set fire to all you think and feel and believe

 

It’s simple 

to become a sage: all 

that’s required is to burn 

up, die, and cool 

into ashes.

 

Rise early, 

then, and set fire to

all you think and feel and 

believe. Look beyond the smoke 

of that pit into what is left: 

emptiness filled with 

emptiness. 

 

Breathe it in. 

Pour it out. Circulating 

the Oneness without stopping, 

endlessly renewing your determination, 

working steadily day after day and

year upon year, you’ll find 

yourself alert, rested, 

illuminated.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 18

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here lie dragons


 

Don’t

think you can attain

total awareness and whole enlightenment

without proper discipline and practice. This is egomania.

Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life

energy toward the light. Without the discipline

to practice them, you will tumble

constantly backward into

darkness.

 

Here is

the great secret:

Just as high awareness

of the subtle truth is gained through

virtuous conduct and sustaining disciplines,

so also is it maintained through these

things. Highly evolved beings

know and respect the

truth of this.

 

from The Hua hu Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 29


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“i am always the student”


 

I am

always the student.

I love to be in that position,

bowing, listening, at the feet of all

that I see. This doesn’t require an open mind:

it is the open mind. It never has to take responsibility

for knowing or for not knowing. It receives everything without

defense, without judgment, since judgment would cost it everything

it is. The moment you think you’re someone or you think you have

something to teach, the inner world freezes and becomes

the realm of illusion. That’s what it costs when you

identify yourself as the person who knows.

It’s a concoction of mind. You shrink

down into the teacher:

limited, separate,

stuck.

 

Byron Katie

nine bows

 

three takes

 

There

are three miracles of our

Brother Jesus not yet recorded in the Book:

the first that he was a man like you and me; the second that

he had a sense of humor; and the third that he

knew he was a conqueror though

conquered.

 

Kahlil Gibran

 

Why do

people hate Jesus,

or at least prefer the ethereal dead

version known as Christ? Because Jesus made

outrageous demands: Love your enemy,

renounce material possessions,

give all you have to

the poor.

 

Barbara Ehrenreich

 

A

conservative is

someone who admires radicals

centuries after they’re

dead.

 

Leo Rosten

no separation

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Those

who wish to

embody the Tao

should embrace all things.

To embrace all things means first

that one holds no anger or resistance

toward any idea or thing, living or

dead, formed or formless.

Acceptance is the very

essence of the

Tao.

 

To embrace

all things means also

that one rids oneself of any

concept of separation; male and

female, self and other, life and

death. Division is contrary

to the nature of

the Tao.

 

Foregoing

antagonism and

separation, one enters into

the harmonious oneness

of all things.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 3

 

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