You are beautiful, magnificent, brilliant, and still you have to shine shoes, wipe up spills, make beds. You may be the most creative person in the world, and still you have to pick up crumbs, wipe your feet, take out trash. It doesn't matter who you are nor what you do. You still have the mundane to take care of.
Good fortune is yours. Good fortune is racing on its way to you. Good fortune has your name on it. This is the premise for you to go by. Don't you feel wonderful when you think of all the good fortune that is rushing to you? Why not then, beloveds, come from that place where you feel wonderful? Why would you ever want to come from any other place?
Do you begin to see how you are all ripples on the lake, and how one ripple blends into another? Who is to say where you begin and another ends? There is no beginning and no ending. One drop of the Ocean is still the Ocean.
Do you want to know what happiness is? Happiness is fulfilling My Will.
Remember My Will isn't duty. You are not to be dutiful. What fun is there in obligation? Obligation is like buttons on a shirt. The buttons are not the shirt. They are just the means by which you close the shirt. Obligation, like with buttons, is something you do to be done with it. Buttoning, like obligation, is not generally your joy. No, you don't fulfill My Will from any sense of obligation. Fulfilling My Will is quite different. It is more like wearing a silk shirt that fits you.
You fulfill My Will because that is where your happiness lies. Not later. Not down the road. But now, beloveds, now. Where else could your happiness lie but in My Will?
Do not regret opportunity lost. Do not let any opportunity pass you by now. Grab opportunity when it comes, and you will have no regrets. The thing is: you don’t always recognize opportunity when you see it.
It may look like too much trouble. Only later you realize the opportunity you missed.
It’s okay. Look at it this way: When you rue opportunity lost, it helps you to realize all the opportunity that life gives you. Consider that perhaps you simply can’t avail yourself of all that life so generously offers you. You can’t star in two movies all at once. Don’t plague yourself about opportunity missed. Better to shrug your shoulders and move on and know that opportunity is always knocking at your door. Sometimes the knock is quiet, yet still you can hear it. Beloveds, opportunity really comes from within you. It resounds within you. You call it to you.
Devotion comes in the little acts you do, the repeated acts, like tucking in your child at night, like doing the dishes, like sweeping the floor, like saying hello, like smiling. The daily details, the picking up.
There are grand acts of devotion as well, but the less spectacular daily acts express solid devotion. What devotion can compare to those acts you perform that are not thrilling to you? Like sealing an envelope, like opening an envelope, like paying a bill, like making coffee, like clearing the table. You are acquainted with devotion. Acknowledge yourself as one who is devoted. It takes great devotion to do all you do. It especially takes devotion to do the little acts that are not your cup of tea, like entering data, like waiting, like having to write checks, like keeping up, like picking up litter, like driving in traffic.
You are devoted to the universe, beloveds. Confess your devotion.
You are one who loves.
Enlightenment does not give you a free ride. Quite the opposite. When you become what you call enlightened, you have greater responsibility. You are not off the hook. You rise higher, and with that rise to vaster vision, you rise to greater work and greater joy. You cannot just sit on your laurels. There are no laurels to sit on.
Do not mourn for the past. All the past is going to be forgotten,
beloveds. Summations of history may last a while, yet the world does
not remember all the people who passed through it. You and all your
loved ones will be forgotten. I know that makes you sad, but, look, all
of this that you know of life is but a wave of the Ocean. There is no