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What better way to realize universal Love than to love one person, uniquely and singularly, in flesh-and-blood, with utter and complete ego/self-dissolving devotion! Until then, until every aspect of the manufactured self has been mirrored and stripped naked, until one has looked into every nook and cranny to see in plain sight the darkest inclinations and subtlest transgressions… and allowed them to be hugged and dissolved in the embrace of the brightest flames of Self, subsumed by unconditional Love (for everything that dances within, and thereby without!), until one loves oneself and ‘the other’ so wholly that there is only One-Self —Yog(a)— and One movement happening, of Love, radiant as a beacon in service to all… until one has turned inside out from matter to Light, what appears to be “love” is still only emotional affect and attachment, and what appears to be “love of all” or “love of humanity” that so passionately drives one’s endeavors, is still only protective armor, a comfortable hiding place. Divine Love in the uniquely human makes a true yogi — One-in-Union. Even the traditional ascetic’s “singular love of god” doesn’t quite get to it, as the divine human will reflect the demons within that the human god will not! 🙂

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The excerpts from an article by Tantra scholar Christopher Wallis (Near Enemy #3: Listen to your heart) beautifully describe The Heart / Love / Self of which I continually speak… and how it is not the same as “listen to your heart,” i.e., being driven by emotional affect, which is the same as being driven by the mind’s thoughts or by the body’s base instincts… all projections of the conditioned ego/identity.

“In Sanskritic thought we also have the notion of a metaphysical/spiritual Heart, a hṛdaya distinct from the citta. But Sanskrit has no capital letters, so how do we tell the difference between the heart-mind and the Heart? Precision of meaning is often obtained in Sanskrit by providing synonymous terms. hṛdaya means Heart when it is glossed with sāra (‘essence, core’), madhya (‘center’), svabhāva (‘true nature’), ātman (‘self’), and so on.

…’Heart’ means the deepest core of your being, beyond both thought and emotion.  (more…)

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“Against hate” is a myth, an illusion. There’s no way to stand, march, protest or speak against hate. One can only be and speak and act in Love.

Imagine trying to turn off the “darkness switch.” One can only turn on the Light!

If you have egregious things in your experience and want ‘those bad others’ who did it to you to make up for it, then you’re walking into the illusion, the myth, the bottomless pit in which you’ll be left forever wanting. If you witnessed egregious things done by ‘those bad others’ unto ‘these good others’ and you want those others to make up to these others you care about, then too you’re walking into the illusion, the myth, the bottomless pit. If you want to correct history by making the descendants of ‘those bad others’ make up for it all, you’re walking into the illusion, the myth, the bottomless pit. No matter what happened.

(There’s nothing wrong with keeping on trying, but that’s what it is, trying haplessly to switch off darkness, and walking farther and farther into the bottomless pit.)

If you connect with someone (including yourself) who has egregious things in their experience and you’re touched, moved and inspired to hug them, to express how deeply you’re sorry they experienced these things, you are in Love. (more…)

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Reasoning and arguing to convince another is akin to reasoning and arguing to convince that aspect of yourself that secretly or unconsciously doesn’t believe you 🙂 When the knowing is wholly enlightened and embodied, there are no two aspects within and no argument within, so there is no wish to convince ‘another.’ What is shared is an offering, like ‘prasad,’ to be received (savored, digested and integrated)… but only if resonant. If not, it must simply be set aside, as there’s no ‘other’ left within such an offering-maker to argue with!

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The very definition of a divide is that there are two sides, with a line drawn in between! So, yes, every manifest divide has “both sides,” no matter how grossly one-sided it appears, and how vehemently we resist this understanding.

“But!,” the mind protests, “this ‘other’ person drew the line while I was going innocently and merrily about my life, so why is the onus on me to own the divide?” Well, because, the onus can only and always be in one place — on me! I and I alone am the central locus of this experience and reality! I and I alone am the generator of a point-of-view, from which this creation is painted and constructed! (more…)

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We can either believe that the external conditions are proof (validation and confirmation) of what we always feared and suspected (and so, expected to be true), or we can realize that the external conditions are proof (indication and reflection) of what we always feared and suspected (and so, expected to be true) 🙂 The former is a reactor and the latter is a creator.

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The reactor says, “See, I’m right! This needs to change!” and the creator says, “Oops, and thank you! It’s time to release those fears and suspicions, in Love.”

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Procrastination is the unconscious wisdom of Self; a knowing that there is no leverage or power in action without being in Love, without alignment, without being in the energy frequency from which inspired action can spontaneously arise.

It is easy enough to observe that when one is continuously driven and motivated by the mind into all sorts of busyness and causes and deadlines and achievements, the things closest to one’s heart seem silly and “pointless,” and get postponed or shelved. Allowing that poem to come forth. Planting that flower bed. Writing that letter. Practicing that song. Dancing that number. Sketching that jewelry design. (Things you’re happy doing when no one is looking, and no Facebook reports of them need be made 🙂 Things children do all the time until we teach them that they need to “get real” and do things viable and valuable in the world.) Or apparently “bigger” things. Writing that book. Opening a restaurant. Acting in that play. Launching that line of silly T-shirts. Making that breakthrough discovery. Nothing that arises from the (expansion of) heart can be motivated into action, it must always be inspired, and allowed to flow. It arises spontaneously in Love, in alignment with Self. Without mission or permission, without justice or justification. And so, in a mind-identified psychological environment, it withdraws and hides behind procrastination, waiting for the timing of alignment, for a moment of Love. An inherent wisdom prevails — Nope, this bud will only flower when you fall into your heart!  (more…)

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