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12 Steps to Spiritual Enlightenment


Author: Phil Bolsta    (all articles by this author)
Published on: December 7, 2001

Excerpts from "A Twelve Step Program for Spiritual Enlightenment"

by Phil Bolsta

STEP ONE

RETHINK YOUR WORLDVIEW

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper - Eden Phillports

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. - Marcel Proust (1871-1922) French Novelist

STEP TWO

KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT SEPARATED FROM GOD

You are literally a drop of God in a sea of God. - Donald Schnell

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

STEP THREE

KNOW THAT YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU ARE LOVED

As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson

A person desperately searching for love is like a fish desperately searching for water. - Deepak Chopra

STEP FOUR

ALWAYS CHOOSE THE PATH OF MOST LOVE

Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. - Henry Drummond

STEP FIVE

FOLLOW YOUR GUIDANCE

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Alas for those who never sing and die with all their music in them. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

STEP SIX

CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY

The quality of one's life depends on the quality of attention.  Whatever you pay attention to will grow more important in your life.  There is no limit to the kinds of changes that awareness can produce. - Deepak Chopra

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. - Anais Nin

STEP SEVEN

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE

God gives every bird its food but He does not throw it into the nest. - J.G. Holland

Being ungrateful for what you get never gets you more. - H. Glasow

STEP EIGHT

DETACH FROM OUTCOMES

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. - Art Linkletter

Leap and the net will appear. - Les Brown

STEP NINE

LEARN TO WANT WHAT YOU HAVE

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them. - Charles C. West

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy.  What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. - Richard Bach

STEP TEN

SEE EVERY MOMENT AS A GIFT

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. - William James

You may be the only Bible somebody ever reads. - Mark Twain

STEP ELEVEN

CONCENTRATE ON BEING, NOT DOING

Often, people attempt to live their life backward.  They try to have more things or more money in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. - Shakti Gawain

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

STEP TWELVE

RECOGNIZE THAT EXTERNAL SECURITY IS AN ILLUSION

Self-knowledge is an anchor that makes unpredictability tolerable. - Deepak Chopra

When you have come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing that one of two things will happen:  There will either be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly. - Anonymous

For the full article, please go to http://www.edgenews.com/issues/2001/11/soul/bolsta.html

Phil Bolsta can be emailed at philb@worldcommail.net

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Originally published in Project X Newsletter #66

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