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A Flash of Inspiration

Every now and again, you turn inwards, and see that mind can be free from its usual patterns, of its cravings and selfing and delusions, delusions like separation, fixity and permanence.

When it happens, it is like becoming aware of a great sun, and you feel as though you know that this is how mind can be, this is your potential. There is the sense that no object is to be found or craved, no subject to find or do the craving, and that this beautiful light is the light in and of all beings, in and of all life.

Never again would there be the sense that I can be seen as separate to you, or to other, or to all. It can be less like seeing a sun and more like becoming sunshine, boundless, edgeless, free, and bright.

Experience surrounded by echoes of bliss and beauty and excitement, and the deepest peace. You wonder if you will ever be the same again, and of course, knowing you are not fixed, you know you won’t!

Beyond any kind of thought or feeling, perception dies away, and you know that if you could just stay in touch with this dimension of being then all craving and suffering would simply fall away.

You also know that if you could show others how to find it, suffering would cease in them too, and perhaps you might just hope that with the dawning of this light, any conflict or harm, any greed or pollution or power becomes obsolete, not sought, its true nature seen and understood.

How can you fight or use another if you know you are not separate, and understand that like you, they seek happiness and an end to suffering. How can you possibly destroy the environment which holds this field of life, how can you possibly not act for the benefit of all life?

Ratnasambhava – The Golden Buddha of the South

To understand the significance of the Buddhas, it may be worth reading the introduction to the mandala of the five Buddhas, which explains a little more about what they really are and how they evolved in the archetypal Vajrayana Buddhist imagination. Effectively how real they are, and in what way they are real, is left to you. They are not like Gods, they represent aspects of the enlightened mind, and as such, are both real and unreal, both archetype and other power.

Ratnasambhava is the gorgeous bright Buddha of the southern realm, made of golden light, made of the summer, of generosity and abundance, giving and equanimity. He is the sunshine at its bright zenith, the reworking of the mind and heart to include all life in one’s outlook rather than the limited one self. Continue reading Ratnasambhava – The Golden Buddha of the South

Wonder and Awe

From the infinitely vast to the emptiness in the atom and the subatomic dance, from dimensions unknown to the stretching of time, I find awe. Our survival demands evolution, which demands transformation, which demands practice. The principle of practice is simple, we take regular steps, and we take care of every moment and every being as best we can.

For this to happen, we need to stay inspired,  so that what is highest in you is in contact with what is highest in the universe. What for you causes that resonance, that shimmering and sparkling in the heights of your being? What is it that connects you to awe and wonder? How do you stay connected and stay inspired, how do you keep it alive in your practice?

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The Buddha’s Activity is as Sunlight Dancing on the Waters of Time

If you had been out walking one night, two and a half millennia across time, you might have seen, framed against the moonlight shining on the river, a meditating figure. There would have been something deeply compelling about this sight, about the enigmatic smile and peaceful countenance.

Had you been out again the next morning, the same sight would have greeted you, except this time he would be framed by golden light of the sparkling sunshine, dancing on the surface of the gently flowing stream.

What you would not know, what you could not know, is that in the sparkling stream of consciousness connecting the two sights, the most profound event for life in this aeon had arisen. A Buddha had come to be.
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On Writing, On Getting Things Done

I want to share some wisdom I have gleaned from several books on the subject of achievement, on getting things done, and making progress towards your goals. The principles can be applied to any fields of life, from spiritual development to material success.

The first thing I want to say is that it is wonderful that you are even considering a project, a venture, a creative endeavour or planning to make changes to increase your quality of life.

Everyone who has ever achieved anything worthwhile, like inner peace, fitness, happiness, material achievement or mastery, have all had to sit where you are now, they have all had to start. From the author to the entrepreneur, from the person who lost weight to the person who learned to paint, they have all had to to find the motivation to start and stick to it, to carry on achieving little step after little step even when assaulted by the vilest self-doubt or depressions. Continue reading On Writing, On Getting Things Done

Happiness Lies in the Appreciation of Beauty

To love beauty is to see light.

Victor Hugo
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It doesn’t matter what mental state you find yourself in, they change all the time, but I guarantee that if you are able to get out into nature, it will improve. Even if you simply start to take stock of the positive, if you start to see what is around you with gratitude and through the eyes of appreciation, if you can practise seeing the beauty, then uplift will follow .

To simply go for a walk, to see the world, especially nature, cannot help but lift low spirits and confused minds. Looking outward, dropping commentary, dropping into the body. To walk amidst the change of the weathers and the seasons, and see that each is unique and beautiful, this is the path of happiness.

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Right Speech – Words are Worlds

Thought, speech and action are all intimately connected, form part of the same karmic chains. All condition each other, all are actions, all create ripples and effects,  all can form powerful manifestations. Transforming your speech reflects the whole path.

Your words, whether written or spoken, even whether said or unsaid, can cause suffering, sorrow and harm, but also great joy and inspiration, so choose them wisely as they echo in eternity. Continue reading Right Speech – Words are Worlds

Beat Yourself Up? Parameters, Neuroplasticity and The Fire

We all compare ourselves to others, indeed, the people we know are usually the yardstick against which we measure ourselves. Whether our priorities are looking good, being wealthy, being kind, or being happy, we can all find people if not in our direct contact, in the eye of the media, to whom we find it hard to measure up.

I am reminded of the gap between what the artist can see in his mind, and what he is capable of producing. There is often the same gap in terms of who we are, and who we want to be. Continue reading Beat Yourself Up? Parameters, Neuroplasticity and The Fire

A Letter to the Suffering

Right now, life may seem terribly gloomy, sometimes it does. If there is darkness then embrace it, go into it for you cannot run from it. Sometimes our suffering is like a rite of passage we must pass through on our journey. It can burn gently or wildly, but it is the most powerful catalyst for personal growth that there is.

There may be something you must face, a lesson to learn. Many people go through their whole lives running, avoiding seeing this truth, this groundlessness, whichever aspect of groundlessness that so terrifies.

Sometimes there is anger, resentment over harms done or hearts broken, sometimes there is guilt over harms done or hearts broken. Sometimes there is fear and anxiety about the present, the future. Sometimes there is sickness, old age and death. Sometimes there is change. Continue reading A Letter to the Suffering

So Blessed – All Here, Vajrasattva, Steps, and Purification

In times past, I would have needed to go to the Himalayas, and live there. I would have had to seek and seek and seek, monastery after monastery, guru after guru, teaching after teaching.

Now I have it all here, a click away. It ALL. Continue reading So Blessed – All Here, Vajrasattva, Steps, and Purification