The Pathless Path (or: How I Learned to Stop Seeking God Outside Myself

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"Whenever a knight of the Grail tried to follow a path made by someone else, he went altogether astray. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's footsteps. Each of us has to find his own way, and this is what gives our Occidental world its initiative and creative quality. Nobody can give you a mythology. The images that mean something to you you'll find in your dreams, in your visions, in your actions - and you'll find out what they are after you've passed them." - Joseph Campbell, interviewed by Joan Marler in Yoga Journal “I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He was not there; I went to the temple of the Hindus and to the old pagodas, but I could not find a trace of Him anywhere… I searched on the mountains and in the valleys but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I able to find Him. I went to the Ka’bah in Mecca, but He was not there either… I questioned the scholars and philosophers but He was beyond their understanding… Then I looked into my heart and it was there where He dwelled that I saw Him, He was nowhere else to be found. - Rumi “I have learned so much from God That I can no longer call myself a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew. The Truth has shared so much of itself with me that I can no longer call myself a man, a woman, an angel or even pure soul. Love has befriended me so completely It has turned to ash and freed me of every concept and image my mind has ever known. -Hafiz “We consider bibles and religions divine— I do not say they are not divine. I say they have all grown out of you,

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and may grow out of you still, It is not they who give the life, it is you who give the life, Leaves are no more shed from the trees, or trees from the earth, than they are shed out of you.” -Walt Whitman “Free your mind. We all think that the Gospel is joining church building, and that’s deception. The real gospel is repent, which means let go of all that crap that is killing you. Life is supposed to be a pleasurable experience. That’s what praising God is all about, is doing your passion. It’s not useless, worthless ritual, monotonous ritual where we show up and can’t wait to see the game. It’s doing your passion, fulfilling your passion. That’s how we’re thankful, that’s how we say we appreciate the opportunity to be alive.” -Lauryn Hill, “Unplugged” "If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be." -Joseph Campbell, “Reflections on the Art of Living” "I tell you the truth, Simon, when I say that the heavenly realm is within you. Only when you have established the divine realm within, and overcome the demons of doubt and fear, will you discern the key to the establishment of the realm of Heaven on the physical plane." -Jesus in “The Gospel of Thomas” “Jesus Christ was the only God. And so am I. And so are you.” -William Blake “In truth, there was only one Christian and he died on the Cross.” -Friedrich Nietzsche “Your thought about yourself is that you are not good enough, not wondrous enough, not sinless enough to be a part of God, in partnership with God. You have denied for so long Who You Are that you have forgotten Who You Are. The promise of God is that you are His son. Her offspring. Its likeness. His equal. This is where you get hung up. You can accept ‘His son,’ ‘offspring,’ ‘likeness,’ but you recoil at being called ‘His equal.’ It is too much to accept. Too much bigness, too much wonderment—too much responsibility. For if you are God’s equal, that means nothing is being done to you—and all things

are created by you. There can be no victims and no more villains—only outcomes of your thought about a thing.” -Neale Donald Walsch “After all that, I’m just ready to be me. And it’s a lot to work through. Because all of us have hidden in these little boxes purposefully because of parts of ourselves we were unhappy about and we didn’t love, just because we didn’t understand. Because there’s all this social doctrine that says ‘The Infinite God with all of his expression that created all of us absolutely different on purpose wants us all to fit into the same suit.’ That’s deception.” -Lauryn Hill, “Unplugged” "In one of the Upanishads it says, when the glow of a sunset holds you and you say 'Aha,' that is the recognition of the divinity. And when you say 'Aha' to an art object that is recognition of divinity. And what divinity is it? It is your divinity, which is the only divinity there is. We are all phenomenal manifestations of a divine will to live, and that will and the consciousness of life is one in all of us, and that is what artwork expresses." - Joseph Campbell, "Creativity," The Mythic Dimension “Remember, life is always uncertain. Everything dead is certain, life is always uncertain. Everything dead is solid, fixed - its nature cannot be changed; everything alive is moving, changing - a flow, a liquid thing, flexible, able to move in any direction. The more you become certain, the more you will miss life.” -Osho “I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. This is what everyone throughout the world is attempting to do. Truth is narrowed down and made a plaything for those who are weak, for those who are only momentarily discontented. Truth cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountain-top to the valley. If you would attain to the mountain-top you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices. -Jiddu Krishnamurti "You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there's a way or path, it is someone else's path; each human being is a unique phenomenon." -Joseph Campbell in Pathways to Bliss