my soul is not contained within the limits of my body my body is contained
within the limitlessness of my soul
I’ve often said that I wish people could realize all their dreams and wealth and fame and
so that they could see that it’s not where you’re going to find
your sense of completion
I can tell you from experience the effect you have on others is the most
valuable currency there is
Because everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart
and all that will be left of you is what was in your heart
we’re not be avatars we create we’re not the pictures on the film stock
we are the light that shines through. All else is just smoke and mirrors
distracting but not truly compelling
our eyes are not viewers they’re also projectors
that are running a second story over the picture
that we see in front of us all the time fear is writing that script
now fear is going to be a player in your life you get to decide how much
you could spend your whole life imagining ghosts
worrying about the pathway to the future but all there will ever be
is what’s happening here in the decisions we make in this moment which
are based in either love or fear
so many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality
what we really want seems impossibly out of reach
and ridiculous to expect so we never dared to ask the universe for it
I’m saying that you can ask the universe for it
life doesn’t happen to you
it happens for you
as far as I can tell it’s just about
letting the universe know what you want
and working toward it
while letting go of how it comes to pass
why not take a chance on faith
not religion but faith
not hope but faith. I don’t believe in hope
hope is the beggar. Hope walks through the fire
and faith leaps over it
you are ready
and able to do beautiful things in this world
and after you walk through those doors today you’ll only ever have two choices
love or fear
and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart
If you awaken from this illusion
and you understand that black implies white
self implies other
life implies death
or shall I say death implies life
you can feel yourself.
Not as a stranger in the world.
Not as something here on probation.
Not as something that has arrived here by fluke.
But you can begin to feel your own existence
as absolutely fundamental.
I’m not trying to sell you on this idea
in the sense of converting you to it.
I want you to play with it.
I want you to think of its possiblities.
I’m not trying to prove it
I’m just putting it forward as a possibility of life to think about
Let’s suppose that you were able every night,
to dream any dream you wanted to dream.
And that you could for example have the power
within one night to dream seventy five years of time.
Or any length of time you wanted to have.
And you would naturally, as you began on this adventure of dreams,
you would fulfill all your wishes.
You would have every kind of pleasure.
And after several nights
of seventy five years of total pleasure each,
you would say “Well that was pretty great!”
But now let’s – let’s have a surprise”.
“Let’s have a dream which isn’t under control”.
“Where something is going to happen to me
but I don’t what it’s going to be.”
And you would dig that
And come out of that you’d say
“Wow that was a close shave wasn’t it?”
Then you would get more and more adventurous
and you would make further and further gambles
to what you would dream.
Finally you would dream where you are now.
You would dream the dream of living the life
that you are actually living today.
That would be within the infinite multiplicity
of choices that you would have.
Of playing that you weren’t God.
Because the whole nature of the God in you
according to this idea, is to play that he’s not.
So in this idea then, everybody is fundamentally
the ultimate reality, not God in a politically kingly sense,
but God in the sense of being the self.
The deep down basics, whatever there is.
And you’re all that.
Only your pretending your not.
“Happiness is not a disease. It does not creep up on you slowly. It is something that happens in an instant. And the truth of the matter is that you can alter your state to a state of happiness, by simply choosing to be willing to have it be the way it is. In other words, if you walked in here tonight troubled, or if you’ve been sitting there troubled, or if you’re troubled in any way, in the next instant you can be totally untroubled, and it comes from a simple willingness. I’d really like you to get this. It comes from the very simple willingness. It is the willingness to look at what is as what is. It’s the willingness for it to be the way it is. Now, it may take you some days, or years to move through all of the circumstances of life and move from a resistance to them, an unwillingness for them to be the way they are, to a willingness for them to be the way they are. You can do all that. You can spend your years moving through all of it happily. You don’t need to do it unhappily. Happiness isn’t at the end of the rainbow. Happiness is at the beginning of the rainbow. Following the rainbow is happiness, not getting to the end of it.”
– Werner Erhard