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Clearing With Humor – Spiritual Jokes From Famous Quotes

Clearing With Humor – Spiritual Jokes From Famous Quotes


Laughter liberates the Spirit. Humor can bring a lesson home in a way that may otherwise be defended. It can help breakup a mental pattern with a flash of insight. The following are some humorous ways to hear the truth. In acceptance of the truth, limiting beliefs can be released and wholeness re-claimed.

Issue: Insistence on being right
“Here lies the body of William Jay who died while maintaining his right-of-way. He was right, dead right as he sped along. But, he’s just as dead as if he were wrong.” – printed in the Boston Transcript.

Issue: Recovery
“Re-covery is the problem. We covered them up already, why re-cover them. What we need is un-covery.”
Swami Beyondananda

Issue: Allowing sexual desire to rule a man’s thinking
A man is asked why he named his penis? “I want to be on a first-name basis with the guy
who makes 95% of my decisions.”
– Author unknown

Issue: False humility
A rabbi is kneeling in front of the alter.
“God, I am nothing and you are everything”, he says.
The cantor sees him and he kneels down and says,
“God, I am nothing and you are everything”.
The assistant rabbi sees them and he too does the same thing.
The janitor sees them and is so moved that he too kneels down and says,
“God, you are everything and I am nothing”.
The assistant rabbi nudges the cantor and says”Look who thinks he’s nothing”.
– Author unknown

Issue: Taking responsibility
Few take responsibility themselves until they have exhausted every other possibility.
– Author unknown

Issue: Unreasonable expectations
Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn’t have to do it for him or herself.
– Author unknown

Issue: Feeling overwhelmed
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.
I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”
– Mother Theresa

Issue: Creating one’s own reality
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

Issue: Getting angry at the reflection
Chogyam Trungpa, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, was told by a participant at a retreat “I’m very angry with you.” With a characteristic twinkle he replied, “That’s like being angry at the mirror for being fat.”
– Cited in Grace Unfolding by Johanson and Kurtz

Issue: False and magical power
A man walks into a psychiatrist’s office snapping his fingers. The doctor asks why he is doing this? “To keep the tigers away,” responds the man. “But there are no tigers in New York City,” says the doctor. Where upon the man replies, “Effective, isn’t it!”
– Author unknown

Issue: Forgiveness (of a sort)
“Always forgive your enemies — nothing annoys them so much.”
– Oscar Wilde

Issue: The self-involved egotist
An egotist is standing on one side of a river. A man standing on the other side asks “how do I get to the other side?” “Duh,” says the egotist “you are on the other side.”

Issue: Is it me, or what?
Song title: “I’m so miserable without you. It’s almost like having you here.”

Issue: Creatorship vs victimization
Life is a game. It’s your move!
– Rick Moss

Issue: Healing
Q. How many healers does it take to change a light bulb?
A. Just one, but the light bulb really has to want to change!

Issue: Unreasonable resistance
There’s nothing wrong with teenagers (read: egoic intensity) that reasoning with them won’t aggravate.
Author unknown (cited in 637 Best things Ever Said, R. Byrne editor)

Issue: Egoic communication
“He [read as the ego] can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.”
Abraham Lincoln (ibid)

Issue: The fruits of judgment
“Can you describe your assailant?”, asked the officer as he helped the bruised and battered man get up. “Sure,” the man replied, that’s what I was doing when he hit me.”
Author unknown (Cited in On Course Magazine, issue 226)

Issue: Egos are never trustworthy
“Nasrudin has lost his wife’s bracelet. He’s panicky. ‘God, if you help me I’ll do anything – I’ll do anything – I’ll donate half my weeks salary. ” He then sees it behind a cushion. “Never mind God – I’ve already found it.”
Idries Shah

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