gatineau morning.

gatineau morning.
photo by douglas mcarthur.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

a room with a view.

as a young lad living on a beach in mexico, when i would body-surf and the force of a wave would throw me under and whip me around, i had a system. i would find a little room at the bottom of the ocean. i wouldn't struggle. i'd wait for the big bad wave to pass over as it always did. then, once the coast was clear, i'd resurface, ready for the next. while i was in that little room i'd just be with me. in fact, i would just be. in fact, under there in my little room, words would not reach, in that place or space.

i've had so many periods in my life like that. i alone was, and am, as before, before the first wave. being in my little room at the bottom of the ocean of life came easily to me then as it does now. i can't say where the first wave comes from or where it goes. i can't say where the thoughts come from or where they go, where i come from before the body and where i'll go after. what i know is that there is a room at the bottom of the ocean of life where i alone am and it's perfect. in that room, there is no past, present or future. there is only I, pure, free and forever.

“When you are no longer totally identified with forms, consciousness — who you are — becomes freed from its imprisonment in form. This freedom is the arising of inner space. It comes as a stillness, a subtle peace deep within you, even in the face of something seemingly bad. This, too, will pass. Suddenly, there is space around the event. There is also space around the emotional highs and lows, even around pain. And above all, there is space between your thoughts. And from that space emanates a peace that is not ‘of this world,’ because this world is form, and the peace is space. This is the peace of God.

“Now you can enjoy and honor the things of this world without giving them an importance and significance they don’t have. You can participate in the dance of creation and be active without attachment to outcome and without placing unreasonable demands upon the world: Fulfill me, make me happy, make me feel safe, tell me who I am. The world cannot give you those things, and when you no longer have such expectations, all self-created suffering comes to an end. All such suffering is due to an overvaluation of form and an unawareness of the dimension of inner space. When that dimension is present in your life, you can enjoy things, experiences, without losing yourself in them, without inner attachment to them, that is to say, without becoming addicted to the world.” Ekhart Tolle and Egoless Love.

it behooves us to discover that little room we all have at the bottom of the ocean of life. then, when the big waves hit, which they will, we'll know of a safe place to retreat to until they pass, which they will, a place, a space to be, perfect, free and forever.

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