Thursday, July 14, 2022

Jean Klein ~ Instantaneous awareness


 "But at other times when you say I exist, you are heading towards the perception of a non-state,
which is neither of the body nor of the mind.
This non-state is being, it is indeterminable, cannot be located mentally or physically.
It is neither a thought nor a feeling.
This non-state is identical to that of your surroundings.
You are of the very same essence.
In this non-state there are no surroundings.
If there is another, that is, if there are surroundings, there is an I, and vice-versa.
"Our surroundings are not contained by name and form.
You are neither the body nor the mind, these are limits you identify with through a lack of clear-sightedness.
When you are attentive to a tree or flower, the perception, shape, name and concept are not the only things present.
There is also the All-presence that you share with them and that you are both part of.
The very name and form spring forth from this eternal background, the All-presence.
This is instantaneous awareness that cannot be reached by thought."



 "I am in you and I am you.
No one can understand this
until he has lost his mind."

~ Rumi

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Wu Hsin ~ Cultivate silence


All that one can do is to be available.   
When the Emperor sends his carriage for you,
if you are not available, the Emperor cannot
be faulted for your failure to reach the palace.   
Disregard intellect and cultivate silence so that
you can hear the whisper of Intelligence.
This Intelligence is native,
not something that is developed or acquired.   
Although unknown to you,
you are saturated with It.   
Look closely and see the ease
with which distraction
dissipates the attentive energy.   
In that instant that you realise
that you are not present, you are presence.



Monday, July 11, 2022

Jalaluddin Rumi ~ All through eternity

 audio Avi Adir


All through eternity
Beauty unveils His exquisite form
in the solitude of nothingness;
He holds a mirror to His Face
and beholds His own beauty.
he is the knower and the known,
the seer and the seen;
No eye but His own
has ever looked upon this Universe.

His every quality finds an expression:
Eternity becomes the verdant field of Time and Space;
Love, the life-giving garden of this world.
Every branch and leaf and fruit
Reveals an aspect of His perfection-
They cypress give hint of His majesty,
The rose gives tidings of His beauty.

Whenever Beauty looks,
Love is also there;
Whenever beauty shows a rosy cheek
Love lights Her fire from that flame.
When beauty dwells in the dark folds of night
Love comes and finds a heart
entangled in tresses.
Beauty and Love are as body and soul.
Beauty is the mine, Love is the diamond.

They have together
since the beginning of time-
Side by side, step by step.



Sunday, July 10, 2022

Philip Jacobs ~ Lessons of Life



 There are several lessons that I have learnt from my observation of life, that I wished I had known from the very start. The first is that you can trust the process of life and it`s unfolding. So many times in my life journey, I have experienced deeply traumatic events that I could not see the purpose of at the time. These events have ranged from chronic illness and the loss of those I love, through to redundancy and loss of home. Yet when I look back on the events from a fuller perspective, I always see how they led to deeper insight and creativity that I could not foresee at the time and they also pushed me into where I needed to be in life. It was as if I had been seeing the world just through a letter box and could not see the whole picture. I have observed this so often in life, which is why I now trust life`s unfolding and trust that there is a greater purpose, even if I cannot see or understand it at the time.
That leads onto my second insight, which is that things never turned out the way I anticipate them. When the future prospects have looked very grim, at a certain point there has always been an unforeseen intervention that makes the outcome quite different from what I would have expected. As an old man once said on his deathbed: "I`ve had a lot of trouble in my life, most of which never happened".
The third and most important of my life lessons, is quite simply that i`m not who I think I am. It`s as if there are two of me. One identity I call "Philip". Philip is a man and an artist and does Philip things, like designing textiles and looking for dinosaurs and Hiroshige paintings. But behind Philip there is another identity that quietly observes the ever changing drama of life, all without comment. It was there when I was five and it`s exactly the same when i`m sixty five. Compared to Philip, this other identity is like the still depths of the ocean. Like the ocean it is totally still, even when a life storm rages on the surface. This other identity is also always unconditionally happy. Almost like happiness just shines out of it, and it takes great delight in everything it encounters: people, nature, art, music, animals etc.  The art of life i`ve discovered is knowing that your true identity is this much deeper unchanging sense of self. It is necessary in life to play the "Philip" role, but at the same time to have this background awareness that what you really are is this great ocean of stillness, which in a strange way also includes everybody and everything. Nothing is separate.
Sometimes when life is very difficult it is as if the curtain of time parts and we become aware of the underlying mystery that has been there  all along. This can also happen when we are confronted with great beauty, such as when we look up at the vastness of the night sky. It is as if the boundary between "self" and "other" dissolves and we see that we are already the whole universe.
So when you are in the middle of the life dance and it seems overwhelming, remember your real identity that is always present as your safe place and true home and that is always beyond trauma and illness. It is even beyond birth and death.





Barbara Carter ~ Everything Is Consciousness


painting by Liane Collot d'Herbois


 Still here at 91 years old !!!                                                                                  
Four years later I still agree with thoughts expressed in this(facebook) post from when I was a youngster of only 86 .😀
Everything Is Consciousness. 

After 86 years ( as of today it’s 90 ) of living a full and blessed life , I've realised in retrospect--the perfection of each event in Life's unfolding . Those times  that were content , happy , indeed blissful ; and other times of  sadness , anguish , fear and horror . All events eventually leading to more clarity of understanding, acceptance and gratitude for a planetary Life in time 

We all are playing our appointed roles on Life's stage of drama and delight . We all are teachers and students of each other . 

Beyond time’s realm of duality -it’s all a play of Timeless Consciousness . All is One Infinite Self . 

When the contracted , constricted energy of illusory finite self begins to stir from sleep and starts  awakening --then --what is there to teach --and who is there to be taught !  

There is only One Self - Life’s Timeless Unity ! Love’s Immaculate Presence  --awakening to Infinite , Impersonal Self .   All beings  are GodSelf --as immaculate Consciousness --the remembrance of primary , original True Identity .

 All other appearance of reality is merely mind's imagination --the " story " of humanity's communal mind of time's duality . Beyond the dream -is Love's Return to Love ! 

True humility --is the ultimate surrender ! The final blessed acceptance of Ultimate Truth -- Divine Infinite Self . 

May all beings be blessed , content and loved . All is well . Namaste 🙏



Happy birthday Barbara Carter