"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." ~ Carl Sagan
That extraordinary evidence becomes clear the moment I surrender to the One-ness. The claim itself will not produce evidence. My surrendering to the idea of Love does.
“This is what is hardest: to close the open hand because one loves.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
I find there can be a confusion with the notion of ‘extending love’, believing that one must always embrace the other--regardless of the situation at hand. I find this to be a level confusion, where these acts of tolerant ‘kindness’ are hiding insecurities of unworthiness and fear of being alone. My only job is to see the truth in the other, and akin to observing a three-year old playing with a knife, there are times when being witness to self-destructive behaviors requires more proactive measures. It may be perceived as a retreat, but is really an invitation--for both parties--to reconnect within.
“Don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
How do I develop that faith? By asking: how would it feel if what Rilke says here so eloquently were True. It would feel absolutely amazing, beyond words amazing. That feeling, that anticipation, merits unequivocal Faith. Carried by that Faith, what is taught here becomes an experience. Piece of cake...
“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”~ Jonathan Safran Foer
This is exactly why running away from my feelings will never work. I can try to sprinkle all the magic fairy dust of positive affirmations till the cows come home, but that will never bring me back to a state of grounded awareness. Invite and embrace the uncomfortable, because it is the desire for comfort--of clinging to that which is familiar--which keeps me rooted in the past and the cause of suffering.
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." ~ Corrie ten Boom
What is that ‘known God’? That is a God free of individuality. That is a God free of the ego personality and characteristics I projected on it. That is a God known as an all encompassing idea of infinite love and acceptance. What could there be to be afraid of?
"A woman's heart should be so close to God that a man should have to chase Him to find her." ~ C.S.Lewis
A heart (mercifully gender free) can only be found through Knowing the Truth, Knowing the unchangeable Oneness. Namaste.
Abstain from love
When like the beautiful snow goose
Someday your soul
Will leave this summer
Abstain from happiness
When like a skilled lion
Your heart is
Will someday see
The divine prey is
Near!" ~ Hafiz
“How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light against its being, otherwise, we all remain too frightened.” Hafiz
What an astoundingly simple way of describing what happens in our work.
Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadow and shores and hills.
Open up to the Roof.
Make a new watermark on your excitement
Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
Upon our intimate assembly.
Change rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of
*Diederik is the founder and program director for Choose Again
"One cannot seek happiness, for it is the result of realizing the Truth. The personality, which has security and pleasure as its aims, cannot be happy. Pursuing pleasure or safety will entail covering up any unpleasant or frightening truths. This automatically closes Joy. For Joy is the radiance of the heart when Truth is appreciated." ~ Almaas
The ‘danger’ lies not in covering up any ‘unpleasant or frightening’ truths, there are no such truths. Those characterizations are the result of mistaken interpretation. The danger lies in covering up limiting beliefs which render these truths unpleasant or frightening. These beliefs will, over time, poison all I look upon and Joy will not be experienced as long as these beliefs are the operating system with which I walk the earth.
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again