"If you do stay present with what you see when you look at
yourself again and again, you begin to develop a deeper
friendship with yourself..
It's a complete friendship, because you are not leaving out
the parts that are painful to be with. It's the same way you
would develop a complete friendship with another person.
You include all that they are. When you develop this complete
friendship with yourself, the parts you're embarrassed
about, as well as the parts you're proud of, manifest
A genuine person is a person who is not hiding anything, who
is not conning themselves. A genuine person doesn't put
up masks and shields."
~ Pema Chodron
You’ve probably heard before that there’s nothing to get. To the seeker it is very confusing and frustrating
to listen to all this talk about “There is no enlightenment”, “There is nothing to get”, “There is
nothing you can do”.
Essentially this is true, but for the apparent seeker, such phrases seem contradictory to what the seeker
believes. There actually is no way to say it that conforms to the preconceived dualistic notions of the
mind. The mind believes in some sort of enlightenment, which when obtained will end all the
troubles, and there will be eternal bliss. Rubbish!
All you are is all you will ever be, and there need be no “enlightenment”, only the seeing of the fact of
Who You Are, and not being deluded into believing in what you are not.
- J.D. Hazelwood
"And the deepest level of communication is not
communication, but communion.
It is wordless.
It is beyond
words, and it is beyond speech, and it is beyond concept.
that we discover a new unity.
We discover an older unity.
dear brothers, we are already one.
But we imagine that we are
And what we have to recover is our original unity.
have to be is what we are."
~ The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton
This bearded young man that would read the Torah in the many villages..
This was a young time, before religious rules were set by the rulers..
Five hundred years after Gautama, the message is the same..
One spoke of selflessness and the other spoke of humility..
They both spoke of the dissolving of the self..
Reaching this strange place called Love..
How many Frequencies above this, must we enter ?..
The Saints speak of seven Heavens,
but, they are also aspects of separation..
If you have not walked beyond your Teacher,
then you have failed Them..
"Come, follow Me",
said, the Nazarene...
No personal, individual effort can possibly lead to enlightenment.
On the contrary, what is necessary is to rest helpless in beingness, knowing that we are nothing - to be in the nothingness of the no-mind state in which all conceptualizing has subsided into passive witnessing.
In this state whatever happens will be not our doing but the pure universal functioning to which we have relinquished all control.
Ramesh S Balsekar
His work is to keep still even though time is rushing by;
the more it hurries the more firmly he is to remain outside the rushing current,
implacably set in timelessness.
-- Notebooks Category 19: The Reign of Relativity >
Chapter 4: Time, Space, Causality > # 160
There seem to be two kinds of searchers:
those who seek to make their ego something other than it is, i.e. holy, happy, unselfish (as though you could make a fish unfish), and those
who understand that all such attempts are just gesticulation and play-acting, that there is only one thing that can be done, which is to
disidentify themselves with the ego, by realising its unreality, and by becoming aware of their eternal identity with pure being.
- Wei Wu Wei,
from Fingers Pointing Towards The Moon
Regardless of the fears and dreads, the hesitancies and timidities of the lower ego, he must carry out whatever his newly found commander bids him do.
But this will not be so hard and unpleasant a task as it might seem to others.
For he will now feel at least the same satisfaction in yielding to the higher self's bidding that he formerly felt in yielding to the lower one's desires.
And with the bidding will come the needed strength, courage, and wisdom to obey it.
The world's opposition and danger may be recognized but will not deter him.
It is not by his own will that he engages himself in such work, but by a will that supports and guides him better than ever he could support or guide himself.
This he clearly comprehends and gladly accepts.
-- Notebooks Category 22: Inspiration and the Overself >
Chapter 2: Inspiration > # 89 Paul Brunton