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Guidelines for Enlightenment
by Swami Beyondananda
Be a Fundamentalist -- make sure the Fun always comes
before the mental. Realize that life is a situation
comedy that will never be canceled. A laugh track has
been provided, and the reason why we are put in the
material world is to get more material. Have a good laugh
twice a day, and that will ensure
Remember that each of us has been given a special gift,
just for entering -- so you are already a winner!
The most powerful tool on the planet today is
Tell-A-Vision. That is where I tell a vision to you, and
you tell a vision to me. That way, if we don't like the
programming we're getting, we can simply change the
Life is like photography. You use the negative to
develop. And, no matter what adversity you face, be
reassured: Of course God loves you -- He's ready to make
It is true. As we go through life thinking heavy
thoughts, thought particles tend to get caught between
the ears, causing a condition called truth decay. So be
sure to use mental floss twice a day. And when you're
tempted to practice tantrum yoga, remember what we teach
in Swami's Absurdiveness Training class: *Don't get even,
If we want world peace, we must let go of our attachments
and truly live like nomads. That's where I no mad at you,
you no mad at me. That way, there'll surely be nomadness
on the planet. And peace begins with each of us. A little
peace here, a little peace there, pretty soon all the
peaces will fit together to make one big peace
I know great earth changes have been predicted for the
future, so if you're looking to avoid earthquakes, my
advice is simple. When you find a fault, just don't dwell
There's no need to change the world. All we have to do is
toilet train the world, and we'll never have to change it
If you're looking to find the key to the Universe, I have
some bad news and some good news. The bad news is: there
is no key to the Universe. The good news is: it has been
Finally, everything I have told you is channeled. That
way, if you don't like it, it's not my fault. And
remember, enlightenment is not a bureaucracy. So we don't
have to go through channels.
-- by Swami Beyondananda
Another gem from Shelley...
My Declaration of
I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly
like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically
mine, because I alone chose it -- I own everything about
me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my
actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my
fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my
triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me, I
can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I
can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know
there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other
aspects that I do not know -- but as long as I am
friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and
hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to
find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at a
given moment in time is authentically me. If later some
parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn
out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is
unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for
that which I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think,
say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others, to be productive, and to make
sense and order out of the world of people and things
outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer
me. I am me, and I am Okay.
-- From Self-Esteem by Virginia Satir
Shelley does it again....
The Best Day of My Life
Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the
best day of my life, ever!
There were times when I wondered if I would make it to
today; but I did! And because I did I'm going to
Today, I'm going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I
have had so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings,
and, yes, even the hardships because they have served to
make me stronger.
I will go through this day with my head held high, and a
happy heart. I will marvel at God's seemingly simple
gifts: the morning dew, the sun, the clouds, the trees,
the flowers, the birds. Today, none of these miraculous
creations will escape my notice.
Today, I will share my excitement for life with other
people. I'll make someone smile. I'll go out of my way to
perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone I don't
even know. Today, I'll give a sincere compliment to
someone who seems down. I'll tell a child how special he
is, and I'll tell someone I love just how deeply I care
for her and how much she means to me.
Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don't have
and start being grateful for all the wonderful things God
has already given me. I'll remember that to worry is just
a waste of time because my faith in God and his Divine
Plan ensures everything will be just fine.
And tonight, before I go to bed, I'll go outside and
raise my eyes to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the
beauty of the stars and the moon, and I will praise God
for these magnificent treasures.
As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I
will thank the Almighty for the best day of my life. And
I will sleep the sleep of a contented child, excited with
expectation because I know tomorrow is going to be the
best day of my life, ever!
-- By Gregory M. Lousig-Nont, Ph.D.
from my friend Shelley...
17 Rules to Live By
Better Way to Live by Og Mandino
Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you
are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will
return, the sun will break out, the music will play and
you will finally be able to move forward toward the life
that God intended for you...with grace, strength, courage
Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting
paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when
you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected
in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your
work that eventually you will become indispensable.
Exercise your privilege to go the extra miles, and enjoy
all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!
Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life,
don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way
of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is
inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No
one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen,
are just part of your growth.
Shake off your blunders. How
will you know your limits without an occasional failure?
Never quit. Your turn will come.
Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the
very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their
love carefully, remembering that your children need
models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten
when you constantly strive to present your best side to
your children. And even if you have failed at all else in
the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you
are a success.
Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts.
Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede
your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary,
that you are a creature of God and have the power to
achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can
fly when you decide that you can. Never consider defeat
again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's
Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on
guard against the terrible traps of false pride and
conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you
are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail
of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will
give you a correct measure of your importance.
Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may
not always be fair, you must never allow the pains,
hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your
attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can
never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and
the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away
any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a
Never again clutter your days or nights with so many
menial and unimportant things that you have no time to
accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies
to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no
cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away
your precious hours when you have the ability to
accomplish so much by making a slight change in your
routine. No more busywork. No more hiding from success.
Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that
you will only find "tomorrow" on the calendars
of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats, and ignore the
problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have.
Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you
can ever utter are, "If I had my life to live over
again..." Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe,
loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead
at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial
the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding
and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought
of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of
derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle
drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and
help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible
defeat of the moment. Banish tension and concern and
worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing
your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is
certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that
extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word
of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that
you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is
of prime importance, however, what you think about you.
You can never do your best, which should always be your
trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking
responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect
the little things.
Welcome every morning with a
smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from
your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what
you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter.
Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive
action that is certain to echo through your entire day.
Today will never happen
again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at
all. You were not born to fail.
You will achieve your grand dream, a day at a time, so
set goals for each day --not long and difficult projects,
but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your
rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your
list so that you won't have to drag today's undone
matters into tomorrow. Remember that you
cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be
patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that
you neglect your most important goal -- to do the best
you can, enjoy this day and rest satisfied with what you
Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a
pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that
no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are
required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing
external can have any power over you unless you permit
it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted
days combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy and
envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can
shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to
Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master
that principle and you will own a precious shield that
will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you
must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a
deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the
mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that
you would never have discovered without trouble. There is
always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no
time and effort searching for peace and contentment and
joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no
happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.
Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you
cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on