Tuesday 10 August 2010

Paint Stripper

"The spiritual journey," says Thomas Keating, "is not a career or success story. It is a series of  humiliations of the false self that becomes more and more profound."

Colleen Loehr  comments:
 "The world stood on its head.  For decades I had been seeking accumulation and self-enhancement when in fact all along the deeper longing was for the very opposite: diminution of that heavy burden of an imaginary ego-self ."

With thanks to:  http://emersonandtolle.blogspot.com/

1 comment:

Colleen Loehr said...

Thanks for sharing these words from Thomas Keating and what the words have meant to me. I have been blessed to spend some time with Thomas Keating, and there is the spaciousness of egolessness in his presence. When he was younger he talks about how he was driven toward the pursuit of ego-enhancement and personal specialness. He has shown me that freedom is about non-clinging and letting go, being with the simplicity of what is, rather than about gaining, getting, adding, or becoming more in some way.

There is still a falling into the old ego habit of grasping and adding to the sense of me...but it has less of a strong hold over attention.