Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness


“If I have harmed anyone in any way
either knowingly or unknowingly
through my own confusions
I ask their forgiveness.

If anyone has harmed me in any way
either knowingly or unknowingly
through their own confusions
I forgive them.

And if there is a situation
I am not yet ready to forgive
I forgive myself for that.

For all the ways that I harm myself,
negate, doubt, belittle myself,
judge or be unkind to myself
through my own confusions
I forgive myself.”

And so it is.

Resistance

Bob Proctor in talking about resistance, quoted this and it was written by the late William Penn Patrick in approximately 1970.

“No person, ideal or institution becomes great until Great Resistance has been encountered. Greatness cannot be achieved until this concept is understood.

Unfortunately, the average person is ignorant of this rule to achievement. Mr. and Miss Average, in their ignorance, are fearful and reluctant to encounter even slight resistance. They don’t want to make waves or be criticized and they incorrectly feel that criticism will hold them back and prevent their happiness from being realized. In truth, the opposite is the case.

Take note: when we begin to change our jobs, we are first given resistance by our loved ones, for they fear change because change means facing the unknown! When we begin to make rapid achievement or commitment to rapid progress, we have road blocks thrown up by our friends and relations. They begin to resist by negative comments and actions which are devices to cause you to maintain the ‘status quo’.

Now, if you are to achieve great progress, you must prevail against those closest to you; this is difficult and requires courage because you desire to please and not hurt those you love. The truth is that great harm befalls your loved ones when you fail to be yourself and do your thing. This is so, because you lose your enthusiasm for life, your growth process stops and your self-esteem diminishes.

Those negatives are reversed when you stand your ground; and when you have prevailed, your loved ones gain a new and higher respect for you. History records countless events which prove the point. For an example, the greatest of all men overcame the most severe form of resistance and in so doing gave birth to Christianity. Had Jesus Christ run from His opposition, we would not know His name today, nor would we have available for our use those great and wonderful truths He brought forth for us so that humanity could find their individual greatness.

Furthermore, Christianity met “its” greatest resistance in Rome. Thousands of Christians were crucified in Rome. This resistance was met and in so doing, gave life to the force of Christianity, and Rome became the center of all Christianity – now, and for the past 1700 years, Rome has remained the very center of the Christian world.

Let these great lessons of the past stay in our mind as a beacon in our personal and corporate future. Let us understand and be grateful that our ideas have proven worthy of tremendous resistance. Today, all over the world, great forces have risen to resist our growth. These forces fear us for what we represent and they are attempting to destroy us and our dreams. Our understanding of this phenomenon and our strength of character and our commitment to our way of life is prevailing over these forces which have risen up. We are fortunate to have such great resistance. This resistance is evidence of our greatness and it provides us with the energy to prevail, to conquer and to dominate. These next few short years will record a brilliant history and establish a permanent place for our way of life – which is Freedom to be and to work out our dreams for a great world, for ourselves, for children and all humankind.

Understand our battle and be glorified that you are a part of the making of history. The work you do today in the defense of our way will provide new freedom and hope for millions yet to come. Stand tall in the face of our enemy…your resolution and commitment will seize his heart with fear and he will fade into oblivion. AND THAT IS THE LAW OF LIFE.”

Now go out and face the resistance and be triumphant!

Get it done now!

We have a tendency to put off things. I’ll start tomorrow, next week, first of the month or the very famous “New Year Resolution”. Why can’t we do it now? What are the excuses we are using not to start it now?  Do these sound familiar?

  • Not enough money
  • Children too young
  • I’m too old
  • Not enough time

I’m sure you can and have more to add to the list. It is time to take charge and get it done now!

What do you really want? Get the vision in your head and start towards your vision NOW!

The strength, courage, ability and goodness are within us but we have forgotten it. We just see the obstacles. But if we stop and focus on our vision, we will realize something greater about ourselves and about life. We would know there is a presence, a power, an intelligence and we would know our oneness with it.

AffirmationI am in tune with the Infinite and I can do what needs to be done. Through the power that dwells within me, I can succeed, I can overcome, I can be what I want to be.

Fear vs Faith

Fear is faith turned inside out. Fear is having faith in certain images created by the mind rather than having faith in the creative power of the mind itself.

Our fearsome mental images may have their origin in prior personal experiences, or they may be the result of cultural conditioning. These memories may be filled with strong emotions. If we do not discharge this emotional energy from the body, these images will continue to haunt the mind. As we put our faith in these images, we make our fear real and thus we give it power over us. (The word fear can be used as an acronym for false experiences appearing real.) A story from the East tells of an artist who painted a large picture of a tiger on the wall of his house. He was a very good artist and the pictured appeared so real that he became afraid to enter his own house! So we, too, may frighten ourselves with our own imaginings when we imbue them with reality.

Faith is the power to create our reality by our perceptions, our beliefs and our interpretations. Seeing is believing, and yet believing is seeing. According to our faith, our world reveals itself to us and becomes real.

Like I always say “You have to believe it to see it!”

Changing your inner state of mind

When you hate what you are doing, complain about your surroundings, curse things that are happening or have happened, or when your internal dialogue consists of shoulds and shouldn’ts, of blaming and accusing, then you are arguing with what is, arguing with that which is already the case. You are making Life into an enemy and Life says “War is what you want and war is what you get”. External realities, which always reflects back to your inner state, is then experienced as hostile.  –  Eckhart Tolle

Just by changing your inner state of mind, you change your experiences, give it a try! Whenever something doesn’t work out the way you thought it would, instead of thinking that something went wrong, see it as something that went unexpectedly well, but for reasons that are not yet apparent.

 

How do we measure true success?

The world will tell you that success is achieving what you set out to do. It will tell you that success is winning, that finding recognition and/or prosperity are essential ingredients to any success. All or some of these things are usually by-products of success, but they are NOT success.

What the world does not tell you- is that you cannot become successful, you can only be successful.

Realize that your entire life journey ultimately consists of the step you are taking at this moment. There is always only this one step and so you give it your fullest attention. This does not mean that you don’t know where you are going, it just means that this is the primary step and the destination secondary. Also what you encounter at your destination once you get there depend on the quality of this one step. It means: What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.

– Paraphrased from “A New Earth Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”, Eckhart Tolle