Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pointers

Truly, there is nothing to be done—only to see.


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You think you are the shape of the pot. But actually, you are the spaciousness within it and beyond it.


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The awareness in me is absolutely the same as it is in you. But I am aware that that awareness is there. Or even better phrased: There is the awareness that awareness is present.


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I wish you could see the simplicity of all of this. That's all that is being pointed to here.


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Knowing that you are nothing, and yet everything, is beyond any words that you could say about it. I mean, why even try to describe the feeling. It is nothing that you can adequately capture.


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Who is looking for what? There is no "who"; awareness is all there is, and you are that!


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Have a cup of tea or coffee. Feel the quiet and spaciousness around that ordinary and everyday occurrence. It just may lead you to something deeper.


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Nisargadatta said, "A quiet mind is all you need." And that's true. But he is not saying to try to keep the mind quiet or attempt to sustain a period of quietness for some sort of attainment. For you can't get there from there!


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Spiritual journeys are activities that more and more people think that have to take. But you are already what you are before you purchase the bus or plane ticket! So what is it that is being pointed to here? Can you find that for yourself, right here and now. Something is present, and you are it...Again, something is present, and you are it. Feel the presence to what that is pointing to.

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4 comments:

Railton Cabbell said...

I spent ten years looking for something. Then I discovered there was nothing to look for. In this
profound and simple moment the entire universe
stopped, and it was seen that in pure emptiness
there is a life more beautiful, more deep, more peaceful, more joyful, than could possibly be imagined.

Lafcadio de la Rosa

Rodney Stevens said...

Beautifully said, Lafcadio...And thank you!

Rodney

A.Decker said...

"Have a cup of tea or coffee. Feel the quiet and spaciousness around that ordinary and everyday occurrence. It just may lead you to something deeper."

This seems to tie in with what I came here to ask you, which is:

The space and stillness I feel outside my body is as much what I am as the space and stillness I find by turning within. Is that right?

Rodney Stevens said...

Yes, the spaciousness is as much inside as it is outside. But you don't find it by "turning within." Simply see that the stillness is unequivocally present.

Best,
Rodney