Our wonderful friend and spiritual companion, the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, speaks beautifully about the greatest present of all: your living Presence.
Enjoy and Blessings on these special days!
Recorded at the Sounds True “Body and Mind are One” retreat in Colorado in the summer of 2011. There is something about Thich Nhat Hanh’s presence that just allows for an outpouring of mindfulness, love, kindness, and compassion.
This past Thursday I enjoyed a massage (an early Christmas present from my wife) by a very gifted therapist. She is adept at moving energy in my body in a very deep way. During the session I had a transcendental and transformative experience. Immediately after the session I put down as much as I could in words. Here it is:
The Universe in Person
Stars joined in the fiery union of cosmic intercourse
Their tremendous energies intermingling and embracing each other.
Out of the immensity of this explosion of joy many new celestial bodies were born, one of them Terra.
So much churning and flexing – spouting eruptions as it grew and took shape
Vast and deep oceans, massive mighty peaks, pulsating life in jungles and streams: the stage was set.
The following is a very enlightening excerpt from “The Nature of Personal Reality” by Jane Roberts in cooperation with Seth, pages 11, 12:
“Basically you create your experience through your beliefs about yourself and the nature of reality. Another way to understand this is to realize that you create your experiences through your expectations. Your feeling-tones are your emotional attitudes toward yourself and life in general, and these generally govern the large areas of experience. Continue reading →
When I first heard the words “spirit man” I perked my ears. It was almost twenty months ago that a message was given to me: “The person I know in my soul, I am. I am not the person I think I am with this body-mind. I know him. It’s OK for me to be the spirit-man I have held within my since earliest times.” Continue reading →
Visitor: How can my mind be still if I have to use it more than other people? I want to go into solitude and renounce my headmaster’s work. Ramana: No. You may remain where you are and go on with the work. What is the undercurrent which vivifies the mind, enables it to do all this work? It is the Self. So that is the real source of your activity. Simply be aware of it during your work and do not forget it. Contemplate in the background of your mind even whilst working. To do that, do not hurry, take your own time. Keep the remembrance of your real nature alive, even while working, and avoid haste which causes you to forget. Be deliberate. Practice meditation to still the mind and cause it to become aware of its true relationship to the Self which supports it. Do not imagine it is you who are doing the work. Think that it is the underlying current which is doing it. Identify yourself with the current. If you work unhurriedly, recollectedly, your work or service need not be a hindrance.
This is an excerpt from David Godman’s book, “Ramana Maharshi – Be As You Are”, p. 130
Then when there is this total emptiness, when there is absolutely and literally nothing, no influence, no value, no frontier, no word, then in that total stillness of time-space, there is that which is unnameable.
“If we practice religion properly, or genuinely, religion is not something outside but in our hearts. The essence of any religion is good heart. Sometimes I call love and compassion a universal religion. This is my religion. Complicated philosophy, this and that, sometimes create more trouble and problems. If these sophisticated philosophies are useful for the development of good heart, then good: use them fully. If these complicated philosophies or systems become an obstacle to a good heart then better to leave them. This is what I feel.”