Robert Augustus Masters

A Quote by Robert Augustus Masters

Some say to look before you leap, and others say to look after you leap, but why not look as you leap?

Robert Augustus Masters

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A Quote by Robert Augustus Masters

The more authority and power we have, the more important it is that we work, and work deeply, with our shadow elements. Paying lip service to such work just does not cut it. Real shadow-work is not some cut-and-dried intellectual process, but rather a viscerally compelling, emotionally raw journey into territories that more often than not elude any neat cartography.

Robert Augustus Masters

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A Quote by Robert Augustus Masters

The good news is that the more deeply we work with our shadow elements, the more liberated energy we'll have, energy that can be put into serving our well-being and that of others. We don't have to announce to others that we've done some really deep and thorough shadow-work; our having done so is enough, making us a conducive presence and safe place for others to deeply encounter and work with their own shadow stuff.

Robert Augustus Masters

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A Quote by Robert Augustus Masters

We'd love to get to the treasure without having to face its dragons, but face them we must. And thank God for them, because they - through what they demand of us - make sure, and really make sure, that we are ready for what they are guarding. Our task is get intimate with our dragons, so intimate that we not only can look through their eyes and feel their pulse as our own, but also pass by them without any fuss. Although this is far from easy, it must eventually be done if we are to truly access the deepest treasure of all.

The dragon is not the problem. Our distorted connection to it is. Must we armor ourselves to face it? Must we literalize our adversarial link to it? Must we treat the dragon as a mere obstruction, a lower-brain roadblock in need of dynamite, cognitive rehabilitation, or spiritual remedies? The dragon is not in the way; our lack of healthy relationship to it is. We make it into such a solidly alien "other" that we feel justified in conceiving of it as something to flee, attack, or treat as imaginary. We turn it into an enemy, and it behaves accordingly. Keep something in the dark long enough and it'll get warped.

If we condemn or flee anything in ourselves, it will multiply and fester and eventually occupy every exit, enlarging itself so as to seize our attention, encoding its outcast will throughout the apparently healthier regions of ourselves.

Robert Augustus Masters

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A Quote by Robert Augustus Masters

When we cut others close to us too much slack in working with their shadow elements (perhaps because we've got a tacit deal with them that we won't rock their boat if they don't rock ours), we're simply creating the conditions that will eventually rock us (and them) so strongly that we'll have to deal with what we'd rather avoid.

Robert Augustus Masters

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A Quote by Robert Augustus Masters

There is perhaps no more worthy gift to have than unshakable faith.


What does such faith mean? First, a strongly felt connection to Being, in conjunction with the recognition that that connection still exists at those times when we don't feel it. Second, a non-despairing abandoning of all hope of fruition, an unforced letting go of being invested and caught up in particular outcomes. Third, a developing of the kind of patience that waits without waiting, that endures without having to have a clear endpoint. Fourth, a dynamic embracing of not-knowing, honoring the knowledge-transcending Mystery of Being. Fifth, accepting what is exactly as it is, including one's feelings and intentions and actions regarding it. And, last but not least, cultivating gratitude for what one currently has, including the ability to develop faith.

Faith makes us feel good even about not feeling good.

Robert Augustus Masters

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A Quote by Robert Augustus Masters

We are, as always, positioned to be Awakened by all things. The degree to which we recognize this is the degree to which we recognize that everything must be thus viewed and used. Everything, everyone, everywhere, everywhen. Otherwise, our relationship to - and appreciation of - Life remains partial, superficial, anemic, insufficiently intimate.


To be Awakened by all things is to be intimate with all things, including our resistance to such radical intimacy.

Robert Augustus Masters

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A Quote by Robert Augustus Masters

Everything is all we've got, so we might as well stop expecting something else to do it for us. We need to stop making ourselves the pawn of salvation games. What's needed is not a new script, a better role, but undreaming eyes.

Robert Augustus Masters

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A Quote by Robert Augustus Masters

Let the painful assist you. Get intimate with what hurts and bugs you. Date your loneliness, cuddle your grief, dance with your anger, cradle your shame. Stop making such a virtue out of comfort. Stop expecting spiritual practice to make you feel better. Get intimate with discomfort, without becoming an ascetic or devotee of diseased renunciation.

Robert Augustus Masters

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A Quote by Robert Augustus Masters

The perspective of Being offers a view unpolluted by any "I". Let it possess you. Let It mess and undress you, and look through your eyes. Such a takeover will so fully empty you of yourself that you'll be more you than ever before. Then you'll recognize yourself to be not just an "I" - or coalition of "I's" - but also Being, at once unbound and individuated. The perspective of Being does not stamp out differences, but rather clarifies them, even as it simultaneously renders them transparent to What-Really-Matters.

Robert Augustus Masters

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