Sometimes, we feel clear- free of confusion and indecision. When we’re clear about who and what we are, we act in clear ways and respond to life from a place of love, peace, compassion, and understanding. When spirit comes into form it has the potential to become confused, too, and when it does, we experience negative emotions and we act on them. We have to remember that our true spiritual essence isn’t just goodness, it isn’t just happiness. It’s everything and nothing. There isn’t a force outside of our spiritual essence. There’s nothing but the God, as the mystics have told us. If we really want to be awake, if we want to allow suffering to end, we have to open up our very idea of what God is, what spirit is. And all of our lives are proof that our spiritual nature contains everything at once- that we can become clear or confused, that we can act loving or cruel. How we act and feel depends on how awake we are, and how much we experience that silence, that peace, within……Adyashanti
maybe it was in the middle of a cascading sadness or a disconnection from all that we once held true….and then there was suddenly a muddy crossroads…..where to turn? where to hide? where to kiss the ground?
We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
Thus, while the tangible has advantages,
it is the intangible that makes it useful.
The contemplative has nothing to tell you except to reassure you and say that if you dare to penetrate your own silence and dare to advance without fear into the solitude of your own heart,
and risk the sharing of that solitude with the lonely other who seeks God through you and with you, then you will truly recover the light and capacity to understand what is beyond words and beyond explanation…..Thomas Merton