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Nonduality Highlights: Issue #3728, Saturday, November 28, 2009, Editor: Mark

We are not separate. Our sense of separateness is superficial and exists only in the physical dimension. In our human element, we are not separate; we're very much connected. Every other human being is just as precious as we are, and worthy of as much respect and love and consideration. This understanding needs to manifest in our conduct in each moment. This is the part of the Work that will transform you.

- A.H. Almaas, from Diamond Heart Book Four

You work on yourself, spiritually, as an offering to your fellow beings. Because, until you have cultivated that quality of peace, love, joy, presence, honesty, and truth, all of your acts are colored by your attachments.

- Ram Dass

Most relationships start out as unconscious relationships. When the light of awakeness comes to shine inside of that relationship, the unconsciousness within it is going to be revealed. It's very important not to spiritualize it when it gets revealed. Some people want to spiritualize their relationship instead of making it conscious. They want to make it into a spiritualized fantasy in which their partner meets all their spiritual ideas about what a relationship could be. They think they know what it's supposed to be like, what it could be like, where it's going to go.

When you ease back from that, you return to something that's very intimate and innocent, where you are finally willing to tell the truth, not to hide, not to force consciousness into some relationship agenda, but to simply let it emerge. Then you never know what it will be like at any moment- how consciousness, awakeness, and love are going to want to emerge.

- Adyashanti, from Emptiness Dancing

romance is a simple mistake
finding true love
in the arms of one other
is like capturing a waterfall
in a tiny cup
thirst is slightly quenched
why not just step into the source

romance is a beautiful distraction
taking you beyond your dry concerns
yet what good is an open heart
with room for only one
when that one is gone
the heart is empty and dry
and tears fall on empty ground

romance is a single drop
in a torrent of love
why settle for on sip at a time
the sweetest tasting water is deeper than the surface
dive into the current
and as you are swept away
drink to your heart's content

- Nirmala, from Gifts with No Giver - a love affair with truth

love is
a mirror
you see nothing
but your reflection
you see nothing
but your real face

- Rumi, translation by Nader Khalili, from Rumi, Dancing the Flame

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