Sunday, June 25, 2017

A nonordinary gold

Paradoxically to the mind, but in ways the heart knows natively, inside the core of the tender and the raw is a nonordinary gold, a jewel that is found only there. We may not see it at first, as it is shrouded in darkness, buried in mud, and hidden inside the strands of awareness.

This gold is available at all times, though it may appear in unexpected and unrecognizable forms. As contradictory life circumstances, achy feelings, dream symbols, or causeless joy. As the variety of symptoms which surge in an open nervous system, arising in our lives to seed meaning, and remind us of something we may have forgotten along the way.

The jewels tend to uncover most evocatively by way of the others who come into (and out of) our lives, especially if we will take the risk of allowing them to matter. As our lovers, children, family, and friends, these ones have an uncanny ability to push up against everything that seeks the light of holding within us. How annoying. What grace.

Through the appearance and disappearance of form, we come to know the inherent purity of matter, revealing its oneness with spirit, each weaved of the same luminous substance. Here, we see that form and formlessness are not two, dancing and interpenetrating with one another as they play and spin the relative into being.

As the veil parts and our perception is cleansed, the struggle to get from “here” to “there” dissolves into the vastness. What is left is pure potentiality, but this level of openness can be disorienting, especially as we see that there is no possibility of an incomplete moment.

No longer enchanted by the trance of “there,” we drop into the magic of the sacred world, in all its chaotic glory. Here we can play with form, seeing it as an expression of pure spirit, not fearing we will fuse with it and lose our way. And yet even if we do become lost, which we inevitably will, we can rejoice in the opportunity to be found once again.

Photo of Lamayuru, home for a summer, long ago, dreaming of the golden. I’ll never forget coming into Lamayuru after staying in Kashmir on the lake – the awe, the space, and the majesty of it all. It is like the moon there.

My new book – The Path Is Everywhere: Uncovering the Jewels Hidden Within You – is now available 

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