an embraced multitude of Self-perceived form

Listen to the world beyond name and form, and you will hear its quiet song –
as it sings to us, before it ever speaks of limits, of that invisible, infinite unknown…
Presence, Animator, unseen and unheard, is what we are, what Life is, the only Being that could be;
and its animation, life’s temporal creation, the infinite motion of That Which Is Free.

that which presents itself here in this world, the shifting mirage of seeming-to-be, is but Being’s embraced multitude of its own Self-perceived forms. it is an expansion out from an infinitesimal point, unthinkable by mind. no projection or mentation could accurately represent the source of itself; however, all projections and mentations are only, ultimately, their source-reality in myriad motion. it is the dance of the invisible, known to itself by itself: for this Knowing is what is truly primordial to all experience. it is pure Being – it is what is.

reality belongs to no realizer, there is no one to understand. the seeming personal development of spiritual knowledge (even if such a thing were possible) would be completely illusory – everything, always, is impersonal. there is no Buddha to be or become or sit like or to make friends with. there is only reality, and its events belong only to itself. this may seem challenging for the mind which is always looking for security in identity, but there is great joy in seeing the total impersonality of all arisings. there is no separation nor division, nor could there ever be from You, Your Self, Absolute Consciousness.

present moment perception seems divisible into world (perception) and mind (viewer location) – but all we know of mind, world, perceptions is objective. a collection of mentations seen from a personal POV, aka a mind, is completely perceived – therefore it cannot be the subject, only the medium through which the true subject perceives. world-and-mind (and body) are all on the same side of the equation: perceived mind-stuff. however, that which perceives all mind-stuff is consciousness, and where are its limitations? it is infinite, embracing and perceiving all its objects. an object cannot be known other than in Impersonal Knowing, other than as Impersonal Knowing, other than with Impersonal Knowing. consciousness is real, and verifiably so – it is experientially a-priori to know that we are conscious (‘prior to’ any mental projection or position or state). reality is conscious (as no thought, sensation, or sense percept has the ability to perceive). Awareness is real; reality is aware; there is only awareness. the seeming subdivision of awareness into constituent parts is mind-made (and body implied). first, somehow, we have a glimpse that our nature is infinite presence-awareness, then our mind is realigned along this new pathway, then our body is colonized in its feeling, then sense perception is seen as our Self too, then our actions and relationships are realigned in harmony. (it doesn’t happen in any one order, but for the sake of clarity it could be elucidated in this way). but, that is all from the perspective of mind! eventually all formulation, cogitation, mentation, projection, thought, word, concept-image must be offered to infinite silence – and nothing remains but peace and joy and any some-such impersonal arisings seen in celebration.

peace and happiness are the non-phenomenal experience of Being which streams through and into the phenomenal realm, rekindling the fire of enthusiasm. the experience of Peace and the experience of Consciousness are indistinguishable, as well as inexhaustible, for they are both words for the nature of what is. we share the same Peace nature, whether it is seemingly veiled by mind-stuff and body-stuff – or not. 

the path to the unveiling of natural Peace is to inquire into the nature of experience until the beliefs that generate psychological suffering are seen-through. a clue, always, is in what we mean by ‘consciousness’ and how, for instance, we think of ‘reality’ different than our ‘self’. 

suffering leads to investigation, leads to inquiry, leads to abidance-meditation, leads to expression. 

all the while, nothing truly changes to that which is.

nothing that disappears is lost

nothing that arises lasts;
but nothing that disappears is lost –
for there is only one substance in reality,
that of Awareness itself.

if there were more than one substance,
there would be more than one reality,
because the substance of the thing is the reality of the thing,
when you boil it down to its essence.

that there is only one reality cannot be proven through words
(though if there were more, would they not arise in a greater One?)
however, it is a suggestion to explore, to investigate, to muse over,
and to follow this deep intuition and enthusiasm,
that leads to openness, and to the possibility that –

everything and nothing,
formlessness and form,
Being and Existence,
are never opposed,
and always not-two.

our reality is unstained by separation:
there is no possibility of separate selves.
separation is simply a suggestion provided by a weary mind
collapsed under the weight of a simple conditioned belief.

in terms of That Which Has No Opposite,
we can but offer a word to the experience,
and a word is a pale object indeed
compared to what it stands for.

maya’s kaleidoscope

the dream of our self-made illusion
spreads out high and wide
over the mystic cover of night-thought,
to the farthest corners of the sublimated mind.

and yet upon touching the unmistakeable,
the sheath of maya is seen

as the mighty charade of a cosmic love-dance…

there is nothing but Reality with which Reality could pretend to veil itself;
– and so –
there is nothing but Reality with which Reality could attempt to find itself.

seek not your Self with your Self;
simply know your Self as all that is True.

and in the clear seeing
that you are what you seek,
the cataclysm of the spiritual search
begins to resolve itself
back to peaceful ash,
now ready to flit alongside the motion of the wind,
it’s only flightpath, the joy of the soul.

for even the deepest contraction has not the power to shift one iota in the ever-present sands of your depth. consciousness is your base, your core, your reality, your home.

underneath all concepts lies an undisturbed truth:
we share the very same Being.

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true welcoming

welcoming is not something a mind can practice,
it is a word that takes us through its doorway into harmony with life,
it is an attribute of consciousness.

in a moment of genuine welcoming
of all the elements of our experience,
the totality of that which appears to us,
we are grounding ourselves in the reality of our Being,
even if unknowingly at first.

there may be a great softening of the edges of things
when the mind realizes there is nothing to fight,
when the body realizes there is safety in this welcoming presence,
when the world ceases to seem alienating and strange.

there may be a deep relaxation which leads effortlessly towards stillness and silence.
all that’s required is to genuinely welcome this
whatever perceptions are here right now.

we can still say ‘No’
we can still think
we can still consider the past and future
we can still get involved in political issues (or whatever)

there is no bypass because in the true welcoming of consciousness
all our experiences are met as they are
without the agenda of assumptions about the way things ought to be

a moment of welcoming
is a moment of innocence

the doorway is always open

we are really this imperturbable, infinite welcoming presence
and to welcome is to remember again our natural stance
towards the life we have emanated out of our stillness

being and growth

reality is perfection already
it is self-knowing infinity,
peerless, singular, universal:

the cosmos that knows,
and that cannot not-know,
is a conscious one-ness…
it’s only rule: to Be.

the objects that we can know
through these, our extremely limited
vehicles-of-perception –
bodies, minds, worlds,
sensations, thoughts, sense perceptions –

always evolving, changing, growing…

and can move ever-towards the creative expression of their essence.

the key is in the upward momentum found thru this aligning with consciousness…

reality never grows or changes
and for that reason it is absolute,
the welcoming Mother of All –

but its vehicles from the source –
objects gross and subtle,
like human bodies and minds,
can grow in transparency, creativity and individual gifts
when they are bound no longer by the pre-tense of belief,
and slowly point back, a little more readily, to where they came.

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and I think too,
as I ponder this more
that there really is something
to leaning into the edge of experiencing –
which means, for me, now, feeling the moment
without the readying assumptions of the thinking-mind
and allowing the body to be the guide to a life informed by Being.

welcoming safety

in Presence is our unconditional safety.

it is a safety
that is not dependent
on any activity,
on any cessation,
on any movement or stillness.

it is a safety
that doesn’t come and go,
unlike all the temporal experiences
dreamed within the infinite subject.

this safety
is the warm embrace
of a loving reality
as she welcomes all things,
without judgment,
without pre-tense and
without reserve.

whenever we feel alone in a cold universe,
sad and unhappy or cynical and afraid,
we are playing a game of hide and seek with God.
it’s a rigged game: she already knows all our best hiding spots!

since one of her great joys is to rediscover herself again,
she plays along like a generous mother,
until, at some point, we grow tired of this game,
and dissolve into the arms of reality.

we don’t have to play that one anymore.

in fact, the whole game –
the hiding, the seeking, the finding, the dissolving,
is just a moment’s glint in the eye of the real…
our nature remains, always unperturbed.

if we could only stop for a moment
and recognize that this conscious presence
embraces us, holds us, creates us and sustains us,
that there has never been any separation in the history of Reality –
then our anxieties and frustrations would dissolve.

we would welcome back the experience of natural safety
that has been waiting for us all along.

true strength is not an egocentric force of personal will:
it is the primordial confidence that we are what we are,
and it could never be otherwise.

this is the true meaning of faith,
found in the safety of an ever-welcoming reality.