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A Seeker Seeks – A Sage Rests.
December 5, 2015

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A seeker seeks; this is what he does; it’s in his nature to seek – with the hope of finding.  A sage rests; she rests to see what Is – not what could be.  She rests without hope or expectation – even though hopeful thoughts & feelings may arise/subside; she rests & realizes.  Rest is not a practice of the mind, body or so-called soul – it’s Awareness-Being-Aware; it’s the ever-present nature of myself resting as myself.

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Beauty
December 1, 2013

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What’s Here Is What Matters…
January 26, 2013

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What’s here is what matters;

[you] don’t need experience or practice,

learning or unlearning,

to

Be

[yourself]

as awareness – now.

To know [yourself] as awareness [you] don’t need

initiation, graduation,

certification

or

accreditation.

To know [yourself] as awareness [you] don’t need

time, tenure, merit

or

promotion.

To know [yourself] as awareness [you] don’t need

knowledge, perception, understanding

or

memory.

To know [yourself] as awareness [you] don’t need

mantra, mudra, yantra

or

tantra.

To know [yourself] as awareness

no effort or surrender,

no action or agenda,

no expectation, approval

or

improvement

is needed;

grace

is

not needed

to know

Self.

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As awareness,

no puja or prayer,

no risk or formulae,

no skill, transformation

or

transaction

is

needed.

To know [yourself] as awareness [you] don’t need

integration, celebration

or

renunciation;

no magic bullet

or

penance,

no white light – no journey.

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Thought

cannot add to awareness,

knowledge

or

understanding

cannot add to awareness;

nothing adds to

or

takes away from

awareness.

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What’s here – is what matters;

what’s already given – is what matters;

what matters is awareness:

IT

does not come

&

IT

does not go.

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The invisible is already/always visible,

not with eyes

or

understanding,

but

awareness:

here/now – everywhere

&

always.

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Here…
June 23, 2012

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Here,

there is delight in Being.

With eyes there is seeing.

With ears there is hearing.

With nose & mouth,

a fragrance can be smelt,

tasted – savored.

Here,

senses are overwhelmed by the fullness of Being.

Life thrives here,

in the up & the down;

a divine sweetness pervades all so-called matter,

all circumstance – all situations.

Here,

matter & un-matter don’t matter.

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After Thought #55
June 11, 2011

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Our fall from Grace is the story of becoming. 

It’s the appearance of a “me” in a world that wants to be something, do something, have something or think something.  From the earliest age we are conditioned into believing we need to do something with our life – in order to be. 

Most of us will spend the rest of our lives caught up in the treadmill of this misunderstanding.  Trying to live up to an unrealistic expectation of becoming that will inevitably cause anxiety, stress, and neurosis.  Wrapped up in the ball of success and the notion of finding happiness, we are entrenched in the belief that life is about being bigger, being more, and being better. 

We label it personal growth; we often call it spirituality – but it’s all the same.  It’s a delicious invitation based on the unspoken premise that something is inherently missing or wrong with us – as we are, and therefore needs fixing.  It’s the story of a seeker that needs to do something; it’s a journey of finding something that we actually, always, already are.

It’s seductive because there has to be a doing in order to get – there has to be.  There can be no becoming without action or merit, without work or achievement, without some sort of understanding or knowledge. 

And we have lots of fancy names and fancy philosophies to justify when our becoming fails; we call it Karma and Samsara, we call it genetics and conditioning.  All these notions are used to reinforce the idea that we are somehow incomplete as we are; that in order to be complete – to be whole; we need to understand something or worse yet, accept some idea or someone, in order to find what’s apparently missing.

The greatest of religions have thrived on this neurosis; that in as much as we might try to be good or better, we will forever be subject to some greater authority that weighs toll, on the inferior, subject “me”.  And therapies of this kind or that incubate ideas that we are separate and thus flawed. 

We diligently pop our pills and repeat affirmations; we do our Yantras, Mantras, Mudras and Tantras in order to recondition a body and mind that has already been conditioned.   But what if it fails?  What if it is all an illusion, based on an erroneous idea of lack – a deluding notion of separation lost in a perception and languaging of duality?

 

What if we already are?

 

What if we always are?

 

Can we rest in the simplicity and Art of Being?

 

No more, no less.

 

You Are Enough!

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You Are, More Than Enough…
May 14, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

From birth we are conditioned into believing we need to be somebody.  We are taught and indoctrinated into the belief that we need to be somebody that does something, thinks something ~ to  get something that will lead us to the promised land of happiness.

We are brainwashed by family, society and peers, into believing that to be happy or successful in life, we need to do something in order to be somebody, and in the doing we lose touch with the simplicity of Being, there appears to be is a loss of our whole self.  We lose ourselves to the search in being a somebody that does something, and we miss the inherent fact that we are already everything.

In the pursuit for something more, we fail to recognize that we already are.  We fail to see that we are, regardless of whether we are being something, doing something, having something or thinking something.

Our voyeuristic fascination with Hollywood stardom and our yearning for a lifestyle of the rich and famous hints at the depth of our conditioning and underlying feeling of separation that drives the desperation, need and addiction to become a somebody; somebody other than who and what we already, always are.

How many billions momentarily lose themselves in the trance of someone else’s fairy tale Royal wedding?  How many hours will be spent numbing and deadening awareness, as we vicariously live through another’s fictitious eye; the characters that live and thrive in the imaginary world of our favourite daily soap opera and the pages of entertaining magazines and television shows?

 

You already are more than enough.

You always were more than enough.

You already, always are more than enough.

 

For most, this is not enough.  As we entrench ourselves in the search for something more; in our seeking for greener gardens and perfect picket fences, we feel lost.  With or without the kids and the cars, many feel something is missing; something is somehow absent from our experience.

But the freedom ~ however seductive, was never to be found in the experience or things.  The freedom was never in being somebody that has something.  The freedom was not in anything a somebody could ever provide, think, do or be.

For most, there is no awareness that Being nobody was always already, good enough.  It is simply not seen or recognized that Being nobody without the thinking, the being, the having or the doing is already, always, good enough.

It’s ironic that the so-called spiritual world has succumbed into the hypnosis, seduction, distraction and trappings of a confused mind.  Not happy with conventional strategies of gain, appropriation and affirmation; all manner of systems and philosophies focused on merit, success, understanding and so-called mastery of a so-called mystery are adopted.  Only the madness of a somebody could ever come up with the idea we need to be a spiritual something to prevent us from being a conventional nobody.

So we re-condition a conditioned mind with nonsense teachings based on so-called Laws of attraction and so-called Secrets that have nothing to do with finding out Who We Are and everything to do with reinforcing the hope and belief that somehow the person who appears to be a nobody will somehow be lead into becoming a somebody.  In the perverse twist of an addiction to become a somebody, we miss the innocence & psychological freedom that exists in being a nobody.

In the simplicity and innocence of Who and What We Are; everything is; whether we appear to be a somebody or a nobody.  The image, identity and story of being a somebody: whether that be a conventional somebody that is actually a no-body, or a so-called spiritual somebody that is actually a nobody; all, simply masquerades the truth of Who and What We already Are ~ which was always good enough.

 Who is this nobody that wants to become a somebody?

Who is this apparent somebody that spends its life seeking and searching for some missing factor, element or experience to elevate the notion that she is no longer a nobody?

 

A spiritual you, is just as delusional as a conventional you.  The notion that in becoming a spiritual somebody, you will then be free from living the life of a nobody is living life backwards.  When it is seen that there is in fact never a somebody; that there is just a nobody pretending to be a somebody, [you] won’t need to spend your lifetime seeking, searching and attempting to develop the false identity of being a somebody, a somebody that fills the perceived void of feeling like a nobody; fuelled by the idea of separation and the perceived loss of an essential, impersonal Self.

Instead, [you] can simply be free: free from the stress and strain, the confusion, doubt and suffering that is always the result of trying to maintain, enhance or elevate the false identity of a somebody who is avoiding being a nobody.  [You] can finally be free from the chronic notion, anxiety and personal neurosis that arises from the fear that you might fail in your attempt to escape being an apparent nobody; a nobody that desperately wants to be a somebody.

So if you feel like a nobody [you] may be caught up in the spell of thinking [you] need to be a somebody.  [You] might imagine and assume that this new and improved somebody will somehow rescue you from the chance of being a nobody.  Why not instead sit with that feeling, until [you] realize that [you] are ultimately neither the feeling nor the thought that drives those feelings; you might observe that they simply arise and subside in awareness.

Why not sit with the idea that [you] will always, inherently be a nobody that can only temporarily be seduced into thinking you need or can become a somebody.  Why not sit with the idea that when you are free from the vicious cycle and neurosis of becoming, you can be fully free to enjoy with abandon, being a nobody in particular, that momentarily appears to be a somebody…

 

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After Thought #53
April 28, 2011

 

 

Monks spend their entire life busy with the business of getting closer to “God”, foregoing the recognition that She is already,

always,

everywhere and everything.

 

How divinely arrogant and naive it is to imagine that “God” can only be found in the beauty of life. 

 

She is undeniably already everywhere,

in all things,

 and simultaneously nowhere,

always.

 

There is no place on Earth that is closer to “God” than where [you] are now. 

 

She is,

where [you] are,

now.

 

IT,

is.

 

It’s only the mind enchanted by the spell of co-dependent thinking, and a story called “The Mystery of Life”, that dismisses the inherent Oneness of Twoness.

 

Piety and chastity are riddled with judgment and mark the delusion of a conditioned mind that has lost itself in distinction.

 

Sweetness abides in the awareness that Two is always and already,

effortlessly One.

 

With complete abandon,

 wholeness eternally wraps itself around both the sweet and the sour in life.

 

Wholeness…

Oneness…

 

 alludes the seeker, 

masquerading itself as everything,

 already.

 

Are [you] ready to step outside the prison of [your] own conditioning?

 

 

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