Posted by: Stephen Paul | May 4, 2016

Magic spells and love

Don’t let this world, full of magic spells, lure you away from love.

~ Rumi

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | May 3, 2016

When arrogance combines with ignorance

All beings are bitten by the serpent of ignorance.
But when ignorance combines with arrogance,
then we are really in a very bad state.
You have to come out of arrogance.
When arrogance goes, humility comes.
When humility comes, ignorance also will go.
When ignorance and arrogance are no more,
Grace will be recognised and experienced
as the pure presence of God.

Mooji

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | May 1, 2016

Clinging to our point of view

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We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter,
they gradually pass away.

~ Chuang Tzu

Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 15, 2016

Life is not a puzzle

Go for the greater, and the lesser will be taken care of.
Don’t worry. Life is not a puzzle.
It is the ego that gets puzzled.
You don’t have to work things out.
Simply keep quiet and let it all unfold.
If you think you can work life out,
you create an identity as a solver of life.
Big trouble!

Nobody can work it out.
As one surrenders one’s ego,
one comes automatically in harmony with life.
Watch as life takes care of life.
It flows spontaneously and perfectly in each form.
Let go to the dance of existence.
Why miss the best show on earth?

~ Mooji

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 14, 2016

THE FAITH AND THE WONDER

  • THE FAITH AND THE WONDER

I do not believe in anything.
I have no religion.
I have no god, including the gods of money, science and atheism.
I hold no fixed theories about reality, including that one.
I see heaven and hell, karma, reincarnation and the search for enlightenment as beautiful fairy tales.
I have no guru, no lineage, no teacher, and so everything teaches me.
I see doubt and profound mystery as my most trusted companions.
I walk no path except the one appearing directly in front of me.
I have no home except this sacred moment.
I trust nothing at all, except whatever happens.
I find no meaning in life except the fearless living of it.
I know that today could be my final day.
I feel grateful for all that was given and all that was taken away.
I see the inherent limitation of language and yet love to play with it.
I see the joke in using the words “I”, “me” and “mine” and yet delight in using them.
I realise that I am not my story, and realise that even that isn’t true.
I find it impossible to say anything about myself, for experience is constantly changing.
I find it effortless to talk about myself, for who I am never changes.
I know that on the deepest level I am profoundly equal to you.
I know that these sentences are pale imitations of truth.

I do not believe in anything.
I have no religion.
Except the in- and out- breaths.
And endlessly deepening wonder.

– Jeff Foster

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 11, 2016

You believe your thoughts?

You believe thoughts,
and therefore you become easily confused
and so peace is hidden.
Behind the screen of the mind
is the realm of unchanging awareness
— silent, vast, perfect.
The wise leave aside
the incessant murmurings of the mind
and merge themselves here
in the infinite stillness of being.

~ Mooji

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | April 10, 2016

The Tao that can be told

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.

~ Lao Tzu

…from ‘Tao Te Ching’ (verse 1), translation by S. Mitchell

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 30, 2016

My place is the placeless

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My place is the Placeless, my trace is the Traceless ;
‘Tis neither body nor soul, for I belong to the soul of the Beloved.
I have put duality away, I have seen that the two worlds are one;
One I seek, One I know, One I see, One I call.

Rumi

Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 21, 2016

World exists as you perceive it

Posted by: Stephen Paul | March 16, 2016

How to treat others

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