It feels like this sometimes. Can we ever be really alone? It only feels like this sometimes, especially if the fairies do not question you. And how could they. And how could you. So it does feel like this sometimes. How grateful for my brother of unfathomable depths and for all who see with an open heart. May you be richly nourished. May we all know we always are.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
In spiritual practice, which is our life, there are no breaks and no mistakes. We human beings are always doing spiritual practice, whether we know it or not. You may think that you have lost the thread of your practice, that you were going along quite well and then life got busy and complicated and you lost track of what you were doing. You may feel bad about this, and that feeling feeds on itself, and it becomes harder and harder to get back on track.
But this is just what you think; it’s not what’s going on. Once you begin practice, you always keep going, because everything is practice, even the days or the weeks or entire lifetimes when you forgot to meditate. Even then you’re still practicing, because it’s impossible to be lost. You are constantly being found, whether you know it or not. No matter what is going on –no matter how distracted you think you are, no matter how much you feel like a terribly lazy individual who has completely lost track of her good intentions and is now hopelessly astray– even then you have the responsibility and the ability to take all negativity, bad circumstance, and difficulty and turn it into the path.
There are two ways to approach anything on the spiritual path; if you want to heal yourself, there’s two different approaches; path that feels like hell; path that leads to heaven. If you want to wake in your consciousness, if you want to… Anything in the spiritual journey you can think of; even manifest your desires. Whatever you wanna do. There’s two paths. And the path that feels like hell… is when you approach anything spiritually from the perspective of a student. And the path that leads to heaven, is when you approach anything in the spiritual path as a master.
The confusion is thinking “the student becomes the master”.
No student becomes a master.
Students are fundamentally those who are consumed in endless questions, who always have something they need to know.
And while a student is defined as someone who always has something they need to know; a master is one who always has things to bless.
So wouldn’t it be outrageously simple and revolutionary, instead of maintaining your position as a student in the presence of a master, if you just learned how to be like the master, you see. Because if you know how to be like a master, your mastery is revealed. If you stay put as a student, there’s more things to learn and keep straight. And the more attached one gets to a master, the more they stay lost in the identity of student. And the student never becomes the master.
Just like, there might be a seed in the beginning, but the seed doesn’t become a fully blossomed flower, because in order for the flower to emerge, the seed must explode.
So you must lose track of your inner student, in order for the master to be known.
And God bless the intention of any heart-centered being who’s trying to be a really good student. But to the perspective of a master, a student is what the master –in the most loving way, when they can work so masterfully…– a student is what the master is trying to extinguish out of you.
A master is trying to huff and puff and, with the light of the Lord, exterminate “student” out of your heart.
A master devours the student within you, so that only mastery remains.
A master doesn’t have a problem with ego. A master doesn’t have a problem with your ego; a master doesn’t even really have any sense of ego, within themselves or you. Do you know why? Because the master –it’s simple– the master isn’t even trying to look at things through the eyes of what is or isn’t an ego. That’s old school. A master is trying to extinguish the student out of your field. Has nothing to do with ego; has to do with waking you up out of being a student.
And there is this weird quandary, because in the beginning, being a student gets you into the game. And you want to be a good student –to do all good work, to listen, to make sure you don’t miss anything– but in being the best student you can be, you are withholding your mastery from coming forward.
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A master would typically sit in front of a group or an audience, with everything to bless, the students would have everything to learn, and they’d think, “I’m gonna learn everything this master knows”, instead of maybe the more obvious thing which is, instead of trying to know what a master knows, why not just learn to do what a master does! Wouldn’t that make more sense? Because if a master doesn’t have anything to figure out, and everything to bless, and a student doesn’t spend time blessing anything because they’ve too many things to figure out, that’s why students live in hell, and masters sit in heaven.
But today is the day when you join your mastery in heaven. By learning what masters do. Because we are… Another way of talking about this –if mastery is not a word that resonates with you; for some reason it resonates with me on a very deep level– we are all angels! And Earth is an angel academy, and this is a school where we are a graduating class of angels, where after this lifetime many of us will go to work as spirit guides for the new wave of future souls that incarnate. So this is like Spirit Guide College… [Audience laughs] Right? Spirit Guide College! And in Spirit Guide College and the Angel Academy, you’re learning to become the master, the angel that you are. By learning what angels do.
So it’s kinda like there are victims in the Angel Academy, who are there to be rescued by angels, until they’ve been rescued enough times that they realize they’re an angel. And then when a victim starts doing what angels do, they become the angel they always are. So a victim is an angel that doesn’t know themselves, and an angel is a fully transformed victim! Just like a master is one whose inner student has been eradicated.
And so what I’m gonna share with you today –you’ll probably see touches upon the fundamentals of why the “Loving What Arises” teaching that I offer, the “I Love Yous”, why it’s so powerful; and I’m just gonna teach it to you today in a different context– and I wanna teach it through the sensibility and idea of blessing.
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That’s the path of mastery. A master awakens the master in others.
Excerpts transcribed by Leon Hieros
Dualism knows by comparison, opposition, and differentiation. It uses descriptive words like good/evil, pretty/ugly, smart/stupid, not realizing there may be a hundred degrees between the two ends of each spectrum. We do need the dualistic mind to function in practical life; to do our work as a teacher, a nurse, a scientist, or an engineer. It’s helpful and fully necessary as far as it goes, but it just doesn’t go far enough. Dualistic thinking works well for the sake of simplification and conversation, but not for the sake of truth or the immense subtlety of actual personal experience. The dualistic mind cannot process things like infinity, mystery, God, grace, suffering, sexuality, death, or love; this is exactly why most people stumble over these very issues. The dualistic mind pulls everything down into some kind of tit-for-tat system of false choices and too-simple contraries, which is largely what “fast food religion” teaches, usually without even knowing it. Without the contemplative and converted mind –an honest and humble perception– much religion is frankly dangerous. Most of us settle for quick and easy answers instead of any deep perception, which we leave to poets, philosophers, and prophets. Yet depth and breadth of perception should be the primary arena for all authentic religion. How else could we possibly search for God?
~ Fr. Richard Rohr; Leon’s mixing of two consecutive paragraphs found [here].
It’s not the
amount of our words
or any intensity of emotion
It’s our Eternity blessing us
from depths and heights