~Love is Letting Go of Fear~

With peace of mind as our single goal,
forgiveness becomes our single function.
Forgiveness is the vehicle used for correcting our misperceptions
and for helping us
let go of fear.
Simply stated, to forgive is to let go.
Our first step in mind retraining is to establish peace of mind as our single goal. This means thinking of ourselves first in terms of self-fullness, not selfishness. The second step is forgiveness. Many of us become frustrated when we make the mistake of trying to love others as the first step. In light of our past distorted values and experiences, some people simply seem unlovable; because of our faulty perception of their behavior it is difficult to love them. When we have peace of mind as a single goal, we can then take the second step, forgiveness, and choose to see others as extending Love, or being fearful and calling for help in the form of Love. With this new perception, it becomes easier to give both total Love and acceptance to the other person and therefore to experience inner peace at the same time.

Other people do not have to change for us to experience peace of mind.

It may be useful to think of the mind as the film, the camera, and everything else involved in movie production. What we experience is really our state of mind projected outward upon a screen called "the world." This world and those in it actually become the mirror of our thoughts and fantasies. What our mind projects becomes our perception, which limits our vision as long as we hold to it.
Our mind functions as if it were split; part of it acts as if it were directed by our egos, and part by Love. Most of the time, our mind pays attention to this pseudodirector that we call our ego, which is simply another name for fear. The ego directs only movies of war and conflict, although through disguises it makes them appear as if they were the realization of our romantic fantasies. It actually directs only movies that project the illusion that we are all separate from each other. Our true director, Love, does not project illusions; it only extends the truth. Love directs movies that unite and join.
Our mind is actually the director, producer, scriptwriter, film editor, cast, projectionist, audience and critic. Our mind, being limitless, has the capacity of changing the movie and everything about it at any time. Our mind has the power of making all decisions.
The ego part of our mind acts like a curtain of fear and guilt which blocks out Love. We can learn to direct our mind to open the curtain and reveal the light of Love that has always been there and remains our true reality.

Taken from "Love is Letting Go of Fear"
by Gerold Jampolski

The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives
as we pass through this world.
There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us,
no monuments created in our honor.
But that does not lessen our possible impact,
for there are scores of people
waiting for someone like us to come along-
people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement,
who will need our unique talents.
Someone who will live a happier life merely because
we took the time to share what we had to give.
Too often we underestimate the power of
a touch,
a smile,
a kind word,
a listening ear,
an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
It is overwhelming to consider the numerous opportunities there are to make our love felt.

Leo Bascuglia quote.


Love cannot be captured or tied to a wall.
Love only slips through the chains.
If love wills to take another course, it goes;
and all the prisons, guards, chains or obstructions in the world
aren't strong enough to detain it for a second.
Love is always open arms.
With arms open you allow love to come and go as it will, freely,
for it will do so anyway.
If you close your arms about love
you'll find you are left only holding yourself.

Leo Buscaglia quote.


~My Symphony~

To live content with small means and
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion.

To be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich.
To study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, and act frankly.

To listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages with an open heart.
To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never.

In a word, to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.
This...is to be my symphony.

~William Henry Channing~

Create a vision and never let the environment,
other people's beliefs, or the limits of what
has been done in the past shape your decisions.
Ignore conventional wisdom.

~Anthony Robbins~

Gerald Jampolski and Leo Buscaglia
are two of my favorite authors.
I proudly display a few of their words
upon this page today.
Their teachings have influenced my life
in a very positive way.


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