Monday, February 18, 2019

Impermanence





in progress


"I don’t know why we long so for permanence, why the fleeting nature of things so disturbs. With futility, we cling to the old wallet long after it has fallen apart. We visit and revisit the old neighborhood where we grew up, searching for the remembered grove of trees and the little fence. We clutch our old photographs. In our churches and synagogues and mosques, we pray to the everlasting and eternal. Yet, in every nook and cranny, nature screams at the top of her lungs that nothing lasts, that it is all passing away. All that we see around us, including our own bodies, is shifting and evaporating and one day will be gone. Where are the one billion people who lived and breathed in the year 1800, only two short centuries ago?"

- Alan Lightman (1948 - )
The Accidental Universe

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Direct Path







The Direct Path

seems to be the
recommended path
for our time..
our time of quantum pace
and of special urgency..

the luxury of time
born of the belief
in the primacy of time
is quickly dissolving
before our eyes..

right here..right now
is the imperative.. 
pushed by personal and
ecological tragedies we
search for directness..

enter the Direct Path
and a recognition
immediate..of the source
of spiritual and worldly
assumptions..

we are invited to access
right here and now 
our revealed identity 
lodged in and made of
illuminating peace...
~~CC


"The Direct Path requires no spiritual or religious
affiliation or background.  No preparatory practice
is required for the simple recognition that being
aware or awareness itself is the essential, irreducible,
indivisible element in all experience, to which we 
refer as "I" or "myself".  None has privileged access 
to it.  It is equally available to all people, in all places,
under all circumstances and in all situations.  All 
that is required is a deep interest in the nature of
reality, or an intuition that the peace, happiness or
love for which all people long cannot be satisfied 
by objective experience." 
~~ Rupert Spira, The Nature of Consciousness



Saturday, February 16, 2019

Art dissolves



(Cezanne)

Art dissolves

when art looks to objects
a tedium is experienced
despite displays rendering
temporary pleasures..

the displays portray
exterior as exterior
polishing the world
 but retaining separation
as we wear again
dark cultural blinders..

let us become artists
and carry with us
our tools of expression
and yet more:  the lens
of Awareness as we
permit that Awareness
to absorb the tools
and the expression...



(Monet)


RS:  The Dissolving Power of Art

RS:  Why Make Art?

RS:  Monet Poem

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Doorway
















The Doorway

doorways
obstruct and darken
the freedom beaconing
from the light beyond..
the dimness discourages
and our search looks
elsewhere for the freedom
we seek..
noticing finally a patch
of light unnoticed before..
we approach and find
a startling invitation to
dissolve all thought
and pass through to the
freedom the doorway
conceals and reveals...



At the back of the mind is a doorway with the words ‘I am’ written above it. First, turn towards that doorway; then walk through it. Turning towards it is an activity of the mind; walking through it is the dissolution of the mind. That dissolution is the revelation of our essential nature of ever-present, unlimited Awareness, the abode of peace, happiness and love.
~~Rupert Spira

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Erasure



Image result for psalm 1



Each of us
experiences the veil
                    the shadow
                    the separation
which hide our real nature..
until our experience
like a tree planted by water 
replaces our beliefs in  
seeming opposition.. 
erasing the division and
exposing  the peace of
our only Reality...
~~CC



Psalm 1 (CEV)

BOOK I
(Psalms 1-41)
The Way to Happiness
1 God blesses those people
    who refuse evil advice
    and won’t follow sinners
    or join in sneering at God.
2 Instead, the Law of the Lord
    makes them happy,
    and they think about it
    day and night.
3 They are like trees
    growing beside a stream,
    trees that produce
    fruit in season
    and always have leaves.
Those people succeed
    in everything they do.
4 That isn’t true of those
    who are evil,
    because they are like straw
    blown by the wind.
5 Sinners won’t have an excuse
    on the day of judgment,
    and they won’t have a place
    with the people of God.
6 The Lord protects everyone
    who follows him,
    but the wicked follow a road
    that leads to ruin.

Luke 6:17-26 (CEV)

Blessings and Troubles
20 Jesus looked at his disciples and said:
God will bless you people
who are poor.
    His kingdom belongs to you!
21 God will bless
    you hungry people.
You will have plenty
    to eat!
God will bless you people
who are crying.
    You will laugh!
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, 
because great is your reward in heaven. 
For that is how their ancestors treated 
the prophets.
24 But you rich people
    are in for trouble.
You have already had
    an easy life!
25 You well-fed people
    are in for trouble.
    You will go hungry!
You people
    who are laughing now
    are in for trouble.
You are going to cry
    and weep!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society



Tetzaveh is thus the Parshah in the Torah that embodies the “you” of Moses, his transcendent essence.
(From Chabad.org):  https://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/2810/jewish/The-You-of-Moses.htm )

Experience or Belief









in progress









In his book 'The Nature of Experience', Rupert Spira writes : "Experience itself must be the test of reality. If we do not take experience as the test of reality, belief will be the only alternative. Experience and belief, or ' the way of truth and the way of opinion', as Parmenides expressed it in the fifth century BCE are the only two possibilities".

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

I AM...Rupert Spira



















I AM
I have no words to express myself,
but all words express only me.
I have no meaning,
but impart meaning to all that is perceived.
I am without beginning and end,
but all things begin and end in me.
I have no name,
but I am called by all names. 
I have no name, but I am called by all names.
I have no form, but all form integrates me.
I have no origin, but I am the origin of all things.
I am without division, but all divisions exist in me.
I exist by myself.

I am the longing in sadness
and the longed for in all longing.
I am the expecting
and the expected in all expectation.
I am the restlessness of the restless.
I am the peace of the peaceful.
I am happiness itself.
I cannot be contemplated,
but I am the object of all contemplation.
I am imperceivable,
yet you perceive only me.
I am full, but have nothing.
I am empty, but contain all.
I give away everything,
but I am never diminished.
I receive all, but never expand.
I am everyones lover, I shine.
I speak, but I am silent.
I move, but I am motionless.
I see, but cannot be seen.
I hear, but cannot be heard.
I taste, but cannot be tasted.
I smell, but cannot be smelled.
I touch, but cannot be touched.
I smile.
~ Rupert Spira
Excerpt from “Song of Myself”
Artist: Berislava Grace

What we long for is the space of Awareness in which all longing takes place. In fact, it is even closer than that. What we long for is itself taking the shape of our longing. 
~~Rupert Spira

The ultimate purpose of evolution is to draw attention to that which does not evolve.
~~Rupert Spira


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Naming



Naming

it is an activity of the mind
as the mind searches for
an adequate word
as a name for some-thing..
 no word is
adequate to capture
the infinite nature of
any-thing when the
Nature of nature
is well Understood..
so the mind searches
and if healthy
recognizes its limitations..
surrendering..the name
comes in a quiet rush
in no time and place...

Friday, February 8, 2019

Subjectivity rising






Subjectivity rising

it is the inward path of now..
a time in evolution apparently
to lift oneself from weighty
objectivity..and to understand
the fallacies and illusions
which have brought our
object fixation to a pause..
the knowing experience of
Oneness in each of us
which arrives with a noticing
of the sun illuminating itself
or the wave discovering the
ocean..this new morning
recognition is a blissful
remembering of who we
ever have been...



Thursday, February 7, 2019

Love is the Screen (Jeff Foster)





Love is the Screen

movie and screen
we use this metaphor
to immediately grasp
the love and grace
in which we all 
experience our
 lives and being..
and more:
we recognize
we are made of
the infinite substance
shining as the screen 
 here and now
to immediately grasp...




Jeff Foster:  Love is the Screen

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Deeper Waters




Deeper Waters

working hard 
fishing not catching..
tired and downcast..
yielding this morning to 
a journey inward..

 experiencing
 deeper waters:
our real identity 
beyond old beliefs 
at last recognized..

before recognition
we carried burdens: 
beliefs not experience
fishing not catching
searching not finding..
experiencing now
the peace and joy  
and the abundance 
of our own 
deeper waters..

the journey inward
now becomes outward
carrying new identity:
I am..abundance.. 
journeying forth now
finding deeper waters
in all the world...

Namaste..!


Luke 5: 1-11
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+5%3A1-11&version=NIV

“Not only the thirsty seek the water, the water as well seeks the thirsty.”
~Rumi

Sunday, February 3, 2019

functioning




















functioning

we smother this activity
with entangling thoughts
and names and labels..

a more favorable path
places these mind-things
in a temporary place..
so to discover that no-thing
in which all of these things
live and die..

then to realize that the
no-thing we recognize
as ourselves stands constant..
and the mind-things are ourselves
functioning..and departing
as we remain as no-thing... 



Jac O'Keefe...functioning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eI-IdwT1Lak

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"Labeling creates all kinds of complications to what would otherwise just "be." Words and mind create all of these stories and then wants to find meaning in order to understand because we relax when we understand. Without any of this mind/labeling/words, what is simply is, and no comment arises."
~Jac O'Keeffe

"Labeling creates events. To have any event happening, it’s already deep within the conceptual layers of consciousness because events require activation of concepts that create separation and experiencing."
~Jac O'Keeffe

Friday, February 1, 2019

Non-Duality preliminaries..









Non-Duality preliminaries..

How might Non-Duality be introduced
for those who have no previous exposure..?
It should be noted that the experience
is available for everyone at any time..

Non-Duality is related to Self-realization
ie. who or what we recognize ourselves to be..
and to the personal and cultural impediments
which cause us to overlook this vital discovery..

The concept of a "journey" can be helpful.  All
7 billion of us are on a life journey, something
all 7 billion would likely acknowledge..

Is your journey a conventional one, as most 
would claim..perhaps like a vacation trip
peering out  of a car window at the sights..or  
living with all of the apparent ups and downs..?
Or..is there curiosity over an intuition that there 
may be something more to one's journey..?

We can speak of two paths in relation to
Self-realization:  the Progressive path, and a 
more expeditious (or urgent..?) Direct path..
These paths are not mutually exclusive..

Most journeys involve some kind of
progressive path.  Included are activities 
relating to religion or spirituality, and numerous 
self-help programs which are engaged by many..
Others involve immersion in nature, attending 
retreats, watching YouTube videos, reading
and writing, and others..

I relate primarily to the Direct path..
A question:  Is the time in which
we are living ripe for the Direct path..?

Your interest in the above, and pondering 
the following questions may be informative:
Have you felt, occasionally, or often, that there is 
a "missing" element in your life..a need for
a way to mend nagging feelings of separation..?
Have you asked yourself questions, such as:  
Who am I..? or What is experience..? 

What of the apparent materialist orientation 
of the culture, and of our lives..? Troubling..?
How do you feel these questions impact your
current, perhaps lifelong, religious affiliation..?

All of these considerations might flag for you 
an interest in exploring the offerings of 

Non-Duality..