On the dl…or letting go

The child grabs the butterfly and crushes it…it leaves an impression…holding on too tightly will leave a lasting impression and can lead to fear of letting go…The wise one says there is a difference between stillness and doing nothing…In the west we are taught that letting go …is doing nothing…it is the reflection of irresponsibility..therefore many suffer from holding on too tightly until it is too late…Control of the mind is the experience of letting go which can lead to freedom…It is the one particular case when distraction can lead to wisdom…

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Duality

the moon reflects on the lake…and which is the illusion…duality can be confusing…what is real and what is illusion..there is a duality even in duality…life is an illusion so nothing is real…therefore the wise one stays on the path and projects nothing…I find it difficult at times to stay clear on my path…I try to stay focused but things come up and bam…I’m lost in the bardo of duality…focus requires a clear awareness of distraction…choosing your battles eliminates duality…an empty mind and clear focus illuminates the path…

Pale Blue Dot

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

Humility

Isn’t it easier to be a sage at the top of a mountain…you’re closer than you think…Not everyone is born to extroversion..I am perceived as an extrovert but I’m really a very shy person…I don’t particularly like being in the lime light…I am however learning to be the luminescence of my own mind …my lack of humility is really tied to my shyness…I have perceived humility as weakness…it is pounded into us in the west as a way of protection from bullies…bullies see humility as weakness but can find trouble when encountering one engaged in martial arts…there is power in simplicity…I am working on my own humility…walking in the bardo of light requires it..I believe vulnerability is fear of dying…perceived so it has become easier for people in the west to hide their humility behind  masks of courage or self confidence rather than opening up to acceptance of fear and dying…shyness should be honored as the sage who walks among thieves.

Catharsis; the great liberation is at hand

The storm has ended, the beach is cleared, the bag is full, the wise sage sees the rope ties the bag and sends it gently out to sea…now is the time of the great liberation…set your grasping mind free of illusion and fear…it is the year of the dragon…in my case a water dragon…the great liberation is the great tsunami of spiritual healing…I celebrated my own catharsis yesterday with a dear friend…we danced and cajoled and tied our bags and sent them out to sea…the time is now to identify your tribe…the elder walks through the woods his tribe greets him without saying a word…I had a difficult year last year for gaining wisdom…the great void opened up and took me in and celebrated its passing…I am renewed and resolved…intoxication in moderation is like childbirth and makes rings around the sun….I am looking forward to my first engagement of  THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE LIVING ACCORDING TO BLUE…there is a lot of preparation…

Right action

There is a change in the weather…the sage knows the value of a good meal…the tiger is distracted…the sun shines the sea is still…Eating the apple is the only right action…danger above and below in front and behind…right action clears the storm…right action is knowing what to do when caught in the Bardo of  fear and confusion..the tiger is paper…the mind is confused…right action saves the day…because I did not succumb to fear…my mind is clear..I made a right action..enjoyed the sun…and experienced a very valuable lesson…it is sustaining…freedom is maintained…

Fear of the unknown

Darkness is closing in and the mind creates monsters…the enlightened sage engages the light…the bardo of fear dissolves… Fear of  the unknown; revert to bad habits…I am creating monsters and am in the grip of fear and confusion…as a westerner I have not learned to accept the flow …survival is a concept not an inevitability…I am living art…ever day is a test of my resolve…I am basically a coward…there are tigers in front of me and tigers behind me and a sweet apple grows at my feet…