to himself, as he is now unable to say that they do this or that, they are wrong, and they must be fought against. He lives in the “House of the Gathering.” Such a man knows that whatever is wrong in the world is in himself, and if he only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.”

Carl Jung

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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” – Louise Erdrich

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Stop and be still.

Recognize that you are this love that you love.

Simple and endless. And here.

May this reverberate through your life in surprising ways, and through all life everywhere in ways we cannot know or calculate.

May all being be happy.

May all being come to know itself.
May there be peace on earth.
Gangaji

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That which you are, your true self, you love it, and whatever you do, you do for your own happiness.  To find it, to know it, to cherish it is your basic urge.  Since time immemorial you loved yourself, but never wisely.  Use your body and mind wisely in the service of the self, that is all.  Be true to your own self, love yourself absolutely.  Do not pretend that you love others as yourself.  Unless you have realized them as one with yourself, you cannot love them.  Don’t pretend  to be what you are not, don’t refuse to be what you are.  Your love of others is the result of self- knowledge, not its cause.  Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine.  When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously.  When you realize the depth and fullness of yourself, you know that every living being and the entire universe are included in your affection.  But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it.  Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation.  It is a vicious circle.  Only self-realization can break it.  Go for it resolutely.  

Nisargadatta Maharja

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“Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one,” is saying that one witness is everybody else giving you their feedback and opinions (which is worth listening to, there’s some truth in what people say) but the principal witness is yourself. You’re the only one who knows when you’re using things to protect yourself and keep your ego together and when you’re opening and letting things fall apart, letting the world come as it is – working with it rather than struggling against it. You’re the only one who knows.”
Pema Chödrön

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