days of miracle and wonder

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Paul Simon – The Boy in the Bubble

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My Comment:

This song by Paul Simon from 1986 expresses what the Zen Master Linji (died 866 CE) is telling us, namely that all that we see going on in the world outside and inside of us is one dance which in his terminology is ‘the dharma’.  We cannot grasp it through names and words. Listen to Paul Simon and allow the spirit of this song to transport you into that place where you look in awe and wonder at the strange and amazing things that pass before your eyes. Stay rooted in your deeper faith in the final ‘All-Rightness” of this existence. 

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affectionate solidarity

Flowering Fruit Tree

Flowering Fruit Tree – Photo Alia

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I have known that affectionate solidarity with the people around me and the Universe at large – also the sense of the world’s fundamental All-Rightness, in spite of pain, death, and bereavement.

Aldous Huxley

 

My Comment:

This statement by Aldous Huxley is found in the wonderful biography by his wife, Laura Archera Huxley: This Timeless Moment (p. 312). It sums up the spirit that Huxley came to embody and exemplify throughout his life. The spirit that I experience as the basic attitude of many here in this community that Alia and I live in is akin to this. Continue reading

the wisdom of our body

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What is Somatic Meditation?


Introduction – by Reggie Ray

Somatic Meditation takes our body as the fundamental arena of meditation practice. Rather than trying to develop meditation through our our left-brain, thinking mind in a “top-down” process, as is the case with most contemporary approaches, Somatic Meditation involves a bottom-up process, wherein we connect with the inherent, self-existing wakefulness that is already present within the body itself.

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duality – unicity

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Duality arises when consciousness arises. I am present and I know that I am present – that is duality. I am and I am not conscious of being present – that is unicity. There is only one, but when this conscious presence is there, then there is a sense of duality.

source: PDF Nisargadatta, Prior to Consciousness, December 9, 1980

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My Comment:

Consciousness emerges and a sense of duality is there. Can I recede in consciousness to the point of emergence, which is the emergence of the sense of “I” or “me”? Continue reading

the false notion

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“Leave off the false notion and perceive intuitively the Real.”

Ramana

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My Comment:

In this short exchange between Ramana Maharshi and a visitor what strikes me is Ramana’s encouragement to “perceive intuitively the Real.” This makes it clear that the Real is not to be found within the realm of thought. He asks us to “leave off the false notion” – what is the false notion? It does turn our whole world upside down to even consider that what we believe to be reality is actually nothing more than a ‘false notion’. Elsewhere (in the Forty Verses on Reality) he says succinctly: “We timeless spaceless Being alone are”. Thus, all of our notions of time, of space, of multiplicity, of I and you and he and she, of we and they are false notions. Continue reading

the first thing… David Whyte

 

David Whyte - descent to troutbeck

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My Comment:

How easily do we miss this very first step, this step of ‘no step’ – of stepping back and turning around to meet ourself. How quickly does our mind – that is the accumulation of memories of the past – Velcro on to the ‘need to please’ and the urge to be acknowledged and accepted by those we perceive as being ‘others’?

This is David Whyte’s meditation on that first step, which is the last step:

START CLOSE IN

Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take. Continue reading

pure state between existence and non-existence

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“when mind is void matter is alright”

Han Shan

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My Comment:

This statement: “the eternal Self, the light of lights which lies between the two ideas of existence and non-existence”, asks us to focus on that very subtle sense of the substratum of all existence AND, it states further, the substratum also of non-existence. For most of us to have a felt-sense of ‘non-existence’ is very unusual, to say the least, and sounds to our mind like a strong paradox. How am I to have a felt-sense of anything ‘outside of’ that which is part of that WHICH IS, which we call ‘existence’?
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activism meets mysticism

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“Vision enters into them and courses their veins until it is fully embodied.”

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This statement brings to mind Ramana’s statement that in an awakened one (jnani) “some power acts through his body and uses his body to get the work done” One becomes more and more a willing instrument for ‘God’s will’ as some might say. Continue reading

the trance

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Q: Then it is only idea – that which I can create and control?

Ramana: Everything is like that.

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My Comment:
In this dialog with a visitor Ramana touches upon several points that emphasize the nature of what we see as ‘the world’. We often hear that all of existence is actually a holographic projection, but who is the projector? Here as well, Ramana concludes that the essential question is “Who is the seer?” Continue reading