Make Space For the Beloved

Let all this knowing and awareness
Fall into the temple of the heart
And there, let the clarity of our seeing
Begin a process of cleansing
So that we meet all the demons and shadows
All the toxic beliefs and imaginations
And allow them to return to source

The purifying of the heart is a kind of emptying
In which, without knowing how or why,
The more empty it is
The more filled it becomes with the beloved

It is possible to shift
From being self centered
To being beloved centered
Without becoming religious
It has nothing to do with beliefs

Make space within your heart
And the beloved will move in.

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Mystery of the Deep

I will meet you
When you have fallen
Down there in the dark
I won’t try and pull you up
Or change anything
I will simply sit in silence with you
And listen to the empty fullness
Underneath the eternal sky
If words arise they will be met
With the kind of presence that heals
A presence that has no ownership

When there is no attempt to change anything
But instead there is a meeting in the deepest presence
Things change by themselves
Such is the mystery of the deep.

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Bear the Unbearable in Stillness

Bear the unbearable feelings
The tortuous emotions
The primal anger
And the deep knots of fear
Without doing anything
Make no attempt to fix or change
No movement away from or towards
Don’t do anything
Just be there

There is a great art in being
It comes from deep within
And has its roots in silence
Everyone can discover it
It is not a special state
It is a natural state

The first step is to develop a great willingness
To simply be, even as the noise resounds
And to fall into an ever deeper stillness
Stillness lets everything be as it is
And there is its unique power
Just letting everything be as it is
The acceptance of things that have been
And things to come
Without the mind’s need to fix or change

What incredible power we have
Hidden from ourselves by mind’s tenacious grip on us.

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At Home – Turn Off and Go Inside

Here we are, all at home
There are moments of hope
And periods of despair
Fear and anxiety punctuate the day
Frustration and anger rise
Waves of confusion
Some are triggered into behavior
They mostly avoid
And often regret
Yet still it persists, day upon day,
Those who dare plug into the news
May instantly wish they hadn’t
For it seems as though it’s
The blind leading the blind

All I can say is
Don’t be strong, be true
When you feel angry, be it
But don’t take it out on anyone
If waves of despair crash upon you
Drown for a while
It’s no ones fault that you will ever find
Feel it all fully, and let it wash through you
Hold on to nothing
It could be the cleansing you need
Don’t try and be happy
Just be how you are
This is your chance to go deeper
And if you feel nothing
Or do nothing
That’s ok as well
Turn off the news and go inside
This could be when you find out
Who you really are, what makes you tick
What you really believe, what you fear
And what you truly want.

Here we are at home.

The Great Adventure of Surrender

A great adventure awaits the one willing to surrender
For in surrender the you you think you are
Begins to slowly dissolve

You start to surrender parts of yourself
Not to some thing outside yourself
But to life itself, to your direct experience
At first this may be a huge insult to the ego
But if that is also surrendered,
In fact whatever is experienced is surrendered
What ever is thought or imagined is surrendered
A great and beautiful dissolvement happens

And you will fall further inside yourself
You will meet challenge upon challenge
But each encounter will forge you
And each surrender will deepen you

Until there is nothing more to surrender
And then a deep stillness and peace arises
And you become the silent heartbeat of the world

If there is a key to freedom, it is surrender.

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Enter This Moment Empty

What does this moment have to teach us
We who are so full of ourselves
Who arrive everywhere filled to the brim
The moment can only teach those who are empty

If we are full where is the room for anything new?

The wisdom and intelligence of this moment
Cannot compete with the fullness of self
It’s a different kind of intelligence
It can only be heard from emptiness

And so to really hear, to really be able
To receive the deepest wisdom this moment
Has to offer us, in its vastness and eternal depth
We must enter this moment naked and empty

The moment has everything to teach us
But our task must be the seemingly arduous one
Of emptying and not filling up again.

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The Stillness Within

Staying open while all around
Fall into closure and reactivity
Is like being the eye in the storm
Or the peace in the deepest ocean
While the waves thrash around

Like the zen master
Who sits silently
Even as his own thoughts
Live and then die

If we can find that stillness within
Not through force but surrender
Nothing much will bother us again
And that is a boon to this high drama world

The world will not stop its movement
But we have the capacity
To offer it our stillness.

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Release the Mind

To sit in the emptiness of it all
Wordless. Silent. Present.
Without trying to understand
No rationalizing or strategizing
No attempt to fix anything
Or make it wrong, or right
All argument with life finished
At least for this brief time
Just listening from openness, as openness
Almost passive yet fully alive
What a gift
What a moment of peaceful union

We are tyrannized by our own thinking
As though the mind were a machine
That, once switched on, will only turn off
At death

The need for mastery of mind
By seeing its incessant nature
Its relentless mechanism
Is a boon to the human experience
We can do this by releasing it
And realizing it is not who we are

We are wordless, silent, present.

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