go for the gold

Buddha Quote

The profundity of this statement is lost on all who remain angry, depressed, insecure and afraid because they believe the thoughts that give rise to such feelings. Meditation is a useful tool to help one come to the realization that there is nothing to fear (more accurately there is actually no one to be afraid).

Ramana Maharshi’s form of inquiry – asking oneself, “Who Am I?” – and Scott Kiloby’s Natural Rest and Living Inquiries are also useful tools to get to the root ‘problem’ – a busy mind that believes all that it says. One cannot stop the mind, but only learn to witness it in action without judgment to finally experience the joy of its eventual silence in the face of inquiry and, ultimately, no attention to its demands. In silence one discovers freedom from anger, depression, insecurity, and fear of death.

Don’t seek silence. The one who seeks it will never find it. Instead, let that seeker within you NOTICE where attention is: on the busy mind, or the gaps of silence between all the thoughts and images generated by that busy mind. Those gaps are gold. Go for the gold.

every moment sparkles with freshness

Bee pollinating flowerMost of us don’t realize that we’re not actually in control of our lives… nor of anything at all. The very thought of being out of control causes alarms to sound in our heads, accompanied by a physical sense of dread and panic. But ‘That’ which is in control of our body is the same ‘That’ which is in control of the body of a loved one or neighbor, the birds flying overhead and the bees that pollinate the flowers, the grass in the fields and the evergreens in the forest. ‘That’ creative, animating force animates ALL.

The thinking mind can’t grasp this fact, and never will. But when it ceases believing that it can understand, when it gives up trying to have, or BE in control, then ‘That’ which is in control reveals itself in glorious clarity. Every moment sparkles with freshness, decisions arise spontaneously, life unfolds without resistance or effort.

Blessed is the dawning realization of this paradox: What we think we are is utterly insubstantial and illusory; what we truly are is powerful and real beyond measure or comprehension.

you cannot know…

You can project “into the future” all you want, imagine various paths that might be available to you, possible scenarios that might unfold, outcomes that might transpire. But the truth is this:

You cannot ever know what lies ahead.
The future does not exist outside of your thinking about it.
You can only know what is, in this moment, as it is.
And that is all the knowing you need.

welcome

Don’t make an enemy of your body, your disease, your perceived flaws or limitations, the natural processes of aging. Be kind and gentle to the vehicle – your body – that temporarily provides your beingness with access to knowing itself as form. Embrace your disease as a messenger. Acknowledge your perceived flaws or limitations and question if they are, in fact, flaws or limitations. Who defined them as such? Must you agree with them? Tenderly caress the heart within you. Be grateful to all the mechanisms that operate without you having to do a thing, and forgive those that don’t seem to be working “right” by some arbitrary standard of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ or ‘normal’. Consider all that IS – reality itself – to be an invitation. Greet all with open arms, and open heart, a willingness to say, “I see you. I hear you. I feel you. Welcome. Welcome. Welcome.”

you are not what you believe yourself to be

“There is no such thing as a person. There are only restrictions and limitations. The sum total of these defines the person. You think you know yourself when you know what you are. But you never know who you are. The person merely appears to be, like the space within the pot appears to have the shape and volume and smell of the pot. See that you are not what you believe yourself to be. Fight with all the strength at your disposal against the idea that you are nameable and describable. You are not. Refuse to think of yourself in terms of this or that. There is no other way out of misery, which you have created for yourself through blind acceptance without investigation. Suffering is a call for enquiry, all pain needs investigation. Don’t be too lazy to think.”

― Nisargadatta Maharaj

the light of the world

Amma and childNo human is born “bad.” We are made to believe (and act out) that we are, by our attachment to mistaken beliefs about who we are and what is real.

We are born lit from within, every single one of us. The torch of Awareness burns in us, eternally, even when it is unnoticed, hidden from view by layer upon layer of beliefs that cause us only suffering.

Turn towards that light within you. Fan the flame of your own Self Awareness and witness the incineration of all the layers of limiting beliefs that bind you. When all else has burned, all that remains is who you truly are: the light of the world.

one earth, many worlds

Earth’s human inhabitants live in their own little world. Each world is composed of the individual’s memories of the past and projections of the future, their hopes and dreams, ideas and beliefs. No two worlds are alike. Meanwhile, reality unfolds, often unnoticed by humans who are wrapped up in the cocoon of the illusory world of their own making.

the only price

Life without a reason, a purpose, a position… the mind is frightened of this because then “my life” is over with, and life lives itself and moves from itself in a totally different dimension. This way of living is just life moving. That’s all.

As soon as the mind pulls out an agenda and decides what needs to change, that’s unreality. Life doesn’t need to decide who’s right and who’s wrong. Life doesn’t need to know the “right” way to go because it’s going there anyway. Then you start to get a hint of why the mind, in a deep sense of liberation, tends to get very quiet. It doesn’t have its job anymore. It has its usefulness, but it doesn’t have its full-time occupation of sustaining an intricately fabricated house of cards.

This stillness of awareness is all there is. It’s all one. This awareness and life are one thing, one movement, one happening, in this moment — unfolding without reason, without goal, without direction. The ultimate state is ever present and always now. The only thing that makes it difficult to find that state and remain in that state is people wanting to retain their position in space and time. “I want to know where I’m going. I want to know if I’ve arrived. I want to know who to love and hate. I want to know. I don’t really want to be; I want to know. Isn’t enlightenment the ultimate state of knowing?” No. It’s the ultimate state of being. The price is knowing.

This is the beautiful thing about the truth: ever-present, always here, totally free, given freely. It’s already there. That which is ever-presently awake is free, free for the “being.” But the only way that there’s total and final absolute homecoming is when the humanness presents itself with the same unconditionality. Every time a human being touches into that unconditionality, it’s such peace and fulfillment.

In your humanity, there’s the natural expression of joy and love and compassion and caring and total unattachment. Those qualities instantly transmute into humanness when you touch into emptiness. Emptiness becomes love. That’s the human experience of emptiness, that source, that ever-present awakeness. For the humanness to lay itself down — your mind, your body, your hopes, your dreams, everything — to lay itself down in the same unconditional manner in which awareness is ever present, only then is there the direct experience of unity, that you and the highest truth are really one thing. It expresses itself through your humanity, through openness, through love. The divine becomes human and the human becomes divine — not in any “high and mighty” sense, but just in the sense of reality. That’s the way it is.

The only price is all of our positions. The only price is that you stop paying a price.

~Adyansanti, (c) 2004

the mind

The mind will have you believe its whispers, and if you ignore them, its voice is likely to grow louder, more incessant. Soon enough it might be screaming, as demanding as a hungry infant. But if you are still, if you remain silent and lovingly embrace the mind as it cries, without giving in to its demands, it will grow quiet, just as a baby comforted in the arms of its mother grows quiet. There is a kind of magic to be experienced in these quiet moments. Something so real and true is felt – is known – that all who experience it recognize it as deeply profound and transformative.

Let the mind whisper. Let it scream. But don’t give in to its demands. Instead, notice the silent embrace happening even as the mind rants on. Turn your attention to that. Go there, deeply. Feel the stillness. Be transformed.