“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Water has no shape, its nature is to flow. If you put it into a vase it will take the shape of the vase. In this cup, it has assumed the shape of the cup. If poured into my cupped hands it will take the shape of the hands. But water has no shape. It is the same with the consciousness, which is subtler than water. It similarly has no form, but it assumes the form of whatever concept it is poured into or identifies with, but it will never be the form. It remains ever its formless nature.
Your own Self-Realization
is the greatest service you can
render the world.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that,
and I intend to end up there.
This drunkenness began in some other tavern.
When I get back around to that place,
I’ll be completely sober. Meanwhile,
I’m like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary.
The day is coming when I fly off,
but who is it now in my ear who hears my voice?
Who says words with my mouth?
Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.
If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn’t come here of my own accord, and I can’t leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.
This poetry. I never know what I’m going to say.
I don’t plan it.
When I’m outside the saying of it, I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.
“The spiritual path — is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.”
When working with horses, it is beneficial to allow the horse time to ‘soak’ on what he or she has done (correctly, in response to a specific cue). Horses provide many clues that they ‘get it’. These include:
- Licking and ‘chewing’
Young horses lick and open and close their mouths as a way to communicate to other horses something along the lines of “I am just a baby, still nursing and learning, please be patient with me.” When an adult horse does this, he or she is indicating submissiveness, perhaps asking us to be patient, and letting us know they are processing the information they just learned.
A horse yawns when it is releasing tension and relaxing. One trainer suggested that a horse is letting the butterflies out of its system.
- Rolling the eyes, rapid blinking
Often yawning is accompanied by a rolling of the eyes and rapid, or at least very obvious blinking.
The horse’s expression softens–the eyes, the forehead, the mouth, the ears–in fact, it’s entire body softens in response to its understanding.
When given the time to soak, to absorb what has been presented and learned, a horse is much more likely to maintain its understanding for a long time than it would if this time is not allowed, or is short-circuited before the learning has really sunk in.
So it appears to be with our realization of Truth. When we let realization ‘soak’ into our Being-ness, realization–Self Awareness–is less likely to be (easily) veiled again by the hypnotic trance of mind. This soak time need not be a big dramatic thing–it can be soft, quiet and very subtle. I liken it to the natural way a horse learns new things, and takes that learning into itself… claiming it, owning it, giving it a resting place within its very Being. All that is required is … allowing.