Don’t be misled by the mind, even for one thought. There is nothing to believe in, nothing to go towards. Make no mistake, every thing is part of a grand illusion. There is only self. Pure radiant divine light shining through you, your essential nature seeing from within, throughout every universal point in conscious awareness. Turn towards this awareness, not towards the attention of the small me, the idea of yourself. Awareness is the purity of yourself, aware of all things, aware of all gravitation of your attention towards an external projection. What you see as separate from your Self is merely a mis-belief caused by an identification of the mind with a separate reality. There is no separate reality, except what is believed into being as a false existence. This is all passing phenomenon, no matter how hard you believe it to be real. Watch and find out. Truly look from awareness itself, you will not find anything there except changing illusory thoughts and sensations. Even the perception of these words can be clouded by mind projections. Look through this, allow those passing experiences to be seen, fully felt as they are. This is how you will come to know your Self as that which is aware. That which is before every thing. Your essential nature.
This is an opportunity to see through the layers of collective habits and conditioning. Our awareness is experiencing an abrupt shift through this period of “crisis”. Whatever felt normal before is now being challenged. That is, wherever consciousness was unconsciously hooked into the collective mind before, there is now this divine offering to notice how that experience within perception is also shifting. Wherever there is a sense of panic, anxiety, fear, aggression, frustration, confusion, etc. it offers a stark contrast to what was often perceived as the norm and how those emotions were in-check and being regulated. Normal sensations of the mass collective is no longer there. This is the secret window into waking up parts of the Self from deep sleep. Where consciousness was unconsciously identifying with the apparent world “out there”. For anyone breaking free from conditioning, or seeking liberation, this is the opportunity. Whatever is sensed, noticed, felt, seen, is not what you are. Reality is not “out there” somewhere. Reality has never changed. It is the changeless essence that notices the changing. The formless self awareness that perceives the form. With this great shift, comes the opportunity to see where we identify with reality as objective, when in fact it is object-less. It is so simple.
There is no hope, no cure, no saviour to any situation. The truth be known, will set you free. The truth is here now, within you. Use this mass shift in consciousness to offer its reflection on your essential nature. Whatever comes up in you is asking for the attention of your awareness. Not the attention of your thoughts to try to make sense of it through justification or fear or another unique story. That will lead to more separation, more suffering. It is a time of unity, bringing everything home into the totality of existence. It is your true nature that is the wholeness of life itself. Feel it now, it is the You that is aware of whatever is arising. Awareness has no limits, no boundaries, no location. Your essential nature is everywhere.
Darkness and light dance the cosmic dance. Let them mingle in your conscious attention and bring everything back to the breath. Breathe in the light and breathe out the dark. Breathe in the dark and breathe out the light. It doesn’t matter. The simple truth will never change and will always be here, now. It is what you already are, whether your contracted lens is ready to surrender or not. Sometimes the truth of reality seems too bright to behold, so we put on dark glasses to shade our sight. The trouble comes when we forget to take off the glasses when darkness comes. Then we cannot see at all. We cannot discern truth from falsehood. We need to take off the glasses of conditioned response and look with uninhibited innocence at the is-ness of what is being offered by life. The opportunity is in receiving everything with grace, without resistance, without reaction or story, or judgement. Just soft, innocent, openness. Then, this opportunity will reveal the ignorance of where the mind was hooked into the collective field of the mass consciousness, and all that can melt into your Beingness. You are the life force and the container of all life, all love, all at the same time.
It is a time for freedom and liberation, to reveal unbridled Self-expression throughout every form. This could never be achieved with so much isolation, so much separation, so much conformation, confusion, suffering, etc. This is the paradox. In the apparent isolation, there is the opportunity for unity and liberation. Separateness is an illusion. There is no other, only the appearance of others. Go within, even for a moment, and see the paradox of life. Whatever is going on “out there”, is actually within you because you are the boundless, limitless, timeless essential nature of all life that comes before all things.
Be blessed by the grace of your divine nature. Trust in all love that is the origin of all comings and goings, arisings and passings, all phenomenal experiences, in the seeming everywhere. The great awakening is coming from within you, rising up to come and get you and claim you for its own Oneness.
What is written here is an invitation to rest the attention of awareness in that of the timeless, boundless nature. That which is before the phenomenon of the world. The resting place of the silent stillness is your Self, expressing as its Self. This invitation is to rest in Being and to enjoy life as the very essence of your existence.
Nothing to try here,
Or to strain, or stress, or tense.
Fret, frown or repent.
Just the empty, silky sensation of divine grace flowing effortlessly without restriction coming from any sense of individuality, separateness or personhood. All activities of the mind seen as a play, held in the attention only for the moment they arise and then pass away in their own perfection. As all holding is seen in the boundless, containerless, unlocatable, timeless and spacious awareness of your one primordial Being.
Looking to the beyond for answers only reveals more questions.
You don’t know what you don’t know. Flip that upside down and ask how knowing about something differs from deeply knowing something? What is knowing? To know is to be one with. According to an old friend, Clare Blanchflower, The mind gets in the way by conceptualizing and projecting its concepts outwards onto the play of the world.
Deep nature connection core routines get us out of our heads and into our senses. Jon Young, a disciple of Tom Brown Jr. states, the problem with modern day society is that we become entrenched in a two dimensional reality of symbolism and meaning, rather than a multi-sensory experience. Society is not the same as culture. It offers a world of oversimplification, breaking everything down into understandable fragments that can be ordered by the mind. What is missing in society without culture is the value of mystery. We become too easily subjected to a modern day pestilence of control and power over our surroundings rather than harmony with it.
When we drop the importance of mind understanding and we redirect our attention to the greater mystery by valuing its continued unfolding, then we begin to discover a greater intelligence that consumes us whole into the greater awareness.
There is nothing the mind can do to speed up this process, or even to make this ultimate discovery. It comes with a readiness to loosen the grip of the mind’s understanding which allows cracks to form in the mind made structure that is projected outward as an overlay onto what is real and true. Once these cracks begin to form, the true light of seeing begins to seep into the body of perception, purifying the perceiving mechanism by burning what only existed as a fabrication of the mind and leaving it uninhibited.
When we truly come to re-cognize what is real, what is true, the unique code of expression begins to pour out from the very essential nature of existence itself. It is god’s creation expressing in and through each and every one of us. The DNA is the link between heaven and earth, god and its creation, longing to be expressed fully in harmony with existence everywhere.
Let nature be your guide. Loosen the grip of the mind. Feel what it feels like to be with existence itself. Step away from the common patterning behaviours of your life often. Get familiar with the core routines for connecting with nature. Quiet your mind, listen with an open heart. Ask the hard questions that lead to greater humility. Reveal your arrogance and allow god to straighten it out for you. Be true to what is real and don’t accept mind made answers that leave you with a false sense of knowing. It is only ignorance wearing the costume of truth. Find out for yourself what is unchanging. That is the source of your being, your intelligence, your freedom.
Ever notice how good you feel when you stop what you are doing and go sit outside? For a moment… it dawns on you that nature is awesome. Then some thought comes into mind, maybe that nature is awesome, or something else, and then that feeling quickly fades as you head off in some direction to do something.
What was that palpable experience when all thoughts were absent and there was a noticeable “ahhh” of relaxation into the vastness? A felt sense of peace washed over you. A unifying moment of connection with the world of nature all around you. Bliss.
What if instead, those thoughts were seen as clouds passing? Just coming and going without getting stuck. One by one each ‘thought-cloud’ would be noticed and then not-noticed, noticed and then not-noticed. Eventually all the clouds would pass with only the clear sky remaining, revealing the sun and the moon and the stars and everything in between.
How did the moment of realization disappear as quickly as it came into focus? Where did it go? Did it cease to exist?
These questions and more are answered by nature, not in words but in-between the words and everything else. If we imagine a substance that is in everything and yet is no thing, we may begin to see what is true. Only that which can cannot be seen, cannot be described by words or science or art, cannot be touched, smelled, held or felt. It is like a felt sense, but comes before even the senses and the thoughts. It connects everything, invisibly, profoundly primordially.
This is the truth we will discover in Nature.
To be nature smart is to keep turning towards that which is invisible, that which defines the existence of everything. Being truly fresh and innocent and present with each moment is to know beyond knowing.
Today a big cedar tree came down. It held the south shield powerfully for an entire family. With its absence sorrow filled the air, unresolved with ancestral grief. What did it hold for this family? Was it protection, was it privacy, was it shade, was it dominance, was it hierarchy, was it darkness, was it avoidance? The sun shines brightly now reaching the family. What will come of these changes? How much can the absence of a tree allow for the potential to grow? All of this will be revealed.
We’re coming into the Beginning of the Year. The North East shield marks the true beginning. Doing the math, 12 months divided by 8 shields would take us to about 45 days after The North Shield at Winter Solstice to The NE. So by about February 4th we’ll be completing the last cycle and beginning anew. Creativity and Mystery are the hallmarks of this time. The realm of the complete unknown. Can you feel that pregnant winter with the unborn spring? It must be a ripe feeling for those of us in coastal BC with the Snow Drops starting to sprout. We even saw one tiny white flower this morning.
An old mentor of mine shared some of his insights of this powerful time that relate to village building in the Acorn model of the 8 shields.
- Emotional Well Being
- Ceremonial Leadership
- Keeping a positive attitude
- releasing grief
- facilitators of awareness
Somehow it doesn’t come as a surprise that there are those stirrings inside me to hold space around fire and the simplicity of awareness in nature at this time with my family and close ones.