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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Live the questions now

I want to ask you, as clearly as I can, to bear with patience 
all that is unresolved in your heart, 
and try to love the questions themselves,
 as if they were rooms yet to enter or books written in a foreign language. 
Don't dig for answers that can't be given you yet: you live them now. 
For everything must be lived.
 Live the questions now, perhaps then, someday, 
you will gradually, without noticing, 
live into the answer. ~Rainer Maria Rilke


Who Am I?

Soulcollage image - Who Am I by HettienneMa

Never stop asking the questions
of the inner self

And you may be surprised by the answers
and therein
lies the challenge.

Which shall it be?
The duality of the mind or
the unity of the Soul?

What is your Philosopher's Stone?

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Knowing thyself

Stop! Soulcollage by Hettienne Ma

Sometimes the best way to figure out
who you are is to get to that place
where you don't have to be
anything else.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Oh Holy Fool give up the quest for enlightenment

Oh Holy Fool!
Do you want to wear the crown of enlightenment?

Holy Fool Soulcollage card by Hettienne Ma - see copyright in sidebar

Oh Holy Fool!!
Give up the quest for enlightenment

What does it mean?
Why become attached to a label?
Can you not see that it is just another driver,
another 'handle',
another clever way of making yourself less
than what you are.

What is the deepest image of your Ishta Devata?
Is it a Divinity of scarcity;
a god that always demands more perfection,
more results, more miracles?
A divinity of abandonment? suffering and sacrifice?

Have you asked yourself
Who is the I that wants to wear the crown of enlightenment??

As you walk, the path unfolds .......

The Guru's feet - Soulcollage image made from magazine images

The path unfolds as you open the door
and step out.
When you put your foot down, the next
part of the path appears.
When you stop, everything stops.
When you turn around to look back,
the path disappears.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Am I not your mother?

Dark and Light

"It is well, littlest and dearest of my sons, but now listen to me. 

Do not let anything afflict you and be not afraid of illness or pain. 

Set your inner child free

Am I not here who am your Mother? 

Are you not under my shadow and protection? 

Are you not in the crossing of my arms? 

Is there anything else you need?

Words spoken by Maria  when she appeared to
Juan Diego in Guadulupe in the year 1531.
Here is a link of the full story of miracles
of roses of
the Lady of Guadulupe

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Purpose if this world and its stories

In this world we learn to know ourselves through Death.  We learn to know the Divine Within through Death.

This may sound ghoulish or dark to the western mind, where focus is always put onto 'light and love' and 'life' and the positive through a denial of Death. The devotees of Kali spend their nights in graves and graveyards;  saddhus cover themselves in ash and declare themselves as dead.

Samadhi, the trance state of at-one-ment means death.

Through death we learn that we are infinite consciousness; through death we learn that there is no separation; through death we learn that this world is only a story; through death we learn that is all is forgiven and always has been.

All fear is ultimately the fear of death. The body fears physical death and the mind fears emotional death and death of its identity and the dying to itself.  And so it dies over and over without truly dying.  It clings onto the story with great passion and investment;  it holds onto opinions and ideas; it defends against attack on its personal value and suffering starts.

The most powerful symbol in the christian world is the sign of death : a crucified Jesus.  And daily the mind crucifies itself without dying and thus prolongs the suffering.

Death leads to rebirth;  from the cross rises an enlightened
Jesus; the phoenix rises from the ashes.

The human mind and heart has the power and ability to liberate itself from suffering.  It has the freedom of choice. You may not be able to choose the drama that you were born into, but you have the power to interpret the story differently and to ultimately drop the story, but in order to do this, the one who is telling the story, has to die.

Every time you walk away from your need for justice; every time you walk away from your need to assert yourself, a part of your identity dies.  Every time you step into meditation and you leave behind the story, you go through a small death.  

The human mind cloaks and hides the Divine Within. When the personal self surrenders to the Divine in the form of the guru or the Ishta Devata, and when the personal self surrenders to the Fire of Shakty,  liberation follows.  But this demands death. Death of the self that you believe to be the sum total of who you are; death of your life as you know it; death of your happiness and comfort zones!

An orgasm is called a small death as you are so absorbed in an experience in your physical body, that you surrender and let go of everything that you are holding onto.  Life introduces on a very physical level, this intense sensation through a 'death'.

Death faces us wherever we look : in time, seasons, food, the dying of the breath, aging, night and day and our own mortality. 

It is said that death is the great leveler of society and it does not spare anyone. Death ends all suffering in every moment. It is only death of the mind that allows the peace that surpasseth all understanding.

in prema