Thursday, August 13, 2020

Oneness. (with Tony Parsons)

 




ONEness

Living with the full

Recognition without compromise..

That is our purpose..

Compromise is conditioning

Appearing as

Our beliefs and assumptions

Which seem to claim our

Attention..cluttering the glimpse

Of the day before..we wait

Until clutter is recognized

As clutter...

~~CC


 Or liberation can happen, which is the realization that the seeker who wants to own that is also Oneness. And when that is realized, it is suddenly seen by no one that there is only Oneness, and then it’s all over.

~~Tony Parsons


Above is extracted from this:

Question: “So what you’re saying is that I can’t do anything, and that I have no responsibility?”

Tony: And I keep on repeating: no, I’m not saying you can’t do anything, because that would imply that there’s someone who can’t do anything.

But the reality is: there is no one. That is something totally different.

Lots of so-called Advaita people just hate this message. They keep coming back to the argument that what I’m saying promotes laziness, that it’s a terrible, awful thing to say. They don’t comprehend what’s basically, fundamentally being said, and that is that there is no choice, there is no free will. There is no one. They totally and utterly still believe in the reality of individual choice. For them to hear that there is no one….it’s impossible for them to hear that. So they’ll go on arguing in duality.

On the other hand: I know of people who have come once and seen it totally. Others come to the meetings a few times, and then the whole idea of individuality simply disappears. It falls apart.

Awakenings are happening all over the place at this time. And what people say is that when it happens, they realize that it’s absolutely natural and ordinary. No big deal, in a sense. In another way, it’s absolutely wonderful.

Comment: You make a distinction between awakening and liberation.

Tony: We become separate and take on the thought “I am a separate person” from a very early age. And at that moment of separation, seeking starts. We seek for that which we think we’ve lost. And so we grow up in a world where we’re taught to endeavor and make our lives work, and then it is possible that we begin to look for something other than being successful in the world, and enlightenment is one of the things that we go for.

Comment: Enlightenment being another way of being successful.

Tony: Right. And then we usually go to a teacher that teaches us that there’s still an individual with choice. Most teachings are like that. It’s very rare to find a teaching like this one, that is so radical. For me, the seeker is there, seeking, and then comes a moment when there is no seeker, there is no time, there is just Oneness. And that is not seen by the seeker, but is simply seen by no one. That, to me, is awakening. And forever after that there’s a totally different perception, but on a subtle level there’s still a person, there’s still a seeking going on, a wanting to know what has happened. The person comes back and wants to own what’s just happened. He doesn’t understand it. And so there’s a period of integration of what happened, and the person wants to own that. People can stay in that for the rest of their lives. Or liberation can happen, which is the realization that the seeker who wants to own that is also Oneness. And when that is realized, it is suddenly seen by no one that there is only Oneness, and then it’s all over.

In liberation there no longer is a sense of there being a separate individual. Liberation is the complete end of the sense of separation. But there’s still a body mind organism that has conditioned memories, and has responses and preferences. That’s aliveness. That goes on.

Comment: Emotions still keep popping up.

Tony: Oh absolutely. Anything can happen. Nothing is denied. The difference between the liberated one, or rather: liberation, and individuality is that when an emotion like anger arises, it just arises for no one, but all the time there’s an individual who thinks it’s his anger; that happening to him, that he owns it. In individuality there’s always an ownership of everything. In liberation there’s no one that owns the anger, but still the anger can arise, as it did before for no one. In individuality the so-called person keeps thinking it’s happening to him. In liberation it’s simply anger, happening to no one.

Comment: Isn’t there still a subtle duality present then, because on the one side there is ego-related anger, and on the other hand there’s something witnessing this.

Tony: Well, that’s how it feels, but in liberation there is no witness. That’s over. In awakening there can be a witness, and even before awakening there can be a witness, but in liberation there isn’t even something that is aware of manifestation. There is just being, whatever is.

Comment: And this is not comprehensible . . .

Tony: No, it’s a total mystery. And of course it goes against most teachings, which teach that in enlightenment there is no anger, there is no thinking.

This is ignorance. This is an idea of what perfection should look like. In liberation, nothing is denied.

Comment: Everything is perfect.

Tony: Everything is perfect, but it isn’t happening to anyone any longer.

Comment: When you’re a small child, there’s also no one to whom things happen.

Tony: No, just being.

Question: Do you think it’s a natural and unavoidable development that a child grows into this illusion of being an individual?

Tony: Yes, I absolutely do. Oneness wants to play the game of being an individual, looking for something called ‘not being an individual’. Oneness wants to play the game. Oneness is certainly fascinated by not being one"

Conditioning

 




















Conditioning

Is what we all

Carry along with us..

All of those boundaries

And attitudes toward

What confines and frees..

Then to discover..or not

That Freedom is overlooked

In our life as lived...


Sunday, August 9, 2020

Finding a corpse (with Gospel of Thomas)

  



Finding a corpse

On our many pathways

We look for the endpoint

Which defines..we think

A lifting endearment

In itself our worthy wish..

But no..satisfaction fades

To a new endpoint which

Seems the new real thing..

Until..the endpoint is 

Recognized..yet one more

Corpse...


See Gospel of Thomas

(56) Jesus says:

“Whoever has come to know the world has found a corpse.

And whoever has found (this) corpse, of him the world is not worthy.”


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Our primary assumption. (with Rupert Spira)

 



Our return

To our original Abundance

Unfettered by conditioning

Which we accumulate in

Schooling..which creates

The maskings of what is 

Real..and simultaneously 

Creates ups and downs 

Which we assume are what

We must know and accept..

Meanwhile~~

Desperation tugs..begs for

Our return... 



Our entire world culture is founded on a single belief, the belief that there is a substance that exists outside of consciousness, called ‘matter’. Matter is believed to be the fundamental reality of all existence, and consciousness is believed to derive somehow from this substance of matter. Whether we realise it or not, almost all our thoughts, feelings, activities and relationships are founded upon this primary assumption.

Strangely, the idea of matter was invented a few thousand years ago, and we have been looking for it ever since. Scientists are still looking for it – they haven’t found it! Many scientists believe that it’s just a matter of a few more years and a few more million dollars until we eventually find this stuff called matter. And philosophers have been thinking about the nature of matter and its relation to consciousness for over two thousand years.

~~Rupert Spira


Listening. (with Jean Klein)







Listening

Shapes but does not
Add or subtract from
Our Self..
Allowing the shaping
Is listening..which is lost
When expectation overrules...





First listen, and in the listening you will see that you don't listen. 
In your listening there is expectation. You are listening with an-
ticipation. See that. It is a fact, without judging or comparison, it is 
a fact. Seeing really the fact that you don't listen brings you to 
listening and listening is the answer. Feel yourself in the answer. 
To live freely in the answer you must give up what is not the 
answer. But don't emphasize what you give up; emphasize the 
giving-up, the up-giving, itself. 
~~Jean Klein, Transmission of the Flame

Gospel of Thomas












(3) Jesus says:

(1) “If those who lead you say to you: ‘Look, the kingdom is in the sky!’ then the birds of the sky will precede you.
(2) If they say to you: ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fishes will precede you.
(3) Rather, the kingdom is inside of you and outside of you.”
(4) “When you come to know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will realize that you are the children of the living Father.
(5) But if you do not come to know yourselves, then you exist in poverty, and you are poverty.”
~~Gospel of Thomas

(56) Jesus says:

“Whoever has come to know the world has found a corpse.
And whoever has found (this) corpse, of him the world is not worthy.”

(77) Jesus says:

(1) “I am the light that is over all. I am the All. The All came forth out of me. And to me the All has come.”
(2) “Split a piece of wood — I am there.
(3) Lift the stone, and you will find me there.”

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

BE



























BE

And then allow
Without resistance
The shapes and colors
To arise 
Within and as Being..
As the mind
Chooses to name
And to characterize
These too are colors 
And shapes..

BE


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

What is Systemic Racism..really?























What is Systemic Racism..
really..?

We know of progress
And we don't deny
Those relative comparisons..
The measurements distancing
The start point  of slavery..
But..we must hold a
Systemic lens to Recognize
That the patchwork of history
Has not reached the depth
Of Freedom for all..
This we can know only when we
Recognize the Truth of our
Own Freedom..which lies
In a discovered Silence.. to which
Words..patches and systemic 
Can only point...

Monday, August 3, 2020

Journeys!






























Journeys!

All journeys are
Necessary and welcome..
Worthwhile destinations
Are worthwhile..
Journeys are celebrated
As interfacing unfolds and
Tears of joy and sadness 
Attest..
However..there is this:
There is only one Journey
In which we have already
Arrived..to Be there Now...!

The unnamed boy







The unnamed boy..

A story of gratitude
And grace..
He held a basket with a few
Loaves and fishes..
While others counted 
With dismay..the boy
Witnessed the infinite 
Nature of all we see..
The Infinite appearing as
Gratitude and Grace..
When we are 
Unnamed... !


(See John 6:  1-14)

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Abundance























Abundance

This name for
That which has
No dimensions..
That is..to know
Our Self is to know
Abundance..
Then comes Trust
For appearances of
What is needed now
in this moment..
Can we Trust...?

Christmas. (with Rupert Spira)
























"The Most Precious Gift
‘I am’ is the first name of Christ. “Before Abraham was, I am”. Christmas is the remembrance and celebration of the I am that I am. Instead of stories of children, mangers and sheep, it is this I am that I am, that should be proclaimed from our churches. To know the peace that passeth understanding and the unconditional happiness that accompanies it, it is only necessary to know our own being – the I am that I am – as it is.
To indicate that is the most precious gift that anyone can impart or receive."
~ Rupert Spira

Surrendering
























Surrendering

In the afternoon quiet
With the turtle dove and breeze
In simultaneous Being..
There comes a recognition
Of open Totality
And the experience of
Nothing to surrender...







Taking oneself too seriously may be a fairly good sign that there has not been the giving up, the surrendering, of the false idea that one actually exists. Doubts about the authenticity of certain teachers often boil down to this: that while they may have an excellent under- standing of the teachings, it is the complete surrender of the sense of individual self that has perhaps not occurred.
~~Perfect Brilliant Stillness

SELF






























SELF

The word itself
Implies a limit..
When limit is applied
Freedom is lost..
And a search ensues
To find what was lost..
Many others are met
Billions perhaps
Also searching..
A tragedy until
A fortunate stumble
Reveals our SELF...

Friday, July 31, 2020

Pull of Silence




















Pull of Silence

If I do not
Stop writing
The Truth which
I wish to express
May well be more
Submerged..
Might I stop now
And allow the 
Dimmed light to
Remain as glimmer..?
Or might a few 
Words more
Serve to cleanse
What is already
Said...?

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Bowl and Wax

























Bowl and Wax

Imagine
If you can 
A bowl encased in wax.
And the bowl one day
Discovers that wax
And finds no end to it..
It covers all sides and
Of thickness forever..
Lonely at first
Until this Aware bowl
Discovers her own
Makeup of Wax...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Vow


























The Vow

Ruth and Naomi
Embraced the Grace of
Their common Self..
The one Self within
Which all journeys
Take place..and so
Ruth famously vowed
To go where you go and
Stay where you stay..
This wedding promise
Pointed to a Vastness
Unfolding into those
Religious stories which
We know so well..

(See the Book of Ruth)


Saturday, July 25, 2020

No "doer"




























No "doer"

How so..?
Our conditioning
(Some say baggage)
Demands a doer..
I work in my garden
And clocked the time
To fit a schedule..
These assumptions
Bow to the seeming
Reality of time..
But time melts
When recognized as
A mind's facade..
Rendering a "doing" 
Without a doer...!


Start Here








Start Here

In the clarity
The stillness of
One Self..
Start Here
Then the unfolding
The iteration
The creation
All made of 
Only Here..
Seek ye first..





Friday, July 24, 2020

Wipe the slate clean








Wipe the slate clean

This default
When complexities bind..
The knowing of
The Placeless place
Eternally transparent
Where separation dissolves
And a surge of Joy
With new Understanding
Wipes our slate clean...

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Light at tunnel's end...




























Walking
I saw it
The proverbial
Light 
At the tunnel's end..
This end...!

Certainty






























Certainty

Religions 
Ask for it..
But more
We ask for it..
We want 
Clarity of contrast
Eye chart truth..
We were educated
That way..
Until one day
We find the Freedom
Of fuzziness..
And then we find
The Freedom of
Contrast...

STOP!




“When you are given the unspeakable grace, the unbelievable gift, of being able to see, to notice, that what you are thinking is an opinion, or is something by which you identify yourself, the gift of being able to listen to yourself, then stop. Honor the gift by stopping. And let it drop. The opinion. Let it drop. The bit of identity contained in every statement about yourself, every comment involving yourself, every question coming from yourself; let it drop. Let the grace of this moment of catching yourself having an opinion, talking as an “I”; let that grace stop you.”
“Do you want to know how to live life? Be still. Be still means, don’t think. You see? It’s so simple!” ~ Ramesh

“Be still” does not mean to stop moving the body. “Be still” does not mean to try to stop all thinking and feelings from arising. Thoughts and feelings will always arise. “Be still” means letting go of that secondary level of thought; opinion, judgement, commentary. This is what it means to stop.”
If you stop, something amazing happens. The individual stops being involved, stops acting; and amazingly, every Thing continues to happen. Without ‘you’ doing it. Because surprise, you were never doing it.
Try this experiment, if you can. The sense of separate self will panic as you come to the point where you stop doing anything; it may actually prevent you from stopping. But if grace of stopping happens, and there is the experience of watching everything continue to happen, you will never again be able to believe there was ever anyone there doing anything*.

~~Perfect Brilliant Stillness



Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In Those Years...Adrienne Rich




      

In Those Years
by Adrienne Rich
In those years, people will say, we lost track
of the meaning of we, of you
we found ourselves
reduced to I
and the whole thing became
silly, ironic, terrible:
we were trying to live a personal life
and yes, that was the only life
we could bear witness to
But the great dark birds of history screamed and plunged
into our personal weather
They were headed somewhere else but their beaks and pinions drove
along the shore, through the rags of fog
where we stood, saying I
- Adrienne Rich, 1929 - 2012
Via Joyce Kornblatt, thank you
-
Georgia O'Keeffe - Storm Cloud over Lake George, 1923
https://www.okeeffemuseum.org/

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Miriam's Recognition

















Miriam's Recognition

She and Aaron
Spoke from cloaked vision..
Clouding her Knowing
Of her own true Face..
That is..until reminded
Of humility's Face
The universal Face not
Clouded..available to all
When cloaks of separation
Are dissolved in 
Joyful Recognition...  



from Numbers 12: 
“Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream.
Not so with My servant Moses;
He is faithful in all My house.
I speak with him face to face,
Even plainly, and not in dark sayings;
And he sees the form of the LORD.
Why then were you not afraid
To speak against My servant Moses?”

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Emptiness























Emptiness

The mind resists
What seems to be
An entryway into
Emptiness
The cloak of Fullness.
Fear pulls us back
Into comfy norms of
What  we know so well..
And that seems the end
For many explorers..
The leap not taken..
But the invitation 
Remains..in a 
Blooming flower 
A sideward glance or
A crushing defeat...


Mars video...

Utterly Empty and Yet Utterly Full..Osho

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Strength and Fragrance









Let the distractions lie..
Know they are also made
Of that which we truly Are..
But for now..there is need
To surrender and quietly
Taste the Purity and the
Transparency of that which
We originally Are..before
The distractions seemed to
Direct our paths through
Circuitous and frustrating
Byways...







Thought for the day....... "When speech comes from a quiet heart, it has the strength of the orchid, and the fragrance of rock." Stephen Mitchell, Four Watercolors by Tao-chi 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Johathan's Dream




























Jonathan's Dream

This old biblical tale
Dreamlike in the telling
Could well be 
Our own dream..
Events and places
Abruptly appear and
Dissolve..
Dream opponents
Philistines and a giant
Appear and fade..
But what remains..?
The Grace of Namaste
(Jonathan and David)..
Which we Recognize
As we awaken from
Our own fitful Dream...


(See 1 Samuel: 18-23)




Friday, July 10, 2020

Spontaneity















Spontaneity !! 

Whether we know or not
Our experience is always 
Spontaneous..
Our Moment is shaped
And colored
And expresses
Always..our Self..yet
Our minds leap to separate
And label..rendering 
False impressions of  Self.. 
Allowing our minds to
Leap unnoticed
Takes us from Home on
More and more journeys..while
Recognition of Home comes
On one Spontaneous
Journey...!




Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Stars and Books. (with Hermann Hesse)

























Fuel for the Fire

It is our conditioning  
That we need recognize..
Our sole purpose in life
Is to make this Recognition..
This is the baggage 
We have and are carrying..
Those stories and beliefs
Which seem to stand and claim
Our allegiance and identity..
This burden promises to stay
Until we give it our undivided
Attention..not referring to
Books and stars..but to that
Of ourself which is primed
To burn away and dissolve...
 


Thought for the day....... “I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” Hermann Hesse

Exploration















Exploration

In an old story
Joshua and Caleb
Took the journey to
Milk and Honey Land
And recognized Themselves..
Their friends saw giants
And grasshoppers which
Concealed their Identity
With a veil of fear..
And their fear spread
Like a virus infecting
That waiting crowd..

Moses was perplexed
But knew then
That in our exploring
False identities must
Die in the wilderness
To finally reveal our
Milk and Honey... 



Seeming
























Seeming

Who are we..
This seeming person
Doing that which we
Seem to be doing 
In this moment..?
Do we see
That "seeming" is our
Ticket to Recognize
Ourself as character
And ourSelf as Stage...?



Saturday, July 4, 2020

History's Maskings


























History's Maskings

This apparent urge to
Erase the markings of history
Which appear to stain..
History..a story appearing
In our reading this moment..
Often justifying past doings..
But..alas.. assumptions of 
Division cling and remain..

Statues..toppled in
Widespread places..may be
(Whether recognized or not)
A turn Inward..collectively
To cleanse the divisions 
Hiding our inner Vastness 
Out of which all history
Emerges and is made...





Monday, June 29, 2020

Perfect Brilliant Stillness..








Your own nature is essentially pure, utterly still.” ~ Hui Hai
"The ultimate understanding is a seeing and a knowing rather than a comprehending.
And it does satisfy all questions,
though not answering them.
Answers become irrelevant
as the questions themselves
both cease in the seeing.
Do not judge the questioning or the longing,
the seeking or the sadness,
the impatience or the resistance,
the opening or the letting go.
It is all the perfect unfolding as it is:
only watch it and know you are not that.
You are ‘loving awareness’ in which all arises.
You are quiet compassionate space in which the life
you think as ‘yourself ’unfolds.
This still expanse of acceptance between the thoughts
is all there is.
That is what you are.
Let the love that is the stillness that you are
embrace you
overcome you."
~Perfect Brilliant Stillness~

SILENCE
-John McIntosh
Silence is Who You Really Are. This is not the absence of sound, although that is certainly often the way IT may be experienced [partially]. One who dwells ‘always as’ the SELF [ONE - God - Consciousness - Silence] is often found ‘in/as’ Silence. They do not socialize and yet may be found [for some often] ‘in’ society when called to … but they do not seek it out. Whatever their needs may be to maintain the body [great or small] … just shows up in the moment.
The influence of Silence [Truth] is far greater than words [thought or spoken] and actions. IT dissolves imbalance in whatever way IT shows up. The degree to which one is ‘open’ to Truth [Freedom], determines what influence IT will have. In some rare instances IT is so profound as to bring one over the bridge of dreams into Freedom spontaneously.
A state of readiness certainly has been there in these blessed cases, usually preceded by much inner work. Notwithstanding, to be in the Presence of Silence will touch one in the precise way that is Perfect for their highest good in the moment.