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NOTHING IS WRONG This is peace to be thankful for life exactly as it is right now.
THE MYTH OF AWAKENING I didn't wake up . It was a falling away. The untrue couldn't keep hold in my being anymore. It fell away and took with it any illusion that I was ever going to get or be or have more than what had always been here. I didn't wake up on the floor in the night to an angelic vision Or in a high state of bliss I don't have an 'awakening story' Just a slow and sometimes excruciating dissolving of what is not it. I know I knelt on the floor of a chapel And handed the car keys of my life over to God Because all my tricks and games had failed. God took all the cards of the poker game of life out of my hand Then destroyed the deck And asked me 'What is left?' All I can know is this A might fire is still here and burning.
YOUR TRUE NATURE
Your true nature
Is like that of the Great Mother (or Father)
Everything comes and goes within her circumference.
Thoughts arise and disappear in waves Emotions, feelings, desires and events Are all experienced. Nothing is excluded Nothing is good or bad Nothing needs fixing. For everything is her child and therefore having sprouted forth from her Contain her essence.
She is unmoved by each story that unfolds Fleeting deciduous leaves but not the roots Are all let in without resistance. The apparent lost orphans of her love May stray far at times But like a loving parent She dwells in stillness, and waits for her children To relinquish the toys they picked up in their innocence And to realize that her eternal embrace Has always been there.
NOTHING WAS EVER BROKEN - THE GIFT IN HEARTACHE
Recently in a silent retreat with my eyes closed and the balmy summer breeze floating into the hall I heard a butterfly trapped in the top balcony, desperate and exhausted to get to the outside Seeing its true home was just a small, glass vale away from the ‘prison’ of the room.
Have you too felt like this?
Exhausted of trying to get ‘there’?
The magical plateau in life that once you reach, it will all be over and life will always be great all the time?
Having an intellectual understanding of truth but not ‘realizing’ or living it?
Still feeling stuck in the mind's stories, the personality, knowing that it is not all you are?
But not knowing how to get to not being there either!
It’s tiring just to write it down, yet we live it over and over..and over.. and….
Whilst the butterfly struggled, the nearby church bells rang sweetly. Ah yes! The bells of the heart, the alarm call to remind you to come home Papaji said ‘call off the search’ and this is the sweet truth of it. The butterfly struggled upstairs (in the mind) whilst all the windows and doors downstairs (in the heart) were open.
The butterfly, like you beautiful one, was always free. She was simply looking out of the wrong window, dwelling in the wrong room of the house. And when you spend your life there, in suffering, knowing there is something beyond this, but not knowing how to get there and you can’t get into the right room.... what then?
Well, then a miracle happens and grace hears your call. And once you are truly exhausted, tired, frustrated, angry and confused and cannot go on, Then grace does the most clever and intelligent thing it can.
It breaks your heart.
Just big enough for you to fly through.
It’s the breaking that ends the lie of separation. For that beautiful one, is what is actually hurting you most. Dwell in your heart and know Nothing was ever broken. There was no glass.
STILLNESS AND PRESENCE
The amazing thing about stillness and presence Is that once you sink totally into this moment Everything starts to heal itself.
There is no trying to heal No thinking about how to heal Or searching for what needs healing
You just notice that as you stay here In this moment Everything mends itself All life ever needed from you All it ever asked of you Was to show up.