#4639 - Monday, June
28, 2012 - Editor: Gloria Lee
But I'll tell you what
hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and
get very quiet,
you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.
When, at some point, there
is a spontaneous surrender of the personal needs,
opinions, and beliefs that function as 'reality filters,' the
your true identify may spontaneously arise. When this happens
there will be
no more questions. You see that everything is the answer - that the
and has always been completely present. He manifests as the person,
voice, or happening that triggers this surrender. Any way the invitation is
extended, it functions as the guru. It may be silence from a sage or words
a shopkeeper. The surrender may come through agony or ecstasy. It can
through an apple falling on your head; it can come from the smile of
a child; or it
can arise from deep inside as you walk along a beach at
sunset or when your burn
your finger on the stove. At any time, your sense
of separation may dissolve to
reveal the One beyond all duality.
~ Leo Hartong
Awakening to the Dream,
via Along The Way
What Is There Beyond Knowing?
What is there beyond knowing that keeps
me? I can't
turn in any direction
but it's there. I don't
the leaves' grip and shine or even the thrush's
song, but the far-off
fires, for example,
of the stars, heaven's slowly
theater of light, or the wind
playful with its
or time that's always rushing forward,
in the same -- what shall I say
What I know
I could put into a pack
as if it were bread and cheese, and carry it
important and honorable, but so small!
else continues, unexplained
and unexplainable. How wonderful it is
to follow a
to its logical end.
I have done this a few
But mostly I just stand in the dark field,
in the middle
of the world, breathing
in and out. Life so far doesn't have any other
but breath and light, wind and rain.
If there's a temple, I haven't found it yet.
I simply go
on drifting, in the heaven of the grass
and the weeds.
~ Mary Oliver ~
(New and Selected Poems Volume Two)