Grand Realizations


“Most of the time, the universe speaks to us very quietly..in pockets of silence, in coincidences, in nature, in forgotten memories, in the shape of clouds, in moments of solitude, in small tugs at our hearts…” -Yumi Sakugawa

Grand Realizations

Earthly manifestations

consume the air

I breathe,

into exhales of a

most tranquil peace.

The wind and sun

travel across

this land;

but just as

your spirit

tries to find

something to hold…

Your Consciousness

bends,

unravels,

and folds.

Transcending this,

the realm of Space.

Your essence

will come to see,

that ‘I’ is ‘You’

and ‘You’ are ‘Me’.

Eternity’s truth

lies in the unknown.

So remember to

treat all of the Earth

as your home.

This, the summation

of life, cannot be

reduced to mere

contemplation.

It is through inaction

that you will be bound

to the karmic web

you manifest in.

Your humanity will

be weighed upon

scales of justice,

kindness,

and faith.

Your liberation awaits.


. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .

Destiny Awaits

“The past no longer is. The future has not yet come. So look deeply at life as it is.” -Gyalwang Drukpa


Destiny Awaits

Sea of bliss,

Shattered conceptions.

Where is peace?

Tasted through glimpses,

Permanence fleeting.

An endless path to travel,

Transcendent connection.

The Earth is the answer.

Who could be listening?

Societal bloodhounds,

Brainwashed masses.

The present is empty,

Through naive eyes

Of illusion.

No conscious through

False divisions.

Infinite compassion,

Ethereal beauty;

A blessed cosmic unity-

All that is Here and Now.


Gate Gate Paragate

Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

प्रज्ञापारमिताहृदय . प्रज्ञापारमिताहृदय . प्रज्ञापारमिताहृदय

A Flickering Hope

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” -Martin Luther King JR.


My heart is heavy with thoughts of what is to come. Perhaps a sudden realization of truth, by the perpetrators of an unjust tyrannical system? Perhaps a people still ignored by the cruel villainous separation of an illusionary authority, claiming violence as its only solution? What if there actually was peace? What if we were truly able to be free? Who’s to say what our leaders will choose to do in the face of such harsh realities.

This system has built itself upon the foundation of oppression and bloodshed, so how can those so deeply invested in fallacies ever see the light? I know that we are all brothers and sisters of the universe, and we are all so infinitely one, and that injustice against one of us should affect us all. I do not know how to bring clarity to those suffering with all the pain and loss that results from such corrupt institutions. I have lost my own mother and father to a society that refuses to heal the poor if they are sick, and allows them to knowingly die due to the hands of the system’s own negligence. But I do not know the profoundly immense, injustice that those attacked with anger and bigotry face everyday. The horrible cycle of ignorance and hate has been a part of this country since it’s formation. The very idea of American “democracy” was formed by racist, murderous religious zealots. How can we expect this country to live in a compassionate state that benefits all, when the roots of its own government are soaked in blood?

I hope and pray for the inevitable emergence of a greater understanding towards the government and its people. I believe that someday this world will live in harmony, and those that strive for power will only truly strive for peace. One day there will be no separation between nations or people. One day we will see true joy on the faces of a fulfilled global people, no longer separated by illusions. We all were born from the same Earth. Our ancestors all walked upon this land before us. We all were made of the same elements as the vast cosmos. Birthed by the unknown, set into motion through a series of destined occurrences, which have led us to here- alive and awake.

We share this life together, we share this world together… there is no reason to not be as one. It is only through some grand deception formed by the ruling elites, that societies ever even turned towards war, murder, and corruption. Because with authority comes division, and leaders only rule by enforcing their ideals of prejudice and propaganda, through militarized tactics of fear and separation. What has ever truly disconnected one human from another? We are one in the same. No one chooses where they were born, or what they will look like. No one chooses what culture they will be raised in, or what religion their family will practice. Perhaps an enlightened yogi would be aware of such things upon their reincarnation… but even then they would know that whatever body they did choose, that it is would only be a vessel, and that in the end we are all part of the same cosmic soul.

There’s a famous zen koan that’s asks, “what did your face look like before your parents were born?” There’s many versions I have found, and many interpretations of this koan. All coming back to ‘what did you look like before you were born?’ Who were you before you were anything? What is the essence of your true self? It is the mind-shattering embrace of intuition, breaking logic’s tethers binding you to form. While also embracing the duality of known and unknown, of falsehoods and truth, of illusion and awareness. It is the shattering pieces of the ego’s glass mirage.

There is so much that we will never understand in this world, but to forget our true connection to one another would be the worst thing we could do. We are not separate, no matter what state of existence we are in. Whether we were born from one land to another, one family to another, one culture to another; these factors are all temporary. We are all and forever will be a part of the cosmic universal family that is this life/incarnation. We must honor our true selves and one another by speaking out against these ideas of separation and practices of injustice. I wish that one day there will be no more pain, and that no more innocent souls shall have to die in vain. Nothing is insignificant, every soul should matter… because in the end, every other being that exists on this Earth is also a part of you.

“What did your face look like before your parents were born?” Who are you really?


Quotes from zen masters on this concept of your ‘Original Face’:

Cease practice based
On intellectual understanding,
Pursuing words and
Following after speech.
Learn the backward
Step that turns
Your light inward
To illuminate within.
Body and mind of themselves
Will drop away
And your original face will be manifest.
— Dogen
You cannot describe it or draw it,
You cannot praise it enough or perceive it.
No place can be found in which
To put the Original Face;
It will not disappear even
When the universe is destroyed.
— Mumon

May all beings realize the infinite potential of peace and harmony.

May all beings find truth and joy in their daily existence.

May all beings be able to walk the Earth freely and without fear.

May all beings be as One.


Ganesha,
The Remover of Obstacles
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

ॐ गं गणपतये नमः

A Spirit Vision

“Will you ever begin to understand the meaning of the very soil beneath your feet? From a grain of sand to a great mountain, all is sacred. Yesterday and tomorrow exist eternally upon this continent. We natives are guardians of this sacred place.” – Peter Cloud Cloud, Mohawk


A Spirit Vision

Dusk was arriving, the sun had almost completely left the horizon. The golden, pink, and violent hues of the day were traveling onward, and the deep blue of night was setting in. The moon hung overhead enchanting the air; embodying all that is unknown, reflected from the depths of my being. I had arrived at a sanctuary of trees and boulders, traveled long ago by our true ancestors, during the Trail of Tears. My spirit was always drawn to this sacred space.

I had wandered here for many moons over quite some time, being guided by something within me. I felt at home here so much so that I would often find myself drifting to sleep sheltered in the embrace of the loving trees. I’d visit this sanctuary and write poetry or draw; sometimes I’d even play music with the birds. I began talking to the trees and plants; thanking them, speaking to them as they truly are… as fellow beings of our eternal oneness. I began to feel more deeply than I had ever before in my life, opening myself up to the Great Mystery. I could now feel the Earth’s magic. The energy of this sanctuary grew stronger as the shift of night began to exhale its mystique. The sun was completely gone now and the inbetween of night and day was present. There was complete stillness.

As I was leaving the sanctuary I paused, there in front of an incredibly wise tree over hundreds of years old, stood a Native American man. He was dressed traditionally and had deep dark hair, but all I could notice was his eyes. I was frozen, it felt as if the world had stopped spinning leaving us both stuck in this moment for eternity. He looked through me and into me, speaking only with his eyes. He knew me and I knew him, I was not scared. His eyes struck a chord deep within my soul answering questions I had never before even pondered. If I could move I would have bowed or said I loved him, trying to communicate respect somehow but I felt he already knew. He knew it all. But then just like that, he was gone. The door had been opened and my journey had begun…


We must be open to the gifts of the universe.

We must honor and respect our ancestors.

We must be grateful and loving to the Earth.

. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .

Earth Dance

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” -Chief Seattle


Come child, dance

with the wind and

spread your love.

Let your roots dive

down deep into the soil.

Feel the heartbeat

of Mother Earth.

Feel grounded knowing

we all walk upon the

same Sacred Earth,

and all breathe into

the same Cosmic Breath.

We are all,

united in One Soul.

Allow the sacred light

and blessed water

to help you grow,

awakening to your

spirit’s most ancient self.


. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .

Mankind’s Illusion

“You are not an isolated entity. You are a unique, irreplaceable part of the cosmos. Don’t forget this. You are an essential piece of the puzzle of humanity.” -Epictetus


Mankind’s Illusion

(Rambling thoughts on societal expectations of conformity vs people’s innate desires for freedom)

I feel no connection in the city. I see the trees struggling for air and space in the never-ending concrete jungle. How could we let ourselves get this detached from anything remotely real? I smile at the passing faces and one out of a hundred looks back. The fluorescent lights have blinded people from reaching outside of themselves. All they can see is their own reflection among the blurry skyline of greed and sorrow. I walk amongst the crowds and there is no peace. Every person has the presence of a shell, they are empty. All that remains is the chaotic ramblings of the mind driving them further into madness. This is not life; there is no natural beauty left. The mystical landscape of the Earth has been replaced with man’s egoistic notions of “progress.” The city is an experiment gone horribly wrong, yet somehow it remains strong enough to keep the masses blinded. Instead of searching for a deeper purpose we’ve let society tell us what life to live. Instead of listening to our hearts, we let our ego run rampant, infecting the globe like a plague. One day the Earth will give us her response. That day people will be freed from the shackles of their tyrannical culture and finally the will be happy. Only when we let the illusions fall away, will we ever know true peace.


. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .

Wandering Spirit

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir


Wandering Spirit: A Reflection

Enchament abounded in the billowing fields of energized fiery contemplation, found through exasperational efforts of continued occurrences, of hope through the transcendent experience of love and friendship. The dance of eternity confounded to a mere interaction of worlds between all beings of form. Though we live seperate lives, we are all in the end the same. Reaching for the same eternal discoveries of self found in wisdom and knowing.

Conduits of temporal feeling and delight. To share the beauteous, wonderful events of life and experiential form. Breathing in the expansive breath of true absolute freedom through the untouched wilderness of the cosmos. Earthly lands of mystic mountains, lush endless forests, and ancient desert sands… watery paradises of stoic icy realms to the healing vibrancy of the tropical rivers, lakes, oceans and streams… unknowable ethereal planes of the cosmically mysterious ever-expanding endless stars, planets, galaxies and voids of the universe.

All forms, all experimental planes, each moment, all are comprised to reveal to us layers and levels of our own experiences; guiding us to a higher understanding of not only of our true nature, but also what lies at the depths of our consciousness and the realities that it permeates. Each moment is bound with lessons of self to deliver to you from the universe a greater understand of the true nature of love and joy. And when we realize our true unity with everything in all of not only our home, but of that of the world, of the galaxy, of the universe… we will discover the true fate of humanity. Only then will we learn that if we do not come together, and wish peace/goodness for all people, all beings… that we will never find it for ourselves. True love, true peace, truer freedom awaits those who bestow the unwavering smile of compassion to all beings at all times.


. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .

Earth Spirit

You are immortal; you exist for billions of years in different manifestations, because you are Life, and Life cannot die. You are in the trees, the butterflies, the fish, the air, the moon, the sun. Wherever you go, you are there, waiting for yourself.” -Don Miguel Ruiz


Earth Spirit

Breathe in the tranquil

energy of Love,

flowering itself;

found in the sanctuary

of the hillside.

All life flows to the

heartbeat of Mother Earth.

So we’ve come to sing

a joyous tune of remembrance

and to the beauty

of existence in one’s

current breath…

the deer trusts in its heart,

as you should too.

All found too soon

is a call to the spirit,

accepting peace so easy.

The sun brings all

its children home,

granting permission with

only a smile.

The everlasting waves of

the universe are with you,

as is all of time.

So trust in your footsteps

and trust in your knowing;

for your soul will

never forsake you.

The soul is universal,

the soul is pure.

Your spirit, your being;

united in all,

rooted in Love.

Ignited from the heart’s

fire within, spread to all brothers

and sisters of the universe…

oh how we are Infinitely One.


. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .

Satori

“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world. – Buddha”


Satori : A Reflection of Oneness

As the pages fold so does my tongue; the illusion is lived through bittersweet neglect to anything remotely conscious. Instead it’s all filtered by an unwavering acceptance of this time and space, uniting all factors of life into a harmonious being of one. Limitations arise infiltrating the absent-minded nature, perpetually consumed by the cycles of suffering and desires. No truth too great to seek, to the egocentric, but drop the veil and the entire vibrations of the cosmos will be at rhythm with your every breath.

This omnipresent frequency of universal harmony grows stronger activating and igniting each of your energy channels it encounters through your being. From the root where you are grounded the energy will flow upward and cycle through each of these chakras, recognizing and balancing the role of each until finally consciousness is reached in the crown chakra and you exist in OM. True oneness. The Greatest mystery of all.

*Unmanifested, absolute consciousness that exists among all living things. You reflect not only your own being, but all other beings as well, interwoven in being and beauty. Seeking Truth and Love, finding your spirit and allowing the Way to be awakened in you. Nondualism, existing in One, you are unwavering as your eternal self, the body nor the mind is in control. Instead your spirit’s light endlessly shines as the ever-flowing stream of awareness.


. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .

Inner Light

“You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes.” -Nietzsche


Inner Light

I feel reflection washing over me, 

like the storm of the century. 

The torrential downpour of

emotions and memories whirls

into a furry, consuming

all that cross its path.

The darkness is felt,

but unwelcomed.

I can see the sun’s luminescence 

trying to peak through

the chaotic skies.

I embrace the beauty of the light, 

envisioning its sweet potential. 

I look deep within myself

for the roaring flame of love

that keeps me going.

I shield it with my all

of my energy trying to

keep the embers burning,

through the ceaseless

winds and waters of time.

I know that I must go on.


. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .

The Realm Within

“You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you.

Thich Naht Hanh


The Realm Within

Stay a while, enter IN.

Seek the roots of your being

to upward consciousness;

found in full concentration

of letting go… there

dissolve all misconceptions,

forget the self, and live

through the natural

rhythms of your

universal being.


ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ

Awake

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe. -Lao Tzu”


Awake

Shelter of being;

inward exploration,

bringing waves

of visions.

Arising signs

quiet the mind,

this proposal

to exist

dissolves knowledge

into laughter.


. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .

Journeying Inward

“You, yourself, are the eternal energy which appears as this universe. You didn’t come into this world; you came out of it. Like a wave from the ocean.” -Alan Watts


Journeying Inward: A Reflection

How can my heart know the true deeds that are being done here? Have I become blind to a persons own being or am I just entangled in delusion? What is love or what is suffering for that matter? Are we all not living in a manifestation confined to our own perceived version of reality? Is this world truly only of time and space, or is there a dimension that is far deeper than this of our illusionary self?

I have seen it in glimpses through visionary states of higher consciousness; and from those experiences I can definitively say there is an eternal essence of which we are merely a part. This plane is for our souls to learn and grow. It’s a reality that most of us live quite idly, seeming to become numb to our own awareness. Even so, most use only their egos to fuel their spirit in this life. So why must we love? When the love we have usually comes with notions of past moments of preconceived “expectations”.

Each of us is uniquely bound in our own true destinies, but here we are collectively as unhappy as ever. Modern society has progressed without any true sense of compassion or awareness, valuing the individual over everything else. If we could all just realize that our self, no matter what form, is a constant essence that flows into everything and everyone around it… then we could see how infinitely united we all really are.

This form is earth bound only by your state of consciousness; because if you truly wanted to, you could unlock all the secrets of the ages just by looking within. Inner reflection is the key to our divisive social structures, that have created a world of false nations and loss of self. We are not solely the product of our culture, rather we are all kin to the great eternal mystery that is the cosmic web.


. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ . ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .

Karuna

“You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.- Terrence McKenna”


Karuna
(Sanskrit: Compassion)

The true gurus are living on the streets,

peddling their blues… in the shadow

of your societal distorted view.

Crying out, just to be heard-

are these the forsaken men,

women, and children of the Earth.

‘Bubble burst, ground shaken’

begets the dormant soul,

craving only superficial sensation.

All the while, the mystics wail on & on,

to bring to you an abstractly

transcendental knowing of the

true purpose as to why

you

are

here;

a manifestation beyond form- limitless.

Prophetic wisdom, that slips on by;

whispering its ancient clues to you

just another soul in flight.

So absorb this, the breath of life…

intoxicating through your moral delight.

While the sage’s guidance finally enters

in the heart & mind you closed off

long ago. Dissolve into One, or peace

shall remain a dream, to you

the soul that refused to see.


करुणा. करुणा. करुणा.

Doors of Perception

“When you feel the suffering of every living thing in your own heart, that is consciousness.- Bhagavad Gita”


Doors of Perception
Gathering shadows to
glimpse the tales
so humble to be from within,
it shelters and guides
till the spirited
awaken and find
the foot beneath.
Say this current path
will abide its ways
for knowing… which means
nothing may bind you.
But absolve all together,
uniting in beauty
seeing separate to be false.
The tendency to wander
and drift enters and goes,
still no attachment.
Truths transpire in
the mind’s eye,
all light reflecting gifts
to feel and hear
amongst the mountain streams
in silence so sweet.
The art of existence
requires nothing,
but gives unconditionally.


. ཨོཾ་མ་ཎི་པདྨེ་ཧཱུྃ .