Emptiness and Luminosity

Seven days of silence, a retreat lead by Adyashanti entitled, “The Embodiment of Insight”.

This was an opportunity to absorb so many pearls of wisdom evoked from the daily dharma talks, the six meditation sittings per day, the beautiful natural surroundings, and 270 beings sharing 3 meals per day, observing together both the stillness and the movement – in total Silence.

Some Pearls of wisdom worth sharing:

Always look inward to the depth of intuitive knowing. The learning comes from what’s evoked within you. The teacher should never actually have an answer to your question.

We are always Being, always Becoming.

Truth is transcendent of the opposites, but can express itself through it.

We’re all attracted to the light of the fire, but unaware of the vast open space around us.

When you meditate, Sit Tall, but let the breath be soft and easy.

Recognize that the dynamic pull of the unknown (God) is not only One Way. It goes both ways. IT needs us as much as we need IT.

There is no separation. The other side of joy is sorrow. The other side of suffering is peace. The other side of light is dark. One will always contain the other.

In the Zen tradition, nothing is explained. It is left to your own experience. I imagine that is why this teacher, Adyashanti, became such a master of dialogue and imagery, to give our rational mind something to understand. 

Meditation toolbox: Look at your thoughts with Kindness, Gentleness, Compassion.

How to go ‘all the way’ through to liberation? Never deny the truth of what you actually and always are.

In the eye of the hurricane: the still point is not separate from the chaos.

BE STILL LIKE A HUMMINGBIRD, (Henry Miller): A title that’s a perfect analogy for the paradox of life.

Deep spirituality begins when we come to realize we don’t know.

This life is going to go by in a flash. Do something for yourself; Take one moment, step back, take a breath, and take it all in. 

Namaste my fellow beings. In deep love I share these simple realizations.

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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Silent Sun Worship

I LEARNED TODAY the value of Walking outside and BEING in total AWE and ASTONISHMENT and AMAZEMENT of the SUN’S LIGHT.

Five days prior to mastectomy/reconstruction surgery, strangely feeling very OKAY about everything.

I decided to go OUTSIDE and walk in NATURE

It’s so quiet where I live that it’s mind-boggling to be able to stand STILL on the (still) WHITE SNOW, and BE completely STILL …..

And just LISTEN to the SILENCE. To really HEAR the Silence.

And today’s Cloudy skies allowed me to SUN GAZE….. Only for about 10 seconds.

As the sun momentarily peered through a hole in the cloud cover, I was able to FEEL the heat of the LIGHT on my FACE, enveloped by a sense of extreme CALM, but ENERGIZED too, and very EUPHORIC……

Afterward, everything I SEE (perceive) is clouded in a mist of rainbow-colored haze. Thankfully, my eyes recover.

HOLDING onto the ABILITY TO ACCESS THE INNER QUIET ……