Everything deserves our thanks.

One thing we need to learn in life is to support whatever is supporting us. If we go down this road, our eyes and mind slowly open up, and we see that we’re supported by everything that exists. Then we can take an active posture in relation to this knowledge. We don’t need to make it mental. We can keep it simple. Just saying thank you is mutual support. Do you like your socks? Then just acknowledge you are thankful for them while you’re putting them on. That’s how simple it is. Everything deserves our thanks.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Connection to that which is…

There is something phenomenal about Breema—it can enter into every aspect of human activity. If you are a baker, you can work with the Nine Principles and your bread will be a little different. If you are a carpenter, the home you build is a little different. If you are a mechanic, the car you fix is somehow different. The difference comes from your connection to that which is, because that connection is expressed in your activity. Breema is to make you aware of what you are in reality. To the extent you relate to the reality of yourself, others benefit from you.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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The reality of life flows moment after moment.

Everything exists to support everything that exists. This is the direction that leads to true happiness. Not happiness because of “this” or “that”—happiness that’s free from “this” or “that.” When you taste your own existence, it’s as if all your desires are fulfilled. You become free from desire, and therefore, free from fear. Fear and desire are two banks of the river. But the reality of life flows moment after moment, like the water in a river. When we jump into the water, we become free from the banks of the river. What we see doesn’t bother us, because we are in the flow of eternity.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Our mind, feelings, and body are tools.

Our mind, feelings, and body are tools. If a gardener has all his tools, and doesn’t know how to use them, what value do they have?

When you are more conscious, you use your tools correctly. You use mind when mind is needed, feelings when feelings are needed, body when body is needed. When you use your mind correctly, body and feelings are in it. When you use feelings correctly, mind and body are participating with them. When you use your body correctly, mind and feelings are there, too. If you use any of these three correctly, the other two are in it. Consciousness connects each of them to the other two.

If you remember this image, it will help you a lot: there is a triangle—one point is mind, one is feelings, one is body. In the center of the triangle is taste. Each of the three points connects to the other two via that center point.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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Conscious energy in yourself…

There are two ways to look at your body. You can look at it as a teacher you can learn from. And you can look at it as a child you need to care for.

Combining these two ways of looking brings you to a correct relationship to your body. And from there you can also find a correct relationship to your mind and feelings. When these three are in unity, you become familiar with Conscious energy in yourself, which allows you to see things as they are.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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The heart always sees in totality.

Living from the heart means your Being is manifesting. The heart never loses track of the meaning of that which is. The heart itself is that is-ness. The first step is to be with the body. When your mind and body are together, the heart contributes its presence. You are what you see in the mirror, but you are also what produces that image. If you see both, you are seeing from the heart. The heart always sees in totality, not in separation. The mind is fragmented, but the heart is unified. Living from the heart means living in unity. Full Participation brings you to the heart. Body Comfortable brings you to the heart. No Extra, No Judgment, Mutual Support, No Force—each of the Nine Principles of Harmony brings you to the heart. The Nine Principles are the emanation of the heart.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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When the mind is connected to the body…

Our health is constantly affected by what we think. Like our clothing, our way of thinking covers our body and affects it. But our thoughts are based on self-interest, and when we live in the past and future, we never have a new thought. In order to become healthy, we need to have a healthy mind. When we are present, we can have new thoughts. This is possible only when the mind is connected to the body.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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What can I do to be more available?

At any time, you could ask yourself, “What can I do to be more available?” For one thing, you could bring the attention of your mind to the process of inhalation and exhalation. When your mind registers the effect of inhalation and exhalation on your body, it becomes quieter. The quiet mind is like gold, but we exchange it for noise and rubbish. If someone is sitting quietly near you, you may think they don’t like you, because we’re addicted to noise. But inner quiet makes us receptive to what is given to us, moment by moment, by the flow of the life force within us. The life force is like the sap that flows through all plants. Without it, they all die. For the sap to flow correctly, we have to be in touch with it—we have to experience it. We experience it through taste. Taste begins with body and mind working together in harmony.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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The more connected you become, the more vibrant your life becomes.

When you go into a forest, you see many, many trees growing, filled up with life. Where does all that life come from? Those trees are alive because sap is flowing through them. It’s the same with us. There is one energy. You have to be connected to it. The more connected you become, the more vibrant your life becomes. In that vibrancy, your mind functions with more intelligence, your feelings with more presence, and your body with more ability. If, through taste, you get to know this life energy, you gradually become connected to the Source that created it.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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To move from war to peace, we need to learn the art of acceptance…

Stating it very simply, we are either at war or at peace in life. And in war, we lose. Even if it looks like we’ve won, we haven’t. In war, everyone loses.

We don’t know it, but we are at war with ourselves. We always wish to be something we’re not. We wish others to be different, to change according to our liking. We are at war with our food, critical of what we eat, or critical of ourselves for eating it. We are conditioned to always be at war.

To move from war to peace, we need to learn the art of acceptance. But acceptance is not a mental phenomenon—it can’t be learned from words, concepts, or philosophy. We learn it by experience—that’s the language of Breema.

–from First You Have to Be by Jon Schreiber

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