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Mt Shasta Magic

15th October, 2015

Morning dew dripping, songbirds singing, the forest is waking up.

Warmed by tea and refreshed by river, we are ready for the day.

Returning to camp, the embers still glowing, from last nights fire,

we burn Paulo Santo, to begin the ceremony. It’s sweet smoke surrounds us;

“Oh Great Spirit, may the children of the forest, that grow as fungi, show us it’s medicine to help us on the path of Awakening.”

On the wings of the day, we hike through the forest and up toward the hill.

I’m quickly crossing into the magical shamanic realm.

Heightened beyond measure, a new and powerful experience awaits.

Plant medicine, an ancient tradition, helps us heal and aids in Self Discovery.

The Garden of Eden is here, when the mind is clear.

The trees dance as the winds blows, with the crescendo of the shining sun.

What a melody, I can hear the tune. The glorious symphony of Life.

Against the blue sky, the trees morph together, into the Jaguar of personal power.

It’s enormity is stunning and I am amazed. We meet again.

The tribes in the amazon, say it’s the spirit of the jungle. I can see it now.

It guides us to the ridge top, what a view.

Hands in thanks, for the mighty mountains.

Taking a deep breath, the medicine is working.

Turning around, the trees form a giant

Mountain Lion, standing tall and bearing strength.

“Stay in the Heart, walk the path, be here for Truth and nothing less.”

It’s the Lion of leadership, and its roar stirs my soul.

Intensity subsides as my hand is held, turning to look at my partner.

She is soft as velvet, bright as the crescent moon, radiating love in her silence.     

Her eyes like an Owl, she can see in dark places, and face of a hawk, reminding me of our connection to the Great Spirit.

I focus on my breath as we walk down the hill into the sunshine.

Oh divine oxygen, clean out my doubt from the inside out.

So many questions about the future…

There is no future, only Now.

“Just live the Truth, know it, and be it!”

My old friend the crow, calls overhead to confirm the message.

“I am the Self. There’s no division in the One” I hear myself say.

“Identity and separation is just a thought, nothing more.”

Everything is an offering to itself through this perfect symbiosis.

A Love that never ends.

The sun is fading along with the power of the medicine.

Fire flies twinkle in the twilight, illuminating the fungi hidden among the fallen trees.

I can almost hear them say, meditate with us.

A lotus flower opens, as white light emanates from inside,

revealing the Buddha within.

Singing from the sky above fills my heart with joy.

Its the voice of my Guru, Sri Mooji, a living sage.

Flooded with love for the gift of his presence,

I realise it’s the love we have for the One True Self.

Heading back to camp with one last look into the distance,

Mt Shasta is glowing pink as a heart.

Life is unfolding and I am open.

Breaking Free

In the frigid air of the art studio, I sit with a friend and make some tea. Boiling water is poured into my mug which I hold with both hands, the way you do when your hands are cold.

She wants to share a parable called ‘The Priest & The Slave’. It’s from the book she is reading. I listen and smell the sweet steam of the tea;

“A king who is at war with his rival, is trying to prepare his domain for war. It is said that an immense army is on it’s way. The king is hard on his slaves and has them whipped everyday to work faster. They are digging for the materials necessary to make weapons and armour.   

The king is not pleased with the progress and consults his priest. The priest goes to the people to plea for results. Everyone is working hard except for one slave who is plodding along and smiling to himself. The priest asks why he is so happy. “Because, I hear this army is big enough to defeat the king. Living here is awful and harsh, maybe the other army will treat us better”.

The priest thought for a moment and replied “If we give you a decent shelter with food and water, would you work for us in return? To be loyal and fight for us?” The slave considered this with his friends and they all agreed.

So it was settled in the kingdom, the slaves would remain slaves but their willingness to work would give them many comforts. This motivated them enough to produce the weapons needed and even fought for the king successfully.”

I think she was making a point about democracy and willing enslavement.

Having reflected on this, I considered something else;

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What is the cost of listening to the voice in your head? The voice of past, fear, the need to control?  The embrace of self image?

The cost is our life and freedom but we don’t know it.

The mind creates an identity, a mental construct that we call ‘me’. Naturally we embrace this idea and that’s OK but we don’t see that having the comfort of an identity comes with limitation. Clinging to the separate ‘me’ means we have to strategise life and will end when the body falls. This is the source of fear.

For those who want to be free of this, to know the truth of oneself and to go beyond the notion of being a person, this is most auspicious.

When it is recognised that the personal identity, that has been evolving all our lives, is seen by an impersonal and constant awareness, we begin to discover that our Being is eternal and pure. This is known as ‘awakening’.

Our Being is infinite and formless. It is like space. Everything perceivable appears and disappears in it’s Presence but Itself is perfect and untouched.

We are That.

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The prison of personality has been exposed and it’s like waking up in jail. All you want to do is return home to freedom.

All these ideas about life, based on past, cultural conditioning, social conditioning, religious conditioning. Definitions, projections, the need for an intellectual arsenal. Our effortless Being doesn’t need it.

This is when the voice of the mind comes back with ferocity and will try everything to distract you from merging fully into Truth.

Self Inquiry becomes a mighty tool.   

Old habits and behaviour are exposed. No need to buy them anymore, we’re not coming from past. Stay fresh, stay Now, confirm you are not this idea of yourself. You are simply Here.

The mind will try to harass, kick up doubt, confusion, frustration. Presence is not enough it will say. You are being irresponsible.

Keep quiet and simply stay aware.

The unreal is burning away, like a junkie going cold turkey. Slowly you will sink like a stone into the depths of your own Being and all the waves of life that continue to play won’t bother you at all.

Everything becomes light, unfolding in perfect harmony. This is what they call Nirvana but it’s really the Truth of yourself.

Perfect, happy and Free.