27 July 2011

White Tara

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~**~             U N L E A R N I N G       B A C K     t o      G O D                ~**~

The  coming  to  consciousness  is  not  a  discovery
of  some  new  thing;   it  is  a  long  and  painful
  to  that  which  has  always  been.

~ Helen Luke


Lead  us  from  the  unreal  to  the  real.

~ Hindu  Invocation


           ~**~   Each person is born with an unencumbered spot  –  free of expectations and regret, free of fear and worry  –  an umbilical spot of grace where we were first touched by God. It is this spot of grace that issues peace.    Psychologists this spot the Psyche, theologians it the Soul, Jung calls it the seat of the Unconscious, Hindu masters it the Atman, Buddhists it Dharma, Rilke calls it Inwardness, Sufis it Qalb, and Jesus calls it the Center of Love.

          ~**~   To know this spot of Inwardness is to know who we are, not by surface markers of identity, not by where we work or what we wear or how we like to be addressed, but by feeling our place in relation to the Infinite and by inhabiting it.       This is a hard lifelong task, for the nature of becoming is a constant filming over of where we begin, while the nature of being is a constant erosion of what is not essential.   Each of us lives in the midst of this ongoing tension, growing tarnished or covered over, only to be worn back to that incorruptible spot of grace at our core.

         ~**~   When the is worn through, we have moments of enlightenment, moments of wholeness, moments of satori, as the Zen sages term it, moments of clear living when inner meets outer, moments of full integrity of being, moments of complete Oneness. And whether the is a veil of culture, of memory, of mental or religious training, of trauma or sophistication, the removal of that and the restoration of that timeless spot of grace is the goal of all therapy and education.

        ~**~   Regardless of subject matter, this is the only thing worth teaching:  how to uncover that original center and how to live there once it is restored. We call the filming over a deadening of heart, and the process of return, whether brought about through suffering or love, is how we unlearn our way back to God.        ~**~                       (The Book of Awakening  –  Mark Nepo)

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Namaste  ~