The Existential Abyss of Freedom

Yes, you must recognize your aloneness
And fall into the existential void
Yes, it may be terrifying
And bring you face to face with all that has been avoided
Yes, you will meet meaninglessness
And be forced to become intimate with death
But this is not the end of you
Only the end of the dream of you
There is a big difference
This dream we imagine to be so real
Must be seen all the way
Not sort of, some of the way,
But all the way
And only then will it be fully released
And therein lies the peace and equanimity
It is powerful, it takes willingness and great courage
But I have not met one person
Who does not have the capacity to do it.

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Dance of Courtship

It is simple
Each of us is a moth
The flame we circle
Carries within it
The freedom we seek
But we must fly around
And around and around
In an ecstatic dance
Of courtship
Before the moment,
When the dance is at its wildest,
We yield to the inevitable
Pull of that burning

God is us, the flame, the freedom
And the dance of courtship.

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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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.

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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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Calm Amidst the Storm

Let not the outer turbulence
Become the inner turbulence
But instead search for the stillness
Deep inside the heart
Way beyond all external phenomena
It is there always
Yet when the storm rages
We are sucked in and forget the truth

You are not the raging storm my friend
You are the peace inside the storm
The stillness at the center of the movement

You are not just the phenomena
You are that out of which phenomena arises

Your peace, stillness and equanimity
Are the most valuable gift
You can offer the world now.

Image by Briam Cute from Pixabay

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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The Innocent Presence of a Child

Each one of us was once
A master of innocent presence
A zen master
Born awake and enlightened
We didn’t have to seek it or do inquiry
No meditation necessary
Simply a natural awareness
That required no effort
And with no attempt to hide it
Or to explain it

And upon that innocent presence
Was built a structure called you

At first it seemed so solid
But as time brought experience
It became unstable
And a longing arose from within

For something more
Something more than this structure

But more will not ever happen
More is an illusion

Only less will bring what is being longed for
A seeing through the structure that was built
And a celebrated return to innocent presence

For the zen master is still in there waiting
That which is true never dies
But may be covered up by that which is false
Remove what is covering the light
And there it is.

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