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The mind should rest in pure consciousness
as pure consciousness.

Consciousness alone is the heart of all beings,
not the piece of flesh which people call the heart!

That Self, or the infinite consciousness,
knows itself by itself; experiences itself in itself by itself.

You are the seer.
You are consciousness.

Consciousness is conscious of itself
as consciousness.

The light of the enlightened itself is Self-awareness.
Behold the light of consciousness within your Self by your Self.

Vashistha (via lazyyogi)
Whatever you vibrate, you manifest and attract to your Self. So, you work on healing your Self in order to manifest tranquility around you. You become tranquility. If there is conflict living within you, you cannot live in a world of tranquility. The world mirrors back the condition of your love and of your intent. If the world that you are living in is not a world that is at peace, then you have to discover peace within your Being. The shaman no longer searches for meaning in life, but brings meaning to every situation. The shaman stops searching for truth and brings truth to every encounter. You do not search for the ideal partner, you become the ideal partner. Then the ideal partner discovers you. This is an active practice focused on interdimensional healing.
Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as an escape.

lazyyogi:

Peace is not an experience. It is a lack of confusion regarding what you are experiencing. In that clarity, there is contentment and the joy of liberation from the suffering of confusion.

The human experience is filled with moments of positivity and beauty interchanging with moments of negativity and pain. This human experience is characterized by the body, its associated physical senses and sensations, along with the mind’s thoughts and moods. 

When some embark on the journey to discover peace, they search for it in the world of human experience. The hope is that the experience of this body can be made permanently happy and positive, forever forsaking the negative. 

Such a perspective is dependent upon your experience being a certain way; and since experiences themselves are transient, so is the happiness and pleasure they bring. 

You are not your experiences and the conviction of this truth born of direct perception will take the pressure off avoiding negative experiences and clinging to positive ones. You become less fixated on your experiences, enjoying what comes and no longer lamenting letting go of what goes. 

But where does peace fit in? Peace is not an experience but the way you regard experiences. It is not a thought or a mindset but rather the place of eternal awareness from which you live. 

By the place, I mean your Self. When you no longer mistake yourself to be your body or mind, where does that leave you? It is the opportunity to become aware of your own existence without the context of human form. 

In that clear awareness, you are at ease and at peace. Or rather, you recognize yourself as ease and peace itself. There are endless ways to release our confusion in order to re-discover clarity, and I like to recommend meditation and self-enquiry.

We are a lot less like individual beings and more like a spaceless and timeless dimension that is endlessly conscious of itself.

Trippy but true. :P

Namast, sangha.  

We often feel that it is someone else who is making us unhappy, and we can become very resentful. If we look at the situation carefully, however, we will find that it is always our own mental attitude that is responsible for our unhappiness. Another person’s actions make us unhappy only if we allow them to stimulate a negative response in us. Criticism, for example, has no power from its own side to hurt us; we are hurt only because of our self-cherishing. With self-cherishing we are so dependent on the opinions and approval of others that we lose our freedom to respond and act in the most constructive way.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Transform Your Life” (via dancingdakini)
The inspiration you seek is already within you. Be silent and listen.
To take the world as real and one’s self as unreal is ignorance, the cause of sorrow. To know the self as the only reality and all else as temporal and transient is freedom, peace, and joy.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (via lazyyogi)

Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen

I’ve always wondered, is that truly our truest nature?

I have not been a man for long, but I’ve been there long enough to be tempted. To be tempted to kill a man and drown myself and find myself with my pants down in a dark secluded place. And I’ve never yielded. Not because it’s not popular and acceptable to yield (my argument is that yielding to temptation in the 21st Century is more popular), but because my nature - who I am - wants and understands itself to deserve more.

We are told that we are carnal, and we accept that. Some of it is true - we have urges and thoughts and emotions that come from the simplest parts of ourselves. But that is not who we are, it is part of who we are. We, like machines, all have parts that we control or maintain to ensure that the rest of ourselves work the way we have designed ourselves to work.

Machines have parts that have to turn precisely, and pieces that much fall exactly in place. They have parts that will definitely leak or fall or scratch, and must be maintained before they get damaged and ruin the entire system. Humans have organs that have to pump or move or stretch or pull a certain way, and any of our parts to pump too much or too little, secrete too much or at wrong times, and we have to maintain those parts of our bodies.

And our selves are no different. We have thoughts, feelings and emotions to regulate who we become, how we become it and how it becomes alongside other people that we must help become. Our selves are the parts of us that we should develop, be proud of, carry from one existence to the next higher plane. And how we maintain the parts of the self is critical to whether we ever truly become.

It’s not at all about bring a control freak or limiting one’s freedom. In fact, when you are free of these ideas about having to make mistakes and that you can’t resist temptations and strive to get what you need and deserve, then you are truly free to be yourself - the self that you want to be years from now - and get the things and people and live you want that self to have. Because you’re not burdened to be the dozens of other selves that are burdening themselves to be dozens of other selves.

I do not think, save for sometimes weeping under trees, that this is what we truly are. What we truly are is what we think to be right, what we feel good about ourselves for and the things that we are willing to do for a price. And that can be beautiful…if we let it.

(via gabrielle-desade)