“You must want to know the truth more than you want to feel secure in order to fully awaken to the fact that you are nothing but Awakeness itself.”
The choiceless truth of who you are
is revealed to be permanently here permeating everything.
Not a thing and not separate from anything.
You gaze into my eyes, your own so bright,
a smile across your face alights.
You whisper, “Shh, don’t make a sound!”
and pick up a shell that you have found.
You move beside me, standing near,
and place the shell upon my ear.
Within the swirled space that’s there
inside the shell, a sound… yes, just air.
My eyes grow wide in mock surprise,
you squeal a delightfully childish cry.
“Do you hear it?” you ask earnestly,
your face beaming beautifully.
I nod and answer, “I do my dear,
the ocean waves, inside — so clear!”
You leap and dance and clap your hands,
and fall laughing gleefully into the sand.
Tears well up before I know what’s hit me,
I blink, glance out to the vast calm sea,
and drop down to lie by your side,
My heart forever changed–burst opened wide.
The salt-spray smell of seaweed lingers
on your skin, your hair, your chubby fingers.
We embrace like lovers, you and me,
our love alive for all eternity.
In the stillness surrounding our two forms,
the truth revealed, as if just born.
We seem as two under this hot sun,
but we both know we are actually One.
The following quote may be particularly pertinent at this time of ‘crisis’ in Japan. The mind would argue that the situation there is not neutral–it is bad–but … it is as it is.
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but the thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.”
Any conflict in the open is but conflict from within that has been let out. The true arena for good shall not be found on the open ground of public debate, but in the small and silent clearing of each heart.
“[It is a] myth that [when I’m truly enlightened] I can rest in some assuredness that I will never again feel insecure, or feel fear, or feel doubt, or feel those emotions that we don’t want to feel. Forget it. That’s not it. That’s the pipe dream. That’s the opium that’s sold to the masses. And they eat it up and they never get there, and they end up disillusioned. That’s not how it works. Freedom is never freedom “from.” If it’s freedom “from” anything, it’s not freedom at all. It’s freedom “to.” Are you free enough to be afraid? Are you free enough to feel insecure? Are you free enough not to know? Are you free enough to know that you can’t know? Are you free enough to be totally comfortable, to know that you can’t know what’s around the next corner? How you will feel about it? How you will respond to it? That you literally can’t know? Are you free enough to be totally at ease and comfort with the way things actually are? That’s freedom. The other thing is the ego’s idea of freedom.”
I lie awake at night, sleeping little.
Thoughts arise unnoticed, and take me on a journey
until a subtle, soft whisper calls me back into my body,
lying in my bed, in a cool, dark, quiet room.
The rhythm of my heartbeat accompanies
a steady, pulsing vibration in my body.
Eyes open, blink, move, but all is black.
Ears hear… nothing,
…but an imaginary ringing created by the brain.
My chest expands and collapses as my body breathes,
seemingly of its own accord.
Spaciousness takes up residence
where thought once crowded out all else but itself.
It is a delicate dance, this awakening process.
The mind grows weary of participating
and seeks to call it all off
with a cacophony of thunder,
flashes of lightening,
torrential downpours of rain.
But above the storm there remains the ever-present,