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i am god

we are floating foam
on a sea of silent consciousness-
our origin, our home.

AM I GOD?

R: Be still and know that I am God.
SL: Robert for me it seems like there’s something very scary about that whole prospect or feeling and thinking that I am God.

R: No, I am is your ego you’re referring to. Your personal individual I am, is not God. But I-Am is God. See the difference? You are not God the way you appear to be, but your real Self is God. So when you say, “I am God,” you are not referring to yourself as a body. You’re speaking to the real you, which you can’t see as you. Do you see? (From Robert Adams – The collected works)
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INFERENCE – I am God, not in a grand, royal way, but whatever is real in me is God.
It’s as much as a pot saying, “I am clay,”
or
an earring saying, “I am gold,”
or
a chair saying,”I am wood,”
or
an oceanic wave saying, “I am water.”

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dream divine

don’t grieve, my child
for you were never born
and death cannot take you.
your body
does not contain you.
your mind
cannot define you.
you are the source of all.
within you, both space and time arise.
you are the eternal now—
the source of all existence.
you are the dream divine.

There is a Zen koan that says: “Show me your original face before you were born.” The notion underneath this koan is to ask us to stretch – in a way that allows us to access our True, Real and Authentic Self – the self we are/were before we were born. In this process, we transcend our “database” of thoughts, concepts, beliefs, etc., and move to a place of no-mind – where we can experience Reality as it truly is, experience our self as we truly are. Our true face before we were born is actually who we were (and still are!) before we were shaped and crafted by our “life experience.”

In the process of reflecting on the koan, we can begin to see how we’ve become addicted to “my reality,” – my beliefs, assumptions, theories, perceptions, perspectives, etc. Deep reflection can also support us to flow in a space of no-mind, an “original space” of mental quietude, unencumbered and not jerked around by our thoughts and thought patterns.

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mirror above, mirror below

mirror above, mirror below
you show my face, I reflect your soul
arising, unexpected laughter.
what curious game of hide and seek
is this we play?

Meditation brings the realization that our innermost thoughts, habits and tendencies, ultimately create our reality. If we live life unconsciously, we lose sight of our true potential and can fall victim to our own careless thoughts. But this realization brings a new awareness; we start paying attention to the kind of thoughts we nurture, and to the thoughts we want to pluck before they grow roots. Reality is always our mirror.

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this life

this life, an ephemeral dream
holds nothing in esteem –
not love, not death, not time.
its unfathomable origination
a mere playground of creation.

The changingness of life is an important idea in Buddhism. Nothing escapes. Everything in this world changes, making life appear more like a passing dream than anything substantial.
The buddhists make a practice of accepting change as an inherent nature of reality. Accepting what comes, and releasing what goes, we neither seek what is not there, nor do we resist what is already there. This is the way to peace.

If it changes, can it be truth ?

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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.🐝🌳🌞