Saturday, November 28, 2020

Brother David Steindl-Rast - Gratefulness


 "Everything is a gift.
The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefullness.
Day and night, gifts keep pelting down on us.
If we were aware of this, gratefulness would overwhelm us.
But we go through life in a daze.

A power failure makes us aware of what a gift electricity is;
a sprained ankle lets us appreciate walking as a gift, a sleepless night, sleep.
How much we are missing in life by noticing gifts only when we are suddenly deprived of them.

Eyes see only light, ears hear only sound,
but a listening heart perceives meaning. Everything is a gift. Grateful living
is a celebration of the universal give-and-take of life, a limitless yes to belonging.
A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony
of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it --
that alone can be like waking up from a dream.

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life, because if we are not grateful,
then no matter how much we have we will not be happy --
because we will always want to have something else or something more."


Sant Dnyaneshwar - Union of Shiva & Shakti


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Wu Hsin - The illuminant of everything




Master Wu Hsin began:

We miss the actual by lack of attention and create distortions by excessive imagination.

Understand that without Being there is nothing.

All knowledge is about Being.

Wrong ideas about Being lead to dissatisfaction and unhappiness,
whereas right ones lead to freedom and happiness

Likewise, understand that Consciousness illuminates.

Everything perceived is first illuminated by Consciousness.

Even when there is nothing to be perceived, 

Consciousness is present.

Now, let there be silence.

Master Wu Hsin continued:

The habitual reference to a false center must end.

You have dedicated decades to building a prison for yourself. 

Can you not find a few moments to begin to tear it down?

The experiences you have in one state do not follow you into another state. Therefore, they cannot be part of your essential self.

You take yourself to be that which events happen to. Cease to be the object and become the subject of all that happens.

Merely see yourself as the illuminant of everything.

Now, let there be silence.

Master Wu Hsin continued:

Wholeness is not a state; states come and go.

Wholeness is holiness, absolute presence and relative absence.

"I will be" is prior to differentiation.

It is the Dynamic Potentiality, preceding all states, including the "I am"

Nothing more need be said today.

Ponder this; more tomorrow. 




Sunday, November 22, 2020

Wu Hsin - Unitive Consciousness




 Today, the Master began:


When you perceive yourselves as a part of the universe, you must
invariably feel apart from the universe. This calls for a correction in viewpoint.

Every operating assumption that you have is calling out for reexamination.
In that process, you will discern where the flaws in your
point of view lie.

You begin by creating a "me" which is followed by the world, a series of appearances which we label as "other than me".

Then, you appoint this me to godhead status, making it the arbiter of what is deemed right and wrong, what is good and evil, and how things are "supposed to be".

Through "I", you are the acting. Through "my", you are the owning.

You explain, translate, describe, label, define, and separate whatever you perceive every moment of your lives. In so doing, you create a tunnel reality.

This is grand narrative fiction.

Step aside and see how effortlessly and efficiently life functions. That is all that is required is to see things clearly.

However, this cannot occur as long as the seeing is performed through the crystal of the personal. This crystal is what brings distortion to What-Is.

When "me" goes, every "other than me" goes with it.

This is unitive consciousness, the end of distortion.

You continue to be alive and conscious. However, you are no longer self conscious

Ponder this; more tomorrow.





Chelan Harkin - Oh world!


Oh world,
I’ve been trying to convince you
of my sanity for far too long!
Trying to hold it together,
play the part.
I’m ready for the sacred undoing!
I’m ready to give up the game
I'm delighted to say I've lost!
Here is my raw, naked heart
my soul is ready to strip down
and streak through social conventions!
I am tired of pretending with you
that I’m ok with anything short of the sweetest,
most tender intimacy
I’m un-signing my name
from these social contracts
enabling extreme blandness and terrible distance
from our hearts!
Come close and I will kiss your face,
come closer and I will offer you
every jewel in my soul
come closer still and I’ll delightedly
give you my very life
and then go into my closets to see
what else I have in there for you!
Friend, it doesn't take much
to destroy social norms
all it takes is to crack open
the sacred, wild barrel
of love in your chest
and offer it to whoever
might pass by.



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