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I am all things and all things are me

“My bones are mountains.
My tears, rushing rivers.
The earth’s crust is my skin.
Trees adorn my head.
The sun, moon, and stars Are in my eyes.
The ether of the Universe is my breath.
Separateness is an illusion.
I am all things and all things are me.”
– Anya Phenix

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we cry, we crawl

we cry
unsuspecting of our grandeur
we crawl
unaware we can fly
we suffer
ignorant of our power,
forgetting we are undying and unbound.

The Buddha said that all suffering is due to man’s ignorance of his true nature. In our largest self, we are eternal consciousness, unlimited and undying. Not knowing this leaves us victims of a life that appears to work against us.

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why search in temples and churches?

don’t go searching
in temples and churches!
spirit doesn’t only dwell in there.
why look to a monk in robes?
spirit flows freely everywhere
in every action, in every motion,
it weaves the fabric of creation.
look, see, embrace it!
it is our source, our destination.

Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan

The whole of creation is imbued with spirit. Why be restricted to one place of worship to lend your heart in devotion? We can train our vision to see spirit everywhere, at all times, and live constantly in its splendor.

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bird in flight

to feel eternity
in a moment’s delight
catching the wing beat
of a bird in flight.

The world is obsessed with doing, with always keeping busy. We feel that the only way to give meaning to our lives, is by achieving goals or accomplishing something outside ourselves. Steve Jobs, one of the most accomplished men of our times, in his last days, questioned the significance of his worldly achievements. There is nothing wrong with following our dreams and accomplishing goals. However, if we depend on these for real, lasting fulfillment, eventually we will find that they don’t satisfy us. We are already complete. We are already perfect. ‘I AM’ is the highest expression of your being. It needs nothing. All else you do, is mere accessory on an already perfect reality.

So take the time to do nothing. Take time to linger, to be lazy and to listen to silence. These are the moments when the heart speaks to us. These are the moments when we discover our true selves, and find ourselves complete.

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Spirituality and things

Many people are turned off by the concept of spirituality; images of witches, voodoo practices or weird worshiping come to mind. Some ‘otherworldly’ activities and beliefs. Well, what exactly is “spirituality”? The great Ramana Maharshi explained the whole thing very simply “Consciousness alone exists. In its unmanifest form, it is experienced as pure beingness (awareness). In its manifest form, it is the appearance in consciousness of the universe.” So “spirituality” is nothing else than consciousness becoming aware of itself. Going back to the roots of what we truly are.

Because everything we experience, including the world and even our own thoughts, occur within consciousness, it remains hidden and unseen. Very much like a canvas serves only as a background to bring out the paint and forms of the painting, but it is empty by itself. Until we direct our attention inwards, back to the source of consciousness, we remain unaware, and confuse our true being with superficial layers.

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flow, river soul

flow, river soul, flow back home
and carry nothing with you
let it all go.

We often think that something needs to be done, to be achieved, or polished in order for us to be ‘complete’ and fully at peace. But in reality, we need to undo and deconstruct all the false beliefs we have carried with us. Our society is not supportive of an enlightened life. It reinforces false beliefs and limiting ideas before we are even able to think: ideas about who we are and our relationship with the world, what happiness is, what life is. When these ideas start contradicting our own feelings and discoveries, it sparks the search for truth.

You have always been truth itself. It only needs to be revealed under the layers of falsity.