Mind Bows Down

You cannot work it out with your mind
Because it is not conceptual

You must live it fully from your heart
Because it is in the visceral reality, the lived experience,
That the natural intelligence comes

When the heart is finally purged of its trauma
And released from its captivity
Even the mind bows down
And offers itself in service.

Everything is One Thing

I stopped trying to save the world
And instead looked into my own true nature

I discovered my true nature
And saw the world is a dream of the imagination

My heart burst open as I saw the suffering
And out of me poured the kind of love
That heals belief in separation
The love was not mine
But seemed to be coming through me
Its origin I know not

All things became one thing
And I understood what service is
I gave myself to that.

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Heart Holding it All

You are an exquisite being of light
Consciousness manifested as form
Squeezed into matter
The eternal AND a five sense feeler
You are the vast and the limited
The unconditional and the conditioned

Don’t sacrifice one for the other
Don’t fight with your own self
Neither turn your back on your humanness

You must find a way
To be in the world
But not of the world

Feet in the soil
Head in the universe
Heart holding it all together.

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Presence

To be able to stay
Silent and still
Watching the mechanism
Of one’s own mind
As it projects its desires
Onto the world
As it seeks to choose
One over another
This over that
Right over wrong
Good over bad
Or bad over good

To be able to see this
Is the end of one’s lostness
In duality

This is the great freedom we seek
But it can only be discovered
When the seeking itself is seen

It is the work of a lifetime.

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The Curious Game of Duality

Everyone is connected to everything
Yet each one feels entirely separate
What madness does duality bring
To deceive us so convincingly
It is an unfathomable mystery
That horrifies and delights
As though a curious game were being played
And when you realize the truth
The game is over
And true living begins
Not two but one.

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Become the Open Sky

In this temporal life
Is it possible
To be so like the sky
And just allow all the clouds
Everything kind of weather
To come, do its thing, and then go
Without grasping at the cloudless days
Or the calm days, or the blissful days

There is a way
Indeed, we must pursue this way,
Or else be swallowed up and dominated
By the weather

But to become the open sky
Means to let go of all attachment
That the clouds bring
I don’t mean to become cold and uncaring
But to become so wide, so free and open,
That everything can just arrive, do its thing, and then go

I don’t say this lightly, and I don’t say it’s easy
I don’t say it’s an absolute space
And I advise caution to believe gurus or teachers
When they proclaim they have fully arrived there

To open like the sky is a new relationship
It requires vigilance and tenderness
Effort and no effort
Insight and resolve

We are breaking the habits and conditioning of a lifetime
It takes courage and forgiveness
And a warriors patience.

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Duality Itself Is Unreal

Today, see duality
With great discernment
But don’t believe it to be truth
Stay resolutely as love
No matter what
It seems almost impossible
Because duality is so convincing
But then, so is virtual reality

We are in strange times
Stay as the wholeness of love
There is insurmountable power
In this one simple decision.

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The Separate Becomes Whole in You

I will not offer solutions
To your existential or real life dilemmas
Nor will I offer you
Spiritual isms
That may satisfy the mind
But leave the heart aching
I won’t promise an easy path
I can’t say there is a painless life ahead
And I definitely cannot say the outside world will change

But I am saying, when you stop turning away,
When you cease running, or avoiding, or even explaining
When your stories lose their meaning and power
And you have the strength and vulnerability
To turn and meet your own demons
Your own imagination
The sorrow of suffering
The pain of distortion
The deceit of the world
And the incessant nature of mind

Something happens that changes everything
As though, by and by,
You fall into a slip stream of natural intelligence
That brings depth, wisdom, grace
And acceptance of your experience
And the world

And the unbearable becomes bearable
The broken becomes unbroken
The separate becomes whole
And the unloved and unlovable
Become love and loved

This is the journey.

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An Embodied Truth Called Love

Listen, if the heart does not open
There has been no real awakening
Only understanding
And understanding is not enough
It’s only part of the picture

It’s when understanding falls into
The heart’s chamber
And meet’s life’s wounds and sorrows
That transformation happens

All the understanding in the world
Does not transform you
First you may understand
But then you must drown

Soak yourself in that understanding
Let it flood into your life
Like a cleansing river
There will be pain and tears
And grief and rage
Regret and shame
And even terror
Welcome all these
For they are your doorways
To an unconditional place
And once truly released
All that understanding
Will be lived as an embodied truth
Called LOVE.

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Unconditional Embrace

Our conflict is between
Our own divisive nature
And our innate truth as union

We arise from union
And learn the ways of division
Conditioned to separation and identity
We forget our true nature

But true happiness and peace
Cannot be found in division
Cannot be found in form, identity
Or anything temporary

Without the greater context
Of our deeper truth as consciousness
We are lost in this identification
And thus we fight
With ourselves and each other

Only by knowing ourselves
By deepening our wisdom
And seeing ourselves in each other
And treating each being and creature
As sacred and the same as us
Can we hope to resolve this conflict

That is the task of the new warrior
To hold existence lightly
With tenderness and kindness
To hold duality, identity and form
In unconditional embrace
Knowing we are not that
But living it fully.

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