here and now

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

Sep 2
“We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.” Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.” Alan Watts (via thecalminside)

(via right-here-in-this-moment)

“The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end - you don’t come to an achievement, you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.” Jiddu Krishnamurti (via vijara)

(via life-is-go0d)

“The ‘you’ who you think you are does not exist.” Alan Watts (via thecalminside)

“Tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.” Alan Watts (via thecalminside)

(via crimson-twinkie)

“It is not on the verbal level that one becomes a disciple, but in the silent depths of one’s being. You do not become a disciple by choice; it is more a matter of destiny than self-will. It does not matter much who is the teacher — they all wish you well. It is the disciple that matters — his honesty and earnestness.
The right disciple will always find the right teacher.”

“What you need for salvation is already within your reach. Use it. Investigate what you know to its very end and you will reach the unknown layers of your being. Go further and the unexpected will explode in you and shatter all.
Does it mean death?
It means life — at last.”

“You must be very careful as to what you desire….
Your mind projects a structure and you identify yourself with it. It is in the nature of desire to prompt the mind to create a world for its fulfillment. Even a small desire can start a long line of action; what about a strong desire? Desire can produce a universe; its powers are miraculous. Just as a small matchstick can set a huge forest on fire, so does a desire light the fires of manifestation. The very purpose of creation is the fulfillment of desire. The desire may be noble, or ignoble, space (akash) is neutral—one can fill it with what one likes: You must be very careful as to what you desire. And as to the people you want to help, they are in their respective worlds for the sake of their desires; there is no way of helping them except through their desires. You can only teach them to have right desires so that they may rise above them and be free from the urge to create and re-create worlds of desires, abodes of pain and pleasure.”

“Let the body take care of itself.
Do not concern yourself with the body.
The body will still eat, it will still go to the bathroom,
it will still take a shower, it will still take care of itself,
but you have absolutely nothing to do with it.
You are not the body, so why identify with the pain.
Identify with consciousness, with the self, and then see what happens.”
Robert Adams

It’s easy to write about consciousness, talk beautifully and clearly about awareness, give lectures about enlightenment and unexcelled bliss, pose as some kind of authority or guru…
But life itself is the crucible when it comes to awakening. Our perfectly constructed theories crumble to dust, our perfectly memorised sutras and quotes from beloved masters are forgotten, our spiritual knowledge is rendered irrelevant soon enough. Our hearts our broken, our success turns to failure overnight, the next step in the journey is suddenly unclear, all certainties evaporate.
A loss, a break-up, a diagnosis, an excruciating pain, a sudden and unexpected shock, and our cherished ‘enlightenment’ suddenly evaporates. We feel like a fraud, a mess, a helpless baby in the face of overwhelming chaos.
The exalted teachings seem so far away now. The words feel like bullshit.
Yet nothing has gone wrong. Nothing has been lost but a dream. Words are meant to fail! The crucible is always alive and well. Hallelujah! We needed to be humbled and enlivened, that’s all. We were getting ahead of ourselves, that’s all. We knew too much, felt too little, were clinging to second hand beliefs, were posing again in front of others.
Life had other plans.
Teachers, gurus, those of you who claim to know, all of you who sometimes pretend to be something you are not, you are all so beloved to life that you will fall from your pedestals into heartbreaking humility before long.
And you will weep like a baby with gratitude, grateful for all you have suffered, prostrate before the Intelligence that you cannot hope to understand, ready to shed your image for Truth.
All is well! Yes, all is well!”
Jeff Foster

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