Non-dual

In stillness, the truth slowly revels itself. We begin to understand the preciseness of the Universe. Out of chaos arises beautiful order; a magical dance of dark/light, pleasure/pain, bliss/suffering, life and death; anew in each eternal moment.
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Fool(ish) Musings

Today we will take some time to think about โ€œthe foolโ€™sโ€ journey through life. This theme is represented in literature with works such as โ€œthe Epic of Gilgameshโ€ and โ€Alice in Wonderlandโ€ among many others. Joseph Campbell, American writer and professor, described it as the archetypal hero story.

These themes are prevalent in our own lives as we grow from child to adolescent to adult, gaining insight and experience along the way. We begin our journey as the uneducated novice, (infant) bound in pure awareness, with no sense of self – hence, the fool.

Our modern language has negative connotations associated with the word FOOL, however, when looked at through the eyes of experience we see that the fool is unencumbered by societal trappings and norms. It is the fool who experiences life in all its splendor, tasting experience for what it is. There is no shame, no guilt – only pure being.

As babies, we have no sense of self (as in self-consciousness), purely instinctual beings. Our whole experience is based upon survival- cry to be fed, changed, consoled. All our energy is concentrated in the root chakra. As we grow, we develop a sense of separation, of otherness. It is at this point our energy moves into the sacral chakra. We experience the separation based upon sex and slowly become aware of the power sex and sexual identification has in our lives.
Like the fool/hero on the journey, we must come to understand that power is limited, controlling and lacking Love.
If our karma in this life allows, we move the into the third chakra, some of us developing a stable sense of self, or we become lost in the anxiety of tring to fit in. Most people are living through the energy of the lower 3 Chakras.

Progress moving the energy upwards becomes difficult due to our physical plane of existence which is constantly telling us we need more to be happy, to be loved, to fit in. Beings stuck here are trapped by instant gratification-always seeking outside of themselves.

The fool/hero, however is able, after some time, to move beyond the physical plane of power. This can happen gradually or some trauma can rend open the heart instantly allowing the experience of the power of unconditional love. This subtle energy allows us to bridge the gap between the lower and upper chakras.

This love can then assist us further on our foolish yet heroic journey through life. It allows us to see the world for what is in in pure love. It invites compassionate speech, action and opens our intuition allow a depth of understanding: everything is exactly as it should be in every moment.

This is the most difficult pill to swallow. War, greed, suffering are all intrinsic parts of human existence. They are the opposite side of the coin of love, compassion, and empathy.

At a point in history we began to see everything as duality (Eve eating the apple/Gilgamesh and Enkidu) and we lost the pure taste of awareness.

Those of us whose karma is ripening for awakening feels the โ€œsomething not quite rightโ€ in how we are told to experience life.

The foolโ€™s/heroโ€™s journey is never straight. It is a crooked path with many missteps and falls along the way.

Take time to look at your life from the perspective of story telling. Can you identify points in early life where energy became stagnant in the lower chakras?

In working with these ideas we must remember that we are most likely not fully awakening in this go-round. We are the fool – just beginning to open our eyes to the light of truth. This is a journey of many lifetimes, unpredictable and long.

It is with this realization ( which cannot be intellectuallized) that we begin to see the face of god in everyone we meet. No one better than us, no one less than us. All god, all one. All beings moving toward the light in their own way, in their own time.

The person that cut you off on the highway is god, the megalomaniac, hell-bent on persecuting other beings is also god. It is all energy in form. All one.
As Ram Dass says โ€œ it is all grist for the mill.โ€

Everything we meet is the path.

Namaste

Shadow

๐–ถ๐–พ ๐–บ๐—…๐—… ๐–พ๐—‘๐—‰๐–พ๐—‹๐—‚e๐—‡๐–ผ๐–พ ๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„๐—‡๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ ๐–พ๐—‚๐—๐—๐–พ๐—‹ ๐–ฟ๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—† ๐—Œ๐—‚๐—๐—Ž๐–บ๐—๐—‚๐—ˆ๐—‡๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—๐—Œ๐—‚๐–ฝ๐–พ ๐—ˆf ๐—Ž๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐–บ ๐—‹๐—‚๐—Œ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„๐—‡๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐—๐—‚๐—‡. ๐– ๐—…๐—๐—๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—€๐— ๐—๐—๐—‚๐—…๐–พ ๐—‚๐—‡ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐—†๐—‚๐–ฝ๐—Œ๐— ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—Œ๐–พ ๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ๐—Œ ๐–บ๐—…๐—… ๐–ผ๐–บ๐—‡ ๐—Œ๐–พ๐–พ๐—† ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—Œ๐— ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‰๐–พ๐—…๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ, ๐—‚๐— ๐–ผ๐–บ๐—‡ ๐–ป๐–พ ๐–บ ๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—Ž๐—‡๐–ฝ๐–พ๐—‹๐—Œ๐—๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—€๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—๐—๐—.
๐–ถ๐–พ ๐–ผ๐–บ๐—‡ ๐—‚๐—‡๐—๐—‚๐—๐–พ ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—Œ๐–พ ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐–พ๐—…๐—‚๐—‡๐—€๐—Œ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—Œ๐—๐–บ๐—’, ๐—๐–บ๐—‡๐—€ ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—, ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–ฝ๐–พ๐–พ๐—‰๐—…๐—’ ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐–พ๐—… ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—๐–พ๐–บ๐—‹ ๐—๐—๐–บ๐— ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—’ ๐–บ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—๐—‹๐—’๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—๐–พ๐—…๐—… ๐—Ž๐—Œ.
๐–ถ๐–พ ๐—‡๐–พ๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐–พ๐—‘๐—‰๐–พ๐—‹๐—‚๐–พ๐—‡๐–ผ๐–พ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„๐–พ๐—‹ ๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ๐—Œ ๐—‚๐—‡ ๐—ˆ๐—‹๐–ฝ๐–พ๐—‹ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐–ป๐–พ ๐—๐—๐—ˆ๐—…๐–พ. ๐–ณ๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—‡๐—ˆ ๐—…๐—‚๐—€๐—๐— ๐—๐—‚๐—๐—๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐— ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„. ๐–ญ๐—ˆ ๐–ฝa๐—’ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐—๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐— ๐—‡๐—‚๐—€๐—๐—. ๐–ก๐–บ๐—…๐–บ๐—‡๐–ผ๐–พ ๐—ˆ๐–ฟ ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹ ๐—…๐—‚๐—€๐—๐— ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„ ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐–พ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—๐–พ ๐—๐—๐—‚๐—๐–พ. ๐–จ๐— ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹ ๐–ฝ๐–บ๐—‹๐—„๐—‡๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ ๐—๐—๐–บ๐— ๐–บ๐—…๐—…๐—ˆ๐—๐—Œ ๐–บ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—…๐—‚๐—€๐—๐— ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—Œ๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐–พ ๐—๐—๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—€๐—.

Stop doing. Start being.

“Did you read that poem?” Dorrance asked from behind Ralph. “The one that starts ‘Each thing I do I rush through so I can do something else’?”

Steven King, from Insomnia

How many of us rush through what we have to “do” because it is boring or tedious or we just do not feel like doing it? We are leading unmindful lives, allowing moments to rush by in a flurry of frustration and angst always thinking the next thing will be better, more entertaining, more rewarding.

When we go through our days unengaged with the present moment we have a tendency to forget our days, conversations and moments. We are so caught up in thoughts and to-do lists that “doing” becomes frustration. So we need to learn how to flow through our days in a state of being, a state of awareness.

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Being comes from our authentic self; our deepest inner knowingness. It is effortless, flowing, dynamic, honest. Most of us have experienced moments of awareness, true focus and immersion into what it is we are doing. Those states of flow, when the background chatter is reduced to non-existent, we become one with our task. I experience these stretched out moments of awareness when reading, painting, or drawing. Notice these are all creative endeavors. We are inherently creative beings, which is why a flow state is so natural in artists, writers and musicians.


Through practice we can begin to experience this moments of flow, of pure being more frequently. We can align ourselves with the Universe and live in harmony.

Escape is doing. Gentle awareness is being.

In addition to mindfulness practice/training we also need to look deeply at our motivation and intention. We need to understand the WHY of our actions. When we participate in practices that encourage mindlessness it is usually for escape. We try to escape stress and unpleasantness whether from our work, families or our own minds. Incessant scrolling on social media or imbibing substances recklessly are both examples of escapist behaviors. Escape is doing. Gentle awareness is being.

We must learn to sit with our toxic and unpleasant emotions when they arise. The next time you get frustrated doing the dishes or taking out the garbage, ask yourself “Why?”. What about performing a task (that must be preformed) is frustrating? Does your frustration actually relate to the task, or is there something deeper that gets triggered when performing certain tasks?

When we can take a moment to pause and look at the cause for the frustration, we begin to peal back the layers until we reach our central motivations. For example let’s say I get frustrated every time I take the garbage out. I recognize my frustration and pause to consider why. Perhaps I have repeatedly asked my son to take the garbage out, then I’m frustrated with his negligence. This could be evidence of a deeper issue, perhaps my son is lazy and this is one more example; yet I choose to ignore the connections to avoid confrontation. Magically we have arrive back at me. If I have problem with confrontation then I am most likely frustrated with myself for not dealing with the situations; instead blame-shifting first to my son, then to the garbage.

(My son would probably give me a look if he read this as he take out the garbage 98% of the time.)

A lot of the time our frustration is because we have expectations of others that are not met. Again, the problem lies within. We cannot place unrealistic expectations on others. Life happens and sometimes it is no ones fault the expectation is not met. We need to be able to pause and see situation clearly and not through the lens of “how it only affects me”. This takes practice. In order to experience more flow in our day we must make time for stillness.

Through practices such as yoga, meditation and breath work we can begin to feel some ease and adjust to a slower pace; allowing space for gentle awareness to arise naturally. We begin to stop doing and start being.

Namaste.

Please contact me if you would like more information on how to start your own personal practices of ease and flow.