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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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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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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SPEAK YOUR NAME

With dignity and strength
With softness and power
With vulnerability and resolve
With conviction and purpose
With the wounds
And the pain
Without loss or gain
Without ego or shame
Without pride of having arrived
Or the feeling that you didn’t belong

But with knowing you have a place
Despite what others may have said
Or what you may have believed
Despite all the conditioning
And injustice

You are called to
SPEAK YOUR NAME
Into the world
YES I AM HERE
AND I TAKE MY PLACE
Without anyone else’s authority
Or permission or approval
That is my inalienable right
And I claim it

This is such a powerful ritual to perform.

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