Every day is a miracle…

And everything together, all the voices, all the goals, all the striving, all the suffering, all the pleasure—everything together was the river of what is, the music of life. And when Siddhartha listened attentively to the thousandfold song of the river, when he did not fasten on the suffering or laughing, when he did not attach his mind to any one voice and become involved in it with his ego—when he listened to all of them, the whole, when he perceived the unity, then the great song of a thousand voices formed one single word: OM, perfection. ~from Siddhartha, Herman Hesse

One time, while looking in a mirror in the candle light faces roared across the surface as though on a movie screen, the film speeded up. Faster and faster they appeared and disappeared until my head hurt from watching so many images fly by. Old, young, black, white, yellow skin; hats, turbans, shawls, berets, bandages, cloaks, hoods, fierce eyes, grim, stern, laughing, smiling, loving. Faster yet and all became a blur. I closed my eyes and heard the roar of the ocean and finally fell asleep.

We rest knowing that it all comes and goes with haste, with deliberation, with certainty but that which I truly am is, always; expressed from the heart in multi-hued magnificence. Magnificent because it is everything. And previously I had dared only chip timidly at a corner of the stone that loomed over me, silently demanding to be chiseled away until only the truth remained. What was the fear that prevented boldly hammering away at the facade? Was it the fear that there might be nothing left when the process was complete? If only I had realized how very simple it is to embrace nothing as though a long, lost friend; the source of liberation and knowing Self.

Every day is a miracle, a mystery, an opportunity to discover something previously unknown. Being in the flow delivers us to the doorstep of the unexpected, what is in the moment, a miraculous opening of the heart—the heart crying out to the world in love—alive and listening. The vibration carries across the vast landscape of human experience soothing, caressing and cradling all into one exquisite expression and that is the eternal OM.

Let the heart lead in this dance of life so that each step is movement in harmony and peace. We listen without hearing. We listen with the heart and are transparent so that when the wind blows strong in late autumn days we are lifted into flight, set free to join the dance that has always enticed us, always moved us even when we have been most reluctant to take that next step.

 

When the Heart Cries A Loud…

 
My Eyes So Soft
Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly.
Let it cut more deep.
Let it ferment and season you as few human
Or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
has made my eyes so soft
my heart so tender,
My need of God absolutely clear.
~Hafiz
We all join together in soft, gentle loving dear hearts;
that is a wish for  all of us together–to embrace
in the most tender ways.

The Familiar

The heart swells at the familiar.

How grateful one can be for the

waves that perpetually

roll to the shore,

the moon in various

stages rising above

the everyday occurrence.

The noise, the activity,

the grim, dim, shining,

effervescent, silence

trickling across this abundant,

scarce, dry

floodplain of humanity.

Ten sun salutations!

For life in all its

color is

a grand

Being.

 

The Tempest and the Hero

“If after every tempest come such calms,
May the winds blow till they have waken’d death!” ~ William Shakespeare, Othello

Today there is a new moon that is occurring as this is posted. A tidal wave of emotion about to flood this plain we call home and drown us all in the rapture of freedom from identity and judgment, from the limitation of the mind that spits out, with regularity and punctuality, thoughts to which we are enslaved; to the story that is the island in the ever rushing stream of consciousness cradling us.

There is a tempest brewing that has long battered this wall, raged against the fear and feigned indifference to that from which the tempest surges. The waves have tossed me back and forth until dizzy with confusion and torn to pieces by the winds, finally I relent. Peace then abides not only in this heart but everywhere I look. Even in the apparent cacophony of collective voice there is a hum that unites every light wave. Every light wave a source of joy, rising, fluttering, diving, skipping to and fro and yet ‘this’ remains still, tickled by every movement, intrigued, mystified and graciously bowing to every voice that cries out from the dark for ‘some of that’.

Who are our heroes? Who is it that we look up to and long to emulate? Often those people who are spontaneously living life to the utmost and reaping the rewards for bold action, often in service to others, are those that many admire and respect—great artists—poets, writers, painters, dancers, sculptors, musicians—and anyone who allows the passion of their true nature to lead them rather than being directed and resistant due to ones fears.

The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. ~Henry Miller

A hero is not one who wants to save the world but someone who has the courage to let go of everything that resembles ‘security’ in order to experience one’s humanity (if anyone appears to be saved in the process it is only that the person has realized a truth that affords them similar liberty)

A hero ‘sees’ clearly and therefore moves with confidence, not through need or the will to succeed. A hero is not directed by the ego but pure exhilaration. ‘Seeing’ is the soul stretching its legs, taking ego by the hand and dancing through the night. In the morning it is apparent that under the stars, in the mysterious moonlight a wedding takes place and of the subsequent banquet there is neither guest nor groom nor bride just a satisfaction uniting moment to moment.

The tempest is not something we struggle against. It is something we engage with to the furthest edges of our reality in this moment and to the utmost, the very frontier of knowing; that one might be ready to embrace everything and willing to have nothing. With nothing we are more joyful than when we thought we had everything—there is nothing to lose ever. We are already everything and nothing; that which eradicates and transforms with a power that simply is.

One astrological comment: this new moon has an opposition from Pluto (that which eliminates and transforms) to a Mercury/Mars conjunction at 14 degrees Cancer. At this time the NASA spacecraft New Horizons is sending photos of this tiny planet back to earth, a 4 hour journey, that rate it as the most youthful surface of any planet in the solar system with geological transformation possibly still occurring. They have discovered a mountain range there that has appeared within the last 100 million years relatively recent compared to the age of the solar system at 4.56 billion years.

Pluto in opposition to Mercury/Mars upheaval and transformation of the thoughts that direct our actions and in Cancer—giving way to feeling, sensing that knows the truth rather than assuming based upon collective patterns.

Full Moon in Capricorn July 1st, 2015

Full Moon 07.01.2015 @ 9 degrees Capricorn 55 minutes
10:20 p.m. EDT 07:20 p.m. PDT

full moon chart 07 01 2015Behold the full moon, behold my Self. Into every crevice light shines, finds its way amongst the wounds, the dreams, the tiny heart fluttering gives it a kick start and voila! Leap into the void, beliefs tumble into forgetfulness; suddenly not there, only a perpetual sense of the mystery—and no need to understand!

Running the rapids with an expert team of navigators is how we approach this Full Moon in Capricorn. The waters may seem turbulent but there isn’t one inch of the experience that we need fear. Like the down grade of a monster roller coaster we simply throw our hands in the air and go along for the ride. There is never anything out of place or occurring that is not that which is always and everything and therefore could not be different, more or better.

Efficiency, persistence, confidence, focus, discipline—nothing is carried that is not necessary to the journey. All excess baggage dropped along the way. With the outer planets engaged ‘mountains will move’; mountains of thoughts that have accumulated over millennia. Thoughts, the basis for which was and is no more, not in this moment. Not happening now. Simplicity is what is here in this moment now.

During the Full Moon on the west coast there is a deeper sense of compassion, generosity, creativity and wanting to share that unfolds as a result of the highlighting of Uranus in Aries trining Jupiter/Venus in Leo conjunction both sextiling Mercury in Gemini. Uranus the ‘awakener’ in easy aspect to the very benevolent Jupiter/Venus pairing can only mean the lightening of some perceptions of what it means to be here. Wisdom prevails allowing for a great sense of the ‘universal justice’ that moves everything. The resulting freedom from worry or concern, the notion that I must be responsible or effective allows one to experience stillness.

The mind (Mercury in its own sign, Gemini, between Uranus and Jupiter/Venus) functions but is no longer in control. There is awareness that I am not my thoughts which come and go. My true nature is always not temporary. I may have a thought now and never have that thought again. If I am defined by these thoughts if they no longer existed would “I” then be no more?

Mercury then becomes a partner to and a servant of the unchanging, ever present Reality prepared to express and communicate from a place of observation rather than judgment.

On the east coast the effects of this Full Moon may show up as a practical implementation of revolutionary business concepts with far reaching benefit for humanity. Seeds that have been planted are breaking the surface and will continue to grow to enhance human experience here. Well, its already happening what changes is the resistance to some of these out of the box concepts and though we are slow in this country to embrace that which is for our own health and well being, the trend has been set.

It is a strategic Full Moon in that those in favor of what serves the highest good without actually knowing what that is stand up from those who would rather continue to fight for what serves the individual. Ultimately rather than creating greater separation there is greater awareness of unity.

After four years of writing Full and New Moon articles I am going to take a break from story telling. There really is no more story to tell as you may have noticed if you read these articles regularly. They all sound very similar. Something may or may not show up in their absence. As someone who enjoys writing it is entirely possible. In the meantime, thank you for your participation and support.