all is one

at no point in time or space (or that which is beyond it) has there ever been a multiplicity of realities. we have this deep intuition within our bones: we know, somehow, the interconnectedness of all things within the scope of Life’s singularity. one life, one love, one being, one reality. what is less obvious, perhaps, is that the perceiving consciousness, which cannot be removed from experience, is an inexhaustible and fundamental element of this unifying reality. we know the universe is one, but somehow we manage to ignore the fact that We are that one, too. it is a belief about consciousness, an irrational and superimposed tying-in of the subject of experience with certain objective elements that present themselves.

we are consciousness – we are that which is aware of our experience. when we think ‘I am the body’ or ‘I am this feeling’ we are really thinking ‘consciousness is limited to the body’ or ‘consciousness is limited to this feeling’; and this assumption is irrational. why would the consciousness perceiving our experience be limited to a body or a feeling? what could a body-feeling tell us about consciousness? it only tells us about the content of consciousness, i.e. in that moment, what we are aware of, but consciousness itself always remains independent. nothing that is perceived can tell us anything about the perceiver – no object tells us anything about consciousness. independence and freedom come from the same understanding – that consciousness is not subject to the dream of its creation.

there is only one reality and it is a conscious reality. it is not a body that is aware, it is not a mind that is aware, it is not a world that is aware – it is reality itself, eternally aware, conscious, and absolute. simply discern that you are conscious of your experience – and see that the nature of this consciousness you are is the one universal reality.

nothing needs to be done

nothing needs to be done
there is infinite peace already…

we simply have to notice
that in some ill-advised moment
we have made an assumption
about the nature of things
that continues to haunt us
until we bring it to the light.

the assumption is simple
but its ramifications run deep –
into the systems of thinking in the mind,
into the habits of feeling in the body,
into the patterns of interacting with others,
into the make of our everyday life.

it only takes one moment of openness
to realize that Presence has always been here…
but it takes sometimes a lot of love,
a lot of time and a lot of life,
to allow that Presence to infiltrate every realm.

We are that Presence at every moment,
but to understand and feel that,
even in the midst of life’s full effulgence,
can be a challenge.

nothing needs to be done,
there is infinite peace already…

and the infinite calls us at each moment,
even through the alleged troubles we face;
until the troubles are outshined by a grace
that cannot be perturbed in its perfection.

Past Those Palace Walls

even in those times when we have no choice
but to offer our humble lot to the Above,
when we are undone by life’s firm grasp in
that way she shakes us free from what we are not –
could it be that this too is perfect?

there and wins and then there are losses
our lives tend to flow between the two
but some become so distracted by winning
never seeing in fact, past those palace walls,
that true Freedom only comes from loss –

the loss of everything you took to be you.

this is not a somber loss, it’s only the mind that thinks it must be so –
firmly attached as it is to the belief to be separate from the hand that holds:
it is a loss and yet the deepest gain – a gain of nothing, really, but what a nothingness,
the nothingness of divine peace and an opening to Love within.

it comes when we put down the heavy load we’ve been carrying
when we finally surrender our love to nothing but the truth –
all these judgments and resentments and projections and frustrations
must be thrown into the sacrificial fire and burnt to ash
we’ve only held onto them because we are afraid to stop complaining!

life does not punish but rather she is forced to give us tough love
she’s not sentimental – why would she care about those precious feelings –
she wants us to release ourselves into and as the wide open and nothing less,
to stop pretending to do everything ourselves in the face of all she does for us…

so, let’s not worship at the foot of Frustration,
pretending like we are justified in a revolt against Life –
it is simply arrogance to believe that life has wronged us,
when she gives us every opportunity to drop the pretence and Be.

at some point we must recognize that our prayers are answered
at any moment we stop fighting, and let Life pierce our heart open to love;
it’s not about having a bowed head, it’s about saying ‘Yes!’
and getting out of Her way for once.

we have to recognize that suffering comes when we fight against the universe
it is the reminder that we have shelled ourselves away from Her.
peace and love is our nature, begging for us to let them in –
and if you fight the universe – who do you think will win?

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The Tree

Green,
some of them –
made of oak or pine,
our watchful neighbours,
titans of the forest or on streetlines.
tell, have you ever really looked at a tree:
watched how it grows and yet stands still
what I wouldn’t give to become treelike
a tree has nothing to apologize for!
it insists only on its being itself
on growing into its full stead
without asserting dominant
nor hiding from the day
it is a simple thing
as far as I know
but it’s strong
and gentle
like the
earth
on
some
cool
days
when
your
feet
touch
dirt
and
you
know
this
life
is
perfect.