7/18/09

Effortless Being


Breathe in....
Breathe out....

That's all that is ever asked of us..
And not even that.

Notice how the benevolence that we are breathes the body, moves the body, allowing all thoughts, feelings and sensations to arise and fall away...

Notice how all of it is actually open space, swirling, vibrating in silence...

Is there anything to do? Is there anything to be?? Aren't we being lived, as Life itself....?

Effortless being - that is what we are. A soft breeze caressing a cheek...a wild storm whipping the waves... Let whatever comes, come...This is deep, safe, spontaneous Isness. No need to understand it, just being is all that is asked...

And not even that..

How loved must "we" be...?



7/16/09

"Enlightenment" Will Give You Nothing


What will enlightenment, advaita, non-duality, freedom, liberation, or seeing give you?
Absolutely nothing.

There is no gain whatsoever. How can you have more of yourself, if you are everything and nothing?

In the story of me, the "me" thinks it will gain something....like peace or freedom, etc. But if liberation is the seeing that there is no one, then who will benefit? If everything seen, imagined and experienced is YOU, what could be desired?

In the story, anything can happen. More peace, more conflict, less conflict, less peace....it matters not one bit because what you are is already complete, whole and fully THIS. We might say that WHAT IS expresses "isness," freely, in joy and in peace - and what that looks like is "everything." Oneness doesn't "give" anything to anyone, that is not possible.

So, "enlightenment" is not something new, it's simply what you are....and then if there arises the sensation and belief in a separate person with free will, so what? What could that possibly mean to YOU, the unfathomable Beingness that illuminates all? Just because there seems to be someone there, that doesn't mean there is....

And if in the story the "me" seems to drop away, has anything really changed? Are YOU any different than "before?" Sure, the story of "me" will change, that is the nature of appearances, with or without the story of "Liberation."

"But I don't know this," you might say. Oh really? What will knowing this give you that you don't already have? Who needs to know that YOU ARE? Do you want eternal peace-love-freedom-aliveness forever and ever?

Well, you can't have it because you already ARE IT. Now what? Notice how the story of me is never satisfied, the never-ending loop of "I want, I want, I want...." There is nothing wrong with this. In fact, it's beautiful....it just doesn't affect what you are, that's all. Getting what "you" want doesn't change anything about YOU.

Right here and right now, what is desired and what is given?

"Enlightenment will stop my suffering," is another statement we might make. Do you need to "get enlightened" to see right now, here, that you are not suffering? Not at all, right? It's all here, present, alive in every h-e-r-e-n-o-w.... no suffering.

This is it. This is YOU. Pure Grace.

Is that enough? ;-))


7/10/09


I cannot get out of this ocean
because the ocean is me

what drowns is an echo
of something that never swam..

instead

in the deep ocean of me,
there is only ocean-ness
flying