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’re 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.

– Rumi

“I’m gonna be a star. You know why? Because I have nothing left to lose.” – Lady Gaga
“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” – Janis Joplin

The only time you should be ashamed of being the fool is when you don’t realize that you’ve been the fool. In the realization that you’ve been the fool what you’re really saying is that you made a mistake, you recognize it, and you’re attempting to correct it. How could this possibly be shameful? This is a wonderful thing.

Rejoice when you see that you’ve been a fool. You’ve done a wonderful work. Now stop being a fool by judging yourself a fool.

The gates of heaven are guarded from the outside.  The gates of hell are guarded from the inside.

Between the Infinite and myself there is no veil.

I am the veil.

Idolatry’s sin isn’t in believing that something is God; it’s in believing that something isn’t.

Is nothing more than competing aspects of God. Aspects of God ignorant of each other and competing with each other. Without the ignorance no new knowledge, no new wisdom is possible. Ignorance makes possible the discovery of new combinations of the aspects of God. In truth there is no change; only enjoyment of the truth. In ignorance we mine the gems that live on in eternity – in truth.