Monday, March 1, 2021
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Conversations display variations seeming as
Splitting wholeness..prismatic they are..joyful
Prismatically..without attachment.. as
Wholeness appears as glorious variety..
However..there is the attachment thing..the golden calf
Hiding the whole..hatching rancor and stomach knots..
World history thus resuming in each conversation..
All of this seems so..until we kinda back away:
Prismatic joy and golden calf..a storied split..
Are still wholeness appearing as this and that..
Thursday, February 25, 2021
We start with word1 and word2..
Word1 points to that beyond explanation
Word2 embraces many qualities..to get along..
Knowing only word2 is our conventional way..
Word2 people are often disgruntled..scrambling
For a better word..in seeming promising places..
But alas..they find no better word..it seems
Word2 will have to do..until a whisper in a
Cloud of frustration retorts: your search is
For word1..but heed this: your freedom is:
Word1 being word2...
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The conspiracy bent..
Lives seem twisted and separations canyons..
Apocalyptic schedules have passed disappointing..
Family dysfunctions rampant and searing..
The suffering implodes..strong triggers are these
Begging the discovery of..simply appearance..the
Passing of jagged dark stories..which have
Managed to transport to oily blackness..
Invitations issued for a nighttime dance...
Seem as embedded beliefs
Hijacking the owner from
Not unlike a religious belief
Wedded to a proscriptive plan
Provided institutionally with
All appearances these..as
Nothing at all..coming home...
In Washington, rioters, inflamed by unfounded allegations of a stolen election, had stormed the Capitol leaving five dead and triggering the impeachment of a president. Far from Washington, the falsehoods that had whipped so many into a frenzy were wreaking a different sort of chaos; one that was tearing families apart.
Family members spoke of their loved ones as if they were cult members or drug addicts, sucked in by social media companies and self-serving politicians who warped their views of reality. They begged and bargained with parents and partners to put down their phones for just a few days in the hope that the spell might be interrupted and they might return to their old selves.
A woman in Chattanooga, Tenn., was just days away from moving out of the house she and her partner bought five years earlier. “I feel like I’m in a twisted black mirror episode that’s lasting WAY too long,” she wrote. “I feel hopeless that we will ever get back to the beautiful life we shared in our lovely home.”
A woman in Palm Beach, Fla., had gone two weeks without speaking to her mother and was starting to wonder if the rift was irreparable. “I grieve for her every day as if she is dead,” she wrote.
A teenager in Annapolis, Md., worried that she no longer “knew” her father. “I’ve come to the breaking point,” she confessed. “My heart goes out to everyone else in this situation. It really sucks.”
Tyler, alone in his bedroom, read many of the new posts, hoping that they would help him make sense of his mother’s beliefs. Sometimes it felt as if every conversation with his mom and her new husband circled back to Trump-related conspiracies.
~~The Washington Post
Monday, February 22, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Some words of praise of Tony’s message written by Richard Harris. Thank you Mr. Harris! 🙂
“Throughout history of mankind’s search for the eternal truth there has emerged, every so often, a revolutionary and radical message that has transformed our whole perception of what it means to be alive.
Just such an event is happening in our midst at this time, and again it will only be heard by a few.
This living, vital communication is readily available. Its brilliant simplicity illuminates all that went before. Its essence is interwoven through the finer threads of every scripture but is overlaid with the dogma of the mind…and yet the boundlessness and vibrancy of its dynamic sweeps away all attachment to tradition, lineage and hierarchy.
Everything else today that purports to being a ‘spiritual teaching’ is absolutely not what is being communicated out of this perception. Even the recent abundance of so-called Advaita and ‘non-dual’ teachings are almost all still making a compromise with the seeker. They teeter on the edge of infinity looking for a way in. This message stands inevitably alone and apart, whenever and wherever it is communicated, and when it is really heard the fundamental and uncompromising difference is inherently recognized!
So here is a treasure in our midst, ready to be rediscovered. Here is the cup ready to be drunk. But, in the rediscovery we lose the seeking, we lose the dream, we lose all hope which is ourselves and what is left is priceless freedom!”
the one appearing as two
nothing appearing as everything
the absolute appearing as the particular
emptiness appearing as fullness
the uncaused appearing as the caused
unicity appearing as separation
subject appearing as object
the singular appearing as plurality
the impersonal appearing as the personal
the unknown appearing as the known
It is silence sounding and stillness moving
and these words appearing as pointers to the wordless
…and yet nothing is happening
Monday, February 15, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
A cold day..this Valentines Day..
5 degrees with some added chill..
But we are warm..the fireplace burns
A time to remember our lengthening
Journey..a journey of children and
Voices..and words not said..but even
Those words live as my Love..which
Is undiminished and will remain
I love you, Diane..
And Billy and Benny..
And Miss Towhee..
Friday, February 12, 2021
Are they ours..?
With the assumption of separation
An easy Yes is said along with
A strange brief glance..
But if we remove the assumption
This illusory assumption
The uneasy thinker finds
A crumbling identity..
Frightened and joyful..and
Free..as thoughts visit from
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
"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. ~
"Nothing is born but a thought believed, and nothing dies but that thought once realized, and eventually you come to understand that the thought was never born in the first place. I don’t see anyone as alive, since all beings are within me and are only as “I” see them to be.
If you think that bodies die, they die—in your world. In my world, bodies can’t be born anywhere but in the mind. How can what was never born die? That’s not possible, except in the imagination of the hypnotized, innocent believer.
All somethings are nothing, since they’re all imagined, and “nothing” is equal to “something.” Does anything matter? Yes, to the ego. But the fact that the ego believes it doesn’t make it real.
Once you realize that you’re no one, you’re thrilled that nothing matters. There’s so much freedom in that! The whole slate is wiped clean at every moment. It means that every new moment is a new beginning, where anything is possible. You also realize that the turnaround for that statement is equally true: everything matters. That’s just as thrilling as its opposite."
---Byron Katie, from her book “A Mind At Home With Itself”
Sunday, February 7, 2021
The myth of objective perception is that we can become unbiased witnesses to all that appears and in so doing know what is really true. The goal is to find some detached vantage point from which to see the world, observe its machinations, and understand it. Unfortunately, as quantum physicists discovered almost 100 years ago, the very act of observation cannot be separated from what is observed. We are embedded within what appears and cannot find a separate place to stand or a separate thing to observe.
The seeming alternative to such a way of knowing is the spiritual path, the process of inquiry and deep reflection that leads to an irrefutable understanding that what we are, our true nature, is only a manifestation of the very same energy that animates all that is, whether we call it consciousness or awareness, Self, God or Brahman. Yet the quandary we face is that it is simply our minds, our own thought processes and brain, that give us this perception, hence any idea about the meaning of our most profound feelings and perceptions remains a subjective interpretation based solely on our thoughts and beliefs.
As Ana tells us, there is no way to stand outside of life to study it and know it, nor is there any way to glean some ultimate truth from purely subjective experience. All we have are interpretations that turn into beliefs, but all they reveal is the way we seem to see the world and ourselves. What is simply is, and life remains beautifully and perfectly immune to our theories and concepts, which are no more than dust blowing in the wind.
You appear only in my mind. You are a character in the only reality I know and it is as real as a movie. You do not exist except as the actor playing a part on a stage in the theater of my mind's eye, because there is no other place. If there was someone out there, I would never know them, and they would never know me. I can imagine I am a character in your movie, and if everyone is only a character in everyone's else’s mind, are there even minds at all? Where are you in relation to any one else that appears? Where is the real you? Is there any one there at all?
Words appear on a screen, perhaps some AI simulation for all I can tell, but I feel no more real than my thoughts. I call them “mine,” but cannot locate their source any more than I can find the origin to “your” thoughts, and even “thought” is a concept that seems to divide something indivisible. There is no edge to what is, no borders or boundaries; all that appears exists within this seamlessness and only language creates the illusion of separation.
There are no places, no people, no things at all, and yet all that appears dances like a story in a fairy tale written in a language no one can ever read. Other people are as real as my reflection in a hall of mirrors; they are all me and there is no me. As the famous guru said when she was asked how she knew that what she said was true, “What fun!”
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Is a rallying cry
A legal defense
Unassailable except for
The proverbial fire..
Let's look again..
It appears that the one
Oh so often..claiming
This freedom..alas is not
Really free..but is trying
To extract freedom from
That of another..leaving
The quandary of speech
Issuing from Freedom...
This seems to be happening..
Emptiness folds and crinkles
Creasing itself into what seems to
Be in view..listing these few:
A quiet path with only birds
A heated controversy on a bench
An esoteric conjecture..
These creases..rise and fall
All apparently creasing what is
Friday, February 5, 2021
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
It seems as if all thoughts create a story, even the story about seeing the story. I would never say there is one right way to interpret or express this, as there is no one who could know such a thing, and I do receive comments noticing that some posts I share contradict other speakers I have posted. It seems here that hearing various reflections of the story, that is itself beautifully elusive and undefined in words, seems both to write the story and at the same time point to that freedom beyond the words. ~~Miranda Warren
Saturday, January 30, 2021
The "I" word..
The most common word in every language
For centuries has stood for the person reading these words..
Sages are known to possess a much larger I..but the
Secret..that you and I might claim an expanded
Version..has found its home only on fringes..hiding a
Reckless bounteous Freedom..yet..there are those who
In desperate times..found the Joy of this delicious word..
But..alas..have settled for a mirrored image..reflected
Most clearly on their driver's licenses...
‘I’ stands for indivisible, infinite, intimate and innocent. It is the substance of all experience.~~Rupert Spira
“The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.”
~Laozi, Tao Te Ching.
Friday, January 29, 2021
Appearance w/o an Opposite..
We observe today with expectation
In that stretch of the future..
But in a new time..as time is exposed
Oppositions are also exposed..and the
Seamless sounds..quivering and revealing:
Nothing at all..
Springs from the separation thing
Which says that we need improve
In this life..so not to be recycled..or
Leastwise recycled in a more
So..apparently..we need go back to
That separation thing..and excavate..
Unearth our illusion..putting an end to
The Karma thing...
Thought for the day....... “There seem to be two kinds of searchers: those who seek to make their ego something other than it is, i.e. holy, happy, unselfish (as though you could make a fish unfish), and those who understand that all such attempts are just gesticulation and play-acting, that there is only one thing that can be done, which is to disidentify themselves with the ego, by realizing its unreality, and by becoming aware of their eternal identity with pure being.” Wei Wu Wei
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Daily walking and taking photos during this pandemic, has been for me
a fulfilling experience. The kind of walks I enjoyed most are sometimes
called a "Saunter," that is, slowing down, removing a destination, and
allowing a spontaneity in the discovery of new photo possibilities. I
learned there is nothing I observe out there that is unimportant,
which made the same walk always somehow different. The use of the
camera on my iPhone, with several amazing photo apps, allowed much
surprising variation and combination. All in All..these walks revealed
that Amazing Grace appears as every-thing...
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
A preliminary incitement
Ignited the chaos..featuring
Sharpness and compression and
Macabre hilarity.. penetrating Our
Heart of Democracy..the wounding
We seemed to harbor.. in that
Moment..dark futures projecting..
Until a mirror revealed our darkness
Bolstered with a glimpse.. inaugurating
A Bend on our homeward road...
Is an appearance
Created from a multitude of perceptions and conceptions..
Each of the multitude arising in This..and seemingly
Integrated to be you and me.. thus birthing a new perception
And conception..which may arise with a nagging belief in
The end all of a reality of birth and death..
This story may resonate..suggesting an awakening to the
Vastness and Oneness of This..or perhaps not..
If not..new stories may arise continuing the warfare
Story of ages..affecting the body with bouts of discomfort..
New body stories arising..rearranging and disguising This..
Yet..Perfect it is for this moment...
The body is not your enemy.
The body is your best friend.
It is the litmus paper that reflects your mistaken beliefs or your correct alignment with your True Nature.
If the body is stressed and suffering from anxiety and fear it is because there is still a belief that you are a separate self.
If there is a realization of our True Nature the body becomes aligned with the Peace, Love and Joy of the Source it is appearing in.
The bodys neutrality is a sacred gift to the ego.
It is a compass to help to point you home to the Source you have mistakenly believed you left.
To use the compass correctly is not to identify with how it feels but rather to see it as a reflection of how intimate or disconnected it is with its Source.
Looking at the compass without judgment or blame orientates it to the Loving place that you are Now looking from.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
Starting with Democracy as the Light of our life as community and nation..
Democracy as Equality stands in our founding days..and point to the recognition
Of Who we are..These words..based in our Declaration..were followed by our
Constitution which was the first Limitation placed on our real Identity.
Democracy recognizes Equality as its substance..All are created equal..which
Is a stumbling block for those with a focus on the doings..the externals..which
Color our everyday lives..When the externals are found to be fleeting and illusory..
And the root of much suffering..There is a chance one might recognize Equality
As the Reality we are..Failing this recognition brings the history we have been
Taught in our schools..First the Constitution recognized these failings..Laws
Restrained lives which..living in desperation..quiet and not..so to allow a
Community known as a nation..The externals in the Constitutional beginning
Were extensive..slavery and women's status..were dark coverings of Democracy..
Our History has recorded the slow progress of removing some of these
Coverings..With setbacks..which offer lessons for the days we are now living..
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
"Doing" is resisting
What is unfolding..
The unfettered Truth is that
Unfolded appears as unfolding
But we dislike the folds..
The folds are not recognized as
And the shadow of doing
To change the folds
Takes its toll..
The price we pay...
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
God's Holding in Virus times..
God's Holding..for me..is demonstrated in several lessons..seemingly taught
by the virus. Many of us look forward to a return to quote "normal" after
this challenging period..but the virus teaches us that the normal was not sustainable,
and not for our benefit. Here are some other lessons..lessons which may not
have been as effectively taught in any other way:
We had glimpses of clean cities without fossil pollution. However, the apparent
origin of the virus in polluted places..cries out for attention to environmental
urgencies. The experience of many who were denied access to dying family members..
offers a meditation on all of Life. The very serious challenges to our democracy..
during this same time.. warn of a deterioration of respect for vital governmental
functions. Lastly...these difficult lessons.. and the accompanying fear..and the
desperate search for Answers..prompts us to turn Inward..to recognize our true
Identity..as Jesus..and many others..have elucidated over the centuries.
Some of you may be familiar with a documentary produced by Netflix, entitled
"My Octopus Teacher." The film has deeply touched many people in this
pandemic time. A good friend has seen it several times (Dan Schwartz). In the film,
a man established a loving daily relationship with an octopus over the course of a year,
which is the lifespan of this creature. Highly recommended. So...I have found it useful
to similarly consider the Virus as a teacher, and offer the following:
My Virus Teacher..
The virus has placed a focus
On our assumptions of "normal"
Normal..these were the habits
Taken for granted as they
Settled into our lives as
Benchmarks and addictions..
We so fondly remember the
Enter the virus..pushing back on
Artificial guide rails..and
Inviting our attention to..Yes
A frightening Freedom..
A Freedom forever available
With accompanying Joy..
But alas.. went unnoticed
Until the virus erased our
Habitual and imagined