Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 18, 2016

AM

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“Go to the pure I AM. Not I am this or I am that, but simply I AM.

Then throw out the I, so that there is only AM.

This is the stateless state, the ultimate principle, the absolute Self.

Everything, in essence, is this absolute principle called the Self.”

Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 17, 2016

Cutting reality into compartments

“People normally cut reality into compartments,

and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena.

To see one in all and all in one

is to break through the great barrier

which narrows one’s perception of reality.”

 

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 16, 2016

Kinship with all

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“For the Lakota, kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. In the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them. And so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue.

The animals had rights — the right of man’s protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the right to freedom, and the right to man’s indebtedness — and in recognition of these rights the Lakota never enslaved an animal and spared all life that was not needed for food and clothing. For the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them.

This concept of life and its relations was humanizing and gave to the Lakota an abiding love. It filled his being with the joy and mystery of living; it gave him reverence for all life; it made a place for all things in the scheme of existence with equal importance to all.

From Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying life force that flowed in and through all things — the flowers of the plains, blowing winds, rocks, trees, birds, animals — and was the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were brought together by the same Great Mystery.”

~ Luther Standing Bear
(Ota Kte, Mochunozhin)
(1868-1939) Lakota chief

Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 13, 2016

I am the now

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Tao & Zen

“I am not my thoughts, emotions, sense perceptions & experiences.

I am not the content of my life.

I am life.

I am the space in which all things happen.

I am consciousness.

I am the now.”
Eckhart Tolle

Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 12, 2016

Let the world call you lazy

Let the world call you lazy for not running about like a frightened ghost. Just be quiet inside yourself. Don’t bother about knowing how things should be and simply begin observing without prejudice, projections or desires. Notice how life flows of its own accord. Nothing here is a chaos, but a harmony. You are already inside this flow.

~ Mooji

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 5, 2016

ENLIGHTENMENT IS A GAMBLE

ENLIGHTENMENT IS A GAMBLE

“You can’t follow a spiritual path like a lemming to enlightenment. It simply doesn’t work that way. An unwillingness to question every step of the way will stop you dead in your tracks. The path to enlightenment is strewn with those who have chosen to take a position or an identity along the way. And the closer you get to enlightenment the more dead bodies you will be stepping over until finally you step right out of yourself and arrive at the goal, exactly where you have always been. Except now there is no one standing there.”

~ Adyashanti

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 4, 2016

Loving just what is

“To be ready to step off the wheel of becoming is as important as realizing who and what you are. You will be happy and liberated, but your game will be gone. For some period of time, you may not know how to talk to people or what to do, and your life may become unfamiliar. This is a very mysterious way to be. My teacher used to say that when you really realize what you are, you’re like a baby Buddha. You don’t just pop out of the womb knowing what to be when you’ve been so busy being someone else. It’s like taking your first wobbly steps. But you have to be willing to be wobbly and have some insecurity, because if you’re not willing to be insecure, you’re going to go right back to the old forms of self-protection and seeking. It is very strange to be a lover of what is. It is familiar to be a lover of some things and not other things. But when you have this new experience of loving just what is, it is also strangely familiar. It’s like a sense of knowing that it has always been this way. It seems very ancient, yet also just born.”

~ Adyashanti

Emptiness Dancing

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | July 31, 2016

Your simple role

Your simple role is just to say: `Yes, rid me of ego and merge me with You.’ Then duality and non-duality become a harmony, a light play. Your mind wants to write its name on this journey, but the truth is: you have done nothing. And in Truth, there is nothing you can really do or own. Simply keep quiet. Gradually merge in the infinite Bliss of Being.

~ Mooji

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | July 27, 2016

Before an empty alter

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“Our spiritual culture has become very tricky. We have increasingly subtle spiritual concepts to use in our discussions. Many people have replace the old heavy concept of God and sin with the words consciousness and conditioning, which sound a little lighter. The modern spiritual person has these extremely abstract concepts. The more abstract the concept, the more transparent it is. It’s hard to make an image of consciousness and put it on your altar. Your altar keeps being emptied. If you want to see the Truth, don’t put anything there. The best altar of all would have nothing on it.”

~ Adyashanti

Posted by: Stephen Paul | July 24, 2016

Accept this…this…moment

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