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A Call to Depth

May 24, 2017

Why do you continue to

Only skim the surface of the

Ocean of Being?

What hinders your

Diving into the depths?

Dive deep to the very floor.

Discover firsthand that the

Ground of Being is the

Very ground of your being.

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A Closed Mind 

April 26, 2017

A closed mind is like a clenched fist; it takes a lot of energy to maintain that level of contraction. A closed mind expends a great deal of energy imposing upon reality our notions of how things ought to be. It matters little whether or not these notions are liberal or conservative. They are still simply opinions rooted in self-cherishing with the implication that my way or my ideas are better than yours. Our judgement of others is the swinging fist of a constricted, clenched mind. 
The liberation we feel when we open our minds comes from relaxing and letting go. We experience a surge of energy by simply allowing reality to be as is; and we find freedom in Be-ing. Only with an open mind can we glimpse our true nature, which bigger than our petty self-concepts.
(Originally written in 2012)

Thirsty Fish

April 25, 2017

Blinded by their own sight,

Deafened by their own hearing,

Numbed by their own feeling,

Dulled by their own cognition,

They fail to perceive their Source.

They are fish swimming in the

Ocean of Being thirsting for water.

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.