Unhappy feelings are born out of life failing to conform to your ideas of what you need to be happy. This shows you, if you will see it, that life itself isn't denying you happiness. It is your ideas about life that have failed you. Give up these wrong ideas instead of giving up on life. Be increasingly willing to see they are nothing but a constant source of conflict. Your false nature will tell you that you must have these self-protecting ideas -- that you can't live without them or you will lose something valuable. What you must do, in spite of any such protest to the contrary, is to see that you can't live with them. All you will lose is your unhappiness.
Always remember the following: if any want is the source of anxiety or sorrow, that want is yours and not life's. If the want has pain, it is in vain. To let real life flood in, pull yourself out of the flood of self-wants that promises a future pleasure but only delivers a present pain.
Pull yourself out of the flood of your own wants by seeing that you are being washed away by them, and you will grow tired of being bounced along. Here is a key: never accept the presence of any mental or emotional suffering as necessary, no matter how much importance these impostors lend to a particularly pressing want. By refusing their dark presence, you make space for the present moment to give you its indefinable presence. This is where the life that you want -- and that wants you -- is waiting.
No human being controls life -- his or hers or anyone else's. If it weren't for higher cosmic energies coming down, filling and animating your body right now, you couldn't be reading these words. If you want to measure the level of an individual's stress, measure his insistence that life does as he wants. The only thing you will lose by learning to want what life wants is your fear of not being in control, which was never real control in the first place but only the sensation of it, born out of living with its painful opposite.
Here is the most important point of all. No human being needs control over life because, in reality, no one is apart from it. Who you really are, your true nature, is not separate from life.
Let life bring you itself. Welcome it. At each instant, it is new, full -- untouched and undiminished by any moment before it. To enter into this full relationship with life is to give yourself to your Self. Fulfilling the true purpose of life is fulfilling yourself; they are one and the same. Here are five special key lessons to help you want what life wants.
Nothing can be released and resisted at the same time, which means that any attempt to reject some weakness detected in us is the same as protecting it.
True nobility is not a question of birthright or social rank, it is the native estate of each soul that, upon awakening to its divine inheritance, knows the strength of these twin truths without having to think about them: justice and mercy are one, as are love and fearlessness.
Nothing judges you; it is what you love -- and that love alone -- that either persecutes you or stands by you in your hour of need.
Whoever serves what they fear has failed to see that all they win for their service is to become more fearful.
We can spend our time struggling, in vain, to make others into what we want them to be, or we can see the inherent flaw in thinking this way, and -- rather than trying to change others to suit our needs -- see through the false idea that someone else is responsible for our fulfillment.