For a man who gave us so much wisdom with ideas and words, Albert Einstein threw us quite a curveball with this one expression:

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To me, that is about as convoluted an idea as what is presented in our schizophrenic religious scriptures and New Age babble.   Quite a departure from Einstein’s usual lucidity.

Offered here is a different way of saying what he may have been attempting to express, presented in a way that may be more of a fit for our time.

What we are is not defined by what we do or think.

Consider, please, the possibility that it would not serve us to give up who we are.   Our essence is beautiful, powerful, calm, trusting and loving.  We have not realized that. Relatively weak forces have kept us from realizing it: ego and corrupt institutions.

We have trusted in and identified with them, refusing to trust our true Selves.

Yes, Selves.  Consider the possibility, please, that we are all connected and divine in a way that ego and perverted institutions hide from us.

What we are basically here to do in this life—or whatever subsequent lifetime—is realize our loving, connected nature by letting go of the acting, thinking and identification that has kept us from this realization.

What we are at depth does not evolve.  Changes in what we do, how we think and what we identify with define our spiritual evolution.

We have been conditioned by false or misguided friends, egoic identification and corrupt institutions to feel afraid, unequal, unworthy, doubtful and disconnected.  At depth, we are none of these.

One more quick thought before we get to the tweak:  One of the most destructively used phrases has been “I must.”   This suggests that there is something substantial in the way of your doing what you intend.  Saying, “I must” is an egoic tool for maintaining the inner battle.  It is most often a set-up for “I can’t,” “I didn’t,” or “I should have.”

A preferred phrase, maybe: “I am in the process of…” Please contemplate this.

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Our destiny is calm, trusting, loving harmony.

As long as we are identifying with destructive, often imaginary elements, we stay stuck.

The path is not nearly as much about learning something new or discovering some ancient secret as it is about letting go of that which you have allowed to suck your energy.  Being with anything or anyone who is abusive, manipulative, deceptive or disrespectful is an opportunity for your choosing to disengage.

You still love everybody, but you disengage all other attention and support that you had been giving to the energy suckers.

Destructive thoughts, identifications and communings suck your energy.

More of us practicing such disengagement is a gateway to our awakening.

You might like this tweak better:

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For an in depth look at some of the beautiful, empowering things Einstein said, see this graphics-loaded post.

For entertaining information about the online Simple Awakening Tools Program, see this 8-minute video

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It’s not the same old crap in a different wrapper.