here and now

Enlightenment, for a wave in the ocean,
is the moment the wave realizes
it is water.
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Aug 20
“It is only your self-identification with your mind
that makes you happy or unhappy.
Rebel against your slavery to your mind,
see your bonds as self-created and break the chains
of attachment and revulsion.
Keep in mind your goal of freedom,
until it dawns on you that you are already free,
that freedom is not something in the distant future
to be earned with painful efforts,
but perennially one’s own, to be used!”

“Leave everything alone.
Whatever is going on has absolutely nothing to do with you
unless you identify with it.”
Robert Adams

“Still the mind.
You still the mind by not reacting.
By watching, by looking, by seeing but not reacting.
You sit in the silence observing your mind thinking.
Observing your thoughts.
Observing your feelings.
And you leave them alone.
You no longer try to change anything.
You stop following your thought patterns.
As we discussed before you “Drop it!”
Whatever comes to you, you simply drop it!
You no longer go along with your thoughts.
You catch yourself every time the thoughts start thinking.
You keep remembering to catch yourself.
To catch yourself thinking.”
Robert Adams

“Look, and it cannot be seen - it is beyond form.
Listen, and it cannot be heard - it is beyond sound.
Grasp, and it cannot be held - it is intangible.”
Lao Tzu

“The only way you will ever awaken is through silence,
not through analyzation of facts.
Not by sorting out good and bad, but through simple silence, letting go.
Letting go of all thoughts, all the hurts, all the dogmas and concepts.
Letting go of these things daily.
Whichever method suits you use it.
But by all means do something.
Do not allow a day to go by where you do not give up
your identification with the world.
Either through surrender,
or through Self-Inquiry,
or through mindfulness,
or through observation.
Do whatever you have to do.
But do not let a day go by when the world has a hold of you
and you do nothing.
If you can take the time to sit down in a chair and practice these methods.
If you have no time to sit down in a chair,
do them while you are working or whatever you are doing.
There is always something you can do.
There is no such thing as I don’t have any time.
You have enough time to do all the foolish things you do. (laughter)
So take the time to do this also.”
Robert Adams

“You are allowing your mind to dictate to you and tell you what’s what.
When you finally wake up slightly,
you begin to understand that the mind is not your friend.
The mind is only a conglomeration of thoughts about the past and
worries about the future.
That’s all your mind is, thoughts, thoughts about the past and the future.
If you listen you become disturbed for you bring the past into the present,
and then you become concerned about the future.”
Robert Adams

“The Self is always available, is always here.
There never was a time when the Self was not.
Do not make it complicated for yourself.
Simply return to what you were by letting go of everything else.
By not reacting to the world.
By diving deep within, into the heart center
where the true reality awaits you.
You are a divine being, a spiritual being.
You are not the body or the mind.
Know yourself, be yourself!
Awaken to the Self!
Forget about reincarnation.
Reincarnation is not for you. It is for the deluded ones.
You are free of all karma,
free of all samskaras,
free of playing games.
Feel your freedom.
All is Well.”
Robert Adams

“Identify yourself with cosmic consciousness during meditation. You are That. There is no difference. A notion arose that you are a separate individual with some higher supreme consciousness to arrive at, which is not true.
A wave rises from the ocean and feels she is separate from her source and is therefore not the ocean. But let the wave inquire, “Who I am?” Let her discover the place from where she arose. She will arrive at her source, at the ocean itself. Her notion of being a separate wave instantaneously vanishes. A river discharges into the ocean and becomes one with it.
This understanding arises through inquiry. What is the relationship between a ring and the gold from which it is made? Can you separate the gold from the ring or the ring from the gold? It is impossible. Without the ring you can’t see the gold, and without the gold and you can’t see the ring. Abandon the name - ring, and the form - round. The ring is name and form only, the substance is gold. When you remove name and form what is left to be separate?
If you feel a separation between the meditator and the one who is meditated upon, discover your true identity and you will see that you were never separate. You have always been consciousness itself. Through consciousness you are meditating, through the consciousness you are establishing your separation, and through consciousness you will establish your unification. These are notions. Remove the notion that you are bound. If this separation - this idea - is removed, you will find that you have always been that which you are now. These notions, ideas and intentions have to be instantaneously withdrawn, and you are here.
This is why we are here under one roof. This is a great occasion that so many blessed people are collected together under one roof seeking enlightenment. You have already spent millions of years - some say 35 million years - waiting to be here today. Before, it was never possible for so many to come together under the one roof, to help each other, to remove our separation and bondage, to declare our freedom.
We are not to return to this samsara - this never ending cycle of birth and death - again. Even samsara is only a concept; not actually true. We speak of it only for convenience, to make you aware of how important it is to win freedom, to be wise, to be enlightened right now. For this reason it is suggested that it has taken a long time. Otherwise in this moment you will see that time and past and future do not exist. You are what you are even now. What problem can remain in this?”

I cannot change my mind, make up my mind, or lose my mind, just as the vastness of the sky cannot change the clouds, make them stop, or let them go. It can only be itself, prior to time.
The vastness is not the clouds, but it surely encompasses them, allows them to be. I am not contained by mind (thought), or held within it, or defined by it, but mind dances in what I am.
I am the uncontainable container, not the contained. I am consciousness itself. I cannot be changed, made up, or lost, yet I allow all change and loss within myself.
I (beyond ‘I’) am a universe, and galaxies are born and die in my infinite heart. And lovingly I watch as mind dances its infinitely creative dance, swirling back and forth between all possibilities, never resting.
Mind is always changing, yes, but I cannot change my mind.
And so I remain, unchanged, present, at rest.”
Jeff Foster

At the heart of the experience of grief is a sharp and painful focus on what is ‘missing’, on what is ‘not here’ anymore, on what has been ‘lost’; on the absence of something or someone, rather than their loving presence.

Grief contains the loss of a familiar dream of how things ‘were going to be’, a shattering of the status quo, exploded expectations, ruined hopes.

Healing involves a subtle shift of focus – from what is absent to what is present, from what has been lost to what was never lost, from what is not here (and will never return) to what is still here. From death to life. From lost love, to love in spite of loss.

Jeff Foster

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