Posted by: Stephen Paul | July 23, 2017

Let it be still

Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.

~Lao Tzu,
Tao Te Ching

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Posted by: Stephen Paul | July 9, 2017

Keep quiet and open to life as it happens

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Keep quiet, undisturbed, and the wisdom and the power will come on their own. You need not hanker. Wait in silence of the heart and mind. It is very easy to be quiet, but willingness is rare. You people want to become supermen overnight. Stay without ambition, without the least desire, exposed, vulnerable, unprotected, uncertain and alone, completely open to and welcoming life as it happens, without the selfish conviction that all must yield you pleasure or profit, material or so-called spiritual.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Posted by: Stephen Paul | July 5, 2017

This moment, this world, just as it is

“My teacher called this world ‘the great heartbreak.’ When we really begin to wake up to our true nature, we become more conscious of the suffering around us. We feel the people and the events of our lives more profoundly, not less profoundly. We become more present here and now. What we see is that, even though our vision may have expanded, even though we may have woken up not just to reality, but as reality, still we can’t control anyone. Everything and everyone has their own life to live, and we can’t just wipe away their suffering because our hearts are open. Although we would love to have everyone wake up and be happy, part of the heartbreak is accepting this moment, this world, just as it is.”

~ Adyashanti

 

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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

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