I have finished my 3rd book for the year, The Power of Awakening; Mindfulness Practices and Spiritual Tools to Transform Your Life by Dr. Wayne Dyer. It was an eye-opener and it resonated with me on so many levels. I believe I highlighted half the book but the items below are what I’d like to share with you. Hope it helps!
The more stress you have, the more the ego is controlling you. Anyone with stress is subject to rigid likes and dislikes. Such strict adherence means an absence of freedom for you, which can in turn manifest as countless stress-related illnesses. Why should any part of your life be at the mercy of the ego? It’s like turning control over to something outside of yourself, and of course the moment you do that you’re no longer free.
You have an absence of resentment. A resentful person is someone who finds occasions for offense almost all the time, tending to see it just about everywhere they go. Authentic freedom comes when you can go through your days and see such things not as occasions for resentment, but as the way they are. As for those things that you’d like to see changed, you can work at changing them without being self-absorbed. The more you meditate, the more peaceful you get, and the more you get to know the God force that is within all of us. You discover that the universe is on purpose, and all the things that are happening are part of God’s plan, even though you don’t understand them. I think one of the greatest insights you can have is that the Divine plan works and yours doesn’t. If it did, you wouldn’t be having any of these kinds of resentments or be so self-absorbed.
Not being attached to the outcome is really your higher self at work. When you are calm, patient, and compassionate, you respond to life with that very calmness, patience, and compassion. You become more productive and have more energy. The less you are attached to outcome and self-absorption, the more energy you have left over for what you’re here for in the first place. The ego says, “You must be concerned with everything.” The higher self says, “If you surrender, serve, go with the flow, have an overriding spiritual objective, and know that you are here for a purpose, there will not be time for what offends you.”
The ego wants you to live with fear, which is the opposite of love. As you tame your ego and leave behind your self-importance, you become focused on what you’re here for. Your energy is placed only on that, nothing more, and anything that anybody else says that’s in opposition to that will be seen as just where they are on the path. You won’t disagree or feel annoyed with them; as a matter of fact, you won’t even notice it because your energy will be concentrated solely on what you’re here for.
You won’t ever be lonely. When you don’t feel any void within you, it’s easy to love whom you’re alone with, which is your higher self.
You know that any problem you have is to be solved in the mind. Recognizing that it’s your own reaction causing you stress, anxiety, tension, fear, and pain is liberating. You understand: No one else has to change in order for my pain or struggles to go away. My ego tells me that others have to change in order for me to feel successful, happy, fulfilled, or whatever, but I know it comes down to how I process everything.