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Each time we think or speak of our Love “for” (or “of”) someone, we could experiment with omitting the “because.” Instead of I love XXX, followed by a long and admiring list of, They are so…, we could simply try on, I love XXX. Period. We could experiment with omitting their qualities, whether perceived as “superficial” (beautiful, talented, smart, accomplished…) or “deep” (wise, kind, caring, evolved, soulful…) We could experiment with omitting their personality, their beliefs and values, their accomplishments and achievements, their circumstances, their life story… And we could get in touch with the choice-less-ness, the condition-less-ness, the “I-can’t-help-it-ness” of our Love (for them). Then we’ll know Love for the first time. Without armor or defense, condition or qualification. We’ll know Love as our very nature, independent of “the other.” We’ll know ourselves as the source of Love, and Love as the source of us. By dropping the qualities of the other, the “you” falls away from “I love you.” By recognizing the choice-less-ness, condition-less-ness, and I-can’t-help-it-ness, the “I” falls away too. And what remains, is only Love. We become naked and liberated in Love, freed of the burden of reason and justification. We see that “because” is the attachment, the bondage, keeping us believing that without the other and their acting this way or that way, we wouldn’t be (in) Love. We see that Love just is, no matter what.

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Here’s spiritual near-truth #11: The act of forgiving (another) frees us

Forgiveness as an act, is in the illusion, in the play! Forgiveness as realization, is that there’s nothing to forgive!

When we realize manifest experience as the projection of consciousness, we can also see that any interaction “within it” is a (co)creation. Once this creative power in Self is realized, there is no more question of forgiveness!

To expand, let’s say we’re in a play together, and you (agree to) play my mean and ignorant neighbor, who says horrible (let’s go there: racist) things to me. You agree to this role in my play, and I agree to the role in yours! And so, we have a play together, each playing roles relative to the other. (One-Self is playing something out as “two.”) The play can only occur via agreement to experience something together. (more…)

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Here’s spiritual near-truth #9: Enlightenment answers the question, Who am I?

In enlightenment, the who dissolves, and what “remains” is: I am. Pure existence. There’s no who, no question about who, and no answer to who 🙂

If there must be some expression, there may be statements about “who I am not.” Neti, neti. In the vein of Adi Shankaracharya’s Atmashatakam / Nirvanashatakam: I am not this, I am not that…

As such, there exists no one to be enlightened. The (en)light(ened) just is…

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A near-truth is as far removed from Truth as anything else. That is the nature of illusion!

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Here’s spiritual near-truth #7: I have a Higher Self that guides me / works through me

There exists only the Self. One-Self. Reflected everywhere, in everything, as everything, as nothing. Every concept of existence as a separate identity is an illusion. So, one might say that it is the “lower self” that doesn’t exist 🙂 But because the ego/mind believes in its own existence, a Higher Self is conjured up to comprehend and label that which (solely and eternally)… I am.  (more…)

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(in each moment)
one’s calling lies
not in what one is doing to help
but in what one cannot help
doing
in this non-trying
in this non-doing
all is done
and all are helped

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We recognize negative emotion as a signal that something is off. The mind promptly believes it is a valuable indicator that something is “wrong” — a deviation from rightness / wholeness / goodness — in the outside world. And that the arising emotion provides impetus to fix that, to close that gap.

Negative emotion is indeed a wonderful compass for something else — it reveals something very important about our inner state — a deviation from the alignment with Self. And negative emotion is prompting us to close that gap! Meaning, it is telling us that the mind is seeing the external situation differently than the absolute perfection with which Source/Self sees it. (more…)

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When we are One with all that is, the paradox is that “your pain is my pain” calls not for solving your pain, but for dis-solving mine!

How so?

When we are One with all that is, we simultaneously realize that the entire play underlying The One ‘differentiated as many’ is to lovingly allow unique experiences through which to recognize and realize Oneness. In truly, lovingly, unconditionally honoring the sovereignty in (and wish for) differentiated experience, it isn’t for (an identity of) “me” to take on another’s unique experience — however ‘good’ or ‘bad’ — and make it mine (in the name of empathy or compassion or unity as solidarity), and then make a mission out of it in any way — whether as fan or savior. It is only for me to allow for every kind of experience, and be there, in Love, should it arise within my physical field of experience. If I’m triggered into sensational excitement or suffering in response to another’s unique experience (‘good’ or ‘bad’), it is an opportunity for me to see that I am identified (attached) with them / that experience in some way, and use it as a clue, a window to look within. The more I look within, the more I see that whatever I experience in vicarious response to another’s experience reveals what is alive within me as attachments. The more I dissolve these within, in Love, the more they dissolve without, in ‘reality.’  (more…)

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