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How did the rose ever open its heart
And give the world all of its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light against its being,
Otherwise we all remain too frightened.

~ Hafiz

Find the voice of love, 
the voice of full heart,
the voice of openness, softness and incredible vulnerability
that lives in you 
that perhaps you are not sure the world can take because it is so beautiful,
and let the world hear that voice --
even if it's one word that you utter.

~ Jeannie Zandi

If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.
~ Lao Tzu

What's looking and what's seeing? There's not that much there.
There's just this simple, ordinary presence, and it is so unadorned.
You can run right by it if you're looking for something fancy.
It's always been here, it has no age, it doesn't really have any properties or qualities, it's just this intelligence.
It's so quiet, that's why they call it silence. 
~ Pamela Wilson

All suffering is caused by the ego, which is personal identification with the body, mind and conditioning.
Realizing this and consequently dropping the false identity, one is immediately and permanently freed
from the wheel of all sorrows.
~ Mooji

The entire universe is God's cosmic motion picture, and that individuals are merely actors in the divine play
who changes roles through reincarnation;
mankind's deep suffering is rooted in identifying too closely with one's current role,
rather than with the movie's director, or God.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

You'll never reach a point in your life where everything is solved, all neatly tied up in a bow.
That's the point.
There's no 'final scene', only the on-going adventure movie, forever unresolved.
You learn to love the mess of your life, its constantly changing nature, its unpredictability.
And you stand as the immutable silence in the midst of the storm,
the wide open space in which joy and pain, ecstasy and agony, boredom and bliss,
can arise and subside like waves in the ocean.
There are no problems when you know yourself as the space for it all.
~ Jeff Foster

Everything is the divine. Everything is God. Everything is the Self.
When our perspective includes everything, only then are we really talking about a unified vision.
~ Adyashanti

The enlightened man is capable of perceiving both unity and multiplicity
without the least contradiction between them.
~ Huang Po

"I don't know" is a fine state to be in.
You are still busy working on your body-mind attachments. I would like you to leave all that behind.
There is no end to that pruning, pull it up at the root.
How? By staying as Awareness only. Stay as the Highest. Honor the Truth in yourself.
This body was given to you so that you could discover your true nature, the Origin of all, the one unborn Self.
To inquire, relentlessly contemplate and strive until you are fully free from the
slimy quicksand of the ego-ridden mind.
For this single purpose you have appeared into manifestation:
to solve yourself by dissolving the you which is the non-self,
and thereafter to effortlessly celebrate your discovery as Peace, Love, Light and Joy.
~ Mooji

Non volitional living is the recognition of the true state of things.
It is to see that getting angry is a result of the same forces as the changing of the seasons or the
transformation of a bud into a flower.
It is seeing that what we are is the same as what everything else is.
It is the recognition that all is an inseparable Whole.
Totally simple. Totally obvious...once you glimpse. Then you are changed forever.
~ Wayne Liquorman

The resolution of the separateness has to do with going from ego to non-ego, from individual to cosmic, from human to divine. We realize that our deeper nature is God itself. Realizing divine nature means not being an individual; it means being totality, universality, infinity. Nothing is excluded from your sense of self. You realize then that whenever you talk to someone, you are talking to yourself. True love, true compassion, and true generosity arise now because there is no separation between you and the other. You could still feel yourself as an individual who sees how you are unique, but you know too that you are fundamentally connected. At a more intrinsic level, that separateness is not there.
~ A.H. Almaas

Here's some very good news.
Right here, right now, in this moment, you don't have to 'figure out' the rest of your life, no matter what anyone says.
In this moment, you don't need all the answers. They will come, in time, or not, or perhaps the unnecessary questions will fall away.
There is no rush. Life is not in a hurry. Be like the seasons. Winter is not trying to become summer. Spring does not rush towards autumn. The grass grows at its own pace.
The choices that will be made will be made, and you've no choice about that. The decisions that will happen will happen, events will unfold, but right now perhaps you don't need to know the solutions or the outcomes or how best to proceed. Perhaps not knowing is a welcome guest at life's banquet. Perhaps openness to possibility is a beloved friend. Perhaps even confusion can come to rest here.

~ Jeff Foster

Just Relax. Stop trying to change anything, and recognize what is already here. There may be changes, or there may be no changes, but that is secondary to what is always here.
~ Gangaji

You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are Awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of not-self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self.
~ Ramana Maharshi

When you look into a mirror you see your face as it is; you may wish that some parts of it were different, but the actual fact is shown in the mirror. Now, can you look at your conditioning in a similar way?
~ J. Krishnamurti

Humanity is now faced with a choice: Evolve or die ... If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.
~ Eckhart Tolle

Nothing to do,
Nothing to force,
nothing to want -
and everything happens by itself.

~ Lama Gendun Rinpoche

Knowing that we are looking for something we already have and are does not, of course, mean that the journey is unnecessary, only that there is a vast and sublime joke waiting to be discovered at its end.
~ Andrew Harvey

Awakening comes unexpectedly when you do not wait for it, when you live in not-knowing. Only then are you available."
~ Jean Klein

There is a place in all of us that has remained innocent, uncorrupted and untouched by the world. We have to locate that most delicate place. It is a very sensitive place, it's where we feel love - where tenderness and compassion arise, free from self-interest. This place is the hole we have to fall into - and disappear in forever.
~ Andrew Cohen

You are the unchangeable Awareness in which all activity takes place.
Always rest in peace.
You are eternal Being, unbounded and undivided.
Just keep Quiet.
All is well.
Keep Quiet Here and Now.
You are Happiness, you are Peace, you are Freedom.
Do not entertain any notions that you are in trouble.
Be kind to yourself.
Open to your Heart and simply Be.

~ Papaji

The ego is the defense against enlightenment. I'm not saying that ego is bad or evil because it's not. I'm saying that ego is a social and personal construct and therefore an illusion. But there's nothing wrong with an illusion. A painting is an illusion; a movie is an illusion; a good novel is an illusion. The problem isn't with illusion; the problem is with the emotional attachments and addictions of ego.
~ Adyashanti

When your mind is free, not concerned, or worried, or focused on anything in particular, and your heart is not grasping or clinging to anything, then you are free. The most characteristic quality is that there is no fixation on anything; you're not focused on any issue or experience. Whatever is there, is there. So there is a freedom of mind. The mind is not saying, "I want this," or "I want to look at this," or "It has to be this way." The mind is loose. The expression "hang loose" tells us what it means to be liberated.
~ A.H. Almaas

If one considers oneself the doer, one has to reap also the fruits of karma. When the ego is destroyed through Self-enquiry, there is neither the doer nor karma. The ever-present State of Liberation alone remains
~ Ramana Maharshi

All is perfect, so perfectly perfect!
Whatever being lives, moves
And breathes on Earth
At every level from atom
To galaxy is absolutely perfect in its place
Precise and choreographed,
Because "That" flows from the Glory of God,
The Lord,
The Self,
The Source,
Awareness, Peace and Love,
And is therefore perfect.
When you have surrendered your ego
To "That"
You will find true happiness.
Never ever envy the place of
Any other man or woman.

~ by Alan Jacobs from The Isa Upanishad

Satsang is the invitation to Rest and let Grace dissolve what is unreal. It takes more effort to maintain the persona than to Rest in what Is!
~ Pamela Wilson

The Buddha spoke gently, "Once a person is caught by belief in a doctrine, one loses all one's freedom". When one becomes dogmatic, that person believes his or her doctrine is the only truth and that all other doctrines are heresy.
Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views. They can extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes even leading to war. Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path. Bound to narrow views, one becomes so entangled that it is no longer possible to let the door of truth open.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Practice is not for freedom but to remove your old habits. Freedom is standing in front of you, smiling at you, as you do your practices. Your old tendencies, which you grasp, are an imaginary wall. This wall is the thought "I am bound and suffering."
~ Papaji

The nature of the Self is this same abiding, still intelligence that we call Nature. A deep and true love that animates and cherishes every form equally. It is eternal and wild and knows all is deathless. Looking out of all eyes, it loves itself, eats itself and challenges itself into a full return back to raw wisdom, calm strength, and fierce love. Soaring above, substrating below and rippling through existence, it manifests as form, function, mind, emotion and sensation, beings, weather. Neither divine nor human, nor not divine or human, it is elemental, before existence and human ideas of non-existence. It is not free, nor bound; these are paltry ideas it has never heard of.
Its strength is immeasurable, its intimate view everywhere; seeing all its forms having ultimate and equal value, it lives, holds and breathes Life. So wise is stillness it holds no wisdom, so silent it animates and hears all sound, so unmoving it carries all movement. It inspires and is the artistry of forests, lakes, music, and dance, that celebrate the beauty of life. It has never been born nor died. All forms are its own and, when spent, returned back into the earth or sea with reverence. Eternal, timeless, sensual, constant, surprising and true, it is celebrated by romantic love, mother love, the seasons, all the apparent opposites, and worshipped as divine.
As spaceless space, it births the five elements: fire, water, earth, air and space. A primordial iridescent mystery, luminous and dark, alert and resting, its heartbeat pulses everyone's blood, and gives the breath of life to its creation. All names are its own, so it does not mind if we call it the Self.

~ Pamela Wilson

Seekers continue to practice all kinds of self-torture without realizing that such ‘spiritual practice’ is a reinforcement of the very ego that prevents them from their natural, free state.
~ Ramesh Balsekar

This place is a dream.
Only a sleeper considers it real.
Then death comes like dawn,
and you wake up laughing at
what you thought was your grief.
~ Rumi

Enlightenment appears to come in stages, but in truth it happens all at once  when it happens. Awakening happens suddenly, like when you turn  on a light bulb in the darkness. The darkness immediately  disappears. When you turn on your own light, maya, ignorance,  disappears. You are home. It happens when you don't want it to  happen. As long as you want it to happen there is somebody who  wants it to happen. That somebody has to disappear. The person  that wants it to happen is keeping you back. That is the personal I.  Silence is the best way to wake up.
 ~ Robert Adams 

There may be one thousand mirrors, each reflecting a different reflection of the sun. There are not one thousand suns. There is one sun shining in all. Reflections may be different. Sun is the same. Sun is one, shining in everything, in every atom. Same.
Consciousness is the same. It may appear to be a bird, or animal, or tree, or rock, or human. When you realize That, you will not suffer. You will enjoy. You don't need anything when you are total. This is absolute, total, complete, perfect. All emptiness. All consciousness. 
Don't give rise to the notion 'I', and instantly you will see who you are.
~ Papaji

Once you know with absolute certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination, you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas and live by truth alone.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Everything is pouring out of you. When you know yourself as the Self, it becomes spontaneously clear that this world is arising in you. All the beings, they are appearing in you. You are in them, and they are in you. It cannot be learnt; It is a revelation.
~ Mooji

Nothing is wrong with you, but the ideas you have of yourself are altogether wrong. It is not you who desires, fears and suffers, it is the person built on the foundation of your body by circumstances and influences. You are not that person.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

The final obstacle in meditation is ecstasy; you feel great bliss and
happiness and want to stay in that ecstasy. Do not yield to it but
pass on to the next stage which is great calm. The calm is higher
than ecstasy and it merges into samadhi.

~Ramana Maharshi

When the bud breaks, it becomes a flower.
When the heart breaks it becomes divine.

~ Shri Shri

Faith is stepping into the unknown and being comfortable with uncertainty and trusting your higher self
~ Deepak Chopra

Love allows freedom; not only allows, but strengthens freedom. And anything that destroys freedom is not love. It must be something else. Love and freedom go together, they are two wings of the same bird. Whenever you see that your love is going against your freedom, then you are doing something else in the name of love. Let this be your criterion: freedom is the criterion; love gives you freedom, makes you free, liberates you. And once you are totally yourself, you feel grateful to the person who has helped you. That gratefulness is almost religious. You feel in the other person something divine. He has made you free, or she has made you free, and love has not become a possessiveness.
~ Osho

This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous true mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide and seek.
So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.
We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

The biggest barrier to awakening is the belief that it is something rare.
~ Adyashanti

Heaven is not a place or a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness.
~ A Course In Miracles

What's looking and what's seeing? There's not that much there. There's just this simple, ordinary presence, and it is so unadorned. You can run right by it if you're looking for something fancy. It's always been here, it has no age, it doesn't really have any properties or qualities, it's just this intelligence. It's so quiet, that's why they call it silence.
~ Pamela Wilson

There is only one decision we need to make; either you are working at your Freedom or you are accepting your Bondage.
~ Robert Adams

Don't pretend to be what you are not, don't refuse to be what you are. Your love of others is the result of self-knowledge, not its cause. Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine. When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It's very important to be aware of them every time.
~ Deepak Chopra

There is no greater deception than believing that liberation, which is ever present as one's own nature, will be attained at some later stage.
~ Ramana Maharshi

Everything is preordained. Even when I raise my finger like this, it is preordained. Do not be egotistical and believe that you have any power over everybody or anybody, or that you are the doer. It's a privilege to have been born on this earth, and the reason you have been born is to find your real Self. Go for it, do it, and become free.
~ Robert Adams

I used to believe that love was something I had to do. That it was something I had to find. That it was a goal to reach or a state to experience. That it was a desired quality of a separate person. For a time, I even refused to use the word 'love'. "Love is just a concept!", I would exclaim. "Love comes and goes!" "There is nobody here who loves!" "Love implies two!" These days, I love to use the word love. Why not! It's simply a word that points to this total non-conceptual intimacy right at the heart of present experience. It points to the absolute non-separation between who I am and life itself. No need to find it, or do it, or reach it, or understand it, or even experience it - for it is always right here, closer and more intimate than breathing, prior to all understanding, without an opposite, and indestructible. Call it love, or life, or Being, or nothing, or even refuse to talk about it - even in the midst of apparent devastation, it IS. Even pain is allowed in its radical embrace. The ocean cannot be destroyed by the storm of life. It rests in itself, always. You are the love you seek, and this isn't just some comforting New Age belief.
~ Jeff foster

The only thing I know without doubt is that I don't know.
~ Unmani


The Furnace of the Beloved -- by Jeff Foster

It emerges from the Womb with you.
It sees the world for the first time.
It has no other eyes but these.
The world is its furnace, its playground of fire. 

It grows with you. Changes. Hurts. Rejoices.
It learns exactly what you learn.
All the conditioning in the world cannot condition it away.
It goes through each rite of passage.
First kiss. Wedding day. Graduation.

It feels everything as intensely as you do.
And on your retirement day, it retires with you. 
And when your loved ones die, it mourns with you.
It misses them too.
Its tears only dry when yours do.

It falls asleep with you every night.
It holds you as you go for chemo
It forgets its medication in perfect synchronicity.
It does not know good and bad.

It gives you just enough energy to stand where you stand.
To sit where you sit. To lie where you lie.
It does not know failure or success.
It shits itself if it has to. 

And even when the pain becomes unbearable,
It whispers "I am still here".
"I take unexpected forms".

Its heart stops when yours does.
It takes its last breath with you.
Not even in these moments can it leave.
Not even in these moments.

It does not know coming and going.
You may cry out, "Where are You?"
Why have You forsaken me?"
But at no point does this question go unanswered. 

For your cry is its cry,
Your question is its question.
It is forever calling Itself home in this way,
Never, ever needing the answer.

Listen, and you can hear it calling, always.
Listen - it is there even when you cannot hear it call. 
For it hears exactly what you hear.
No more and no less.

We all burn in its fire.
Our bones melt in its loving embrace.
Do not fear this furnace of the Beloved.
For it has already taken you. 


All of This for Nothing - by Jeannie Zandi

Was I always so
Did I gleam and
ripple, without adornment, like
the sparkling sea?

Every cell in my body
dancing! Shining
from the inside with
a light that comes from

Pinned to the moment
like a butterfly, no longer anywhere
else to go.
Candle flickering inside
my heart, breath of my child
breathing me. Heart
thickly laden with invisible fruit, joy
beaming from my eyes.

Something broke inside, something laid down,
exhausted from the struggle, and
died. Whatever I gave
myself to then has flowered
inside and
taken over, turning
my home into night sky.

I cannot tell
you, where I have gone,
where I am going.
As the darkness
took me, the road disappeared
behind, and ahead,

Only walking through now and always
now. All of this
for nothing! With the entire universe
inside me, I have stopped
asking anyone
for anything.

Only Breath by Rumi

Only breath.

Not Christian or Jew, or Muslim.
Not Hindu Buddhist, Hindu, Sufi of Zen.
Not any religion of cultural system
I'm nor from the east or the west.
Not out of the ocean, or up from the ground.
Not natural or ethereal.
Not composed of elements at all.

I do not exist.
Am not an entity, in the world, or the next.
Did not descend from Adam and Eve, or any origin story.
My place is the placeless,
the trace of the traceless,
neither body nor soul.

I belong to the beloved,
have seen the two worlds as one.
And that one called two, and know,
first, last, outer, inner.
Only that breath, breathing, human, being.


Already Home, Already Free by Kirtana
From her album Unseen Grace

Nothing to seek.
Nothing to gain.
Nothing to know.

Nothing to lose.
Nothing to do,
but let go.

Let’s rest here
where the future
and the past disappear…
in the sanctity of Now.

Nothing to prove.
Nothing to own.
No one to be.

Nowhere to move.
Already home.
Already Free.

Let’s just stay
in the cave of the heart today
and bask
in this ever-present love.

Nothing to fix.
Nothing to change.
Nothing to fight.

Only what is.
What if what is
is just right.

Why not trust
this Mystery living us
and rest
in the refuge of the Self.

Nothing to judge.
No one to blame or fear.
Only my face
greeting me in the mirror.

Nowhere to turn.
Nowhere to hide.
Nobody else.

Nothing outside
that isn’t inside

Let’s just see,
Is anyone here but me? –
in the present moment now.

Nothing to know.
Nothing to do.
No one to be.

Nowhere to go.
Already home.
Already free.

Nowhere to go.
Already home.
Already free.

Nowhere to go.
Already home.
Already free



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