Key Points from Book: A New Earth

To sin means to miss the point of human existence

Fear, greed, and the desire for power are the psychologycal motivating forces not only behind warfare and violence

You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is really within you

Having a belief system does not make you spiritual. The more you make your thought or beliefs into your identity, the more cut off you are from the spiritual dimension within yourself

How Spiritual you are has nothing to do with what you belief but everything you do with your state of conciousness

Who am I? The awareness that is prior to thought, the space in which the thought or the emotion or sense perception happen

A new heaven is the emergence of a transformed state of human conciousness, and a new earth is it’s reflection im the physical realm

The quicker you ade in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifelss your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality, the miracle of life that continously unfolds within and around you.

If you can recognize illusiona s illusion, it dissolves

Life isn’t as serious as my mind makes it out to be-Buddha

We cannot really honor thig s if we use them as a means to self enhancement, if we try to find ourselves through them

When you can no longer feel the life that you are, you are likely to try to fill up your life with things

The jow of being, you can feel it only when you get out of your head. Being must be felt. It can’t be thought

When you observe the ego in yourself, you are beginning to go beyond it

Many people donmt realize until they are kn their deathbed and everything external falls away that no thing ever had anything to do with who they are

Making yourself right and others wrong is one of the principal egoic mind patterns

I am the awareness that is aware that there is attachmet

Wanting keeps the ego alive much more than having

Wanting is so structurak, so no amount of content can provide lasting fulfillment as long as that mental structure remains in place

When you are aware that you are thinking, the awareness is not part of thinking

When forms that you had identified with, that gave you your sense of self, collapse or are taken away, it cam lead to collapse of the ego, since ego is identification with form

Your thinking, the content of your mind, is of course conditioned by the past

Complaining is one of the ego’s facorite strategies for strenghtening itself

Resentment is the emotion that goes with complaining and the mental labeling of people and adds even more energy to the ego

A grievance is a strong negative emotion connected to an event in the sometimes distant past that is being kept alive by compulsive thinking

The past has no power to stop you from being present

The truth doesn’t need to be defended, but your ego does

Awareness and ego are incompatible

Spiritual realization is to see clearly that what I perceive, experience, think, or feel is ultimately not who i am, that I cannot find myself in all those things that continously pass away

Ego threatened when someone knows more than it does

Relationship: I’ll play who you want me to be, and you’ll play who i want you to be

Te quiero= I want you; te amo= I love you

When you fully accept thst you don’t know, you actually enter a state of peace and clarity that is closer to who you truly are than thought could be

The primary casue of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it

Don’t seek happiness, if you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness

Children: I want you to be someone in the eyes of the world, sot hat i can too be someone through you

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so- Shakespeare

You will be free to let go of your unhappiness the moment you recognize it as unintelligent

Ego: maybe i can be at peace if this, that or the other happens, or I obtain this or become that

Thinking is no more than a tiny aspect of thr totality of conciousness, the totality of who you are

Any negative emotion that is not fully faced and seen for what it is in the moment it arises does not completely dissolve. It lesves behind a remnant of pain

There is something within you that periodically seeks emotional negativity, seeks unhappiness

When you can’t stand the endless cycle of suffering anymore, you begin to awaken

It requires a high degree of presence to avoid reacting when confronted by someone with such active pain body

Money can activate pain body and cause complete unconsciousness

What matters to you is not necessarily what you say or believe, but what your actions and reactions reveal as important and serious to you

How you react to people and situations, especially when challenges arise, is the best indicator of how deeply you know yourself

Whatever you think the world is witholding from you, you are witholding from the world

The source of abundance is not outside you, it is part of who you are

You may not want to know yourself because you are afraid of what you may found out

Be in alignment with what happens, whatever happens take it

There is no time, now is all there ever is

For ego to survive it must make time, past and future

Know that, this too will pass

Whenever there is beauty, kindnes, the recognition of the goodness of simple things in your life, look for the background to that experience within yourself

Be aware of your breathing as often as you are able, whenever you remember

Living up to an image that you have of yourself or that other people have of you is inauthentic living, another unconcious role the ego plays

So while you are perhaps still waiting for something significant to happen in your life, you may not realize that the most significant thing that can happen to a human being has already happened within you

If uncertainty is unacceptable to you, it turns into fear. If it is perfectly acceptable, it turns into increased aliveness, alertness, and creativity

Enjoyment if what you are doing, combined with a goal or vision that you work toward, becomes enthusiasm


About Journeyman

A global macro analyst with over four years experience in the financial market, the author began his career as an equity analyst before transitioning to macro research focusing on Emerging Markets at a well-known independent research firm. He read voraciously, spending most of his free time following The Economist magazine and reading topics on finance and self-improvement. When off duty, he works part-time for Getty Images, taking pictures from all over the globe. To date, he has over 1200 pictures over 35 countries being sold through the company.
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