There is no peace as long as wanting is running the show. The only companion of peace is knowing. Knowing what's what and what needs to be done about it, and doing it with our original nature and our innate virtues. We never need more than that to live in the service of what needs to happen in each situation as it arises. We sell our original nature and our innate virtues for the price of a pair of sandals. Have no use for integrity, sincerity and spontaneity, the source, or emptiness, stillness and silence. And so, the mess we live in from day-to-day. Our first order of business is to turn the light around. This is to understand that we are the Buddha, we are the Christ, and that nothing happens until we become who we are by remembering the face that was ours before we were born, before our parents were born, before our grandparents were born... from before the beginning of time and space. Innate virtues. Essential nature. Emptiness. Stillness. Silence. Spirit. Energy. Vitality. Seeing. Hearing. Knowing. Doing. Being. Money is nowhere on the list. Nor is wanting. Getting. Having. Owning. Possessing. Amassing. Striving. Forcing. Compelling. Contriving. Conniving. Controlling. The Buddha gave up everything for a monk's robe and a begging bowl. Jesus was born in a stable and died on a cross. They both spent their life in the service of doing what needed to be done for the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it, using only their essential nature and their innate virtues. Seeing, hearing, knowing, doing, being. Happily at peace with themselves, with others, with the world. The lesson is clear for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear. It begins with turning the light around, and doing what's next.
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‘The price of sandals!’ Indeed!
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this oil painting is so reminiscent.