when your life is always a part of your surroundings, then there is no problem

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When

your life is always

a part of your surroundings –

in other words, when you are called back

to yourself, in the present moment — then there is

no problem. When you start to wander about in some delusion 

which is something apart from you yourself, then your surroundings are

not real anymore, and your mind is not real anymore. If you yourself

are deluded, then your surroundings are also a misty, foggy

delusion. Once you are in the midst of delusion, there

is no end to delusion. You will be involved

in deluded ideas one after

another.

 

Shunryu Suzuki

 

“To wait with a proper attitude invites the assistance of the Higher Power.”

Tarot, The Hanged Man, Jamie
 


There is

a situation at hand that

cannot be corrected by force or

 external effort. The Creative will provide

the solution to one who waits with a

correct attitude. This is a time

for patience and careful

attention to inner

truth.

 

Do not

give in to doubt

and agitation now. You are

not meant to wait in a state of desperate

longing but in one of patient inner strength.

Without certainty in the power of truth, success

is impossible. Attempts to force a change,

rather than allowing it to mature

naturally, will only cause

misfortune.

 

You

would be wise

to strengthen and reaffirm

your reliance on the Creative. When

you indulge in fear and doubt, you flood the arena

where the Higher Power is attempting to work.

Your principal responsibility in life

is to keep this arena — your

own consciousness —

free of negative

influences.

 

By

accepting

things as they are and not

making fruitless comparisons to the

situations of others or some imagined ideal,

one engages the power of the Creative.

If one then remains balanced,

modest, and independent,

good fortune will

come to

hand.

 

The I Ching, or Book of Changes:

Hexagram 5, Hsu (Waiting)

 

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“So long as we ignore or resist difficulty it remains our constant companion.”

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Deliverance

is always caused by a change

in our attitude. The Higher Power uses conflicts

and obstacles to teach us lessons that we refuse to learn

in an easier way, but they only darken our doorstep until we have

acknowledged the lesson. So long as we ignore or resist difficulty it remains

our constant companion; as soon as we accept its presence as a sign

that some self-correction is needed, our deliverance begins.

Truly, the only way to dispel trouble and

regain peace of mind is

to change our

attitude.

 

The I Ching

also teaches us that we have

several responsibilities once our deliverance begins.

The first is to forgive the misdeeds of others. The image of the

hexagram is that of a powerful rainstorm washing away what

is unclean. This, then, is a time to clean every slate

and begin anew, meeting others halfway

with gentleness and

patience…

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes:

Hexagram 40, Hsieh (Deliverance)

 

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live life
 

Awareness

is the true teacher.

In the world, this awareness will

bring you out of yourself and situate you very close

to the hearts of others. This will pose a great challenge to you.

There are four things to remember in bringing the Dharma into the world:

bring love, compassion, honor, and poise to each person you meet. Learn from your

shortcomings, and try not to judge others for their weaknesses. Elevate yourself

with goodness. Learn to transmute fear with courage, anger with love,

greediness with generosity. Bring hope to people.

Reveal the Dharma by being the Dharma.

Above all, be aware. There is

no time off from

freedom.
 

The Liberation Teachings of the Buddha