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There’s really no spiritual work to be done; there’s only human work. And when we really understand the human work, then naturally the spirit radiates and the heart expands.
In the opening talk of a recent retreat, Jon offers: “We’re really here to be here — to dissolve into being here. Anything else is really extra… So relax and allow yourself to just be here. Allow yourself to be profoundly nurtured, and nourished, by the love and unconditional acceptance that’s in this space.”
Eventually we see that life is really a mystery, and initially that can be frightening, upsetting, overwhelming. But eventually it’s freeing — it’s the openness of spaciousness, not the holding and contraction of knowing.
How can we become sensitive enough to perceive the deep guidance within? How can we become clear enough, and out of the way enough, that the message can come through?
This week Jon returns to discuss his ongoing recovery from surgery, and reminds us that “the more you open to the deeper presence that you are, the more you can just be here with whatever’s happening — with whatever needs your attention, your loving tenderness and care.”
As we open and awaken, we really realize our connectedness — not as a concept, but as an experiential presence, an intimacy of being right here, right now. In that realm of unity, our heart can open deeply, profoundly, vastly. Our Big Heart, the heart of unconditional compassion and love, can heal our human heart of all its wounds.
Listen into the silence; listen and observe from the heart. More is revealed all the time. Eventually we find ourselves profoundly lucky to be fascinated and delighted by the ordinary.
Awakening is the moment when who you’ve taken yourself to be — this person, this identity — shifts from the form to the space, to the emptiness. It’s a shift in orientation to openness rather than closedness; to not knowing rather than knowing. Simply put, awakening is being opening. It’s a movement of energy, of availability, of receptivity — of transmission.
The path of least resistance is not necessarily easy. We cease to turn away from what’s difficult, and learn to turn towards it instead, with the fullness of heart and the tenderness of body that vulnerability requires.
We may think awakening is the end of the road, but it’s actually the beginning; and the middle; and the end. And the journey of this life, this temporal, changing life, happens within that vastness.