Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Randall Friend - An overwhelming sense of Love

The love felt here is overwhelming. For so many years I struggled and searched - mostly within the confines of an individual existence. It is impossible to find the answer you seek as long as you consider yourself an individual existence.

My writing is due to an overwhelming sense of Love - I totally understand where you're coming from. My impulse to write is due to this love - this sense that if you could just realize that your existence isn't separate and transient - you would see that there is nothing to worry about. You don't have to suffer. Suffering is only in the mind.

WHAT you are is Life, Existence itself. Consciousness arises, and we get sucked into that. Therefore we take ourselves as the object of Consciousness - which is actually totally normal, yet it isn't true.

There is one Existence - one "thing" from which all arises. And you are THAT. What else could you be?

Consciousness arises like a dream - and you're there, facing the world. But that is what you've been led to believe.

Life, the Universe, Brahman, whatever you want to call it - is dreaming. It is aware of itself through this dream we call "I". The true "I" is Life - aware of itself through this dream.

Wake up - existence isn't transient. You exist. This dream is your way of knowing yourself. And when that dream ends, nothing is lost. You still exist.

A cigar is slowly burning, and a glass of bourbon is settling. These experiences have value - yet they are not ultimately real.

YOU are real. That's it.


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Enlightenment is when a wave realises it is the ocean

MOCEAN. A film by Chris Bryan from Chris Bryan on Vimeo.

The Ocean and the Wave are One. The Ocean contains the Wave, and the Wave contains the Ocean. They have a single, inextricable existence. When the Wave (Individual Soul) realizes that it is the Ocean (Divine Soul), Enlightenment (Nondual Awareness) occurs. 


Eckhart Tolle - Nature can show us the way home

"We get lost in doing, thinking, remembering, anticipating - lost in a maze of complexity and a world of problems. Nature can show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds.
We have forgotten what plants and animals still know. We have forgotten how to be - to be still, to be ourselves, to be where life is: Here and Now.
Whenever you bring your attention to anything natural, anything that has come into existence without human intervention, you step out of the prison of conceptualized thinking. To bring your attention to a stone, a tree, or an animal does not mean to think about it, but simply to perceive it, to hold it in your awareness. Its essence then transmits itself to you. You can sense how still it is, and in doing so the same stillness arises within you. You sense how deeply it rests in Being. In realizing this, you too come to a place of rest deep within yourself.
When walking or resting in nature, honor that realm. Be still. Look. Listen. See how every animal and every plant is completely itself. Unlike humans, they have not split themselves in two. They do not live through mental images of themselves, so they do not need to be concerned with trying to protect and enhance those images. The deer is itself. The daffodil is itself.
All things in nature are one with the totality. They haven't removed themselves from the fabric of the whole by claiming a separate existence: "me" and the rest of the universe. The contemplation of nature can free you of that "me", the great troublemaker."


Monday, November 25, 2019

Annette Nibley - The Law of Love

artist unknown

 There are two ways of looking at the world we live in. (Well, there are a lot more than two, but I’m just taking these two to illustrate a point.) One way is to think of the world as an appearance in consciousness, of no import, and something I don’t have to concern myself with at all.

The other way to think of the world is as an outpicturing of Love – a manifest version of the glory of the One Love that is All There Is – and therefore something I very much want to concern myself with.

The major difference between the two, in my experience, is that in the first case, the experience of the human being is rendered pointless, and meaningless. That may appeal to a lot of people – it appealed to me for a long time – but ultimately it is life-denying, and can lead to hopelessness and despair.

Life appears! It is glorious that it does. If the glorious All-That-Is appears in manifest form, which it obviously does, it does this out of Love. It itself is only Love, and so the manifestation is its own Self. Does it really want Itself to ignore Its own creation?

LOVE is humming underneath all of this, running it all. It appears as me. It appears as you. It appears as mind. It appears as a world. Love is the machine that is driving all of it. Love makes sense of it all. It’s not an uncreated, imaginary phantom. The world is here, created and sustained by Love.

The bottom line is that we don’t have to worry about what to do, how to handle it all – Love is doing all of it. The pressure is off. We can relax. There is only the Law of Good operating, and all we have to do is reflect this Good through our own thoughts and actions, and watch how the world changes in front of our eyes.

There is a missed opportunity when one says, “I am not the body/mind.” To know love, one must experience it through one’s manifest being. This is the gift of being human – we move from the dark to the light gradually, as we steadily gain more faith in the Law of Love. It is through being human that Love is known.