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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 be… Continue Reading >>
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. << Show Less
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126 - Radio interview with De Mello Center executive director on Anthony De Mello’s spirituality A radio interview with Don Goewey, the De Mello Center's executive director, on Anthony De Mello's spirituality.  It begins with the fact that only 4% of the population are completely happy. Happiness eludes most of us.  The irony is we were born happy but have lost touch with it. We were born free but have become trapped in limited thinking. We were born with an open heart that stress and fear so easily close. We were born gifted beings of immeasurable worth but often feel not good enough. There is a divinity of joy within us and surrounding us, there to make life meaningful and beautiful and rich, but we’ve become blocked from seeing it. It’s as if we are all hypnotized to see what is not there, and not see what is there. The good news, we can wake up here and now through a simple process of awareness.
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126 - Radio interview with De Mello Center executive director on Anthony De Mello’s spirituality A radio interview with Don Goewey, the De Mello Center's executive director, on Anthony De Mello's spirituality.  It begins with the fact that only 4% of the population are completely happy. Happiness eludes most of us.  The irony is we were born happy but have lost touch with it. We were born free but have become trapped in limited thinking. We were born with an open heart that stress and fear so easily close. We were born gifted beings of immeasurable worth but often feel not good enough. There is a divinity of joy within us and surrounding us, there to make life meaningful and beautiful and rich, but we’ve become blocked from seeing it. It’s as if we are all hypnotized to see what is not there, and not see what is there. The good news, we can wake up here and now through a simple process of awareness.
124 - The Vision Sit on the bank of a river, in reality, or in fantasy, and watch the water flow. Or sit in a railway station and see the crowds go by. Or watch the sun shimmer in the trees. Or light a candle and look at the flame.  It will speak to you, not to your brain but to your heart, creating a silence in your spirit, and a wisdom that your conscious mind could never grasp. Visit Anthony De Mello's personally engaging website at https://demellocenter.com
123 - An Exercise in Enlightment When I try to change what I dislike in me by fighting it I merely push it underground. If I accept it, it will surface and evaporate. What I resist will stubbornly persist. I consider the example of Jesus, who sets himself the task of moving mountains and battles with exasperating foes. Yet even in his anger he is loving—he combines a keen desire for change with an acceptance of reality as it is. I try to be like him. I start with feelings I dislike.
122 - It’s Love or Fer. You Choose Ignorance and fear, ignorance caused by fear, that’s where all the suffering comes from, that’s where your violence comes from. The person who is truly nonviolent, who is incapable of violence, is the person who is fearless. It’s only when you’re afraid that you become angry. Think of the last time you were angry. Go ahead. Think of the last time you were angry and search for the fear behind it.
121 - Can Suffering Disappear Completely? Is it possible that one would suffer because of one’s cultural programming mixed with one's toxic past and how it might've wired the brain and yet some day through an awakening one could rise above it all? This much is clear— the human heart pulses with serenity and happiness even as storms pass by. There may be clouds on the outside but there's blue sky on the inside. Many of the mystics say before enlightenment, they  identify  with the clouds. After enlightenment, they identify with the sky.
120 - Does Dropping Attachments Mean Detachment from the World? Does the dropping of attachments mean detachment from the material world? No. One uses the material world, one enjoys the material world, but one doesn’t make one’s happiness depend on the material world. You really begin to enjoy things when you’re unattached because attachment brings anxiety. If you’re anxious when you’re holding on to something, you can hardly enjoy it. It's not a withdrawal from enjoyment; it’s a withdrawal from possessiveness, anxiety, tension, and the loss of something.
The Litmus Test of Enlighenment All the mystics tell us our life is in our hands. Okay, let’s suppose you want to grasp that. Let’s suppose you want to see it. What do you have to first understand about yourself? First, your life is in a mess. You don’t like to hear that; it brings up all kinds of resistance, but here is the litmus test that proves it. Once it's fully embrace, without any self-condemnation, everything can begin to change.
118 - To Live Like a King or Queen I’ll tell you what it means to live like a king or queen. It means to know no anxiety at all. To have no inner conflict at all. No tensions, no pressures, no upset, no heartache. What are you left with? Happiness, undiluted. People ask me, “What do I do to be happy?” You  don’t  do anything to be happy. You know why? Because you have it already, but you're blocking it. Remove the blocks.
117 -A Matter of Life or Death Where there is love, there is no desire. I am referring to desire in the sense of attachment. Where there is attachment there is fear. Love begins where attachments end. You know what society will tell you? “Attachment is love.” Are you really expecting to find life here? You can find only manipulation, seduction, and control. You can find only death and misery. The death of happiness, the death of innocence, the death of freedom, the death of authenticity.
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