Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.
Use each interaction to be the best, most powerful version of yourself.
Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don’t see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself.
In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
The spiritual path – is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.
We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.
Enlightenment is the key to everything, and it is the key to intimacy, because it is the goal of true authenticity.
As someone who has faced as much disappointment as most people, I’ve come to trust not that events will always unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way.
Self-awareness is not self-centeredness, and spirituality is not narcissism. ‘Know thyself’ is not a narcissistic pursuit.
The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self.
The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.
Become more accepting. With every interaction, surrender any tendency to judge another person. Pray for a more accepting heart.
Romance is one of the sacred temples that dot the landscape of life.
The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.
We tend to lack humility toward love, to patronize it rather than bow before it, to put mundane considerations before the emotional need to hold someone in our arms.
Anytime you try to be a loving person, you’re doing your part to save the world.
Our past is a story existing only in our minds. Look, analyze, understand, and forgive. Then, as quickly as possible, chuck it.
If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.
Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it.
Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of new beginnings.
Enchanted partnership begins with the conscious understanding, on the part of two people, that the purpose of their relationship is not so much material as spiritual, and the internal skills demanded by it are prodigious.
We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.
When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.
Never think you can separate who you are from what you’re doing.
Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.”
Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful. And so our goal in any situation becomes inner peace.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.