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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.

Bowing deeply in gratitude.....for having been taught to think before speaking my feelings. 
Always maintain your sense of wonder
My spirit is unique and beautiful.
Give yourself the room to breathe so that you can feel its gorgeous light showing you, and the world, your true and authentic self.


On a journey of self-discovery that is so far more about the journey than the discovery. Grateful for all the abundance in my life.

ps/smoh
love light and peace

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

THE SHADOWS AND THE LIGHT



Wanting to live, and wanting to die.
Wanting to break free, and wanting to hide.
Wanting to connect, and wanting to be alone.

Wanting to want,
and wanting to be free from want.

You hold ALL of these things
in your vast and beautiful heart.

Never turn away from any part.
Yet never let any part be your master.

Be free and wild like the trees in the forest:

Reach out for the light, yes,
but love your shadows too.





ps/smoh

love light and peace

Monday, April 23, 2018

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE TAKES NO 'SIDES'

All over the world, and in the news every day, people killing people. 
People on one ‘side’ killing people on the other ‘side’. 
Each ‘side’ claiming that they are right. 
Each ‘side’ holding onto ancient pain, each ‘side’ unwilling be the first to let go, coming up with all the reasons in the world why they can't and won't. 

A tragic tale as old as humanity itself.

When will we wake up to the obvious fact that we are all the same Consciousness in disguise? 


That no matter who we think we are, no matter how we appear, beyond our stories and histories, our religions, our nationalities, our beliefs, the colour of our skin, our heavy pasts and uncertain futures, we are all expressions of the One life? 

That in truth there are no Israelis or Palestinians, Jews or Christians, Muslims or Buddhists, atheists or agnostics, Republicans or Democrats, gurus or disciples, that those images can never define us. 

That who we truly are at the most fundamental level is indefinable, mysterious, never fixed or separate, never identified with an image, just as the vast ocean can never be defined by its waves.

Consciousness has no religion and no nationality. 


It gives birth to light and dark, the yin and yang of the ever-changing dream world.

As consciousness itself, 

when we hurt each other, 
we are only hurting our own brothers and sisters, our own kin, waves of ourselves. 
We are only fighting reflections of our original Face. 
We are only killing the ones we love, ancient friends from long ago.

Outer war has never lead to inner peace. 


How much more bloodshed? 
How much more pain? 
How many more men, women, and children must disappear into infinity before we wake up?

That bleeding child is my own. 


The circle of life takes no 'sides'. 





ps/smoh

love light and peace

Sunday, April 22, 2018

ROOM FOR SADNESS?

Your sadness doesn't say, 
"Please fix me, heal me, or release me". 

It doesn't say, 
"Please get rid of me, numb yourself to me, pretend I'm not here". 

It certainly doesn't say, 
"Please get enlightened so I can die!".

Sadness does not come to punish you, or reveal to you what a 'spiritual failure' you are. 

Sadness is not a sign that you are unevolved or far from healing, awakening, enlightenment, even peace. The presence of sadness is not an indication that you've done something wrong.

Sadness only whispers, "May I come in? I am tired, I long for rest".

And you reply, "But sadness, I don't know how to allow you in!"

And sadness replies, "It's okay. You don't need to know. I'm already in".

And so we bow to sadness then, we recognise how it's already allowed in, how there's enough room in us for sadness, 

how we are not 'the sad one', not contained within sadness, but the room for sadness, its space, its home, its salvation, its loving embrace; not as a goal, but as our nature - consciousness itself, already free.

Don't heal yourself from sadness; let sadness heal you. 

Let it show you the way when you have forgotten. 
Let it reveal to you the mysteries of love. 
Let it remind you of your vast heart, your refusal to split off from any part of your ancient Self, that bigger 

The happiness you danced when you were young.





ps/smoh

love light and peace




IN MEDITATION, THERE ARE NO EXPERTS

The 'amateur' is the 'lover',
the one who adores raw experience,
the one who remains curious, open, inquisitive, fascinated,
the one who exists in permanent meditation,
the one who doesn't know.
The expert gets stuck in second-hand answers.
The expert knows, so they stop looking.
The expert cannot rest.
The expert cannot meditate.
Meditation means beholding the moment with
fresh eyes and ears and heart.
Meditation means being a total amateur,
losing the inner 'expert' and beginning again.
Drenching the moment with kind attention...
Never knowing what you'll find...
YOU ARE BEING LIVED BY LIFE!
Don't make 'acceptance' into a goal.
Don't make 'being okay with everything' into a goal.
Don't make 'peace' into a goal, or 'silence', 
or 'joy', or 'bliss' or 'calm'.
Or 'enlightenment'.
Or even 'healing'.
Don't make anything into a goal.
A goal is a jail, a prison.
And if you make something into a goal, that's okay too.
Simply notice the goal-generating mechanism now.
Acknowledge it.
And turn back towards your present experience
with fresh eyes and an innocent, open heart.
Begin again.
Here.
If you find acceptance here, wonderful.
If you find non-acceptance here, wonderful.
If you find sadness here, wonderful.
If you find a wild mind, uncomfortable feelings,
a pressure in the head, a heaviness in the heart,
a non-acceptance, a rejection, a frustration,
an urge to 'get rid of',
can you begin there?

Can you flush your experience with warm attention?

Can you drench this moment with awareness, which is love?
And if you can't... can you acknowledge even THAT?

And drench even THAT with awareness?

So that everything is included?

Everything is acknowledged as LIFE?

Everything is fundamentally okay?

Even the parts of you that don't feel okay?

And if this isn't possible, that's okay too.
There's no image to live up to.
No goal to reach.
No jail to escape.
Fail. Fail well.
And remember...
All your ancestors are holding you now.
And the Earth and all the stars are supporting you.
And our hearts are with you in your struggle.
And you are not alone in this presence, at this moment,
in this sacred space called Here And Now.
You are worthy of Life, drenched in Life, supported by Life, full of Life, illuminated by Life, breathed by Life, adored by Life, lived by Life.



ps/smoh

love light and peace

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

stillness

4 am and am still wide awake, this is the best time I reckon, just you and the inner stillness of the soul.

I think each person is inherently a loner, and this healthy alone-ness asks for ongoing renewal and cultivation.

Though embedded in a family, surrounded by love and supported in life, a person needs to have times of 'coming to self', time of aloneness even if it feels like loneliness.

To me, we need to be alone for periods of contemplating and prayer, 

for thinking, 
digesting of experiences, 
for writing and 
for renewing one's resolves.

Even the act of reading for leisure requires the withdrawal from interaction with others; we need to be alone, to be left alone, to have our aloneness respected.

I notice right from when I was young I don't like people at times and I thought I was weird, 

maybe this is it, 
only thus can we replenish the soul-strength that enables us to give to the world around us.

"Be the light unto the world, and hurt it not. Seek to build, not to destroy. By your shining example, seek only Godliness. Speaks only in truthfulness. Act only in love."



ps/smoh

love light and peace

Be kind...

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An open mind is what you need for inspiration, though not for making conclusions.

Some need 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1=9 ... then there are smaller and smaller increments still.
We do not actually know other people, we ONLY know our judgment.
Yes, you are completely entitled to your opinion and you absolutely do have the right to voice it.
But, do you have no kindness? 

Spewing hate is straight up ugly, and ignorant, not to mention detrimental to humanity.
The good and the evil in the world, there are many complications behind them which are hard to understand which is why we should never only focus on the surface and judge others without understanding them first.



ps/smoh

love light and peace