“A monk is confronted by a brutish samurai,
who demands that the monk reveal the secret of life.
But the monk, in meditation, ignores the samurai.
After repeated threats, the samurai summons all his will,
“Don’t you know that I could run you through in a second without blinking an eye?”
And the monk, without looking up, responds, with all his surrender,
“And don’t you know that I could be run through in a second without blinking an eye?”
The stunned warrior bows and withdraws.
“This story] speak[s] to our need to find a place of inner authority
from which we can stand in the world
while rooted in the true nature of things,
empowered with all its fragility and endurance.
It is compelling to realize that a threat is only powerful
when we cling to what is threatened.”
from Finding Inner Courage
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The amazing aspect of grace is love.
We call it grace because it places no blame;
it forgives all;
it doesn’t worry about what we did or didn’t do;
its casts away our burdens;
it releases our sins;
it lifts us above the law of cause and effect – what we call karma.
Love bestows upon us the unblemished gift,
allows us to reap the good that we have not sown.
As Jesus says, others have done the hard work,
but beloved YOU may reap the benefit of their labor.
Here is what loving success will do: love will pierce the spiritual ethers,
ply the universe of opportunity, and provide you with the inexhaustible supply of amazing gifts.
Isn’t that what happened to Joseph?
He moved from being a slave to a rich man – over all of the resources in Egypt.
It didn’t what anyone else thought or did to him because he was the loving energy of success.
He said (Genesis 50:20) — you might mean evil but love is just using you to bring about my good.
There are unlimited channels pouring your success from every spigot in the universe.
Say throughout this meditation to yourself and know throughout the day,
“Love will astonish me with amazing gifts.”