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.

it is like a prismatic covering
shifting kaleidoscope
over the soft grounds
of our Being.

the conditioned mind then becomes vexed by belief:
– in contraction, subordination, separation –
and yet upon touching the unmistakeable,
the sheet of maya can be seen through

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.

first, we come together as seeming-beings, closer and then further apart like magnets that can’t decide upon their polarity. relationships begin and end, friendships can turn to betrayal or vanish to the spectre of time, and all our connections serve to tell us mainly of the impermanence of it all – even of our deepest loves and intimacies. the only constant is this life-affirming reminder of our ultimate independence, of our detached sovereignty as Consciousness and as its Expressions.

Life is a lesson in loving detachment – for the goal of Life is not in Life, it is in Consciousness, it is in the discovery that what we long for cannot, finally, be found in this world; and yet, it cannot be missed. it is what we are. we belong to the self, even as life brings us inexorably together and apart.

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

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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.

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.

the flame of consciousness’ being

the infinite contains no fragments.
it is one entirety, one seamless, indivisible whole…
knowing itself, conscious of itself, made only of itself.
to know this as our true nature is freedom.

there is no hierarchy in Being,
there is only perfect equanimity and equality.

when we know that we share the same consciousness,
everything else becomes less important.
at some point, we celebrate our differences
and bond over this,
our common reality.

simply being what you are is enough.
no need to get lost in the myriad and endless ways of becoming
for what could you ever become other than what you already are.

you can rest, here and now, as Peaceful Presence.

it may take some time
upon the recognition of consciousness’ universality
for an individual body and mind
to become a creative expression of happiness –
but it’s inevitable,
the process can be surrendered to,
the bell has been struck,
and all unhappiness has its expiry date.

at some point,
all form
is blown out
like a candle
by the wind of reality…

and the true flame of
consciousness’ being
outshines all its
seeming shadows.

the happiness of our nature

the belief that happiness lives in the future – in some hard-to-imagine result of work and effort or in the result of discovering the perfect relationship or state of mind, for example – is a deep and predominant current of thinking in our culture. it is amplified, perhaps, by the belief in some happy past, whenever things were aligned and perfect and innocent. it makes no difference whether we look for happiness in the past or future – that’s not where it exists.

the belief that happiness is not available here, now, in all conditions and situations – that happiness is anything other than the experience of Being divested of belief – keeps us stuck on an endless hamster wheel. we remain searching, fruitlessly, for the thing which we can never truly leave, no matter how hard we try.

the substance, or reality, of life is happiness itself. that is the fundamental discovery of all spiritual traditions and it awaits us at any moment we truly open ourselves to a new possibility: that these little body/minds that we perceive are not us – they appear in us, they are made of us, and they are known by us, the one infinite consciousness that perceives them in every moment…that we are in fact the singular, indivisible, indestructible Reality of life, Consciousness, and our nature is the Peace and Happiness that every seemingly limited being seeks in their activities (and eventually finds, one way or the other).

what is the route to this discovery? to investigate, without cease, and without ulterior motive (other than a love of the truth), the nature of our experience, and the nature of the consciousness that perceives. a genuine love of truth is like a guarantee – and it cannot be manufactured. it’s mysterious in that way.

at some point we realize that we perceive our body, we perceive our mind, we perceive the senses – and so ‘we’ cannot be found there. we see that we are whatever it is that is perceiving, and so we can never lose ourself. and if we are open to it, we realize at some point that whatever is perceiving has no objective limitation – it is free from all perceived experience, independent from the momentary movements of all life – and its very nature is the Peace and Happiness and Love we have always sought.

after this fundamental discovery takes place, the realignment of our life begins, from a new vantage point: instead of frantically seeking a distant happiness in all realms, we begin to express the happiness we feel as our known nature, as our reality, and as our only real love.