#3035 - Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee
In that silent centre there is
immense power and rocklike strength.
Paul Brunton, Notebooks
Ordinary people look to their surroundings, while
followers of the Way look to Mind, but the true Dharma is to forget them both.
The former is easy enough, the latter very difficult.
Men are afraid to forget their minds,
fearing to fall through the Void [Chaos] with nothing to stay their fall. They
do not know that the Void is not really void, but the realm of the real
There is no security in Freedom, at least not in the sense
that we normally think of it. This is, of course, why it is so free; there's
nothing there to grab hold of. The Unknown is more vast, more open, more
peaceful, and more freeing than you ever imagined it would be. If you don't
experience it that way, it means you're not resting there; you're still trying
to know. That will cause you to suffer because you're choosing security over
When you rest deeply in the Unknown without trying to
escape, your experience becomes very vast. As the experience of the Unknown
deepens, your boundaries begin to dissolve. You realize, not just intellectually
but on a deep level, that you have no idea who or what you are. A few minutes
ago, you knew who you wereyou had a history and a personalitybut from this
place of not knowing, you question all of that. Liberated people live in the
Unknown and understand that the only reason they know what they are is because
they rest in the Unknown moment by moment without defining who they are with the
mind. You can imagine how easy it is to get caught in the concept of the
Unknown and seek that instead of the Truth. If you seek the concept you'll
never be Free, but if you stop looking to myths and concepts and become more
interested in the Unknown than in what you know, the door will be flung
posted by Bob
A student once said: "When I was a Buddhist, it drove my parents and
friends crazy, but when I am a buddha, nobody is upset at all."
- Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are
You Are Not a Single YOU
You're a common rhyme-word
dependent on some other for your emotional force,
but real life will
As when a baby stops nursing and grows interested
in solid food.
As when seeds break open in the ground
and act differently.
There is a
in human beings that you will discover and savor
nourish yourself with. That will be your food.
There's a way of going
that's like the stars.
even freer than they are, completely
unlocated, unpathed. A journey without a sky!
from Non-existence into being.
How did that happen? Tell me about it!
were a little drunk when you arrived,
so you can't remember
I'll give you
some secret hints. Let your mind go, and be
Close your ears, and listen.
But maybe I shouldn't
if you're not ripe. You're still in early Spring.
happened yet in you.
This world is a tree,
and we are green, half-ripe
fruit on it.
We hold tight to the limbs, because we know
we're not ready
to be taken into the palace.
When we mature and sweeten,
at having clung so clingingly.
To hold fast
is a sure sign of
To drink and enjoy
blood is fine for an embryo.
needs to be said on this, but the Holy Spirit
will tell it to you when I'm
*You'll* tell it
to *yourself*. Not I, or some other "I,"
who are Me!
As when you fall asleep and go
from the presence of
your self to the Presence
of your Self. You hear That One and you
"Someone must have communicated telepathically
in my sleep."
are not a single You,
good Friend, you are a Sky and an Ocean,
tremendous YHUUUUUU, a nine hundred times huge
drowning place for all your
hundreds of you's.
What are these terms *wakefulness* and
Don't answer. Let God answer.
Don't speak, so the Speakers
Not a word, so Sun-Light can say
what has never been in a book, or
Don't try to put it into words,
and the Spirit will do that through
in spite of you,
Stop swimming so
and climb in the boat with Noah.
'This Longing' Versions by Coleman Barks/John
posted to Allspirit by Gill Eardley