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My Notes

He Went Away Sad

An attachment isn’t a fact. It is a belief, a fantasy in your head, acquired through programming. If that fantasy did not exist inside your head, you would not be attached. You would love things and persons and you would enjoy them thoroughly but, lacking the belief, you enjoy them on a nonattachment basis. As a matter of fact, is there any other way to really enjoy something? Pass in review now all of those attachments of yours. And to each person or object that comes to mind say:

“I am not really attached to you at all. I am merely deluding myself into the belief that without you I will not be happy.”

Just do this honestly and see the change that comes about within you:

“I am not really attached to you at all. I have merely cheated myself into the belief that without you I will not be happy.”

Suffering and Glory

Happy events make life delightful but they do not lead to self-discovery and growth and freedom. That privilege is reserved to the things and persons and situations that cause us pain.

Now think of some recent event that caused you pain, that produced negative feelings in you. Whoever or whatever caused those feelings was your teacher, because they revealed so much to you about yourself that you probably did not know. And they offered you an invitation and a challenge to self-understanding, self-discovery, and therefore to growth and life and freedom.