“Looking around at our Western nations, you can see that the quality of people’s lives is going down the tubes. They are getting worse and worse, sicker and sicker. So you’ve only got two options. You can sit around and get physically and emotionally ill, or you can do something about it. The first step of this journey is desire. How strong is your desire? Will you consolidate it and become free, and perceive the world in a different way? Can you let go of where you find yourself today? You don’t have to go over the top like I did and walk out of your house. But you do have to have the desire, and you will have to act to change things.
You make the first move. Spirit never comes down to fetch you. It doesn’t wander around saying, ‘Anybody here want to get realized? Anyone need to transcend?’ It’s not whistling in the marketplace trying to drum up business. It sits there, passively waiting for you to come and get it. So a part of your process is to reach up for it.
Put your arms up, reach out and say to that infinite God Force inside of you—in whatever way you want to describe it: Buddha, the Christ consciousness, Krishna, the Tao—reach up and say, ‘Hey, I want to change. I want to go beyond where I find myself now; because if I don’t, I’ll bore myself to death.’ You’ve got to want to change—that’s the first move. I wanted to. I must say, I had a lot of desire and a lot of tenacity. A lot.
So if you’re coming along on this journey, make the commitment. If you don’t want to make the commitment, throw this book out the window.”
~ Stuart Wilde from Infinite Self
I got this book after reading a quote from Stuart Wilde in An Audience of One. It floored me.
We’ll talk about it more in a bit, but here it is: “Messy surroundings and an untidy life reflect a weakened metaphysical and psychological state. If you are powerful, you will dominate your life, you will find time to clean up and order things, and you will want to do that as a part of your personal discipline. Mess is the external manifestation of the ego’s disquiet and laziness.”
So, the next time I was online, I went straight to Google to find out where that quote came from. Enter: This book. I read it a couple days later. (Thank you, Amazon.)
Stuart Wilde was a leading a figure in the self-help movement. In the 1990’s, he was giving lectures with Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. He’s a really funny guy.
This book was written in 1996. It features “33 steps” to tapping into the infinite within you. In some ways, it’s like a Taoist version of Eric Butterworth’s (Christian) take on it i++
Discover the Power Within You. (Get a copy of the book here.)
Of course, it’s packed with Big Ideas. I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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