Quotes, Poems & Testimonials
Some Poems & Quotes to Reflect on
By Robert J. Hastings
TUCKED AWAY in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision in which we see ourselves on a long journey that spans an entire continent. We’re traveling by train and, from the windows, we drink in the passing scenes of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at crossings, of cattle grazing in distant pastures, of smoke pouring from power plants, of row upon row upon row of cotton and corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of city skylines and village halls.
But uppermost in our conscious minds is our final destination–for at a certain hour and on a given day, our train will finally pull into the Station with bells ringing, flags waving, and bands playing. And once that day comes, so many wonderful dreams will come true. So restlessly, we pace the aisles and count the miles, peering ahead, waiting, waiting, waiting for the Station.
“Yes, when we reach the Station, that will be it!” we promise ourselves. “When we’re eighteen. . . win that promotion. . . put the last kid through college. . . buy that 450SL Mercedes-Benz. . . have a nest egg for retirement!” From that day on we will all live happily ever after.
Sooner or later, however, we must realize there is no Station in this life, no one earthly place to arrive at once and for all. The journey is the joy. The Station is an illusion–it constantly outdistances us. Yesterday’s a memory, tomorrow’s a dream. Yesterday belongs to a history, tomorrow belongs to God. Yesterday’s a fading sunset, tomorrow’s a faint sunrise. Only today is there light enough to love and live.
So, gently close the door on yesterday and throw the key away. It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad, but rather the regret over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who would rob us of today.
“Relish the moment” is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, swim more rivers, climb more mountains, kiss more babies, count more stars. Laugh more and cry less. Go barefoot oftener. Eat more ice cream. Ride more merry-go-rounds. Watch more sunsets. Life must be lived as we go along. The Station will come soon enough.
Quotes from Sydney Banks
“If the only thing people learned was not to be afraid of their experience, that alone would change the world.”
"Life is like any other contact sport. You may encounter hardships of one sort or another. Wise people find happiness not in the absence of such hardships, but in their ability to understand them when they occur."
"Concentrate on yourself. - - - Whatever you are, is all you can give away. That’s very simple. You open your wallet you have a dollar: That’s all you can give away. You open your mind and it’s full of anger, hate and distrust, sadness: That’s all you can give away. But if your mind’s full of love, that’s what you can give."
"All you have to know is everything is created from thought, you don't have to know anything else."
Quotes from other 3 Principles Practitioners
"When our thoughts look real, we live in a world of suffering. When they look subjective, we live in a world of choice. When they look arbitrary, we live in a world of possibility. And when we see them as illusory, we wake up inside a world of dreams." - Michael Neill
“The only trick in life is to be grateful for your highs and graceful with your lows.” - George Pransky
"To judge another is based on ego; to see another is based on wisdom." - Elsie Spittle
"Treat your thoughts as guests in your home. Be kind to all, and stop entertaining the ones that you don’t care for, they will leave by themselves." - Patrik Rowinski
“I worked with Nicky for several weeks after I’d been suffering with on/off depression for around 18 months. I was managing to get myself out of the dark times, but they kept returning, therefore I felt I would benefit from some professional help.
I knew I was navigating a spiritual awakening and I was going through a transformation phase, but I felt very much in the dark and alone. I had suffered a string of bereavements during this time and, despite applying different healing methods, I felt there was more that I needed to be doing to help with the psychological trauma and mental anguish I was experiencing. Nicky was just the right person for me; she helped me to understand myself better, manage the compulsive thinking and release past trauma, but she also applied her spiritual knowledge into the sessions which resonated with me on a very deep level. Thanks to Nicky I’m so much further forward on my spiritual path, I feel free and in control. It’s so wonderful to return to the light after such an intensely dark period! Thanks so much Nicky” Mel
"I'm so grateful that I took the plunge and began working with Nicky. I finally been able to get my life back in balance. I feel calmer and happier than I have in years. I believed I was an anxious person and it was something I would have to live with. I was wrong!" Sam
If I Had My Life Over - I'd Pick More Daisies
If I had my life to live over again,
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d limber up.
I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances,
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would, perhaps, have more actual troubles but fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I’m one of those people who was sensible and sane,
hour after hour,
day after day.
Oh, I’ve had my moments.
If I had to do it over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else- just moments,
one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.
I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute.
If I could do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had to live my life over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances,
I would ride more merry-go-rounds,
I would pick more daisies.
Quotes I love
"Your life is unfolding naturally. Leave it be! It does not need any help. Stay as neutral awareness." - Mooji
"Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it... This will miraculously change your whole life." - Eckhart Tolle
"Once you realize that the road is the goal, and that you are always on the road NOT to reach a goal but to enjoy it's beauty and wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy." - Nisargadatta Maharaj
"In the same way that you need to stop talking to hear what others are saying, you need to stop thinking in order to find what life is all about." - Alan Watts
"Some people know they are dreaming when they are asleep. You must also know you are dreaming when you wake-up. When you know you are dreaming when you wake up, then you are really waking up." - Mooji
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. ~ Rumi