Are You Awake?

Sunday Sermonette -The meaning of Life

“Life is what we make believe it is. Nothing more.”
From — Yours—A Rich, Full Life! by Rev. Todd

What we need to know as humans starts simple and grows into something big and special.

As a small child, we would be served well if we were not taught that we were bad or stupid or dirty. What a harmful message just about every child received.

Another was, “No! Don’t do that!” This lead to “I can’t!” A truly useless affirmation!

Then we were taught “You better do what I said or you’re gonna get it when your father comes home!” This taught us “I gotta or I must.”

The poor child is going around with this in his/her head, “I gotta…but I can’t!”
What could incapacitate someone more than that brain chatter?

If we are blessed by someone, we learn to “Do the right thing.”
The insinuation is that you know what serves and what harms.
This gives you the power of choice.

Maybe you learned something about love, gratitude, respect, and trust in yourself
and your Creator. If so, you were blessed above most people.

If you later realized the need to give up resentment and fear and to replace them with love,
caring and forgiveness. With these tools in hand, you are a powerful being,
choosing the highest and best for all. This is the highest human life available,
this is wisdom and intelligence.

So is there more?
Yes, there is “Awareness.” This is the person who is said to have “Awakened.”
This life leads to the ultimate, which is Enlightenment.

These last two are not human wisdom. They are our association with the Divine
and can’t really be taught…but the very aspiration to be enlightened will take you on
a journey through mistakes and errors that will show you how to “Surrender.”

This is the last human step before Enlightenment…a place of pure bliss and freedom
that supersedes any possible human temporary happiness.

Where is your journey headed?
Toward ‘I gotta but I can’t’ or ‘I am filled with peace and joy?’

Pick your path wisely!

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“The only contest we face on earth is the contest between fear and faith.
With fear, life is imprisonment. With faith, life is joyous and free. “

Remember: In the game of Life, who loves the most—WINS!

Todd Puntolillo
Author: “Yours-A Rich, Full Life!”
http://www.Wisdom-and-Healing.com

The Right Path or the Dead-End Road

The Right Path or the Dead-End Road

“Wisdom of an Old Fool.”

I have sought and found happiness and wisdom.
My life is one that many would appreciate living.
I figured that this was the “Awareness” that certain people spoke of.
It seemed to me that I was experiencing “Enlightenment”
on one level or another. This pleased and excited me.

OK, that was all before I picked up the book entitled ”The Seven Steps to Awakening.”         (Book by Adi Shankara, Annamalai Swami, Muruganar, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ramana Maharshi, Sadhu Om, and Vasistha)

Now, please don’t get me wrong. My “achievements,” if you want to call them that,
have paid dividends and I am a happy soul. This effort was not in vain.

Reading this new book has opened more than my baby blue ocular eyes. It has enlivened my very soul! Finally, “Awareness” and “Enlightenment” have taken on a new meaning in my life and opened up a new world to me.

Friends, if you are pursuing happiness, do what I did. Seek wisdom and happiness and you will find them and all the rewards that come with that effort….it is just that, well….
there is something much bigger we can aspire to after we have overcome the human neuroses and false values.

“Awareness” and “Enlightenment” have to do with knowing your higher Self, that spiritual reality that supersedes all materiality. Then recognize who you really are, not body, brain and conditions, but part of and included in the INFINITE ALL.

I am humbled and excited about this clarification. I know I am 73 years old in human time, but when a new door opens, you must follow your heart. This will be a never-ending challenge. Time to climb a new mountain!

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“The only contest we face on earth is the contest between fear and faith.
With fear, life is imprisonment. Without fear, life is joyous and free. “

Remember: In the game of Life, who loves the most—WINS!

Todd Puntolillo
Author: “Yours-A Rich, Full Life!”
http://www.Wisdom-and-Healing.com
http://www.bubblews.com/account/395-todrite/posts

AWAKENING

AWAKENING

People talk about enlightenment as if reason alone is needed.

Our main task in this lifetime is to change the building blocks
of our world from fear-based thoughts to a consciousness of
love, trust and forgiveness.

IF, you didn’t know that or you never thought about it…PLEASE…wake up!

The purpose of life is not sex, cars, booze, drugs and money!

Ever wonder why so many people seem to be lost and discouraged?
It is our futility that makes us shrivel in the face of reality.

IF we don’t plant our feet on solid ground, we cannot build.
To do this we must wake up to the foolishness of poor values and reassess our purpose.

“What is wrong with sex, cars and money?” you ask.
Nothing…unless you are worshipping them instead of realizing they are incidental to life.

Love, honor, accountability, trust in your Creator, wisdom and gratitude top the list of values
that count. Letting go of fear and replacing it with spiritual understanding is vital as well.

Oh, we may ask for peace, but will we pay the price? Remember what Blaise Pascal said:

‘All of a man’s problems come from not being able to stay alone in a room by himself.’

We are addicts—all of us!
I can tell you your addiction by what you do when you are alone, even for one minute.

People can’t face themselves in silence. Why not?

“Quick! Grab the iPhone or turn on the TV or run to FaceBook etc.” Anything but pause
and consider the realities of life that most people ignore and the falsehoods we cherish.

Is that really what you want to add up on your last days here as your life’s treasures?

Consider reading, contemplating and practicing the Higher Laws that really govern us.

This is Wisdom. This is Life!

“The only contest we face on earth is the contest between fear and faith.
With fear, life is imprisonment. Without fear, life is joyous and free. “

Remember: In the game of Life, who loves the most—WINS!

Todd Puntolillo
Author: “Yours-A Rich, Full Life!”
http://www.Wisdom-and-Healing.com
http://www.bubblews.com/account/395-todrite/posts