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REMEMBER [10 Dec 2007|01:49pm]

Be content with inner peacefulness, and contentment will be thine. Pure joy and bliss can only come in the stillness of equilibrium and the perfect receptivity of a spiritually sensitive mind. It is impossible that the lesser ideal would be the final goal; the joy of a child is certainly not the joy of a Master. Your Soul’s growth is infinite, and what was once satisfying will recede in the light of Eternity, giving way to greater understandings than you have ever imagined.

See how you have received your Heart’s desire, though it may have come in ways mysterious to your senses. You have been given what your innermost being desired, according to the precision of your aspiration and the strength of your wish. So it is well and good to cultivate perception, acknowledgment, and appreciation for the gifts we have been and are being given, so as better to further the flow of the gifts that will surely come. Desire is always of the future, and as such can never be had, whereas appreciation is ever of the present, and acknowledges that though transitory, all things received are the Lord’s blessing upon thee, and can bring thee peace and joy, if you but accept it.

Truly all you have and all you are and all you will be is the blessing of the Lord’s willingness to dance with you, in your imperfect perfection of being, showing you which steps to take, and when, gifting you with every step you make in your progress, and never stepping on your toes, though of course you may stumble over your own. You have a mind and heart which are the tools for you to use in understanding your unique truth to learn and teach, and your eternal Soul guarantees that your true heart’s desire shall be met at the right time and in the right way, as it is the crystal which precipitates that which you would love by the law of magnetic attraction.

As you walk on through the fogs and mists, sail the troubled seas of being a part of the mass consciousness, find peace and gratitude in knowing you are not forgotten, no, not separate for even a moment from the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Lord of Love, who wisely guides you by the unspoken law of your being, your unique part to play in eternity. Always let go of psychic disturbances and discontent, and above all fear and uncertainty if you would know the light in the darkness that you may unerringly follow. This inner light of being will guide you from fear into courage, from uncertainty into clarity, from misery into nobility, from skepticism and doubt into knowledge, and from isolation and separateness into community.

Truly we are all facets of the one jewel of Truth, and none is denied what they need when eagerly seeking to know and grow into the truth of their being. You cannot be denied the blessings you need -- ask our Father-Mother God, and keep focusing on your openness to receive the blessing, and it will come! Perhaps not in the time or the form you want, but most assuredly you will be given the blessing you need and desire with your heart and Soul. Doubt not! You cannot be denied.

Do not look to other’s situations -- they are not you. Others have their own time and place of fulfillment, and this should not breed doubt and confusion and envy in you. You have your own appointed time and place of rewards and fulfillment. Rest content in the certainty that as you open to a larger vision, whether of truth or abundance or effectiveness, so it will come, if you hold that vision steady in the light.

Welcome the revelation that will show you the next step to take, and await the vision and the call, and then do not hesitate to gratefully and willingly heed this hint from God showing you the next step in your self-unfoldment. This is leading you to a truth and a reality greater than you have ever known. You are Masters in the becoming -- show mastery in small things, and in time you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in large ways. Show mastery over yourself, your appetites and desires, your emotional nature, your mind in its eternal discontent and restlessness, and you will be given mastery over nature and her secrets.

Whatever is your Heart’s desire, work toward that, and in time it will be yours, if it is your Heart’s desire. God will not be denied, and as your Soul is part of the One Soul that is God, you cannot be denied either. As you have learned, so you will teach others who come to you for guidance, though of course respect for their need for individuality and individualized circumstances must be observed. Never seek to violate another’s free will, and never let your own be violated by another. Never exploit another, or let yourself be exploited selfishly by another. Still, be giving and forgiving. Learn respect for individual limits, both your own and others, and in time you will have perfect knowledge of what to do and when. Know your Heart, follow your Heart, trust your Heart, and love the truth. Your courage will show you the way beyond fear.

You are the light of the world, and keep the link unbroken between Hierarchy and humanity, through time and space, each in your own way. Let not worldly superstitions, assumptions, doubts and confusions affect your knowledge of your truth of self and Hierarchy. The day rapidly approaches when all these and more will be revealed to the world, demonstrating the fact of unanimity of consciousness itself and forever shattering the great heresy of separateness born of glamour, illusion, and Maya.

Love God, love each other, tell the truth, love your past, love your present, love your future, love your friends, love your enemies, love the plants, love the animals, love the angels, love the children, and above all else, love yourself for the spark of Divine Love that you are, always have been, and always will be. You are Love without measure or limit. You are the mystery, the truth, and the light. You are God’s love made manifest.

Live that, and be free.

© Copyright 1992, 2007 Robert Wilkinson
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[10 Jul 2007|09:21am]
The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated ego.

Alan Watts
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
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[06 Apr 2006|11:14pm]

skillful means to reduce the power of ill willCollapse )
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The Last Poem of Hoshin [26 Mar 2006|08:27am]

The Zen master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story:

One year on the twenty-fifth of December, Tokufu, who was very old, said to his disciples: "I am not going to be alive next year so you fellows should treat me well this year."
The pupils thought he was joking, but since he was a great-hearted teacher each of them in turn treated him to a feast on succeeding days of the departing year.
On the eve of the new year, Tokufu concluded: "You have been good to me. I shall leave you tomorrow afternoon when the snow has stopped."
The disciples laughed, thinking he was aging and talking nonsense since the night was clear and without snow. But at midnight snow began to fall, and the next day they did not find their teacher about. They went to the meditation hall. There he had passed on.

Hoshin, who related this story, told his disciples: "It is not neccesary for a Zen master to predict his passing, but if he really wishes to do so, he can."
"Can you?" someone asked.
"Yes," answered Hoshin. "I will show you what I can do seven days from now."
None of the disciples believed him, and most of them had even forgotten the conversation when Hoshin next called them together.
"Seven days ago," he remarked, "I said I was going to leave you. It is customary to write a farewell poem, but I am neither a poet nor a calligrapher. Let one of you inscribe my last words."
His followers thought he was joking, but one of them started to write.
"Are you ready?" Hoshin asked.
"Yes, sir," replied the writer.
Then Hoshin dictated:

I came from brilliancy
And return to brilliancy.
What is this?

The poem was one line short of the customary four, so the disciple said: "Master, we are one line short."

Hoshin, with the roar of a conquering lion, shouted "Kaa!" and was gone.
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Without Blinking [26 Mar 2006|02:40am]

During the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army would quickly sweep into a town and take control. In one particular village, everyone fled just before the army arrived - everyone except the Zen master. Curious about this old fellow, the general went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man this master was. When he wasn't treated with the deference and submissiveness to which he was accustomed, the general burst into anger. "You fool," he shouted as he reached for his sword, "don't you realize you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!" But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved. "And do you realize," the master replied calmly, "that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?"
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Suprise [26 Mar 2006|02:36am]

The students in the monastery were in total awe of the elder monk, not because he was strict, but because nothing ever seemed to upset or ruffle him. So they found him a bit unearthly and even frightening. One day they decided to put him to a test. A bunch of them very quietly hid in a dark corner of one of the hallways, and waited for the monk to walk by. Within moments, the old man appeared, carrying a cup of hot tea. Just as he passed by, the students all rushed out at him screaming as loud as they could. But the monk showed no reaction whatsoever. He peacefully made his way to a small table at the end of the hall, gently placed the cup down, and then, leaning against the wall, cried out with shock, "Ohhhhh!
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Gutei's Finger [26 Mar 2006|02:26am]

Whenever anyone asked him about Zen, the great master Gutei would quietly raise one finger into the air. A boy in the village began to imitate this behavior. Whenever he heard people talking about Gutei's teachings, he would interrupt the discussion and raise his finger. Gutei heard about the boy's mischief. When he saw him in the street, he seized him and cut off his finger. The boy cried and began to run off, but Gutei called out to him. When the boy turned to look, Gutei raised his finger into the air. At that moment the boy became enlightened
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Egotism [26 Mar 2006|02:20am]

The Prime Minister of the Tang Dynasty was a national hero for his success as both a statesman and military leader. But despite his fame, power, and wealth, he considered himself a humble and devout Buddhist. Often he visited his favorite Zen master to study under him, and they seemed to get along very well. The fact that he was prime minister apparently had no effect on their relationship, which seemed to be simply one of a revered master and respectful student.

One day, during his usual visit, the Prime Minister asked the master, "Your Reverence, what is egotism according to Buddhism?" The master's face turned red, and in a very condescending and insulting tone of voice, he shot back, "What kind of stupid question is that?"

This unexpected response so shocked the Prime Minister that he became sullen and angry. The Zen master then smiled and said, "THIS, Your Excellency, is egotism."
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buddhist parable [26 Mar 2006|02:07am]

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a lucious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!
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[08 Mar 2006|11:21pm]

Heaven lasts long, and Earth abides
What is the secret of their durability?
Is it because they do not live for themselves
That they endure so long?

Lao Tzu
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isn't it odd? [07 Mar 2006|01:45pm]
"No one is satisfied with his fortune, but everyone is satisfied with his intelligence."

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
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where is the mod? [05 Mar 2006|07:40pm]
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus
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spirit, baby! [21 Feb 2006|01:09am]
It's very helpful to move forward, and we're all learning. There's nothing the church can do that's failsafe. You can't inaugurate something that's not going to have hiccups and pros and cons. We've got to be open to the Spirit, and I think the Spirit is leading us in the right direction.
- Roger Mahony
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do not die, little community! [06 Feb 2006|08:34am]

'Any characteristic that you can't stand in another person is an aspect of you that you can't stand in yourself. Once you discover that this characteristic is also in you, your resistance towards the other person gets replaced with compassion. You also become more at peace with yourself.'
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[03 Feb 2006|01:51pm]
He thought that fear of death was perhaps the root of all art, perhaps also of all things of the mind. We fear death, we shudder at life's instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will soon disappear. When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something that lasts longer than we do.

Hermann Hesse
Narcissus and Goldmund
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Vanity and Fame [09 Jan 2006|12:25am]

You cannot be loved and praised by all. Indeed, if you act as a good person, bad people will scold you. If you act as a bad person, good people will disapprove of your actions. The best solution is to be kind and good while ignoring the opinions of others.

Only those who have abandoned their soul for fame and wealth will be concerned about the opinions of others.

Nourish your soul not your fame or popularity.

If a person is free from vanity, it is easier to serve God.

One who lives a true life does not need praise or fame.

(January 9, Wise Words for Every Day, Leo Tolstoy)
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Pride [09 Jan 2006|12:20am]

People tend to be proud of things for which they should be ashamed, such as their wealth or power over others.

A person can believe that he or she is better than someone else only when the other's character is not truly known.

When you perform acts of goodness, it is often difficult to tell whether you do them for the soul, for God, for another person, or to satisfy your own pride. It is easier to tell, though, if you ask yourself whether you would do these things if no one was made aware of them. When you perform acts of goodness anonymously, you do so for your soul and for God.

It is all right when people praise you for your work. But it is wrong to do your work in order to be praised by others.

(January 8, Wise Words for Every Day, Leo Tolstoy)
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Universal Love [09 Jan 2006|12:20am]

Every person loves his or her own self and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. However, to love only the body is to bring suffering to others.

You become what you love. If you love earthly things, you will become earth. If you love God, then you will become part of God.

Love that is caused by something else, that has a reason, is not pure love. Only love without limits - uncoditional love - is eternal. It does not disappear but grows continously with time.

There can be neither virtue nor goodness without love.

(January 6, Wise Thoughts for Every Day, Leo Tolstoy)
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[08 Jan 2006|11:12pm]

"Sacrifice is nothing other than the production of sacred things."
~Georges Bataille
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Unification in Spirit [06 Jan 2006|12:08am]

When Socrates was asked where he was born, he answered, "On this earth." When he was asked of which state he was a citizen, he answered, "A citizen of the world." We must remember these profound words. We all live on the same earth, under God's great power, which is superior to that of men, and under God's law.

We know in our hearts that we should strive for unification with all people. The more united we become, the better our lives will be. Likewise the more we separate from each other, the worse our lives will be.

Every person has two masters: the body and the soul. When the body rules, one struggles and experiences animosity towards others. However, the more one grows in spiritual understanding, the more one's internal power transfers to the soul - to the spirit that seeks unification with the souls of others.

(January 6, Wise Words for Every Day, Leo Tolstoy)
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