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from stony stillness

from stony stillness and single oneness
expanding,
such is the breath of creation, and of the universe
to motion and infinite complexity
a feast to keep the eye enchanted
and the mind entangled
for many spiraling lives
then contracting
back to one again.

When we understand complete stillness, we understand all movement.
When we understand total silence, we understand all noise.
But we cannot understand movement, without FIRST grasping stillness, nor can we understand noise without first grasping total silence.
Before movement was, stillness is. Before any noise, silence is.

So, to understand life (and death), we must go back to where all this comes out of. Before thought was, before anything at all.  🌷

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cast into world affairs

cast into world affairs
I don’t remember wishing to go there!
to play the game of birth and death
trapped in all that strife and fight
without escape in sight!

Nicholas Roerich, Drops of Life

To the novice, reincarnation can appear pointless—endless cycles of life and death—a trap from which it is impossible to escape. From this standpoint life appears as a burden rather than an opportunity for liberation.

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snowflake dance

no eyes will ever see
the exquisite dance you make,
tiny snowflake,
twirling to the ground.

Perspective changes everything. Science is discovering more and more that our universe has intelligence. But the universe doesn’t ‘have’ intelligence. The universe is not a ‘thing’ to have something. The universe IS an expression of intelligence, the universe is pure intelligence. When we notice, for example, the natural world or animals acting in an intelligent way, the right view is not to say “these animals in the universe are intelligent” but rather the universe manifests intelligence as the intelligent birds, or fish, or whatever the case may be.

Intelligence as a verb, a constantly manifesting occurrence. Not a thing to own or gain.🐝🌳🌞

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how can you be sad?

only mind construes a progress or a regress
only mind sees gain or loss
only mind fabricates a life or a death.
in truth there is nothing
but the eternal
unfathomable unfolding of That.
the very thing you are.
so how can you be sad?
how can you feel separate?
what can trouble you
when you are the seed of all creation?

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we created and destroyed

we created and destroyed
again and again
unlikely authors
writers of legends
birthing new gods
while burying the old
builders of empires
and destroyers of nations
with much human love
with much human pathos
architects of order and of chaos.
who could fathom
a dance
of such magnificence?

Creation and Destruction Print by Mattie Templeton

We are the stories, we are the creators and we are always in the process of creating. In this world ruled by impermanence, how real are our creations? Could it all be a dream? And if so… Who is dreaming it all?

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Consciousness does not need the world. It allows it.

“Consider the fact that no matter how many planets and stars are reflected in a lake, these reflections are encompassed within the water itself; that no matter how many universes there are, they are encompassed within a single space; and that no matter how vast and how numerous the sensory appearances of samsara and nirvana may be, they are encompassed within the single nature of mind (sem-nyid).” – Dudjom Lingpa

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my inner Joan of Arc

my heart is brave, I am convinced
it just remains to be revealed
underneath my housekeeping.
this ordinary mundane life
leaves little chance to unmask
my inner warrior, my inner Joan of Arc. 😜

Lost in the routine of daily activities, there is little opportunity for heroism. But we all have a hero inside, and it is up to us to unveil it.

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one being

it hides behind all looking eyes
one seeingness
it lays behind all listening ears
one hearingness.
not the senses
not the thinking
child of light!
this world exists because you Are.
pure Beingness.

Samuel Farrand art

We get it all wrong, because we look at it the wrong way.
We feel that we are a body (with an intelligence and an awareness localized inside the body… somewhere) moving through the world and life. This is a dualistic thinking, and the root of all our problems.

A little meditation practice will reveal that we are not a body with an intelligence and an awareness. We are in fact awareness (or being) itself. Not a person who is aware, but that Awareness. (People who have had near-death experiences will often be in this ‘pure awareness’ state for some time). When our body will die, the awareness that allowed you to know you exists, will remain intact. Awareness can never change, or grow, or diminish in any way. It is One and same for all. The body is a mere tool that allows you to interact with the world.

So, the true perspective is that you, that space where all life arises, have always been, and will always be. How else would you know that anything is?

Awareness is ALL there is. The material universe also exists because awareness allows it. And the same with all possible experiences (including birth and death) which can only be known because you are there first. Sort of like the white canvas on which a painting can take shape. Without you, there is nothing.

Now, why do you look here or there? Are you not that very Looking?