Monday, February 29, 2016

self-realization is the greatest service you can give to the world...

" I was then in an infinite ocean of pure being that was aware of nothing other than itself.
The nescience of sleep was lost forever. I am now that screen of consciousness on which this endless shadow-play of the world is going on, with a shadow body carrying the label N. R. K. actively engaged in singing the five hymns on Arunachala and Ramana by turns. It has now made this record of its sojourn on earth. In due course this screen and all its contents will disappear into the one Self that stands alone as pure Awareness-Being."
The Power of the Presence, part 1
"...and there was Light..."

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

what is bluer then blue, and truer than True?

"There is no such thing as an absolutely True thought.
This doesn’t mean that some thoughts are not truer than others, only that no thought is absolutely True.
What IS is what’s happening before you have a thought about it.Notice the difference between what your mind thinks about this moment, and this moment as it is before you have any thought about it."
- Adyashanti

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

the importance of solitude...

"Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life. 
Solitude begins with a time and a place for God and God only."
~ Henri Nouwen

Monday, February 15, 2016

what is now is real...

photo source: facebook page of Let Life Be

"Things and thoughts 
have been changing 
all the time.
But the feeling 
that what is now is real 
has never changed,
even in dream."

from I Am That
Chapter 3

Sunday, February 14, 2016

cultivate a willingness to live this moment as keenly as possible...

Siesta Key Beach, Fla.
"The core of our being, the most 
treasured part of our existence, 
is a contemplative life - 
a life lived in awareness 
of the divinity within. The challenge 
of maintaining this awareness
 is to sit openhanded to receive all that comes.
 It is not possible to hold on to one thought,
 memory, or idea and continue the contemplative journey. 
It requires a willingness to live this moment as keenly as possible, always aware of the many dimensions of now. Staying openhanded, treasuring but not grasping, is critical to the contemplative stance."
(Without permission I changed a few words to adapt it from the personal to impersonal - "my" to "our", and then from the impersonal to the personal "the divine" to "divinity within".)

Monday, February 8, 2016

superimpositions on the screen of reality vs reality

you may say, 
is the screen of reality 
and all of the images 
of the whole universe 
are superimpositions 
on the screen of reality."
-Robert Adams, 

 from Silence of the Heart

Sunday, February 7, 2016

plant spirit...

 - Pablo Amaringo

Fern - Watercolor Painting

"Every tree, every plant, has a spirit.
People may say that the plant has no mind.
 I tell them that the plant is alive & conscious.
A plant may not talk, but there is a spirit
 in it that is conscious, that sees everything, 
which is the soul of the plant, its essence, 
what makes it alive. The channels through 
which the water & sap move 
are the veins of the spirit." 

Fern Watercolor painting by MaiAutumn on etsy

Saturday, February 6, 2016

find the Light within - use your breath to come Home...

"Our struggles make us seek enlightenment from those around us and the stars above. However, it is when we uncover the light within that we finally illuminate a path once enshrouded by our false sense of incompleteness." ~Dodinsky
Akahi Ricardo - youtube interview with Ethann Fox on AAE tv

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I AM prior to my story...

I Am I Am I Am by Sylvia Plath

~ Byron Katie
"When I walk into a room, 
I know that everyone in it loves me.
I just don’t expect them to realize it yet.
For me, reality is God, because it rules.
Personalities don’t love—they want something.
You are what exists before all stories. 
You are what remains 
when the story is understood."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Living Lightly - the power of the feminine principle...

Come on in...the Light is fine!!!
 Message from the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers:
"As you move through these changing times... be easy on yourself and be easy on one another. You are at the beginning of something new. You are learning a new way of being. You will find that you are working less in the yang modes that you are used to.
You will stop working so hard at getting from point A to point B the way you have in the past, but instead, will spend more time experiencing yourself in the whole, and your place in it.
Instead of traveling to a goal out there, you will voyage deeper into yourself. Your mother's grandmother knew how to do this. Your ancestors from long ago knew how to do this. They knew the power of the feminine principle... and because you carry their DNA in your body, this wisdom and this way of being is within you.
Call on it. Call it up. Invite your ancestors in. As the yang based habits and the decaying institutions on our planet begin to crumble, look up. A breeze is stirring. Feel the sun on your wings."
sourced: maria.broom facebook page 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

create your sacred space...

Zafu Meditation Cushion
"The beginning of having a sustainable 
and overflowing spiritual life is having 
a devotional time and place. We create 
a sacred place where we worship. 
Create your own sacred space where 
you can have your morning devotions"
~ Bob Holmes


Monday, February 1, 2016

law of attraction - by Rumi...

Sit. Let Love come to you.
"When I run after what I think I want,
my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety;
if I sit in my own place of patience,
what I need flows to me, and without pain.
From this I understand that
what I want also wants me,
is looking for me and attracting me.
There is a great secret here
for anyone who can grasp it.

Pink Meditation Cushion - Zafu