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In The Stillness…
June 7, 2014

In The Stillness






fading moonlight,

where I feel

naked and abandoned,

let me

be consumed


your eyes;

let me

taste you with




sound, smell


touch we










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Zeitgeist ~ Moving forward
January 30, 2011




A world in transition? 







After Thought #40
October 30, 2010



One and the same…


Radical Spirituality is not interested in creating more joy, more compassion, more peace or even more love in this world.

Radical Spirituality recognizes first, that the joy and sadness, the love and hate, the compassion and the indifference, the war and the peace, arise and subside in the same space of consciousness; they come and they go in the same space.

Radical Spirituality is not at all interested in creating more happiness, health or prosperity for self or for others.  Radical Spirituality recognizes the joy and sadness, the love and hate, the compassion and indifference, the war and the peace, arise and subside as an expression of the One divine, Being.


What is seen is that the seeker herself and what is sought are one and the same.

What is seen is that happiness, health and prosperity can only be the boo bee prize in so called spirituality.

 What is seen is that the sadness, sickness and lack are equally as valid as the happiness, health and prosperity.

 What is seen is that all circumstances within life are an expression of the co-existence of opposites.


While there will always be preferences and attachments, circumstances and situations that mirror a world of opposites, at the end of the day, it’s all one and the same.


Coming and going are one and the same.

Existence and non existence are one and the same.

Arising and subsiding are one and the same.

Unity and duality are one and the same.


Better said; there can be no coming and going, existence or non existence, arising and subsiding or unity and duality.

To be aware of and notice the space in which all this occurs is more valuable than the content of what occurs or does not occur.

To be grounded as awareness or anchored too the background of Being that is the birthplace of all foreground phenomena is true measurement of inner wisdom or so called spirituality.

To be aware of the One who is aware is the gift and portal to Being.


The gift was never in achievement, gain or merit; the defined loss never in the lack of what appears to be absent.

 What’s missing; what’s not so obvious is the one who is indifferent to the illusion of the joy and sadness, the one who witnesses the love and hate, the gain and loss.

What’s not so obvious is the space in which all this happens or not.

What appears to be missing is the One who can be free from this game we call life. 

The One who witnesses is the One who is free.  The One who is aware is the One who is beyond the up and down, the right and wrong, the in and out.

 Better said, the One who witnesses; the One who is aware of the aware-er is the One who cannot be bound by the idea of “free” or “not free”; for the idea of “freedom” and “bondage”, like the ideas of “up” and “down”, “right” and “wrong” and “in” and “out” are One and the same…


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Peace = The Absense of Hurt…
September 21, 2010

Can there be peace without hurt?

Is the ability to navigate the arising of hurt, peace?

Is [personal] peace enough; a prelude to global peace?


Like most, I’ve learned a lot about hurt and the relationship it has to the experience of peace.  Like most people, I’ve hurt and I’ve been hurt; violence is absence of peace and a substitute for hurt. Hurt is always inherent within the one who is hurting or has been hurt.

In my own life I have recognized the presence of hurt.  I have witnessed the one who was hurt, the one who is hurt, and the one who will potentially hurt or be hurt.  When I’m hurting, there is an absence of peace.  What is present instead is the memory of hurt: the hurt that arises from the past, the hurt that appears to be present in the moment, and the fear of further hurt in the future.

In these moments when [I] have lost [myself] to the perception of hurt: to the memories of my past, the experience of the moment or the fear of a projected future, what is recognized is the impact the story of hurt has on the potential experience of peace within the moment.

As long as we are in the story of hurt: the one who was hurt, the one who is hurting or the one who will potentially be hurt, there can never be peace; there will only be hurt or the fear of hurt.  The pain, struggle, fear, confusion, destruction and immense sadness that arise from the details of the story of hurt are debilitating.

Peace for most, is the absence of hurt, be it the story of hurt or the story of the search for peace that arises as a result of hurt.  As long as [you] are in the story of hurt, there can be no peace; there can only be hurt.  The root of all hurt is the [I] that imagines it can be hurt, was hurt, or will be hurt.  The [I] perpetuates the story of hurt itself.  The one who controls, the one who gathers, the one who hunts, will always be hurt.

All stories arise from the [I] who imagines it exists; the one who believes in the philosophy of separation and hurt, and the philosophy of peace.  When hurt arises [we] can focus on the story of hurt: the reasons, the justifications, the explanations, the actual details contained within the story of the who, the what, the where, the when and the why; or we can place our attention on the one who sees the arising of that hurt itself.

It’s not easy, but it is simple. [We] can focus on the hurt or we can notice the one who witnesses the story of the hurt that appears to be rising.  With a simple shift of attention, we can alleviate the subjective experience of hurt.  What is possible then; what can occur in that shift is space for peace to arise.

With the shift of attention there is a space, a wiggle, a movement from the perception and experience of being hurt to the perception and experience of being at peace.  In the midst of hurt, there can be the subjective experience of a being at peace, the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding.

We all hurt and we all have hurt.  Until we move beyond our [personal] story of hurt, we will continue to subjectively experience the results of its perception. Peace begins with the ending of hurt: the hurt that was, the hurt that is, and the hurt that may be.  Until we break the cycle of the story of our own hurt, we will not taste the sweetness of peace.


Can we celebrate peace when so many are hurting?


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The Doctrine of One…
June 5, 2010



“I” AM the World “I” live in.


There is but “ONE” creation and “Self”.


All “things” appear in “me” and yet, “I” AM beyond all things.


All existence is “my” existence.

All happiness is “my” happiness.

All suffering is “my” suffering.


“I” will relinquish “my” obsession with the past while waiving speculation of an imagined future.


“I” will be present with what is.


With concern and attention focused on the present, “I” will find response to every situation as it occurs.


The greatest gift “I” have is Self and life.


The perfect moment is now.


Now is a good time for joy.

Now is a good time for purpose, meaning and quiet attention.

Now is a moment of opportunity to be.

Now is the time to:


rediscover “my” innocence,

express “my” excellence,

to serve humanity.



Now “I” become a knower of reality.



“I” set right all ideas of the “ONE” Self.


“I” realize the ONE-ness, timeless, dimensionless perfection of “my” own inner Being where nothing can be gained and nothing can be lost.




Living The Doctrine of ONE, “I” will be attentive to the present moment now:




* The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness on all levels.


The wisdom of happiness while subjective can be enhanced.  Harmony occurs when “my” happiness and the happiness of “another” meet.  The essence of all happiness can never found in things; things that are grasped or feared, things that the “I” can identify with. 


Genuine happiness can be realized by abandoning who we imagined ourselves to be, creating the space for finding out Who We Are.



* We can find out Who We Are through investigation, enquiry and detachment; by stepping onto the path of unlearning; by cultivating a quiet, attentive mind.


In awareness we can find freedom from the known.

By stepping out of the known, we lose ourselves to the potential of Who We Are:

a field of infinite possibilities, unbounded by space and time.




* Finding out Who We Are is not about having more, doing more, or being more. 


It’s not finding our success or preventing failure.

It’s not about fixing, changing, transforming, getting or losing.

It’s not about being saved, saving “others” or purifying the ONE self.

It has nothing to do with what you eat, what you wear, or what you believe.

It depends not on whether you are man or woman, black or white, gay or straight or whether see and think of yourself as a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim or Jew.


Finding out Who You Are has nothing to do with what you know or don’t know. 

It’s not about discovering past lives, the burning of the seeds of Karma or the gaming of reincarnation.


Finding out Who You Are has nothing to do with priests or profits, the gurus or God(s).  It has nothing to do with dogma or tradition.


It’s not about mastering a particular asana or the use of a specific mudra.


It matters not whether you have meditated for one year or twenty.



*  First,

you imagined this:




“I” am separate, “I” am a sinner, “I” am a Saint.  “I” am blocked; “I” am gay or straight.  “I” am black or white; “I” am a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu or Jew.  Once imagined; you gathered and you filled, you took yourself to be the mind with its self engendered thoughts and beliefs.


You identified with all that you imagined the self to be. 


As you endorsed the illusion of an imaginary self, you temporarily distracted yourself from Who You Are.  You created a story and then you lost yourself in the nonsense of that story. 


You imagined a loss of freedom and lost touch with the connection you always have to your ONE true Self. 


First you imagined a story; then, lost in your story, you posited a path.  You created a path and you created a process that you called my path.  You created a story and strategy of how you would return some day to some Garden of Eden; a garden of perfection that was in fact, never lost.




* To find out Who You Are you need not go somewhere or do anything; just be.


In the doctrine of ONE you become aware of the fact you are aware; you become aware that you are. 


You become watchful, quiet and attentive.


To know the Self, you need just be the Self.


You cannot become what you already are.




* There is no other:


You are not a person. 


Reality is impersonal.


You are reality. 


You are a timeless, dimensionless Being.  You are a centre of perception that momentarily gets caught up in imagining you are a person, a thing, a body, an emotion, a thought, a memory, an association, a perception, a feared future, or a perturbed past. 


You cannot move away from perfection, since you are perfection.  The real you is perfect, whole and complete now. 


You are Universal now.


There is no “up”, there is no “down”; there is no “in” or “out”.  There is no “here” there is no “there”; there is no “above” or “below”.  There is no “high” or” low”, there is no “other”. 


There is no “self” or “not self”.




* There is no path:


No doctrine, no dogma or law, however holy or sacred; however ancient or wise, can ever describe in words the truth of Who “You” Are, who “you” were and who “you” will always be…



“I” am not here to live an ordinary life.


“I” am here to discover the “ONE” Self;

to realize the “ONE” Spirit that dwells within “me”.


Then “I” will live an extraordinary life.


“I” am here to realize the “ONE” spirit of human solidarity and interdependence; to cultivate “ONE” kinship with all life.


What “I’ve” read is not as important as what “I’ve” done.


What “I’ve” done is not as important as who “I’ve” been.


The “ONE” seed of divinity that lies within “me” contains the whole truth.


Am “I” ready to remember?


Am “I” willing to allow?


Am “I” willing to unlearn?


Am “I” willing to be?



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eEarth Week Challenge Day 7
April 29, 2010



 This is a story…



It’s a short story about a garden, and a Gardner named Sven.



For over 5 decades he has been a man of the Earth.  First he worked under it, [in the mines of Australia and Canada], and now he works on it [Vancouver and Whistler].



 For over 30 years, in uncomplicated ways, he has immersed himself with passion and care, love and devotion, tending the gardens of “others”. 




 With his touch, skill and attention the ordinary becomes extraordinary.




Sven, has a genuine, understated, concern for life that mostly goes unspoken. 




 There is great wisdom in his silence; there is joy in his understanding. There is peace in his work.



In the Earth, he has found awareness, purpose and freedom. 


 In the Earth, he has found patience and awe.  






 With a still, quiet intention, he goes about his business; come rain or shine…




Thank you Sven Hansen, for tending our garden!





There is a rhythm and flow to Nature, and life;

an essential rhythm that for most of us, appears to have been lost.

Our minds, our bodies and the Earth, are calibrated by this rhythm.

Everything, is an experience and expression of this rhythm and flow.


There is a time to prepare,

as there is a time to plant.

There is a time to tend,

as there is a time to grow.

There is a time to pause,

as there is a time to harvest,

all guided by this rhythm and flow.


Can you find this rhythm?

 Can you feel this rhythm?

 Can you remember this flow?




My life flows with rhythm and ease.

My breath, my life, my rhythm.


Every breath,

 Every moment,

 all rhythm.


I listen to my rhythm,

I feel my rhythm,

I touch my rhythm,


the rhythm.


Listen to your rhythm.

Celebrate your rhythm.

Trust your rhythm.

Experience the rhythm of mind, of body, of Earth.


The rhythm expands,

the rhythm contracts.

 Surrender to the rhythm,

I   A M .




eEarth Week Challenge Day 5
April 27, 2010


Has consumerism become the way to live your life?


Has it become your sacred ritual, to pacify a deeper

 hunger or perceived wound?


How far are you willing to go, how much are you

 willing to risk before you connect the details,

 before you see a bigger picture?


Watch the Story of Stuff…




 I’ve forwarded this post and invitation to a few of my blog buddies, “I” invite you to do the same.  For the next seven days, in your own unique, creative ways; whether that be images, words or ideas of your own or another’s; use your venue of choice [it could be your own home and the simplicity of your own awareness] to bring attention to this moment, our Earth, and the awareness that is needed for meaningful, lasting, significant change.

How can you play?

[Facebook, Twitter, Blog or email] Inspire change: Provide a commentary or link; create a question, image or article that stimulates awareness, conversation or understanding of “Earth Week”; and its intention to continue to promote and bring awareness towards creating a just, sustainable and peaceful planet.

Forward this challenge to your own friends or readers.



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