can I live with the question
never touching it
waiting for the sun to rise
not anticipating the colors
living in this not knowing
waiting for the inhalation
dissolving with the exhalation
letting the question take its form
letting the answer say what it will
- Billy Doyle
I am nothing
And yet I am everything.
If you understand this
then you know your self.
The fundamental nature of reality is consciousness. It creates all experience. There is only one emotion that permeates all experience. That is Love. This is not romantic love, or motherly love, or teacher love etc.. That is all Love with certain ego’s mixed in. For example motherly love is Love with the personality of being a mother mixed in. Love is pure and unadulterated. Love can only be given. There is no taking of Love. Love flows outward from all entities or phenomenon. This outward flow of Love is Grace. Opening one’s heart and mind lets Love emanate from the core of one’s being. This flow of Grace can be felt not just between sentient beings but also between sentient and non-sentient beings. For example: Let’s say you just bought a new tea cup. Now starts a relationship between you and the tea cup. You wash it after use and dry it thoroughly. You place it on a shelf away from the edge so that it does not fall and break. This is Love, you are taking care of it. In return it provides its function for you, holding precious tea while you sit and relax in the moment. Allowing you to enjoy every sip. The tea cup does all this without asking for anything in return.So Grace flows from you to the tea cup (caring for the tea cup) and from the tea cup to you (function without wants). This bi-directional flow of Grace is Gratitude. It is opening your heart-mind to receive Love and in return giving Love.
Even after all this time,the Sun never says to the Earth,“You owe me.”Look what happens with Love like that.It lights up the whole sky.-Hafiz
PS: When I said there is only one emotion Love, it is true. Fear also is Love turned away from the soul and towards the ego. It is the ego taking the energy of Love and trying to protect itself. From these two base emotions, Love and fear all other feelings and emotions manifest.
Disciplines, renunciations, detachments, rituals, the practice of virtue,all these, however noble, are the process of thought, and thought can only work toward an end, toward an achievement, which is ever the known. Achievement is security, the self-protective certainty of the known. To seek security in that which is nameless is to deny it. The security that may be found is only in the projection of the past, of the known. For this reason, the mind must be entirely and deeply silent; but this silence cannot be purchased through sacrifice, sublimation, or suppression. This silence comes when the mind is no longer seeking, no longer caught in the process of becoming. This silence is not cumulative, it may not be built up through practice. This silence must be as unknown to the mind as the timeless, for if the mind experiences the silence, then there is the experiencer who is the result of past experiences, who is cognizant of a past silence, and what is experienced by the experiencer is merely a self-projected repetition. The mind can never experience the new, and so the mind must be utterly still. The mind can be still only when it is not experiencing, that is, when it is not terming or naming, recording or storing up in memory. This naming and recording is a constant process of the different layers of consciousness, not merely of the upper mind. But, when the superficial mind is quiet, the deeper mind can offer up its intimations. When the whole consciousness is silent and tranquil, free from all becoming – which is spontaneity – then only does the immeasurable come into being.