Monday, June 24, 2019

Thomas Obscured


Thomas Obscured

in progress






The Wax of our Being



The Wax of our Being

schedules arise within
time's seeming presence..
placed with  projections
of time's spacial future..

our freedom is at stake
as the schedule separates
and controls..

until we recognize
these thoughts and
projections are all
made of the
Wax of our Being...

Friday, June 21, 2019

Thirst...Mary Oliver


















"Thirst" by Mary Oliver

Another morning and I wake with thirst
for the goodness I do not have. I walk
out to the pond and all the way God has
given us such beautiful lessons. Oh Lord,
I was never a quick scholar but sulked
and hunched over my books past the hour
and the bell; grant me, in your mercy,
a little more time. Love for the earth
and love for you are having such a long
conversation in my heart. Who knows what
will finally happen or where I will be sent,
yet already I have given a great many things
away, expecting to be told to pack nothing,
except the prayers which, with this thirst,
I am slowy learning.

— Mary Oliver, Thirst


Also:
Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration...Brain Pickings
https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/10/12/mary-oliver-upstream-creativity-power-time/

My name is Legion











My name is Legion
for we are many..
Many of my names are yours
and yours mine..
We live with clouded visions
named by outworn beliefs
and mistaken identities..
We desperately need
to  pierce the clouds
to discover the glowing
of  peace and grace lying
hidden behind our names..
Those pigs might assist...!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Alpha and Omega






Alpha and Omega

beginnings 
and endings
mark our momentary
thoughts and perceptions..
passing through
we observe these
temporary visitations..

but who among us
asks of the medium
for these passages.?
whatever the medium
it seems to be
 quietly expressing
 what is permanent..

and..
 noticing our medium
yields eternal benefit:
experiencing ourselves 
as peace and grace...



Beauty cannot be seen, but all perceptions shine with it. Love cannot be felt, but all feelings are made of it. Truth cannot be known, but all thoughts express it. 
~~Rupert Spira

Monday, June 17, 2019

Ashes












Ashes

thoughts outworn
beliefs outworn
paradigms outworn
these are kindling
for a fire at the 
core of our being..
the fire is ever lit
and ready for
burning to ashes
all that lingers 
too long
cluttering our
knowing of 
who we are...

























Rupert Spira:  Questioning the Matter Model
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnziYdLR1Ww&list=PLjLULqAA72YtbliuF-xUXNY9nwGmC0IcG&index=3&t=649s


Rupert Spira, The Ashes of Love (pdf excerpt)
https://nondualityamerica.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/ashes_of_love_sample.pdf

The Daily Quote from Rupert Spira, 19th June 2019:
Just as one sun is reflected in numerous puddles, each showing a separate image of the same sun, so the unlimited and ever-present light of pure Knowing is reflected in seven billion minds as the feeling ‘I am’, giving rise to the appearance of seven billion selves.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lethe



Lethe


Yes..Lethe
the river of forgetfulness
from the land of myth..
Today it is a
poetic name for our
 forgetfulness at birth
with a life-long wish
to remember our
 inner teacher..
We may have
many teachers which
help and hinder..
unpredictable
 the effect of either..
We await 
an experience simple
which clears final brush
and we remember
the teacher long hidden
in our forgetfulness...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Indifference
























Indifference

First we identify thoughts 
as thoughts..perceptions as
perceptions..
we observe these experiences
as though from a distance
and then from no distance..noting
with interest and indifference
the temporary shaping of ourself..
Thereby..we recognize ourselves
as constant meditators
whether in quiet or turmoil..
Not what 
we do this morning
again on the morrow..




RS:  I am always here...(cat meditating in sunshine, with bird!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJUmbLYywTg

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Words of Silence




Words 
interrupt the
sacred Silence
naming the particles
appearing before us..
creating a world 
out there..

Before
 the interruptions
 Silence
formed and colored 
itself from
within itself 
never departing 
from its glowing
 seamlessness.. 

Thus 
we see
words as engines
of creation..
creating the illusion
of the dream world
we all know..
a dream unending
until..on a sunny morn 
 we awaken...!






Separate self





Separate self

in progress






To have an opinion that anybody is a separate self is to perceive from the point of view of an illusory separate self. 
All an ego can do is project it's insane concept that it is a body, onto the bodies that are apparently around it.
Pat Nolan

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Journeys..June, 2019



It seems there are many journeys...  
There are journeys in which we observe the 
world from conventional windows of body and mind.  
There is a unique journey which involves recognition
that my old belief in a separate and independent
body and mind does not define what I am.  Also..
to discover that this belief is the root of my suffering.
This unique journey, the Direct Path, belongs to 
the experience of Non-Duality, with two apparent 
paths:  Inward and Outward.  Inwardly, 
we recognize our real Home and True Nature.
Outwardly, we "return" to the world for 
 realignment and an important
 Discovery!...
~~CC






"I’ve gained deeper understanding listening to Rupert Spira than I have from any other exponent of modern spirituality. Reality is sending us a message we desperately need to hear, and at this moment no messenger surpasses Spira and the transformative words in his essays."
~ Deepak Chopra

"Honestly, connect with your own experience of awareness itself. It is beyond poetry. Don't merely connect with a teacher's beautiful and poetic claim that you are in truth awareness itself, as it is only poetry. Yes, it's fine that way, but it's not enough. Don't crave to see your teacher. See yourself."

~~Writing & photography by Jerry Katz













Tom Stella interview: on Finding God Beyond Religion
https://www.printfriendly.com/p/g/CtLsbU




my Amazon review....in progress

This is a most important piece of writing! 
More than a book on religion, Tom Stella  invites the 
reader to direct their attention inward, and discover 
something precious..amazingly, something which has 
always been available.  
It is Experiential!  

If you can find what is offered in Tom's writings 
(this is one of four books which are available on Amazon, 
and elsewhere) in your religion, you are indeed fortunate.  
You may also be a rarity.

My interest in things spiritual is currently informed by 
the teachings of Non-Duality, particularly those teachings 
which have been translated from Eastern sources into 
the languages of the West.  I also call myself Christian, 
but use that label in a way that may not be well aligned 
with some of the beliefs of  mainline Christianity. I find
much congruence with Tom's writings.

In her Forward, The Rev. Canon Marianne Wells Borg,
(wife of the late Marcus Borg) writes that it is time for a 
new aggiornamentoor a "bringing up to date" issues 
of prayer, belief, the Bible, morality, the problem of evil, 
and the mission of the church--issues which underly 
and organize Tom's timely book.  He is, in short,  
defining a new paradigm for religion and spirituality
in our era.

In matters of religion and spirituality, it seems that 
we have a choice in adhering to beliefs, or to experience. 
If we choose the path of experience, there is an encounter 
with that which is beyond belief, Beyond Religion--the 
perennial source of all religion, and the essence of our
own spiritual identity. 

Hopefully, religions and individuals will be more and 
more as the prodigal, recognizing at last, their source 
or home. In the view of many careful observers, this 
recognition will be best achieved via a path of 
experience.  Finding God Beyond Religion gifts us 
with A Guide for such a path...!  

If you are ready, you will not be disappointed..!!    

(And more:  Tom's latest book, CPR for the Soul, is 
another Five Star offering..!)





Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Paradigms



Paradigms

Paradigms shift 
and replace
 thought-built edifices
which no longer house
our searching..

We search

 for understanding 
for happiness..
 for a paradigm:
 new thoughts
to fulfill..

History observes

past visions of earth..
old paradigms: 
thoughts serving 
and departing..

Dysfunction

in our time 
invites a Paradigm
which boldly burns 
paradigm's thoughts.. 

 Beliefs 
and illusions
many centuries old
burn as we recognize
what we Already are
Always have been...!



An outworn 
materialist paradigm 
pervades our world culture.
This paradigm has brought 
prosperity for some, amazing
technical advances, and
abundant suffering. And,
significantly, it presently poses 
a threat to life itself. Based
on an assumption of a reality
of separation, this way of
thinking is found in all aspects
of life, including science, politics, 
religion, and notably, 
in lives of people. Urgently, 
we await recognition of an 
old/new Consciousness-Only 
paradigm..for the  survival of
the individual, as well as the
world community..!
~~CC

RS:  Questioning the Matter Model

Alan Neachell videos...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Pristine







Pristine

an elegant word
somehow perhaps
out of reach..

at some time 
or many times
perhaps this evening
we need experience 
ourselves as Pristine..
we lay aside
all our self-doubt
opinions of others
our successes
religion's chiding 
and inquire..what
remains..?
then to recognize 
our Pristine within
which never dies 
remains...

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Half Truths



Half Truths

in progress








Everything happens for a reason.
God helps those who help themselves.
God won’t give you more than you can handle.
God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
Love the sinner, hate the sin.

our unique Sameness



our unique Sameness

be who you are
we are taught..
those who know
who they are
and are
who they are:
these are teachers
temporary teachers
who offer a word
or a brushstroke
or a glance
wiping clean our
cloudy perceptions..
allowing then our
perceiving to shine
with our very own
unique Sameness...

Waking



















Waking

in progress






The function of the characters in the dream is not to Love you. It is to wake you up to the reality that Love is your True Nature. Now it is seen there is nothing but Love. ~Pat Nolan

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Bridge



The Bridge

trying to explain:
all is vibration
yet appears as a
 myriad of things..
those many things
seem unquestioned as
the reality we face
today..

 the myriad
has in common
simply a vibration..
as this oneness flares
in our minds
 wounds seem healed
with the insight:
 leaves and flowers 
do not vibrate..
 we do..!

case closed..?
perhaps not yet..
there is a fire
at the core of
what is above said..
a fire inviting
our surrender and
burning of another
bridge to no-where...
~~CC 

Everything is a vibration of Myself (RS)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoRBqOxj_ug&fbclid=IwAR1180rcBkGsjK0P0hikH5zipHq0Jiov_sZ9ZkP4GMWLU5iVucardea5MKE&app=desktop




Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Attention






Attention

some time
 after our birth
our attention engages
in all of life's tracings..
we come to believe that
our experience is well
founded on 
discrimination..

then stealthily 
this healthy growth
seems accompanied by
a question of suffering
nagging and lagging 
alongside..

something cries out
for new birth..in which
attention is swallowed
by a new identity
to which
our suffering has
always pointed...

The Dark Side. (after Gangaji..)














The Dark Side

this imagined side
claims a reality its own..
the claim comes from  
searching for that
which persists as Light..

searching  in dark places 
of fear and desire
and in resistance to a 
quiet Call.. 

as the search extends
perhaps with pause for
a dark night of the soul
it may at last be recognized:

the Call has persisted in all
my days..as my tears 
dissolve a search now
ending...

~~CC




Gangaji:  Don't Go to the Dark Side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=DpwsEmI9y-s

Monday, May 20, 2019

Coming Alive. (after Howard Thurman)




Coming Alive

in progress




"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive"

-- Howard Thurman

Freedom. (...Rupert Spira)

















Freedom

is understanding that
we take the shape of
all that we perceive..
our perceiving is
nothing more than
living as Awareness
and knowing that
all perceiving is
made of That...
~~CC


Ego is a mode of functioning. It is an activity, not an entity. It is ignorant only in the sense that it occurs when Consciousness ignores itself.
We can still function very well in the apparent world of time and space without the sense of being a separate entity.
In fact, free of the limiting notions of being a separate entity, and the desires and fears that are required to maintain this position, life becomes free, alive and vibrant.
Experience is relieved of the demand to produce Happiness for a nonexistent entity, and flowers as a result.
Relationships are relieved of the demand to produce love, and love shines in them naturally as a result. And when there is no engagement with the body, mind or world, the default position of Consciousness is not to shrink back into the isolated cell of a self-contracted entity, not to collapse back into a person.
It is to remain as it is, transparent, luminous Presence, open, empty, silent and available, ready to take its shape as the totality of experience at every moment.
~Rupert Spira 💖

Materialism (Cafe discussion..)














Materialism

in progress


Tuesday Talk.  (a discussion group which meets weekly...I am the facilitator of the
discussion on this Topic...)

Topic:  Who/What is/are your god/s?

Questions…

  1. Do you prefer this topic to be Who? or What?  ?  
  2. What is good, and not so good, about our materialist culture?  
  3. What is the meaning of the Biblical “no other gods but me?”
  4. Do you find evidence of the materialist paradigm changing?
  5. How has religion been influenced by materialism?
  6. How is materialism related to suffering?  To power?
  7. What do we do with all this stuff?
  8. How about an idolatrous relationship with nation, tribe, religion?
  9. How does history, as written, contribute to materialist beliefs?
  10.  Reaction to emails:  (1) Baby Boomers’ Stuff or (2) the What’s Next     thought by Tom Stella? (attached)

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” 
― Ellen Goodman

“...it is not to be understood that I am with him [Jesus] in all his doctrines. I am a Materialist, he takes the side of spiritualism; he preaches the efficacy of repentance toward forgiveness of sin. I require a counterpoise of good works to redeem it... Among the sayings & discourses imputed to him by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence: and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.
― Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson [Letter to William Short, 13 April 1820]” 

“It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.” 
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

“Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.” 
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

“Men have looked away from themselves and at things so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned and civil institutions as guards of property, and they deprecate assaults on these, because they feel them to be assaults on property. They measure their esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

“Materialism attempts to reduce conscious experience to physical entities like these particles. As such, it assumes consciousness to be derivative, not fundamental.” 
― Bernardo Kastrup, Why Materialism Is Baloney

“Satan's metaphysical existence can never be separated from the politics of domination, specifically colonialism. It provides  the dominant culture with the ability to depict those whom they conquer, oppress, and repress as the Other.” 
― Miguel A. de la Torre, Quest for the Historical Satan

“We have a problem with Stuff:  we have too much of it, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. That’s the challenge our founder Annie Leonard unpacked in her groundbreaking 2007 online documentary, The Story of Stuff, which unleashed a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about our consumption-crazed culture.”
—The Story of Stuff.   (storyofstuff.org)

The discovery that peace, happiness and love are ever-present within our own Being, and completely available at every moment of experience, under all conditions, is the most important discovery that anyone can make.          
—Rupert Spira







Friday, May 17, 2019

Life as Cluster



Life as Cluster

it seems to
boil down to
this simplicity:
life is a cluster of
appearances and that
in which appearances
appear..
the larger question
seems to be
whether a question
ever arises as to
these appearances:
do they stand alone
or in what medium
do they appear..
Recognizing 
the cluster..is this our 
Only purpose...?