Spirit filled every atom and cell of my body with healing, radiant light, and I refuse to install a dimmer.
Spirit filled my mind with so many divine ideas, I have to give them away.
Spirit filled my heart with so much love, I’m starting to hug trees.
Spirit filled my life with so much joy, I laugh in my sleep.
IT IS POWERFUL, PERFECT, CEASELESS, CHANGELESS..
AND IT IS WITHIN US.
WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT WE CAN BE HEALED; WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO HAVE FAITH;
WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO REFUSE TO BELIEVE
THAT ANY CONDITION IS BEYOND HELP OR HEALING.
Extra baggage as I go, only serves to make me slow.
I make the choice to let it go. The choice is up to me.
Hatred, discord now will be, changed to love and harmony.
In my hand I hold the key, the key that unlocks me.
Baggage I that left behind was filled with thoughts that were unkind,
I let them go to free my mind, became a lighter me.
We can grow by simply listening,
the way the tree on that ridge listens
its branches to the sky,
the way blood listens
its flow to the site of a wound,
the way you listen
like a basin when my head so full of grief
can’t look you in the eye.
We can listen our way
out of anger,
if we let the heart soften
the wolf we keep inside.
We can last by listening deeply,
the way roots reach for the next inch of earth,
the way an old turtle listens all he hears
into the pattern of his shell.
~ Mark Nepo
YOU CAN BE MORE…SO MUCH MORE. HERE ARE A FEW STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO EXPRESS MORE OF YOUR HIGHER POTENTIAL.
GET A HIGHER PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE.
No matter how lofty your present purpose, stretch a little further and find one that is just a little higher.
WHERE YOU ARE PUTTING YOUR FAITH?
It is good to have faith in your friends and your own human resources, but you must above all have faith in a higher power. You must have faith in the Spirit within you.
GET ABOVE YOUR TROUBLES.
Don’t remain stuck in your troubles. You must make up your mind that with the help of the Spirit within, you can rise above your troubles.
USE THE CREATIVE POWER OF YOUR IMAGINATION.
Use your imagination to picture the fulfillment of your dreams. See them whole and complete even as you take them into the silence.
Self-realization is realizing the inherent nature underneath our conditioning. When you realize it, you plug into the truth that has been realized by all Buddhas and ancestors since time immemorial. The self perishes. Self is forgotten. What is the self that we hold on to? This is the question we must ask. Is what we were taught from the time we were born our true nature? Or are we just conditioned to believe that we are this or that? Self is an idea. It does not exist. We create it moment to moment. It is not until we are free of our attachments that we realize the complete falling away of body and mind. The true self. The ground of reality. It takes a lot of conditioning to separate us from our true nature. So, it takes a lot of training to reconnect us with our true nature.
We can certainly function with our highly conditioned mind. We can become very smart, make lots of money, raise children, maintain a home, have a successful business, friends and so on. We can feel pretty secure and sure of ourselves and those around us. Why would we want to change our comfortable lives? There is a moment when we realize that something is not right, that we somehow have not been given the whole story, that there is something more to this life than what people seem to think, or what we’ve been told. The moment that thought arises, we have done what is called in zen, “raising the Bodhi mind,” the aspiration for enlightenment. The moment you do that, the process is complete. The process beyond time and space. It is the birth potential of all sentient beings. Many will do it, many will not. Once you have entered the Way, it is hard to turn back. The practice of emptying the mind begins by practicing non-attachment. Just practice. 24 hours a day, you ask yourself, Who am I? That is moment to moment practice. Sit, meditate, walk, meditate, work, meditate, every breath, every thought, every action. It will come. If not in this lifetime, the next. What ELSE have you got to do? You need not rely on books alone. True awakening happens in the solitude, the quiet of your own mind. – Sunya
He must have been a gambler on the Delta Queen,
knowing where the cards were placed before they could be seen.
With hands as fast as lightening, he’d deal a winning hand,
then stroll along the promenade and listen to the band.
He must have been a feline, all slick and glossy brown,
with tread so ghostly silent, he never made a sound.
He’d sit high on the alter where monks would come to pray,
and listen to their chanting till the break of day.
He must have had a kingdom, high upon a hill,
and servants who with speed of light would do their masters will.
He had three shiny mirrors and sandals made of gold,
and drank a magic portion so he never would grow old.