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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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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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One can never be off the path as the path is realized every moment of now. It isn’t found or shown by another; it is created as you go along, as uniquely as you! And so, there are infinite paths to Truth.

And yet, there is only One way. The Way (Tao) is a way of being. In alignment. In Self. In Love.

All paths that have ever been “professed” or “taught” are actually only attempting to convey The Way. The original and essential message is invariably a transmission of The Way. (Any true Guru only transmits/awakens The Way.) But because the mind can only comprehend and grasp the path, the measurable, it then gets to ‘learn’ it and practice it and evaluate it and contrast it with ‘another,’ and begin perceiving differences and preferences. (The mind feeds and survives on this activity!) And instead of dissolving the divisive mind, we create more. And so, we collectively have the discordant and dissonant experience of being on different paths or off the path, when all we’ve really done is cut ourselves off from The Way, from the way of being, from Self/Love.

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All pilgrimages, rituals and practices are path-aspects that can set one up for The Way, but they are never The Way!

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The one who understands via dvaita (dualism / relativism), naturally sees two ways of understanding — dvaita (dualism) and a-dvaita (non-dualism). The one who realizes advaita (Oneness / absolute) sees no difference 🙂

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A simple illustration for how the mind can perceive night-and-day, ups-and-downs, here-and-there, light-and-dark, good-and-bad, win-and-loss, villain-and-victim, woman-and-man, me-and-other, birth-and-death… happening in infinite cycles. And yet, how, being aligned in the shunya, in the zero-point heart center, where perspective, mind (and time) dissolve, realization dawns that there’s nothing happening… only I am. The Self. Eternally projected as within and without!

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When we miss and long for a loved one, no matter who they are or have been to us, we are actually missing the alignment with Self/Love we experience when we flow Love toward them in their (physical) presence. (The mind has attached to them the source of our Love and the good feeling of alignment and home, instead of our abiding in Self, remaining wakeful to their being the external reflection of Self to whom we flow Love, always sourced in Self.) We are not missing them, we are missing alignment with Self/Love, and we are feeling that distance, that gap, between (the concept / identity of) me and Me, the most excruciating rift of all. And all arising emotion is the signal to return to alignment and close that (illusory) gap!

All longing is always for the Self!! The Holy Longing!

The moment we realize this and return home to Self, to alignment, we not only experience the missing dissolve, but also experience all other perceived gaps and distances dissolve. And so, we have an instantaneous and visceral sense of the loved one’s presence, as One-Self, no matter where they are physically, and no matter whether they exist in the physical or have passed on in body. The paradox is that it is the missing and longing that separates us from our beloved… as it separates us from Self, and ‘the other’ is none but One-Self in reflection!

The Holy Longing
a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and a favorite of all time  (more…)

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Free all pain of story, and you’ll never have suffering. The only thing that corrupts pure pain into suffering is the mind’s story about it.

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Feeling good

There aren’t happy endings to unhappy journeys! Only the way that is the quality/frequency of its destination can lead to such a destination. Or, the way is the destination! Every moment that feels good is the way to feeling good, whether for personal good or universal good! (If it’s truly good, personal good and universal good are perfectly aligned, as One.) So, feeling good must come before anything we ‘do.’ And the easiest, quickest way to feeling good is unconditional gratitude, always available to us, no matter what appears as circumstance.

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When I say ‘feeling good,’ I’m speaking of feeling expansiveness, inspiration, aliveness, oneness, faith, flow, bliss… everything to do with Love and life-force. And all this can be felt even in the throes of pain, so long as the pain is freed from story. (The mind’s / ego’s version of feeling good is about either feeding or protecting itself and its story — to survive — to defend against feeling bad rather than simply feeling good!)

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