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should be doing the Tao Te Ching. I apologize and will continue it tomorrow, but I wanted to share a story that some of you may know. Please forgive me for I will be telling it short hand and maybe not all the details will be correct, but the jist of the story is something that I'm going to practice and I thought others might enjoy this also.

There live a man named Siddhartha a long time ago who one day saw death and suffering and asked, "Why do we suffer?" He decided to find the answer to this. So for years he looked far and low for the answer and yet did not find it. He tried many mediations and did not find it. He denied the body and did not find it.

One day he sat underneath a Bodhi Tree, contempating this. As he sat, he noticed a farmer farming. He felt at peace and a calmness came over him. He realized that he had found his answer to suffering. The peace was right here in the Now. The present moment. The answer was within him the entire time.

Later on that night a demon came to him under the Bodhi Tree. It offered him the gifts of the world and Siddhartha said nothing. Frustrasted, the demon projected fear unto the Siddhartha and he calmly looked upon fear and said, "I know you." Then the demon projected anger upon him and again he calmly looked upon anger and said, "I know you." And once again the demon projected guilt upon him and again he calmly looked upon it and said, " I know you."

All night this went on, with the demon projecting all of these thoughts and emotions onto Siddhartha. And all night he calmly looked upon each one and said, "I know you."

Finally the demon gave up and left. That day Siddhartha became awakened and today we know him as The Buddha.

What I love about this story is it shows us the ability to look upon our thoughts and simply say, "I know you." We can practice looking upon the thought as nothing more than what it is...a thought, not out True Selves.

So the next time we see anger, or jealousy, or fear or even pleasure. We can look upon, maybe even with a smile and say, "I Know You."

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Comment by Eric G. on March 17, 2009 at 9:25am
Hey Louise and Masil, a good morning to ya :-)

It's funny Louise how much I see spiritual lessons in movies or even sometimes a TV show and quite a bit in music. Funny how the signs, the lessons have always been there and I didn't even realize it. Like Labyrinth.

I like that masil and how true, when we see all things innocent we will see ourselves as innocent. I cannot truly say I see that now, but the guilt I project onto the world is lessening and with that I feel a lessening of the guilt within me.

With love,

Comment by masil on March 17, 2009 at 5:22am
Acknowledging Ï Know You" reminds me of David Paul's sharing at acimgather. on Sunday evening. He mentioned feeling compassion and gratitude for those thoughts....... extending love and blessing these thoughts.
The quote shared today by The Voice For Love reads
"When one fears the thoughts within his mind,
he fears the one who created them.
When you see all things as innocent,
you will see yourself as innocent too."
Comment by Eric G. on March 14, 2009 at 10:23am
You're very welcome Nicole. I'm glad you liked it. :-)
Comment by PeacefulWisdom on March 13, 2009 at 5:53pm
Oh Eric! I loved that! Thank you so much for sharing =D
I'm going to print it out and tape it in my "Course" so I don't forget =)

Peace ^_^V

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