Criticism by Byron Katie

“Criticism is an incredible opportunity to grow. Here are some steps on how to receive criticism and benefit from it. When someone says you are “wrong, terrible, sloppy,” etc., say (either in your mind, or aloud to that person) “Thank you.” This thought immediately puts you in a space where you’re available to hear and to use the information in a way that can serve you. After the criticism, ask yourself, “Do I hurt?” If the answer is “yes,” then know somewhere within you, you believe the criticism also. Knowing this gives you the opportunity to heal that portion which you find unacceptable within yourself. If you want to cease to be vulnerable to criticism, then heal the criticisms. That is the ultimate power in letting go of every concept. Being vulnerable means you can no longer be manipulated for there is no place for criticism to stick. Not a thread of what is said can stick to you once you have questioned your thoughts and thoroughly seen through to what is truer in your own heart. This is freedom”. – Katie

Paying Attention to Our Inner Child by CG Jung

In every adult there lurks a child–an eternal child, something that is always becoming, is never completed, and calls for unceasing care, attention, and education. That is the part of the personality which wants to develop and become whole. -C. G. Jung CW 17: 286

Worrying

Worrying is like praying for something you don’t want to happen……..

Robert Downey Jr is credited with this quote and i am not certain who else would be…..but i like it!

Those romantic ideas of the caterpillar becoming a butterfly` by Adyashanti

As soon as you can let go of what was, and the way you thought it was going to be, and who you thought you were going to be, how that was going to secure everything. The sooner you let go of that, even thought it’s kind of behind you already…. the sooner you allow it to be gone, because you see you are transforming….

You know those romantic ideas of the caterpillar becoming a butterfly…. used in spiritual books, the caterpillar goes into the cocoon and becomes a butterfly. What happens in that cocoon? The caterpillar goes “what the hell, it was not a good idea to weave this damn thing. This is not a cocoon, it’s a coffin.” The transformation starts to happen. “Oh my God, I am not going to be the same person I was when this finishes.”

You don’t know where it’s going. There is no relation between a caterpillar and a butterfly. A butterfly is not a flying caterpillar. Caterpillars and butterflies don’t have much to do with each other. There is a transformation at the seat of your consciousness that happens. And the transformation is like what I am describing. As it is happening, there is a fear and reaching back to how it was.

The way forward seems so blind, doesn’t it? You have no idea. You are moving into a new way of being that you have no operating manual for. You had a good operating manual for the dream state. Highly functional, illusory egoic self. At least you knew how to function in the dream state. That makes it even more weird, when that whole thing starts to transform. I understand that. Don’t imagine that where you feel yourself to be now…. that’s not the destination point. You are already moving through it. You can only go through it, there is no going back.

— `Those romantic ideas of the caterpillar becoming a butterfly` by Adyashanti

From Positive Way on FB

Many people who have been searching for many, many years, twenty years, thirty years, forty years, for the answers to life, for reality, yet they’re still in the same place they started twenty years ago. They have gone through all kinds of things. They’ve been to many places. They met certain teacher, but they’re still the same.
For they’ve never really investigated themselves. They say they do. They say they’ve been working on themselves for years, nothing has happened. But have they really been working on themselves? What they’ve been doing is sort of just thinking about it a little bit, reading books. But they’ve never dived deep enough in the Self to find the answers. And this is exactly what you have to do.
You have to dive deep, deep, deep within yourself, deeper than you can ever imagine. And the only way you can do this is by giving up the external world, mentally, not physically. In other words, by not reacting to things. To observe things, watch the world go by, leave it alone. It’s neither good nor bad. It has nothing to offer you.

From Positive Way

Ha! by Adyashanti

“It’s sort of like you’re an alcoholic and you stop drinking, but you live the rest of your life in a bar. You’re in the bar, but you don’t really fit in because you’re not drinking anymore. (laughs) Awakening is a bit like that, like sobering up but spending the rest of your life in a bar where everybody’s drinking, and rather drunk, loaded, and acting weird because of it and wondering why you’re not partaking. And thinking you’re a bit strange, you know?”

Adyashanti

 

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