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Silence

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after you hold tight to the story
you may want to re-write it
but words don’t come

they don’t ask you to
change the belief
honor the pain
forgive yourself
or any other

the night is heavy
the day is light
it doesn’t matter

tell me what you’ve lost
I will surely tell you what you’ve found

you don’t have to die to ride
the softest wave
back home

floating on your back
letting life carry you

back to a nameless place
where Life sustains you

invisibly with its seamless love
weaving through your days
and nights

it’s not waiting for your gratitude
or your forgiveness
or your redemption

Innocence waits for nothing

It has no opinion of your story
holds no grudges,
makes no conclusion
knows nothing of your suffering

Innocence doesn’t age or remember
Holds no deep pockets filled with unending rules
It carries only one inherent knowing:
it knows the wholeness

It will ask only one thing of you,
that you be willing to hear it’s resounding chorus

It’s a sound like nothing at all
it sounds like
                                          stillness.

©heartsdeesire

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Heavy Rain

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High winds do not blow all morning;
Heavy rain does not fall all day,
Are not these made by heaven and earth?
If the power of heaven and earth
Cannot make violent activity last,
How can you?

~Tao Te Ching~
the Te of Piglet

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I’ve learned through many a New Age modality that where we place our focus is not just relevant but it also has a creative aspect in our lives.  Yet when I’ve found myself down the rabbit hole, it often feels like a spiral quite difficult to remove myself from.  There’s lots of reasons for this, part habitual but also there’s a whole range of neuro-chemicals that flood the brain once we attach ourselves to a series of thoughts and its attendant feelings.  This is one of the reasons why it can be difficult to get out of a cycle of fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, etc.

A former mentor of mine was quite gifted at what he dubbed “the alarm clock” method.  It’s a question you ask someone who is suffering in unwanted thoughts and feelings.  The question is designed to wake someone up out of the cycle of emotional pain.  The question, however, is unique to each individual’s experience.  But recently a friend of mine reminded me about self-inquiry that can also replicate this alarm clock method, so I can wake myself up.  She shared a process from Mooji; his videos can be found on youtube.  The question to ask yourself is: “who says this, who is witnessing this?”, “who is witnessing the witness?”.

I decided to try that process on.  I went to the eye doctor for a corneal abrasion I currently have.  I am loathe to have someone messing with my eyeball.  Pelvic exams, no problem but mess with my eyeball and instant fear ensues.  So, I’m in the chair at the doctor’s office, having my eye examined.  I can feel that I am holding my breath and tensing my muscles.  My first response was to tell myself to breathe and relax my muscles.  I call that the band-aid approach.

But, wait, I just learned a new tool!   I asked myself – who is having this experience?  Boom, the alarm clock went off and the whole process shifted.  Neuro-chemicals dissipated, my body relaxed and I began to breathe freely on my own.  All it took was a moment of choice which allowed me to step out of the immersed, trance-inducing state of mind.

I’ve repeated this question many times since – who is having this experience?  It’s worked every time.  I’ve also used it while suspended in a moment of pure joy and let me tell you, that just sent wave upon wave of goosebumps through me.  Talk about milking and savoring the moment!

Consider trying the question on yourself.  I’d love to hear how it went for you.  Also, if you have a favorite alarm clock method, please do share that, too.

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