This is the fourth of the series of reflections arising from a month in silence and solitude; the musings invite the reader to explore the Truth for himself or herself. May the writer's reflections be windows to look in, or out, onto the vista of our one Beloved, our deepest, truest Self. Peace! Brian
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There is one thing that you can trust in: right here is a man or a woman who is called by your name. Before you have doubt or pessimism, you are already here. You exist right in the middle of reality, which means your life is fully alive right now.
*Dainin Katagiri. The Light That Shines through Infinity: Zen and the Energy of Life. Shambala Edition.
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You keep ambling about, sad, desperate for rain
and there is already a flood inside your house
The Light of Love is making love with you
even before you wake up
The Sun shines inside your chest
in the middle of the night
The thirst you feel
arises from the Beloved's cup
caressing your parched lips
All-this-and-more ~ always More ~
but you still don't see, don't hear,
regardless of how much you look and seek ~
you've been trained to stay asleep
congratulated for your deafness to such lovely Birdsong
One day, when you stop knocking at the door, ~ you'll see ! ~
see this dream you've been calling my life is a dream
while the dream looked for, longed for, has always been
not a dream, yes! you ~ your life
Flower buds are opening
all around your feet
~ what a grand revelation ! amazing chorus! and right here ~
this one Springtime beautifying all passing seasons
Each flower a Love Letter from your Heart
the amorous scent of each unfurled petal
the call to your Lover's ecstatic Embrace
What to do?
stop doing !
Now seeing, hearing, receive
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You may come upon the insight, in the journey from Love to Love, when you see to receive is to be given to. At this point, your choice may be to relax, knowing something beautiful arises, always, within that fecund spaciousness. In that relaxed openness, what is there to do? Can you release into that, enjoying the simplicity of Being-With, not trying to get anywhere or anything? Can you relax with that moving of Grace and just relish the taste of Life, your life?
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*All material, unless another source is cited, is authored by the presenter of Lotus of Heart, Brian Kenneth Wilcox, Florida USA. Use of the material is permitted; Brian only requests that credit be given and to be notified at firstname.lastname@example.org .
*Brian's book, An Ache for Union, is available through major booksellers.
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