Sunday, July 28, 2002
Any advice you can give on going with the
flow of the things
instead of against it? I'm trying to not force things the
way I want
them to go. I keep catching myself trying to force it this or
way. About the time I think okay I've got it, I don't. Like today, I
up and ended up in a fight of words with my dad because I
get going to hang with my sister instead of do things
the way he wanted it
to go. And how does one know what the
flow of things is? Is it the way
someone else wants it to go? I
mean, if I don't stand up for how I thought
it should go than it will
go the way someone else wanted it to go. So how is
things flow along without trying to control it if someone else
doing the controling? I wonder if this is something I should ask
teacher. I just thought I'd post it here first and see the reponse
what or how to go about this as I read your messages.
Wondering which cosmic flow is the cosmic
flow I should follow?,
Terra, you raise a great question. One that
i struggle with
constantly. What immediately comes to mind is the response of
Zen teacher: "Jump in the river, go with the flow, you will
evolution / revolution, where does one draw a line if
indeed one needs
drawing? Is there a middle-way solution?
where does healthy assertiveness
leave off and ego dominated
aggression begin? Where does compassion and
deteriorate into masochism? for me every situation is unique
and the answer comes from a willingness to be open and mindful
honest with our discoveries. Zen seems to actively go
against the grain of
"normal" flow because normal flows are
mandated by the three poisons.....Now
its time for me to get off
my soapbox and go downstairs to take out the
Enlightenment does not divide you,
just as the moon does not
The depth of the drop
is the height of the moon.
There is a River - Statement by the Hopi
There is a river flowing very fast. It is so
swift that there are those
who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to
the shore.They will
feel that they are being torn apart and will suffer
that the river has a destination. The Elders say we must let
the shore, push off into the middle of the river.
Keep our eyes open and our heads above the
waters. And I say,
see who is in there with you and Celebrate! At this time
we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For
moment we do our spiritual growth comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather
Banish the word Struggle from your attitude and
that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in
For me this is a wonderful question as it
relates so often to
everyday life and our everyday expectations. But lessons
learned from the other than everyday, as well.
On point, the flow does not mean that we
don't struggle against
something. Life is often a struggle. For me it means
a shift in
attitude during the struggle that accepts what we are doing, the
pain we are feeling, the antagonism we are experiencing, and
acknowledges the energy we are expending. And yet, we are
doing it, and
we are doing it fully and completely.
The 'let go' and flow down the river is not
'going with the flow,'
rather, it is an abdication of the helm and allowing
of ourselves direct our travel, pace, and destination. This
visiting zen.' To enter into something that we don't want to do,
resent doing, or otherwise resist, is what we must do in order to
practice. In that resistance is the flow, breath it in, and
breath it out,
but still do the thing. Do it as if there was nothing
else to do, there is
art: Priti Ghosh -
For the next six weeks, you will be invited
to explore the world in
different ways. We hope you enjoy this series from
my new daily
readings book: 'A Year of Waking Up.'
Follow Your Nose
Smells: Babies, wet dogs and cinnamon. Rain,
Popcorn, lavender and pine.
Go on a one day 'scent exploration.' Notice
all the smells around
you ... good and bad. When you find a smell, don't
just sniff it,
explore it, drink it in and truly get to know it. Here are
to explore more smells:
* Buy one or several essential oils, which
can be found in most
health food stores and many drug stores. · * Go to a
and compare the scent of the different varieties. · * Saute
or garlic and revel in the aroma that fills the house. · * Buy
several types of fresh herbs ... especially fresh basil, thyme,
or cilantro ... and crush them between your fingers as
· * Open spice jars one at a time and note
Inhale deeply throughout the day and see
what smells come to
you. Notice any memories or emotions that are triggered
At the end of the day think about what you
learned about smells
It isn't idle talk to say There's nothing to
attain. All Truth belongs
to you today. All seeking is in vain.
You are what is already. Just see you have
no head, And keep
the Inner Steady. Why wait until you're dead?
Q: Having heard this truth, why does not one
A: Because samskaras (innate mental
tendencies) have not
been destroyed. Unless the samskaras cease to exist,
always be doubt and confusion. All efforts are directed to
destroying doubt and confusion. To do so their roots must be cut.
roots are the samskaras. These are rendered ineffective
by practice as
prescribed by the Guru. The Guru leaves it to the
seeker to do this much so
that he might himself find out that there
is no ignorance. Hearing the truth
(Sravana) is the first stage. If
the understanding is not firm one has to
(Manana) and uninterrupted contemplation (Nididhyasana)
These two processes scorch the seeds of samskaras so that
are rendered ineffective. Some extraordinary people get
after hearing the truth only once. These are the
advanced seekers. Beginners
take longer to gain it.
some excerpts from Talks here :
David Bozzi (Mars Native)
Anyone ever flirt with 'Rubric's Cube?'
that thing is like, impossible!
The creators of that pitfall should have
forthcoming and named the damn thing,
'Women's Cube' (then I'd have been
to be more hesitant)
Aimea Saul - Going Home
Masters are peripatetic: They walk around.
Jesus on the paths of Palestine, Siddartha
on the Gangetic
Plain. Socrates on the streets of Athens. Lao-Tsu by the
Ho. Green Tara over the Himalya from India to China thru Tibet.
Masters greet the people they meet. A Master
can look right into
you and see exactly where you are. If you are involved
as a virtue that will protect you from the fear of death, the
says, "Good Morning," and walks by.
But if you are disturbed by the conflict
between what you have
been told and what your heart remembers, the Master
"Good Morning, Master."
To which you reply -- "Who? Me?"
"Yes, you. I have come with a question for
"You, Master, have a question for me?
"Yes. Do you remember?"
"Do I remember? Remember what?"
"Do you remember that you have the Power?
"The Power? What power? Oh, perhaps I do
"Good. I would only suggest that you should
use it. Goodbye. Oh,
and by the way, if you should have any questions as to
use the Power, call me, or any other Master you may prefer, and
one of us will come to you immediately and suggest the answer
own voice. Have a good day."
Audio interviews of Fr. Charles
Moore, Dr. David R Hawkins and others at:
I am a dream God is having and to get It to
look at me, to notice
must remember It!
or is it the other way around?
The world is the appearance of God
manifesting in reality as I
am a thought that God has in order to know
We are all thoughts of God!
I know but do I believe?
I walk a million miles and find myself back
at the same spot I left
I ride a star across the heavens and don't
leave this place
I sail upon the Sea of hope and in my dreams
How do I become real and not just a thought
in the dream of me?
cat o' nine
The i of personal identity
is an instance of
within undifferentiated perception.
Depending upon momentary
point of view,
the perceiver is a cat
on any of its famous nine
Every career becomes yet another lash
under the caressing
whip of experience.
There is in truth no limit
for countless careers
as one or another identity
is the progeny of an objective--
from the garden of eden.
One is again what is.
I think Yogananda said something like... if
anyone wants to know
badly enough, he will invent his own Yoga.
I think that is what most of us are talking
about here. There is
something that all of us, no matter what tradition,
All of the traditions seem to include:
silence dharma humility sincerity loving
kindness mercy etc.
and I for one find that the stuff that is
not transferable to the other
traditions is probably just dogmatic stuff...
yet, that is the only
stuff people argue about. So, why not go beyond the
What sort of people are those people? Do they have a name?
Well, I can't subscribe to these mideaval
religions any more... so
want to just do my own thing using what works and
I think there are others like me...
what are we called?
maybe we don't need a label... I dunno.
Nina and Jerry
Re: Jacob's Ladder
have thought of that movie several times since the car
accident I had a
couple of years ago.
The accident has become a 'defining moment',
it threw me
sideways in life. It directly led to radical questioning of
The connection to Jacob's ladder is that...
...I feel sometimes, often, that 'I' died in
that accident and the rest
has been 'sorting the files' prior to being 'gone
A shock like that can blur the distinction
between life and death.
One isn't sure any longer. Then there is either
escape into the
rhythm of events called life, or radical questioning, or at
altered attention to what's happening and to 'what it's all about'.
Because such a shock pulls the fingers away from the ledge, and
falls, maybe grabbing onto something else, but nothing is
ever as it was on
that ledge. To enjoy the fall, to grab only what
happens into one's hands,
to not think about it, is to be free.
Then the files, such as they are, are
sorted. Whether it is
described as a fall, a journey through a tunnel, a
life lived on a
planet, it's all the same thing.