Friday, February 28, 2014

At times it may appear that everything is falling apart

It's okay to give up, even for just a moment, and let go of the need to hold it all together any longer. Your sadness, your aloneness, your despair, and your longing— if you will provide these primordial friends with sanctuary inside you, you will connect with all beings everywhere. 

At times it will appear that everything is falling apart, while at other times you will feel so together. Though this may seem like bad news, you can take refuge in groundlessness as your true nature – empty of the known and what has come before, yet radiant and alive with pure love.

Rest in your true nature and give your heart to this weary world. 


Thursday, February 27, 2014

This burning is the only scripture you'll ever need

When the known crumbles away, all that remains is your burning heart. This burning is the only scripture you’ll ever need.

Receive the transmission that is flowing inside you and allow it to return you to the source. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A translucent portal into sacred wholeness

Your sadness, your loneliness, and your disappointment are not mistakes, and are not obstacles on your path. They are the path, and are translucent portals into sacred wholeness. 

The freedom you long for will never be found in the eradication of the unwanted, but only in the revelation of the wisdom and the love it carries.

Photo near the BC/ Alaska border, by Marc Adamus 


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Your embodied experience is path, not pathology

It is so natural to want to help others, especially when they are suffering, hurt, confused, or experiencing profound sadness. But are we willing to set aside the very deeply rooted tendencies to fix, change, transform, or heal them, even for a moment? Can we walk with them into the raging fire that is their present reality, exactly as it has been given, and stay attuned to their precious experience as it is unfolding?

Can we dare to see the "other" so nakedly and intimately as an authentic, unique, sacred person in their own right, moving toward wholeness and integration, rather than someone who is “depressed," "anxious," "lost in their ego," or someone who has fallen apart, a total mess, stuck in traumatic response, bipolar, passive-aggressive, schizophrenic, or even insane?

Let us hold the hand of our friend and go directly into the darkness with them, if that is what love is asking, willing for our hearts to be shattered and put back together with them, over and over and over again. Let us allow the other to matter so much we cry deeply with them, we join them in their sadness, we get on their side, we do whatever we can so when they look into our eyes they feel us fully with them. Perhaps for the first time, they are actually seen by another human being, the way they organize their experience is held, and the way they make meaning of their life is contacted and shared. 

Let us join with them and with the entire phenomenal world in proclaiming that no mistake has been made, that they are not broken, flawed, or a project which needs fixing. To see together that all states of mind are utterly workable, intelligent, and that their experience, exactly as it is, is of the nature of primordial wisdom and sanity. Let us see once and for all that sadness, grief, depression, and rage are not pathology, but path.

To the degree we are able to stay with the intensity within—cradling our own sadness, despair, hopelessness, depression, and fear—it is to this degree that we will be able to touch and hold another, setting aside the need to fix, cure, or heal them, and remain as a sanctuary of space, holding, and kindness. It is by way of this sanctuary that love is able to find safe passage in this world. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

There is so much space for all of you

When we sit in the alive here and now, without any expectations, hopes, dreams, or fears that our present experience will change or transform, love is able to enter, and we cut the momentum of lifetimes of abandoning present embodied experience. 

It is possible that each and every day for the rest of your life, sadness may come, anxiety may arise, grief may pay a visit, and aloneness may color your world. But you can come to see, in a very embodied way, that the love and freedom you are longing for do not depend in any way on the mere presence or absence of these visitors.  For suffering can only remain in the arguing with reality as it is. There is so much space for all of you. 

You may come to discover that freedom is never found from but only in - there is no freedom from sadness, but only freedom in sadness. When you see that there could never be any obstacle to love, one world dies and another emerges. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Let yourself be astonished

“The seeker should not stop until he finds. When he does find, he will be disturbed. After being disturbed, he will be astonished. Then he will reign over everything.” These words, said by Jesus, open the great Gospel of Thomas.

Will you consider for a moment that things here are not as they seem? That what you actually are is utterly sacred? That this world, your senses, your feelings, your emotions, your body – that these are revelations of unprecedented grace?

Inside your confusion, in the center of your anxiety, buried within your disturbance, and shining out of the darkness is the same wisdom that keeps the stars from falling out of the sky. The creativity that has assembled as you and your life is unfathomable.

Let this life touch you, break you open, and show you the wholeness that you are. You will be astonished by what you find. 

Gorgeous photo by Beth Moon