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Spiritual Writing

Presence

“Where shall I look for Enlightenment?”

“Here.”

“When will it happen?”

“It is happening right now.”

“Then why don’t I experience it?”

“Because you do not look.”

“What should I look for?”

“Nothing. Just Look.”

“At what?”

“Anything your eyes alight upon.”

“Must I look in a special kind of way?”

“No. The ordinary way will do.”

“But don’t I always look the ordinary way?”

“No.”

“Whyever not?”

“Because to look you must be here. You’re mostly somewhere else.”

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Dream Mysticism

I am made of light. I am made of Stars.

Three thousand years ago, there was a human just like you and me who lived near a city surrounded by mountains. The human was studying to become a medicine man, to learn the knowledge of his ancestors, but he didn’t completely agree with everything he was learning. In his heart, he felt there must be something more.

One day, as he slept in a cave, he dreamed that he saw his own body sleeping. He came out of the cave on the night of a new moon. The sky was clear, and he could see millions of stars. Then something happened inside of him that transformed his life forever. He looked at his hands, he felt his body, and he heard his own voice say, “I am made of light; I am made of stars.”

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Daily Living Story Writing

The Normal Mind

A monk asked an ancient worthy, “What is the Way?” ancient worthy replied, “The normal mind is the Way.”

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Art Poetry Writing

When Love Beckons To You, Follow

“When love beckons to you, follow… And when his wings enfold you yield… And when he speaks to you, believe…

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself. He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant; And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.” And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night… To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; To rest at the noon hour and meditate on love’s ecstacy; To return home at eventide with gratitude; And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.”

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Daily Living This and that. Writing

Contemplating the Intention

“The secret to manifesting anything that you desire is your willingness and ability to realign yourself so that your inner world is in harmony with the power of intention. Every single modern advance that you see and take for granted was created by someone contemplating what they intended to manifest.”

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Spiritual

Duality and Non-duality

I am trying to grasp the concepts of dualism and non-dualism in spirituality. What is non-dualism? Why do things have to be either dualistic or non-dualistic? Dualism means there are not one of something, that there is an either or. Non-dualism hints at there being a one, a sameness or likeness, or could it also be defined as there being a plural three of something [such as the trinity] – no either ors. Does non-dualism hint as specifically non-pluralism? Each perspective will have their opinion.

There is no such thing as duality, yet it exists! Duality is distinction. This or that. These dichotomies mostly exist in the worldly realm, yet beyond the visible realm, in the spiritual or hidden realm these things are much more connected to each other.

What happens when people leave an urban area and let nature return? The urban area, gradually, becomes “nature” again. It was nature, all the while, as it was urban. We could say that it was returning to what it always was: nature.

Zen philosophy grasps the concept of non-dualism and might take it even further, or more literally, than most religions. “The Sutra says ‘Form is emptiness and emptiness is form.’ If you attach to those words, you might be involved in dualistic ideas: here is you, form, and here is emptiness, which you are trying to realize through your form. So ‘form is emptiness, and emptiness is form’ is still dualistic. Our teaching goes on to say ‘Form is form and emptiness is emptiness.’ Here there is no dualism.”

While some Christian based dualism might say that something is good and something else is bad, the mystics look beyond the surface and would agree that something “is”. The dichotomies are not absolute, they are living and fluid. There is possibly some good and some bad, though more importantly, there “is” and because there is an “is”, they are one and the same. The “is” is a form of being.

The yin-yang illustrates such a concept. So does Eckhart Tolle: “Seen from a higher perspective, conditions are always positive. To be more precise: they are neither positive nor negative. They are as they are. And when you live in a complete acceptance of what is — which is the only sane way to live — there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in your life anymore. There is only a higher good — which includes the ‘bad’.”

Deepak Chopra touches on non-dualism where he says “Yoga is union”, and of course union is a non-dualistic concept. “The essential purpose of yoga is the integration of all the layers of life… The word yoga is derived from Sanskrit root yuj, which means “to unite”. It is related to the word yoke. A farmer yoking two oxen to pull his plow is performing an action that hints at the essence of a spiritual experience. At it’s core, yoga means union, the union of body, mind, and soul; the union of the ego and the spirit; the union of the mundane and the divine.”

We see that Zen philosophy’s non-dualism is similar to non-attachment. To not attach to ideas is an essential practice to Zazen and also Buddhism. Each part is distinct from the other and this is what makes something not dualistic. I believe that is also what Tolle is trying to convey when he says “They are as they are.”

What do I think about this? Sometimes I prefer simplicity. Somethings are good, and then somethings are bad. Yet what a broad, dynamic perspective someone has to have to know, or to even fathom that things are sometimes connected and united as one… even though they might, on the surface, seem like opposites!

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Art Poetry Spiritual

Spiritual mystic.

I’m a spiritual mystic.

Learning, relating with the spirit.

Building spirit and community.

This is my religion.

A spiritual mystic.

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Humor Spiritual Story

The Old Woman’s Religion

A very religious-minded old woman was dissatisfied with all existing religions, so she founded one of her own.

One day a reporter, who genuinely wanted to understand her point of view, said to her, “Do you really believe, as people say you do, that no one will go to heaven except you and your housemaid?”

The old woman pondered the question and then replied, “Well, I’m not so sure of Mary.”

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Spiritual

Living the Trinity

‘The cornerstone of Christian anthropology was taken from Genesis where God says (in the plural!), “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” Christians read this as a declaration that humans were created not just in the image of God (imago dei), but also specifically as the image of the Trinity (imago trinitatis). In this sense all Christian mysticism is trinitarian, at least by implication. Many Christian mystics, however, have been explicitly trinitarian in the sense that they have made the inner relation of the three persons a focus of their teaching about how we obtain consciousness from God. Even though no created intellect can ever understand how three distinct persons are one God, the mystics have insisted that what cannot be understood can nevertheless in some way become present in the depths of consciousness.’

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Spiritual Story

The Broken Truth

‘A wonderful children’s book, Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, tells a story of how the world came to be so fragmented when it is meant to be whole and how we might put it back together again. One night, in a far-away land that “is somehow not so far away,” a truth falls from the stars. As it falls, it breaks into two pieces; one piece blazes off through the sky and the other falls straight to the ground. One day a man stumbles upon the gravity-drawn truth and finds carved on it the words, “You are loved.” It makes him feel good, so he keeps it and shares it with the people in his tribe. The thing sparkles and makes the people who have it feel warm and happy. It becomes their most prized possession, and they call it “The Truth”. Those who have the truth grow afraid of those who don’t have it, who are different. And those who don’t have it covet it. Soon people are fighting wars over the small truth, trying to capture it for themselves. A little girl who is troubled by the growing violence, greed, and destruction in her once-peaceful world goes on a journey – through the Mountains of Imagining, The River of Wondering Why, and the Forest of Find Out – to speak with Old Turtle, the wise counselor. Old turtle tells her that the Truth is broken and missing a piece, a piece that shot off in the night sky so long ago. Together they search for it and, when they find it, the little girl puts the jagged piece in her pocket and returns to her people. She tries to explain, but no one will listen or understand. Finally a raven flies the broken truth to the top of the tower, there the other piece has been ensconced for safety, and the rejoined pieces shine their full message: “You are loved / and so are they.” And the people begin to comprehend. And the earth begins to heal.’