Ode to Opossum

On my front porch stoop, I sit
cold February day, but sun-lit

Petting Goldie, my feral cat
she’s behaving strangely, I can sense that

Lady, can’t you see?
she urges me

Below the stoop to the left, I glance
to view a dead opossum, by chance

Innards half eaten, and frozen stiff
a raccoon, or a coyote, I wonder if

His spirit still there?
does he sense that I care?

I fetch the shovel to carry away
the petrified corpse, now free from affray

Far behind the house I choose the plot
frozen leaves and branches, I clear a slot

I make a blanket with sticks and dried leaves
to cover his corpse that no longer grieves

Now you are free from the body cage-jail
I honor my dead friend with the prehensile tail

It has been such an interesting week. I have had so many synchronistic occurrences, and I’m noticing more and more how every single thought manifests itself through form (a body). I recognize more deeply how Father Time veils our wisdom, hiding the reality that it’s actually all occurring simultaneously. I think I’m learning something new, but it’s actually what I know already. Thankfully, my dream time opens up my mind again, at least while I’m in deep sleep. But damn, that illusive “time” covers it over with ignorance when my morning alarm goes off.

It has become obvious to me the meaninglessness of the labels we get stuck to. But they’re sooooo energetically sticky, like Superglue.

Vegan/ Carnivore
White/ Black
Nationalist/Globalist
Christian/Jew
Left/Right
Straight/Gay
Theist/Atheist
Human/Alien
Elite/Blue collar

We get stuck to the label, and then BELIEVE IN the label, and the mind closes up!
None of it is true. We don’t even know what consciousness IS.

“You can’t be open-minded when you label yourself with anything!” Freedom Fighters Florida

meditation

so busy
doing this, doing that
mind flutter
going here, going there
distractions
ooooh yes, ooooh no
The month has been kind of hectic, and I’ve lapsed in my precious quiet sitting time.
So today, I took the time to sit in awareness …… of awareness.

“It is more useful and certainly easier  to think of meditation as the art of acknowledging what is already present. This can happen when you’re sitting in meditation, which is great, but you can also do it at any time. It takes only a few seconds to notice that awareness and quiet are always and already the background of every experience. Start with little moments of meditation – ten seconds, fifteen seconds – and repeat them during the day. Gradually do nothing but this acknowledgement practice for two, ten, twenty seconds, whatever- but do not turn it into a battle, and do not turn it into something that is frustrating or makes you feel defeated. These small moments of meditation can change what you are noticing. In a certain sense, you will be changing your consciousness, opening and beginning to observe and feel and sense into – become sensitive tothe sacred and the timeless. It may or may not start out that way the first time you do it, but the sacred and the timeless are always and already present. All we need to do is take a moment to notice, and that is what meditation is.”

excerpt from the most important thing, Adyashanti (italics and bold are mine)

 

 

 

unknown

It’s often the simplest seeming gesture or word/idea that serves as a deep awakening.

As I’m reading The Most Important Thing, (Adyashanti), I’m reminded ….

How we IDENTIFY with a thought about absolutely anything can create either suffering or happiness.

This has been so helpful for me to re-cognize, again, simple as it is.

Further grace dropped into my consciousness while I was revisiting my old dream journals, as I’m preparing to work on my new project, The Yoga of Dreaming.

I was reminded of a teaching at a silent retreat that served a deep awakening for me, at that time:

“You will NEVER find TRUTH looking through the MIND”

Why is this SO important to re-cognize?

Because the Mind’s nonstop evaluation of its perceptions are occurring in TIME (in this dimension of reality)

We already know Time is an illusion, right? But in Time the only thing we can actually KNOW through EXPERIENCE is the present moment

Everything else is the UNKNOWN

The unknown = FEAR (most of the time), especially the unknowing about death

Which leaves 99.99999% of us living in FEAR (aka anxiety) pretty much all of the TIME

To eliminate this constant state of fear, our only hope would be to let go of identifying with the MIND’s obsessive compulsion to make up stories about everything – and then believe it’s TRUE!!!!

Sounds simple enough.

But it’s not simple. Why?

Because the UNKNOWN will always be the only thing that is TRUE.

Our MIND cannot accept that.

What can we do?

Sit still. Be quiet. Observe. Listen. Feel. Laugh. Watch nature. Trust. Open your heart to gratitude. Take Action without attaching to outcome. Be YOU, authentically.

KNOW that you will never KNOW.

Remind yourself every day.

Even this writing is not true.
It’s just an attempt to express the ineffable……..

suggestions welcome

fierce grace

I am the Way and the Master who watches in silence
Thy friend and thy shelter and thy abode of peace
I am the beginning and the middle and the end of all things;
Their seed of Eternity, their Treasure supreme
Bhagavad Gita 9:18

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think someone slipped a chemo pill into my wine glass at the Lake Region Fitness holiday party.

The next morning I awoke with a sore throat, but I bull-headedly forged ahead to work obligations and appointments, and 24 hours later the effects kicked in; fever, chills, body aches, nausea, diarrhea.

I haven’t felt this way since chemotherapy, was my initial thought.

But I also intuit that it often takes a fierce grace to bring our soul into alignment with our truest journey. This bout with a viral infection afforded me:

• Time to rest.
• Time to contemplate.
• Time to have no responsibilities to others.
• Time to accept discomfort on the deepest level.
• Time to fast.
• Time to be fully present with myself.
• Time to sleep deeply and dream.

So I write this as a Reminder to Self that the innate wisdom of our highest path is so beyond our understanding, so outside our limited perception, ineffable ….

I remain humbled in the Mystery.

pre new year gratitude

So many gems in this video, especially for alchemy/astrology lovers.

However, I really resonated with the reminder to be aware of what I’m putting out there, and to recognize how what I am putting out there actually becomes part of the fractal we call our (world). 

The simple, profound pearls I received today paraphrased:

26:45:

This thing is a fractal, and when you put something out into this universe, it takes it and repeats it.

So the more that we complain, the more that we whine, or anything negative – its just gunna repeat that pattern.

But if we say I’m grateful I’m breathing, I’m grateful for the small things, it responds to us. But we’re acting the wrong way.

Be grateful for the little things in life and then you’ll watch your life change.

Here’s what changed for me: I don’t have a weight on my shoulders anymore. I didn’t even know I had a weight. But it’s gone! Instead of whining about what I don’t have, I am grateful for what I do have.

I feel lighter, it’s strange to explain, but it’s very freeing, I feel very alive.

I realized I was burdening myself down with my own complaints. Like carrying a bag of rocks on my back and every complaint a new rock was added to the bag. And I didn’t even know I was carrying it, like it became a part of me.

Now that bag of rocks I was carrying is gone, and I’m just floatin down the street now, I’m sprouting wings.

(Much gratitude to you, Lavette)
 

 

oh my sacred dream time

“Enlightenment is not seeing everything through the distortion called egoic state of consciousness. That’s why it’s called natural state;  It’s perception without a lens. Ultimately that’s what enlightenment is: Perception without distortion.” Adyashanti

The dream state is a lustrous gem

here’s where all of the distortions are revealed

In perfect living color, form and sound

Because in TIME

I only see through the lens of my perceptions (distortions)

But when sleep time comes, the TIME perceptions dissolve

Now I can see through it all

My dreams show me what I know in a way I can’t really comprehend
It would be too jarring for my indoctrinated left-sided brain
So my dream time gives me truths incognito

I am learning to unlock the symbolic coding

and it’s beginning to shine crystal clear

OH MY SACRED DREAM TIME

 

 

 

Single Eye

“The Eye with which I see God is the same Eye with which God sees me” Meister Eckhart

The day after attending my mom’s burial I decide I need a quiet walk in nature.

Walking along Mountain Top Road, I find myself talking to mom.

Looking up into the sky, looking at the ground, trees, rocks, plants. Asking her to show me a sign.

I had made this request of her prior to her death, while she was in a morphine-induced sleep, knowing she heard me, and now reminding her that this was my wish.

When you’re free, please let me know, send me a sign that you are in the form of infinite love and peace, finally free of suffering.

I did not receive any observable signal today.

However, I am feeling a very unusually peaceful sense of calm, with a release of tears every now and then when the reminder of sadness wells up inside.

Today’s quiet walk in nature did present some clarity around our Divine nature.

The mind cannot comprehend IT, that which we ARE.
Infinity, infinite potential, is not 3-D mind-graspable.
But it is ALWAYS THERE. (Love had no beginning and no end)

So why wouldn’t mom be the SEER of life through MY eyes today?

As she is again ONE with ALL that IS, and that’s what “SEES” through each of our individual eyes.

Whatever ‘sign’ she shows me, depends on Janet’s ability to recognize the ONE who SEES through my eyes, the infinite SEER.

I think Dr. Petrovich says it more eloquently:

“So many folks tell me how much they want to live divinely, to really see it, experience it and be it. It’s almost as though people believe that somewhere “out there” is someone who is going to magically make a divine mindset appear. It is exactly the opposite. You are the only person who can change your focus within your life to one of divine awareness.

The task begins to break down to one basic concept: spending time in silence so that the cosmic, divine information has a place to land. And you know how busy your mind is during the day and also at night. There is a constant pitter-patter of mental rain that is always falling within your mind so the divine knowing has no space to enter.

Wanting to “feel it in your bones” must begin with your mind and heart. There is a direct connection among the mind, heart and bones with the heart leading the parade. The mind can either come along for the ride or can resist the idea and fight against it. This decision is entirely up to you.

When you begin to quiet down and listen to your heart, you will start realizing that your thoughts and mental words are simply symbols of your divinity. The awareness you are, the witness, the observer is truly what you are when you release the need to focus on specific thoughts about anything.”

Excerpted from: ‘Feeling It In Your Bones’ by Reverend Doctor Toni Petrinovich
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