Posted by: Stephen Paul | December 9, 2016

Pieces of Heaven left lying around

Any Morning

By William Stafford
(1914 – 1993)


Just lying on the couch and being happy.
Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head.
Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has
so much to do in the world.

People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can’t
monitor you all the time, and sometimes they forget.
When dawn flows over the hedge you can
get up and act busy.

Little corners like this, pieces of Heaven
left lying around, can be picked up and saved.
People won’t even see that you have them,
they are so light and easy to hide.

Later in the day you can act like the others.
You can shake your head. You can frown.

Posted by: Stephen Paul | December 7, 2016

Nature is alive, intelligent, vibrantSun Bear,

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“Nature is not dumb. Humanity is dumb when we can’t hear or when we forget how to communicate with nature. Nature is very much alive. Intelligent living beings and vibrant energies are all over the planet.”
― Sun Bear

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The Great Way is not difficult for those not attached to preferences. If you wish to know the truth, then hold to no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.

When the fundamental nature of things is not recognized, the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail. The Way is perfect as vast space is perfect, where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.

Indeed, it is due to our grasping and rejecting that we do not know the true nature of things. Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, nor in ideas or feelings of emptiness. Be serene and at one with things and erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

~ Jianzhi Sengcan (or: Seng-ts’an)

… from “Xinxin Ming”

Posted by: Stephen Paul | November 30, 2016

Take a moment to check and see if you are actually here

Take a moment to check and see if you are actually here. Before there is right and wrong, we are just here. Before there is good or bad, or unworthy, and before there is the sinner or saint, we are just here. Just meet here, where silence is — where the stillness inside dances. Just here, before knowing something, or not knowing. Just meet here where all points of view merge into one point, and the one point disappears. Just see if you can meet right now where you touch the eternal, and feel the eternal living and dying at each moment. Just meet here — before you were an expert, before you were a beginner. To just be here, where you are what you always will be, where you will never add anything to this, or subtract anything. Meet here, where you want nothing, and where you are nothing. The here that is unspeakable. Where we meet only mystery to mystery, or we don’t meet at all. Meet here where you find yourself by not finding yourself. In this place where quietness is deafening, and the stillness moves too fast to catch it. Meet here where you are what you want and you want what you are and everything falls away into radiant emptiness.

~ Adyashanti


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Posted by: Stephen Paul | November 29, 2016

Do you think you could take over the universe and improve it?


Do you think you could take over the universe and improve it?

I do not believe it can be done.

Everything under heaven is a sacred vessel
and cannot be controlled.

Trying to control leads to ruin.
Trying to grasp, we lose.

Allow your life to unfold naturally.
Know that it too is a vessel of perfection.

Just as you breathe in and breathe out,
there is a time for being ahead
and a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion
and a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous
and a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe
and a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way
and resides at the centre of the circle.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


Posted by: Stephen Paul | November 25, 2016

Your are the timeless and formless appearing as time and form

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Becoming accustomed to identifying strongly with form,
and developing a deep sense of stability and security
from the belief, ‘I have a body, this is me,’
we rarely question if this is belief or assumption.
It becomes among the earliest of impressions
to embed itself in consciousness.
Therefore, in the beginning it may feel ungrounding to find
that the Ultimate Self is not a thing, not an object.
Because all objects appear through thought, belief, time and space;
they have a beginning and an end.
But the Source is timeless and formless.
You are the timeless appearing as time,
the formless appearing inside form,
the unmoving at the core of all movements,
the invisible within the visible.
The Self is closer than intimacy.
In fact, close is false,
because close means some distance
and the Self is distanceless.
In the beginning, we may feel a frustration because
we seek Truth with the conditioned mind,
and the mind only knows, compares or measure activity.
Mind interprets variety, change and objects.
It cannot find or recognise the formless Self,
though the Self alone is stable and real.
Give up trying to find it with the mind.
Be open and receptive.
It is being introduced to you.
Accept this grace.

~ Mooji

Posted by: Stephen Paul | November 17, 2016

I am the ocean of Spirit

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I am no longer the wave of consciousness

thinking itself separated from the sea of cosmic consciousness.

I am the ocean of Spirit

that has become the wave of human life.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

Posted by: Stephen Paul | November 12, 2016

Your primary responsibiltiy

Posted by: Stephen Paul | November 9, 2016

Response to election results

Ah so.



Posted by: Stephen Paul | November 7, 2016

No matter what, where, or when; the Self is always here

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The ultimate seer is ever present with you as your own Self.
It is the only One that is consistent.
Wherever you are,
no matter what time of day,
or whatever mood,
when you check within,
It, the Self, is always here.
It never sleeps. It never tires.
It is never somewhere else.
It is never lost.
It is always here.
Unlike your mind.

~ Mooji

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