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this universe of qualities.
When that merging occurs, there is nothing
but God. This is the only doctrine.
There is no word for it,
to understand it with, no categories
of transcendence or non-transcendence,
no vow of silence, no mystical attitude.
There is no Shiva and no
in enlightenment, and if there is something
that remains, that whatever-it-is
is the only teaching.
14th Century North Indian mystic
by Tony Cartledge on Facebook
"If you want God and
you chase God, God will be out of your reach.
If you stop and drop every concept of God, you are enfolded in the Living Presence
seeker of truth
follow no path
all paths lead where
truth is here
~ ee cummings
Acceptance is your inherent state, non-acceptance is artificial, fabricated.
~ Jean Klein
I Am p.132
by Tony Cartledge on Facebook
LIFE GOES ON
There is no island of
bliss to which we finally arrive post-awakening. The
experience of Silence is always available, of course, and it is the background
of all experience, but it does not REPLACE or NEGATE experience. It remains
the birthplace of personal experience, which goes on just like before but
without the personal attachment that used to make it so joyful or painful. We
must keep our eyes open and move forward into whatever life presents from
moment to moment, even as we rest as that Creative Silence. Such radical
courage is what reveals that we are also Life Itself.
~ Richard Young on Facebook
There is another, sweeter
power available to us all, regardless of how many words we
It starts in the heart and is effortlessly spoken through the eyes. Sometimes,
just for perspective, take a break and hear the music.
by Sandra Ma on Facebook
Listen to your life.
See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.
In the boredom and pain of it
no less than in the excitement and gladness:
touch, taste, smell your way
into the holy and hidden heart of it,
because in the last analysis
all moments are key moments,
and life itself is grace.
~ Frederick Buechner
by Jacque Collier on Facebook
The Treasure Chest of the Body
Everything we have ever
fled from, as separated consciousness, is here, right
here in our body, in our nervous system. We don't have to travel far to know
ourselves, to meet ourselves.
This fleeing the body is
what keeps us bound. And now we have an even
more sophisticated form of leaving ourselves - the use of spiritual concepts.
How frequently the mind tries to chew on these , in one more valiant,
exhausting effort to get away from the 'ouch' of life, from what we are actually
feeling, from the discomfort, the waves of angst that rise in the body.
Discomfort arising is a
gift. It is the body's way of defrostng itself, of
integrating the massive amount of old shock, separation energy that is stored
Don't deny your
experience, even if you know at some level it's not real.
Imagine telling an upset baby it doesn't exist. Where and how could that land.
Let your experience become truly unreal by giving it the reality and attention it
first needs. It is through this body of ours that we come to realize we are not
Presence and sensation
with no ownership of any of it. Our sanctuary, our
favorite resting place, our true resting ground.
~ Mags Deane on Facebook
in time of daffodils
in time of daffodils(who
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why,remember how
in time of lilacs who
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember so(forgetting seem)
in time of roses(who
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if,remember yes
in time of all sweet
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek(forgetting find)
and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me,remember me
~ ee cummings
from the film American Beauty
"It was one of those
days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's
this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like,
dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen
minutes. And that's the day I realized there was this entire life behind things,
and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no
reason to be afraid, ever."
~ 'Ricky Fitts' from American Beauty
So much beauty in the world
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