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Live and Love

April 17, 2017

Nothing to do,
Nowhere to go,
Nothing to attain,
Nothing to grasp.

Be still and discover
Your inner treasure.
Be still and see the
Sacred unity of Now.
Be still and feel your
Roots quiver in their
Clinging to the
Ground of Being.

Feel the breeze.
Listen to the birdsong.
Breathe in the ancient
Rays of sunlight.
Each moment is perfect,
Sacred, whole, and complete.

Allow it to come and go
Like cloud play.
Feel your Inseparable
connection to the
Pulse of Time.

And as the chatter settles,
The sound of silence
Speaks softly and gently:
“Live and Love.”

Faith and Reason

March 14, 2017

“If you’ve got a religious belief that withers in the face of observations of the natural world, you ought to rethink your beliefs — rethinking the world isn’t an option.” — PZ Myers, biology professor

My thinking is that if you believe that God created the natural world, wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume that there shouldn’t be a conflict between the two? So, if there is, then one might need to consider that their interpretation is wrong, not the findings in the natural world. I find that the problem is how one interprets their religious texts; and each group tends to believe that they’re right. There’s also a tendency to think of religious texts as if they’re science books and to read into them our presuppositions.

I’ve been a student of religion my whole life; and even majored (along with philosophy) in it in college. And, although I hardly ever talk about it (largely because it’s no one’s business), my spirituality is very important. I find no conflict at all; and like even the Dalai Lama has said many times: if the findings of science are conclusive that a particular religious idea is wrong, then go with the science. I will, say, however, that science and reason only go so far. There is another way of knowing that is transcendent, and it goes beyond reason. There appears to be a gap between what we can reason and what we can know via the transcendent function; and we have to leap across that gap.

Surrender

May 8, 2016

Death stood over me saying,

“You will not let go;

So I’m taking you.”

And with my dying breath,

I said…”I love you.”

I awoke to the scent of lilac.

The Madman

May 1, 2016

Fearing the dark,

The madman runs

From the moonlight.

The Lost Key

April 5, 2016
One evening the great Sufi sage, Rabi’a, was under a street lamp on her hands and knees as if searching for something. Soon her neighbors saw her and came out to help. “What are you looking for?” they asked.
 
“I’m looking for my key; I’ve lost it.” she replied.
 
Trying to help, the neighbors asked, “About where did you lose it?”
 
“Over there inside my house,” she replied.
 
Puzzled by her response, they asked, “Well, if you lost your key in the house, why are you looking out here?”
 
“Well, the house is very dimly lit; and I can see better out here under the light.” The neighbors roared with laughter; and as the laughter settled down, she began to teach. “After having lost your joy, your sense of connection, why is it that you search outside of yourselves to regain what you lost? You search outside of yourselves where it is brightly lit and convenient for your search. However, you neglect to look within yourselves, where it is dimly lit and very inconvenient. But it is there that you will find what you are looking for.”
 
So often we look outside ourselves for only that which can be found within. Sometimes we think we will find that fulfillment in the perfect job, the new house, the shiny car. Sometimes we think that relationship will be what give us ultimate fulfillment. How often have we heard of someone’s desire to find that person that “completes them?” Perhaps we think we will regain that sense of something in accepting second-hand dogma. The list of possibilities can go on and on; but ultimately nothing will fully satisfy that existential yearning, until we find the treasure within. In Buddhist tradition, we call this refuge. Too often we try to find refuge in the things that ultimately fail us. However, until we turn within, we will never find what we need.

The Real Work

March 29, 2016

You asked me, “What is the real work of my meditation?” I meditate, I contemplate, so that I may know my demons — the fears that seek to wrestle control of my Being. I meditate, I contemplate, for my own sanity, so that I may live consciously with clarity. I meditate, I contemplate to stave of the madness of unconscious, unexamined living. I meditate, I contemplate so I may remember, recognize, my own ground of being that is inseparable from the Ground of Being.

On Doubt and Ambiguity

March 29, 2016

Over the course of my life, perhaps through a combination of my philosophical study, inner work, and what not, I’ve grown comfortable with the tension that comes with doubt and ambiguity. As such, I just cannot muster the fundamentalist fervor to force my cherished beliefs onto others. I just don’t give a damn if people see it my way. The word “belief” has an etymological relationship to the German word, “liebe,” meaning “love.” Our beliefs are our cherished, beloved notions to which we cling. Because I’ve learned to psychologically, spiritually accommodate doubt and ambiguity, I’m okay with others not seeing things my way. I came across this quote today that I really like:

“…there are multitudes of people about and shouting the Truth, that is, their fractal purchase on subjective prejudice, but their agitation betrays an old confession that fervor is a defense against doubt, and doubt is experienced as an enemy to suppress. Deeply driven by the need to suppress doubt, ambiguity, and ambivalence, they fall into sundry fervors, fevers, fears, and fundamentalisms.”

— James Hollis, Jungian analyst