Monday, April 29, 2013

The play of the beloved and her use of particles of love to create the world…

There is a moment as we transition out of the dream state and into waking reality that offers a special opportunity to explore the nature of awareness, of what we are, of the unique ways that particles of love are starting to take shape as a new day. Our habitual, familiar sense of self has not yet crystallized: we do not know if we are awakened or not, enlightened or not, a spiritual person or not – these dreams have not yet formed. The story of me has yet to be told. In these moments which are truly out of time, it is only us and the beloved; it is her realm, her garden, her environment, and remains outside the rules of conventional life. Inside this mandala there is no ground or support for egoic process; it is not dictated by our hopes, dreams, and fantasies. Becoming familiar with this very lucid area of consciousness allows us to get a behind-the-scenes look of how it is the beloved uses particles of love to create the relative world.   

In this dimension of experience, things are so vulnerable, so sensitive, so raw, so naked, so groundless – we are in the unknown, unsure of what it is we really want, what is moving within us. What will the day bring? Will we allow another fully into our hearts? Will we allow ourselves to be touched and transformed by whatever appears? How deeply will we meet that which arrives on this new day? Will our old friend anxiety come for tea? Will our faithful companion fear ask to join? Will our long lost acquaintance shame arrive for a reunion? Will we resist the temptation to turn from our old friends, to spiritualize them away, to dishonor their gifts through our habitual need to be in some state other than the one that has been given? Discrimination between “higher” consciousness and “lower” consciousness does not arise here; we see that love, that awareness, has no bias for wisdom or neurosis – for, when flooded with awareness, they are revealed to be the same substance. Can we remain radically embodied, staying excruciatingly close, profoundly intimate, outrageously kind, toward all aspects of self who arrive as special guests from beyond?

There is a part of us that knows that in such a meeting something will be shattered. Our images? Our dreams? Our hopes? Our strategies to avoid the risk of relatedness? Our spiritual fantasies? Our ways of hiding out from the burning fires of true intimacy? Our unconscious ways of using the spiritual journey to create ground for egoic process? The unbearable truth of the groundless and unresolvable nature of the field of grace that is this messy human life? Alongside this most sacred reassembling, it seems we are also simultaneously becoming aware of a call from beyond, whispering to us that in this shattering something will be reborn, reconstituted out of the dust-heap of the broken pieces of our tender hearts and faded dreams. Maybe it was only love after all, taking whatever form required to re-introduce us to ourselves. Perhaps it was all orchestrated and set-up by the beloved from the start, flooded with her fragrance from the very beginning; in these tender moments between the worlds, we remain in awe at how her body and her speech and her activity and her egolessness give birth to this universe. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Healing Pulse free music download

Friends, enjoy this free download I put together for Sounds True, featuring inspiring and and expansive music for healing, relaxation, and contemplation from our friends Deva Premal, Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur, Glen Velez, Kimba Arem, John de Kadt, Singh Kaur, and Riley Lee.

Download The Healing Pulse now

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sacred disorientation

It can be quite disorienting – and also tremendously liberating – when we come to an embodied, experiential knowing that there is *nothing* in actuality which corresponds precisely to our ideas and concepts. Even our most precious spiritual beliefs are not able to touch or to hold reality, for it is just too vast, too intelligent, too creative. At first, this realization can be so shocking, and we can be plunged into the unknown in a way that can be destabilizing. But as this experience becomes integrated, over some time, in a very somatically-oriented way, we might come to feel at home in this groundlessness; we can become so touched by it, so moved, we notice that we care so much about those around us, about this precious opportunity that we’ve been given. We allow ourselves to be filled with profound sadness at times, to be excruciatingly vulnerable, to be so broken open in response to the majesty that has taken form here.

We see so clearly that this human experience is an empty, luminous, groundless holding environment of love; that something is happening here that is a total mystery; everything that appears to these miracle-senses is a special form of grace, is the raging, intelligent, creative expression of the sacred world. For just a moment, we know so intimately, as if the knowing is inside of each and every cell of this beating heart, that love is the substance of this universe and this body – and we are left in awe at just how precious this opportunity is. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Noah Licata… solo classical piano performance in Boulder Saturday, May 4

Friends, I wanted to invite you, your family, and friends to enjoy an afternoon of classical music with pianist, Noah Licata, where he will perform works by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart and Prokofiev. 

The concert will take place on Saturday, May 4th, at The Boulder Piano Gallery, at 3111 Walnut St., Boulder 80301. He will begin at 1:00 p.m. and play for a full hour.

A suggested donation of $10/person, $25/family or whatever amount you are open to giving will be greatly appreciated. Half of the donations will go to Parlando School for the Arts, a non-profit organization committed to unifying the community through the universal language of music and the arts, and where Noah has been taking lessons since the Fall of 2010.

A small reception will follow immediately after Noah's performance.

Thank you for supporting Noah in his music, and we look forward to seeing you next weekend!

Here is a video of Noah (as a little one) performing Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu:

And a more recent performance, of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, and Prokofiev’s Diabolical Suggestion:


And Chopin's √Čtude in E Major Opus 10 No. 3: