Thursday, August 29, 2019

Devaji - Silence

 I'd like to talk a little bit this evening about silence.

When we speak of silence in here, it has nothing to do with the perceptive quality of your ears. It in fact has nothing to do with perception. It is a feeling. Not a perceptive feeling, not the feeling of the skin of the body, but what is called the feeling of Stillness, or the feeling of the Heart. It is a feeling in the heart of what is silent. What is unchanging. What is the common ground which has always been with you. It is just that the habit of attention is always falling into perceptive sense, which is always changing. But amongst the ever changing phenomena of the body, which is nothing but change - thoughts, always changing, sensations, always changing, emotions, always changing, situations, always changing - but there is something that is constant. It is in fact what gives you the sense of the continuity of you. Something that lays witness to all that is changing, but itself is changeless.

The feeling of silence is felt equally everywhere. It is not found in a particular location. It unifies what the perceptive senses experience as separate. In other words, when you are feeling what is still, when you are feeling silence, there are no boundaries in it. And all of a sudden, perceptive awareness is experienced to all be occurring within the boundary-less space of what is felt as silence. It is so immediate. There is no distance in it because there is nowhere it is not. It is the ground in fact of your Being. It is felt by the Heart. It is the depth of peace and wholeness. And it feels itself everywhere, in everything.

It is through this silence that God speaks. It is through this silence that all wisdom arises. It is the language of the Heart. The more the habit of following mental movement is released, the deeper you fall into this beauty that is always present now.

In the beginning it feels like space, a sense of stillness. But as the falling into it deepens, there begins to be the flavor of this unspeakable love that is not dependent on anything. It is not because of something. It has always been. It has just been bypassed because of conditioned thinking, business, preoccupation with sense perception. And out of this stillness infused with this love, flowers joy. Pure joy. Eternal joy. It is felt in the silence. You can feel it in everything. It is the natural state. It is not temporary, it is not in a particular place, it is not dependent on the ever-changing phenomena arising in the body that the mind has hypnotically conditioned you to believe is 'me'. You do not feel true silence with the body. The only thing you can feel with the body is the body. And it is always changing. All perception can only monitor change over time. It is not possible to perceive what is changeless. It is the nature of true Heart, the feeling of what is alive everywhere.

When the attention falls into this and body is moving, there is no experience of someone doing something. All movements are tasted as arising out of that silence. When this is the case, there are only two forces which create movement, and that is either passion or compassion, the two flavors of love.

The mind may say, Deva is speaking. But my experience is that I am silence, stillness. There is no sense of speaking. There is recognition that it happens, arising and dissolving into source like a wave in the ocean. And this ocean is pure silence, out of which arises the bliss of your natural state.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Werner Erhard - "What’s So"

"What’s so is always just what’s so. What’s so doesn’t care what you think, feel, intend or wish; it will not bend. You can be freaked out or driven over what’s so, and it won’t change what’s so. If you’re late for an appointment, getting freaked out about it won’t have you arrive any earlier. If you’re having a bad day, being freaked out won’t change what’s so. That which you seek will not bring you satisfaction – aligning with what’s so will. When you’re upset, you’re never upset over what’s so. What’s so is just what’s so, and you’re upset.

If your house burns down and you get upset, does it bring your house back? What’s so doesn’t care if you’re upset; it’s up to you how you handle what’s so. There is no confusion in what’s so. When you don’t know you just don’t know – there is no confusion there. There’s nothing right or wrong about what’s so. What’s so is always open to different interpretations. There’s always just what’s so, and then you have an interpretation. What scares you isn’t what’s so, it’s your interpretation. The interpretation is never true; what’s so is real, the interpretation is not.

Who you’re being is just who you’re being, and what’s so doesn’t care if you’re happy with it or not, so why should you? When you’re not being with what’s so, that’s also just what’s so. Why should you concern yourself? Other people should always be the way they’re being; if you think they shouldn’t, that’s your interpretation. Bring yourself back to what’s so about them. Until you can be with what’s so, you can’t be with anything or anyone. You may have control over other people’s what’s so, but none over their interpretation – give it up.

If you take action or not, it’s still just what’s so. If it works out well or not, it’s still just what’s so. You can never make a right or wrong decision, or take a right or wrong action. Whatever you do will always bring you more of what’s so, and then you have an interpretation about it. Whatever you don’t have, so what? Whatever you’ve done or thought in the past, again so what? Whatever happens in the future is not to be feared. It’s just going to be more of what’s so. The challenge is to spend as much time in what’s so as you can. The chatter in your head is more interpretation, and it has nothing to do with what’s so. There’s nothing wrong with the chatter, it’s just you listening to a fantasy.

The thought that there is something wrong is an illusion; there is nothing wrong, there is only what’s so. Notice when you’re comparing what’s so to some fantasy of how it should be. Bring yourself back to what’s so and it will be O.K. Ask yourself what’s so, and align with that. Align with what’s so and it will not matter. That is the foundation of transformation and satisfaction. Not aligning with what’s so is the only thing that will ever bring you hardship or suffering. Life in what’s so will bring you harmony, grace, and balance. Ask yourself – what’s so about your situation?"


thanks to Samuel Long