Saturday, November 24, 2018

Jeff Foster - Nothing is lacking

When you shift your focus
from what is absent
to what is present,
from what is missing
to what has been given,
from what you are not
to who you are,
from the ravages of linear time
to the immediacy of Now,
you are reconnecting
with love, truth and beauty,
and abundance is yours,
For in truth,
nothing is lacking where you are,
nothing is missing from the present scene
of the movie of your life,
and you are forever full,
and at the point of completion.
The only reason
you cannot find Oneness
is because you never left.
The day is just waiting to be lived.
So breathe in life, frie
breathe in life.


Friday, November 23, 2018

Ellen Davis - The Unknown

The unknown is the vast field of life
as it stands on that exquisite precipice
between the inhale and the exhale
that births lands and seas, suns and moons,
and all of the mountains and valleys
as the progeny of our loves and deaths.
The unknown is the formlessness
through which form is created
and the form which to many hide
the pure potentiality of formlessness.
The unknown is the next moment
that I step into now, as my arms open wide
to embrace what comes before me.
The unknown, the Silence,
the Mystery accessed in time as NOW,
is our birthright and the home
where when we can rest,
we birth and are birthed by eternities.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Eckhart Tolle - Words!... (A New Earth)

Ego: The Current State of Humanity

Words, no matter whether they are vocalized and made into sounds or remain unspoken as thoughts, can cast an almost hypnotic spell upon you. You easily lose yourself in them, become hypnotized into implicitly believing that when you have attached a word to something, you know what it is. The fact is: You don’t know what it is. You have only covered up the mystery with a label. Everything, a bird, a tree, even a simple stone, and certainly a human being, is ultimately unknowable. This is because it has unfathomable depth. All we can perceive, experience, think about, is the surface layer of reality, less than the tip of an iceberg.

Underneath the surface appearance, everything is not only connected with everything else, but also with the Source of all life out of which it came. Even a stone, and more easily a flower or a bird, could show you the way back to God, to the Source, to yourself. When you look at it or hold it and let it be without imposing a word or mental label on it, a sense of awe, of wonder, arises within you. Its essence silently communicates itself to you and reflects your own essence back to you. This is what great artists sense and succeed in conveying in their art. Van Gogh didn’t say: “That’s just an old chair.” He looked, and looked, and looked. He sensed the Being-ness of the chair. Then he sat in front of the canvas and took up the brush. The chair itself would have sold for the equivalent of a few dollars. The painting of that same chair today would fetch in excess of $ 25 million.

When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought. A depth returns to your life. Things regain their newness, their freshness. And the greatest miracle is the experiencing of your essential self as prior to any words, thoughts, mental labels, and images. For this to happen, you need to disentangle your sense of I, of Being-ness, from all the things it has become mixed up with, that is to say, identified with. That disentanglement is what this book is about.

The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality, the miracle of life that continuously unfolds within and around you. In this way, cleverness may be gained, but wisdom is lost, and so are joy, love, creativity, and aliveness. They are concealed in the still gap between the perception and the interpretation. Of course we have to use words and thoughts. They have their own beauty— but do we need to become imprisoned in them?

Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much. Language consists of five basic sounds produced by the vocal cords. They are the vowels a, e, i, o, u. The other sounds are consonants produced by air pressure: s, f, g, and so forth. Do you believe some combination of such basic sounds could ever explain who you are, or the ultimate purpose of the universe, or even what a tree or stone is in its depth?
—from A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Mark Nepo - Dropping all we carry

Dropping all we carry
– all our preconceptions, our interior lists of the ways we’ve failed
and the ways we’ve been wronged, all the secret burdens we work at maintaining – dropping all regret and expectations lets our mentality die.
Dropping all we have constructed as imperative allows us
to be born again into the simplicity of spirit that arises from unencumbered being.
It is often overwhelming to imagine changing our entire way of life.
Where do we begin?
How do we take down a wall that took twenty-five or fifty years to erect?
Breath by breath.
Little death by little death.
Dropping all we carry instant by instant.
Trusting that what has done the carrying, if freed, will carry us.

~ Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have (Conari Press; October 1, 2011)

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Arvo Pärt - Alone with silence


Here I am alone with silence. 
I have discovered that it is enough when a single note is beautifully played. 
This one note, or a silent beat, or a moment of silence, comforts me.

 Arvo Pärt