Chapter 5. Emotional Intelligence, Support, and Learning from Failure

“DON’T THINK YOU CAN ATTAIN TOTAL AWARENESS AND WHOLE ENLIGHTENMENT WITHOUT PROPER DISCIPLINE AND PRACTICE. THIS IS EGOMANIA. APPROPRIATE RITUALS CHANNEL YOUR EMOTIONS AND LIFE ENERGY TOWARD THE LIGHT. WITHOUT THE DISCIPLINE TO PRACTICE THEM, YOU WILL TUMBLE CONSTANTLY BACKWARD INTO DARKNESS.”

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“BUT OH! THE BLESSING IT IS TO HAVE A FRIEND TO WHOM ONE CAN SPEAK FEARLESS ON ANY SUBJECT; WITH WHOM ONE’S DEEPEST AS WELL AS ONE’S MOST FOOLISH THOUGHTS COME OUT SIMPLY AND SAFELY. OH, THE COMFORT—THE INEXPRESSIBLE COMFORT OF FEELING SAFE WITH A PERSON—HAVING NEITHER TO WEIGH THOUGHTS NOR MEASURE WORDS, BUT POURING THEM ALL RIGHT OUT, JUST AS THEY ARE, CHAFF AND GRAIN ...

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