Once you see that all is Grace, you can remain open to that divine flow, whatever it may look like in your life.
How to get the most out of these Wisdom Quotes:
Put aside everything you think you already know.
Open your mind and heart to receive something new.
Take your time going through each point.
Return to any points that particularly touch you.
In the coming days, listen carefully to the wisdom within you.
1. Grace Is Always Supporting You
"Grace is so much with you, step by step, breath by breath. Grace is with you. It’s brought you so far. It will never abandon you.
It is not enough that we understand things mentally, intellectually. By turning your attention inside the heart, you’re waking up - waking up from this long sleep of personhood, into that bright awareness itself.
For this reason, we came here, and if you’ve come here and you’ve stayed, it is because Grace has supported you.
You are the seeds of awakening in this dreaming world. Each one must be receiving the gift of the Spirit of truth. The gift of the Spirit is not to speak in tongues or to display miracles or these things. The fruit of the Spirit is Love and peacefulness, compassion, empathy, openness, and surrender.
Today matters. That you are in the hearing of these things matters. To know who you are, what you are, matters. Hold this feeling inside your heart, 'I am chosen for freedom in this world.'"
~Mooji, from the video: Mooji Guided Meditation Grace Is With You
What is Grace? Here are some helpful definitions:
"Grace is the divine influence, living and operating in you."
"Grace is walking in the confidence of God's love."
"Grace is divine strength and enabling power. It enables the recipient to do and to be what he or she cannot do and cannot be if left to his or her own means."
It is this Grace, this silent, supportive strength, that has brought you to this moment. You are one of "the seeds of awakening in this dreaming world," with Grace as your ever-present supply.
2. All Is Grace
“What about physical pain? What about suffering? Hand over your existence to existence and keep quiet. All is grace.
If you really had the free will and power to shape your destiny, to create your ideal life, you would most probably leave out all discomforts, all that challenges your ego, all that exposes feelings of guilt or shame or anything that threatens your attachments. You would exclude all these and replace them with chocolate-flavoured experiences.
But however much you try to construct and secure a life that satisfies your projections, you would still fail to match, in quality and auspiciousness, the life that is unfolding without human intention.
A man once said to Sri Nisargadatta, “Maharaj, your words resonate deep within my heart. I feel their power and know them to be true. But if I am to be honest in describing my experience, I would have to admit that throughout my life, I’m continuously experiencing suffering!” And Maharaj replied, “No, this is not true. You are not experiencing suffering, you are suffering your experiencing.”
~Mooji, Before I Am
All is Grace.
Are you "suffering your experiencing" and believing that life should be different from the way it is? Everything is exactly as it's supposed to be. All is Grace.
Are you trying "to construct and secure a life that satisfies your projections?" Life is already unfolding perfectly. All is Grace.
"Hand over your existence to existence and keep quiet." This doesn't mean suffering in silence. On the contrary, it means to open yourself in all your circumstances and difficulties, and in that opening, to find a Peace beyond all understanding. Because all is Grace.
3. Recognize the Faces of Grace
"Beyond even any teaching, the aspect of spiritual life that is the most profound is the element of grace. Grace is something that comes to us when we somehow find ourselves completely available, when we become openhearted and open-minded, and are willing to entertain the possibility that we may not know what we think we know.
In this gap of not knowing, in the suspension of any conclusion, a whole other element of life and reality can rush in. This is what I call grace. It's that moment of "ah-ha!"—a moment of recognition when we realize something that previously we never could quite imagine.
Many circumstances and experiences are capable of opening us to this grace. Whether it's a beautiful moment in nature or spending time with someone we love or just sitting quietly in stillness; for some reason, a whole new perspective opens up. We find ourselves filled with grace.
At other times, grace comes with a more fierce face. Somehow the difficult situations in our lives have a way of opening our hearts and minds the most.
We do everything we can to avoid such moments, but in reality, it is these challenging moments that often offer the greatest opportunities for growth and the transformation of consciousness."
~Adyashanti, Falling into Grace
Adyashanti points out that Grace can open us in a sweet and gentle way, but also more fiercely, through our difficult situations.
Once you see that all is Grace, you can remain open to that divine flow, whatever it may look like in your life. Whether times are "good" or "bad," seeing Grace operate throughout can free you from your judgment, preferences, and the incredible stress of fighting with life.
"Grace is something that comes to us when we somehow find ourselves completely available..." Grace comes when your heart and mind are open, and when you realize that you can never fully know the mystery of life. In this cerebral world of addiction to accumulated knowledge, take moments to relax into the open, empty space of not knowing. Let Grace come to you.
"It is these challenging moments that often offer the greatest opportunities for growth..." You want your life to change, and you have seen that you are the one who needs transformation for that to happen. But life is still bothering you. See this and surrender the fight. It wasn't yours to begin with. It was the nightmare of a mind deceived by itself. Welcome Grace, however she may show up today.
4. That Which Opens Our Hearts
“I remember hearing a talk from a very famous Tibetan teacher, a man who had spent many years in a small, stone hut in the Himalayas. He was crippled, and so he couldn’t use either one of his legs.
He told a story of how a big boulder fell on his legs and broke them, and he spent many years in a stone hut, because there was really nothing that he could do. It was hard for someone with broken legs to get around much in the Himalayas.
He told the story of being in this small hut, and he said, “To be locked in that small hut for so many years was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. It was a great grace, because if it wasn’t for that, I would never have turned within, and I would never have found the freedom that revealed itself there. So I look back at the losing of my legs as one of the most profound and lucky events of my whole life.”
Normally, most of us wouldn’t think that losing the use of our legs would be grace. We have certain ideas about how we want grace to appear. But grace is simply that which opens our hearts, that which has the capacity to come in and open our perceptions about life.”
~Adyashanti, Falling Into Grace
When I first read this story, it shocked me. What an extreme example of Grace! Doubtful thoughts have much to say concerning such a profound account of experiencing Grace. So how can this be helpful in our daily life?
When you think of the man in the small, stone hut, consider the years of mental anguish he endured before turning within to find Grace.
When you think of the man in the small, stone hut who lost his legs, remember, also, the freedom that he found: "I would never have turned within, and I would never have found the freedom that revealed itself there."
Yesterday we learned about the faces of Grace. The man in the small, stone hut experienced the fierce face of Grace, but this story has come to you today so that you can see that you don't need to wait for anything to find the freedom of an open heart.
5. The Space of Great and Beautiful Things
“The fear is always greater than the actuality. The fear comes because of lack of trust.
You feel you can take better care of yourself than God can. You fear what God may have planned for you may not be what you want. This is probably true because the dreams we have are confined to what we know of life and ourselves, which is infinitesimal to the vastness that Is.
When we let go of what we think will make us happy, we allow Grace to breathe, and great and beautiful things not even imagined of are given space to happen.”
~Mooji, Breath of the Absolute
“Sometimes, Grace throws you and your ‘world’ into the washing machine, full spin, so that the fearful and controlling tendency is compelled to offer itself to the Totality—to the will and dance of the Cosmos.”
~Mooji, Writing on Water
In our exploration of the way of Grace, we keep coming back to the matter of trust. What is it that prevents you from trusting the way of Grace?
"The fear is always greater than the actuality." Hasn't this been your experience? You worry so much but then, what you worry about ends up either not happening or not being as bad as you thought it was going to be. Recognize this so you can give yourself a break from all the suffering.
"You feel you can take better care of yourself than God can." In other words, you don't trust life's unfolding. In other words, you're fighting with life because you think it should be the way you want it to be. Not only is this a lack of trust, it's a mountain of resistance weighing you down and exhausting you mentally and emotionally. Recognize this so you can give yourself a break from all the pressure.
"When we let go of what we think will make us happy, we allow Grace to breathe." Pause. Take a deep breath right now and allow Grace to breathe. Let "the fearful and controlling tendency" within you "offer itself to the will and dance of the Cosmos.” And if you notice resistance rising up with the thought, "Yes, but, I can't..." know that this is not your true voice. It is the voice of the person you think you are and have believed yourself to be all these years. There is no space in that old thinking. When you stop believing it, it will let go of you. Now you're allowing Grace to breathe. Now "great and beautiful things not even imagined of are given space to happen."
6. Walking the Way of Grace
“Don’t worry about anything in this world and your eyes shine bright again. Your heart becomes open, clear and pure.
As you move, Grace goes ahead of you. Even before you take your first step, she is there with you and walks with you along the way.
Therefore, lay down your arms. Lay down all your techniques and your efforts so that you may discover the effortless silence.
Know that the whole universe is supporting your awakening.
Neither doubt nor fear. All is well.
Find and feel your Heart again.”
~Mooji, White Fire
Now that we see Grace more deeply and clearly, let us look at some new definitions. We began the week with some objective ideas about what Grace can be to us. Now, we look subjectively and find more intimate descriptions of this mysterious thing we call Grace.
Grace is my heart opener.
Grace goes ahead of me and with me, never abandoning me.
Grace is always supporting my awakening.
You may want to memorize some of these words and carry them in your heart throughout the day, "so that you may discover the effortless silence" of Grace.