Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Recognizing desires... (with David Hawkins)

Recognizing desires

All of our desires spring
From Happiness shaded by
Something seemingly separate..
Most of our lives are spent
Looking for..or losing 
That something..
Until that moment when we
Recognize that Happiness
Is never lost but awaits our
Lifting the shade...

“Desire is fueled by the illusion of lack and that the source of happiness is outside oneself and therefore has to be pursued or acquired. The importance of the object of desire is thereby inflated and overvalued by its symbolism and mystique. The pleasure of the sense of Self is blocked by desire. When that desire is fulfilled, the ego ascribes the resultant sense of joy to the acquisition of an external. However, this is a clever illusion because the actual source of the pleasure is that the block to experiencing the joy of the Self has been temporarily removed. The source of the experienced happiness is the radiance of the Self that shines forth when it is not shut off by an ego distress.”
— Dr. David Hawkins, I: Reality and Subjectivity, pg. 189

David Hawkins quotes...

Real Life

Real Life

Despite beliefs contrary 
Our culture's message is
Death is a frightful end..
There is unwillingness to
Consider that we stumble 
As we walk in the darkness.. 
Gripped by handcuffs 
Of  illusory separation..

Disregarding many hints
We weep as we hold a finality
In appearances of life ending..
We all await that moment 
Whether lengthy or brief
To discover that Life has
No beginning and no end..

No mistakes

No mistakes

How can we say that
There are no mistakes
In our lives..?
Lets see..

When we Recognize
That our limitation belief
Creates the concept of a
So-called mistake..

We then Recognize
Our unlimited Self as
Container and dissolver 
Of all beliefs and concepts..

"I cannot tell you enough that every situation that happens to you is necessary for your growth. There are no mistakes. Everything that you've been through, everything that you're going through, is absolutely necessary for your spiritual growth. If it does not look kosher to you, realize it's your mind reacting. It's your ego reacting. And the way to handle it, is to just observe. Do not get involved by arguing, fighting, trying to change things. Just observe. If you can observe without getting excited, then you've passed that test and you will not have to repeat it. But if you get angry, you get upset, you want to get even, you're always thinking about it, and you have hate and animosity, even though you move away from that situation, you will meet that situation again, and again, and again, until you learn not to react to it."~Robert Adams

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

Living in sin..

Living in sin..

Words of transformation and
Words of activism are subject
To the lens viewing these words
And all words..
The lens used by a vast majority
Is the lens of "separation" 
(Sin is the Christian term)
So..most of us are living in sin..!

Leading to the inquiry:
Is a new lens available in which
The old lens melts in the fires
Of Truth now told...?

Peter Sawtell...Too Much Attention to Climate?


If we spend a bit less time and energy on climate, though, and give some attention to species extinction, and toxic chemicals, and water problems, then we might start to understand that our whole society needs to change course. Such a transformational change opens up ways to more effectively address the climate crisis, and the extinction crisis, and the plastic-in-the-ocean crisis, and the whole web of inter-connected problems.

Dear Peter,

You asked for responses, so here is mine.  Perhaps we need to step back

 from both "transformation" and "activism," to become aware of the 
"lens" through which we are viewing these concepts.  That lens, used 
by our culture, is based on an unquestioned assumption of "separation."  
Even when we positively assent to what needs to be done, whether climate 
change or plastics, the dualistic lens remains intact.  So, I would say
that there is a basic reversal needed which allows recognition of our true
Identity..an Identity not limited to the physical body and mind, which 
we blindly assume.  Such recognition will transform your question of 
the relative importance of transformation and activism, and other 
questions prompted by our lens of separation (sin in Christian lexicon).  
I would say that all of Jesus' teachings point to the urgent nature of 
discovering who we are..really.. Yet, somehow we continue to live in sin!  :) 
OK..I am sure you get my drift.. (Keep up your vital work!) 


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Haiku by Robin Izer

early autumn snow
Earth drinks sweet replenishment
we light night candles

~~Haiku by Robin Izer

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Freedom. (with Jeff Foster)


in progress

We Remember Now

A familiar prayer

We remember now
Our lives as Grace..
And we Know 
Heaven and earth as
Expressions of Grace.. 
With this Experience
The Kingdom has come..
Hereafter we expect
Our daily nourishment 
As recognition that all 
Debts are dissolved in
The Grace which we are..
Thus..we express now
Our gratitude and joy
For the power and glory
In our lives lived as

Sunday, October 20, 2019

All appearance is Source (with Tony Parsons)

Appearance is Source

Is a saving word
Saving our anxiety
Of who we are..
The simplicity of
Appearance is
A temporary shaping
Of our real Self
Nothing more..!
Then we inquire
What is being shaped
And the reply stuns...!

There is no me or you, no seeker, no enlightenment, no disciple and no guru. There is no better or worse, no path, and nothing that has to be achieved. All appearance is source. All that apparently manifests—the world, the life story, the hypnotic dream of separation, the search for home, is the one appearing as two, the nothing appearing as everything, the absolute appearing as the particular.
There is no separate intelligence weaving a destiny, and no choice functioning at any level. Nothing is happening, but this, as it is, invites the apparent seeker to rediscover that which already is . . the abiding uncaused, unchanging, impersonal silence from which unconditional love overflows and celebrates. It is the wonderful mystery.. .   Tony Parsons..

Friday, October 18, 2019

Our Non-dual Lens

Our Non-dual Lens

This..our true Lens
Has been shaded by
Life-long conditioning..
A lens of separation
Depicting subject and object
Seems as our means of
In pockets of humanity
There are many who
Have known the
Availability of the Lens
But most humans
Have not asked the
Question of how this
Lens may be recognized..
Such Recognition is the
Path to Peace
in our time.. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Found Art Objects

Found Art Objects

We view with admiration
This creative approach
Of artistic expression..
It seems quirky to some
But might we not say that
All art is composed of
Found art objects..?
The object may be
Something on a beach
Or a pile of trash 
Or a sudden thought
Seemingly from nowhere..
Might it appear as the
Next brushstroke or a
Word on this paper..?
It seems that all real art
Is 100% made of 
Subtle or not so subtle
Objects found in this 

To begin with I, Awareness, am found as the witness in the background of experience. Then, objects recede into the background and I shine in the foreground of all experience. Then, the apparent distinction and distance between Myself and objects dissolves, and I am found in everything and everyone, and everyone and everything is found in Me.

The Daily Quote from Rupert Spira, 12th October 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

In the gaps

In the gaps

The silence between
Each word we say
Each note we play..
Sleep between dreams..
Attention to gaps
Or rather..falling into
The gaps..is recognizing
Our Home..the placeless
Place..from which we
Have never departed...

I learn a great deal by merely observing you,
and letting you talk as long as you please,
and taking note of what you do not say.
T. S. Eliot

Monday, October 7, 2019

The Wellspring (5)

The Wellspring

There is a wellspring
From which all religions flow
Which when recognized
Diminishes the rancor
Over the outward forms
Which have torn
And bloodied adherents
Now and in history's

And the amazing thing
Is that this wellspring
Is the same Wellspring
Which you and I
Need to recognize in
Our inquiry of 
Who we really are...!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Slumbering Science

Slumbering Science

A world of separate objects
Has been the province of science
For centuries following centuries..
But now an occasional shudder
Cast by an uneasy perception
That our roots in separation
Have been only a useful dream..
The dream has turned sour 
And has drawn a darkened film
Over eyes..eyes seeking  
Understanding in the shadows..
New discoveries find Fields
Of openness and not-knowing
Leading a few scientists to
A science clear of slumber...

Brain as Field..

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Literary Ethics...Ralph Waldo Emerson

Literary Ethics
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be neither chided nor flattered out of your position of perpetual
inquiry. Neither dogmatize, nor accept another's dogmatism.
Why should you renounce your right to traverse the star-lit deserts
of truth, for the premature comforts of an acre, house, and barn?
~~Ralph Waldo Emerson..Literary Ethics

 ...so you shall get your lesson out of the hour, and the object, whether
it be a concentrated or a wasteful employment, even in reading a dull book,
or working off a stint of mechanical day labor, which your necessities or
the necessities of others impose.
~~Ralph Waldo Emerson..Literary Ethics

Perpetual Inquiry

Perpetual Inquiry

There are so many claims
For our attention..
Some cause us to linger
With tastes and feelings..
Some may be delicious.. until
They obscure Who we are
And cause a forgetting of
Our real fulfillment which
Only arrives by recalling
The rich rewards of
Perpetual inquiry...

Be neither chided nor flattered out of your position of perpetual
inquiry. Neither dogmatize, nor accept another's dogmatism.
Why should you renounce your right to traverse the star-lit deserts
of truth, for the premature comforts of an acre, house, and barn?
~~Ralph Waldo Emerson..Literary Ethics

Out of the hour

Out of the hour

The deception of separation
Makes weighty the appearances
Of this hour..
We wish for a different hour
With appearances more pleasing..
Until a spontaneous discovery
That all appearances live in
The infinity of our Self..which
Does not change with the
Dizzying whims of each hour...

 ...so you shall get your lesson out of the hour, and the object, whether
it be a concentrated or a wasteful employment, even in reading a dull book,
or working off a stint of mechanical day labor, which your necessities or
the necessities of others impose.
~~Ralph Waldo Emerson..Literary Ethics

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

John...A Non-Dual Version

The Gospel of John...
A Non-Dual Version

Chapter 1...Word Recognition

The Word
Was the beginning
The emanation..
Bringing seeming separation
A creation of others.. 

Light does not begin or end
Is Eternal and Infinite.. 
Yet otherness seems 
To obscure the Light..
That is..until  Grace is
Recognition is new birth 
In which the Light of  Grace
Is found to be 
Shining everywhere..
Even in Nazareth..

Voices call in the wilderness..  
Witnessing Light
Here and everywhere..  
Yet..a wilderness of separation
Seems to retain its grasp..

We regard the fig tree 
Independent and alone 
Until Recognition finds it within
And made of our Light..

Chapter 2...Table Turning

A turning of the tables

Brought new understanding
Of the real Temple of  the body..
Which aspires to go home 
To re-discover its true nature 
Made of Grace..

This is the reversal which will
Bring Self Recognition and
Accompanying Peace to each of us
And to our world..

Recognition is the real miracle   
Conveyed by the familiar story of 
Water into wine...

Chapter 3...Night Recognition

Nicodemus arrives in the night

Bringing his understanding which
Seems to be veiled
Concerning the real Identity 
Of each and every one of us..

A new birth of our true Identity
Is available in all times..especially
In our time of unending confusion..

Baptizing with water and Spirit 
Cleanses darkened lenses allowing
Recognition of who we really Are..

Teacher and Baptizer are names of
Those who are awakening 
And freeing those who have not yet
Found themselves already Free... 

Chapter 4...The Wellspring

They met by a historical well

He from a tradition's inside
The woman from outside..

He knows their common Spring
And she now discovers 
Living Waters in herself 
Welling to eternal life..

The inner Wellspring 
Can be experienced by all
Without regard to life stories..
Or to claims of traditions
Which seemingly conceal
This  joyful Welling..

Our inner Wellspring awaits 

To each our own inquiry..
The energy of the Wellspring
Feeds both sowers and reapers
In the world.. bringing healing
And Gladness together...

Chapter 5...Pick up your Mat

Pick up your Mat

Your true Grounding
And walk as I Am..

Dispatching this advice
The teacher slipped away..
One decreased and the other
Increased..a repeated lesson..
What was the teaching
So effectively applied..?

The teaching addresses the
Identity of each of us as
Eternally made..
Recognition is healing
Assuming we want to get well..!

Clarity is served for us: 
Recognize our true Grounding:
I Am..


There are obstacles 
In presenting this teaching
For those who ignore
The Mat on which 
They stand...

Chapter 6...Abundance

Abundance is the name

Of that in each of us
Known as Grace and Peace..
Abundance knows no limits
Is the essence of all quantities
Whether fish or bread or 
Time and space..

Some find this new Identity

Named simply as Abundance
Frightening..as walking
On water or empty space..

I Am..in ourselves..and others..
Recognizing Abundance 
Eternal and available 
To all of us..Here and Now...

Chapter 7...Careful Teaching

The teacher knows

His teaching is vital..
Vital so that others might
Understand who they Are..

But fear arises
For those not ready to receive..
A teacher's time has not arrived
For them just yet..

Misunderstanding arises

In  those assuming separation..
Not understanding that the teacher's
Real Self was teaching and 
Not the separate self as 
Assumed by many..

The teacher knows that 

His life may soon end..
By the questions they asked 
He knows of their struggle to
Recognize that to which he 
Pointed..waiting until
Their time arrives...

Chapter 8...Caught in adultery 

The teacher knows his Identity

And the Identity of  all characters
As they play their parts..
But the characters do not know
Their own Identity..

A woman was about to be stoned
When the teacher demonstrated
The pain of  belief in separation 
The cause of our common suffering..

By our Self discovery: 
We discover the Light 
The Image we are  
Our eternal Identity even before
Ancient Abraham..

The teacher spoke with authority 
Which We might do..as we Recognize...

Chapter 9...Blindness

Blindness results from

Our belief in separation..
Belief that many things
Inform our everyday..

We attempt to understand 
With lenses of separation..
Thus.. the confusion..the fear..

Special confusion arises 

With the belief that one teacher 
And not another..is  
Properly certified..
Recognition is the qualification 
For all teachers..including the 
Blind man and
You and me...!

Chapter 10...The Gate..I am

The teacher announced that
"I Am"  is the Gate  
Our Recognition of salvation..
The Gate is the Openness in
Each of us which precedes all
Of our thoughts and perceptions..

The Gate is familiar to those
Who have experienced it and is
Quickly distinguished from 
Other gates suggested by
Strangers and hired hands..

I and the Father are One
A statement misunderstood
Over centuries..
The statement  portrays
Our real Identity so simply..

Are we mere men and women..?
Or does the teaching illustrate
Our real Identity as Boundless...?

Finally..we lay down our lives

That is..we become Aware of
The falsity of separation..
We Recognize that we
Are not whom we thought..!

Chapter 11...Resurrection of Life

Death is not the end
When we do not stumble 
Walking in the darkness 
Of separation..

The experience I Am
Ends illusory separation as
Our true Self awakens..
Such is proclaimed as the
Resurrection of life..

Yet we weep..as did the Teacher
Experiencing the hold of belief
On appearances of life ending
As with Lazarus and those we love..

We all await the joyful Recognition
In the brevity of a moment
Of Life with no beginning and 
No end..

Chapter 12...The Poor

Self Recognition
Transcends considerations
Of rich or poor..

His teaching simply says
Attachment to life in this world
Must die..as a kernel of wheat dies..
Allowing Recognition of our 
Eternal Identity..

He pointed to our own Light
And then hid himself  to allow
Our own Light to shine..
In other words..the same I Am
Shines in each of us..
Our common True Nature..
Poor no more...!

Chapter 13...Hours

We live by hours and
The ending hour 
Comes for each of us..
The purpose of our hours
Is to Recognize that we
And others and everything
Are made of the Love that
Hours cannot measure..

Humility and feet washing
Are examples by which
We might recognize that
All are clean..even those who
Remain attached to the dream..
The wind blows as it does..

The telling of our stories 
Must bring Recognition:
Stories are the dance of
I Am...!

Chapter 14...Being where I Am

I Am
Is our common Place..
That Place is experienced
Any time we Recognize that
I Am..is..the way and the truth
And the life..

We are puzzled by the
Conditioning of our lives which
Insists on masks of separation..

Knowing I Am..we also know
Greater and greater
Works are possible..

Awareness of I Am in each
Constitutes an ever-present 

I am..is..Peace..Recognized...!

Chapter 15...Remember the Vine

The Vine
Emerges fresh from its Source..
We..as Vines.. are always clean
Reflecting our Source..
Yet we forget we are Vines..

I Am..is..the true Vine 
Forgetting..we seem as branches..
Beliefs in separate branches
Must be burned in the fire
Of  Vine Recognition..!

Recognition of ourselves
As Love without dimension
Brings Joy and Friendship as
Friends abide in Love..

Others may prefer
That we share assumptions
Of separation and conflict.. 
As Grace passes unrecognized...

Chapter 16...The teacher departs

The teacher reminds us
Religions may reject us
As they do not yet Know..

And another reminder:
A teacher must depart 
To allow strengthening
Of our own Knowing.. I Am..

Then we can discover 
Real meanings of sin and
Righteousness and judgment..
We forget for a while 
And then Remember..

Remembering transforms
Grief to Joy..finding Peace
As the world finds trouble...

Chapter 17...Knowing Unity

Knowing the Eternal as
Our Home and our purpose..
Our only Purpose..
I Am..my Identity before 
The world began..

There is certainty in Knowing
Ourselves as this teacher taught..
A Oneness to be Recognized
Which is the only true Safety..
Destruction is marked for the 
World's beliefs of separation..

None of us are of the world
Yet we can live this dream 
Recognizing what we truly Are...

The teacher taught universal 
Unity and Oneness..which is the
Glory of I Am..belonging to
Each and All... 

Chapter 18...The Traitor

The traitor is within
And needs to be recognized
As our belief in a separate self..
The belief brings lapses in
Recognizing our Self and
Judging of those 
Who seem to be a threat to
Our separate existence..

As darkness falls we are prone
To denying the Oneness we are
With the exclamation: I Am not..
I am not..I am not..

Testifying to Truth is
Our task in this world..
Many there are who are
Fearful of  Truth..which seems
To encroach on our 
Illusory and limited freedom.. 
We find workarounds by asking
Others to determine easier paths..
Fruits of fear...

Chapter 19...Fruits of Fear

The separation belief
Takes its toll
In religion and in politics..
Cause and effect assert
Bringing fear in their wake..

The problem of separation 
Needs resolution..as
Crucifixion seems to do
With transference of blame
And strictures of law..

I Am..thirsty..
Fulfillment is Now..
The illusion of brokenness
And of piercing..dissolves..

Finally..we find that this
Storied event took place
In the Garden of scripture..
Remembering a teaching
Of that Garden..

Chapter 20...Approaching

With wonder we are ready
To approach..and are shocked
By the Truth of Emptiness..

We may weep with joy as 
Recognition takes place..
A dawning Peace brings
An end to false separation..

Yet this time is apparently
Not for all..As doubters we
Insist on proof  in our world
Of assumed separation..

Any book is limited in its 
Capacity to relate Truth...

Chapter 21...Breakfast

The ending chapter arrives
With one more reminder of 
Abundance which is never absent 
And is our Identity..

A final fish story..rooted in
Our Oneness which we Recognize
In all activities..such as breakfast..

Love embraces all which we
Recognize with self inquiry:
Who am I..?

Love is then expressed by 
Feeding those sheep still seeking
Joy and Presence..

Repeating:  Books can never 
Fully express the Beauty and
Truth of who we Are...

Gospel of John