12/6/09

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough.."


No need to climb Arunachala,
Or sit in meditation for hours a day..

No need for advanced asanas, kriyas and the mind-blowing kundalini rising..

No need for spiritual purification at all.

Nothing causes "enlightenment." There is no magic action that will "make it happen," because it is simply already the case, right here, right now.

Liberation IS. It IS, right now. And "everyone" is That.

Now, I know that there are many lovely stories of sages and gurus on mountains and "ordinary" spiritual seekers "getting it" using self-inquiry, and all the wonderful experiences I mentioned above. It's fantastic and amazing!

But none of it "causes" anything...

What you are, what I am....is simply This, right here...whatever that is. How to even describe it? Impossible and yet the stories keep comin'...

It's all so okay and lovely and crazy-making and sometimes frustratingly hopeless. What to do? There is nothing to do but be.

Notice that that is all that is ever happening. I say, "notice," but "you" can't even do that! Noticing happens....sometimes, it seems...but SEEING....hmmm, that is always happening...if we can even call it a "happening."

Sometimes language shines a bright light, and sometimes it just confuses...what to do? Listening, reading seem to happen...maybe even resonance..it's all part of the mystery play..there is no way to know what will appear next.

And yet, the stories are enjoyed, really participated in. Tears fall, anger erupts, joy and peace always present, sometimes as an undercurrent, sometimes expressed in the play... It's all so...WHAT IS....and there is something sweet about that, no matter what appears to be happening, no matter if something unpleasant seems to be happening.

If you are moved to climb that famous mountain or visit with that wonderful "teacher," - that's fantastic! It's exactly what IS at that moment. It may even seem to lead somewhere - wonderful - go for it! (as if you had a choice ;-))

Have no expectations, enjoy the experience of seeking, if that is what is happening...and then, perhaps, enjoy the experience of not seeking anymore....and see how the climbing of that mountain might still happen, in the pure joy of being, with no one doing it..

Nothing brings you to YOU, except in the story. In reality you can only be, utterly, wholly, always THIS.



24 comments:

Julian said...

When there are no mountains you feel you need to climb, you wonder what to do, but you end up doing anyway. The mountaintop experience is beautiful, but you might climb to the top and decide not to look. You might be happy just eat your sandwiches and then walk down again - who knows?
There are no words for any of this are there - nothing really to get? It can leave you feeling empty - what to do? But then, whether you are empty or not you can realise you are full, complete, all there is...and then it doesn't matter what you do.

Thanks for your communication and your quiet presence on this site.

love Julian

Mary said...

Julian,
It's a pleasure to share this with you and to read your comments. Thank you for sharing your insights.

Love,
Mary

Julian said...

Looking for the right words sometimes feels like a pain. You just want to get on and live. But a post like this makes you look within and then something comes up that helps you through an apparent stuckness. I am at a point (lets not call it a stage) when the sense of stuckness arises again and again - and I always seem to look for a way out, even if it is not to search for a way out. I suspect when/if I stop you may not hear from me again.

god bless,

julian

Svante Odmark said...

Mary, I love your unpretentious style of pointing to THIS. Reading this post brought a broad smile to my face. Seemingly a cause and effect thing, so do enjoy the story of taking my words as a compliment. :)

Love
Svante

Ghebrey said...

"Have no expectations, enjoy the experience of seeking"

Seeking happens because we don't know who we are.
There is something to know...to know what we are.
I have never enjoyed seeking because with seeking, there is suffering.

Mary said...

THank you Svante, I will! ;-))

Love,
Mary

Mary said...

Hi Ghebrey,
Thank you for visiting and commenting. I see your point. And I can only say that I enjoyed seeking when it was happening in this story, it was my passion, my favorite thing to "do."

All stories are unique! ;-))

Love,
Mary

No One In Particular said...

Hi Mary, very concise, lovely as usual. Our "blog theme" seems to be coinciding - a little meaningless delicious synchronicity, not happening at all!

Mary said...

Hi Suzanne,
Oh, really? I'm going to check out your side ;-)) It doesn't surprise me that we are on similar "pages," as I resonate so much with your message.

Thanks for stopping by and connecting!

Love,
Mary
P.S. I caught the tail end of NNH interview -wonderful as usual..

No One In Particular said...

Thanks for bearing with the webcast, Mary, it's in need of some serious editing!

Orion said...

I'm glad I checked out your blog, I just heard your interview with Scott Kiloby last night.
Thanks for pointing!

Mary said...

Hi Orion,
Thank you for visiting, I'm glad the message resonates. Thanks for reading!

Love,
Mary

Hitch said...

Hi Mary,
It is fine to read your blog, really. I see so many blogs about Self and the end of illusion and about teaching which i.m.h.o. is not possible. I have this feeling that many people seems to have “the Ah haha, recognitions” while these “events” where part of an appearance and still were being witnessed. As part of it’s story directly or within some years after their “event” people wanted to share this and perhaps this is some reason for many blog sites and meetings and talks and so on.
The reflection of Oneself and the recognition is important but is part of a process; it is not the end. After that many years to see through all concepts in daily live and experience. Because in the story timeline it cost many years to create that belief of separation it can take long time to lose all belief in each aspect and in each feeling that we were used to experience as I. The very trick of false believe in these tiny still existing structures. The ice cube in search for water. However to discover, one needs the mind and it’s structure in unfolding uncovering the obvious as pointer to fire up stick by stick. Depending on obstinacy and courage towards a full stop. It is litteral suicide of all false believes as "I" as owner that needs to be defended and protected.
The most beautiful writings can be very seductive either to write and to read. One can say that all exists as you in appearance but who is their left to claim that or to write about?
Mostly it is mind food for the reader as well for the writer. That it is not “I” that is the author is false believe and the mind candy of ego because if so there is no need for me or others to write about that what is below/beyond and out of reach of any writer. Words are like grand, grand children (quote) on it’s most as pointer where many forget the sun that makes the moon lightning. We sometimes keep looking to the fingers that are poiting to the moon but forget the the sunlight that is making it possible we even can see a moon.
Nobody can say that it’s beingness perceiving in whatever may occur. Aha so then I am nobody ? to be or not to be ? hmmm finally I cannot tell that, an “I “ eg. Ego cannot write or talk about it’s own absence. It would be prove of an owner and despite logical words and structures purely vanity. So what’s left is my vanity and therefore everybody’s vanity.

Julian said...

Dear Mary,

were you interviewed? Where can we find it?

Julianx

Mary said...

Hi Hitch,
Thank you for that thoughtful comment. I'm glad that you visited the site and shared..

Love,
Mary

Mary said...

Hi Julian,
I think there is an audio on Scott Kiloby's site that we did a while ago..not sure if I made any sense in that one ;-))

Love,
Mary

Julian said...

Thanks Mary.

I am going to have to ask you to explain this pointing to me sometime. I have little intelligence with riddles.

Orion said...

Mary,

Your interview with Scott Kiloby was very worthwhile. I really like an exchange between 2 people who are both pointing.

Julian said...

You have a lovely voice. Really lovely.There is a real dreamy quality to it. I love your description of this unknowing as kind of like being in freefall. People talk about letting go as a really courageous path, but wouldn't you agee that freefall is really more dreamy than that - its gentle? There's no future anymore but no courage required to face that. Not like walking into a dark tunnel of unknowing at all.There's also nothing extraordinary about it. It's just ordinary nothingness.

Best wishes.

Mary said...

Thank you Orion, for the kind words!

Julian,
I think freefall can be scary or gentle...each story is unique..but I just love your description of it, it really resonates with me. Thanks for sharing that, and for the compliments ;-))

Love,
Mary

Svante Odmark said...

Mary,

I just listened through parts of that audio. I love it when you at approx 16 min say that we just don't have any idea despite all this "non-duality" talking/writing spewed out... It's so very true! And the way it was said brought out such an enjoyable hearty laughter here. (Stretching those muscles between the ribs exactly where needed.) Thank you. :-D

Love
Svante

Mary said...

Thank you, Svante! I love stretching those muscles, too. ;-))

Love,
Mary

Jim Keller said...

Hi Mary...thank you for all of your posts...they really help. What helps also is to know God loves me. That sounds so old fashioned and so non nondualistic...yet This me feels the truth of it...and it appears to help so much. Enjoying and savoring this holy moment with you. Much love and many blessings! Jim.

Mary said...

Hi Jim,
Thank you for reading and getting in touch...I'm glad the words seem to resonate - right here, in this holy moment..

Love,
Mary