seagull against a blue sky

George

People die every moment, every day

And yet

When the ‘people’ is someone I know

Love

Hold in my heart

Oh, what a shock

How sad, unexpected

Unwelcome

Impossible.

Infinity in a Sunflower

Existence – Knowledge – Bliss

Infinity in a Sunflower

Photo by Depositphotos.com, Lizard

The real Sat-Chid-Ananda [Existence-Knowledge-Bliss] exists within every human being. The goal is to realize that Self; realize that peace, joy, and love; realize that light — all different names for the same experience.

~~Sri Swami Satchidananda

Shedding Identities to Find Consciousness

Awakening to our true nature happens in a split second when the mind is still. Nothing needs to change in order to wake up to the truth of our Being. The full embodiment of this awakeness that we are, however, might last years or a lifetime. It is in the embodiment of the truth that real transformation takes place. Such embodiment is a continual process of shedding identities and ideas, however, not acquiring them. Embodiment might be said to be the real work of awakening, but it is a natural, spontaneous process, not the project of the egoic mind, for that thought is never what awakens.

~~ Dorothy Hunt, poet, author, spiritual seeker and leader, and founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy

I came across Dorothy Hunt as I was perusing the agenda of the upcoming SAND16, Esalen workshops. One day I’ll attend a SAND event, but until then, I troll their agendas to find insightful and inspiring leaders in the world of Science and Non-Duality. What struck me in this quote from Dorothy Hunt’s website is this sentence: Such embodiment is a continual process of shedding identities and ideas, however, not acquiring them.

I do a whole lot of acquiring of ideas; I read, study, listen to audios, and follow leads into the latest thinking announced in journals and described in notes from conferences such as SAND, but now I have to ask: am I hindering my own awakening by holding onto my lifelong ideas and personal identity? By grasping tightly to my idea of who is ‘me’ and what kind of a character I am and what I can be? Dorothy Hunt’s words lead me to wonder and to do some self-assessing on the topic. It may be time to assess inward as well as to seek outward.

 

mindfulness on a tulip

Creative Principle in Nature

The universe is not in a steady state; there’s an ongoing creative principle in nature, which is driving things onwards.
~~ Rupert Sheldrake

I happened to be listening to Rupert Sheldrake, biologist, scientist and researcher in the field of parapsychology and “morphic resonance”, when I noticed this quote. Makes me think, which I love to do.

Perception Morphs Reality

Old Newtonian physics claimed that things have an objective reality separate from our perception of them. Quantum physics, and particularly Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, reveal that, as our perception of an object changes, the object itself literally changes.

~~Marianne Williamson