Copyright 2002, Bill
Austin, All Rights Reserved.
- The three key questions
I ask myself every day are:
Do I accept/respect/honor/cherish the divinity in others?
Do I respect/honor/cherish Earth?
- The greatest and most
profound service that I can render to others is to love and to accept
- RE: Frost. While it
seems that most people follow the heavily-traveled path, the more I
get to know people, the more I wonder. I suspect that more people than
I think go into the golden woods and bushwhack their way out. I hope
so for this is the only way that people can become happy and fulfilled
What makes a healthy lifestyle? A: Finding out who you are
inside and living your life in accordance with your truth.
- It is important to
reflect upon our lives and to develop a belief system that nurtures
and supports us. Too often our personal theology is hidden away in the
subconscious closet, quietly coloring every aspect of our lives
without us even realizing this. And when we do notice, arenít we
- I used to look back on
the past and beat myself up. But the clearer, higher perspective of
the present was usually gained through experiencing the outcome or
effect of the perspective of the past. The bottom line is that
everyone does the best they can at any moment of time.
- Everyone is on the
spiritual path. However, not everyone realizes this.
- Our lives are like
building sand castles by the ocean. So often we try to cling and
defend our creations from the inevitable onslaught of time and nature.
Everything that God takes away from us is always replaced by something
better. But how sad we become when our past creations are removed from
us: Itís like removing toys or candy from a child. And oh how much
time and energy we invest in clinging on to things that are no longer
for our higher good.
- The soap opera aspects
of our lives are like the waves that agitate the ocean without
changing the inherent nature of the ocean. The dramas in our lives
appear much fiercer than they really are. They cannot upset us
permanently unless we believe them and act upon this belief. Nothing
outside of ourselves can disturb our serenity.
- When we begin to
consciously trod the spiritual path, we are never alone. Hordes of
angels clear the path ahead of us and many more guard our backs. But
since the path inevitably leads to and through our innermost heart, we
often feel alone. No one else can walk the path for us.
- One must walk through
the dark to find the light. There is no other way. As we seek
the Light, we often are sidetracked into the dark and often we wallow
in its oh so comforting depths. God in His infinite mercy sent Jesus
and Krishna and Buddha to guide us through the dark and to haul us out
of the pits. God planted the Holy Spirit within us to remind us of the
- The dark side of
ourselves really wants to be accepted & loved & transformed to
- Every event or encounter
we have is an opportunity to open our hearts or harden them.
- It is great arrogance on
our parts to view life as "my" life or "your"
life. We are all designed to be vessels and channels of God's Love and
Light and Spirit.
- The people in our lives
are like water running through our fingers. We can experience their
essence and spirit, but we can never possess or control or cling on to
- The spiritual life is
like the game "Mother May I." For every giant leap forward,
there are two baby steps back. However, as long as we persevere, we
progress. It isn't always easy, but it is very sure.
- How often we talk just
for the sake of talking. Very rarely do we have anything meaningful to
say. And so often what we say hurts another even when we donít mean
- We draw problems to us
for the impetus and opportunity they give us to connect with our
souls. The larger the problem, the more potential there is for growth.
I should know: It took some truly monstrous problems to inspire me to
search for a better way to live.
- I use two rules of thumb
to evaluate any new spiritual technique. First, I ask is it
user-friendly, that is simple and easy to apply. If it passes this
test, then I ask myself do I understand the principle behind it. If I
donít understand the principle, itís not meant for me. Usually the
simplest techniques like meditation are the most effective/transformative.
- We can either trust
others or distrust them. Individuals who choose to distrust others,
however, find themselves surrounded by untrustworthy people.
- Although I know that the
words I use either build people up or tear them down, I donít live
this and I should.
- When you encounter an
obstacle or block in your life, you are meant to experience it and go
through it, not around it. However, when you choose to go
around an obstacle and most of us do, know that you will encounter the
exact same obstacle again and again until you are able to go through
it. Eventually you get so sick and tired of the block that you just
want to dynamite it, and it is usually at this point that we make a
- If you aren't enjoying
the things in your life, give them away and get others. If the things
and people in your life don't energize and revitalize and excite you,
they no longer are meant for you. Carpe Diem! Get a life!
- Our thoughts are
boomerangs that leave our hands to gather experiences which return to
hit us upside the head.
- I tend to make spiritual
growth harder than it actually is. Most people don't need to read
anything at all or to even go to church to grow spiritually. What
everyone does need to do, however, is to connect with their souls in
one way or another each day and to pay close attention to the events
of their daily lives. You begin to grow very rapidly when you view
everything you experience as a lesson.
- The things in our lives
that really push our buttons or trigger a strong emotional response
are the areas in our life that need to be closely examined. It is like
mining in that it takes some digging and probing to find the gold in
them there hills.
- Any ism that separates
you from another person or a group of people is a good ism to part
- A lot of people awaken
through a particular metaphysical belief system or path, and they
naturally tend to believe that "their" path will serve
others as well as it served them. It is important for people who
are "further along" on the path to be as supportive of other
paths and traditions AS THEY ARE OF THEIR OWN. Many people who
experiment with your path may not ultimately commit to it and this is
OK. It is important that each soul find the best possible match for
itself and WE SHOULD ALL SUPPORT THIS.
- People who are
"further along" in their journey toward God-realization than
new comers often struggle with different issues than beginners do.
When you encounter new friends to "your" path, try to
remember how you felt and where you were when you began walking it.
- Sometimes we get fixated
upon things like pizza, especially if we are starved, and we filter
ALL of our consciousness through this one desire until we get what we
want. When you feel as fixated upon finding the Goddess as you do
about pizza, you will find Her. This is what is meant by the phrase
"to hunger and thirst after righteousness."
- Saints understand the
pizza idea very well. Brother Lawrence, who is delightful, once told a
fellow monk: "If you want to know and experience the love of God
above all else, please feel free to come to me at any time. If you
don't feel this way though, don't waste my time."
- The most direct path to
God lies in your heart, NOT in your head or in your church.
- Americans are spoiled in
that we want everything NOW. Many people get discouraged or
disillusioned from pursuing their spiritual growth, because it takes
some time to experience tangible changes. Even if nothing appears to
be happening though, something is. It's like planting a garden: Often
it takes some time for the green stuff to emerge from the ground after
you plant the seeds. And just when you think you need to replant them,
they pop up.
- We are all very fond of
organizing or placing aspects of our lives into boxes: We create boxes
for partners, children, finances, work, friends, etc. We create so
many boxes that we often box ourselves in, and then it becomes
difficult to escape.
- When it snows, people
always try to walk in the footprints of others, but this usually is an
uncomfortable path to trod.
- The biggest
menace/temptation to people on the spiritual path is the mistaken
belief that "I'm really, deep-down, better than you are
because" a. "I'm on the spiritual path" or b. "I'm
enlightened" or c. "I know more than you do." This is
why Jesus focused so much on the importance of humility.
- Spiritual teachers and
sages over time have always advised the people they encounter to take
the middle road - the path of moderation. Often people repress their
shadow when they try so hard to be good. The more that you repress
your shadow, however, the meaner and larger it becomes until
eventually it overwhelms you and takes control. I think that this is
what happened to the televangelists.