Day 10 of the Silent Journey

I am here to learn.

I am here to learn to live as an eternal spiritual being who is having a temporary human experience.

I am here to learn to connect, communicate and commune with God.

I am here to learn to pay attention and be alert.

I am here to learn to listen.

I am here to learn to see.

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I am here to learn to be still.

I am here to learn to be in silence.

I am here to learn to be still, in silence, so I can better listen and see.

I am here to learn to be still, in silence, so I can better connect, communicate and commune with God.

I am here to learn to be still and know that I am God.

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Day 9 of the Silent Journey

I am here to learn.

I am here to learn kindness, gentleness, generosity, patience, and acceptance.

I am here to learn compassion, forgiveness, and nonviolence

I am here to learn to yield, surrender, and let go.

I am here to learn to love, care, and share.

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I am here to learn to be grateful.

I am here to learn to be optimistic.

I am here to learn to be happy.

I am here to be happy and make others happy.

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Day 8 of the Silent Journey

I am here to learn.

I am here to learn to live as an eternal spiritual being who is having a temporary human experience.

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I am here to learn to love.

I am here to learn to love myself.

I am here to learn to love others.

I am here to learn to be more selfish.

I am here to learn to be less selfish.

I am here to learn to fully, and selfishly, love myself so I can fully, and selflessly, love others.

I am here to learn to selfishly care for myself as much as I selflessly care for others.

I am here to learn to unselfishly care for others as much as I selfishly care for myself.

I am here to learn to selflessly bring happiness and well-being to others as much as I selfishly work to achieve my own well-being and happiness.

I am here to learn how to selflessly help others on their journeys to find the place where they can give their best contribution to the world, as much as I selfishly work on creating the conditions that will allow me to give my best contributions to humanity.

I am here to learn to live as an eternal spiritual being who is having a temporary human experience.

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Day 7 of the Silent Journey

If faith can be defined as believing in things that cannot be proved, then I have faith.

I have made the conscious choice to believe that I am, at the same time, both human and divine.

I have chosen to believe that this planet is an educational campus, and that I am enrolled in a course called Life.

I have chosen to believe that I was given this life, and came to this planet, to learn the lessons I need to learn, and, also, to be used to teach some lessons to others.

I have chosen to believe that I am, at the same time, both a student and a teacher, and that all other beings on this planet are students and teachers too.

We were all endowed with the power to choose; the power to exercise our free will and make our own choices. I have made the conscious decision to believe that this world, with all its contrasts, was deliberately conceived to be a training ground. I have decided to embrace the idea that this is a place that, by design, is meant to give us countless opportunities to make choices, so we can practice, and, hopefully, get good at making the right ones.

I have consciously decided to believe that I am here to learn to properly respond to whatever may happen to me. I believe that, while I am here, I will be exposed to a series of situations – some good, others bad — that will allow me to practice and get better at my responses. Therefore, I believe that what happens to me is less important than how I respond to what happens to me. I am here to take responsibility for my life… to master the ability to respond properly.

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Day 6 of the Silent Journey

I have realized that vague ambitions bring a lot of anxiety and despair to life.

I have lived all my life with these ever-present and unclear desires to be better, get to a better place, and live a better life. I kept dreaming of better and more.

Without being conscious of it, I had constantly put myself in places of dissatisfaction and unhappiness. It was almost as if I had been practicing, throughout my life, day in and day out, to get good at feeling unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and unhappy. All those desires didn’t allow me to enjoy who I was, what I did, and what I had already achieved. All those desires removed me from the present. I kept thinking about what my life should be, without paying attention to what my life was. I was not counting the blessings that surrounded me. I wanted to do more, have more, and be more. I was not being grateful. I was not enjoying life.

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Now I have realized that by practicing gratitude — when I am grateful with the present — I become happier. And by being happy, I develop a positive attitude that helps me do more, achieve more, and have more.

Today, I solemnly declare that I will continue to pursue my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development, but with the peaceful understanding that I don’t need to do anything else, have anything else, or be anyone else.

Today, I solemnly declare that I am happy, content and satisfied!

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Day 5 of the Silent Journey

I have realized that one of the businesses I was in, for the longest period of my life, was the business of trying to impress others. And I did this because I wanted to justify my own existence. I made every effort to convince myself that that my existence had meaning and that I was not wasting my time here on Earth. I kept telling myself that I was fulfilling my purpose and accomplishing something great. And my need for validation influenced the way I told my stories. I embellished them, amplifying my successes and failures, my joys and sorrows. I experienced great delight not only in hearing myself telling others how important I was, but also in seeing their reaction. I savored the compassion and sympathy that poured upon me when I told the augmented story of my suffering and showed my wounds. In my own mind, I created a grandiose character, and became over identified with it. I ended up believing in the larger-than-life stories I told about myself, and I forgot that, in great part, they came from my imagination.

I finally realized that my over identification with this self-created glorious character and its embellished stories kept me a prisoner of the past. I realized that I was over identified with the ego and its self-created myth of importance and grandeur.

Then, I noticed that I was also over identified with whom I wanted to be, do, have, and achieve. I became over identified with an image of myself and a story of how my life was going to be. This over identification kept me in the future.

I Once heard that “the ego is like a bridge that covers the present moment;” it connects the past and the future but it doesn’t allow us to touch the present. I realized that I was on that bridge.

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Today, I solemnly declare that I let go of the past and the future.

Today, I solemnly declare that I am — humbly, and at the same time, powerfully — living in the present.

Today, I solemnly declare that I abandon all need to feel important, impress others, or get their sympathy.

Today, I solemnly declare that I am doing all this without demonizing the ego, without any violence, but with patient gentleness.

Today, I solemnly declare that I am gently allowing the ego to become a servant of the Spirit.

As I diminish my over identification with the ego, and with past and projected stories, I experience freedom.  I realize that when I die, none of those things I spent so much time worrying about will matter. Death truly is the best counselor, and the final corrector.

I now believe that I came to life simply to learn how to live; and I learn how to live by learning how to die. I am ready to peacefully accept physical death when it comes, without clinging to anything, because I have died and resurrected while still alive. I live a full life because I am meekly serving others, and, in doing so, serving God.

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Day 4 of the Silent Journey – I Am Whole, Perfect and Complete.

On the inside, I feel — or I want to believe — that I came here, to this world, for an important reason: to give a major contribution, to leave a mark. But, the more I think about it, the more I realize that this desire — the desire to do something remarkable — is coming from my ego and its need to feel important.

“To leave a mark! To give a major contribution!” sounds grand and impactful, but it is also something vague, completely undefined. “To leave a mark! To give a major contribution!” does not describe, clearly and precisely, what it is that I am trying to accomplish. And if I don’t know exactly what it is that I am trying to achieve, how will I ever know if I have already achieved it or not?

The truth is that a vague and undefined goal cannot be achieved; it never will.

But what if this desire to achieve big things is what keeps me going? Could it be that without these desires I would lose interest in life? What if I replace the desire to do something big, with the desire to master my desires, with the desire to have no desires? This would be a an interesting goal to pursue. But the desire to have no desires is still, in itself, a desire. It is a big goal. So, here I am again trying to do something remarkable. Here I am, again, hoping to achieve, in the future, something that will make me better. Again, I can recognize the ego in action.

If I keep aspiring to accomplish something great in the future, I put my focus on the destination and I forget about my present location and situation; I forget to enjoy the journey!

When am I going to learn, once and for all, that it’s about the journey, not the destination?

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I realize that by living with this feeling that there is something to be achieved and conquered, I cannot be at peace. I realize that by holding feelings that something is missing, I condemn myself to keep looking. I realize that by entertaining feelings that my life is not complete, I am cornering myself.

Enough already! This has to stop! I need to get out of this trap! I must find the way out of this labyrinth! I have lived with these feelings my entire conscious life, and I need to liberate myself. And the way to liberate myself is to declare that I have already achieved whatever it is that I have been pursuing!

so, here I go…

I, hereby, solemnly declare that I have already given a major contribution to the world.

I, hereby, solemnly declare that I am whole, perfect and complete.

I, hereby, solemnly declare that I thoroughly understand that my major contribution to the world is to live every moment of my life as a whole, perfect and complete individual.

Everything is perfect. Nothing is missing. And because nothing is missing, there is nothing to look for. Therefore I can stop whatever quest I may be on, and relax. I can simply live, and enjoy a carefree life.

I can enjoy the presents in the present.

I can be present, as a present, in the present, for those who are present.

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Day 3 of the Silent Journey – Can You Get Yourself Out Of The Way?

I need to get myself out of the way and allow myself to be fully present.

I need to get my thoughts, my evaluations, my comparisons, my judgment, my criticism, my self-importance, my need to be right, my over-thinking, my fears, my expectations… I need to move all these things that are cluttering my head out of the way.

If I am always in my head, then I am always either in the past or in the future. If I am always in my head, I cannot be here, now.

Am I going to do what I think I should be doing? Or am I going to yield, surrender, listen to God, and do what God wants me to do?

Do I want to listen to God? Do I want to discern God’s point of view? Or I don’t?

Do I want to hear what the Forces of the Universe have to tell me? Or I just want to listen to myself?

Am I going to embrace the spiritual life the way I think it should be, or the way God has prepared it for me?

I need to get myself out of the way and allow myself to be fully present. But this shouldn’t be a battle. It shouldn’t be a struggle. I must carry this out effortlessly, joyfully, gently… with joy, ease, and lightness.

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I should not think too much! I must allow myself to be present, to be here, now, in this precise moment, open to the exploration, and listening carefully to the inspirations.

I will, gently and effortlessly, without struggle, move myself out of my own way.

I will give myself permission to be present, in the present, as a present.

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Day 2 of the Silent Journey – What Are You Looking For?

What am I looking for? What kind of question is this? I am not sure I know how to answer it. What am I looking for? I don’t know. Do I know? OK, I will give it a try.

I am looking for happiness, and I am looking for meaning.

I want to live a happy life. I want all pain and suffering out of my way.

I want to live a meaningful life. I want to find that place, that career, however humble, where I can use to the fullest the gifts God has given me — my talents, my skills — to give a significant contribution to humanity.

Yes, I am looking for happiness, and I am looking for meaning, but not only for myself; I am looking to bring happiness, and the experience of living a meaningful and successful existence, to the lives of others too. I want to help others find their niche, that special place from where they can give their best contribution to the world, that place where they can experience self-realization, happiness, and the feeling that they are doing good things. I want to be one of those who creates conditions and makes it easier for every human being to give their best contribution to society.

I want to feel that I am being used by the Power of Good to do good.

I want to be successful, but, again, what is success? How do I define it?

More than ‘to be successful,’ I want to experience that peaceful feeling that I have achieved success already. I want to feel that there’s nothing missing, so there’s nothing to look for. I want to feel that I have already arrived at my destination, and that there’s no reason to go anywhere else, nor should I want to go anywhere else. I want to experience that I am whole, complete, and perfect already.

I keep saying that I want to give a contribution to the world, but I forget something very important. I have to remember that I give my best contribution everyday, by treating everyone I meet with kindness and generosity.

A kind word, a sincere compliment, a smile, an optimistic attitude, a positive outlook, undivided and genuine interest, authentic patience, a helping hand, a firm commitment to help others achieve their dreams… those are my best contributions.

I also have to remember that I have already given my best contribution to the world. I am leaving behind me two men that are much better than I am. My two sons are a blessing to the Universe.

So, why keep asking, “What am I looking for?”

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I want to live as an explorer and as an inspirer. I want to explore life, and be a source of positive inspiration to others.

I want to live as a promoter of peace and unity!

I want to live in a less violent world where collaboration is considered a higher value than competition. I want to live in a world ruled by respect, kindness, gentleness, compassion, generosity, patience, love, care for others, forgiveness, humbleness, and commitment to love, care, and share.

I want to live in a world where we imitate the Great Teachers who taught us that we don’t have to compete all the time, we don’t have to impose our will all the time, we don’t have to prove that we are right all the time, we don’t have to win all the time. I want to live in a world where we imitate the Wisest Ones who showed us the blessings contained in yielding, surrendering and letting go.

I want to be able to be present, in the present, as a present.

I want to be here, now.

I want to be able to pay attention and be alert all the time so I can see beauty everywhere, all the the time. I want to be able to feel the Divine Presence everywhere, all the time. I want to feel that I am immersed in God and surrounded by God everywhere, all the time.

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We Just Won!

This is a true story…

It was past midnight, and there we were, the two of us, calmly driving home after work.

“I wouldn’t quit work,” he said. “I would probably work less, but would not quit. I would pay all my bills, everything that I owe. After that I would help my children. And I would help you, my brother.” He took a moment and then asked, “And what about you? What would you do?”

“I wouldn’t go for a life of luxury. No, I don’t need this. But I would certainly get me a new home — one that wouldn’t require so much maintenance — and a new car too. I would enroll in the courses and retreats that I have always wanted to attend but could not afford. I would study more, read more, write more, and teach more. I would help the world, especially through education. And I would help you, my brother.”

It was a beautiful and quiet night. The streets were empty and we were retracing the same route we had been on so many times before, while dreaming of what we would do if we won the lottery.

And, then, suddenly, that car that was facing us — the car that, clearly, visibly, and undoubtely, was waiting for us to go through the intersection before it would make the left turn — that car started to move, and it put itself right in the middle of a collision course.

No time to think. Instinctive reaction. That car is right in front of me. Hit the breaks. No, it won’t work; the car is not going to stop. Release the brakes. Turn the wheel. To the right. Not too hard or the car will flip over. He must have seen me. He is stopping. He’s in the middle of the intersection. There’s a way out. To the right. I’m passing the car now. I see it on my left. I didn’t hit it. It didn’t hit us. Course correction. Gently. To the left now. Back on track!

Breathe!

No other cars! No curb! No poles! No trees! Thank God!

Shaking and shocked, we asked one another, “What was that? What has just happened?” And amazing as it may sound, the two of us had the same thought, and in a matter of seconds came to the same conclusion… “You know what just happened? Let me tell you what happend: we just won the lottery!” And we smiled, grateful for our lives.
That’s exactly what happened.

Moral: You may dream about what you don’t have, but be grateful for what you have: your loved ones, your family and friends, and your career, however humble. Be grateful for this beautiful planet. Be grateful for your life and enjoy it while you are here. This is the big prize!

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Day 1 of the Silent Journey – Why Am I Here?

Why am I here?

I am here because the Forces of the Universe brought me here.

I am here because God wants me here.

I am here for you.
I am here for you.

I am here to learn.

Actually, I am here to remember what I already know — what I always knew — but keep forgetting.

I am here, not only to learn; I am here to teach as well.

I am here to learn and to teach.

I am here to explore and inspire.

I am here to explore and learn, so I can teach and inspire.

I am here for you.

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