Sky Words

The following ideas are those of poet/philosopher Sky.

 

Gift of Grace

Maybe, in a stressed-out society, serenity is a subversive act.
Maybe there is no greater attainment
                                and no more radical form of activism                         
                 than finding radiant calm in what now is.
Maybe the beauty of inner peace is all the clarity, radiance and light
a single individual can give the world,
          and all the clarity, radiance and light the world can handle
coming from any single individual.

 

If you can love yourself, and therefore, others unconditionally,
you will be giving others the best support of all:
communion in unconditional love.

 

 

Grace Through Friendship

All the spiritual wisdom of the world can be summed up in one word:

Friendship

Friendship to oneself, friendship to others, friendship to experience (one's own and others'), friendship to things, friendship to both what is and what is not (but may or may not become).... Friendship to BEING.

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Friendship is about one's relationship to oneself.

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For me, relationship is primarily poetic: how I feel about myself and my words,
my tone, my delivery, the dance between me and another.
The subtle nuances communicated or not communicated.

 

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Friendship is bigger than it's participants.

 

 

 

 

Grace Through Forgiveness

A Warm Heart

Fears Nothing

Because it Forgives


EVERYTHING

 

 

 

Grace Through Gentleness

Gentle Grace

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Gentleness, Sung by Jarrah

 

 

 

Grace Through Awareness of Now

If God isn't now talking to me

Through every cell of my body, always:

Then, now and forever,

Where else would He be?

 

Where do I go in order to find my grace? I find it in every breath, gesture,
increment of my now, from this moment to this next one, now.

For me, then, sensitivity, compassion, love, concern, all of these are feelings I discover
within myself as I shorten the distance between now and now.

The shorter the distance, the greater my life, my love, my sensitivity, my being aliveness.

For me, soul is that experience of being alive. And the more in touch I am with that
soulful aliveness, from incremental moment to incremental moment,
the more life, love, beauty, grace, I have. The more grace I am filled with, and the
more I have, not to give, but to share.

Share, as it happens, as it is happening, now, from my life itself.

More than anything else, I feel, grace is a discovery of something that is most
intimately what is. What is surfacing, coming to be, happening, on its own.

It is not a construction, but a focus on the purest essence of what is coming to be,
for me, in experience, from deep within me. A becomingness.

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To Infinite Grace,
Right Here,
Right Now

 

 

 

 

Grace Through A Warm Heart

One needs only one thing, a warm heart.
That's all.
The rest is irrelevant.
Just keep a warm heart and everything will be fine.

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What if all of Maslow's needs could best be insured
by your practicing just one simple real deal?

A WARM HEART

I mean, as in, automatically.
So that thinking about each and every step along that
ladder would become completely superfluous?

 

 

 

 

Cycle of Grace

We are all, basically, either in love or in fear. 
Anger is love turning into fear. 
Inspiration is fear turning into love.
  "Bless relaxes, curse braces," as William Blake put it. 
In fear, we become tense,
 In love, we relax. 
And we are all going through these cycles. 
 It's called life. 

 

 

 

Transcendence of Grace  

As such it would, it does, it must, include BOTH presence and absence.  In Grace, both presence and absence are graced.   Isn't that what Grace does?  It harmonizes opposites:  love and hate, light and dark, gain and loss, life and death, presence and absence. 

Grace is, precisely, what assuages the pain of loss, grace is precisely what makes the risk of loss worth taking. 

 

 

 

Cultivating Grace Through Transformation

Grace, then, is the inspiration that meets the fear, the darkness and despair with the light of love.  Love, not anger, not torment, not blame.  It is, for me, precisely the need to blame that must be transformed.  In Tibetan Buddhism, the practice of tantra is the transformation of anger into love.

 

 

 

Cultivating Grace Through Mantras

As one cultivates grace, one finds that grace becomes, more and more, an ongoing and intimate experience with one's every breath, gesture, thought.  It may sing itself so thoroughly into the music of one's life, so as to weave itself into one's life, a harmonious thread in the cosmic tapestry.  Every moment experienced as an ongoing ritual, in concert with the one religion of infinite sentience itself.

The way to remember spiritual aspirations is through a deliberately constructed, poetically authentic, and sensitively emotive mantra.

Repeat your mantra throughout the day.  Daily review to revise your mantras, for greater meaning, to reflect your new focus, aspiration and progress.

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Now as Always
Here as Everywhere

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Warm Heart

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Warm Clarity

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White Light Heart Profound Lotus

 

 

 

 

Cultivating Grace Through Serene Awareness

The serene is what is left over once we've faced our demons.

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There are two ingredients requisite to all spiritual practice:  facing what one would generally avoid and taking the time to do so, so as to make it as effortless, serene, warm and loving as possible.  Time is love, love is time.  I equate the absence of time with the absence of love.  When we have time for someone, we have time to love that someone.  Friends are people we spend time with.

                      Love is time.  Patience.  Patience is love.

                      Tantra is time to love oneself and one's self love becomes love for other(s).

                      Time to face
                      Time as grace
                                             Time For Love As Grace

 

 

Cultivating Grace Through Relaxed Witness

Grace (Love) is that ineffable ultimate truth. Grace is always in the background, whether we feel it or not. Grace is NOT a feeling because feelings are transitory and dependent on some one or another environmental condition. Grace is always there, always available for one.  One need merely relax and witness.

 

 

 

Cultivating Grace Through Harmony

I see grace as the complete resolution of aggression. Grace is, precisely, the dissolution of  struggle, of fear, of inner disharmony, of intense passion.  Grace is effortless harmony and understanding.  It is the unification, harmonization, of all one's faculties:  one's sense of Ultimate Reality, one's heart and emotion, soul and spirit, mind and intellect, word and deed: self as other. When one experiences  self as other, other as self, one experiences oneself as a unified whole in harmony with itself and others.

         My emphasis on effortlessness is thus an emphasis on inner harmony in relationship to everything and everyone.  Parenthetically, I would equate aggression, struggle, fear, lust, with loneliness.  Loneliness.  I'm beginning to see all aggression as a form of loneliness.  Grace then, would be the complete transcendence of loneliness.  Hence, loneliness could be viewed as that feeling of separateness which can also be equated with "ego."  Grace, then, as the loss of the ego, so to speak, the loss of the experience of separateness, of aloneness.

 

 

 

Cultivating Grace Through Ontophilia

ontophilia: the love of just being and all that is just because it is.

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The universe, the musical instrument upon which we play the melodies of each blossoming moment.

Every word and thought a stanza.

The magnificence of tone.

Every living being, a universe of infinite magnitude and precision.

So overwhelming that we imagine there exists the more and the less than: comparison.

When there is actually none.

 

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Can we experience Grace while still living in uncertainty?
The uncertainty of whether we can even influence others ~ even influence ourselves
~ or not?

Doesn't Grace bless Everything, especially The Absolute Uncertainty of Life?
~ Especially it's Own Uncertainty...?

Isn't Grace, precisely, The Very Beauty of Uncertainty as it weaves itself subtly
through the fabric of our divinity, glimmering as the very delicacy that
makes our lives, from moment to moment, the precious, ever more
boundless miracle that it is?

Isn't it that ~ that Other ~ to Whom we wish to transmit Awareness of
Grace, none other than Ourselves, and that, in that Self-transmission, there really
is no difference between one's Self and Others? As every breath and gesture embodies that
Awareness, so it invariably communicates itself ~ if ever communication is even possible
.

 

 

 

 

 

What dark loneliness and desperate ignorance some must endure before Grace finally touches the heart with her tender and nurturing serenity, an assuring warmth, and a radiant, comforting clarity!

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Only grace can transcend danger; only grace can transcend tragedy.
Without the possibility of perdition, grace has no meaning.

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Grace IS Salvation

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Grace Only Sees Grace

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Grace is The Boundless Presence of Ever Burgeoning Opportunity

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Grace IS vigilant relaxation or alert ease or comfortable awareness.

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You can really see absolutely every moment, every day, every event, every act,
as nothing, absolutely nothing,
but an OPPORTUNITY for joy, relaxation and GRACE

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There is not one single step of what you're doing that isn't an absolutely necessary and important part of your divine project.

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Grace assuages the pain of loss and makes the risk of loss worth taking.

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Only grace can transcend danger; only grace can transcend tragedy. Without the possibility of perdition, grace has no meaning.

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"The purpose of life is to find Waldo everywhere, as Grace."

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Eden was hell because there was no need for grace. This is heaven because only here can there be grace.

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Only the inevitability of our death makes grace possible.

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~ IN GRACE THERE IS NOTHING BUT GRACE ~

~ ~ ~

Simply learning to relax with all my feelings equals "enlightenment."

~ ~ ~

The feeling gets the blessing. 

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You are absolutely perfect, as you are, were, are becoming, as you will become.

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You only have two real choices. You can either see something as an opportunity or you can see it as a liability. Anything in between is just another liability. So, if you see everything as an opportunity, you're living your life to the fullest, relaxed and in grace. If you see something, anything, as other than an opportunity, you're tormenting yourself dreadfully and unnecessarily. (I vote against that self-torment option, personally. How about you?)

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Truth Through Relaxed Vigilance

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Eternity is of the Essence

In other words, we can bring the feeling, the experience, the trance state,
of living, of breathing, of vitalizing,
to EVERY oncoming moment,
The Spirit of Here, Now, As Eternal. Always.

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Spirit Over Identity = Liberation

Identity Over Spirit = Bondage

Identity = Suffering

Anonymously

Spirit

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We can be playful until the sacred cows come aum.

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The spirit of love is, precisely, FREEDOM FROM ATTACHMENT TO ANY IDENTITY, ANY NAME, ANYTHING.

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Happiness feels like having it all
not like having to do it all

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The spirit of unconditional happiness.
means focusing on
What One has,

~ not on what one lacks.

As simple as that!!!

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Court the spirit of a good time, and let the rest fall into it's own place.

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Health = Happiness

Healthiest = Happiest

Happy = Happy with Most Things

Happier = Happy with Almost Everything

Happiest = Happy with Absolutely Everything

Happiness = What One Makes of Things

Happiness = A Cultivation of Perspective

Can one be happy with EVERYTHING?

I'd say, that's what "enlightenment" is.

 

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Either: Ego, Story and Identity

Or: Ecstasy, Intimacy and Eternity

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Eternity is "what'z happ'n'n'" fow me NOW.

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Spirit Over Identity = Liberation

Identity Over Spirit = Bondage

Identity = Suffering

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Eternity is of the Essence

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Grace Seeking Nothing (Anywhere) But Its Self INSIDE Its Own Self

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Warm Hearted Friendship ~ Always and Above All Else

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A Warm Heart is The Light of Creation
In This Moment ~ As Forever

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Forever fresh with forgiveness, Grace flowers freely under fire.

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Grace: expressing inner harmony.

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Radiance is the palpable sensation of inner grace, emanating fully.

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Love As Inner Harmony
Grace As Love In Motion
Radiance As The Spirit of Grace
Emanating

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A warm heart
Befriends our universe anew
With every breath

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Existence in an appeal to kindness.
(All other truths serve this one)

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Breath of Life: Embrace and Release.

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When you slow down, your feelings become audible.

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The slower you go, the faster the lotus blossoms.

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As I imagine, so I become.

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The keys to life are found in the White Light.

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The serene is what is left over once we've faced our demons.

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To have a benevolence so wide and deep that it can grant compassion to, and thus, see the cosmic beauty in, the worst that living has to offer ~ why, isn't this the ultimate proof, the ultimate manifestation, the ultimate goal of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND BEAUTY ?

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Either/Or

Either

One celebrates every moment

Wholeheartedly

As a precious

Opportunity

for boundless

Grace,

Or

one is engaged in
needless self torment.

 

 

Warmheartedness


May You Forever
Seek and Find Enduring Refuge
In Your Own Warm Heart Radiant and Immortal