The Gift of Confidence

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    from: 2008.10.07 01:00 - Smiling Warmly at the Love

      

    Gaya Ethaniel:  As I trust others, I began to give my personal belief in myself away, others I trust and love had become a clutch.
    Pema Pera: Yes, Gaya, trusting yourself is essential
    Pema Pera: yourself and Being
    Pema Pera: nothing and nobody else -- ultimately
    Pema Pera: but that doesn't mean we can’t help and love and be loved and learn and be helped. All of that is the core beauty of being human -- but we can't ultimately rely on it in an absolute way,
    Pema Pera: it is what we have not what we are
    Pema Pera: we can give each other beautiful things to wear . . . . which can’t really help . . . .
    Pema Pera: what we can do for each other, what we can give each other, is what the other then will have
    Pema Pera: we can exchange gifts, we cannot exchange what we are
    Pema Pera: we are already what we are -- and that we already share in the most intimate possible way -- what we have we can exchange to celebrate that intimacy, not to create it
    Gaya Ethaniel: I know that now... and I saw what happens when I lose what I am
    Pema Pera: yes, we all tend to lose sight of what we are . . . . each of us, every day!
    Adams Rubble: Yes!
    Pema Pera: but then we can learn to see that even when we lose sight of what we are, we CANNOT POSSIBLE lose what we are
    Pema Pera: no matter how hard we keep trying -- that's the joke
    Pema Pera: and that is more reassuring than anything possible
    Pema Pera: seeing that you can die, and then you can finally live
    Pema Pera: when we think we help each other, give something to each other, what we are really doing is celebrating that there is nothing to give . . . and that is the most tender gift possible, that reassurance, the gift of confidence
    Gaya Ethaniel: happy to show/share what we are rather than making each other happy
    Pema Pera: yes
    Gaya Ethaniel nods
    Adams Rubble is smiling warmly at the love

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