Posted by: Stephen Paul | September 27, 2016

You already are everything you want to be

Everything that you can ever imagine, that you want to be,
you already are.

You are the Imperishable Self that has always been,
that you will always be.

Beyond birth, beyond death, beyond experiences,
beyond doubts, beyond opinions.

Beyond whatever it is your body is going through,
whatever thoughts your mind thinks.

You are beyond that.

You are the Silence,

The Silence of the Heart.

~ Robert Adams

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | September 9, 2016

Realize the source

Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return.

Each separate being in the universe
returns to the common source.
Returning to the source is serenity.

If you don’t realize the source,
you stumble in confusion and sorrow.
When you realize where you come from,
you naturally become tolerant,
disinterested, amused,
kindhearted as a grandmother,
dignified as a king.
Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.

~ Lao Tzu

…from “Tao Te Ching” (verse 16), translation by S. Mitchell

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | September 4, 2016

I am pure infinite consciousness. I am love itself.

“Simply keep still. If thoughts arise allow them to come and go, but don’t hold on to them or let them land. Do not touch “I am the body.” Instead the first and last thought must be, “I am pure infinite Consciousness, I am Love itself.

You are the unchangeable Awareness in which all activity takes place. You are eternal Being, unbounded and undivided. Just keep Quiet. All is well. Do not entertain any notions that you are in trouble. Be kind to yourself. Open to your Heart and simply Be.”

~ Papaji ~

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | September 2, 2016

Stripped down to essential core

“The Way of Liberation is medicine used to cure various states of spiritual dis-ease. Just as medicine is not itself good health but a means to good health, these teachings are not Truth but a means of revealing Truth. The Indian sage Ramana Maharshi likened spiritual teachings to thorns used to remove other thorns, and I rather like that image. To study The Way of Liberation teachings is to study yourself. To study yourself does not mean to add more knowledge to your cluttered brain’s ideas about yourself, but to remove all of the customary defining characteristics you usually associate self with: name, race, gender, occupation, social status, past, as well as all of the psychological judgments you make about yourself. When the self is stripped down to its essential core, all that can be said about it is: ‘I am; I exist.’

What then is the I that exists?”

~Adyashanti

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 31, 2016

Until you give the whole world its freedom

“Until the whole world is free to agree with you or disagree with you,

until you have given the freedom to everyone to like you or not like you,

to love you or hate you, to see things as you see them or to see things differently,

until you have given the whole world its freedom, you’ll never have your freedom.”

~Adyashanti

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 28, 2016

You, the light of consciousness

As you move about during the day, stay in the state of neutrality.
Just be in the neutral place. It is not difficult for you.
You don’t have to be suppressing the senses or steering them in some way.
You didn’t wake up this morning and turn on perception.
Just perception is happening by itself, spontaneously.

Without You, the light of consciousness, perception has no meaning,
the functioning of the senses has no meaning.
You don’t have to cultivate this; it’s a very natural thing.

Avoid going into the story of the person, the egoic identity.
It is the most corrosive and keeps a heaviness in the form.
The ego sense is heavier than any mountain.
It takes a lot of energy to support the expression of egoic identity.
It takes no energy to be the Self.
The Self is not something that has to be kept up.
There is something inside you that knows this to be true.
Try to grasp this. Move in that neutrality more and more.
Become increasingly familiar with the state of emptiness.

~ Mooji

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 24, 2016

We’ll see

There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit.

“Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“We’ll see,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses.

“How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“We’ll see,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

“We’ll see,” answered the farmer.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

“We’ll see” said the farmer.

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Cabanne Tournesol
Cabanne Tournesol This is an encouraging story, which help us to put things into perspective.

Kathleen George Douglas
Kathleen George Douglas “C’est la vie” say the old folks, goes to show you never can tell”

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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

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