Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Monday, January 10, 2005

How To Solve Any Problem

When we know that we have everything and therefore need nothing, then everything comes to us for the mere effortless thought of it.~Lester Levenson.

Contrary to popular beliefs, we are not our mind, our body, and our egos.

Also, we are not the circumstances of our lives, nor a creation of the world of matter.

Who we are is so fabulous that it is kept secret; it’s a secret that societies shun; it’s a secret that we shun; it’s a secret that the enlightened teachers throughout history have tried to disclose, only to be murdered or have their words misquoted and their ideas misconstrued.

The secret is that we are miraculous beings with magical powers.

Behind the masks of ego, mind, and body, rests our soul, our primal consciousness. This consciousness is not separate from pure consciousness, but rather an expression of it, the way a drop of water is an expression of the great ocean.

When we have a problem, a pressing, critical, urgent, life-threatening problem, how do we try and solve it?

We think and feel intensely, we take action, and we rush to others whom we perceive as more powerful than ourselves to solve it.

Usually, the problem persists, is aggravated, or is poorly solved.

Yet despite this almost complete failure of results, we continue to use this strategy. The result is the chaotic world that you see around you. Everyone is trying to force solutions. Oppression, grief, and travail are part of the history of this world.

The secret has been out in the open for centuries. Massive religious institutions have been built around it. Yet no-one sees the secret for what it is—an answer to all our problems.

Huge tracts are written about the secret. The result is that the secret is now obscured by a thousand rationales and commentaries, distortions and dangerous lies.

If the secret is that we are miraculous beings with magical powers, how do we open the gates to unleash this power?

We contact the secret through stillness. “Be still and know that I am God.” is how the Bible puts it.

In stillness and in silence, call it meditation or contemplation, our urgent emotions evaporate, our mind becomes quiet, and our insistent egos give up trying to find an answer. At this point, when the mind is silent, the body is still, and the ego is resigned, then, and only then, do we unleash the force of our Beingness to solve each and every problem.

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Saleem Rana got his masters in psychotherapy from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Ca., 15 years ago and now resides in Denver, Colorado. His articles on the internet have inspired over ten thousand people from around the world. Discover how to create a remarkable life


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