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Saturday, September 8


Reality has nothing to do with adding
something to myself or
subtracting something from myself.

It is not personal plus transpersonal,
nor is it taking away something
called "the personal".

It is not the ego plugging into something
powerful. In fact, the motive to plug
into something powerful can be noticed
throughout human history (e.g., Nazi Germany,
Jonestown, Pol Pot, etc., etc.), and that
motive is not really separate from the motive to
do away with the self, but rather its polar and
strongly related brother-motive.

Reality won't be gained through a motivated
attempt. Neither the attempt to plug in,
trancend, be powerful, nor the motive to
disconnect, be somewhere else, be powerless.

A defense of ego and an attack against ego
are in this way the same: either way,
ego is treated as a really existing
something or someone which can be added to,
or which needs to be taken away).

Nothing to be gained or lost: Reality.



The tide of my love
Has risen so high let me flood


Close your eyes for a moment
And maybe all your
fears and fantasies

Will end.

If that happened
God would become an infant in your


And then you
Would have to nurse all


(“The Gift” – versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)



what is seen from the top
is seen from the bottom
the view is fantastic, incredible

living, laughing, loving,
crying, weeping, dying
it is all the same

heaven doesn't come to the distracted
hiding thier heads in the sand
they never see the sunrise
yet, they too are one with me

how much to journey to the mountain top?
ah, just leave everything behind
the climb is easy - easier than you can imagine
one step and you are there!

come out of your shell
of hardened beliefs
smash it with your determination
then smash your determination

you know you are not that simple character
playing it's games
nor are you something greater
you simply are

come free and fly
see? you are everywhere!

Peace - at play in the fields of eternity - Michael



Regarding "touch", a few remarks:

Without photons touching the eye, there is no sight
Without sonons touching the ear, there is no sound
Without food touching the tongue, there is no basic taste
Without air touching membranes, there wouldn't be smell
Would love be possible without touch?
No communication without touch!

Hence "beyond" touch there is a mystery - one that the Buddha
knew but for instance Ramana didn't... :)

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