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There comes a point in our awakening journey where we let go of our techniques and efforts and surrender. Surrender is not the same as giving up; in spiritual practice, it means that our consciousness shifts from the small self  “doing” everything, so that a larger intelligence can take over the steering wheel.

~ Chameli Ardagh

do you ever remember really listening? hearing from a distant and metaphysical knowing?

inquiry for today~  you know you know….and you know how to know through the simple acts of being real…….

wild things

William butler Yeats once said, “We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us to see their own images and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even a fiercer life because of our silence.” Just being in present awareness, at ease in our own quiet hearts, can make us a reflecting pool, and those who gather around will tend to see their own images. Many times I have had profound life realizations while sitting in the company of teachers, friends, or loved ones without their speaking a word. There is a presence that transmits itself loud and clear, if we attune to it. In awakened awareness we use language to communicate while knowing that another, more powerful communication is taking place in deeper awareness. In awakened awareness we don’t need to pretend that we are only a conglomeration of stories, an aggregate of accomplishments, or a survivor of miseries. We are willing to gaze into the eyes of another person without fear or desire—without stories about who I am or who she is—and sense only the light of existence shining in a particular pair of eyes. There’s an awareness that exists beyond words and allows our direct experience to be completely fresh. The more attuned we are to this awareness, the more quickly language and thought are analyzed for their usefulness and released. This occurs via a process which I call “steeping in silence,” whereby the attention rests in quiet awareness and thus remains there more and more consistently, as it becomes stronger in its habit.  ~Catherine Ingram

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