A REMINDER FOR ALL: THERE IS NO NEED

There’s no need to surround yourself with luxury

to treat yourself to the best of everything

metallic fridges and designer bags

the colours of the season, the car of the year,

to show others that you’re special.

 

You don’t need daily doses of good news

to lift your mood when you feel glum.

You don’t need compliments or presents

or flirtatious smiles across the room

to keep you happy with yourself

or hourly fixes of pleasure

to set your brain cells jingling.

 

There’s no need to say the right thing

to be charming or funny or stylish

so that the strangers notice you, and your friends still like you.

There’s no need to pretend, or to prove yourself.

You don’t need the respect of others

in order to respect yourself.

 

There’s no need to cover up the silence

with the chatter of radios and TVs.

 

There is no need to fill the empty space

with jobs that don’t need doing

or words that have no meaning

or tasks that have no purpose

except to fill the empty space.

 

You only need to meet yourself

to let the discord within you fade away

and find the stillness underneath

the place where you’re already whole

where there is no need to seek or strive

because there is no need.

 

 

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POWER POEM: THE ESSENCE WITHIN

The essence of you is emptiness

the essence of you is love

the essence of you is energy

the essence of you is bliss.

 

The essence of you flows like a fountain

from a pool of pure consciousness at the heart of reality.

The essence of you surges with an eternal force

that has borrowed you for this lifetime.

 

The essence of you is deathless.

This form will wither and dissolve away

then the essence will return to its source

to find a new expression.

 

The essence of you stretches

inside and outside your body

inside and outside time

within and beyond the world

at home, in peace, in every place.

 

 

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THE VOICE INSIDE YOUR HEAD

One day you’ll grow fed up with the voice inside your head

with its constant murmurings of discontent

its fearmongering thought of the future

and its questioning of every choice you make.

 

One day you will turn to it and calmly say, “I refuse to listen”

then stand back and look away

turning your attention to your surroundings

or to a quietness and spaciousness you can sense

inside you, just behind the voice.

 

The voice is so self-absorbed

that at first it won’t even notice it’s being ignored

and will carry on chattering away to itself.

You’ll still hear its complaints and criticisms

but they won’t convince you anymore –

you’ll doubt them, laugh at them, reject them.

 

And gradually, without the fuel of your attention,

the voice will become more hesitant

will stumble and slow down, leaving space;

until eventually that self-assertive drawl that demanded to be heard

and seemed to submerge the rest of reality

will be no louder than a whisper, like a gentle breeze

that seems to be part of silence.

 

 

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CAN YOU BE HAPPY WITH NOTHING?

Can you be happy with nothing

without looking forward to happiness

without entertainments and activities

to distract you from unhappiness

 

without projects that excite you

with their promises of success

and that make you feel you’re moving

closer and closer to happiness

 

without collecting more possessions

or climbing to a higher status

and parading your wealth and prominence

to try and convince others – and yourself –

that you’re happier than them?

 

If not, then your happiness is always on loan

secondhand and superficial

like a blanket that’s quickly pulled away

leaving you cold and empty craving more.

 

But you can be happy with nothing.

There’s a happiness that has no cause

that doesn’t come from consuming or collecting

and doesn’t deceive or disappoint or quickly fade:

the well-being pf being itself

that simply is – and is always there.

 

A deep rich glow of wholeness

a soft subtle energy whose nature is bliss

like a steady flowing river whose source is you.

A well-being you don’t need to chase, only to uncover,

that you don’t need to strive for, only allow.

 

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THE PERFECT PARADOX

When you can hear the silence behind the noise

and feel space among the crowd

when you can sense peace amid chaos and conflict

and see the beauty of the ugly and the drab

 

When solitude never leads to loneliness

and emptiness seems to overflow

when every stranger looks familiar

and every foreign place feels like home

 

Then you’ll know that duality is no more

that you’ve stepped beyond contradiction

into the place of perfect paradox

where everything makes sense.

 

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DIVINE DISSATISFACTION

When you sense there’s something more

when the life that used to satisfy you no longer seems enough

and security seems suffocating and pleasures loose there taste

when dreams of success don’t motivate you anymore

and diversions don’t seem to divert you

when familiarity seems oppressive, like a coat that’s too old and tight,

and every repetition of the old routine

makes you feel more stale and weary.

 

When you find yourself aching

with a sadness that doesn’t seem to have a source

with a hunger that seems too subtle to satisfy

when strange energies are pulsing through you

like the tremors of an earthquake deep down inside

and you can feel the ground shifting

and are afraid of loosing balance

and you ask yourself. “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I be happy anymore?”

 

Have no fear – there’s nothing wrong with you.

This isn’t anxiety or depression,

it’s divine dissatisfaction.

You’re not breaking down but breaking through.

 

This is your awakening

the tearing of the veil

the opening of your soul.

Your real self is emerging, slowly, painfully,

through the hard skin of your chrysalis.

 

The old world is receding behind you

and you’re waiting at the threshold of the new, disorientated,

wondering how to make sense of this strange place.

But as long as you have the courage to move forward

a guide will appear and your path will form before you

and a glorious adventure will begin.

 

And soon the lushness of this landscape won’t startle you anymore

soon the brilliance of this sun won’t dazzle you

soon the vastness of this space won’t feel overwhelming

and the magic and meaning of this new world will embrace you.

 

 

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