Saturday, November 29, 2014

Non-Locality


Non-locality

This is a condition
of our true Self
along with others
infinite and luminous
and simply Awareness...
Non-locality cannot
be known by the mind
so how do we approach
and experience this
 placeless place..
The words immediate
or simultaneous
or quantum leap
may be hints
to help us recognize
a simple pull...


Acceptance



ACCEPTANCE IS NOT SOMETHING YOU DO, IT'S WHAT YOU ARE
"Awareness is radically inseparable from everything that arises in awareness. And so, it’s not awareness OF thoughts – awareness IS thoughts. It’s not awareness OF pain, pain is saturated with awareness, it is made of awareness, it is awareness. 
Every wave is 'made of' the ocean, so to speak, and so in the end you can’t even speak about the 'waves and the ocean' at all. You can’t even speak about awareness and 'everything that appears in awareness'. But perhaps it’s a useful, temporary metaphor, to point to the deeper understanding ... that the recognition of wisdom, of clarity, is totally incomplete without the recognition of love, of compassion. Really they’re inseparable, love and wisdom, heart and mind, nonduality and duality, the human and the divine, the absolute and the relative. However you say it – it all points to the inescapable fact that every thought, every sensation, every feeling, however uncomfortable, however intense, however unexpected, is welcome in you!
You are the capacity for it all. You are the room for the unloved ones. You are the home for the homeless, the uncontained container...
It is this radical embrace which we have always sought, beyond all ideas of awakening and enlightenment and trying to be free. 
It is what I call The Deepest Acceptance - not the acceptance that you do, but the acceptance that you already are..."
~Jeff Foster

Friday, November 28, 2014

Seamless piece of cloth


Seamless piece of cloth

Awareness is likened 
to a seamless piece of cloth..
Parts and variations
do not exist in the pureness
only Awareness aware of itself..
But then we see in examining
the cloth that fine variations
are there to behold..
Awareness has apparently
produced variations 
out of itself...


Happiness


Happiness

We search the branches
black friday branches
to fulfill desires
relieve dissatisfaction
in the place we stand..
This searching
experiences pain:
a message 
 unexpected
from the tree
from grace...

We cannot know happiness, we can only be it;
we cannot be unhappy, we can only know it. 

--Rupert Spira

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lingering comments on my Thanksgiving walk


Lingering comments on my Thanksgiving walk

He Is Just So Weird she said
young women after greetings exchanged
this comment not intended for my hearing..
A voiced contribution to world conversations
taking place in that moment..
A voice it seems from a separate self
reaching for common experience
on a level where difference reigns..
Then another encounter
he said Who Cares? his response to
an inaccurate greeting of Good Morning
as our watches recorded PM..
Thus chronos time took a rap
in a culture where chronos reigns..
We might wonder at the messages of
many other conversations occurring Now
on Thanksgiving paths...

Happy Thanksgiving to all...!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The honking horn


The honking horn

You have heard it
the honking horn
in a parking lot..
Sequence and timing
repeating and reporting
distress and worry..
Our own distress
is quite similar
a broken silence
linear expressions
announcing separations
in our illusory world...

Black Holes


Black Holes

These unimaginable Holes
are becoming prominent
in our earthly minds..
Inconceivable they are in
swallowing all matter
with arguments of passage
of data and light..
In another light:
these holes of blackness
cloak our true nature
egos protected in separation..
Let us right Now
dissolve the darkness
in our perception
with a rightful discovery
of an Awareness:
How each of us
carries the Light...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Interstellar Adam


Interstellar Adam

Our real Self
resides in dimensionless
space-like presence..
Future and past reside
in this Now..
Attending to wormholes
we confront the darkness
which veils understanding of
Our real Self...

reflecting on the movie:
Interstellar...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Adam awakens


Adam awakens

Adam
is each of us our name
naming in androgynous sense..
Each filling holographically
our multi dimensions..
body mind and universe
assemble in our Now
coloring awakening Adam
who is realizing at last
an eternal identity
new Awareness of who
am I...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Self-Portrait


Self-Portrait

Words seem as ingredients of intimate self-portraits
 words are pointers to spaces between above below
 spaces seem empty but are the birthplace of words
So our words of conversation need be asked:
do you point to the space or to other words..?
Such are the choices which compose our 
Self-Portrait...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dark branches line the autumn sky


Dark branches line the autumn sky

The leaves have fallen leaving dark lines
reaching skyward in praise of a new season..
These dark thin lines leave room for the passage
of light lifting the veiling of summer leaves..
 We see more directly that the light beyond
penetrates and surrounds us here..
Our infinite essence breaks through..
is remembered...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Noise













Orpheus, do you hear
the new sound
droning and roaring?
Many now exult in it.

Though the Machine
insists on our praise,
who can listen
with all this noise?

See, it rolls over everything,
weakening us
and taking our place.

Since its strength is of our making,
why can't it serve
and not possess us?

Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus I, 18



“I don’t agree with the idea that you can only achieve clarity through dialogue. Clarity of story, clarity of emotions – I try to achieve that in a very layered way using all the different things at my disposal – picture and sound… Broadly speaking, there is no question when you mix a film in an unconventional way as this, you’re bound to catch some people off guard, but hopefully people can appreciate the experience for what it’s intended to be.” (Christopher Nolan on
his new movie, Interstellar).

“There are particular moments in this film where I decided to use dialogue as a sound effect, so sometimes it’s mixed slightly underneath the other sound effects or in the other sound effects to emphasize how loud the surrounding noise is. It’s not that nobody has ever done these things before, but it’s a little unconventional for a Hollywood movie.” (Another Nolan quote).

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Obelisk


The Obelisk

What is the secret
of this obelisk
we are to uncover..?
That:
The French historian 
The hieroglyphs 
The Rosetta Stone
The ancient civilization
The Philae lander
The Rosetta orbiter
The shadow
The Solar System
and
the comets 
All of these
are simply made
of the SUN..?!


Philae is the island in the river Nile on which an obelisk was found that had a bilingual inscription including the names of Cleopatra and Ptolemy in Egyptian hieroglyphs. This provided the French historian Jean-Fran├žois Champollion with the final clues that enabled him to decipher the hieroglyphs of the Rosetta Stone and unlock the secrets of the civilisation of ancient Egypt. Just as the Philae Obelisk and the Rosetta Stone provided the keys to an ancient civilisation, the Philae lander and the Rosetta orbiter aim to unlock the mysteries of the oldest building blocks of our Solar System - comets.
Philae had landed in a dark shadow after a bouncy triple touchdown Wednesday. It did not get enough sunlight to recharge its batteries sufficiently to extend its mission beyond its initial 60-hour work program. Mission engineers do not rule out making contact with the lander in the coming months as Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moves closer to the Sun.
The touchdown did not go entirely as planned -- hardly a surprise in an operation some gloomily predicted had only a one-in-two chance of success. Philae landed smack in the middle of its targeted site, but a pair of anchoring harpoons failed to deploy. It rebounded, touched down again, bounced up once more and then landed for the third time at a place believed to be about a kilometre (half a mile) from the landing site.
Philae found itself in the shadow of a cliff, tilted at an angle that left one of its three legs pointed to the sky.

Appearances


Appearances

Polarity in Play
is a lens
to find truth
in what appears 
in ourselves and
out there..
Start with a fraction
and know then
that the numerator
that top number
is aware only
of itself..
But what of
that denominator?
This is the 
movie appearing on
the numerator screen..
Thus we see
this bottom number
is made only
of that number
on top...!

Or perhaps better
consider the simple
I
the top horizontal
a vertical connector
and bottom horizontal..
That connector dissolves
our belief
in the appearance
of
separation...


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

451


451

This temperature
the spontaneous burning of paper
finds a replacing screen
words are now 
projections of acting..
paper and screen
metaphors of Awareness
aware of itself
Indestructable
and
making temporary colorations
of itself...

based on Ray Bradbury's
Fahrenheit 451

A poem from scratch


A poem from scratch 

After many distractions
the mind seeks to prepare
before reaching for
a fresh blank page..
There is searching for
prompts for words coming..
An urge for perfection before
greeting that waiting white page..
Then this thought:
alas I may never be ready
perfection will never be near..
At last the mind surrenders
to a recognition 
my page is infinite in its space
asking an end to thought
 to simply record
new words as they rise
in my space... 

Monday, November 10, 2014

The cat sniffs the door frame


The cat sniffs the door frame

She is neither in nor out
a hesitation over noises external
sniffing the door frame is interim curiosity.. 
So I as tender of the door
am asked for patience
awaiting a decision most weighty..
What is the quality of patience here..?
Some irritation or might it be
a recognition that this moment
glows equally with that better moment
I wished to see...



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Do not go gentle into that good night







Do not go gentle into that good night

Dylan Thomas1914 - 1953
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
(in Interstellar movie...meaning..?)

November light


November light

The leaves have lost their color
yet they shine in occasional
November light..
We see much in which 
former color seems departed
yet all is made of inner light..
November is the time
we learn to see...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Expressions of Non-Duality



Expressions of Non-Duality

Non-dual teachings have been around for thousands of years. They are the basis for some of the world’s major religions. At the moment, it seems the message of non-duality is breaking free from its religious history. It is being re-invented, translated, and adapted into really straightforward and simple language. The new teachings are making non-duality available to many people who would not have otherwise heard the message. 
--Non-Duality America website..



One of the most divine, sacred, deeply religious things that can happen is a total loss of your personal religion, a dropping of your second-hand belief in God and a waking up to what the word ‘God’ has always been pointing to, beyond words and sounds and images and the passing of experiences. To confine God to a word, a belief, an image, a feeling, a concept, a story, a dream, an ideology, to imprison God in a time-bound religious system, is to put limits on the vastness and give God a boundary, an inside and an outside, a shape, a form, a time-frame. To believe in God, to think of God, to dream of God, to argue about God, to claim God as ‘mine’ or ‘ours’ in any way, is to separate ourselves from God and each other, and create division where there is none. That is idol worship, the worship of form and story and mental truth, and it is not a sin but a vast limitation, a human forgetting of what can be only ever hinted at by the metaphor ‘God’.  
---Jeff Foster

At the heart of experience, there is a fire that
burns all we know.  Offer everything to that
fire.  What remains--the ashes of love--is that
for which we have longed all our life.
---Rupert Spira


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The old board fence


The old board fence

Steady it seems
through many seasons
discolored orderly straight..
anchored in earth
an endurance recorded
in our memories..
But now considering
what we remember
as a veiling of a fence
real and shining
and by forgetting
our fence prepares for
 winter wind and cold...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thoughts and Feelings (Jeff Foster)

















THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS
Thoughts and feelings
do not have power over you
until you give them power
by forgetting your true nature. 
You are the ocean; they are the ever-changing waves.
You are the unfathomable sky; they are the passing clouds.
You are the uncontained container;
they are welcome guests in your infinite embrace.
Thoughts and feelings are not you, friend,
but you are vast enough to hold them,
to allow them to come and go,
arise and fall,
emerge, stay for a while, and subside into deep sleep.
You remain, awake. 
- Jeff Foster

Experience


Experience

Our walks in the woods
these experiences
in the woods sometimes
of horns and traffic
of thoughts unwelcome
and welcome..
On this crisp fall day with
autumn aromas rising..
All of our walks
made of Experience
experiencing itself...

Mollie


Mollie

Her days in the sun
together with hers
these bright times
spreading of warmth
penetrating both
within and without..
Blossoming experiences
now in autumn chill
are not dimmed
but have become
as always they were
what they Are...

by Charlie for Lucy

Saturday, November 1, 2014

STRETCH: What is Non-duality..?


STRETCH:  What is Non-duality..?

Monday, November 10th, 4:00 to 5:30
MacKenzie Place (Fillmore and Union)
Cost:  Free

From the viewpoint of the earth, the sun comes and goes, whereas it is, in fact, always present. Likewise, from the viewpoint of the body and mind, our essential nature of pure Awareness comes and goes, but, in its own experience of itself, it is ever-present. (Rupert Spira)

Since every wave in the ocean is ‘made of’ the ocean itself, since it has the same ‘substance’ as the ocean, pushing away a wave of yourself – a thought, a sensation, a feeling, a sound – numbing yourself to it, rejecting it, denying it, trying to escape it – is equivalent to pushing away the entire essence of the ocean. Pushing away a moment of sadness, or pain, or doubt, or fear, or joy, or delight, is the same as pushing away all of life. (Jeff Foster)

The light of consciousness has no mind to change or alter anything. When you start to see the light that you really are, the light waking up in you, the radiance, you realize it has no intention to change you. It has no intention to harmonize. It has no agenda. It just happens. The Truth is the only thing you'll ever run into that has no agenda. Everything else will have an agenda. (Adyashanti)

Do you resonate with these quotations?  These are expressions of non-duality. We will discuss this important topic after viewing short film clips of selected non-dual teachers. YouTube has a wealth of videos by these and other teachers, and it would be beneficial to take a look.  Following are recommended in addition to those named above:  Richard Lang, Prajnaparamita, Marlies Cocheret, and Francis Lucille.

See you on Monday..!

Saturday waiting


Saturday waiting

Remembering 
a quiet porch with 
table and chairs
empty and waiting..
These a frequent witness
of conversations
children's excitement
dog and cats..
But now emptiness
a filling quiet
not waiting Now 
quiet only knowing
the joy of knowing
itself...