Feeling and Sharing Divine Love

Lake Shaver

Lake Shaver

FRESNO, CA—With the weather expected to be a mix of rain and even snow for a couple days around Lake Shaver, I decided to head down to Fresno. With libraries, movie theaters, coffee shops, hardware stores, cheap supplies and all the other benefits that modern-day Sprawltowns offer, it beats the hell out of hunkering down in a van on a cold and drizzly day.

Being around people is also a good time for me to test out new spiritual practices. One I’m working on is a slight refinement of my typical Radiance practice.

I put the details of it—of experiencing and sharing the Love/Light of TaoGodHer—in the forums to make it easier for future readers to find as well as a central location for discussions about it.

You can find the practice here. You don’t need to sign up to read it, but to comment on it you will. (To keep things organized I’m turning comments off on this post.)

How She/We/I Shoot Photos

Leaf Lost

Leaf Lost

PISGAH NF, NW of MILLS RIVER, NC—It’s funny how letting go, how not trying to control, often leads to surprising (and pleasurable) results. Case in point: the photo above.

I love this photo. I don’t know exactly why, but I do. Even though the subject of the photo—the reddish-purple leaf—is out of focus, there is something mysterious and intriguing about it.

A good photographer would have steadied the camera on a small tripod, a beanbag, or at least a rock, and closed down the lens a bit more to get the leaf in focus. But I am a bad photographer, a lazy photographer, a technically horrible photographer and I simply don’t care that much about going through a lot of effort to get a shot. My whole technique is I see something, I spin the aperture dial to my best guess and I shoot.

And that’s pretty much how I take 99% of my shots which is what makes me a such a lousy photographer. My point is I don’t try to control my shots—I don’t try to set them up. I don’t think about them, I don’t place things in the frame or take junk out.

Now what I said above is true, and it’s a nice rational explanation for how I take photos… but it’s only half the story.

Here’s what if feels like when I take a photo:

She/We/I see the Light within something, and a connection forms between us (see Step 7 of this practice). I spin the aperture dial until it feels right then We point the camera and push the button and I’ll know instantly if I got the shot—even without looking at the preview screen.

There isn’t a lot of control involved—of trying. It is almost as if a relationship between me/us and the object forms and then She takes the picture. I—this clunky thing whatever that is—am there just for the ride.

Note: I do do post processing work to help reflect the way I/We/She saw the subject when the image was taken (the Light/God within), but all the post processing in the world isn’t going to save a lousy shot… and when I do get in Her way, I take a lot of lousy shots.

Intimacy

Abandoned

SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE SOCORRO, NM—By a synchronistic coincidence, I received an email on the same day as the email from yesterday’s post. Synchronistic because while yesterday’s was about distancing yourself from, well, yourself, this one was about feeling too distant from others the deeper you go into your spiritual practice.

My Reply

Yes, I know exactly what you mean, that serious spiritual practice can lead you to feeling separated from others—as if you share nothing in common with them. This is largely due to the fact that your values (what you find important) have changed as a result of your practice… what is important to you, isn’t important to those you know (and vice versa).

While shared values are the fabric of relationships, friendships, cultures and societies, they are—from a mystic’s point of view—fleeting and temporary—they die with the individual.

But the mystic values something far deeper, something that is eternal: the Light. The Light is that which is seeing out your eyes right at this moment. It is the love of everything that you call “you.” It is that which does not die when the body dies. It is the essence of both “you” and “Her.” It is the Tao, the Godhead, the Source.

It is also intelligent.

As a mystic, what I have in common with others is only the Light—all else if fleeting. When I interact with someone, if the discussion isn’t too cerebral (those often distract me from the Light), I focus on the Light inside them.

And when I focus on the Light within them, it is as intimate as “holding” the robin I spoke of or petting the deer in the night. What can be more intimate that that?

So in interacting with others, focus on the Light. Focus on the Love that all aware beings have inside them (yes, even plants and animals love themselves). Focus on that which is eternal and you’ll find that your relationships with others are much deeper than you could ever have imagined.

If you found these words of use, please follow tradition with a gift of alms (donation). If you found nothing of use, simply ignore this email and be at peace. (This text is placed at the end of all Wisdom for Alms emails)

Radiant Advice

The Road and the Riverbed

Since this fits so well with my last post about Radiance, here’s something I shared with Michelle (my “student”), who, in surrendering to the Light, is regularly experiencing the wonders of the Radiant level. From my journal:

Date: February 3, 2013 9:52 AM 

Radiant Advice

To Michelle I wrote:

Yes. At the Radiant level, your relationship with Her/God IS intimate, like two lovers, two soul-mates. I never feel alone b/c She is with me always.

The Light is Her. The Light is you. It’s a weird dichotomy, but like soul-mates, you and your Beloved our joined, are One.

Pull away and drop your thoughts (the shell or portal). Merge with Her the Light your Beloved. You are not your thoughts but the Light behind them. You and She are One… and always have been.

The Lesson

Turning Leaves

CABALLO LAKE SP, NM—I’ve received a lot of emails since getting stuck in the sand the other day, asking if there was some meaningful connection—a connection to my life, to the trials of the millions affected by Hurricane Sandy (see “Transpersonal Emotions”), or to the good-ol’ “Mercury in retrograde” astrological omen.

My answer below the break (huh?).

Read more…

Whatever is Exposed To The Light

Canoe on Eagle Nest Lake

Eagle Nest SP, NM

Everything is shown up by being exposed to the Light, and whatever is exposed to the Light itself becomes Light.

—St. Paul

Can you surrender to Her? Can you release all resistance and open to Her? Can you allow the Light to shine through?

What are you without your thoughts?

For thousands of years, Mystics have proclaimed this simple truth:

You are nothing and the Light is Everything.

Love is God


Flower and Bristles
The Religious: “God is Love.” (“I want to know Him, but He is separate from me.”)

The Radiant: “Love is God.” (“I feel Her. She moves through me.”)

“God is Love.”

“Love is God.”

Do you see the difference?

No one needs to teach you about God. No dogma is required. No reading, or research, or middle-men are necessary.

You have always known Her.

Anyone who has ever loved… knows the true nature of God.


PS: After writing this, I cracked open a fortune cookie: “When seeking the Light, ignore the reflections and go directly to the Source.”

Wallpaper: The Less There Is of You-The More There Is of Her

The Less There Is Of You - The More There Is Of Her.

A wallpaper from the Radiant Level.

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The Mantra of Radiance

The Light Behind

The Mantra of Radiance:

Surrender. Open. Flowing. Love. Light. (me). Surrender. Open. Flowing. Love. Light. (me). Surrender. Open. Flowing. Love. Light. (me). Surrender. Open. Flowing. Love. Light. (me). Surrender. Open. Flowing. Love. Light. (me).

The mystic, in surrendering control of anything, loses nearly everything.

He dissolves into Radiance.

The level of Radiance is the level of Flowing Love. The mystic surrenders his fight to be, to resist, to control. He surrenders all he has and all he was.

He gives up.

From the deepest part of his heart, he bows his head, opens his arms and surrenders: “I care nothing about my fate. Thy will be done.

If his surrender is sincere enough, She’ll hear. If he opens to Her completely, She’ll stir.

As he fades, She grows. As he ebbs, She flows.

The less there is of him, the more there is of Her.

Through the thin outline of his shattered self, She stirs. She grows. She radiates.

In his complete surrender to Her will, She shines forth and flows.

Like a river bursting through a crumbling dam—love and joy and gratitude pour outward.

(All articles in this series: The Mantra of Mankind, The Mantra of the Soul, The Mantra of Radiance, The Mantra of Oneness)