That day I saw beneath dark clouds,
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before,
life is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold.
It is the heart after years
of secret conversing,
speaking out loud in the clear air.
It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.
suffusing our surrender with beauty and presence allows a new kind of becoming, a new kind of quiet…..harmony and the gentle humming of the night wind may settle our soul’s restless panic…..these dark nights bring the paradox of light and goodness to aloneness and powerlessness……shine…..
This isn’t a journey about becoming something. This is about unbecoming who we are not, about undeceiving ourselves. In the end, it’s ironic. We don’t end up anywhere other than where we have always been, except that we perceive where we have always been completely differently. We realize that the heaven everyone is seeking is where we have always been. It’s one thing to say that everything is already heaven, that everybody is already awake, that everyone is already Spirit. It’s true, but as one wise Zen master said long ago, ‘A fat lot of good that does you if you don’t know it.’ Once again, what is required is a certain sense of honesty. Everything is already inherently complete, already fully Spirit. We are already as much as we will ever be. But the question is- do we know it? Have we realized it? If we have not, what is it that’s causing us to perceive otherwise? And if we have realized it, are we living it? Is it becoming actualized? Is it functioning in our lives? And so one of the most important steps is to come into agreement with your life so that you’re not turning away from yourself in any way. And the amazing thing is that when we are no longer turning away from ourselves, we find a great amount of energy, a great capacity for clarity and wisdom, and we start to see everything we need to see…….Adyashanti
With radical acceptance, we begin to shed the layers of shame and aversion we have built around our deficient, wanting self. We see through the stories we have created- stories about a self who is a victim of desire, about a self who is fighting desire, about a self who has to have something more, something different from what is right here, right now. Radical acceptance dissolves the glue that binds us as a small self and frees us to live from the vibrant fullness of our being. Longing, felt fully, carries us to belonging. The more times we traverse this path- feeling the loneliness or craving, and inhabiting its immensity- the more the longing for love becomes a gateway into love itself. Our longings don’t disappear, nor does the need for others. But by opening into the well of desire- again and again- we come to trust the boundless love that is its source. Freedom begins when we pause and pay close attention to our experience……Tara Brach