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Dear Soul,

I just want to get to the place where I can run free, but I keep hitting walls.

Dear Life,

In every situation, in every circumstance, in every moment, no matter how tall or prison-like the wall, there is always a gate. Awareness is about finding the gate.

Every here, every now, every this is a gateway to bliss. You need only go through it And when you do, you make the moment your throne.

As a poet says: “In an ocean of grass, the monarch butterfly finds the one yellow flower and takes it for his throne of the moment.”

Dear Soul,

Ah, how I wish I were free enough to make this moment my throne—to feel on top of things instead of having everything on top of me. Maybe someday…

Dear Life,

Don’t wait! The thrones of the moment do flutter by, and some are low and some are high. You seem to be working and waiting for some distant, future, high throne. But let me warn you that no matter how high the throne—even if it’s so high you have to wear an oxygen mask—you are still sitting on your own rump!

The trick is to take any situation, any seat and make it a throne of bliss. Today, be that butterfly. Land on joy.

Today, I will “kiss the joy as it flies”—

And live each moment in “Eternity’s sunrise.”

I’ll look closely and deeply and not miss

The secret gateway to a throne of bliss.

*The Dear Soul/Dear Life dialogs by J.M. Hawkins are adapted and used by permission. They are excerpted from his collection, Word From Soul City and were used in discussion groups that met in cities across America in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to the Life That Loves to Happen seminars with Landon Saunders.