Monday, March 28, 2016

The Nondual State

The Nondual State
by LouiseSilk
 Bubbe Wisdom

Being with God is a nondual state. This means it can never be achieved by choosing only one side of reality in reaction to a less preferred condition or state.

Words like awakening are necessary evils. They open a path to thinking about things, but they block the road, even as they point the way. They make us think there is a special way- that being with God or being awakened is a special feature we need to recapture again and again. But God is kinder than that and makes everyplace the way home. Every molecule of reality- whether tangible, like matter, or emotional and psychological, like varied states of being- can be the gateway to the nondual experience of God. 

Try this: Whatever you are feeling right now has a silent opposite that is present at the same time. So, confusion is present with its opposite understanding; lost accompanies found. Hope is present with despair and loneliness with companionship, even though there may be no one around to fulfill that function.

Now: Allow both pair of opposites to exist. Completely. Vividly. Open your body to this allowing. You may notice a subtle feeling of openness, or silence, of expectation without a goal. This is one of the million gateways to God; it comes from being with  what is in this particular way. Trust this opening, Friend. You can extend it further, to opposites that are more challenging, like sickness and health and even life and death. As you do so, the doorway to God will open wider, as wide as your heart.

Jason Shulman pg. 56-57 The Instruction Manual For Receiving God

Read more: The Jewish Chronicle - entry The Nondual State 

Friday, March 25, 2016

The White Robe

The White Robe

In our separation
in what appears as real life
we see colors and many things..
Our birth and our customs
brought this shading of what is..
Now a sentinel in white
silent and welcoming yet
 frightening on this morning
of unexpected encounter..
A sudden removal
of our veiled confusion
all now is seamless
but we cannot stay..
Returning outside
running in joyful alarm
we now know who
I am...

Mark 16:5  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Amazon review of Karen Divine's A SMALL AMOUNT OF COURAGE

  (cover photo of Karen Divine's 
A Small Amount of Courage)

Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Words with iPhotos!! 
Charles R. Coon (, 

March 24, 2016
By Charles R. Coon

Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: A Small Amount of Courage (Hardcover)
Karen Divine has produced a superb small book containing 64
poetic statements with accompanying blended iPhone photographs.
The blending, found in the photos as well as the words, gives readers
a freeing and energy-giving experience. Each of the statements might
address us in a particular placeon a spiritual or artistic path.
For example, her # 30, SYNERGY, uses the metaphor of trees and heaven
reaching for each other. This basic polarity in motion, together with
her tree imagery, seems to me to represent the basic self-understanding (Who
am I?) we need to accomplish our lifework in a fulfilling and joyful way.
She concludes: "RETURN TO the source of THIS ENERGY."
To me, it seems she is pointing to a recognition that heaven arises
as branches within, and further, the branches are made of
heaven (consciousness.) This is only one example of 64 with many
inspiring messages...

Five stars are too few..!!



the map and the territory..
But beyond this confusion
we mask our real Self
by naming and worship of facts..
Life becomes as protection
of this confinement
this prison 
of our limited selves..
Eventually this illness
calls out for help
and the map is searched
searched and again searched
until and hopefully one day
we ask of the gaps in the map..
We experience music without
knowing who wrote it
and at last
we are on a path
of recovery
knowing now that
 grace has always
saturated the territory..
And all of the names
which have misled
are revealed as 
 made of grace

“It is possible I never learned the names of birds in order to discover the bird of peace, the bird of paradise, the bird of the soul, the bird of desire. It is possible I avoided learning the names of composers and their music the better to close my eyes and listen to the mystery of all music as an ocean. It may be I have not learned dates in history in order to reach the essence of timelessness. It may be I never learned geography the better to map my own routes and discover my own lands. The unknown was my compass. The unknown was my encyclopedia. The unnamed was my science and progress.” Anais Nin

“A large part of man can never find its expression in the mere language of words.  It must, therefore, seek for its expression other languages – lines and colours, sounds and movements.  Through our mastery of these we not only make our whole nature articulate but also understand man in all his attempts to reveal his innermost being in every age and clime —It is the duty of every human being to master, at least to some extent, not only the language of the intellect, but also the language of the personality which is the language of Art.”  Tagore

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Consciousness confusion

Consciousness confusion

Many examples there are
of consciousness seen from limitation
from the separate self
from the ego..
Duality reigns in these formulations
an on-off switch is their visible icon..
Seemingly never to experience
infinite consciousness
even though all of our 
thoughts and sensations and perceptions
are made of the consciousness stuff which is not stuff..
So science continues to search inside the head
for what cannot be found
and the reports provided
are simply thoughts limiting seemingly
but actually leaving consciousness

Consciousness feels like an on-off phenomenon: either you’re awake and experiencing the world or you’re not. But finding the button, or even the dimmer switch that allows our brains to move between these states, is tricky.

“Consciousness is not something we see, it’s something through which we see, which makes it challenging to study,” says George Mashour, director of the Center for Consciousness Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

One common definition of human consciousness is “the thing that abandons us when we fall into a dreamless sleep, and returns when we wake up”. But it probably comes in different levels. Say I anaesthetise you: you may be able to hear my voice, but not respond to it; you may be dreaming and not hear my voice; or you may hear or experience nothing at all.

Because we are reliant on people’s subjective descriptions of their experience, it is difficult to correlate these different levels of awareness with specific patterns of brain activity. “The bottom line is, I really don’t know if you’re conscious of me, conscious of something else or not conscious at all,” says Mashour.

We do know there are certain brain regions that, when damaged or electrically stimulated, will result in loss of consciousness. The claustrum – a thin, sheet-like structure buried deep inside the brain – is one of them. But there are others, and many of the leading theories that aim to describe consciousness veer away from a single anatomical site being its ...   (New Scientist)

Self at birth

Self at birth

Happiness in life
seems as realization
that our birthself
is our goal..
Our vast diversity
after birthtime
prompts life searches
looking for happiness
in many places..
In those places
a quick glimpse
yet permanence fails
as new searches
beat new paths..
Then one day
as the mind exhausts
our birthlight
dawns once more...



Ocean and wave
part dissolves in whole
death brings life..

Screen and movie
movie dissolved
screen stands as
our true Self..

Burning the false self

Burning the false self

To begin
it is illusion
a self independent 
is not the Self..
True Self stands clear
as the false burns
but it is now clear
there was nothing
to burn...

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Remembering Joe

Remembering Joe

He was a classmate
who passed away in this time
in which I am considering 
life and death..
Remembering his and my
time and place
which now color this moment
knowing now the illusion
of separation..
Death now found absorbed
in life..
Knowing now that
death has always
been so absorbed...


I regret to inform you that Joe Felber passed away early this morning (19 March) in Inova Fairfax (Virginia) Hospital of complications from pneumonia.  Joe was being treated for cancer, but became very ill yesterday morning and shortly thereafter Mary (Punkie) called EMT and he was evacuated to the hospital where he passed away later in the ICU there.

Arrangements are unknown at this time, but the class will be notified when they are known.  It was Joe's wish to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Punkie and her family at this very sad time.

Very Repectfully,

Trent Crosby

Friday, March 18, 2016

Dear Randy

Dear Randy (not real name):

I want to mention something about our short exchange on "reality" last
Tuesday.  I think we may have been passing each other without adequate
understanding.  As I remember, you were speaking of an objective reality (we met here
in this room at 10 AM...).  I don't think you meant to assign absolute
reality to that statement.  I know that common sense attests to the truth of your
what you say, and that there are those who disagree in an irrational way.  However, 
there is a subjective element in every perspective, and it has been quite properly
said that objective reality, existing independently, is an illusion.  Albert Einstein and
many others have weighed in on this.  Spiritual traditions express this in different 
ways.  Perhaps we are on the same page...

With a spirit of exploration,


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Reality TV

We witness its star
reaching for political heights
and many identify
with his reality portrayals
mixing and entangling
our lives with the film..
Forgetting we are witnesses
to the 3 dimensional show..

Friday, March 11, 2016



It is so easy it seems
to look in wrong places
for an understanding of this
most illusive word..
Multiplicity and diversity
seem to demand that we comply
with their evident variety..
Enter our laws prescribing
orderly equality with 
success most limited..
Moralities are defined
as good here and not there..
Religions find inequalities
in their prisons of belief..
So...we are waiting it seems
for Equality to speak
with a luminous presence
out of which flows 
illuminated diversity
bringing Peace at last
to confused searching
in wrong places...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

It seems

It seems

Two powerful words
fitting our reality
of an apparent 
self and world..
Two words reminding
of what is truer:
Out of These
is made that
which seems...

Monday, March 7, 2016


A mandala is a symbol used by many cultures and spiritual traditions. The word mandala is Sanskrit and is usually translated as “circle” or “enclosing the essence.” The boundary and center may be well defined or merely suggested. Mandalas are found throughout the natural world in forms such as snowflakes, jellyfish and galaxies.
This is part two in the Mandalart Series and is titled “Bloom”. The title is meant to describe this moment as a fresh, never before seen, unfolding occurrence. Just as any bloom of any flower, this moment is the result of infinite influences, as are we, our communities, and our world. Today, these influences and interconnections are becoming obvious in unprecedented ways. I feel strongly that understanding and integrating this way of seeing can be a potent remedy for the many challenges facing humanity. It is a form of spiritual activism. Each of the paintings and its title represents a pointing to this understanding.
Creating the mandalas was a way for me to directly experience that each moment of life conditions and influences the next, that each moment arises, dependent upon the conditions that exist. Each mandala was a progression, a “bloom” of responses of color and line; each response setting the stage for the next. This is the way that I see life unfolding.
Another direct experience through painting the mandalas was the realization that there were really no mistakes. Each stroke of paint or line that was drawn was just a part of the new set of conditions. Whatever occurred on the paper was not right or wrong, it was just an opportunity for a new response.
Each of the mandalas has a line that leaves the page. This is to represent inseparability. It is a reminder that the mandala and the viewing of it cannot be separated from all the rest of existence. A reminder that existence is a dance of diversity without separation.
These paintings are an invitation to consider the all inclusive, undivided and seamless whole of which we are a part. Ultimately, if we look closely (quantum close), we see that there are no dividing lines anywhere. From our galaxy down to a single cell, nothing can be apart from the whole of life; all separation is mind made. Because of this, we each have an incredible opportunity to influence what “blooms” next.
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Poor Richard's and the artist are partnering to donate all profits from sales to the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC)
Matting and framing by Susan Morello at Artist Frame of Mind



What of time?
Science is pouring
 their robust theories
to find that illusive time
is created always anew..
With due respect
might we reflect
that NOW is infinite
without edges..
Yes, moments are unique
moments are time
time is thought
and each thought is
newly created to
color the NOW...

And of free will
what is really free
but to recognize
the NOW..?

Now: The Physics of Time
March 4, 2016
author | Richard A. Muller
year published | 2016

A monumental work on the flow of time, from the universe’s creation to “now,” by the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents.

“Now” is a simple concept―you’re reading this sentence now. Yet a real definition of “now” has eluded even the great Einstein. We know that time stretches and is affected by gravity and velocity. Yet, as eminent physicist Richard A. Muller points out, it is only today that we have all the physics at hand―relativity, entropy, entanglement, antimatter, and the Big Bang―to explain the flow of time. With these building blocks in place, Muller reaches a startling conclusion: our expanding universe is continuously creating not only new space but also new time. The front edge of this new time is what we call “now,” and this moment is truly unique―it is the only moment in which we can exercise our free will. Muller’s thought-provoking vision is a powerful counter to established theories in science and philosophy, and his arguments will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe. 42 illustrations


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Contemplation (Thomas Merton)

"Contemplation" is a word that Thomas Merton used again and again in his writings. It is a theme that he spent much of his life exploring. About contemplation, he wrote "Contemplation is the highest expression of man's intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent, and infinitely abundant source. Contemplation is above all, awareness of the reality of that source. It knows the Source, obscurely, inexplicably, but with a certitude that goes beyond reason and beyond simple faith...It is a more profound depth of faith, a knowledge too deep to be grasped in images, in words, or even in clear concepts..." 
This short pamphlet is a good introduction to this important topic in the overall work of Thomas Merton.

“Faith is the door to the full inner life of the Church, a life which includes not only access to an authoritative teaching but above all to a deep personal experience which is at once unique and yet shared by the whole Body of Christ, in the Spirit of Christ.” 
― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

“As long as this “brokenness” of existence continues, there is no way out of the inner contradictions that it imposes upon us. If a man has a broken leg and continues to try to walk on it, he cannot help suffering. If desire itself is a kind of fracture, every movement of desire inevitably results in pain. But even the desire to end the pain of desire is a movement, and therefore causes pain. The desire to remain immobile is a movement. The desire to escape is a movement. The desire for Nirvana is a movement. The desire for extinction is a movement. Yet there is no way for us to be still by “imposing stillness” on the desires. In a word, desire cannot stop itself from desiring, and it must continue to move and hence to cause pain even when it seeks liberation from itself and desires its own extinction.” 
― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

“Suzuki also frequently quotes a sentence of Eckhart’s: “The eye wherein I see God is the same eye wherein God sees me” (Suzuki, Mysticism: East and West, p. 50) as an exact expression of what Zen means by Prajna.” 
― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

“Nirvana is the extinction of desire and the full awakening that results from this extinction. It is not simply the dissolution of all ego-limits, a quasi-infinite expansion of the ego into an ocean of self-satisfaction and annihilation. This is the last and worst illusion of the ascetic who, having “crossed to the other shore,” says to himself with satisfaction: “I have at last crossed to the other shore.” He has, of course, crossed nothing. He is still where he was, as broken as ever. He is in the darkness of Avidya. He has only managed to find a pill that produces a spurious light and deadens a little of the pain.” 
― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

“Is the basic teaching of Buddhism—on ignorance, deliverance and enlightenment—really life-denying, or is it rather the same kind of life-affirming liberation that we find in the Good News of Redemption, the Gift of the Spirit, and the New Creation?” 
― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

“It is true, the Zen-man’s contempt for conventional and formalistic social custom is a healthy phenomenon, but it is healthy only because it presupposes a spiritual liberty based on freedom from passion, egotism and self-delusion. A pseudo-Zen attitude which seeks to justify a complete moral collapse with a few rationalizations based on the Zen Masters is only another form of bourgeois self-deception.” 
― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

“Buddhist philosophy is an interpretation of ordinary human experience, but an interpretation which is not revealed by God nor discovered in the access of inspiration nor seen in a mystical light. Basically, Buddhist metaphysics is a very simple and natural elaboration of the implications of Buddha’s own experience of enlightenment. Buddhism does not seek primarily to understand or to “believe in” the enlightenment of Buddha as the solution to all human problems, but seeks an existential and empirical participation in that enlightenment experience. It is conceivable that one might have the “enlightenment” without being aware of any discursive philosophical implications at all.” 
― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

“live,” said Paul,” 
― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

“Christians are now wide open to Asian religions, ready, in the words of Vatican II, to “acknowledge, preserve and promote the spiritual and moral goods” found among them.” 
― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

“they are still satisfied with the old clich├ęs about “life-denying Buddhism,” “selfish navel-gazing,” and Nirvana as a sort of drugged trance.” 

― Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hope in Suffering

Hope in Suffering

How to address this biblical bit
which has meant the future
enduring and waiting
hope against hope 
repeating the reading..
But no..
We need experiencing
what is not thought
recognizing I am
that eternal Self
experienced only Now..
But then the amazement:
experiencing the suffering
as hiding the wake-up
prompting and pushing
at last perceiving
suffering is made
of Self..
Hope now becomes

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bloom...MANDALART Series 2

About Bloom: 
When; March - Mav31St.2016 
Where: Rico•s care a Wine 
"This is part two in the Mandalart Series arid is titled -Bloom". The titte is meant to describe this moment and every moment as a fresh, never before seen. unfolding occurrence. And, just as any bloom 01 any 'bwer_ this moment is the result of infinite influences, as are we, our communities, and our world. Today, these innuendoes and interconneaions are becoming obvious in unprecedented Ways. I feel Strongly that understanding and integrating this Way Of Seeing Can be a potent remedy tor the many challenges facing humanity. It is a torm 01 spiritual activism. Each Of the paintings in the show is an attempt at pointing to this understanding.
•Beth Chorpenning 
Poor Richavd$ and the artist ate partnering to donate profits from 
Imageto the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) 
We hope to see you at the Show Opening! sunaay; March 6th. 3-5 PM at Rico'S Care & Wine Bar: 
322 N.Tejon stcotoraoo springsCO ugoe