Wednesday, September 06, 2006

...Now, and Now, and Now...

Listen closely,
the Universe whispers,

“I will repeat this only every moment,
and you will understand now, and
if not now, then now, or perhaps now…

everything that you see, imagine,
or touch; every cloud, drop of rain, golden flower,
or dying child,

is You.

You cannot be torn away from this maze,
you cannot exist alone, and even your thought
otherwise, is still me in you.

You are the unfolding of me,

of it all,

my perfection and love personified."

16 Comments:

Blogger Kathleen said...

"Listen closely... now and now and now...", "you are the unfolding of me..." So beautiful... so beautiful...! everything... yes... everything...! YES!

Wonderful Isaiah... ah yes... another song has risen from your wonderful spacious Heart... lovely...

7:49 PM  
Anonymous BarBarA (aka Layla) said...

You wrote this?
Wow
Amazing

8:05 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

Really, really, great. This is one of my best!

(Nonduality does interesting things to intellectual property, nicht wahr?)

Seriously, one of the most beautiful of your many wonderful contributions. Thanks, Tommy.

10:02 PM  
Blogger anonymous julie said...

Now, and now, and now...

(Indeed! I wrote the same thing a few moments before coming here - or you did!)

Another one to sit with for awhile. Deep appreciation.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Big smile. Yes, the Universe is whispering this message all the time. We must be very alert to hear this quiet yet sincere voice. " You are the unfolding of me, of it all, my perfection and love personified."

Wonderful message.

1:27 AM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Thank you.

I/you/we needed to hear this.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Irving said...

Simply lovely, it resonates in the heart. The Sufis say there is only this moment, and that when the duality of I and We are extinguished, there is only One, only Love. We search our whole lives for the Beloved, and find in the end it was always One.

Peace and Many Blessings!

9:54 AM  
Blogger Buford said...

I have noticed that most, if not all, of these comments and writings are directly or indirectly telling everyone, who will listen, what they should or shouldn’t do. Although this, most probably, is not the intent, it is the impression it gives, it flies in the face of your eastern influenced philosophies.

Remember, your mindset may, or may not only work for you.

Maybe a better way of phrasing it would be, “this is what I think and it may or may not work for you, as the individual.”

I think we all need to read more John Stuart Mill. Any belief or dogma, is only productive when directly disputed, otherwise it becomes a "dead dogma."

Of course, I also am directly saying what I think people should or shouldn’t do. The difference is I know I am.

I aspire to always be the "devils advocate", to incite, even if I don't subscribe to, nor believe in what I write. Because, it forces people to explore their truths, flaws, belief, dogmas, whether directly or indirectly. Conversely, it forces me to do the same.

If any of you felt, even the slightest hint of defensiveness, your belief is validated, albeit, only to you.

Suggested read: Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion by John Stuart Mill

“First, the new truth might be true. To deny that possibility is to deny human fallibility. Second, both the accepted truth and the new version can contain aspects of truth. The truth is often “superadded.” Third, even if completely false, the new view forces us to clarify our own understanding; it spurs us to articulate why we affirm the received truth. Finally, even if completely false, a challenge to received truth prevents it from falling into a “dead dogma.” This final reason suggests that we should actively engage questions of truth by living and contesting the truths we endorse, actively defending our positions with reason while accepting that our truths may be false.”

John Stuart Mill

2:10 PM  
Blogger isaiah said...

Hi James,

Check your email about the mountain trip- I’ll call tonight.

No defensiveness here…in fact, those familiar with my writings here know that on many occasions I have concluded responses to their posts by stating, “of course, I could be completely wrong.”

Hey- I freely admit in the title of my blog that I know nothing.

Yes, this is only what I subscribe to and it may or may not work for me (or you, for that matter). Then again, it might. J I do, however believe that a majority of what I believe- you believe as well, or used to believe. The eminent idea being and basic thesis for my belief what Chief Seattle stated: “This we know: All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”

I’ll have to take another look at John Stuart Mill, it’s been a while. He was big on understanding that most people only know partial truths and that we all can benefit from other fragments of truth as they arise.

I will never debate with another what I hold as true as being superior to any other existing truth. There just isn’t room for reason in matters pertaining to the spiritual and mysterious; for discussion and learning, yes- but reason has no home when all appears ineffable, and ordinary- all at the same time (I think it’s also labeled as Madness too!)

...of course, all I just said could be wrong!

3:28 PM  
Blogger Sadiq M. Alam said...

Praise be to One!

this is so beautifully profound!


can i share it to the world thru my blog?

blessings.

10:59 PM  
Blogger isaiah said...

Sadiq-

You are always free to take anything from me that you may find useful.

Blessings,

7:30 PM  
Blogger Mark Walter said...

"now and now and now..." potent and strong. Eloquent and refined, perfectly expressed. :)

Buford... I am listening to my opinion as I read my/your comment. I find myself connecting to that same spot inside of me. Interesting. ;)

10:19 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Buford,

Your challenge is a worthy question from mind, from reason. In your question you nudge each of us to look at ourselves with greater clarity, as John Stuart Mill suggested. You in effect ask us to "articulate why we affirm the received truth."

Recently I have been honoring a process called shared inquiry, where we look at each of our held truths and really inquire into them. Where is the truth in this for us? What is our experience of this truth? Over and above reason, what does our heart tell us?

John Stuart Mill suggests that we "should actively engage questions of truth by living and contesting the truths we endorse, actively defending our positions with reason while accepting that our truths may be false.”

This feels like mind at play with itself. Questions are fun to play with. Perhaps the biggest question of all is, "Who am I?" And as we spiral deeper and deeper into this question, many other questions and matters of reason begin to drop away, like shedding leaves off a tree in the fall, and finally the question of "Who am I?" is completely shed, and true self is exposed like a snake shedding its skin.

It seems one of our false pretenses may be our notion of reason itself. For as Tommy said, "There just isn’t room for reason in matters pertaining to the spiritual and mysterious; for discussion and learning, yes- but reason has no home when all appears ineffable, and ordinary- all at the same time..."

This is what is true for me. Matters of reason hold no purchase in matters of spirit.

11:08 AM  
Blogger "James" said...

Beautiful poem...it brought such peace to me and reminded me of the awesome nature of the Great Mystery. Thank-you.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Buford said...

Check your email about the mountain trip- I’ll call tonight.

Red is taking care of the trip.

No defensiveness here…in fact, those familiar with my writings here know that on many occasions I have concluded responses to their posts by stating, “of course, I could be completely wrong.”

As you can see, in response to my direct/indirect accusation, you were forced, if not compelled, to examine your own truth; which, to me, seems to be an understanding that you may be wrong, or right, depending on who is receiving that particular truth. Nevertheless, you still, either consciously or unconsciously, explored your truth.

Hey- I freely admit in the title of my blog that I know nothing.

I know.

Yes, this is only what I subscribe to and it may or may not work for me (or you, for that matter). Then again, it might. J I do, however believe that a majority of what I believe- you believe as well, or used to believe. The eminent idea being and basic thesis for my belief what Chief Seattle stated: “This we know: All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”

I still believe this as an inherent truth of all biotic things. However, if I’m a fly and I land in the web, the spider may eat me. Yes, I believe we are all connected in the “great circle of life” but some people have, or create more influence than others. I think my philosophy differs from yours in that, I believe some people have more influence on the web than others, and at some point in everyone’s life a decision will, or even must, be made as to how much influence you will have on the web/circle while you’re alive. Although everyone has there place, it’s up to the individual to decide what place they will take. Are you the fly or the spider?

I’ll have to take another look at John Stuart Mill, it’s been a while. He was big on understanding that most people only know partial truths and that we all can benefit from other fragments of truth as they arise.

That’s it exactly. Here again, not all of what he writes is, in my mind, valid. I don’t subscribe to the “everyone should be allowed to live their own truths” pretence. What he is conveying, in my mind, is impossibility, as we are all animals still bound to survival instincts. And, whether we like it or not, instincts enter our lives everyday. And instincts are not conducive to educated discussion.

I will never debate with another what I hold as true as being superior to any other existing truth. There just isn’t room for reason in matters pertaining to the spiritual and mysterious; for discussion and learning, yes- but reason has no home when all appears ineffable, and ordinary- all at the same time (I think it’s also labeled as
Madness too!)

I know you would never hold your ideas as complete truths; it is not in your nature to be so pretentious. Also, your capacity for human kindness will not allow that sort of mindset. However, I totally disagree that there is no room for reason in matters of spirituality and mystery. In my mind, there must be reason. Without reason, religions (and yes that is what you subscribe to, we can call it a dogma if you like) will become justified without justification. We, as adult humans, must not follow anything blindly, spiritual matters included. I simply do not have the faith (and faith is a form of reason) you and your fellow bloggers have in matters of this sort. If I had to categorize my mindset I would say I was a stoic realist with extreme idealistic tendencies. As you can see, reason would be one of my major mantras. Remember, spirituality without reason is faith yet strangely Faith is a form of reason…..go figure.

Of course for many people everything I just said is wrong.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous zach said...

Ah that was beautiful. Thanks!

9:50 PM  

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