Saturday, February 22, 2020

Make of yourself as a mirror


















Make of yourself as a mirror

in progress

Life flashes before our eyes






















Life flashes before our eyes



in progress

An empty shell























An empty shell

in progress




"Ponder this very well. Your sadhana, your spiritual practice does not begin when you've gone to many teachers, and you've read many books. It actually begins when you give up everything. That's when real sadhana begins, when you have surrendered everything, when you've emptied yourself of all knowledge, all desires for liberation. When you have become an empty shell, then your spiritual life begins. Until that time you're only playing games with yourself."
~ Robert Adams (20th century American Advaita mystic)

The Buddhas
























“All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn and indestructible. It is not green nor yellow, and has neither form nor appearance. It does not belong to the categories of things which exist or do not exist, nor can it be thought of in terms of new or old. It is neither long nor short, big nor small, for it transcends all limits, measures, names, traces and comparisons. It is that which you see before you—begin to reason about it and you at once fall into error. It is like the boundless void which cannot be fathomed or measured. The One Mind alone is the Buddha, and there is no distinction between the Buddha and sentient things, but that sentient beings are attached to forms and so seek externally for Buddhahood. By their very seeking they lose it, for that is using the Buddha to seek for the Buddha and using mind to grasp Mind. Even though they do their utmost for a full aeon, they will not be able to attain to it. They do not know that, if they put a stop to conceptual thought and forget their anxiety, the Buddha will appear before them, for this Mind is the Buddha and the Buddha is all living beings. It is not the less for being manifested in ordinary beings, nor is it greater for being manifested in the Buddhas.”
– Huang Po, from The Zen Teaching of Huang Po, translated by John Blofeld

Love and Death





Love and Death

Inseparable these are..
Inseparable and pointing
To the knowing
Of who we are..
Death points to our 
Frantic or calm
Entering and departing..
Love stands still
While noticing how our
Entrances and departures
Left unimpeded
Do not linger at all...


Friday, February 21, 2020

Surrender






Surrender

Is sinking
Into silence..
Letting go of
That which appears
To grasp our coattails
And clouds the Identity
Of our true Self..

This is not to inquire
Into coattail attachments
But to directly recognize
That in which
We as well as our coattails
Make our stage appearance...



Thursday, February 20, 2020

Expressions























Expressions

At their best are
A dive into duality
Into our everyday
To find the words
Or the colors
Which of themselves
Quickly dissolve 
Into that from which
The inspired dive
Proceeded...




"Understand with your mind and feel with your heart that everyone and everything is an expression of a single infinite and indivisible whole and act accordingly. If we did that, there would be no conflicts, no war, no environmental problems. That's all that's necessary. Explore the nature of your experience, discover that infinite consciousness is the reality of all experience, and live in a way that is consistent with that understanding."
~ Rupert Spira

Plans



















Plans






AN UNPLANNED LIFE

-John McIntosh

How do you organize your Life without planning?
You remain Silent, Open and Vulnerable with a blank canvas not referring to old ways and means and the history of what went before.

You allow all concepts of ‘fixing’ or ‘improving’ to dissolve so that LIFE can paint a New picture - Fresh and New in each Now Moment.

Using your ‘history’ … your ‘story’ allows all the conditioning that defines your false self to manifest more of the ‘same’.

Being Empty, Vulnerable and Open invites the ‘Miraculous’.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Detachment





















Detachment

in progress







TO BE FREE … OR …
-John McIntosh
The Grand Dream is filled with villains and heroes and the stories and dramas are endless, like a company of actors who today play the scoundrel and tomorrow the saint on the same stage. The SELF is ever Empty, a blank screen on which the high emotions and deep sentimentality finds a brief moment for IT to ‘savor contrast’ … then release the experience to dissolve in the arms of detachment.
Identity with the stage and actors is inevitable and is inextricably bound together with suffering and bondage. Then, ultimately … fulfilled and satiated all identifications, expectations and attachments are dropped and the SELF returns to the Freedom IT ‘is’.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"star-stuff"















"star-stuff"

Carl Sagan told us of
The star-stuff within
That we are..
However..with due respect
We are not made of stuff
Star or otherwise..
Star-stuff makes an appearance
And like all stuff
Until we awaken 
Blurs the Star-Light
We surely are...








"The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”
― Carl Sagan



"You would measure time
the measureless and the immeasurable.
You would adjust your conduct
and even direct the course of your spirit
according to hours and seasons.
Of time you would make a stream
upon whose bank you would sit
and watch its flowing.
Yet the timeless in you
is aware of life’s timelessness,
And knows that yesterday
is but today’s memory
and tomorrow is today’s dream.
And that that which sings
and contemplates in you is still dwelling
within the bounds of that first moment
which scattered the stars into space."

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) 

What is History?

















What is History?

History in schoolbooks
Is an agreed-upon memory
Codified and presented
As what happened back then:
This our conventional view..

The question for us:
When will history be discovered
As a limited memory
Created by researchers' tools
Of thoughts and perceptions..

Layered and filtered to 
Appear as pictures on a page..
To simply provide stuff for 
Our dream playing on a screen
Made of  Here and Now..?






The chains of bondage that keep the slumbering God-SELF lingering in the Grand Dream shift with the rolling tide of time [also an illusion]. In one era the glamor of Kings, Queens and conquerors captures humanity’s attention, while in another adventurers and discoverers of new worlds hold the focus of the dream with equal engaging influence. Today’s heroes of the dream are entertainers, actors and entrepreneurs who literally create even deeper layers of dreaming with which to sway the SELF’s attention away from Truth. Every era highlights another phantom attraction, which pervades every phase of the great play the sleeping masses have bought into for eons. ~~John McIntosh

Stepping toward Truth


















Stepping toward Truth




"When you summon up an autobiographical memory, you engage in a kind of mental time travel. You identify your current 'remembering self' with your past 'experiencing self'—like the self that was feeling apprehensive on the first day of school. These two selves are connected, not just through a continuously existing physical body but also through a somewhat discontinuous (because interrupted by dreamless sleep) stream of consciousness. The faculty of autobiographical memory allows us to understand ourselves as beings whose existence extends over time."

Jim Holt (1954 - )

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Quelling the storm


















Quelling the storm

When we break out
From the illusion of separation
To recognize our Identity which
Exceeds birth and death..
We can then experience the
Dance of mind and world
As spontaneous dreams arising
In our expansive Identity..
This is liberation
A quelling of the storm...







Bridging inner and outer experience..Rupert Spira
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cNo7zpZq-0

Saturday, February 15, 2020

What's New?



















What's New

1.
Looking around
We see things
Some seem permanent
Others seem temporary..
All seems relative..
So what..?
What else is new..?

2.
This may be new:
Consciousness is all
With nothing outside..
Permanence is all and the
Temporary lies within.. 
And Truth be told:
Permanence  is  
Temporarily at rest...

Friday, February 14, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Underground

















Underground

Cheyenne Mountain
Contains a cavern
Artificially lighted
And built on springs
Absorbing vibrations..
To withstand attack
Of nuclear proportion..
Envisioned by finite mind
Of materialist bent
To continue living after
A catastrophic event..

The above
Are dark markings of
The separate self
As self protecting..
It is a product of failure
To see the illusion of
Separation as illusion..
Which when seen
Results in the death
From neglect..of all 
Such grandiose means
Of self protections...

(I worked in the Cheyenne Mountain
command post in my past life!)




Sounds













Sounds in progress




“If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience.”
― John Cage

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Sneeze...volition


















The Sneeze

We seem to act
Of our own volition..
Departing this place
To arrive over there..
Coffee..not tea..
Unquestioned choosing..
But does the simple sneeze
Unfurl the question:
Is there volition..?
Are all events really
Sneeze events...?





Osho...on the sneeze...
https://o-meditation.com/2020/02/09/at-the-start-of-sneezing-be-uninterruptedly-aware-osho/

You cannot sneeze voluntarily; you cannot “will” it. How can you? How helpless man is! You cannot “will” a single sneeze. Howsoever you may try, you cannot bring it out. A single sneeze – such a small thing, but you cannot will it. It is non-voluntary; volition is not needed. It does not happen because of your mind; it is because of your total organism, your total body.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Purpose


















Purpose


We assign a purpose
But there is a cost..
With said purpose
We narrow our focus
Consult a few maps
Confine our freedom
Acknowledge a self..
Allowing
Is blindfolded as we
Create our world of
Purpose..

Going  for a walk... (?)


Resources






















Resources

In life and art
There is a continuing search
For materials which our use
Will satisfy our need for 
A unique expression..
The search is often out there
Far and wide with intermediate
Frustrations that so far
Our search has been futile..
Until we Stop..and allow the
Materials to flow through
Guided by the Freedom
That choices are 
Already made...



“A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.” Jorge Luis Borges
https://www.brainpickings.org

Destiny
















Destiny

Beneath
The assumption we are free
Is a map which guides the
Comings and goings of our day..
The assumption is a message
Relaying the truth that indeed
We are free..with newly directed
Attention to ourself as Freedom..
We are startled to find we are 
Always identified by that Freedom..
And..of that map..we recognize
It appears in Freedom and 
Will  apparently continue to 
Map our dream..now known
As a dream...





It is only when one steps off the wheel of conditioning/karma in full Awareness of the SELF They Really Are that that this destiny ceases to govern the experience of the SELF in that body. Even then, the body has its own destiny, but the SELF no longer attempts to interfere as it did while IT was ‘trapped’ in the many masks of a personal identity nor is IT molested by it.~~John McIntosh

Friday, February 7, 2020

Anger

















Anger

surrounded and penetrated
by glowing Awareness..anger
is righteous and serves
to right apparent wrongs..

when anger is unleashed
with cloaked Awareness
we meet with suffering
extending the dream..

nevertheless
all is Awareness whether
Awareness acts as anger
or we suffer to waken...

Ollie





















Ollie

I remember him
On the white rail
Tasting the breeze
From the faraway ocean
And the sun's warmth..
We risked allowing him
These moments of wonder
This foretaste of what
Has now become
His Home...

(Ollie...Wendell's and Sylvia's
18 year cat, who passed away..)


Sylvia Coon

8:59 AM (6 hours ago)
to me
Comforting words
Peaceful photo 
Happy memories
Appreciated 
🌈💕

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Freedom







Freedom 

This is a
 Recognition
Of a priority
Which is not a priority
Or a sequence which
Is not a sequence..

 Recognizing our
Self as not locked
In the grip of time
And of space
Brings the Freedom
We all seek..

Allowing Freedom
To act freely to 
Declaw illusory
Beginnings and
Endings...





Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Waves






















Waves

To the surfer
The wave requires
Her immediate attention..
To balance forces
Which may result in
Swimming not surfing..

Each morning we arise
To catch a wave..
Wishing that we might
Ride the crest today..
Some days it seems so
But others no..

Then the Recognition
Perhaps when crestfallen
We notice the enormity
Of the ocean within which our
Ocean-wave claims attention..
And at last..we are Free... 




Thought for the day....... “We do not ‘come into’ this world. We come out of it as leaves from a tree. As the ocean ‘waves,’ the universe ‘peoples.’” Alan Watts

Monday, February 3, 2020

Whatever Arises..

















Whatever Arises

Whatever arises
In this writing is
What might arise..
Meanwhile Emptiness 
Swallows concerns for
Finding new words
Arising in the same
Emptiness..
Reminding us
That you and I can
Remain joyfully and
Indefinitely in
This Free and Open
Emptiness..which
We Are...




"You can’t do anything because you can’t do what you already are. You are the light, which allows creation to be. Look, it is happening right here, right now, in everything that’s taking place for you. Simply let it be there…no questions, no judgments, no wish to change anything or make it better.
Fall in love with this. Fall in love with it intimately, and everything else will “emerge". And don’t stay fixed with one thing. Let whatever arises come to the forefront and fall away back into emptiness.”
~~Tony Parsons

Sunday, February 2, 2020

A few words strung together (with David Whyte)

















A few words strung together

Recall our stirrings
Awaiting the signals
From where we know not
To lace together
The disparities
Of our perceiving..
Disparities may be faint
Or of pounding fury..
Yet the lines must reflect
How disparities dissolve
In our eternal sea...


“The poet lives and writes at the frontier between deep internal experience and the revelations of the outer world. There is no going back for the poet once this frontier has been reached; a new territory is visible and what has been said cannot be unsaid. The discipline of poetry is in overhearing yourself say difficult truths from which it is impossible to retreat. Poetry is a break for freedom. In a sense all poems are good; all poems are an emblem of courage and the attempt to say the unsayable; but only a few are able to speak to something universal yet personal and distinct at the same time; to create a door through which others can walk into what previously seemed unobtainable realms, in the passage of a few short lines.”
― David Whyte






David Whyte: A lyrical bridge between past, present and future/TED Talk
https://www.ted.com/talks/david_whyte_a_lyrical_bridge_between_past_present_and_future?fbclid=IwAR2KGfTxLOpI2qJsSGeaRpbI3dYgPD9KOQUiSYUFv0q3vZ-o0wJoae1tGOg

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Reputation






















Reputation

An image of ourself
Concocted in separation
An egoic portrait..
Which always needs
Support and protection
From those who might
Hold another image..

An endless task
As the ego finds its
Arsenal of images for
Thrust and parry..
Thus..bondage links in
Chains of reputation..until
Our image Resurrects...

"I" ...























"I" ...

This is your name
And mine..
With reflection 
We might see that
The fullness which
Seems to fill us
With sorrows and joys
Does not exceed the
Endless extensions of

"I" ...





Neither I, nor some other "I," needs to tell you,
you who are also I.
Just as when you fall asleep,
you leave the presence of yourself
to enter another presence of yourself.
You hear something from yourself
and imagine that someone else
has secretly spoken to you in a dream.
But you are not a single "you,"
my friend----you are the wide sky and the deep sea.
Your awesome "You," which is nine hundredfold,
is where a hundred of your you's will drown.”
~ Rumi