"If your eye be single your whole body will be full of light"
Happy Now Year instead of Happy New Year
is kind of like the difference between
curiosity and hope.
Although we're conditioned to feel hope is helpful
when we really take a look at it
we can see hope keeps our attention in the future.
There is really no way around that.
When we're hopeful we're not interested in now -
only in a certain outcome in the future.
Curiosity, however, is different.
Very different than hope.
Like a young child brimming with curiosity,
attention is fully open to now -
with no stake in any outcome.
'Happy Now Year'
has the eyes of a child.
Curious, open, relaxed,
not interpreting or judging.
Discovering not projecting.
Sensing not analyzing.
Enjoying not anticipating.
"For peace to be real it must be unaffected by circumstances."
Have you ever felt something like "You need to change for me to feel okay" or "There is something wrong with me/others/life and until it's fixed I can't be at peace."
These kind of feelings and beliefs can all be boiled down to: "I am right that lack is real - either in reference to me, you or life." And, at a certain level, this feeling of discontent feels good. When we are very honest we can get in touch with how good it feels to stick with the 'I am right that something is wrong' level of conditioning.
Getting in touch with the perceived pay-offs of conditioning is very helpful in seeing the way out.
If there’s nothing to be done to become what we already are – is there anything to be done to realize what we already are?
Just as we don't have to add anything to what we are to be what we are - we don't have to add anything to what we are doing to realize what we are.
Realizing what we are is more of an undoing or a relaxing out of misperceiving what we think we are. When we 'perceive' Life directly rather than filtered through programming our true Self comes into focus.
It is all very simple. Instead of seeing things imagined, learn to see them as they are. When you can see everything as it is, you will also see yourself as you are. It is like cleansing a mirror. The same mirror that shows you the world as it is, will also show you your own face."