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Morning

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Sunlight touching treetops,
Birds awakening…
Morning rises after night
With a constancy and grace.

While politics swirl
Conflicts rage, economies teeter,
Hurricanes roar,
Morning dawns over all
Without apology or praise
But with simple welcoming
Of all that is lit
By its presence.

What kind of love
Embraces this wild world
With such a welcome?
What love is this, that
Contains such
Darkness and strife
When the world
Refuses to conform
To our demands for
Outer peace,
And then wraps us
In such wonder
And grace?

Fear, war, starvation,
And so much else
Are included in the
Grace of morning light
On a darkened world.

In the light’s first
Touch of a leaf
There is something that
Embraces all of what we are
And includes us
In the full circle
Of life as it is.

We see that we are
Something whole
And seamless,
And perfect.

The heart of each morning
Offers with outstretched hands,
An expansion, a release
Out off our self-made prisons
Into a world ruled by a love
That excludes nothing,
A love we can trust,
A love at peace
With all things.

Even this, and this, and
Especially and
Whole-heartedly
This.

 


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by Alice Gardner © 2008

The Eye of The Hurricane

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Hurricane Season 2008

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Are these winds stirred
To spinning
Around their still center?

What force could give
Such power as this
To crush the structures
Of our lives?

These winds move
With violence
Against our human ideas
Of progress and security
Sweeping away
As impertinent desires
Our wish to have peace
On our own terms.

Have we been dreaming
Of a world peace
That doesn’t include storms?

Can we step outside of
Our ideas about the peace we want
Enough to notice the peace
That already rests in the center
Of this wild world?

A peace that rests gently
While the storm winds
May strip our lives bare,
Leave us homeless, and
Disengaged from our settled lifestyles.

A peace right in the center of
Our questionable survival
In any other moment than this.

This stillness in the center
Emerges with the violent winds.
The two exist as one,
inextricably connected,
Two sides of a coin, inseparable.

Can we accept this invitation
To welcome a peace that includes
What we have labeled as trouble
And strife, and been frightened by?

Can a wild wind
Flattening our landscape
Externally or internally
Be a part of something
Beyond our comprehension
And perfect, just as it is?

We don’t know.

But we notice
In hurricane season,
The power of resting openly
With such unanswerable questions.
And we notice,
(Even while the winds of change
Are blowing violently)
What doesn’t spin—
The peace beyond understanding
In the internal
Eye of the hurricane.

By Alice Gardner © 2008

This Moment

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What is this moment like if we stop assuming that it needs improving? What if we just stopped trying to make it be different than it already is? This would mean not having an agenda about what it is supposed to be like or NOT supposed to be like. What if we finally let go of thinking we knew how it should be, as opposed to how it already is?

We can notice in any moment that, outside of all the measuring,  comparing and efforting behaviors of mind we habitually listen to, there is something else. It is like another world out there beyond mind. Out beyond our mentally mediated version of the world, there is something real and substantial. It is the actual world as it is–a world vibrantly alive with stillness and motion embracing each other–a world doing the one-step dance of just being what it is.

This world is inviting us to dance with it, and we find we know the step.  All it takes is not interfering. Not thinking we already know what is in front of us, or what should be happening instead.  Not even trying to be more spiritually right. That is just another overlay. We simply accept every thought, feeling or circumstance as perfect, inviting it all to the table, so to speak.  It can then show itself to us fully, and as we feel ourselves falling into its blessed embrace, we realize we have been embraced all along.

Videos online: Adyashanti on YouTube

Its amazing all the wonderful videos that are available online nowadays!

For instance: To click this link to check out what is posted on YouTube for Adyashanti–www.youtube.com  To get to that page, I just went to YouTube and searched Adya’s name. Try searching for all of your favorite teachers. Or search “Puppetji” for some irreverent laughs over all this non-dual spiritual talk. Try also going to www.viddler.com and video.google.com for more and more. Try a series called “Never Not Here” by Richard Miller. He’s even got Alice Gardner up there. 🙂

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The Art of Being Exactly Where We Are

yos.jpgBeing where we are. We’ve all heard that “being where we are” is where we need to be. But do you see the joke in that? Here we are, trying to get somewhere again!!

Being here fully gets translated by mind into a being something to work towards. Somewhere new to get to at some point in the future after lots of hard work, discipline and time, lots of time! Are you laughing yet? It’s funny, and it makes us feel crazy, but its really just mind doing what minds do. That’s all. Mind is so good at figuring out how to do things, and its just trying to do this too, but it can’t. As soon as we realize it can’t, we are free to just smile at its efforts and relax. All is well. Mind is doing its thing and it doesn’t matter. No need to pay overmuch attention to it.

Meanwhile Here we Are! Here we are in this moment with whatever is going on inwardly and outwardly. There is nowhere else we could ever have possibly been except as we allow ourselves to listen overmuch to the stream of thinking. Our minds may be saying to us right at this moment that “this can’t be it” because this moment is totally mundane, empty, boring, painful or… (fill in the blank for yourself). Mind can always come up with reasons why this particular moment can’t be what is being referred to, because it can’t find anything special there. Nothing. (Are you laughing yet?)

Meanwhile, smiling and relaxing we fall into a reality that mind doesn’t even notice. Its kind of like falling asleep at night–we have to relax for it to happen.

Our thinking minds have everything boxed and labeled and categorized according to past knowledge, and our own structure of understanding whatever is encountered. And those capabilities are so very useful to us for practical things. But what the logical left-brain thought-stream doesn’t even notice is anything that is outside of its structures for understanding the world–and that very definitely includes Reality with a capital R. Not because thought is wrong or bad, but because it is constrained within self-constructed bounds and can’t see beyond that. It is blind to whatever doesn’t fit its own structures (at least not until those structures are broadened enormously). So for now it tries to shrink everything to make it fit its constructs. But in contemplating what is really going on in life, thought has run into something much bigger than its constructs, something that contains mind and everything else within it. It has come to the edge of its ability to be helpful and will, when its good and ready, relax and allow us to fall into this new territory. To fall awake.

When we run into a fabulous sunset or an unusually beautiful flower, our mind’s processes of naming it, talking about it, and so on, can detract from our seeing and appreciating it fully. It is the same with the present moment. Relaxing into being exactly where we are, we begin to notice what is here (including thinking and a LOT else), and that this has been here all along. Its just like a new door of perception has opened. We now see where we were blind before.

We stand in a new territory beyond the previously held paradigm that our mind provided us, telling us how life worked, who was to blame, and so on. We have reconnected with something familiar, something we never really left. Something that we have, over all the years we thought we were separate, never left for a second.

As we look around we begin to see how it all is working. Now everything that is happening, even including our own seemingly idiotic or unenlightened episodes are perfect setups for continued awakening into a fuller and fuller embrace of being this that we truly are. Slowly we relax our incessant argument with life, and trust our circumstances, even our thoughts and feelings, as being perfect as they are, even as they flow and change. We offer ourselves, including our thinking minds and their amazing capabilities in service to this perfect alive presence we now can see and that is also who we are.

Readiness to Awaken, making ourselves fertile ground for new seed…

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Has Oprah’s marketing call “get ready to awaken” bothered anyone else? It bothered me, but then it inspired the following words about how we might actually be able to do so:

Oprah has been telling us “prepare to be awakened” and people are signing up by the thousands. For many of us, this awakening thing is of utmost importanceit’s what our lives are all about. Others of us may be signing up with a simple curiosity or perhaps an inclination to argue. In either case, so often our minds want to know—how exactly can people prepare to awaken? How, in this particular ten weeks, can we allow ourselves to really awaken? We ask this whether we are currently in an organized religion or not. It doesn’t matter. If what Eckhart is saying is true, awakening can be possible for us no matter what our cultural or family history or religious beliefs. We have engaged in our belief systems in order to come to this point of stepping beyond them.

As we come to this point (becoming ready) we can lovingly embrace any of our tendencies to argue or to think too much (or whatever our perceived faults might be) with a gentle acceptance of the miracle of having arrived right here, at this exact place where we are now, here at the beginning of this course. This place, this moment, has an inherent openness to the possibility of spiritual awakening built into it. If we are in any way able to notice the noise that our minds are making such as “but tell me how?”, or “I can’t awaken because…” then we are noticing this mental hubbub from a place of a spaciousness in us that is always and already ready to awaken. This open spaciousness in our beings IS our readiness, or more accurately, it is the One that we are who already is awake. Just feel this. Be this one that you are. Stay right HERE. This is readiness to awaken. It is this open, spacious, don’t-know, place in us that gives Eckhart’s words have a place to land in our beings. If we think we know a lot of things about spiritual or other matters, then that openness is hidden under the noise of that. It is still there, but it is not accessible to us, and Eckhart’s words will fall on infertile ground. But with a simple openness we are able to both enjoy Eckhart and Oprah and enjoy ourselves, and decide for ourselves if what is being spoken about is true for us or not. No-one is asking anyone to believe anything. Just be open and see for yourselves what is of value here.

I feel able to advise in this way because Eckhart transformed my life so very dramatically back in 2002, and I’ve had years to wonder about how it was that I happened to be “ready” at that moment.

Blessings,

Alice

 

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Here are some handy links for those people who might be having a hard time finding their way around in Oprah’s large website:

A New Earth main events page:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/begin/anewearth_begin_main.jspWork Book:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/workbook/anewearth_workbook_chapter1.jsp

Awakening Exercises:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/exercises/anewearth_exercises_chapters_1.jsp

http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/exercises/anewearth_exercises_main.jsp

Check your time zone:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/install_launch.html

Install software:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/install_launch.html

Windows Install Problems:
http://www2.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/howto_win.jhtml

Mac Install Problems:
http://www2.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/howto_mac.jhtml

Ask Questions:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/questions/anewearth_questions_main.jsp

Talk with others:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/comments/anewearth_comments_main.jsp

Tips for reading A New Earth:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/begin/anewearth_tips.jsp

Readiness to Awaken, making ourselves fertile ground for new seed…

Has Oprah’s marketing call “get ready to awaken” bothered anyone else? It bothered me, but then it inspired the following words about how we might actually be able to do so:

Oprah has been telling us “prepare to be awakened” and people are signing up by the thousands. For many of us, this awakening thing is of utmost importance—it’s what our lives are all about. Others of us may be signing up with a simple curiosity or perhaps an inclination to argue. In either case, so often our minds want to know—how exactly can people prepare to awaken? How, in this particular ten weeks, can we allow ourselves to really awaken? We ask this whether we are currently in an organized religion or not. It doesn’t matter. If what Eckhart is saying is true, awakening can be possible for us no matter what our cultural or family history or religious beliefs. We have engaged in our belief systems in order to come to this point of stepping beyond them.

As we come to this point (becoming ready) we can lovingly embrace any of our tendencies to argue or to think too much (or whatever our perceived faults might be) with a gentle acceptance of the miracle of having arrived right here, at this exact place where we are now, here at the beginning of this course. This place, this moment, has an inherent openness to the possibility of spiritual awakening built into it. If we are in any way able to notice the noise that our minds are making such as “but tell me how?”, or “I can’t awaken because…” then we are noticing this mental hubbub from a place of a spaciousness in us that is always and already ready to awaken. This open spaciousness in our beings IS our readiness, or more accurately, it is the One that we are who already is awake. Just feel this. Be this one that you are. Stay right HERE. This is readiness to awaken. It is this open, spacious, don’t-know, place in us that gives Eckhart’s words have a place to land in our beings. If we think we know a lot of things about spiritual or other matters, then that openness is hidden under the noise of that. It is still there, but it is not accessible to us, and Eckhart’s words will fall on infertile ground. But with a simple openness we are able to both enjoy Eckhart and Oprah and enjoy ourselves, and decide for ourselves if what is being spoken about is true for us or not. No-one is asking anyone to believe anything. Just be open and see for yourselves what is of value here.

I feel able to advise in this way because Eckhart transformed my life so very dramatically back in 2002, and I’ve had years to wonder about how it was that I happened to be “ready” at that moment.

Blessings,

Alice

 

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Here are some handy links for those people who might be having a hard time finding their way around in Oprah’s large website:

A New Earth main events page:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/begin/anewearth_begin_main.jspWork Book:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/workbook/anewearth_workbook_chapter1.jsp

Awakening Exercises:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/exercises/anewearth_exercises_chapters_1.jsp

http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/exercises/anewearth_exercises_main.jsp

Check your time zone:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/install_launch.html

Install software:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/install_launch.html

Windows Install Problems:
http://www2.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/howto_win.jhtml

Mac Install Problems:
http://www2.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/howto_mac.jhtml

Ask Questions:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/questions/anewearth_questions_main.jsp

Talk with others:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/comments/anewearth_comments_main.jsp

Tips for reading A New Earth:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/begin/anewearth_tips.jsp

Readiness to Awaken, making ourselves fertile ground for new seed…

Has Oprah’s marketing call “get ready to awaken” bothered anyone else? It bothered me, but then it inspired the following words about how we might actually be able to do so:

Oprah has been telling us “prepare to be awakened” and people are signing up by the thousands. For many of us, this awakening thing is of utmost importanceit’s what our lives are all about. Others of us may be signing up with a simple curiosity or perhaps an inclination to argue. In either case, so often our minds want to know—how exactly can people prepare to awaken? How, in this particular ten weeks, can we allow ourselves to really awaken? We ask this whether we are currently in an organized religion or not. It doesn’t matter. If what Eckhart is saying is true, awakening can be possible for us no matter what our cultural or family history or religious beliefs. We have engaged in our belief systems in order to come to this point of stepping beyond them.

As we come to this point (becoming ready) we can lovingly embrace any of our tendencies to argue or to think too much (or whatever our perceived faults might be) with a gentle acceptance of the miracle of having arrived right here, at this exact place where we are now, here at the beginning of this course. This place, this moment, has an inherent openness to the possibility of spiritual awakening built into it. If we are in any way able to notice the noise that our minds are making such as “but tell me how?”, or “I can’t awaken because…” then we are noticing this mental hubbub from a place of a spaciousness in us that is always and already ready to awaken. This open spaciousness in our beings IS our readiness, or more accurately, it is the One that we are who already is awake. Just feel this. Be this one that you are. Stay right HERE. This is readiness to awaken. It is this open, spacious, don’t-know, place in us that gives Eckhart’s words have a place to land in our beings. If we think we know a lot of things about spiritual or other matters, then that openness is hidden under the noise of that. It is still there, but it is not accessible to us, and Eckhart’s words will fall on infertile ground. But with a simple openness we are able to both enjoy Eckhart and Oprah and enjoy ourselves, and decide for ourselves if what is being spoken about is true for us or not. No-one is asking anyone to believe anything. Just be open and see for yourselves what is of value here.

I feel able to advise in this way because Eckhart transformed my life so very dramatically back in 2002, and I’ve had years to wonder about how it was that I happened to be “ready” at that moment.

Blessings,

Alice

 

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Here are some handy links for those people who might be having a hard time finding their way around in Oprah’s large website:

A New Earth main events page:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/begin/anewearth_begin_main.jspWork Book:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/workbook/anewearth_workbook_chapter1.jsp

Awakening Exercises:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/exercises/anewearth_exercises_chapters_1.jsp

http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/exercises/anewearth_exercises_main.jsp

Check your time zone:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/install_launch.html

Install software:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/install_launch.html

Windows Install Problems:
http://www2.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/howto_win.jhtml

Mac Install Problems:
http://www2.oprah.com/obc_classic/player/howto_mac.jhtml

Ask Questions:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/questions/anewearth_questions_main.jsp

Talk with others:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/comments/anewearth_comments_main.jsp

Tips for reading A New Earth:
http://www.oprah.com/obc_classic/webcast/begin/anewearth_tips.jsp

Registering for the Eckhart Tolle Oprah A New Earth Event

I am putting up this “blog post” as a place to exchange information about difficulties and successes in registering for the Eckhart Tolle, Oprah event starting next Monday. Many people are having difficulties getting registered. Please tell the story of your difficulty by clicking on comments below if you are having trouble. A woman named Stephanie will be helping us with these kinds of issues, and will be checking this blog to see if she can be of assistance.
Also, if any of you learn anything that would help people know how to successfully register, please click on “comment” below and it will soon show up for everyone to see. There is already some important information there for Mac users straight from Oprah central!! Click “comment” below.

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Eckart Tolle and Oprah A Landmark Event

A landmark interactive spiritual event is on the horizon. Starting Monday, March 3rd, Oprah Winfrey and best selling author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle will team up to teach a live weekly webcast centered around Eckhart’s book “A New Earth”. This revolutionary webcast is being hailed “the biggest classroom ever”, and it is free. Already as of today 386,000 people have signed up!!
I signed up for this course myself. I long ago read “A New Earth”, and I loved it. I love Eckhart too and I want to see how he and Oprah are doing this thing together, that has such an amazing potential for reaching SO many people. I’ve had a leaning (perhaps obvious) for the amazing potential of the internet for reaching people who don’t otherwise have a lot of support in their own communities for the awakening process. I didn’t when it was happening for me in rural Vermont. The internet has amazing potential, and it looks to me like Eckhart and Oprah and trying something new and big. Below is basic information about this course. In order to sign up, if you haven’t already, you do need to join Oprah’s book club and then check the Eckhart event as one of the choices in her book club.
I am thrilled to say I will be participating in this breakthrough interactive event. Join us on this blog to discuss it as it unfolds, and to enjoy special resources that are being provided to me for just this purpose. Sign up is free at oprah.com/anewearth.

What do you suppose this means about our collective awakening?? We’ll see!

The course lasts 10 weeks, and will be live each Monday at 8pm CST. Each week will cover one of the 10 chapters in the book, with the discussion on our site following the same topic.

STATS TO DATE (FEB 21)

  • 3.6 million books in print
  • Fastest selling book club book ever
  • 386K have already signed up for the Web Event
  • 1,000+ Reading Groups have started on Oprah.com
  • Debuted on the New York Times “Advice, How-To” bestseller list at #1

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Author of #1 New York Times’ Best Seller, “The Power of Now”
  • Educated at Cambridge and London Universities
  • Spiritual teacher, public speaker and author
  • Devoted to helping others find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives
  • Teaches heavily on the transformation of consciousness

CLASS SCHEDULE

  • Monday, March 3rd – The Flowering of Human Consciousness
  • Monday, March 10th – Ego: The Current State of Humanity
  • Monday, March 17th – The Core of Ego
  • Monday, March 24th – Role Playing: The Many Faces of the Ego
  • Monday, March 31st – The Pain-Body
  • Monday, April 7th – Breaking Free
  • Monday, April 14th – Finding Who You Truly Are
  • Monday, April 21 – The Discovery of Inner Space
  • Monday, April 28th – Your Inner Purpose
  • Monday, May 5th – A New Earth
  • Visit www.oprah.com/anewearth to sign up. Why not? It’s free…

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