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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.

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the Om

vibration of creation
still echoes in the caves of my soul
who can translate your secret song
and fathom the mystery of Om?

Everybody has some knowledge of the Aum, but few people know exactly what it all means. This primordial sound, Aum, encompasses all the states of consciousness that man can experience: the letter ‘A’ (large, bottom curve) represents our waking state, the letter ‘U’ (right-side curve) represents the dream state (sleep with dreams) and the letter ‘M’ (smaller, upper curve) represents the unconscious state or deep sleep state.

The fourth state is a transcendental state (Turiya) achieved by liberation from all illusions of life and death (Maya) and is represented by the one dot separated by the comma. Turiya is the background that underlies and transcends the three common states of consciousness. It is pure consciousness, or god, if you can digest it that label. The awakened being is established in this pure consciousness and will remain fully aware of himself during all the the other three states, even deep sleep. That is the meaning of being fully aware of one’s true nature.

This is a most simplistic description of the meaning of the Aum. In the largest sense, it is that which is “mysterious and inexhaustible”, or “the infinite language, the infinite knowledge”, or “essence of breath, life, everything that exists”, or that “with which one is liberated”.

The Aum is by no means a human creation. It is first mentioned in the Upanishads but it is said to have been given, though meditation, to the seven ancient rishis (seers).

Most commonly, the Aum is used as a mantra (a repeated sound) as its vibration is calming for the mind and healing for the body. Chanting the Aum is aligning ourselves with the most essential and powerful vibration in the universe.

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anchor in eternity

going in, going out
this breath now holds our only truth
a bridge between two worlds
separated by illusion
an outer and an inner world
arising from within. 
my breath, my life commander 
the cord that bonds mind to matter
my anchor in eternity.

As long as we are alive, the breath is always there. While everything else might change, including our body, thoughts, vision, desires, the breath remains the same. That is why many meditation techniques use the breath as a grounding method for the practice. “Just follow your breath” is the mantra. As our thoughts, so our breath. When we are excited, it goes faster. As we relax, as we go deeper into consciousness, the breath becomes more and more subtle. Breath is an unmistakable anchor into the present moment, into reality.