August Thoughts for the Day

August 31, 2018

Thought for the Day

No thought...

No thought...

No thought...

...has any influence whatsoever
over Reality.

It does, however, have influence
over illusions, and by thus
it makes new ones which it may
then suffer and claim.

Mistaking them for truth
does not make them true.

True to you, perhaps, but not the truth.

Your thoughts have absolutely
no power to either
comprehend
interpret
or influence
truth.

So why waste so much time
and energy
subjecting yourself
to their influence?

Unless, of course,
you enjoy the game
of self-deception.

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Prayer for the Day

Compassion arises without effort
when the madness
is seen clearly for what it is.

I did this to me.

And now I'm done.

Lead me from ignorance, to truth;
From darkness, to light;
And from death, to immortality
Om peace, peace, peace.

Amen

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August 30, 2018

Thought for the Day

Many feel they need to travel
to the four corners of the earth
in order to find 'their path,'
or 'their teacher,' and have done so
in all earnestness.

Others believe they are being asked
to renounce the world completely
and find themselves pulling away
from anything which remotely smacks
of actual involvement or participation with life.

While still others find themselves
practicing the path of self-denial
and seek to create a life of austerity;
austerity in appearance,
austerity in manner and austerity in attitude.

But none of these are required.

All that is required
is your true surrender.

For in deep surrender, the mask
of i, me, my & mine
falls away.

Can you surrender to life,
to your life?

Can you feel her calling to you?

Can you feel existence, the very life of life,
your life, calling to you?

When you can listen for this call,
when you can allow it to reverberate
in the secret chambers of the heart,
and when you can yield to it completely,
you will know God.

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Prayer for the Day

I am thine dear world.

Amen

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August 29, 2018

Thought for the Day

Deep within your very being,
God is the hidden Reality.

Your world, this world,
seems an affront to your sensibilites
at every turn; for it is a world
where the active presence
of love and care and God
seem, for the most part,
woefully absent.

Your work is to find
the hidden Reality within you,
to slow yourself down
and become very very still,
to become a living breathing invitation
to the truth that is always true,
that it might begin to tell you of Itself.

How else will this world heal,
unless men and women such as you
stand shoulder to shoulder
and hand in hand
and love it back to life?

Many think we need do nothing,
they sit on their asses in their ivory towers
of self-professed knowing
chiding, "it's all an illusion anyway."

Some are so overwhelmed---
scarcely knowing where or how to start
and so they suffer from paralysis
by analysis.

While still others tilt at windmills
while they bitch and moan all day long.

The environment is failing,
our nation's leaders care not
about the whole, while man's inhumanity
to man touches the hardest of hearts
and little happens other than
their blood runs cold.

Do not make the mistake
of believing you do not matter.

Can you not hear the plaintive call?

It cries for you, my dear.

It cries for you.

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Prayer for the Day

Let me never forget that
I am here for you.

Amen

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August 28, 2018

Thought for the Day

QUESTION:

How can you, who are forever and forever
part of a LOVE which mysteriously
and inexpressibly knows no bounds,
experience a state of anti-love
unless you are identified
with an illusion of yourself?

And how can you feel anything
but LOVE toward any living thing
when LOVE is all there is?

It is universal law that
you will unfailingly experience
within your being
that which you project or extend.

And what is withheld by you
is thereby lost.

Whenever and wherever
LOVE is withheld, you are giving fear
free reign, although it is
frequently unacknowledged
by the one experiencing it.

Consider this acronym for DENIAL.

DON'T EVEN NOTICE
I AM LYING.

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Prayer for the Day

Go big or go home.

Why waste another instant
playing small and petty,
allowing fear to limit
my intimacy with all of life
and our shared Identity?

Amen

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August 27, 2018

Thought for the Day

How can your sense of well-being,
your psychological or emotional stability,
your awareness of peace or the sublimity of love
have anything to do with anyone
or anything outside yourself?

Those who seek outside themselves
are painting lipstick on a pig;
searching, seeking, grasping
and clinging---desperate acts which
cannot help but fail.

For the effort to find love or peace outside oneself
is fear dressed up in disguise---
the fear of loss or change which is born
of a felonious belief in lack.

This is an idea which will be
repeated from time-to-time
because you so often forget it.

Happiness is an inside job.

Look within, my dear, look within.

Beneath the superficial perturbations
of the mind lies the wholeness
or sense of completion
for which you yearn.

Allow the prodigal to come home.

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Prayer for the Day

I rest in God.

Amen

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August 26, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Since you can only find yourself
by seeing, receiving and embracing life
wholeheartedly exactly as it is,
what do you think you are doing
when you struggle and resist,
when you try to avoid, or
expend precious energy
trying to control and protect
a self that isn't real?

You cut yourself off from salvation
and this is depreciating and disparaging
to your truth, the truth which alone is,
a glory which knows no bounds
from everlasting to everlasting.

Thus today your practice
is to immediately be aware of the slightest signs
of resistance or avoidance.

Relax and soften.

Breathe.

Give yourself fully to what is.

Remember the wisdom in trust
and the gratitude you truly feel for all of life,
whose redemption is your own,
whose Self you share, whose
loveliness is the only meaning
to behold.

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Prayer for the Day

Teach me to see
and to truly love without limit
for I am thine and would be naught
but the instrument
in the Hand of God.

Amen

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August 25, 2018

Thought for the Day

To be caught up in thought
is to be identified
with the body or imagined self.

It is the source material
for the belief in separate selves.

And that identification
reflects a choice which is made prior
to investing in and involvement with
thoughts and thinking.

You have to want to prove you are
a separate self
in order to become entangled
with the thinking mind.

And this chosen identification
which happens prior to mind involvement
always revolves around attack
in some form.

The idea of separation
rests on two things:

(1)

The formulation of and identification with
a very specific set of beliefs
whereby it seeks to more deeply define
and clarify its particular personhood,
its uniqueness and indivuality.

(2)

A pattern of resistance, protection and control
against what is when it does not line up
with the accepted belief system, which,
for the thinking mind, is all the time.

Assignment:

The devine feminine
opens itself to all of life exactly as it is,
while the divine masculine
deepens within the presence of what is.

Both of these principles;
the feminine and the masculine,
are boundless in nature, and it is
in the combination of both principles
fully expressing themselves that
one finds LOVE, one finds Self or God.

Rather than fall into the habitual pattern
of reacting reflexively to life
in a futile attempt to make people, places and things
conform with the fallacious definition
of the imagined self to which you cling
and by thus validate or reinforce it,
whatever happens today,
challenge yourself to drop it immediately,
relax deeply and see how much you can open
to all of life exactly as it is.

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Prayer for the Day

Bless every noble effort
to live authentically anywhere
and everywhere throughout all time.

Amen

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August 24, 2018

Thought for the Day

Each and every day
I listen to folks carry on
about what our world needs;
this earth.and all of her inhabitants.

But every so-called solution
misses the point.

Behind all the problems in this world
lies a single, stark, unspoken need
which has become the proverbial
pink elephant in the living room
that no one ever really wants to acknowledge,
let alone talk about.

The Kingdom of Heaven is within,
and the further that each
of us moves away from that Reality,
becoming increasingly estranged from it,
the more we suffer
and suffering then becomes
the legacy we share with our world.

If an increasing number of human beings
awaken to the truth within,
this becomes the wealth we share
with the world.

Only an awakened society
will care deeply and responsibly
for the planet and for each other.

Dear Ones, you cannot examine life
solely on the level of form
and leave your assessments
and solutions at that.

That's like slapping a bandaide
on a bullet wound.

On the level of form, the problems we face
are too complex and legion.

One quickly becomes bogged down
with so many diverse solutions,
"we need this," "we should do that," that
they scarcely know where to begin
to try to make a meaningful difference.

One ends up being like the little Dutch boy
who saved Holland
by sticking his finger in the dike.

But as has been previously shared,
on the level of content,
the problem is one:

Humanity must reawaken
to the Truth within; for no amount
of reading about the truth,
or listening to others share about it,
can replace the need each of us has
for a direct experience
of the sublime realization of the ineffable.

Here is the truth that sets us free
and the shift in consciousness necessary
to know how to truly heal our world.

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Prayer for the Day

Only God.

Amen

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August 23, 2018

Thought for the Day

You, my dear, are as holy as God,
and as such, I bow before your feet
and recognize you are worthy
of nothing but mercy, patience,
kindness and love from me.

Ever.

Until you see yourself as valuable,
you cannot and will not
understand anything.

But you will always be
exceedingly precious to me 
and esteemed beyond valuable,
and because of this,
I offer you my complete devotion.

This is the space I vow
to hold for you
with great vigilance, like a candle
that does not 
flicker in the wind.

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Prayer for the Day

It is a sacred privilege
to see others truly
and surround them in deepest love,
holding the space of clarity for them
until they can do it for themselves.

So may I love you
and our world forevermore.

Amen

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August 22, 2018

Thought for the Day

There is one reason, and one reason only,
that you cannot see, why you feel
so alone and bereft of comfort.

You, who are the pearl of great price,
whose perfection is beyond change
and whose worth is beyond
what can ever be spoken,
do not feel that you are
valuable.

But you are..

You are. You are. You are.

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Prayer for the Day

Help me look deeply at this today
with complete honesty.

It's hard to soften and open,
let alone give yourself to the Unknown
when you are hiding and protecting
a shitpot of self-loathing
and unworthiness in fear
that if the world saw
what you felt
it would turn tail and run.

Help me accept
that my value depends not
upon my self-assessment,
but upon what the Source of all of this
says I forever Am.

Amen

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August 21, 2018

Thought for the Day

No one has the power to hurt you.

No one can fail you.

No one can abandon you
or betray you.

No one can cause you harm
in any way....

....that is, no one but you.

Every event or experience
is entirely virginal
until you give it the meaning
or interpretation that it has for you.

And it is only the meaning
you give to the events of your life,
your own interpretations
which can cause you pain or suffering.

Rather than getting upset,
hurt or angry with anyone
including yourself,
compassion and kindness
are what is always called for.

For everything is an expression
of love or a cry for it.

Nothing can happen in this life
that is not a call for more love
on your part.

It is a wisdom and a love
beyond human comprehension
which has carefully planned
and orchestrated the unfolding
of every experience
each of us has.

Now is the time to trust.

You, precious soul,
are the treasure of God,
and you add to that treasure
by creating your own.

How do we create treasure?

You do so by allowing yourself
to be refined in the fire
of life's experiences
until there is nothing left
but boundless depth
and purest gold.

Only our incandescence
has the ability to shine away
the darkness of ignorance
that plagues this world.

Our function is to function
together in this life,
apart we are functionless.

Alone, we both have nothing
and are nothing.

For the totality of the power of God
lies not in any one of us,
but in all of us joining as one,
working together, living and loving
as the awake expression
of the inexpressibly holy heartbeat
of the One without a second.

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Prayer for the Day

I will be that one.

I surrender all.

Amen

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August 20, 2018

Thought for the Day

Guess what?

When you stop supporting thought,
illusions fade away.

What does it mean to support thought?

Feeding them, listening to them,
identifying with them,
engaging with them, employing them,
reacting based on their input, etc.

What kind of day might you have
if you decided just for one day
to summarily ignore the mind
and its antics altogether?

***

Prayer for the Day

Dear mind:

Talk to the booty cuz the hand
is off duty.

Carry on if you will,
but I am soooo done with listening.

Amen

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August 19, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.
(For Jocelyn.)

Today we are going to begin
a journey together in which
we explore the concept
of darkness.

Right off the bat, let us be very very clear
about what we are referring to
when we speak of darkness.

For so very very long
we have all been inundated and bombarded
by a lot of heavy religious language
which is so unnecessary.

Haven't we all had enough
of punitive concepts such as 'sin,'
and of God or the Aboslute likened to
a judge or executioner, an authority
figure or presence which is as terrifying
as the Internal Revenue Service
or Donald Trump?

Does this 'feel'' right to you?

Does any part of it feel loving?

If you are like me, I am sure
that it does not.

So let us begin by defining darkness
as simply ignorance.

And let us see darkness
in the light of something benign:
unremembered innocence.

You cannot solve the problem
of darkness
with more darkness.

Humankind never ceases in its efforts
to try to accomplish this,
but despite overwhelming evidence
to the contrary, it never ever works.

Darkness has no substance
of its own, to appear real
it requires belief.

Darkness does not feed on fear.

Darkness feeds on avoidance---
on being afraid to be afraid,
and thus on turning away from
what frightens us
rather than leaning into it.

One of the things I have heard
Pema Chödrön speak about
is that when she was married,
her husband felt that she was the biggest
coward he had ever met, but that
what he loved most about her
was that in spite of being very timid
and afraid, she never let her fears
stop her from doing what
she wanted to do or what needed
to be done.

And this is your assignment today.

You have spent your whole life
running from your heart.

Today we begin to reverse
this process.

It is easy to mistakenly think
that our dislike of certain people
or certain situations
is because they make us feel
uncomfortable.

But these situations
are there to show us what
we have been hiding
in our own hearts, hiding from
our awareness, because we do not want
to look there.

Because we don't want to look,
we don't want to know, and because
we mistakenly assume
that it is somehow easier
to avoid anything that might be
potentially difficult,
it is easy to mistakenly feel
as though our hearts
are in a whole lot better shape
than they actually are.

That somehow, avoiding is an act
of self care. It is not.

Just because we successfully avoid
what would reveal to us all our unresolved pain,
we can feel a false sense of peace and security
that has no reality or substance to it.

It is merely the separating of life
into the polarities of I like/I do not like,
warm fuzzy/cold prickly,
approval/disapproval,
safe/or potentially unsafe.

Cleaving only to that which we approve of,
of what is safe and secure or easy
is the coward's way.

Out of sight may very well mean
out of mind, but it is not an accurate indicator
of either healing or openness,
let alone spiritual maturity.

So your mission today
is to notice when there is a desire
to avoid anything.

Intentionally slow the breath,
bring the quality of heightened
aware presence to what is unfolding,
and feel your heart soften and open
to include what your mind
would much rather avoid.

No one ever died
from a feeling or from opening
their hearts.

But avoiding your heart
can indeed kill you, and does kill
thousands of folks each and every day.

What do you think is behind
all the obesity, the diabetes, strokes,
heart attacks, etc.?

Remember, you are not
promised an easy path,
but you are promised
that whatever your life holds,
there is One Who walks
beside you Whose only purpose
is the complete healing
and infinite unfolding
of that precious and boundless heart
of yours.

Call it God, Holy Spirit, Self.

The word is just the finger
pointing at the moon.

The point is to look at the moon,
not analyze the finger.

Come here, my precious little lamb.

You've got this.

It is time for the prodigal son
to return Home, to the holy of holies,
to your endlessly beautiful and boundless
beating heart.

Let us discover together, you and I,
just how vast, how boundless
and fathomless the depth
of that heart of yours actually is.

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Prayer for the Day

Compassion!

Compassion!

Compassion!

Let me live, breathe, eat, and sleep
only compassion,
from henceforth and forevermore---
compassion and boundless openness.

For I would have a heart
as wide as the world.

Amen

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​August 18, 2018

Thought for the Day

The truth cannot and will not
save you from yourself.

But it will save you
from all the illusions you have
about yourself.

Nothing else can set aright
what ails this planet
and Her inhabitants.

Know this:

The ego is addicted to seeking.

It loves loves loves
the journey
but is terrified of the destination.

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Prayer for the Day

Be still and know, dear self,
be still and know.

Amen

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August 17, 2018

Thought for the Day

You may not like the word,
and many have told me that they don't,
but until your very last breath,
my darling, constant vigilance
is the price of freedom,
constant vigilance
is the price
of joy.

***

Prayer for the Day

What you focus on
you become.

Most focus only upon
mind, body, emotions,
doing and 'others.'

Let Awareness fix It's gaze
upon What is aware
of the one who is aware
of such things.

And let me never deviate
from That.

Amen

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August 16, 2018

Thought for the Day
(For Gretchen)

No me, no problem.

What of enlightenment or un-enlightenment,
the so-called spiritual path, all this
seeking, wanting, craving, desiring,
attraction and repulsion,
preferences and positionalities then?

What then?

I guess you could just get on
with the business of living as happiness,
living as peace, living as joy,
living as love
and spreading the sunshine.

Hey, now that's a novel idea!

***

Prayer for the Day

How simple it really all is.

Exerting an 'i' is the source
of all misery, while freedom,
true and abiding freedom is what is
when I elect to sever that umbilical chord.
I've imagined into being.

I think my brother from
a different mother, William Shakespeare,
had it right:

"much ado about nothing."


When I forget and bite
the 'i' hook,
let me take another step back
and see that nothing
has really happened
and life is unfolding according
to an intelligence
far beyond the scope of this little
pea brain.

Keep ever in the forefront of the mind
the question to ask in the unfolding saga
of this human experience:

What for?"

Is it to maintain the illusion
of a separate self,
or is it to open the eyes,
open the eyes
and this heart?

Amen

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August 15, 2018

Thought for the Day

Over the course of a lifetime,
one particular axiom
offered in the New Testament
has been source material
for repeated reflection and inquiry:

24 “No one can serve two masters.
Either you will hate the one and love the other,
or you will be devoted to the one
and despise the other. You cannot serve
both God and money."

Matthew 6:24 New International Version (NIV)

And it has occurred to me
over the course of a human life
that the message is quite clear:

We cannot serve two masters,
because a house which is divided
against itself cannot stand.

In other words,
you cannot try to be a lover of truth
and a lover of the imagined self
and its world.

This is a recipe for misery
that most of us know
quite well.

And the idea of partial commitment
is an oxymoron.

The world can neither add to
nor take away from your magnificence.

But it sure as h - e - double toothpicks
can blind you to it.

What do you love?

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Prayer for the Day

I would like to say that
I am a lover of what is,
but if I am being really honest
and sincere, I do not love
what is all the time.

Not even most of the time
is enough.

And this all boils down
to the trust lesson.

When things feel awry
let me fall back into the arms
of this simple mantra:

"Nevertheless, I choose to trust.
I surrender to what is."

Amen

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August 14, 2018

Thought for the Day

What is behind all resistance?

Ego, of course!

Always it is the ego to which
you are listening, which finds
99% of life unsatisfactory as it is,
and even when life does happen to roll its way,
it cannot really savor the presumption
of having gotten its way, it finds neither
rest nor peace nor satisfaction,
for it knows the victory is short-lived.

More change is inevitably
around the corner,
change which the mind understands
will, more than likely, not occur
according to what it wills.

Consciousness resists nothing.

Consciousness permeates
all experience equally.

Reflect on what that last statement
is actually revealing.

Consciousness permeates
all experience equally.


Therefore, do not waste time
and precious life force
trying to resolve discomfort.

For any time you do,
you have engaged the mind
or ego in the task of problem solving.

Go swiftly to the heart.

The heart softens, yields
and worships at the feet of what is,
for it knows that this is the only way
that true healing occurs.

***

Prayer for the Day

If Consciousness pervades
and interpenetrates all experiences
equally, having no preference
whatsoever, then how can
there ever be a problem
with anything?

Today I relax and go along
for the ride.

Today, I ride with the tide
and go with the flow.

Amen

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August 13, 2018

Thought for the Day

(For Jacquie.)

No conflict is possible
between those who love the truth.

Conflict always involves form,
and therefore egos.

To what are you loyal?

Is it to truth?

Or is it to a specific teacher,
a teaching, an ideology or religion?

If it is, to be sure,
you have put yourself in chains
you are the one held captive,
and by your very own hand.

Be loyal only to the truth.

Be willing to ask yourself constantly
with ruthless honesty
"Am I being loyal to the truth
of my experience,
or am I upholding something
which can only be a form of self-deception?"

Truth requires no defense.

Let me repeat that:

Truth requires no defense.

Therefore, if you are defending it,
it cannot be about anything
which is true and you have engaged
in a war in which no one wins.

No one wins. Ever.

Remember that
it is the direct experience
of your one true Self
you seek.

Lies in this world are legion.

Be not fooled.

Trust your Self.

***

Prayer for the Day

I go for refuge
to the Source of all Truth
within.

Shine a very big light
on this mind and heart,
that I might be welcomed home
by my Self.

Amen

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August 12, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Whenever something seems difficult,
when there is resistance
and the presence of struggle
is obvious, you are listening with the ego.

When there is a gentle relaxing
and letting go, a feeling
of entering the flow of what is,
you are living as consciousness.

So your practice
is to be very aware of this.

For one experience yields suffering,
while the other offers
the awareness of peace.

If point is consciousness,
and not-point is ego,
what do you do when you find yourself
no longer on point?

Return to point!

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

Practice! Practice! Practice!

***

Prayer for the Day

If peace is truly a priority,
the the choice
is obvious.

Grace lead the way!

Amen

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August 11, 2018

Thought for the Day

Today, as we continue our journey,
we are going to try
an experiment.

I call this experiment, "consciousness"
or the "character."

It's pretty simple.

Keep a pen or pencil handy, as well as
something to write on
if you can.

Indiscriminately, throughout the day,
pause and ask inquire,
"Who or what is doing the looking?"

Is it consciousness?

Or is it the me-character?

Then take note of the essence of
the feeling nature of your experience.

See if a pattern begins to emerge.

No one is going to try to tell you
what your experience
should be.

Your life is your lab
and the stuff of your awareness;
the body/mind--- your very own
Petri Dish.

***

Prayer for the Day

Bless my little attempts
to practice well
today.

Amen

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August 10, 2018

Thought for the Day

The explanation for today's practice
will be tout de suite.

Never never never
give the ego the power
to interfere with or highjack
the journey.

When we get down to the nitty gritty,
what are we really saying here?

Never give your mind the power
to interfere with or highjack the journey
because it does not have the power
to do so unless you give it to it.

The ego has one goal:

To hold you back.

It does so by keeping you obsessed with thoughts,
trapped in emotional perturbation,
obsessed with what 'other' people are doing,
and anything it perceives as unpleasant
or unsatisfactory----in other words,
not to its liking.

Do not fall for the wholly misguided belief
that you have no choice in the matter
when someone or soemthing
throws you a curve ball
and demands your immediate attention.

Such distractions only arise
in answer to a mind
which has already deceived itself
about who it is and thus has chosen
reaction over softening and yielding.

Leave all self-deception behind.

This is the practice.

And as always, feel free to message
if you wish.

***

Prayer for the Day

It's a new day.

Help me to see each gift
as it is presented.

And thank you ahead of time
for all the opportunites
which this day holds.

Amen

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August 9, 2018

Thought for the Day

Today, as we continue
the road trip which we committed
to undertake together this one week,
let us observe the relationship which exists
between trying to be the doer
or controller and that of suffering.

For the doer is the sufferer.

No on tries to be the doer
or the controller unless
he does not trust.

Thus, the failure to trust ------>
doing----------->
suffering.

Both doing and suffering
are the inevitable byproduct
of believing that one's thoughts,
feelings, encounters and experiences
are not the ones you should be having,
that they should somehow be
different, better or not at all; and thus
they are out to rob you of your peace
and what is yours.

You have to do something about it,
right? You have no choice
but to act and act quickly!

On the other hand, one who
chooses the lessons of trust,
recognizes that all thoughts, feelings,
encounters and experiences
are here because they offer you
everything you need to learn
in this moment of your life.

They are gifts from a loving
and wise universe which knows
what you need and is here
only to help, only to help.

And there is a grateful recognition
that everything that has ever transpired
in your life was precisely
what was needed to lead you
to where you are right now,
in this luminous and incandescent
instant which we share.

Take a moment with me right now
to envision someone moving
through the moments of their life
with a giant spotlight shining on
their every move from above.

This is you, my darling.

This is your on board
navigational system.

This is your connection
to the universe itself,
the cosmic heartbeat of all that is.

No one has ever been alone
a single instant,
nor could they ever be.

This is your link to your Reality.

This is how you move
through your days, always
aware of this connection,
and always opening your hearts
to whatever is as it is, softening around
and melting into what is being presented,
softening into every pocket of resistance,
trusting that all is indeed well
and everything is unfolding
precisely as it should.

For you are never
behind the point of perfection,
nor are you advancing toward it.

Here you are, right now,
in this very instant, a part of this
and this a part of you.

Why! Lotus blossoms
rise and unfurl themselves
from glory to unfolding glory
in every step you take!

What would happen today
in your world, if you were to
feel your body relax when it started
to tense up?

And what if you were
to bring your attention back to your breath,
and simply slow down and breathe?

And from this space, what if
you were to bring more awareness
to your spotlight,
your divine connection,
and allow for life's organic unfolding,
choosing rather to live your life
from love's sweet embrace
and the path of trust?

***

Prayer for the Day

Plugged in and ready to go.

Today I fall back
into the arms of grace
and trust.

Amen

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August 8, 2018

Thought for the Day

Something wishes to be known---
a impetus to try to wrap some words
around something difficult to describe
before introducing today's mission.

There is an urge to shine a very bright light
on the road which we travel
before moving forward.

Anytime you feel fear arise
as we journey together
it is for one reason:

You are attempting to take
the ego along with us
which you cannot do.

Because it feels threatened,
and how could it not
when you think about it,
it tends to get pissy and retaliatory
and bully you around a bit
in fear of its demise.

Remember, we but undertake
a journey which leads to freedom
from the ego, not for it.

Did you honestly expect
it to be a happy camper about that?

Let it bark and whine,
throw pity parties, hurl darts,
lash out and otherwise
run amuck, if that is what is happening.

Extend softness and compassion,
but be otherwise unruffled
and uninvolved by it all.

It can do nothing,
for your burden now is light---
not light as in the opposite of heavy,
but light, as in star stuff.

So your assignment today
is to hunt for the 'i'.

Where is it? Is it in your brain,
your senses, the body itself?

Can it be found
when you try to locate it?

What you will begin to observe
when scrutinizing experience honestly
is that there is no personal 'i'
to be found, as in a personal
subjective identity reacting and interacting
with an objective world.

What you will observe
are certain movements---
fear, contraction, conceptualizing,
a vast array of changing emotions,
attachment and aversion
but absolutely no 'i' anywhere.

So there is no such entity or identity,
as in a real 'you' character.

All there is is consciousness,
with things appearing
and disappearing and then
reappearing, like artifacts---random
bits of glass shifting into patterns
in a kaleidoscope.

And yet if you pick these random
pieces up, like alluring pieces of glass
found on a beach, and try to string
them together by creating
a storyline with meaning and pathos,
there is a seeming sense of 'i'
which arises that feels very real,
very substantial and palpable.

Now we see "my story,"
"my memories," "my history,"
"my experiences."

Many of you are used
to hearing me speak about shenpa;
the Tibetan word for "biting the hook."

Traditionally the word is used
when describing the tendency
to bite the hook of our kleshas.

A klesha is any negative mental state
that clouds the mind, which, when
engaged with, causes suffering.

But what if biting the hook
was simply the tendency to
mistakenly make an 'i' which,
being false, is the cause
or root of all suffering?

Can you allow what arises
to be as it is without
trying to claim ownership
and imputing
an 'i' on it?

See if you can allow
what arises to have its moments
and then dissipate as you observe.

Can you tell the difference
between prevailing weather patterns
and the sky?

Can you be curious about content
rather than obsessed with form?

All form, be they thoughts, feelings,
encounters or experiences are phenomena---
while content is the formless
in which all form appears.

This is all.

Do not hesitate to message
me today if you have questions
or feel the urge to share.

***

Prayer for the Day

Catch and release.

No me, no problem.

Amen

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August 7, 2018

Thought for the Day

There are two questions
that have meant more to me
than all else in this world
for the past 30 years, and they are:

What do you treasure?

Is peace in your awareness?

There is a very old Sufi saying
which says:

"What you gaze upon,
you become."

Because I have investigated
and explored the secret depths
of this heart, I know that I treasure
three things above all else:

Freedom
Peace
Love

And because these qualities
are what this heart cherishes,
they fill the field of awareness
and walk in the space
before me.

Because they are what
I have my gaze fixed on and resting within,
I do not give anything else
power over this one's
inner experience.

When I enter a room,
peace and love and freedom
walk with me, and if anything
gives off the slightest vibe
of unrest, bondage or fear,
I drop deeper into the awareness
of peace, the awareness of freedom,
the presence of love,
and start sharing the wealth...
and I do so silently.

No one appreciates a blabber mouth
or a know-it-all.

This is how I approach
experiences and encounters,
regardless how brief
and irrespective of any sentiment
other than here is one beloved
of the Beloved.

This is God in one of her
many disguises.

Now my experience shifts.

And because mine has shifted,
the situation shifts as well.

Now I feel a calling
to worship at the fount of truth.

And if it is just one of those days
where the thoughts and feelings
are taking you for the ride of your life,
hold each one tenderly,
as if you were giving baby Jesus
or baby Buddha a bath.

Everything yearns for healing
and wholeness.

Everything yearns to be heard, to be
understood and unconditionally accepted,
with the genuine softness
of respect, kindness and tenderness.

This is your assignment
for today, though I have found
it the work of a lifetime.

Blessings
upon your practicing today.

For you are so very very very
beautiful to me.

***

Prayer for the Day

May you be free.

May you be at peace.

May you know you are loved.

May I give to everyone and everything
without reserve or discrimination
and with all the generosity this heart holds,
everything for which it has longed
and devoted its existence to
in each and every holy instant
of the Living Now.

Amen

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August 6, 2018

Thought for the Day

Let's think of this week
as a road trip, one that
we choose to take together
as we go about the business of life.

Today, regardless of what unfolds,
I ask you to be cognizant of two things.

The first, is to notice
the deeply intimate nature
of all experience.

What are the members
of your family doing?

What sounds do you hear?

What do you notice
when you look about?

Whatever is unfolding, where
are you experiencing it?

Is it within or without?

Regardless how much something
appears to be happening
'outside,' it is always being experienced
where? 'Inside," of course!

If the world seems still,
the traffic seems heavy,
the doorbell rings,
where do you experience it?

Inside!

And yet both of these terms,
'inside' and 'outside'
are complete misnomers.

For there is no geographical location
where experience occurs, only a deeply
intimate encounter
with what is.

See just how deeply intimate
you can be with the whole of life
as it unfolds today.

The second thing for which
you are asked to be aware,
is that all experience happens
in the immediacy of now.

It does not happen
in the past.

It does not happen
in the future.

It happens in the here and now.

This is all.

See how much you can bring
the faculty of awareness
to these two things
today.

And as was shared yesterday,
do not hesitate to message
me today if you have questions
or feel the urge to share.

***

Prayer for the Day

Help me remain
attuned to the Cosmic Heartbeat
as life unfolds today.

Amen

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August 5, 2018

Thought for the Day

Sunday is practice day.

Yesterday's thought ended
with these words:

"Healing is wholeness.

And in order to begin to experience
this wholeness, you have to start asking
some real questions and waiting
for something other than
the mind to reveal Itself.

For you were born to SEE."

Your assignment today
will be to search your mind
and heart for the one question
that stands out above all others.

You know which one
I am referring to.

It's the one for which you have most fervently
longed to truly understand, but for which
the answer has completly
escaped your knowing heretofore.

To do this legitimately,
you more than likely will have to
confront one or more
of three basic fears:

(1)

That there is no Absolute Source.

(2)

That there may well be
an Absolute Source which resides
within everything that is,
but I am the one exception.

(3)

Even if this Source lies deep within me,
unlike everyone else
on this planet, I am the one person
who is completely unable
and ill-equipped to access it.

Recognize these fears
as summarily hogwash---
delay mechanisms to be sure,
but only if you fall for them.

Dismiss them promptly.

Ask you question---just toss it out there,
with sincerity, simplicity
and trust.

In the second chapter
of the Bhagavad Gita,
Lord Krishna says that there are
only two impediments
to the path of a true seeker:

(a) attachment to the effort, and
(b) attachment to the fruits
of the effort.

After you have asked your question,
forget about it and go about your day.

But live your life like one who has
tuned an inner radio station
onto the 'spirit channel,"
so in all your busy doing,
there is a part of you that is
inwardly attuned.

And do not be married to the idea
of hearing an actual voice.

Most guidance comes
in the form of intuitive knowing.

You know what I mean.

Suddenly you understand something,
but you do not have a clue
how you know it,
only that there is not a shred of doubt
that this is the way it is.

And do not hesitate to message
me today if you have questions
or feel the urge to share.

***

Prayer for the Day

Attuned to spirit,
I find oneness within
is oneness with all.

Bless my little effort
to hear clearly today.

Amen

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August 4, 2018

Thought for the Day

To understand something mentally
or to think that you do,
is not true understanding.

Understanding is the fruit of wisdom,
and that is born of direct experience.

Case in point.

For years and years and years
I heard the instruction
to look for the gap
between words and thoughts.

So dutifully and earnestly
I would study thoughts,
study the space between words,
the space between
one thought and the next,
and I would try so hard,
oh, how I would try!

And the mind, looking with the mind,
was scrutinizing in typical
linear fashion, as if this space
were some geographical location.

And then one day it occured
to me to simply pose a question,
to do so as if I were fly fishing,
just toss it out there and listen.
To be still and just wait.

I asked, "What is this space everyone
is talking about? The space between words
and thoughts?"

I remained very very still
and empty and open
and waited patiently without an agenda,
which was rather uncharacteristic
of this 'me' character at that time.

And you know what happened next?

Suddenly I was in a vast speciousness
with no boundaries or depth.

With curiosity I wondered,
"What is this?"

As soon as I asked the question,
there was a silence that was so quiet
it was deafening. And there was
absolutely no conflict anywhere.

Just a vast and endless territory;
infinite openness, infinite emptiness,
and a stillness beyond description.

And I wanted to drink and drink
and drink until I could drink
no more, as I found this space
profoundly healing.

And from this place
I understood many things.

Anytime you look for anything
with the mind
you will be sadly disappointed
for the mind IS conflict.

Even when life is rolling out
the way the mind wants it to,
it is still conflicted
because it is in conflict with
what you changelessly are.

Reality is not in conflict
with the mind, nor anything else.

But you, identified with the mind,
are in conflict with your own true Self,
your Immortal Reality.

Healing is wholeness.

And in order to begin to experience
this wholeness, you have to start asking
some real questions and waiting
for something other than
the mind to reveal Itself.

And you know what else I found?

Every sincere question
is always answered.

For you were born to SEE.

***

Prayer for the Day

Open these eyes, Lord.

Open these eyes
and this heart.

Amen

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August 3, 2018

Thought for the Day

It is the destiny of everything
which is false to become unglued
and unravel; for all things false
are symptoms of ego,
the source of ignorance.

This is the purpose
of a celestial speedup.

Why would you not rejoice about this
when it is being clearly demonstrated
in your world on the grandest of scales?

There is so much more afoot
than you real eyes.

Now is the time to trust.

If you are angry and judgmental,
you can be sure
that you are coming from
the deluded part of your mind---the ego.

If you are able to feel and extend
both honor and respect,
despite appearances,
you can be certain you are coming
from the soul.

For you have chosen to SEE everyone
and everything as a unique expression
of the one-and-only Source
of all that is.

The time has come for you
to reel yourself back in
and recognize just how far
you have spun out---into the realm
of delusion, illusion and error
and have felt completely
righteous and justified about it.

Tattoo this on your forehead
if that is what you have to do
in order to remember it:

There is no valid excuse
for you to judge.

There is no valid excuse
for you to withhold LOVE.

Ever.

Look at how merciful the One Will
has been toward you
when you have been bat-shit-crazy!

Can you not now extend
the same mercy to your fellow travelers?

***

Prayer for the Day

Today I let us all off the hook.

May the vibhuti of true forgiveness
mend the broken everywhere.

All brothers and all sisters,
I welcome you back
as part of my Identity.

Come! Take my hand!

We have a lot of healing to do,
and we do it together,
or not at all.

Amen

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August 2, 2018

Thought for the Day

Anytime you use anyone or anything
to fill an emotional void,
you will lose, but only 100% of the time.

Just as the sun rises in the east
and sets in the west, so too will you
end up feeling more alone, more bankrupt,
entirely bereft of anything other than
a rather flimsy and tenuous sense
of comfort and stability.

It isn't anyone or anything else's job
to make you feel whole,
to lesson your fears, or make you feel
safe or not alone.

It's yours.

All relationships fostered by ego
are based on lies, every single
one of them.

Why is this so?

If the ego is not who or what
you changelessly are,
how can it be otherwise?

Cause and effect being one,
what ego makes is
as unreal as itself.

Only the real creates the real.

Egoic relationships are based on
attempts to fulfill
emotional distress and insufficiency
with one who is just as needy
as yourself.

The relationship thus becomes
a case of co-dependency
where you happen to have horns
that fit the holes in your partner's head
and vice versa, a fetid-and-steamy
though-warm-and-familiar
pile-of-you-know-what
where you can fan the flames
of each other's neurosis.

When forging such a bond,
the emphasis is always
on what I can get from them,
what I need from them,
rather than upon a recognition
of what you bring to the relationship
and upon what they bring to it,
and thus, what you are capable
of creating together that benefits
and blesses all of life.

True freedom and lasting
contentment
will always be an inside job.

They are the fruits of a loving,
committed, and deeply intimate
relationship with yourself.

It cannot be otherwise,
and it is not enough to simply
recognize this or believe it.

Your life must become
an embodiment of truth
on the deepest level.

He or she is the changer of worlds.

***

Prayer for the Day

Help me see clearly
when I am trying
to work out my salvation
on someone rather than with them.

Note to self:

I am here for you.

Amen

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August 1, 2018

Thought for the Day

Normally I do not speak of incidents
from my childhood
but today there is one particular story
that will aid us with comprehending
on a deep level today's thought.

When I was 16 years of age
I had gotten into a huge fight
with my father.

Many years have past since then
and I cannot tell you
what we were fighting about,
but as usual, we were unable
to find a meeting ground
with one another.

He had me plastered up against the wall
with his forearm across my chest.

Spittle sprayed from his mouth
all over my face as he spoke,
there being perhaps six inches
at most between our faces.

His eyes were bulging with rage
and he spoke.

"Your afraid of me.
That's good. That's good.
In order to respect someone,
you must fear him."

Then I spoke.

"I may fear you until the day I die,
daddy, but I will never respect you.
Respect and fear have nothing to do
with one another, but love and respect do."

He cried out in exasperation,
"What do you want?"

My reply was simple
and immediate.

Although it was a shock to both of us,
it seem to rise from the deepest
part of my being.

"I want to be free."

"What the f _ _ _ k
does that mean?"
he screamed.

And the words that flowed
from the then 16 year old version of me
were this:

"I haven't got a clue.
I only know that you are not free
and I am not free
and everywhere I look,
no one is free.

I am going to spend the rest of my life
trying to figure out
what being free means
and then try to help others be free."

End of story.

Here is perhaps the most important thing
I have learned out of nearly
65 years on this planet.

If freedom is the one thing
you cherish above all things,
it must be the only thing
you offer others
in each and every instant
of life no matter what.

Because whom you seek to imprison,
you most certainly do not love.

And when you imprison yourself,
it is a abhorrant act
of self-loathing so vile,
it is crushing to this heart.

We imprison ourselves
by believing that we are
separate from one another
and separate from life,
lost in the tumultuous sea
of thoughts and emotions believed---
of our stories of individulality, of lack,
aloneness, guilt and fear,
of victimhood and suffering,
deep deep suffering.

Yesterday, someone very dear
to this heart by the name of Joey Lott
wrote the following words
in his daily blog:

"I believe in the truth of redemption. I believe that redemption is the only truth.

What does redemption mean? It means to be saved from error.

The error is in believing that I am omnipotent and omniscient. The error is in nihilism. The error is in hedonism. The error is in perceiving myself as a victim.

Redemption is the recognition that I am watched over, carried, and lived by a great mystery that reveals itself in this moment right now. I cannot grasp it or possess it. I am it’s.

My life is it’s life.

Redemption is not about me being bad or wrong or deserving of punishment.

Redemption is about waking up to the truth. Not the truth that I have anticipated or that I have read about or heard about or that I think I know. But the actual truth as it lives.

The living truth.

The implications of this are huge. It is the ongoing revelation of primary okayness.

It is the ongoing revelation of perfection. It is the ongoing revelation that healing of all kinds is fundamentally as simple as the recognition and acknowledgement of the truth, the already present reality.

And the most direct way that I know to access this redemption and all that it offers is to be still, to let go, to listen to the truth that I already know deep down, and to welcome all of myself home without condemnation.

Rather, to welcome home with celebration like the prodigal son.

We all make mistakes. Let the one without sin cast the first stone. And when I recognize and acknowledge the truth, I cannot cast a stone. Instead of condemnation, I am left only to welcome home all of myself – including the parts that I ran from and tried to hide.

This is what my life is about. This is why I am here. I am here to celebrate the return of the prodigal son.

And I am convinced that you are too.

That is why I write. I want to share that this is a reality – that living truthfully and transparently from the heart is possible. That redemption is a present-moment possibility. That whatever mistakes you or I may make, we are always welcome home. And home is always closer than our own breath.

It’s not always easy. It requires laying down all that is false. It requires giving up what I cling to for false security.

And it is frequently messy.

But this is what it is to live an awake life. Not to achieve some fantasy of becoming someone who can do no wrong and who is revered always by everyone. But to live moment to moment with a devotion to the heart and gratitude for grace and an awareness of my responsibility to choose truth and redemption.

Redemption isn’t something that somebody gives me. It is not bestowed upon me. It is the present reality. Always. But I must choose it."

Over and over and over.

This is what it means to be free.

To stand in the midst of what is
and remember that HOME is always calling you.

And like the prodigal son,
to return Home again and again
and again and again
to the presence of the living now
to be healed of the messiness
of all that it means to be living
a human life.

For the Father, the truth, is always waiting
for us, and freedom, peace
and redemptive love
are here now, to sweep you
into their arms
and welcome you home.

Come Home, my dear,
Come Home.

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Prayer for the Day

Precious precious self,
precious, most beautiful world, dearer
than my very breath, come home.
Come home to this heart,
and let us go HOME
together and there abide.

Amen

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