How to stop thinking
September 30, 2012, 9:25 am
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First… next… last
September 19, 2012, 7:51 am
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Consciousness takes form, you.
You are given a name, and the start of an identity.
Clothes cover your form.
People begin to talk about you,
The story of you grows.

Consciousness awakens.
Recognition dawns that the you that thinks it is…
…is just a story.
A shedding process appears to begin.
The story of you is revealed
in layers of conditioning and identification
with disguises and masks that were thought to be real.

Awareness aware.
The One manifesting as many, without a story.
Nothing is happening. There is no first, no next, no last.
There is no you, no conditioning, no disguise, no mask,
even as a multitude of stories appear to unfold,
including an apparent you who still makes an occasional apparent appearance.

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Just… nothing
September 17, 2012, 8:07 am
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I lay beside you in the dark, my hand upon your arm.
I feel warmth and wonder, from where does it come?
In the dim light of the moon, I see your form, but I cannot make out any details,
you have no distinct face, no eyes, lashes, whiskers. Do they exist?
I hear breathing and notice there is only one breath, synchronized.
Where does your breathing end and mine begin?
I close my eyes and you vanish. There is now just… nothing.
Only the feeling of warmth, skin on skin, the sound of breathing.
I know you are still here, just as I am.
How do I know this?
And what is it that knows?
Love wells up and overflows my cup.

September 16, 2012, 9:36 am
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It is desire that blinds us to this.
It is in wanting the we miss what is.
It is in longing that we feel unfulfilled.

Notice desire,
accept wanting,
embrace longing,
and discover that which is.

Free of desire.
Never wanting.
Fulfilled beyond all imagining.

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In love, nothing exists…
September 15, 2012, 8:25 am
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In love, nothing exists between heart and heart.
Speech is born out of longing,
True description from the real taste.
The one who tastes, knows;
the one who explains, lies.
How can you describe the true form of Something
In whose presence you are blotted out?
And in whose being you still exist?
And who lives as a sign for your journey?

~ Rabia al-Adawiyya

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If you want the truth
September 13, 2012, 7:21 pm
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If you want the truth,
I’ll tell you the truth:
Listen to the secret sound,
the real sound,
which is inside you.

~ Kabir

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Every word is an invitation
September 12, 2012, 9:58 pm
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Any feelings that arise in me belong not to another — how can the feelings that arise in my body belong to or even be instigated by another? No, all feelings that arise within must be claimed as mine, arising in response (or reaction) to something that lies within this body/mind organism. Hidden, perhaps, but mine, not yours (or someone else’s), nor revealed to me by you (or another).

Whenever I see resistance arising within, that is now where I look: within. Always there is a knot. And it tightens with every thought (seen or unseen, examined or not) that says, “This should not be.” In this way, every word I read or hear invites me to look within. The mind can be amazingly slippery and persistence is required to see it — and catch it — in the subtle act of suggesting that what is, is wrong.

Be yourself… even more so
September 12, 2012, 8:53 am
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“You are divine at centre, human in appearance — at a certain range. Seeing Who you really are doesn’t mean you are no longer aware of your appearance, no longer self-conscious — that’s impossible as well as undesirable. So you still respond to your name, still recognize yourself in the mirror, still take responsibility for your actions. Of course. But you are now aware that your humanity is like a disguise, an incarnation you have taken on to be here in this world. Inwardly you are God, outwardly you are a person — a unique person with a special contribution to make. Instead of thinking you are just that person, that appearance, you are awake to the Power behind you, the Safety within you, the Source of inspiration and guidance at the heart of your human life. This enables you to be yourself even more so.”

~Douglas Harding
The Headless Way

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At the core of it all
September 11, 2012, 12:46 pm
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We spend an enormous amount of time, energy (and money) ‘remembering’ things, including the tragedy of 9/11. This is fine. But in doing so, in remembering the past–which exists only as a memory in our minds, and promising to never forget in the future–which exists only as a projection in our minds–we completely lose sight of *this* moment and the profound peace that is here, now, and is available to us always.

This is not the peace we pray for to arrive on this planet some day in the future–this is the peace that is–truly–right here, right now. This peace has never been absent, even as we witness horrific events or experience crisis in our own life.

That we do not see this is not because it is missing, it is merely that we turn our attention, our awareness, away from it and focus on that which arises within this peace… on that which is the content of our lives, not the foundation on which *all* exists. Within this peace, on this foundation, *everything* is allowed, even tragedy.

We are all being called by this siren song, this soft lullaby to wake up. Not one of us doesn’t hear the whisper that compels us to return to–realize, recognize, rediscover–the ‘peace that passeth understanding’ that Jesus described and knew firsthand. But few respond to the call by turning their attention away from all the noise of ‘this should not be’ and ‘if only’ to deep gratitude for what IS. When we focus instead on *this* … even as we do not understand and cannot comprehend the sweetest or the most tragic wake-up call… we find ourselves oft repeating this two word prayer: “Thank You.”

And so, through tears and great sobbing gasps as the memories of 911 are played out upon the many media outlets and on my facebook page and brought to my attention, I turn my attention back to peace, and offer my prayer of thanks for yet another reminder that ‘this too shall pass’ and to acknowledge that what remains is, as always, peace, at the core of it all.

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The appearance of choice
September 9, 2012, 4:57 pm
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Choice implies that there is this or that to choose from, but is there choice, really? When Consciousness is hypnotized by the dream of separation, choice appears to be made by a sense of self — “I” — choosing this or that. This same “I” feels it is in control of the choice being made, and feels either powerful (when it thinks it made the ‘right’ choice) or helpless (when it thinks it made or keeps making the ‘wrong’ choice).

I see now that when caught up in this dream there is no harm in ‘choosing’ to allow Divine Will to supersede ‘my’ will. The sense that these choices — for example, to have faith and hope — could help to bring about a change in what is, or even an awakening, is quite soothing or reassuring to that which feels threatened by what is. But when Consciousness awakens, there is a clear recognition that life simply unfolds, that there has only (ever) been the appearance of choice, and that choice appears to have led ‘me’… to here.

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