Posted by: Stephen Paul | June 24, 2017

Whatever happens is not you

Whatever happens in your head is not you.
Whatever happens in your body is not you.
Whatever happens in the world is not you.
Whatever happens is not you.
Yet none of it can exist without you,
the perceiver of it all.

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | June 12, 2017

How an enlightened man became enlightened

“The sage Nisargadatta Maharaj was once asked how he became enlightened. He said, ‘My guru told me that I am the supreme source of all; I am the supreme. I pondered that until I knew that it was true, until I became it.’ He added, ‘I was lucky because I trusted what I was told.’ Freedom is the realization that this deep, deep peace and this unknown are what you are. Everything else is just an extension of that unknown. Bodies are just an extension of that unknown. The trees outside are just an extension of the unknown in time. The whole visible universe, in fact, is just an extension in time of this unknown, this mountain of quiet.”

~ Adyashanti

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As you become spiritually mature, you become humble, filled with humility and love and you smile at the world, you understand its nature as maya. Its constant change. You no longer hate the world nor love the world. Just observe the world, leave it alone. You stop debating with people, arguing with people, trying to prove points. You just leave everything alone and leave everybody alone and you’re at peace with yourself and the world.

This happens automatically when you take refuge in the Self, in the heart. In other words your job is not to look for peace, for harmony, for justice, for love for these are fleeting things in this world. Your work is to take refuge in the heart, in the Self. Then these verities come by themselves. In other words you become a living example, a living embodiment of consciousness, of divine love, of peace. Whereas if you just look for peace and harmony in this world, you’re doing something external and you’ll never really find it.

~ Robert Adams

…artwork by Jane Adams

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | June 2, 2017

A palpable presence in the quiet

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“When you aren’t waiting for anything to happen, there is a natural sinking and deepening into the source of your own being. It’s very quiet, and then, and only then, do you start to sense presence. There is a very palpable presence in this quiet. That is why I said this is not a dead quiet. You can sense an aliveness. It’s a presence that’s inside your body and outside your body. It permeates everywhere. When you are looking for it, you are looking for a gross presence, a heavy presence to hit you over the head. This isn’t going to happen. The true quiet is a brightness. You feel bright. There is an awakeness, a deep sense of being alive.”

~ Adyashanti

Posted by: Stephen Paul | May 27, 2017

When you are able to silence all views and words

“When you are able to silence all views and words,

when you get free from views and words,

reality reveals itself to you and that is Nirvana.

Nirvana is cessation, is the extinction.

First the extinction of views

and then the extinction of the suffering

that is born from these views.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | May 21, 2017

Conscious without thought

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | May 19, 2017

My eye and God’s eye are the same eye

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The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me;

my eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, one love.

~ Meister Eckhart

Posted by: Stephen Paul | May 16, 2017

If there’s a path at all

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | May 11, 2017

My goodness, I just discovered I am God.

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Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are. In our culture, of course, they’ll say you’re crazy and you’re blasphemous, and they’ll either put you in jail or in a nut house (which is pretty much the same thing). However if you wake up in India and tell your friends and relations, `My goodness, I’ve just discovered that I’m God,’ they’ll laugh and say, `Oh, congratulations, at last you found out.’

~ Alan Watts

Posted by: Stephen Paul | May 10, 2017

Be a fool

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Be a fool in the Taoist sense, in the Zen sense.

Don’t try to create a wall of knowledge around you.

Whatsoever experience comes to you, let it happen, and then go on dropping it.

Go on cleaning your mind continuously;

go on dying to the past so you remain in the present, herenow,

as if just born, just a baby.

Osho

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