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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.🐝🌳🌞

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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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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.