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August 10, 2016

Enlightenment

Dear Friend,

I promise not to get too deep, but as you know I believe that your brain is not you. I believe that thoughts come from your brain, but there is an author of the thoughts and that is you. There is a thinker of the ideas, and that is you. You are different from your brain and it is important for you to find out who you are by looking inside yourself to find yourself. Ok that’s all for now. I ask you to read the following story.

A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. “Spare some change, mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap?” I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he asked, “What’s that you are sitting on?” “Nothing,” replied the beggar. “Just an old box, I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.” “Ever looked inside,” asked the strange. “No” said the beggar, “What’s the point? There’s nothing in there.” Have a look inside insisted the stranger. The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.

I could be your stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere even closer: Inside yourself.

I can hear you say, “But I am not a beggar,” my answer to you is that those who have not found their true wealth, which is the joy of being in an unmistakably peaceful place, are beggars, even though they have great material wealth.

They are looking outside themselves for scraps of pleasure, fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.

Being is not definable. You can only feel it. When you do, you have tapped into the power of your intensions and everything you want and need comes to you…

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Taken in part from “The power of now” by Eckhard Tolle

Your Friend,
Stu

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