Island – random quotations

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard.
Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.

I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig.
Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me.
When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.
No rhetoric, no tremolos,
no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell.
And of course, no theology, no metaphysics.
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.

So throw away your baggage and go forward.
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.
That’s why you must walk so lightly.
Lightly my darling,
on tiptoes and no luggage,
not even a sponge bag,
completely unencumbered.”

“It isn’t a matter of forgetting. What one has to learn is how to remember and yet be free of the past.”

“The more a man knows about himself in relation to every kind of experience, the greater his chance of suddenly, one fine morning, realizing who in fact he is…”

“We cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way.”

“Don’t try to behave as though you were essentially sane and naturally good. We’re all demented sinners in the same cosmic boat – and the boat is perpetually sinking.”

“Dualism… Without it there can hardly be good literature. With it, there most certainly can be no good life.”

“One touches and, in the act of touching, one’s touched.”

I really love quotations about our shadow side, which we all have, imho, and self-discovery. Perhaps mine is more prominent than others’. In bringing our darkness into the light, that is how we drive it out. The redemptive power of love. I truly believe that love conquers all. But it would be in alignment with the Universal plan, rather than our own egoic one. That’s reassuring in a way, because who knows how we’d f’k shit up right??? Certainly wouldn’t be the first time… ><

Realizing the limits of my mind have allowed me to open up my trust in the Universe, to witness and recognize the synchronicities in life and to let go of control.. to let the Universe guide me.. What is it guiding me to? I have no idea. The Janet Amare book writes that often our soul will only show us the first step, the next immediate step, because we may not be ready for the steps after.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi

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