Poem

 
  • Happiness

    When life is all but suffering

    The apparent causes may be  

    People, places, and situations

    Due to the veil of illusion

     

    Go within and ask, 'Who am I?'
    Unlearn what you’ve learnt 

    Allow silence to undo doubts

    Let awareness replace intellect


    What’s inside appears outside

    Imaginary world—a dream state

    Experience driven by beliefs

    Neither real nor permanent


    One formless eternal reality
    When the dreamer awakens
    Temporal illusions cease to be
    Happiness blossoms naturally

  • Wake Up

    Wake up, wake up
    From a temporal dream 
    Awake, I realise the truth
    All is 'I' with no other

    Wake up, wake up
    First, I was undifferentiated
    Later, infinitely variegated
    By time-space-thoughtform

    Wake up, wake up
    I am the magician
    Manifesting things at will
    Like the passing clouds

    Wake up, wake up

    I am the lucent vibration
    Illuminating the false world
    Making it appear as real

  • Experiences

    What if experiences are
    Conjured up by the mind 
    Perceived by the senses
    Analysed by the intellect

    What if experiences are
    Like looking at holograms
    One's thoughts and beliefs
    Manifesting as reality

    What if experiences are
    Like flying in a dream
    Asleep, indisputably real 
    Awakened, realises she’d slept

    What if experiences are
    Not fixed in space and time
    What seems like here and now
    Could be anywhere, anytime​

  • Lion or Sheep

    A lion cub lost among sheep
    Growing up in a dream reality
    Bleating fearfully in conformity
    Ignorant of its origin and identity

    Along comes an enlightened Soul
    Bemused by what she sees
    Shows the lion dressed as sheep
    A reflection of its true identity

    Awakened from dreaming
    The liberated lion roars loudly
    Freed from misconceptions of duality
    Aware of its origin and identity

    One reality, imaginary many
    Ask, 'Who am I—one or many?'
    If one—acceptance of the many 
    If many—rejection of the one 

  • Experiences

    Wake up, wake up
    Realise 'I Am That'
    Knowing there is no other
    Be still in a sea of activity

    Wake up, wake up
    I am pure Awareness
    Streaming through the senses
    And giving rise to knowingness

    Wake up, wake up
    I am not the body or senses
    I am not the mind or intellect
    All is ignorance and delusion

    Wake up, wake up
    I withdraw cognition
    In deep sleep, not knowing
    Absolute being in eternal bliss

  • Coming Home

    Departure—
    'I', 'Me' and 'Mine'
    Space, time, thoughtform
    Separateness

    Midway—
    Doubts and uncertainties
    Confusion and restlessness
    Self-enquiry

    Homestretch—
    Faith and humility
    Surrender and playfulness
    Awakening

    Arrival—
    Self-aware and blissful
    Reunion and communion
    Awareness

  • What is Reality?

    Am I the body?
    Am I the emotions?
    Am I the senses?  
    Am I none of these?

    Am I the mind?
    Am I the intellect?
    Am I the nothingness?
    Am I none of these?

    Am I the light?
    Am I the mirror?
    Am I the reflection?
    Am I all of these?

    Am I the seer?
    Am I the seen, and
    Everything in-between?
    Am I the one and only?

  • Wake Up

    Wake up, wake up
    Realise 'I am That'
    Know there is no other

    Be still in a sea of movement

    Wake up, wake up
    I am pure awareness
    Streaming through the senses
    Giving rise to knowledge

    Wake up, wake up
    I am not the body or senses
    I am not the mind or intellect
    All are ignorance and delusion


    Wake up, wake up
    I withdraw cognition
    In deep sleep, not knowing
    Absolute being in eternal bliss

  • What If

    It’s all a dream:
    Places
    Situations
    Relationships

    It’s all a fiction:
    Mind
    Senses
    Intellect

    It’s all an illusion:
    Time
    Space
    Form


    It's eternally:
    Existence
    Awareness
    Bliss

  • What do you see?

    Stand before a mirror
    What do you see?
    Is that you or me?
    If it's you, why not me?

    You say there is a difference
    Is that true?
    I say we are undifferentiated
    Like the tree inside a seed

    Go to sleep
    What do you see?
    Is that a dream or reality?
    If it's a dream, why not reality?

    You say there is a difference
    Is that true?
    I say they are undifferentiated
    Like one having a waking dream

  • Wake Up

    Wake up, wake up
    The truth 'Who am I?'
    Is reflected in a dreamer 
    Self-aware, allowing, and blissful

    Wake up, wake up

    The mind projects experiences 
    Like a movie viewed on screen
    The only reality is 'Awareness'
     
    Wake up, wake up
    I am the eternal Self-of-All
    Experiencing temporal existence
    Like worlds perceived in dreams

    Wake up, wake up
    I am the formless Self-of-All  
    Manifesting in eightfold forms
    As Existence-Awareness-Bliss

  • Just Be

    Let go of: 
    I
    Me 
    Mine

    Let go of:
    Worry
    Grief
    Anxiety

    Let go of:
    Choice
    Effort
    Outcome

    Let go of:
    Past

    Future

Musing

 

All is Well

You are consciousness embodied in human form. Nothing that happens in worldly life can affect or alter your inner essence. Life is no more than a fleeting dream for entertainment. Reign in the mind. Don’t allow your thoughts to go astray. Think of it as going to the movies. Enjoy the show from start to finish without becoming emotionally overwhelmed or unduly attached to the characters or storyline.

Joy of Being

You are merely a fiction for the formless source to experience itself in physical form; therefore, remain open and don’t judge, react, or resist anything. Let everything run its course. Each unfolding experience – desirable or otherwise - is an invitation to be yourself and allow the source to express itself through you and others. Accept this, and you’ll awaken from the illusion of separateness and become imbued with an innate sense of aliveness and peace.

Be Yourself

You did not come to seek perfection; you are already perfect. You don’t need to make the world a better place because nothing is broken. You came to experience creation in all its joy and imperfections. You came to love yourself unconditionally. You don’t need to fathom the deeper meaning of life in order to fulfil your role. You just need to be yourself: show up, be present, and experience each unfolding moment from a unique perspective.

Oneness

Imagine a candle placed in a pot with many holes where rays of light pass through in different directions.  To believe the rays of light are separate and distinct from each other and from the source is a misconception. 

Likewise, the light of the source passes through infinite points of awareness to project itself as animate and inanimate forms unto the screen of worldly life; it then sees its own reflections from the myriad vantage points.

Existence

 

The Source

The source of all that exists is formless, timeless, and indescribable. An indivisible part of the source ventures back and forth to a dream state (i.e., worldly existence bound by the illusions of space, time, and form) to express, experience, and know itself through physical manifestations. The source forgets itself when entering the dream state and experiences existence as consciousness embodied in infinite animate and inanimate forms. The mind, which consists of innumerable thoughts, arises from the source. The mind projects thoughts on the screen of existence to manifest forms (and defines their relationships)) that create existential experiences. The primordial thought in the mind is "I-Exist" or ego. Despite the oneness of existence, the ego is a false sense of separateness that enables experiencing from different perspectives. As existence evolved, consciousness embodied in human form was ripe for awakening within the dream state and remembering its formless self; however, a greater part of it chooses to remain under the spell of illusions with a false sense of self, that is, by identifying with the embodied forms. The upshot is the belief in separate and distinct existence.

Inner Stillness

Inner stillness is where bliss lies; it's experienced when consciousness is focused inwardly and outwardly at the same time but remains non-reactive to the movement of thoughts, emotions, and circumstances. This state is also known as Existence-Awareness-Bliss. Inner stillness cannot be achieved through physical effort or intellect; it requires us to be choiceless and effortless. How then do we relate to people, events, and situations? We remain centred in the blissful knowledge of our innermost essence and engage playfully with a heart and mind that are ever cool and tranquil. We simply play our role without becoming entangled in the drama.

The World is a Mirror

The outer world reflects our inner world. We manifest experiences based on our conditioned thoughts and beliefs. Our habit of thought on any subject is conditioned by impressions derived from past experiences and desires for fulfilment in future experiences. Our thought patterns influence the way we perceive people, things, events, and situations. Nothing is inherently good or bad, right or wrong; it's all a matter of perception. Your continued attention to anything - desirable or otherwise - keeps it in your experience. We have recurring experiences in different places with different faces because we are unable to turn attention away from the subject or revise our entrenched thought patterns regarding certain type of people and situations.  

Quiet the Mind

As soon as resistant thoughts arise, turn within and ask, 'To whom are these thoughts occurring?' The unspoken reply would be, 'To me'. Ask further, 'Who am I?' without conceptualising an answer; then, observe the gaps in-between thoughts. As you repeat this exercise regardless of how many resistant thoughts arise, the reactive thinking mind would lose momentum and calm down. Why? Because the depths of who you are is 'Stillness', and mental noise - which is no more than movements on the surface - would subside when you stop engaging in resistant thoughts and be the non-reactive observer.  You would need to be alert and ask the question as soon as resistant thoughts arise. Over time, this self-inquiry will lead to a noticeable reduction in mental noise and a corresponding increase in inner peace.

Existential Reality

Worldly existence is not an objective reality; it's a subjective dream. Everyone is dreaming into existence unique individual experiences. Most of us are unaware of the dream state due to the veil of illusion. Eventually, the dream state would lose its stranglehold and your false sense of self will start to erode, giving rise to doubts and confusion. In your darkest moment, an inner voice will nudge you to go within and inquire, 'Who am I beyond the body, mind, and emotions?' As you persist with this inquiry, there'll be signposts to guide you in the right direction. This gentle and gradual awakening process will culminate in the knowledge of your innermost essence. You'll awake within the dream state to know your formless and eternal nature. Once awakened, a three-fold transformation occurs naturally: first, you'll become centred in self-knowledge and simply play a role in the dream; second, you'll no longer become overwhelmed by or unduly attached to everyday experiences; third, you'll adopt a light and playful attitude towards people, events, and situations because you cease to treat the unreal as real. After the awakening, you'll go about playing your various roles in a calm, decisive, and joyful manner. From time to time, you'll slip back into the dream state; however, you'll bounce back quickly. 

Creative Playground

Worldly existence is a playground for you to create and experience your creations. You came to have unique individual experiences through your physical perspective and navigate the maze of unpredictability through your non-physical perspective; it's a co-creative process. Your physical and non-physical perspectives are two sides of the same coin. You are the light, mirror, and reflection. You are the experiencer, experiencing, and experienced.  Each experience - whether desirable or otherwise - is intended by 'You'; it will run the course. 

Pain & Suffering

Physical pain is an experience; it's an inherent part of existential reality. Like rain, pain comes and goes with varying intensities and for different lengths of time; however, pain does not necessarily equate suffering. Pain can be experienced without any suffering. Unlike pain, suffering is a state of mind that arises from one's inability to accept 'What Is'. Nothing is permanent, wanting it to be so causes suffering. At the root of all suffering is one or more of the following reasons: first—ignorance of our true nature; second—belief in separate and distinct existence; third— ‘attachment’; fourth—lack of equanimity; fifth—fear of death. Sometimes, suffering acts as a conduit for awakening when all else fails. 

Do Nothing

Worldly existence is a hologram; it's a mind's journey. The hologram is an imaginary bubble that encapsulates your existential reality. You - the embodied consciousness - are inside the bubble. You - the formless consciousness - are outside the bubble. You, on the inside, are physically focussed with a limited perspective. You, on the outside, are non-physically focussed with a limitless perspective. The physical and non-physical perspectives interact and merge into one to guide the direction of individual and collective experiences within the hologram. Your inside-the-bubble desires and preferences will be reflected in the changes to the hologram; however, you must first let go of the need to control or influence outcomes. You have to stop trying to make things happen by force, manipulation, or purposeful actions and just go with the flow. What does that mean? First, don't strive for anything—take things as they come. Second, accept all, resist nothing. Third, don't react—wait, only respond if necessary. Fourth, align yourself with the path of least resistance. Fifth, don't obsess over outcomes. The hologram will transform on its own at the right time. 

 

  

I am That

Every form that exists - be it animate or inanimate - is a different version of your formless self. There is nothing in your experiential reality that does not reflect an aspect of you; therefore,  it follows—to love and accept everything in your experience is to love and accept oneself. That is the true meaning of self-love.

 

The Eternal Cycle

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