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Issue #2480, Wednesday, May 24,
2006, Editor: Mark
The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation. You can take the first step right now. Start listening to the voice in your head as often as you can. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old gramophone records that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years. This is what I mean by 'watching the thinker', which is another way of saying: listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence.
When you listen to that voice, listen to it impartially. That is to say, do not judge. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, for doing so would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door. You'll soon realize: there is the voice and here I am listening to it, watching it. This I am realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind."
- Eckhart Tolle. from The Power of Now, posted to DailyDharma
You've got to drop something. You've got to drop illusions. You don't have to add anything in order to be happy; you've got to drop something. Life is easy, life is delightful. It's only hard on your illusions, your ambitions, your greed, your cravings.
- Anthony DeMello
Don't make any effort. Stay quiet and the noisy
surface dialogues will cease. Then the substratum
will rise up to the top. It is simple. Follow this.
- Papaji, from The Truth Is, posted to AlongTheWay
A New World
Let's offer flowers, pour a cup of libation,
split open the skies and start anew on creation.
If the forces of grief invade our lovers' veins,
cupbearer and I will wash away this temptation.
With rose water we'll mellow crimson wine's bitter cup;
we'll sugar the fire to sweeten smoke's emanation.
Take this fine lyre, musician, strike up a love song;
let's dance, sing all night, go wild in celebration.
As dust, 0 West Wind, let us rise to the Heavens,
floating free in Creator's glow of elation.
If mind desires to return while heart cries to stay,
here's a quarrel for love's deliberation.
Alas, these words and songs go for naught in this land;
come, Hafez, let's create a new generation.
- Hafiz, from: The Spiritual Wisdom of Hafez, Haleh Pourafzal and Roger Montgomery, posted to AlphaWorld
The wine of divine grace is limitless:
All limits come from faults of the cup.
Moonlight floods the whole sky
from horizon to horizon;
How much can it fill your room
depends on its windows.
Grant great dignity my friend
to the cup of your life.
Love has designed it
to hold its eternal wine.
Rumi, Mathwani, translation: Andrew Harvey, posted to Poetic_Mysticism
of the Seer" by Helena Nelson-Reed, by kind permission.
In the words of the artist: "Hand of the Seer is about the energy that sparks growth and nurturing. Also about the growth and spontaneous healing that may occur after a period of stasis or immobility, and the silent, gentle evolution of the spirit."
More of Helena's wonderful art can be seen at: http://www.fine-art-studios.com/intro.html
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