April 1, 2016

Title of Painting: Not I But Christ Liveth In Me

 

In a flash

the lightning illuminates the night landscape.

Like that, this light of awareness,

in a soft flash expanding, permeates all we are,

all of what we see of this dimension.

Yet, more,

The light holds all this.

And more, It is us!

We are vast.

We are incomprehensible.

This is a hint of the I AM.

We are Totality!

Melt into that Is-ness.

Be undefinable.

Be pure Divine Mystery!

You know this.

You know this

 

 

(The date of this social media post: Jan. 21, 2016)

 

 

 

            In this post, we are going to first take a look at awareness and then see how it will help shift us into Oneness. What actually is awareness? In our present condition, there seems to be only a self-referential aspect to it. It is something we seem to “control.” It appears to radiate out from us as we look about at our environment, focusing on this or that.

            Notice how awareness is like a spotlight, enlivening everything it ligh...

March 18, 2016

 Detail of Illustration: Tobe’s Sketch of the River Is and the World

           from “Tobe and the River Is”

 

 

 

            In my book, “Tobe and the River Is,” after the main character Tobe goes for a swim in the mighty River Is, he becomes inspired to attempt to draw a picture of It flowing in the world. He was not sure if it could even be done. This was something that had never been attempted before in the magical land of Inlăkesh.

            Writing this scene was one of the many enjoyable moments in the creation of the book. It captured in a very direct and beautiful way my experience as a visual artist and the essence of my relationship to art.

            Starting decades ago, when I would be out painting a landscaping, I would get this overpowering sensation that this world existed in a dimension of some kind, and in this dimension, forms...

February 26, 2016

Detail of Illustration: The River Flowing Around Auriel and Tobe

                                         From “Tobe and the River Is”              

 

 

There is an awareness in the River
And is your own.

 

(The date of this social media post: Jan. 21, 2016)

           

 

            Feel the stillness that surrounds you. How strong it is; how powerful, yet yielding. It never changes (though it grows in depth—“like petals in an opening flower”). This is what I call the River. It welcomes us to enter into It and become one with It. How do we move into the River? It is our awareness that will open this new reality to us.

            A...

February 20, 2016

Detail of Illustration:

The River Flowing Around Auriel and Tobe

           From “Tobe and the River Is”

 

 

The River surrounds us.

It is the peace, stillness, and life of the moment.

It does not change.

It is in the very life of the air we breathe.

 

Look on the River.

To see It takes a “soft” kind of vision—the vision of the heart.

Next, move from seeing the River to being the River!

Become one with space, free and under different laws,

free of all boundaries.

This is one of the greatest miracles that can befall us.

 

Yet, we do not negate the body or the world.

The River is the light in our eyes,

looking out with love upon the world.

 

Know the joy of what you are—

in loving relationship with everything in this world.

 

 

(The date of this social media post: Feb. 20, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my illustrated story, “Tobe and the River Is,” which will be launching February 26th, Tobe arrives in an enchanted land called Inlăkesh, and with the help of his young guide Aur...

February 5, 2016

             Title of Painting: Mystical House IV

 


My ego mumbles,

“You are alone.”

A wave of pain tears through me,

leaving my inner world crumpled and aching.

A soft thought comes,

“But how can you be alone?”

I look around.

The room is full of the living energy of relationships with everyone!

I close my eyes.

Beyond the dream of form,

my world is full of the pure energy of Oneness.

Tears come to the eyes at its beauty.

This is the very essence of all our existence.

 

Yes, one of the deepest aches of this world is a lie.

Loneliness, my dear brother, my dear sister is but an ego dream.

 

 

(The date of this social media post: Jan. 16, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            We are moving into new worlds—the world of relationships between and beyond bodies, and the world of Oneness. In this blog, I want to focus on these four lines in particular in the above post:

 

 

The room is full of the living energy of relationships with everyone!

I close...

January 29, 2016

Title of Painting: San Ildefonso Pueblo V

 

I am done defining myself.

I dissolve

and become pure relationship

with everything.

This is what we are!

 

 

(The date of this social media post: Jan. 15, 2016)

 

 

 

There are two parts to this post. The first part deals with moving beyond defining oneself. The second part deals with what we are when we let our self-definitions go and we find ourselves in a different world of living relationships with all that surrounds us.

            We are always defining our self and living within that definition. The definition can fluctuate with our different moods. One moment we may have an image of our self that is confident, the next image weak and self-critical. No matter what it is, we automatically call it “me.” From that definition or sense of self, we perceive and relate to our world. You may not believe it at this time, but it is a wholly artificial definition. This definition keeps out the realization of what we really are, which is very different. By will...

January 15, 2016

Title of Painting: The Juggler

 

We, Indwellers of Worlds

While busy juggling the things of this world,

A crack… Light appears.

We look in its direction.

We see another world opening up!

We keep our gaze there.

Our being moves into it.

This formless world becomes Real!

Yet, we are still in this world, too—

an effect of this Higher World!

Things here lose their heaviness.

Ah, the mystery of the hologram of this world!

And incredible form!

A light shines through it all!

What joy!—

To be blown like a leaf through worlds.

This is YOU.   

 

 

(The date of this social media post: Jan. 3, 2016)

           

 

 

 

 

 

            We find ourselves here in this world of time and form. Perhaps a busy day lays ahead of us. Yet, at any moment, we can get a glimpse of another world—a world that permeates this one.

            How do we begin to see this other world? For me, the beginning of accessing higher dimensions i...

January 8, 2016

 

Title of Painting: The Storm

 

Anger, pain, confusion, emptiness, despair.
You stand as the storm builds, as waves pummel and crash.
Lightning strikes.
Friends flee.
You don’t run!
You are alone in the cutting rawness of the world.
You feel it all— reject nothing.
You marvel.
Being, awareness here in the storm.
Then an unfathomable miracle—
“I EXIST!”
“I AM”

           

(The date of this social media post: Dec. 27, 2015)

 

 

 

The title of this blog could have also been “From Darkness to Light…Again and Again,” for that is how our journey feels. Our experience is like the ever-changing patterns of shadows and light created by clouds gliding over the landscape. It is in our very nature to go through these, often dramatic, shifts of mood.

            When I unexpectedly find myself lost in the shadows, totally identified with some fear or pain, the first tool that often presents itself is acceptance. It is in the embracing of what is going on tha...

January 1, 2016

                                 Title of Painting: The Dance

 

“To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred,
all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

           

(The date of this social media post: Nov. 9, 2015)

          

 

 

 

            What are these relationships in our life? Are they not mysterious? I live mostly on the surface of them. Yet, at moments, they can move into such deep expressions of love—full of wonder and beauty beyond imagining.

            What causes these shifts in the perception of others? We can feel the beginning of such shifts when our thoughts, judgments, and demands fade, and we move into the heart. We feel love’s presence. Love then freely extends itself to others. This movement into love...

December 28, 2015

 (The date of this social media post: Dec. 1, 2015)

 

 

 

            I had an experience I would like to share with you. I think it may be of some direct benefit to you. This experience also inspired the above meme.

            Early one morning, I was sitting on the couch when the voice/thought of my Higher Self whispered, “How do you feel?”

            I looked inside myself. As I was looking at the thoughts, feelings, and inner mood there, the voice said emphatically, “No! How do YOU feel?”

             Immediately my attention was directed out of my body to the space around me. The voice then said, “That is how you feel!”

            As I looked on space—its peace, its stillness, its changelessness, I felt the relief of escaping the body and the noise and heaviness of the ego mind....

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