“Be realistic about your experiences here. There is only one person who needs to wake up and that is you. Those who have a gift to give you will not withhold it. Those who withhold information or love from you, have no gift to give. Beware of those who would make you jump through hoops or stand in line. They are just lining their pockets at your expense. Do not tolerate the idea that salvation lies somewhere else. It doesn’t.
Either you hold the key or you don’t. If you do, you must begin to use it. If you don’t, forget spirituality. If someone else has something you don’t, then you and he are doomed together. Better just forget the whole thing and go sailing. In fact, why not go sailing anyway? Why not do whatever brings you joy? Do you really think you will wake up by doing something serious? I assure you, that is out of the question.
Everything you are serious about will be thoroughly abused until you realize the absurdity of holding anything sacred or apart from life. Enlightenment comes with a great big belly laugh, not a knowledgeable sneer.”
Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”
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