“The Buddha always told his disciples not to waste their time and energy in metaphysical speculation. Whenever he was asked a metaphysical question, he remained silent. Instead, he directed his disciples toward practical efforts. Questioned one day about the problem of the infinity of the world, the Buddha said, “Whether the world is finite or infinite, limited or unlimited, the problem of your liberation remains the same.” Another time he said, “Suppose a man is struck by a poisoned arrow and the doctor wishes to take out the arrow immediately. Suppose the man does not want the arrow removed until he knows who shot it, his age, his parents, and why he shot it. What would happen? If he were to wait until all these questions have been answered, the man might die first.” Life is so short. It must not be spent in endless metaphysical speculation that does not bring us any closer to the truth. ” Thich Nhat Hanh
“Learning who you are starts with letting go of all your ideas about yourself. It means disengaging the filters through which you see. You are not all good, nor all bad. You have to let go of any beliefs you hold concerning your identity and be willing to simply examine all the information, process all the experiences, allowing the contradictions, embracing it all and letting it be. Then, your walk through life is with a powerful knowing that allows you to see it all as it was meant to be – opportunities for you to grow.” Aria E. Appleford
It has been a tough few weeks for me on many many levels. I am taking time, paying attention, accepting that the problems are mine to deal with and that there is an opportunity here for growth. Life has taught me a lot. If I have wisdom it is not because it has been gifted to me because of some superior intelligence. It was learned from the many mistakes I made, because I am as flawed a human being as anyone else.
I am in the middle of having to deal with something that I can no longer ignore, probably the most painful thing I have or ever will have to deal with. It is something I have to do alone and the weight of it is impacting me spiritually, emotionally and physically. This is healing at its most difficult, but it is also about standing up and speaking the truth – no matter the cost. Continue reading
I am still saddened by how much time and effort people put into running from one spiritual guru to the next, course after course of instruction, instead of putting that same effort into time with themselves, connected to the source of all wisdom and power and love, understanding who they are so that they can live a life that blesses the lives of others.
It is not the gathered knowledge that is the magic, it is the understanding and empowering of self that allows us to live and do that which heals and lifts others. When we are strong and in tune we act with an intention guided by the correct purpose of who we are. We are in sync. We are powerful. We are moved into positions where our actions can have the most impact. We are led to lessons just for us. We are present in teaching moments where the connection between us and the “student” is deep. It is not the “classes” we hold as much as it the life we live. Who are we? Continue reading