"Well, one of the interesting qualities of being human is, by the look of it, we’re the only part of creation that can actually refuse be to be ourselves. And as far as I can see, there’s no other part of the world that can do that. The cloud is the cloud, the mountain is the mountain, the tree is the tree, the hawk is the hawk. The kingfisher doesn’t wake up one day and say, “You know, God, I’m absolutely fed up to the back teeth of this whole kingfisher trip. Can I have a day as a crow? You know, hang out with my mates, glide down for a bit of carrion now and again? That’s the life for — ” No. The kingfisher is just the kingfisher.
And one of the healing things about the natural world to human beings is that it’s just itself. But we, as human beings, are really quite extraordinary in that we can actually refuse to be ourselves. We can get afraid of the way we are. And we can temporarily put a mask over our face and pretend to be somebody else or something else. And the interesting thing is then we can take it another step of virtuosity and forget that we were pretending to be someone else and become the person we were, on the surface, at least, who we were just pretending to be in the first place.
So one of the astonishing qualities of being human is the measure of our reluctance to be here, actually. And I think one of the great necessities of self knowledge is understanding and even tasting the single-malt essence of your own reluctance to be here. All the ways you don’t want to have the conversation, all the ways you don’t want to be in the marriage, you don’t want to be a parent, you don’t want to be visible in a leadership position, you don’t want to be doing this work. And this is not to give it away. This is just to understand what lies between you and a sense of freedom in it.
And I think self-compassion has to do with this ability to understand, and even to cultivate a sense of humor about all the ways you just don’t want to be here. That is the Woody Allen comic routine in the world. [laughs] It’s all the hypochondriac ways he’s afraid of the world. And that’s why he’s so entertaining, because we all recognize that part of us. So to embody your reluctance, and therefore, once it’s embodied, to allow it to actually start to change into something else, to — things only solidify when they’re kept at a distance. As soon as they’re embodied, they actually start to take on a kind of seasonality. And you’re actually, by embodying it, by feeling it fully, allowing it to start to change into something else."
~ David Whyte
Mind is its own seer and seen, self and not‑self, experiencer and the thing experienced.
It is one but it has many functions through which it is able to present innumerable different manifestations of itself to innumerable different ‘selves.’
The latter in their ignorance take the presented world because of its ‘outsideness’ to be non‑mental in its nature and fail to see that their separation from it is only a surface one.
It is certainly outside the body but not outside the mind. Thus what is essentially a mental activity is taken to be a material substance.
This is insight, that there is nothing in the world but Mind. This is the meaning of mentalism.
- Paul Brunton
Q: What motivates a liberated person to act in the world? It seems that without the motivation of desire, even the desire to help others, there would be no motivation to act at all.
Adyashanti: In Liberation you are in that state which is prior to any causation. Therefore, actions happen without any motivation for doing them. You are not doing for yourself or for the love of others. You are prior to any motivation. Actions simply happen.
From the outside, such actions may be viewed as loving, kind, and wise, but to the liberated one, all happens spontaneously and free of any motive. Actions arise out of the most natural, primordial state.
The Long Path votary works from systems, rules, plans, and techniques put down by its guides
but the Short Path votary has no path chalked out for him.
He is forever "waiting on the Lord."
-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation >
Chapter 5: Balancing the Paths > # 72
First, we should define Christian..
A Christian is someone that is following a path towards Christ..
What is a Christ?..
It is someone that has conquered selfishness and Realised that they are Love..
A Mystic is someone that has surrendered the belief in separate egoic consciousness and Realised that they and God are One..
Salvation is the Realisation that You and God have never separated but only the belief that You are separate(ego) keeps You from Salvation...
Your New Age
Is neither new
Nor will it last an age.
You ride a pendulum
On a clock wound
To run for eternity.
Your despair has
Today turned to hope.
Tomorrow it will
Turn back again.
The walls of oppression
You tear down here
Will be rebuilt
The meek shall
Inherit the earth
Then the clever ones
Will take it back from them.
The torture chamber
A disease will
And a new one will
Appear to take its place.
This strikes you
As a bleak vision
But Ram Tzu knows this...
It is your hope for a better future
That keeps you in chains today.