An excerpt from You Have Chosen to Remember: A Journey of Self-Awareness, Peace of Mind and Joy by James Blanchard Cisneros.
When you eventually see through the veils to how things really are, you will keep saying again and again, this is certainly not like we thought it was.
I am a simple man. I am not a so-called “expert” in any one religion or spiritual practice. In this, I believe, lies my greatest strength. It is with the desire for simplicity and the hope for eloquence that I share what offers me peace of mind and joy in the present moment. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that “eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.” I trust this book will eloquently touch that part in all of us that is the same.
My friend, there are many paths we may choose to take to achieve peace of mind and joy in the present moment. The journey is as complicated as we choose to make it, or as easy as we allow it to be. You may choose one path now, and select another one later, or you may choose more than one path at any given time. Do not concern yourself with what others say is the right, trendy, truthful or acceptable way to grow. Move toward those paths that offer you peace of mind and joy and are in alignment with your present values. Within your heart, there lies a memory of your trueself. It is this memory you search for, and it is this memory you will one day remember. Once this memory is recalled, you will find a place that you have never left.
I am not looking to “teach,” for teaching implies that there is something you lack or still need to learn. Rejoice, for there is nothing you lack. There is nothing more for you to learn because all wisdom already resides within you. My aspiration is simply to assist you in remembering your true nature. Any moment that we are not at peace comes about because we have forgotten our true nature. My hope is that this book will assist you in remembering what you may have forgotten. Yet, even in forgetting there is good news and it is this: You must have known in order to have forgotten. In fact, once you begin to remember you will smile, for you will suddenly recall that, “Yes, I feel as though I have always known this; this is familiar to me. I am at peace with this information.” It will feel right, and you will be at peace, for truth brings about a peaceful state. My brother and sister, all truth lies within us. We may have temporarily forgotten this, but we have now chosen to remember.
I feel very blessed to have lived the life I’ve lived. At the time I began this writing, I was 30 years old. Although I understand that in life I may still be considered a young man, none of the thoughts in this book are new. I have not given origin to the thoughts in this book, for all truth is already available. I have simply reorganized them in an effort to find peace of mind and joy.
I will be using the “G” word throughout this book. If you’re uncomfortable with this word, please forgive me and substitute it for any idea or word you like. If you think that what I just said is blasphemous, please forgive me and continue reading. Whatever you believe or not about God is fine. It is with an open and honest heart that I respect whatever God means to you. My personal view is simply this: There is nothing in this world more valuable than faith and trust in a loving God.
So with an open heart and mind I share my thoughts. Those thoughts that resonate with you will simply reinforce what you consciously or unconsciously already know. Those thoughts which do not resonate with you – I invite you to question or simply put aside. Regardless of what you choose to do with the thoughts that are presented, I do wish you well on your journey.
Peace, health, happiness, love, laughter and light.
James Blanchard Cisneros
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