“We are not weak, sinful, shameful human creatures who have to somehow earn the right to become spiritual. We are Spiritual Beings having a human experience.”
–Robert Burney, The Dance of Wounded Souls
Burney is helping me through my own spiritual quest. “We are not trapped in a vale of tears because there is no God force. We do not simply exist because of some biological accident.”
Try this one on: “It is not human needs and desires that cause suffering, it is looking to get those needs fulfilled in someplace where they cannot be fulfilled that causes suffering.”
I want to share what I learned from reading this — I am one of those people who seeks outside validation. I admit it. Never trusting my opinions, judgments, gut instincts at times, or myself — I look to others to define ME. When this happens, I feel empty inside, like there is a void I choose not to fill.
This makes me into my own victim, a hostage of negative emotions, fears, self-hate. I long to break this cycle by seeking IN-dependence from OUT-side or external forces and people. This is my struggle. I have to look inward to help myself, build ME up before building up others, something I am determined to do through cracking below the surface of “self-analysis” into “self-discovery.” I hope this helps others, too. (ARG — there I go again looking outside instead.)
Which books, thoughts, or quotes have helped you?