Saturday, October 02, 2010

Death is an ultimate event, but before it
happens there are many minor losses
along the way. If you take a moment to
think about it, you can easily see
the pattern of gain and loss
that runs throughout your
own life.

While they are occurring,
losses seem painful, and the ego
inevitably reacts to loss by wanting to
hold on. Yet moving from childhood to
adolescence is a loss from one perspective
and a gain from another;
getting married represents the loss of single life
and the gain of a partner. Gain and loss are two
faces of the same thing. You can’t lose anything,
because you never had it in the first place.
The only thing you’ve ever really had is yourself.
Thoughts are like quests: they check in and out,
while you are still there. regard objects and
possessions in the same way.
They come and they go.
what remains is yourself.
Life is full of adversity, small or large.
It defends you from loss and disaster
and fends off the concept of death for
as long as it can. But everything in
creation is made of energy.
After it is created, any given energy
form must maintain itself for
a certain time.
After a period of stability,
the life force wants to bring
something new onto the stage.
In order to do that, old, outworn
patterns must be dissolved.

Adapted from The Way of the Wizard:
Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want
by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 1995).

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