Stay with the Unknown
October 31, 2011, 12:49 pm
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All that you are attached to, all that you love,
All that you know, someday will be gone.
Knowing this, and that the world is your mind
Which you create, play in, and suffer from,
Is known as discrimination.

Discriminate between the Real and the Unreal,
The known is unreal and will come and go
So stay with the Unknown, the Unchanging, the Truth.


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The Last Push of Mind
October 27, 2011, 8:54 pm
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Life is now
October 26, 2011, 7:14 pm
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The eternal present is the space within which your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.

~Eckhart Tolle

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Re-examine all that you have been told…
October 25, 2011, 7:33 am
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“Argue not concerning God…

re-examine all that you have been told
at church or school or in any book…

dismiss whatever insults your soul…”

~Walt Whitman

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The Deepest Acceptance
October 21, 2011, 1:55 pm
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The following beautiful (and long) post is an excerpt from Jeff Foster’s (as yet to be released) book “The Deepest Acceptance,” which should be published some time in 2012 by Sounds True.

Let’s turn to the idea of acceptance – a word that seems to be very much misunderstood by spiritual seekers. Now, the ocean ‘accepts’ every wave that appears in it [and for ‘ocean’ read ‘conciousness’, or ‘awareness’, or ‘Being’, or pick your favourite word!] because it is every wave that appears! The wave is inseparable from the ocean, and so the ocean has no choice but to accept! The ocean does not accept some waves and reject others – we are talking about an unconditional acceptance that is way beyond our conditioned ideas about acceptance.

The acceptance of the ocean for its waves is beyond the conceptual opposites of acceptance and non-acceptance – the acceptance is the inseparability of the ocean and the waves, and as such it has no opposite. Every wave is already accepted by the ocean, and it is this ‘already accepted’ nature of the waves that goes to the heart of what this book is all about. This is the Deepest Acceptance of life – the acceptance that you as an individual cannot ‘do’.

It’s not a question of trying to do this Deepest Acceptance – it’s a question of recognising it, seeing it in every single experience. You don’t have to ‘do’ this Deepest Acceptance, for it has already been done. And so all that’s left is to see that in this moment, and in every moment, every wave – every thought, every sensation, every feeling – is already allowed to be there. By the time a wave appears it is already accepted – its appearance is its acceptance. In a sense, you have already accepted the present moment, you have already said ‘yes’ to it – otherwise it would not be appearing as it is.

And so throughout this book, when I talk about acceptance, I’m not using the word in the way we have been conditioned to use it. I’m using the word in a new way, that points to this Deepest Acceptance of life, an acceptance, an allowing, that has already been done. And so, when in this book, I suggest that you ‘accept’ or ‘allow’ what is – it’s a shorthand way of directing your attention to the fact that in this moment, those thoughts and feelings are already allowed, because they are already appearing. To ‘accept’ thoughts and feelings is to see that in this moment, those thoughts and feelings are already accepted. It’s not a doing, but a seeing.

This turns many spiritual teachings on their head. Now acceptance is not a place to reach in the future – it’s not something to look for, wait for, hope for. It’s not a magical event that will happen one day. It’s not even grace. It’s something to rediscover, right in the midst of your present experience, here and now.

‘Acceptance’ is not a future goal – it is a present reality, always. If it is grace, then it is an ever-present grace, available to all, no matter what is happening.

This totally revolutionises our understanding of acceptance and rejection. Acceptance is no longer about me – a separate individual – trying to accept, trying to be in a state of constant acceptance – that could so easily just be another form of seeking. It’s about recognising yourself as the open space of acceptance, the ocean which accepts all of its waves.

I remember, years ago when I was identified as being a spiritual seeker, hungry for the release and escape of enlightenment, how I used to believe that doing ‘acceptance’ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year was the key to becoming enlightened. If I could just accept everything all the time, I would be free, or so I thought. It was a beautiful idea, but no matter how much I tried to accept everything, to be present with everything, to allow everything unconditionally, to be choicelessly aware of everything, there were still some things I just could not accept. Extreme physical pain, rape, torture, genocide – how could I accept all of this? When extreme pain happened in my own experience, I would try desperately to accept it, and would exhaust myself along the way.

I realise now of course, that there was an agenda (in other words, seeking) behind my attempt to accept. I secretly believed that if I accepted the pain, it would go away. It was rejection of pain disguised as acceptance. What an ingenious place for the seeker to hide – right at the heart of a beautiful spiritual practice! Acceptance done with any kind of motive is not real acceptance – it is rejection in disguise.

What I didn’t realise back then was the unconditional, all-encompassing nature of acceptance. I was so busy trying to accept that I missed this deeper acceptance of life, in which even my failure to accept was accepted! Yes, this is how radical this acceptance is – even your non-acceptance of pain is accepted. All waves are accepted by the ocean, and if what’s happening right now is non-acceptance of pain, then that is accepted too. The pain is okay, and Jeff’s dislike of pain is okay. The seeker is accepted even in their failure.

And of course, here is a total paradox. If my non-acceptance of pain is accepted by life, totally accepted, then it is no longer non-acceptance. The non-acceptance transmutes. Logically, philosophically, rationally, this makes no sense – but it is so. I don’t want you to believe me – I want you to discover this for yourself. This book is all about that discovery.

This is about a deeper sense of okayness, even when on the surface things are not okay. It is about a deeper completeness, even when on the surface things don’t seem complete. What I’m talking about is the ultimate relaxation, the ultimate peace, the ultimate stillness beyond all conditioned ideas of stillness. It’s not about you – a separate person – being relaxed or peaceful – it’s about a deeper sense of relaxation that comes with knowing that every thought, every sensation, every feeling is already accepted in the space that you are.

Knowing that, in the moment, even your non-acceptance is accepted is something that can crack even the most hardened suffering at its core. You could say perhaps that all suffering is simply our blindness to this Deepest Acceptance.

Viewed from this new perspective, all suffering is an invitation to this deepest acceptance. Suffering is no longer something ‘bad’ or ‘evil to be transcended or destroyed’ – it is a unique opportunity to see what you are still at war with. Within suffering, you will always find this war – you will always find a blindness to this deepest acceptance. And so the war is always an invitation back to this deepest acceptance.

Suffering hurts, and the hurt points us home. There is a very beautiful word in the English language – nostalgia – and it means ‘the pain of coming home’.

It could also mean ‘the discovery of home, even in the midst of pain’…

Jeff’s web site is Life Without a Centre.

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My Secret is Silence
October 20, 2011, 11:06 am
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The waves of mind
demand so much of Silence.
But She does not talk back
does not give answers nor arguments.
She is the hidden author of every thought
every feeling
every moment.


She speaks only one word.
And that word is this very existence.
No name you give Her
touches Her
captures Her.
No understanding
can embrace Her.

Mind throws itself at Silence
demanding to be let in.
But no mind can enter into
Her radiant darkness
Her pure and smiling

The mind hurls itself
into sacred questions.
But Silence remains
unmoved by the tantrums.
She asks only for nothing.


But you won’t give it to Her
because it is the last coin
in your pocket.
And you would rather
give her your demands than
your sacred and empty hands.

My Secret Is Silence

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October 19, 2011, 10:29 am
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Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

~John Lennon

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Words cannot do justice to this Self discovery
October 17, 2011, 8:59 am
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Misty forestConsciousness, as the Universe and all within it, expands in search of its Self. Expanding with an outward focus, it sees only separate parts of its Self. Failure to find what it searches for in the parts it perceives, a shift occurs, to an inward focus. What has been seen as boundaries dissolve, and parts are revealed as a wholeness that IS… the center of that which–paradoxically–has no center.

Words cannot do justice to this Self discovery.

I walk through the forest slowly, quietly awakening to Truth in the same way that a descending mist moistens the leaves of all the foliage in the forest. Where does the misty moisture begin and end? Where do I begin and end?

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Can the Self have a Normal Life?
October 16, 2011, 4:51 pm
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October 14, 2011, 1:37 pm
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Thought bees If thoughts were bees,
who would dare to shut them
tight in the hive of the head?

He who shatters
this hive of pretence
with the swift hammer of seeing,

sees no box, no house,
no door to lock.
The spell of images is broken

and the swarm
breaks out
to scatter in the world.

The hive of nothingness
brings to the world
the honey of love,

and thought-bees,
watched by the queen
of the eye, roam free.

~Colin Oliver

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