Fear and Fearlessness

One has to be very discerning with fear, to really look at it as clearly as possible, to explore what reality it really has, to whom, and to be open to how much of that fear is being created by the imagination running away into future possibilities.

Fear can easily become a runaway train unless it is seen clearly, and that seeing may allow whatever message it actually has to be conveyed.

But unexamined fear is a wild fire that spreads quickly and easily, depending on how potent the kindling is.

To be fearless doesn’t mean there is no fear, it means that whatever fear is there is realized as being an illusion of the conditioned self. It means fear is seen, valued, held and allowed, but not given unnecessary weight or power.

You cannot fight fear, but you can take the charge out of it by seeing it and acknowledging it. If a child is freaking out with panic you wouldn’t say, ‘OK take over the driving seat of the car,’ so why give fear the driving seat of your life?

That is what I mean, it must be seen clearly to discover its truth or not.

Fear is not the problem. Giving our allegiance to fear is the problem.

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Dive Deep and Fly High

If you cannot reach deep into your soul
You will not be able to soar into the heavens
And we were made for both

To try and live in the middle world
Imagining it is safe is illusory
For its safety is a kind of death
Death by limitation and ignorance

We were born to dive into the deepest
And fly into the highest
And do not believe those
Who try and persuade you otherwise.

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Battle or Surrender

The world of experience
This phenomenal display
We imagine we understand
But get so wrong

Will either drive us mad
Or drive us deep inside ourselves
The same world
Will taunt and tease us into battle
Or invite us into surrender

What makes one person wise
And another ignorant?
What makes one learn from life
And another endlessly fight with it?

No one knows what fate is
No one knows what karma is
All we really have is this, here, now
An opportunity for deepening
Or the perpetuation of our struggle

The most dangerous thing about life
Is thinking we understand it.

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The Carpet

I’m not going to lie to you
I’m only interested in stirring your heart
So that everything trapped in it falls out

I’m not going to pretend
Or feed your mind lots of spiritual truisms
I want what’s beyond your thinking

I’m not going to present you with an argument
Or persuade you of anything
I want to ignite your inner fire
So that it burns up what is no longer needed

I can’t offer you any method or path
All I can do is lay this carpet of beauty out
In the hope that you will jump on
And fly into the mystery of the unchartered and unknown

There are secrets within each of us yet to be discovered
The majesty of the universe is contained behind those doors
I’m trying to offer you the key to unlock them.

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The Path of Beauty

The reservoir of grief
Held back by the dam of denial
Burst its banks one day
And what poured forth was rage

Those who knew about such matters
Had predicted it would happen
For it is the natural law
That says ‘What is suppressed
Will eventually make its way to the surface,’

The spring of joy finally bubbles up to the surface
After passing through the darkness
Where rocks squeeze together
Creating create pressure

The path of beauty is discovered
Through the embracing of suffering
Not the turning away from it.

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INNER MASTERY

Become a master of your inner world
There is no choice
It is either this endeavor or else
A constant clawing at experience
To give you something you think you need
To fill a hole you imagine you have

Only the pursuit of inner mastery can bring peace
Meaning the deepest wisdom and insight
Into your beliefs and preconceptions
Into your wounds and grievances
Into what triggers you and why
And into your relationship with the world

Become a master of your inner world
For if you are not master
Something else, or someone else, is
And your life is not your own

It might be that this inner mastery
Is the only true power we have
To know our selves deeply
Is to know the world
And the world we think of as outside us
Stops being our enemy
And starts becoming our beloved

This inner mastery does not happen by accident
It happens through endeavor and willingness
It happens through inquiry and humility
Through opening the heart when it feels closed
And meeting all the demons and ghosts
That have haunted us for years

It is not an end result but an going journey
With no destination but deeper

No one can do this but you
It is your own free will.

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Trying to Swim Without Water

When I discovered my self
I fell in love

You can never fix the personality
Or become perfect
There will always be flaws
Even broken parts and scars

But way below and far beyond
The small but grandiose self

Is something radiantly unbroken
A kind of neutral benevolence
Eternal and magnificent
Able to hold all of us

To discover that place
Is the end of inner conflict
And all attempts at perfection

It is the start of the deepest love affair
With your self
And with existence

Without that awareness
We are like fish
Trying to swim
Without water.

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