S T I L L N E S S

S T I L L N E S S

S T I L L N E S S

The awakened self is Infinite Stillness – witnessing with unwavering equanimity and grace the finite and ceaseless creations and movements of mind.
 
All movements of mind (chasing desires, retreating from fears, clinging to comfort) appear and disappear, come and go, arise and pass, within the stillness of consciousness.
 
We are that stillness of consciousness experiencing the movements and distractions of mind.
 
It is natural that that which moves will seem much more interesting or captivating than the eternal stillness within which it moves.
 
But that’s only when we are not yet familiar or comfortable with the infinite richness and peace of stillness.
 
Our attentions are endlessly turned toward the world of form and movement and thus turned away from the infinite and formless stillness of unconditional loving awareness.
 
To be free of the captivations and reactive dictates of mind, patiently become more curious about the unwavering presence and peace of stillness until it becomes more familiar and trustworthy than the ceaseless movements and distractions of the mind.
 
Resting AS Stillness, we are free to play with all the creations of the mind.
You Are Infinite Stillness Experiencing the Movement of Self

You Are Infinite Stillness Experiencing the Movement of Self

You Are Infinite Stillness Experiencing the Movement of Self

The personal “i” can never come fully to rest IN the stillness of consciousness.
 
That position maintains a primary i-dentification with a personal you that constantly moves in and out of rest and maintains that there is a separate stillness of unmoving consciousness that is other than you.
 
We can only be truly at rest in the awakening AS the vast stillness of consciousness within which a personal story of self is constantly moving.
 
This is awakening.
 
I AM is the vast stillness of consciousness/awareness within which all personal modulations of that consciousness come and go.
 
Everything personal that follows I AM is transient, moving, limited and not ever truly at rest.
 
We are (everything is) the limitless stillness and presence of consciousness modulated into a temporary experience of limitation.
 
We are the infinite experiencing a finite modulation.
 
Both the personal experience (modulation) and the One Consciousness are present AND not separate. Nothing exists outside of consciousness.
 
We are not either, or.
 
We are Yes, And….
 
The invitation is to become more interested in the stillness than with the modulations.
The Presence of Peace

The Presence of Peace

The Presence of Peace

How do I find peace within the disturbances moving around me and within me?
 
You don’t.
 
The disturbances are moving within the presence of undisturbed peace.
 
Peace does not return when the disturbances are ultimately controlled, stilled or vanquished. This is an impossibility.
 
The peace is never not present. It does not come and go.
 
Storms come and go within the embrace of the undisturbed sky.
 
Waves rage upon the surface of the deep and abiding ocean.
 
The drama, comedy or horror part of the movie plays upon the pure and undisturbed screen.
 
The transient movement of mind, emotion and body appear and disappear within the undisturbed peace of pure awareness.
 
All movement appears within a great stillness.
 
We are more identified with the transient and unstable disturbances and joys of mind and form than we are with the imperishable peace of conscious within which everything comes and goes, arises and passes, is born and dies.
 
We are distracted by the movement of form and thought which blinds us to the formless stillness of BEing.
 
We needn’t deny the storms, waves, projections, thoughts, emotions and sensations of this life….
 
The error is in the denial of the imperishable peace.
 
In the denial of the imperishable peace, we have nowhere reliable to rest while we may graciously witness all the disturbances moving within us and around us.
The Fundamental Error

The Fundamental Error

The Fundamental Error

You are not who or what you ‘think’ you are.

Consequently life is not about what you think life is about.

The fundamental error is believing that life is about satisfying the needs of a thought-constructed separate ego self that you are not.

Satisfying this unreliable illusion of self creates an unreliable and ultimately unfulfilling and unsustainable world of illusion.

We’re witnessing the crumbling of that fragile world today.

We have a precious and unprecedented opportunity now to awaken our most divine and substantial nature of being.

We have the opportunity to embrace and embody the true loving consciousness that we are, which exists prior to and beyond any diaphanous story of self that the mind is constantly reconstructing.

We have the opportunity to reshape our lives and the world based on the Imperishable Truths of Love, Unity and the Divine Nature of One Consciousness.

You Can Use a Thorn to Remove a Thorn

You Can Use a Thorn to Remove a Thorn

You Can Use a Thorn to Remove a Thorn

You can use a thorn to remove a thorn.

In a meditation of inquiry, you can use the mind as a tool to point to a revelation of Self beyond mind.

This revelation of Self is experienced as a “sense” or “essence” within and not as a conceptual idea about self that appears in the mind or intellect.

A good inquiry, asked with a deep devotion to knowing truth, has great power.

The inquiries are what wake up the True Self.
Sit and inquire…

“What is the nature of the Self that exists prior to or beyond all thoughts, beliefs and conditioning about who I am?”

“If there were not a mind generated story of self, would I still exist? And if so, what does the nature of that ‘something’ feel like?”

“What is the nature of the presence which is aware of all my transient ideas about self?”

“What is the nature of that which is eternally stable and whole and always present no matter my emotional, mental or physical state of being?”

It is not a failure if the “answers” are not immediately and clearly felt. Typically that which is first encountered with such inquiries is experienced as an emptiness or void, which can be very disconcerting. This discomfort with emptiness typically engages the mind to resolve the emptiness with thoughts and concepts. The mind is more comfortable with objects with which it can relate. It struggles with formlessness.

Any answers that the mind quickly conjures to resolve such inquiries are typically just more concepts and thoughts.

Let the mind ask the questions with devotion and curiosity and then set the mind aside so that the answers may reveal themselves in actual felt experience.

You can use a thorn to remove a thorn.

You can use the mind to point to and reveal the True Self beyond mind.

The Unification of God and Soul Within the Human Experience.

The Unification of God and Soul Within the Human Experience.

The Unification of God and Soul Within the Human Experience.

The journey and experience of awakening to divine consciousness as our larger and eternal truth is not an easy experience to describe.  Even that sentance right there will evoke within most a doggish tilt of the head and a confused “Whaaaaa?”

Truly, awakening needs to be experienced to be realized.  But, for anyone who is experiencing awakening and wants to share the experience with others, the best we can do, shy of guiding the meditative journey itself,  is to use as descriptive of words and analogies as we can to give a sense of what is happening.

And in these descriptions, we are using limited words to point to some of the ethereal dynamics at play.  It’s a bit like describing the taste of peanut butter to someone who has never eaten peanut butter.  Or describing blue to a blind person.

But, it is helpful to get a sense of this new and unfamiliar territory being navigated and to learn how we might wield our awareness and presence so that we might notice what we may otherwise miss without someone pointing us to where and how to look.  Tilt of head – “Whaaaaaaa?”

But for those of us in the journey, certain experiences reveal themselves with great clarity.  Most often within the meditative experience. Like a math equation suddenly coming into focus for one who is familiar with the language of math.

So, perhaps this will make some sense if you’re beginning to experience what opens up and reveals itself as you point your awareness beyond the mind and peer into the eternal nature and vastness of BEing.

Here’s how it revealed itself to me this morning…..

As the personal identity collapses or thins, there is a unification of Soul and God within the human experience.

The story of self that we have created as our identity is a thick veneer that blinds us to our wholeness.  It is like a layer of smog between heaven and earth that keeps the two from coming into divine union.  When that layer is purified or collapsed, God can be in clear communication with the soul and the soul can once again know the love of God.

This unification is the natural wholeness that we are and that is calling to be realized.

This is the inherent yearning that moves within us and prods us to wake up beyond the dream of self that keeps us from knowing our true divinity.

This collapsing of the personal identity that allows the unification of Soul and God destroys the illusion of separation and brings into the human experience deep peace, unconditional love and a profound equanimity of presence.

The temporary and finite person is merely a vehicle of consciousness where the divine and eternal dance of God and Soul may be fully realized, lived and celebrated.

The confluence of God and Soul is the confluence of unconditional love (God) and divine purpose (Soul).  It is the confluence unwavering stillness and divine passion.  It is the confluence of infinite silence and pure desire.

Within, there is our aliveness, our vitality, our drive, our passion and our purpose.  This is the pure soul realized.

Feeling outward into the expanded consciousness there is unwavering grace, pure silence and stillness, and the purity of unconditional love.

When the temporary story of self is collapsed, the infinite love converges with the eternal passion. 

This is when life becomes most full, alive, rich and vast.