The Divine Light

There are times
When such a softness
Arises within me
I begin to see
The divine light
That shines in everything
Not with the mind
But with the heart’s knowing

This humbling vision
Brings such an acceptance
Of the way of things are
That all division dissolves
And everything becomes quiet and still.

– Image by ArtTower from Pixabay

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.

Image by Norbert Pietsch from Pixabay

Stand As Wholeness

Do not let the appearance
Of division in the world
Become your division
This is the time
For great resolve
To stand still in the face
Of the most tenacious illusions

And to decide, even as you fail,
To stay as wholeness
Despite the pull of the current
Despite the screams of the mob

For that wholeness
Is your holiness
And holiness has the power
To heal the illusion of division.

Image by Barbara Jackson from Pixabay

The Self That Isn’t

Once you realize
That the self
That claims ownership
Of everything you do
And everything you are
Does not really exist
You meet the great dilemma
Keep on investing at great cost
Or stop and fall into the unknown
It’s that simple
One choice keeps it all going
And one brings it
Crashing down.

– Image by Ria Sopala from Pixabay

The Light Shines By Itself

At some point there is an inner light that goes on
That never switches off
Some may call that awakening
But the word is irrelevant, it just feeds the imagination
When that light switches on
It is inevitable that it shines everywhere
It’s not that you ‘decide’ to share it
‘You’ are not deciding anything

The light just shines by itself
That is all there is to it
It is simple.

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Everyone is Buddha Now

Unleash your buddha nature
And meet all of life’s phenomena
With equanimity and compassion
There is no difference
Between you or I and the buddha
All of us have the same latent capacity
And, in these times of great disturbance,
Each of us is called to fall into our true nature
Everyone is buddha now

We live in profound times
And the old ways of thinking
Must be surrendered.

Image by Susann Mielke from Pixabay

Hold It In Sky Nature

This falling and rising
This joy and this despair
All this openness
And then some closure
Around experience
Some contraction
Carried from the past
Or even an ancient primal mechanism

That unwanted trigger
That surges through the body
Clouding the mind
Obscuring our presence

All the waves of being human
The endless stream of thoughts
Sometimes owned
Sometimes disowned
Sometimes wanted
Often unwanted

All the utter discomfort
And the resistance to what happens
The argument with life
And the constant seeking of solutions

And then the laughter, the pleasure
The relaxation, the connectedness
An appreciation of what we have
And a sense of goodness that flows through us

All this, all this and so much more
Seen and known by awareness
Held in consciousness
As the sky holds the clouds, the rain, the lightning
The birds, the butterflies and the mosquito
Yet interferes with none of them

What would we exclude if we had our way?
The discomfort? The contraction?
The sky doesn’t exclude the mosquito
Although it irritates all it touches

We must be cautious about our constant seeking
We may be hoping for a life free of discomfort
But that is a futile search
Best to open and become our sky nature
And hold it all lightly, like a feather
In the palm of our hand.

– Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay

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.

Image by Krzysiek from Pixabay

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.

Image by Devanath from Pixabay

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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