A Timeless Message and Reminder of “Essential Things”


(I grew up learning this poem. I am revisiting its wisdom, seeing how it has become my way of life.  As I look back, I see an amazing development: The ideas which it conveys were seeds then, but they are now grown trees bearing much fruit in my life.  Now more than at anytime in the history of our humanity, we should remember and live the wisdom of this most wonderful poem — the mystic’s creed of life.)

 
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

(Desiderata* by Max Ehrmann)

*Latin, meaning “Things to be Desired” or “Things Desired as Essential.”

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of the mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of individual work (study and practice) and personal unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission.   Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s.   Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by learning and understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives.   His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic.   Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual transformation and healing. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work.   Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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2 Responses to A Timeless Message and Reminder of “Essential Things”

  1. Anna says:

    thank you … i so enjoyed the timeless message in this beautiful expression of “essential things” … it brings out for me Jesus’ message to be in the world but not of it … there is only one world, “My Kingdom” … but “this world”, the distorted, conditioned, illusory view stemming from a sense of separation from our Source is mistaken for reality … as we dwell on Omnipotence Omniscience and Omnipresence as our true Nature, Joy will bubble up within us and more and more this Nature will be reflected back to us. Love and Gratitude

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  2. Anna says:

    the video is glorious … just beautiful … complimenting and enforcing the essence of the poem … i have never seen such a rich spiritual site so full of uplift
    and deep insight … thank you marc for the exquisite expression of yourself as contemplative pathways … much love and gratitude … anna

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