The pattern of things

The pattern of things is loosely woven even before the invitations are sent out. Sometimes the pattern is easy to see. And sometimes you have to look beyond the prism of the obvious to see it. Only then is it revealed. Once you are able to discern this pattern you will begin to notice that certain things have been brought into your way. You will notice the intersections and street corners where events have collided. You will recognize the people who were sent to deliver something to you that you needed but you didn’t know you needed. You might also begin to perceive that the things you went somewhere to collect were not in fact what you were sent there for. You were sent there to collect something else entirely. This is called, “going to the market to buy flour but returning with bread”.

No destination in mind

If you want to come into the understanding of things, there’s an easy way. Just give up this business of filling your mind with other people’s second-hand ideas. Why not loosen your neck tie a bit? Look, it’s a beautiful day. Can you see the sun shining and the sky painting clouds especially for you? Why not take a walk with no destination in mind? Who knows where you might end up? What an easy thing it is. You just don’t know what kinds of birds will come to settle on your shoulder.

Before you depart

If you are one of those people who are in a hurry to depart from here for that place that has been touted by those impresarios of the metaphysical as nirvana, then you might have to ask yourself before you pack your bags whether you have taken it all in or not. Have you noticed all there was to notice here? Have you considered all there was to consider? Have you understood what there was to understand? Have you seen what was here to be seen? Have you realized what there was to realize? Have you fully tasted the exploding tanginess of the lemon on your tongue?

The visitor and the resident

There is a great deal of difference between the initial experience of arriving to the place that you never left and becoming situated there. The difference is similar to the difference between the visitor who visits a neighbourhood occasionally and the resident who lives there.
But it is also not just a matter of arriving to the place that you never left. You must also come into remembrance of the understanding that you always had. This is much more difficult because this sort of knowing of things has no end. These understandings can only be recovered little by little.

The universal and the particular

In the search for the universal there is the tendency to disregard the particular. There is the notion that the particular is of no consequence. And so, in the attempt to capture the universal the one who’s looking sets his eyes dreamily beyond the horizon. He looks out into the far distance to see what’s out there. The peculiar thing though is that the universal is not discovered beyond the horizon. The universal is to be found in the particular. The particular is the immediate expression of the universal and so it is only through the particular that the universal is truly discovered.

The last word

When it comes to discussion concerning things, people always like to have the last word. They like to be able to close a thing. To seal the box with the padlock of finality. To bury the coffin once and for all. But when it comes to love can you ever say, “I have reached the end of love”? When it comes to joy, can you ever say, “I have reached the end of joy”? When it comes to amazement, can you ever say, “I have reached the end of being amazed”? In the same way, when it comes to knowing, can you ever say, “I have reached the end of understanding”?

Transmission

In life there’s usually two parts to a thing. There’s a left and there’s a right. In the same way there are two parts to transmission. There’s a transmitter that transmits. And then there’s a receiver that receives. If there is no transmitter transmitting, there is nothing to receive. And if there is no receiver capable of receiving then there is nothing to receive.
To receive the transmission the receiver needs to be switched on. That’s the first thing. And it needs to be in working order. I mean if it’s out of order it won’t receive properly, will it? And also, if the receiver is trying to transmit when it should be receiving then it can’t receive either. It will be jammed up with its own signals. Nothing will come through. So, you see it’s really simple. To receive all the receiver needs to do is receive. That’s all.

The beginning or the end?

I must confess that it can be confusing. Sometimes the beginning can look like the end. And sometimes the end can look like the beginning. Indeed, there are some people who mistake the beginning for the end. When they get to the beginning, they think that they are at the end.
No doubt you are wondering what I am talking about. So let me explain. When you return to the place that you never left, that’s only the beginning you see. It’s not the end. When you return to the place that you never left, then you can begin. You can begin to make yourself useful. You can plant trees. You can grow flowers. You can redecorate the world in beautiful colours.

Sales talk

For some reason people seem to love methods and methodologies. The more elaborate they are, the more they seem to love them. They get a methodology in their hands and they get excited. And then the sales talk starts. They say, “This method is best. Your method is no good. It’s not as good as mine. Only my method works.”
So, which method is best? Well, which is better, bicycle, bus, tram or train? There are lots of ways of getting to where you already are. In the end what does it matter? If you have to bang in a nail, you may as well use the hammer that’s closest at hand. There’s no point going all the way across town to buy another hammer if you’ve already got one in your toolbox.

Awareness is created

Once upon a time, learning was considered precious. Books were painstakingly written out by hand and accompanied by beautiful illustrations. They were considered to be treasures. Today whatever you want to know is pretty much at your fingertips. But information is not understanding. They are two entirely different things. Information can be obtained anywhere. You can have a pile of information on your shelf and it will do nothing for you. You can know everything about everything and still you will know nothing at all. The quality of your awareness and essence of being will remain exactly as it was before. There will be no change. Essence of being is developed through the experience of living. Understanding arises from deep reflection and observing with openness both within and without. The power of the flame of awareness develops in proportion to your own distractedness diminishing. Awakened awareness is created. It is not a given.