Sunday, November 3, 2013

Leave Everything Alone

"The advice is to leave everything alone.
Don't even try to figure anything out
and it will figure itself out.

Just 'close shop'; close up business in a way.
Bring everything into that space
and rest in that neutrality."

Here in the West, we seem to always be busy "doing". We get caught up in doing things to feel better, to get healthier, to make money, to learn things, and on and on.   

All this is fine, but everything that we can achieve will pass away. Everything we can create will disappear in time. 
Only awareness remains unchanged.  

But how does one realize perfect peace… bliss… enlightenment? How does one become established in what is unchanging? How do we realize our true identity?

In a recent satsang in St.Petersberg, 
Mooji gave the answer to this question….

Awareness remains unchanged.  
That is truth.
That is God.
That is the timeless.
That is WHO we are.
Wearing the garment of time;
for this season, called a lifetime…
it has always been like this.
Don't be afraid!
WHO you are can never perish!

While there is time… find the timeless!
While the body is warm… recognize the eternal.
You don't have to leave this room…
you don't have to go anywhere. 
"IT" will not be "there".
"IT" is here in the core of your being.
"IT" hears these words.
The angels of your being dance with joy
to see your mind set free from delusion.
WHO resists this?
For whom is there doubt?
Introduce the doubter!

How to do this?
It's not a "doing"…
It's a recognizing.
Stay as awareness;
It's already here!

Om Shanti Shanti Om

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Shifting Reality

Muffin just resting in the Presence

The only way suffering is possible is if we are resisting
what is happening in the moment.  So simple.
The good news is that the end of suffering is within our grasp!  All it requires is for us to just "allow" what is.  That's easier said than done, only because we have so much practice at resisting everything!  Thousands of years of practice!

That's why I so much appreciate my squirrels.  They are the best teachers of just resting in the way it is. They never try to be something they're not. They are always reliably themselves and therefore content. What's their secret?

The thing about little squirrels is this...  their mind is free and without concern.  They do not experience themselves as separate from their world. They go with the flow. And they don't dwell in the past or worry about the future.  They are totally present in the now! 

So the next time you are stressed out,  
here's something you can play with:

1. Stop and take a deep breath. 
2. Ask yourself what point of view is causing your suffering.
3. Take that point of view and put it on the shelf for now.
4. Take another breath and stop thinking.
5. Look around you and find one thing you are thankful for.
Good Job!...
Now here's where you get to stretch your imagination:
6. Take the point of view that stressed you out and see if you can find one thing that's good about it.  

Now the mind is going to fight you on this... it wants to keep seeing what's wrong with the situation. The truth is that what's wrong with the situation is just one point of view. The mind would rather be right than happy. So just for fun, let yourself explore the opposite point of view. 
Be like a child and use your imagination.  
If you can think a thought and it can stress you out, 
you can certainly think the opposite thought and let yourself relax and feel good.  And if you were a little squirrel, you wouldn't bother to think at all. You'd be too busy playing.

 Remember, suffering is NOT in the fact, but rather, in the perception of the fact.  Just notice.  When you change your point of view...  your reality shifts!  

from Nisgaradatta's  I Am That:

"The mind is what it thinks.  To make it true, think true."

"The Absolute is the birthplace of perceiving. It makes perception possible.  But too much analysis leads you nowhere. There is in you the core of being which is beyond analysis, beyond the mind. You can know it in action only.  Express it in daily life and its light will grow ever brighter.
The legitimate function of the mind is to tell you what is not.  But if you want positive knowledge,
 you must go beyond the mind."

Q. In all the universe is there one single thing of value?
A. Yes, the power of love.

 A wise little squirrel recommended this book.

Friday, February 22, 2013

It Takes Courage to Wake Up!

Do we have the courage to see all that we have created as a result of our trying to save time, gratify our senses or make more money?  Some people use one of the quotes from the bible...

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the 
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and 
over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that 
creepeth upon the earth. Gen. 1:26

and misinterpret the word 'dominion' to mean 'destroy at whim'. However, they forget all about the 6th commandment,  

         Thou shalt not kill.   Exo. 20:13

    "Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given.  But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer.  Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, and the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day."
                                              ~Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Can our mistakes be rectified? And where do we start?  Take a look at this amazing film about the devastating truth about what the ubiquitous use of plastic has done to Mother Earth....

Why is it so easy to close our eyes to the cruelty we inflict on our animal brothers and sisters? Hunting is no longer something done in order to survive... it is being done for "fun"... and is considered by the heartless, to be a "sport".  A human being's true essence is the natural state of a compassionate heart. To be separate from this birthright is a deplorable condition.  We were all created in the likeness of the Divine, but that doesn't mean that we still uphold that image!  If we truly acted from that likeness, our earth would still be the paradise it once was. 

That is why Awakening is so essential to the survival of Mother Earth and her creatures.  It really does take a flowering of the heart so that we no longer experience being "separate" from all the creatures. 
Many grassroots groups all over the planet are working hard to awaken the masses... one heart at a time.  The Oneness University in southern India,  the School for the Work of Byron Katie, and the Great Freedom teachings of Candice O'Denver are three very powerful groups that are working 'round the clock to wake up the "sleeping ones". 

And once awakened, there still is the task ahead... to rescue and rehabilitate our Mother Earth and all her children. 

      "Before enlightenment: "Chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water."

Music is definitely another major tool for global awakening as demonstrated with Playing For Change's "ONE LOVE" ~ 

Perhaps the music of the awakened ones will help move the planet in the right direction... Just listen to Matt Phillips as he sings his amazing song, "Little Frog":

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Suffering Is Optional

  It's common for people to claim that they are suffering from a "broken" heart. Perhaps a lover leaves, a son dies, a cherished pet makes their transition. Regardless of the circumstances, if you really look at that statement and inquire, you will see that it falls apart... ie. it's just not possible.  Test it for yourself.  Go back in time to when you believed this to be true for you and locate that feeling inside.  Your heart was broken... is that true?  You might say, "well, it sure feels that way!".  It feels that way because you believe it. Belief is what makes something out of nothing. 
   Now just for a moment, in the midst of this uncomfortable feeling, just be there without the thought.  Just be there, relaxed, without focussing your attention on anything.  Are you OK?  Of course!  Everything is just fine.
  If you really look at the times when you are suffering, what's really going on is you just don't like what's on your plate in the moment.  That's all that suffering is... a resistance to what is. You are not getting your way!  
   But how else could we realize that God is everything, God is good, if we didn't get the chance to experience everything!  Maybe the problem is not in what's happening.
Maybe the problem is in labeling what's happening! This is good... this is bad.... I like this... this really sucks... and on and on.

   Test it for yourself. For just one day... don't label anything.  Don't label or describe a feeling or emotion, a sensation in your body, or any thought that floats in.  Just notice it and let it be there. Experience it without describing it. Just rest in the spaciousness that is always present: the awareness that includes everything. 
   If you really follow this practice, you will find out that what happens to us doesn't make us suffer, but rather our perception of what happens results in suffering.  With the story,  there's suffering, and without the story, no suffering!
   Here's Mooji's answer to the question: "What can I do to fix a broken heart?" ~  

Who are you without your story of suffering?
Just love.