Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Beyond Heart and Mind

The Heart is happy and at peace.

The mind laments, "How can you be so cheerful while I am so miserable? Look at the world. There is conflict and poverty everywhere I turn."

The Heart replies, "Yes, I see that you are seeking perfection, but every search is a circle drawing you deeper into your own heart."

"Then why does it hurt so much to be a witness to all of this suffering?" worries the mind.

"The sun is shining, and it is a beautiful day." Now, the Heart is unfolding itself in an open invitation. "See what you are missing."

"I do want peace, but something is always going wrong," complains the mind.

"The peace that you are seeking cannot be attained. It simply exists as your true nature... your very essence."

Still, the mind moans on and on. All the while, the Heart responds with kindness and compassion... wisdom, patience and grace until the mind can think of nothing else to grumble about.

At last, the mind stops... and there is silence...

All that remains is the sound of the sun, shining.

Friday, September 25, 2009

When All Reflections Fall Away

"The truth is that you are always united with the Lord. But you must know this. Nothing further is there to know." ~ The Upanishads

What happens once we stop seeking lasting peace and happiness?

When we finally own up to the futility of the search, we begin to acknowledge that hope in a future Self-realization is actually the postponement of recognizing what is already right here. Consequently, everything we do in avoidance of the present moment is a distraction, entwining us further in the dream state.

However real this illusion, this betrayal or this suffering seems to be; ultimately, we will shake ourselves awake. Rising from the depths of this wild and raging stream of inner turmoil, we forget everything we were ever told about ourselves and begin to remember the truth of who we really are.

Once all the doors and windows blow wide open, divine light pours right through.

In this moment of awakening, we discover a love that is precious and beautiful to behold. No longer a mere belief, an egoic grasping for pleasure or a moral dilemma that we have to ponder over, love simply is. And when all reflections fall away, we know this love as the perfect expression of divine Grace.

Instantly, we begin seeing this same light in the faces of each of our brothers and sisters. And effortlessly, we become part of the natural flow of love, extending outward, without limit, into the hearts of all of humanity.