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Resisting what feels like an unwanted moment seems natural; but, refusing to accept it... is not.
There are some things in this life -- in this world of passing time, defined as it is by the illusion of opposites -- that cannot grow up side-by-side; for instance, by reason of their nature, the lion and the lamb never lay down together. And so it is with love and self-pride: for love of self denies obedience... while Divine love requires it.
There are no shortcuts to stillness. There is no trying to be empty; with almost no exception, effort is ambition... and though it is full of becoming, it is empty of Being. The darkness of (spiritual) emptiness is inseparable from the Light of awareness by whose grace we are given to see the unthinkable: it is impossible to fill ourselves.
Knocking on the Door of Time
Today I spent an hour knocking on the door of Time. No one answered. All that greeted me was silence. But, I'm pretty sure as I was standing there, waiting... That I saw a light come on inside.
So I asked, "Is anyone there who might let me in?"
Then it seemed came a voice, from where I cannot say. But... this is what I heard:
"What makes you think you're on the outside?"
Attending to and completing what the present moment asks of us is the business of Real Life. In the simplicity of this relationship is found the timeless wealth of our True Self: a faith no fear can shake, an innocence no temptation can steal, and a freedom that no unwanted moment in life can take.
Truthful ideas never need to be validated by others; they neither fear close scrutiny, nor avoid the light of any moment that calls for it. False ideas can never stand alone; they tremble whenever life questions their intelligence, mistaking the sudden onset of painful resistance as proof of their strength.
The search for your true timeless Self begins and ends with being true to yourself; no other path exists; no power is required to walk it.
The reason the true path to self-realization is referred to as being nameless is because unless the one who walks has no name... then it is not the true path.
Painful tension is unconscious chronic resistance (to life). This means our suffering isn’t created by any difficult condition unfolding outside of us; rather it’s a dark effect of identifying with an unconscious self that believes the only way to deal with unwanted moments is by not wanting them!
The more we think about what’s wrong with life, with others, or about ourselves, the less we see this self-evident, but simple truth that once realized... helps set us free: the more we think about any disappointment, or the prison of some lingering pain we can’t seem to escape, the more we are made a captive of those very same thoughts.
The inner journey that leads to a life no longer bound by painful unwanted moments -- including their ever-present fears and doubts -- has one prerequisite: along the Way we must agree to walk through any gate above which reads this sign: enter here to meet whatever limits your right to be free.