Deep down, you know.
June 11, 2010
Every morning, either while I’m walking around my gorgeous green hood or while I’m driving to work along tree-lined streets, I listen to one of Brian Johnson’s 20-minute Philosophers Notes. I love these things. Brian has read and digested 100 of the best personal growth books – books on philosophy, spirituality, psychology, wealth, discipline, etc. by authors like Nietzche, Deepak Chopra, Emerson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Wayne Dyer, Joseph Campbell, Eckhart Tolle, Martin Seligman, Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Rumi, etc. He pulls out the juiciest bits from each book and presents them in a way that’s succinct and relatable.
So every morning I hit “shuffle” and get a random note. Today’s was The Power of Your Supermind, by Vernon Howard. Synchronystically, Vernon is big on authenticity and integrity, which I was addressing in yesterday’s blog. Here are a few awesome Vernon quotes:
This one is powerful:
“The genuinely spiritual person is one who has lost all desire to be anyone but exactly who he is, without labels and without apologies. He is what he is and that’s all there’s is to it. Such a man is undivided, uncomplicated and contented.”
“To be real is to be spiritual. A cat is normal because no one has fixed him with a neurotic notion that he should be a tiger. A man loses neurosis when he is what he is.”
“You know what is right. Deep down, you know. The battle between your true wisdom and the counterfeit wisdom of society is what causes frustration. Refuse to compromise with what you know is right—with what is right for you.”
“Never sacrifice your inner integrity to anyone, anytime, anywhere.”
“Don’t look for someone in whom to believe. Believe in yourself. The only authentic authority is your own original nature.”
“No one can tell you what is right for you except for yourself. So start telling yourself what to do. If you blunder for ten years while thinking for yourself, that is rich treasure when compared with living these ten years under the mental domination of another.”
“How true are you to yourself? That is the degree of your contentment.”
“If your grand purpose in life is to wake up, then whatever happens to you is good, for it can prod you into self-awakening.”
“Is the beam from a lighthouse affected by howling wind and rain? It remains perfectly steadfast and unaffected by the storm. Your true self is like that. Nothing can ever harm you once you are consciously aware that it is so.”
And a last one from Tony Robbins:
“The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity.”