Saturday, March 19, 2011

Some Wisdom From Anthony De Mello: Wake Up/Stay Awake

I keep meaning to get some of his books...

"Is there anything I can do to make myself enlightened?"

"As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning."

"Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?"

"To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise."

~ From One Minute Wisdom

Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don't know it, are asleep. They're born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. You know — all mystics — Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion — are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare.

~ Quotation from Approaching God : How to Pray by Steve Brown

Hmm, what was it Jesus and Siddhartha kept saying again...?


  1. I own a copy of The Way to Love, some nice tidbits there.

  2. This reminds me of one of my favorite movies,Joe Vs. the Volcano (yes, I know, I'm weird). One of the characters says that most people go through life with their eyes closed; that only a few people have their eyes open, and they live their lives in a state of absolute astonishment.


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