“Love is the funeral pyre where the heart must lay its body." ~ Hafiz
I know, it would seem that the body gets a bad rap here but let’s be clear: is it possible to conceive of a single problem I think I have without it originating in body identification? Once I return to Knowing that I am abstract, formless, infinite Love I can return to enjoy the illusory joys the body seems to offer without attachment, I then discover those joys are actually echoes of spirit.
“Love rests in certainty. Only uncertainty can be defensive. And all uncertainty is doubt about yourself.” ~ ACIM
This certainty can be learned and while it is being learned it becomes increasingly integrated. Eventually this doubt about the Self vanishes and the world is experienced with calm assurance.
"For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly." ~ Kahlil Gibran
Interesting quote, isn’t it? Thought, a thought of Oneness, is a bird of infinite space. As soon as I insist on adding words to the infinite Thought, it ceases to have the immense power of the Thought of Love, the formless, abstract Thought of Love.
The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach." ~ Maya Angelou
If the message of the crucifixion was that I cannot be hurt and that to allow you to think you can hurt me is, in fact, cruelty, then I have to get to Know the Self that cannot be hurt. Failing that I will forever stay the hurt little boy I made up so many years ago.
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” ~ Veronica Roth
Yes, and if I stand up for you out of obligation, cultural or moral pressure (after all, it is the "right thing to do") it is meaningless. If I stand up for you because you are Me, because you are the Self, it becomes automatic, selfless and an extension of Love. Syrians (and black, white, pink, yellow, orange or blue people) are the Self.
"Whatever happens to you by you, through you; you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive." ~ Nisargadatta
One hundred percent authorship. Now, that is so easily experienced as a guilt trip unless I am willing to surrender to the truth that everything has always been and will always be for the ultimate good, for healing. The fact that my experience teaches me otherwise simply points to my unwillingness to take ownership and I prefer to play in blame-land a little longer.
"The whole world is your own Self. So who is good and who is bad?" ~ Poonja
It takes me (apparently) seemingly forever to really ‘get’ that I only meet the Self at all times and at every turn. What is it in me that will not see the ‘dream’ but still believes that what I see has even the slightest reality? Am I hopelessly addicted? If so, now is the time to detox and surrender to the self. Who is good and bad? No-one is either. Love is neither good nor not good, bad nor not bad. Love Is.
Diederik Wolsak is program director at Choose Again