When the night wind makes the pine trees creak
and the pale clouds glide across the dark sky,
go out my child, go out and seek
Your soul: The Eternal I
For all the grasses rustling at your feet,
and every flaming star that glitters high,
above you, close up and meet
In you: The Eternal I
Yes, my child go out into the world,
walk slow and silent, comprehending all,
and by and by Your soul, the Universe,
will know Itself: The Eternal I
When you live in the Now… the mind serves something greater than itself.
Awareness takes over from thinking, and instead of being in charge of your life,
thinking becomes the servant of awareness….
Allow consciousness to come through everything you do.
When you become comfortable with uncertainty,
infinite possibilities open up in your life…
fear is no longer a dominant factor in what you do,
and no longer prevents you from taking action
to initiate change…
Be still… and do not be afraid of uncertainty.
Be alert…and be ready for the answers.
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness.
Some momentary awareness
comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!…
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Matt Kahn, True Divine Nature
I am the kingdom that you seek,
the simple truth that words can’t speak.
I am the Buddha’s silent vow,
and every question asking how.
Within all shapes and in-between,
I am the space that rests unseen.
I am the spark engulfing mind,
the noticer, you’ll never find.
With inquiry, you’ll find what’s true,
I am this breath that breathes as you.
I am the stars, I am the sky,
I am the life that cannot die.
I am this word that came and passed,
like a sound in time, that cannot last.
I am the now, I am what’s here,
and every thought, that’s seen so clear.
I am the love, I am the light,
I am the dark that’s burning bright.
I am the grace, I am the heart,
I am what can’t be pulled apart.
I am the trees, I am the birds,
I am the dream that reads these words.
I am the war, I am the peace,
and all resolve, when choices cease.
I am the joy, I am the dance,
of temporary circumstance.
I am the all, I am the one,
the truth that is, when all is done.
I am the life, just passing through,
and what remains – so, what are you?
True Divine Nature
I discovered today that I talk too much, and do not listen–to the stillness within and all around me–enough. The judge in me would say this is true for all of us… but I can only honestly speak for myself.
I recently participated in a horsemanship clinic. Some of the things we were required to do were beyond my abilities, and beyond the abilties of the horse I was riding–in the sense that I couldn’t properly use my body to cue and support him through all of the maneuvers. The clinician was quite firm with me, and I was quite firm with the horse. There were times when the firmness of the clinician’s words left a bad taste in my own mouth, and I have no doubt the firmness of my hands also left a bad taste in the horse’s mouth.
There is neither right nor wrong, good nor bad about any of this… it is what it is. I am simply reflecting on how intriguing it was, in hindsight, to move into and out of the Now during that clinic. I felt brief moments of being totally in the present moment. Moments when I could hear the clinician’s words, hear my horse chewing the bit, feel the warmth of his body through the saddle and the cold air on my face, smell the sweet aroma of horse sweat as it permeated my nostrils and mingled with the earthy smell of the dust that rose in the shafts of light streaming through the cracks in the arena gate.
I was acutely aware of all these things, all at once, and during those moments I was at peace. But that peace would vanish as soon as my focus shifted to include thoughts about what I was doing and judgments about how I was doing them. I could feel a tension in my body that revealed how contracted I was during those moments when I was no longer ‘Here’ but was ‘somewhere else’. That somewhere else was always in my mind, which was filled with all kinds of thoughts and perceptions about what was going on.
It was an amazing experience on so many levels that it’s difficult to describe in words. Suffice it to say that being intently present is much more peaceful and fulfilling than being lost in thought.