July 17, 2006

“The Laws of Spirit”

Simple, Powerful Truths
for Making Life Work
by Dan Millman

Book Description:
The Laws of Spirit opens with the story of Dan Millman's encounter with a sage in the wooded hills near his home. Through stories, tests, and experiences in the wild, the sage challenges Millman to examine 12 core principles that underlie human existence: balance, choice, process, presence, compassion, faith, expectation, integrity, action, cycles, surrender, and unity. The book shows how these keys -- at the heart of every religion, culture, and moral system -- can lead to a deeper sense of meaning, connection, and harmony with the world. It also shows readers how these principles can transform relationships, careers, finance, and health. Quotations and reminders from across the centuries inform and inspire readers as they accompany Millman on his journey.

Memorable Quotes:
Balance begins with the breath. Taking in and letting go are the primal rhythms of life. Breathing in, you find inspiration; breathing out, you find release. Inspiring and expiring – birth and death with every breath.

Few things are certain in this world. But people rarely ever fail, they only stop trying.

The road to happiness is always under construction.

Assuming too much responsibility for others deprives them of the lessons that arise from the choices they have made. Those in pain need our compassion and support, but if we carry the weight for them, we rob them of their strength and self-respect.

“It is only possible to live happily ever after on a moment-to-moment basis.” Margaret Bonnano

Unless you realize you have the power to say no, you never really say yes. ...just recognize that every action or inaction has consequences, and that your willingness to accept these consequences gives you the power and freedom to choose who you are, where you are, and what you will do. That's when life changes from an obligation to a blessed opportunity.

You can and will accomplish all that you desire, one step at a time.

Presence teaches that what you do today is important, because you are trading a day of your life for it.

Self-trust develops naturally, from your own direct experience – you learn to trust your body's instincts, your hearts intuition, and your mind's ability to access universal intelligence.

Teachers and books have their value. And sources of guidance and inspiration may enter y our life in different forms. But never forget that the treasure is already inside you – others cannot give you anything you don't already have – they can only provide keys to your own inner wealth. So listen well to those who speak from experience and embrace wisdom where you find it, but always weigh external guidance against the wisdom of your own heart.

Every positive thought is a prayer, and every prayer is answered.

It is easy to speak about commitment, courage, and love. But doing is understanding, and wisdom grows out of practice.

...realizing that no one is going to live for us and we only grow stronger from our own efforts...

Spirit is your coach, and life is your training.

Taking action has never been easy in this world. Forces of doubt and inertia are everywhere, even within our mind and body. Turning ideas into action requires energy, sacrifice, courage, and heart, because to act is to risk. We have to overcome all the good reasons to put it off, to let someone else do it, to remain in the easy chair of good intentions. It's better to do what is best than not do it and have a good excuse.

Sometimes compassion demands action, but this also teaches the wisdom of remaining still and quite, the action of nonaction.

Listen to the wisdom of your heart, then you'll know when to remain still and when to seize the moment.

Surrender is an act of humility, an acknowledgment that life is a mystery whose dept the mind cannot fathom.

“Life is god's novel, let god write it.” Isaac Bashirs Sing

Surrender means accepting this moment, this body, and this life with open arms. Surrender involves getting out of our own way and living in accord with a higher will, expressed as the wisdom of the heart. Far more than passive acceptance, surrender uses every challenge as a means of spiritual growth and expanded awareness.

You are the light that shines through the eyes of all beings, truly one.

May you find grace as you surrender to life. May you find happiness, as you stop seeking it. May you come to trust the law of love and inherit the wisdom of the earth. May you reconnect with the heart of nature and feel the blessings of spirit.

“Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or try to write a masterpiece.” Nadia Boulanger

Other books by Dan Millman:
Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Everyday Enlightenment
No Ordinary Moments