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All study is of (temporary) phenomena; all stories are of (personal) experience. When we combine the two, it’s all even more tenuous! Once there is Realization, there is disinterest (neutrality) in study and story, with direct and pure interest in (embracing of) phenomena and experience. Everything may be observed or enjoyed, and nothing need be interpreted or claimed.

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There is no such thing as a “spiritual leader” or “spiritual teacher.” All leading and teaching is of the mind to the mind, keeping mind alive, along with its notions/ addictions of leadership/ followership, celebrity and all the related trappings. When the essence of (Sat)Guru genuinely reflects in form, there is no fanfare, fanaticism, followership, guardianship or any other paraphernalia surrounding it. It is all rendered impossible. There is only Presence, with absolutely nothing else constructed around it. And there is no teaching of concepts, only invoking remembrance, and guiding/ pointing to the Absolute. Yes, moths go to the flame, but only to die into it. If there’s anything else happening or manifesting as a phenomenon, no matter if it appears to be the handiwork of “others,” then it is a personality one is encountering, not the essential embodiment of Guru. The personality is trapped by its own making, and as a participant in the paraphernalia, one too is, unwittingly or otherwise, a co-creator in manifesting the personality and all the phenomena/ paraphernalia around it. One may have a “spiritual experience” that feels comforting, revealing and uplifting, no different than any “life experience,” but Truth (beyond experience or phenomenon) remains as veiled as ever.  (more…)

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The prevalent misconception about acceptance arises from the mind equating acceptance with resignation, or with condoning “evil.”

The paradox is that acceptance of evil — Loving it in neutrality, which means to dissolve one’s own triggers to it — is the true end of “evil.”

How so? Since one’s own triggers/reactivity provide (energetic) sustenance to evil and keep it alive, the end of the triggers/reactivity is the end of such feeding and sustenance. Acceptance, of course, means wholly accepting one’s triggers as well — without venting/acting them out — and so embraced, they dissolve!  

Experiment and see. Notice how the tiniest trigger dissolving within, corresponds “soon” to its matching phenomenon disappearing from your immediate experience. (The common belief is that the phenomenon is triggering me, but actually, the phenomenon is a manifest reflection of my triggers!) Now “scale” this to mass consciousness…

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Aloha! Used ubiquitously and ostensibly as a greeting in Hawai’i, Aloha is really an invocation of Love, Peace and Oneness. An expression of continuity with All That Is. I see you as Self! I see you in/as Love! The natives of Hawai’i know this way well.

The entire time I was there, what danced in subtle consciousness was Ho’oponopono, the Hawai’ians’ natural “healing practice,” which is simply the realization of Oneness that automatically returns (awakens) “another” to their inherent wholeness. This is the essence of what I “do” when “working” with another — see only Self. To know (thy) Self is to know All.

Aloha and Ho’oponopono — Oneness and Wholeness!

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The essence of ‘doubt’ is to look two ways at once. And create duality.

The essence of ‘sin’ is to forget… forget who we truly are. (One)Self.

The essence of ‘surrender’ is to remember that control is an illusion.

The essence of ‘faith’ is to unconditionally allow the total unknown and uncertain to unfold.

The essence of ‘devotion’ is to love What Is.

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Many a realized Master will say, the body doesn’t exist, and then promptly turn around and say, the body is your temple, treat it as sacred 🙂 (Only yesterday I offered a detailed piece on the chakras of the subtle body… labels, names, apparent “process,” and all!)

How come this contradiction?  (more…)

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The chakra (energy center) at our throats is called Vishuddhi. The word shuddh means pure, and so vishuddhi has something to do with purification — the alchemy of the conditioned to re/turn it into the essential.

The allegory of Shiva holding the blue poison in his throat as that is what first arose at the Gods’ attempt at samudra manthan — churning the ocean to extract amrita (nectar) — is symbolic of the realization that before we can access the nectar, before we can speak Truth, we must purify (alchemize) the “poison” (illusion) of story and experience. (The term “before” must not be read as conditionality; it can well imply “simultaneous” when in total awareness.) We must practice holding this poison in active stillness, as Shiva — as the void, as the emptiness, as Silence. Not as repression, but in active observation within the expansive, all-embracing emptiness of Self. (If one is shooting off arising and passing thoughts and intellectualized philosophy as “truth” or “honesty,” one can be sure this is the unexamined, unprocessed poison of mental/emotional conditioning spouting forth.)

Sound is everything. It is the beginning of Creation, the movement of the unmanifest as the manifest. So whether we say, Om, or “before God there was the Word,” or Big Bang, or simply that a baby is “here” if it cries upon birth, we’re pointing to the same essential awareness. And there’s also the saying, “finding one’s voice in the world,” as a stand-in for Self actualization.

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