Are there always lessons when hurt comes our way or are some not awakened enough to know they hurt others?

You can find within yourself a place of perfect peace, the home of your divine self. This place is not so far removed as it might sometimes seem. You may come to it with a soft intention; that is, an intention that is absolute without being forceful, for this is an intention that recognises a tide in all things that is carrying you towards freedom.

Such a freedom comes from an inner knowing that you are present. In every present moment a doorway – wide open – exists and takes you to your divine self.

It can seem that joy is an incidental by-product of life, like the sparkle on the surface of the sea. Not really the stuff of which life is made, but something that happens along, if you are lucky. But suppose that it’s really the other way round, that joy is actually the substance that life is made of; and that life is simply a voyage to discover new ways of expressing joy.

When you row your boat and catch sight of drops of water glinting with light as they fall from your oars, and feel joy, perhaps that joy was the point, the reason you took the boat out. But if so, why does the deliberate quest for joy often seem to bring failure or disappointment – or almost anything but the joy you were looking for!

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