A book written by no-one and everyone

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Once upon a time, I bought a little book from a secondhand shop in Hobart for the title, The simplest book God ever wrote.* There is another author’s name on the front cover and it’s not important, and that’s what the title means. The book was written by no-one and everyone.

In homely, unpoetic language, the book speaks about what I discovered on the corner of Exhibition Street and Collins Street four years ago: that who we are is love.

Here are some quotes from the book (italics are mine):

Life is simple, very simple …

Many people will tell you all sorts of things about how to be happy. “Live your dreams” they will say. “Find a career” or “Find your soulmate”. Or that you need lots of money or a great education, a car and a house, or two cars and two houses. We need things to be happy, or to be doing things, or going places.

The truth is really simple.

There is only one cause of lasting happiness and that is the flow of love …

Love is easily misunderstood. It is not that we have to be romantic or even affectionate to every soul in the universe. Love at its most basic simply means to be connected …

… we will be the happiest when we can offer every atom in the universe our unconditional love, and in turn, receive the love that is always flowing from every atom. This is the most essential element of our nature. Every one and every thing radiates love naturally whether we are conscious of it or not …

Conversely, there is only one cause for all suffering in the world, lack of love.

Instead of looking at your car with disdain, thinking that you are just waiting to get a better car, try looking at it with love. Imagine getting into your car and saying, “I am so grateful that this wonderful chariot transports me so effortlessly and lovingly every day, thank you – I love you …”

A good place to start is with ourselves. This is our doorway to the love that we offer outside of ourselves. If we can love ourselves properly then we will find it is extremely easy to love others. We need to diminish fear and develop trust in ourselves …

God has made it very simple, free and available to every single person on the planet regardless of race, class, colour or creed or financial status.

It does not matter what we do, it matters only that we be … We are responsible for our happiness. There is no other cause. Happiness comes from the flow of love …

The spiritual reality is that there is no geography that separates us, ever.

We are all part of each other. Every single atom is you and I. Please hear this, every single atom is you and I, one …

To philosophise or not to philosophise? Talking about the universe and the nature of God has one purpose. To help us realise that all God’s power and peace and love is inside us right now, where we are in this moment … To philosophise is interesting but the real journey is to know God. To know in every atom of our being that we are God, we are infinite love

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The simplest book God ever wrote, Sunirmalya Symons, Heart Garden Publishing, 2007

Image: A few months ago I heard a story about a woman who conceived the building of a labyrinth in Sydney’s Centennial Park, modelled on the great labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral in France, and I resolved to walk it in the coming year. Then, a month ago, I was visiting Brisbane and one hot, steamy morning I happened to walk past the city’s main cathedral, St Johns, and noticed the unusual stone it was made from. So I crossed the street and decided to talk a look inside its coolness. When I got near the altar, I was surprised to see a labyrinth laid out. It was made from a canvas sheet on which they had simply painted the labyrinth, and it was based on the Chartres one too. Bingo! Here was the labyrinth I wanted to walk, waiting just for me, in an entirely different city!

 

 

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8 thoughts on “A book written by no-one and everyone

  1. Your paragraph beginning with “A good place to start is with ourselves” reminded me that I was recently given a handout titled “Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself”. One of the elements of self-compassion is given as “Mindfulness: Taking a balanced approach to negative emotions so that feelings are neither suppressed nor exaggerated. We cannot ignore our pain and feel compassion for it at the same time. Mindfulness requires that we not ‘over-identify’ with thoughts and feelings, so that we are caught up and swept away by negativity.”

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    • Oooo, I want to change one word of the quote from the handout; I want to delete the word “over” from “over-identify”. When we’re being mindless, when we’re not being God, when we’re not being Infinite Love, we are only our thoughts and feelings. So I see it as there being two states only: identified with thoughts and feelings, and not identified with thoughts and feelings. Like being pregnant or not pregnant.

      We experience our thoughts and feelings and think it’s who we are, our identity, our personality, our character, and all the other names it goes by. And all it takes is one tiny shift — from “I am my thoughts and feelings” to “I am the one who has thoughts and feelings” — and the delusion falls away. Poof! Hurrah!

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  2. ****we will be the happiest when we can offer every atom in the universe our unconditional love***

    LOoooooooooooooooVE! This!!!

    also, I don’t believe in accidents. you were meant to find this book and share it w/ us!

    xxxx HOW R U?

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