How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?
Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?
When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life-
What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room,
when you turn around?
ever find yourself sitting and staring off into space, simply not knowing what to do next? what to think? what’s it all about? what are we doing? why can’t it all just stop for a few hours? what is missing? hmmmm…….no one is alone in this….and grace is where we go to listen….and grace happens when the spiraling begins….and grace serves the truth…..
In its highest form, the sensation of seeking takes on the form of the Great Search for Spirit. We wish to get from our unenlightened state (of sin or delusion or duality) to an enlightened or more spiritual state. We wish to get from where Spirit is not, to where Spirit is…The Great Search for Spirit is simply that impulse, the final impulse, which prevents the present realization of Spirit, and it does so for a simple reason: the Great Search presumes the loss of God. The Great Search reinforces the mistaken belief that God is not present, and thus totally obscures the reality of God’s ever-present Presence. The Great Search, which pretends to love God, is in fact the very mechanism of pushing God away; the mechanism of promising to find tomorrow which exists only in the timeless now; the mechanism of watching the future so fervently that the present always passes it by- very quickly- and God’s smiling face with it…..Ken Wilber
The spiritual life, which affirms and includes all experience in awareness, tends to manifest joy that radiates from an inner source. It cannot be found by searching in the outer world, but when the source within is awakened it is reflected in all things. In the words of Kalu Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, ‘When you practice the Dharma the clouds of sorrow will drift away and the sun of wisdom and great joy will be shining in the clear sky of your mind.’ Pleasure at this level may be described as rapture, joy, or pure light. The happiness that results from healing the mind at this level is impossible as long as one feels fragmented or conflicted. Peace is a necessary condition. Experiencing spiritual happiness is contingent on awareness. In growing toward wholeness, awakening to the reality of self as spirit can generate spontaneous joy. It is not a separate state to be acquired or added to a repertoire, but can be expressed in communication at any level of consciousness. If one listens to the wisdom of the Self in the process of changing, growing, and understanding more about human experience, one may discover that happiness is inseparable from the fulfillment of a unique function in the world. When one responds to an inner calling, following truth and authenticity at every level, one may taste happiness in the process of becoming whole….Frances Vaughan