Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tim Freke - The Deep Awake Life


How we experience life depends on how conscious we are. When we only pay attention to the surface of life we're only superficially awake. But when we look deeper we can become deep awake.

This feels like waking up from a semi-conscious trance and remembering we are alive. We become conscious that there is much more to life than we had realized.

We feel present in the moment and filled with wonder. We start to see into the deeper levels of our own identity and become conscious of being the ‘I of awareness’ that is witnessing the play of life.

Then, if we really immerse ourselves in the deep awake state, life becomes WOW! There’s an awe-inspiring oneness with the universe, which feels like being immersed in an ocean of love.

There is a silent knowing, so deep it must be felt not thought, which fills us with an unshakeable confidence that life is good and death is safe. Despite all the suffering there is an unquenchable faith that this bittersweet journey of life is profoundly meaningful.

Becoming deep awake is a life-changing experience that is traditionally called 'spiritual awakening', but you don't need to think of yourself as 'spiritual' to experience it. 
It is natural and available to all of us.

After a lifetime spent exploring the deep awake state and studying the world's wisdom traditions I have created a fresh approach to awakening called 'The Deep Awake Life' 
and I now want to share it with you.

Video & audio on The Deep Awake Life HERE


 
How we experience life depends on how conscious we are. When we only pay attention to the surface of life we're only superficially awake. But when we look deeper we can become deep awake.
This feels like waking up from a semi-conscious trance and remembering we are alive. We become conscious that there is much more to life than we had realized.
We feel present in the moment and filled with wonder. We start to see into the deeper levels of our own identity and become conscious of being the ‘I of awareness’ that is witnessing the play of life.
Then, if we really immerse ourselves in the deep awake state, life becomes WOW! There’s an awe-inspiring oneness with the universe, which feels like being immersed in an ocean of love.
There is a silent knowing, so deep it must be felt not thought, which fills us with an unshakeable confidence that life is good and death is safe. Despite all the suffering there is an unquenchable faith that this bittersweet journey of life is profoundly meaningful.
Becoming deep awake is a life-changing experience that is traditionally called 'spiritual awakening', but you don't need to think of yourself as 'spiritual' to experience it. It is natural and available to all of us.
After a lifetime spent exploring the deep awake state and studying the world's wisdom traditions I have created a fresh approach to awakening called 'The Deep Awake Life' and I now want to share it with you.
Video & audio on The Deep Awake Life here
- See more at: http://timfreke.com/The-Deep-Awake-Life.aspx#sthash.pszIEXso.dpuf

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shah Nematollah Vali - One step beyond yourself



Take one step beyond yourself --
the whole path lasts no longer than a step.
Beg alms from yourself -- don't go wandering --
outside yourself the Way cannot be found.
If it's love you're after, naught yourself;
only the lover minus self knows love.
In the hope of His union suffer
the weight of separation all your life.
A rose without thorns cannot be found —
there is no gathering of roses without shedding blood.
Seek His pearl-secret from the ocean-hearted dervish —
there is no diver in His ocean but the dervish heart.
Speak not of infidelity or faith
no, be sacrificed in the way of love;
for in His presence there is no room, no time
for dogma, infidelity or faith.
Seeker, no one attains to love
without rising above yesterday and tomorrow.
The day is today. No lover
knows care for the future!
Speak no more of silver and gold with Nimatullah
this lovely gold of yours is nothing but a jaundiced corpse.



Robert Adams - "Be still and know that I am God."



Ramana Maharshi said to me,
"The only spiritual life you need is not to react."
To be calm is the greatest asset in the world.
It's the greatest siddhi, the greatest power you can have.
If you can only learn to be calm you will solve every problem.
This is something you must remember.
When you are perfectly calm, time stops.
There is no time, karma stops, samskaras stop.
Everything becomes null and void.
For when you are calm you are one with the entire energy of the universe
and everything will go well with you.
To be calm means you are in control.
You're not worried about the situation, the outcome.
What is going to happen tomorrow.
To be calm means everything is alright.
There is nothing to worry about, nothing to fret over.
This is also the meaning of the biblical saying,
"Be still and know that I am God."
To be calm is to be still.

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Robert Rabbin - Silence



From the time I was 11 years old, I needed to know one thing above and before all else: Who am I?
 I traveled for a long time and throughout the world in search of answers.

One day, as if I had lived alone for many years in the deep desert, I was taken by a stunning stillness, and without resistance I disappeared into Silence. It was more than an epiphany, more than grace, more than mystical union: It was my soul’s homecoming, my heart’s overflowing love, and my mind’s eternal peace.

In Silence, I felt my core identity, my essential nature, as a unity-in-love with all creation. I experienced freedom clarity, and joy as my true Self. I realized I was of time and eternity in equal measure. I was composed of physical matter and spiritual energy in equal measure. I was born in New York City at the same instant I appeared 20 billion years ago, unfathomably and impossibly far away. as a sibling to trillions of suns.

This Self, this Silence, belongs to all of us — it is who we are; it is what we are. If we are to experience and embody authentic peace and love, if we are going to bring true healing to our wildly violent and endangered world, we are going to have to learn to live within this essence which joins us together as brothers and sisters.

Please remember the Silence beyond words, the Silence of mystery and magic, the Silence of the soul, of the heart, the Silence in which lovers give themselves to a greater loving, a selfless loving, the Silence which knows only this moment, this present moment, this incredible instant of pure life when time suddenly stops, when we breathe the high-altitude air we call love. I want to remind you of these ways of Silence knowing and being, which you know, which you are.

Silence is within our very genes. It wind around and binds together the strands of our DNA. It is the essence of who we are. It is within our breath. It is there like music between our thoughts. It is the light within our eyes. It is the high arc of birds we long to follow home to their secret nests. It is in the rhythm of waves, the innocence of children, the deep feelings within the heart that have no cause, when the heart is pierced without warning and our eyes fill with teas. It is within the kindness of one person to another. It is within the stillness of nights, and peace of early mornings. It is there when you see the one you love coming towards you, and your pulse pounds and races with delight and you move with her in a twilight not of this world, but of the spirit world, the world of our deeper knowing.

In Silence, we open to life and life opens to us, life reaches towards us and touches us in the center of our heart. Our heart breaks open and another heart is revealed. This is the true heart, the one that knows how to meet life with open arms. Silence knows that thoughts about life are not life itself. If we touch life through Silence, life touches us back, intimately, sensually, erotically. We become one with life itself, abandoning all thoughts about life. And then the mystery of life, the wonder of life, the beauty of life, the sanctity of life, become our life. Everything but wonderment falls away; the anger and fear and violence disappear as if they never existed.

Knowing Silence is knowing ourselves for the first time; we see the world for the first time. We only have to be still, to be still, until that Silence comes forth from within us, to surround us, to illuminate us. This Silence is the real teacher, the real teaching, the real path. This Silence is what we seek above all else, for it is who we are. It is our own Self. It is restores us to love and redeems us in love.

Knowing Silence is knowing your Self. Knowing your Self is freedom. In Silence, you are the very embodiment of joy, the very expression of love. All this is true right now, in this moment. Just enter your Self fully and deeply. You will find this Silence, and in Silence you will know your own beauty, your own power, your own magnificence — it is the same for all! As the embodiment of Silence you are perfection itself. You are a treasure to the world, a treasure to the world which the world needs now, right now, right now, not later or tomorrow, but right now the world needs you to be your true Self, the world needs the healing power of your heart, and of your Silence.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Rumi ♡ It simply is


 

Make everything in you an ear,
each atom of being,
and you will hear
at every moment
what the Source
is whispering
to you...

You are the beloved
of The Beloved...

and in every moment,
in every event of your life,
The Beloved
is whispering to you
exactly what you need
to hear and know.

Who can ever explain this miracle?
It simply is.


 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Omid Safi - The Prayer of the Heart



The Prophet Muhammad was once asked what was the one essential quality for prayers to be valid. Many in the community thought they knew the right answer. Some thought the Prophet would say proper recitation of Arabic. Others thought the answer would be lovely memorization of Qur’anic chapters. Yet others expected the answer would be perfect ritual observation of prayer.

Muhammad’s answer was: Presence in the heart.

What is this presence?

It is not so much presence of God.
God is always present.
It is we humans who are absent from our own heart.

Presence means to have the fullness of who we are with us.

What does it mean to pray with this Presence?

So much of our lives are spent in a fractured state of heart.
We are, too often, scattered.

We speak about being scatterbrained. The truth of the matter is that the scatteredness is much more systematic. We are scattered at every level: body, soul, mind, spirit.

We do this to ourselves.
We throw ourselves to the past, often clinging to a past pain and trauma.
Or, we hurl ourselves towards the future, attaching ourselves to a hope for the future, or fear of losing something.
We are in the past, or in the future, everywhere but here.

To pray with the heart, to have presence in the heart, is a remedy.
It is a healing, an un-scattering.
Presence is simply to have our heart be where our feet are.

This starts with a mindfulness, with an awareness of the breath.
When we monitor our breath, simply observe the breath enter into the heart, and emerge from the heart, our breathing slows down.
The heart rate slows down.
Here is where we become whole: our body, our breath, our spirit become One.

When we become one, The One is Here with us.
Here and Now.

In that moment, in this breath, we are healed, and whole.
And what a prayer there is in this breath.
What Presence.
God has always been present, waiting for us.
We ourselves become present, meeting God.
This is the Prayer of the Heart.

This is the Eternal Now (waqt), where Muhammad is to have said:

    “I have an Eternal Now with my Loving Lord.”

This is the reason why mystics are Children of the Moment.
To pray the prayer of the Heart we cannot be anxious about the past, or hopeful/fearful about the future.
We have to be Present to our own heart’s state.

The Prayer of the Heart starts with us where we are: broken, fractured, and dis-united.
It takes us by the breath, and moves us along to unity, wholeness, and healing.

This is ultimately the very promise of Islam, and of every spiritual tradition.
To speak about Oneness is not about God. God is One, and has always been One.
As the Bible says, even the Devil knows that God is one:

    You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that — and shudder.

God is One, and has always been One.
It is we humans who have to become One.

This is when we realize that tawhid (Unity) is not just about God, but about our own hearts becoming One and unified.
We have to become One, become united.

Our inner division, being disconnected from our own bodies, our own breath, our own heart is only one part of our lack of unity.
That inner division is reflected in how we as a human community are divided. When we are not one with our own heart, we cannot see the full humanity of others.

The inner and the outer are reflected in each other.
When we are internally divided, we will be externally divided.
If we wish to be united as a human community, we have to strive for unity and healing at the heart level.

We need the prayer of the heart.
By whatever form we pray, we need to become whole.
May it begin one breath at a time.
May it begin with me.

Source HERE


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Rupert Spira - The Absolute Certainty Of Awareness


 

Questioner: The only way awareness ever manifests in my experience is in connection with some object, or thought, or..., 
I know I'm aware only when there is something I'm aware 'of'.
Rupert: No.
Q: No?

Rupert: If I ask you now "Are you aware?" where do you go?, what do you say?
Questioner: Yes

Rupert: Where do you go? In order to find that yes, you have to go somewhere.
If I say to you "Is it a blue sky outside?" You look. You go there, you come back and you say "yes", because it's your experience.
You don't go back to what your parents told you,.
You don't go back to what you read in a book.
You go to your experience. Where do you go?
Where do you go, to come back with this absolute certainty of ‘Yes, I am aware’.

Q: (silence)
Rupert: Did you go to the sensations at the soles of your feet, and say, "They're tingling, I must be aware?"

Q: No, I get your point. I just experience being aware.
Rupert: okay. What is it that experiences it?
Q: (silence)

Rupert: You’re right. You go to the experience of being aware. Who has that experience?
What has that experience?
Q: I can only say Awareness itself.

Rupert: Perfect. Now, what does Awareness have to do to be aware of itself?
Q: (silence)

Rupert: Does it have to go and visit a mind?
Q: No. No, it doesn't do anything. It's always aware of itself, it feels like.

Rupert: Perfect. It's always aware of itself, by itself, through itself, as itself, in itself.
It doesn't need a puny little human mind to be aware of itself.
It's nature is to be aware.
It is pure knowing, aware Being.
It doesn't need the agency of a mind or a body to know itself.

Q: So, this is where it sounds a little dual(istic) to me. It becomes like there is awareness, and then there is body,mind.

Rupert: You’re right. At this stage, in order to focus our attention on the nature of awareness, we are, slightly artificially, separating awareness out from the body, mind, world. We’re putting the body, mind, world on one side; putting what we are aware OF on one side, in order to just be able to focus on awareness.

So the value of doing this, precisely, is to arrive at the experience we have just arrived at: that it is awareness that is aware of itself, by itself.

Now, having just made this discovery, the second stage is to go back to the objects of the body, mind, world that we have, rather artifically, put over here, out of the way; and to ask the question, ‘Ok, now, what is my relationship ...’ (‘my’ now refers to ever-present, unlimited awareness), ‘What is the relationship of ever-present, unlimited awareness to these apparent objects of the body,mind world?’

Then we see, from the point of view of Awareness, (that) Awareness doesn't experience the objects of the body/mind world as separate from itself.

That was just a petigogical step, which the teaching takes, in order to focus on our essential nature. Having done that, we have to abandon that approach, because it is a limiting..., a dualistic, approach. We then come back to the experience of the body, mind world and see, ‘Actually, I have never EXPERIENCED a world the way thought normally conceives it’. In other words, something made out of dead stuff called matter, that is at a distance from myself.

All I, Awareness knows, is the experience of seeing.
And the experience of seeing is Intimately pervaded by mySelf:
All I know of the world is the experience of seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and smelling.
All these are made out of the knowing of them.
I, Awareness, Am that knowing.

In other words, when I experience the so-called world, I'm just experiencing myself.

I don't experience 'a world', 'an object', 'a self', 'a body'.
Experience, for Awareness, is much more intimate than that.

~
So, first we separate awareness from it's objects, in order to spend some time exploring the nature of awareness, and then we collapse the distinction. (In fact, we don't collapse the distinction, because it was never really there).

But we see that experience is not inherently divided into these two parts: a subject (awareness) and the objects (the body,mind world).

It is not two: no subject and no object. That is your experience.

Look around you now. What do you know of a room, or a world now?

The experience of seeing? and hearing? and touching? yes?
Q: Yes.

Rupert: Go into the experience of seeing, and hearing and touching.
Do you find anything there other than the knowing of them?
Q: No

Rupert: That knowing is yourSelf.

All you find of a body,mind world are the experience of thinking, sensing, and perceiving.
And all we know of thinking, sensing and perceiving are the knowing of them.

You are that knowing.

You only ever know, or come in contact with, yourself.

~ ~ ~ ~
That's what the experience of beauty, or love, is.
You know when you walk in nature, and feel completely overwhelmed by the beauty of it?
What's happening then?
Of course, we don't rationalize it to ourselves; but what's happening in that moment is that
the separate subject and the separate object are collapsing,
and we feel totally melted in the landscape. You feel totally at one with everything, yes?
That is a collapse of the self that sees, and the object that is seen.

The experience of love is the same.
When you fall in love, do you not feel that you kind of lose yourselves in each other?
I don't just mean falling in love; the experience of love, of friendship?
You feel one, intimate, close.

It's the collapse of the subject / object relationship.

In other words, you, the separate self, is plunging into its true nature.
Drowning in it's true nature.
And tasting life as it really is.

When the mind comes back again, it says, ‘I love You’,
because that's the only language the mind knows.
‘That object is beautiful.’ No, objects are not beautiful. People are not loveable.
Only the Self, Infinite Awareness, is truly beautiful or loveable.

All love is only for the Self.

Q: And I recognize that experience completely; walking in the forest, and there is only happiness.
Rupert: Yes.
Q: and then someone says to me, "Oh, you did it wrong" or "you made a mistake" or "you look stupid" and boom, I'm there. Not the I of Awareness. But Ernest. Then what do I do?

Rupert: Go back to the forest (laughter).

Q: Yeah?
Rupert: Yeah. I mean it. Because when you're in the forest, you're having satsang. That's what satsang is. You're having satsang with nature. And this is the power of nature. It's why we love nature, it's why we love animals, it's why we have pets.

When you're in nature, nature is taking you, effortlessly and spontaneously to this place, to this place-less place.
And as you say, you find yourself there naturally. It's not that You feel one with it. I understand why you say that, but there is no You there anymore. It's just one seemless intimate whole.

Then you come back to town, and your friend or a person says to you, "Yeah, you're 3/4 of an hour late."
Q: Very realistic, yeah.

Rupert: And immediately, you seem to contract back into that separate self again.

So just keep going back to satsang; that is, to whatever it is that takes you (not intellectually or theoretically but takes you in your actual experience) to your true nature.
Keep going back there again and again and again... until this habit of being that, knowingly, becomes stronger and stronger and stronger; until a day comes when you walk back into town, you're 1/2 hour late for work, your boss yells at you, and it no longer has the capacity to persuade you that you are a separate self. You hear your boss, you apologize for being late, you tell your excuse about the traffic, you just go to work; but you don't lose the intimacy of your own Being.

And then you can practice this in more and more difficult circumstances.

And life very often presents us with more and more difficult circumstances. You know? Your girlfriend starts flirting with the next door neighbor, and then it gets really, really difficult. That has the capacity to make you feel like a very separate person again. (laughter). Then she starts having an affair with the neighbor; then it gets even more difficult. So, bar gets raised.

At a certain point, you feel that nothing has the capacity to take you away from yourself, to persuade you again that you are a separate, limited self.

It doesn't mean that you don't feel, that you are no longer sensitive. Of course, you are.
But it becomes less and less possible for an event in the body, the mind or the world to persuade you to go back to the old way of thinking and feeling, and therefore reacting and relating, on behalf of a separate, limited self.

And you find, somehow, magically, although the world may give you some tests, the world will, in a magical way, meet you in your new feeling understanding. And your experience in the world will begin to reflect your new experience.

Somehow experience in the outside world will begin to shine..., will begin to dance, with the feeling that you have inside.

That's why I said at the beginning, the world appears as an inevitable counterpart to the way we understand awareness. If we think awareness is temporary and limited, somehow our experience in the world will confirm that. We will always be frustrated, and thwarted, in objects and people. And yet we will always be seeking happiness in objects and people.

But if we understand that what we essentially are is ever-present and unlimited, somehow magically the world will appear in accordance with that understanding.

And you will get little signs from the Universe that you are on the right track.

Q: Thank you. 


transcript thanks to Amaya Aum
 

Jiddu Krishnamurti - The book of life