There is a loving force surrounding you at all times that is within your grasp, that would make your life meaningful and beautiful and rich, if you could only discover it, But tragically, most people never find their way to it, even though its right there in their midst. What do you need to do to find this richer, happier experience of life? Anthony DeMello has a big surprise for you. You don’t have to do anything. Happiness is your natural state. You don’t have to do anything to acquire it because you have it already. This richer life is the consequence not of something done, but of something dropped. You'll find out what that is in these podcasts. It could not be simpler>
64 - The Wellsprings Meditations - #1 A Mental Vacation from It All
Anthony De Mello takes your mind on a vacation to find the place inside of you that steps out to the vast stillness of Heaven.
63 - You Want to Change the World?
Do you want to change the world? How about beginning with yourself? How about being transformed yourself first? How do you achieve that? Through observation. Through understanding with no interference or judgment on your part. Because what you judge you cannot understand. When you say of someone, “He’s a Republican,” understanding has stopped at that moment. You slapped a label on him. “She’s a Democrat.” Understanding has stopped at that moment. How are you going to understand what you disapprove of or what you approve of, for that matter?
All of this sounds like a new world, doesn’t it?
62 - The First Steps to Waking Up
The first thing you need to do to wake up is get in touch with negative feelings that you’re not even aware of. Lots of people have negative feelings they’re not aware of. Lots of people are depressed and they’re not aware they are depressed. It’s only when they make contact with joy that they understand how depressed they were. You can’t get rid of boll weevils on your farm if you’re not aware of their existence. To awaken, the first thing you need is awareness of your negative feelings
61- The Most Important Question
The great masters tell us that The Most Important Question in the world is: “Who am I?” Or rather: “What is ‘I’?” What is this thing I call “I”? What is this thing I call self? Who’s living in you as you?
60 - The Harder You Try to Change, The Worse It Can Get.
The harder you try to change, the worse it can get. Does this mean that a certain degree of passivity is all right? Yes, the more you resist something, the greater power you give to it. That’s the meaning, I think, of Jesus’ words: “When someone strikes you on the right cheek, offer him your left as well.” You always empower the demons you fight. That’s very Oriental. But if you flow with the enemy, you overcome the enemy.
59 - Does It Matter That You Should Be Enlightened?
Some people make awakening a goal. They are determined to get there; they say, “I refuse to be happy until I’m awakened.” In that case, it’s better to be the way you are, simply to be aware of the way you are. Simple awareness is happiness compared with trying to react all the time. People react so quickly because they are not aware. You will come to understand that there are times when you will inevitably react, even in awareness. But as awareness grows, you react less and act more. It really doesn’t matter.