I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don’t worry. It’s all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It’s a dream already ended. There’s nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born. The world you see is just a movie in your mind. Rocks dont see it. Bless and sit down. Forgive and forget. Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now. That’s the story. That’s the message. Nobody understands it, nobody listens, they’re all running around like chickens with heads cut off. I will try to teach it but it will be in vain, s’why I’ll end up in a shack praying and being cool and singing by my woodstove making pancakes.-Jack Kerouac (HT: Brain Pickings)
All desire is suffering. We long for the things we don't have, and the feeling that creates is emptiness. I want to be stronger. I want to live a long life. I want my children to be successful. I want to provide for my family. I want my wife and I to have a fulfilling relationship. That longing, that desire, is looking beyond the present day. Looking into the future. It's the same as looking back and wishing for change. I wish I focused more when I was in school. I wish I asked the pretty girl on a date. I should have taken that job offer. I should have been nicer to my friends. It's all a dream. Your view of the past and your view of the future you wish to be. It's a fantasy world that will never exist exactly the way you want. It won't be better. It won't be worse. It will be different. It will just be. Imagine the new iPad you want to buy. You don't have it, and when you think about it, you feel longing. Emptiness that you want to fill. Or how about food? It's only 11am and you're already hungry for lunch. You want to fill that emptiness. Longing is suffering. Desire is longing. All you can do is live in the present moment and be the best "you" possible. (There really is no "you", but we'll get to that anther time.) Live a loving life. Allow yourself to feel happiness. Be aware of the possibilities. Know that your children may one day go to college. Know that you may succeed in your job. Know that your relationship with your wife may be strong for the rest of your time on Earth. But don't spend too much time on longing. Focus on the things you can do today to make the next day the best day possible. Center yourself. Look inward. Be strong. Be fulfilled. You can do it. I believe in you.
In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015. How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker. So, the state began giving away apartments, with no strings attached.Read more here.
Words to live by.
Love is the threshold of another universe.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
We only have to look around us to see how complexity and psychic temperature are still rising: and rising no longer on the scale of the individual but now on that of the planet.
A universal love is not only psychologically possible; it is the only complete and final way in which we are able to love.