In the Eckhart Tolle clip below he mentions an American woman, Karla Faye Tucker, whom while on death row for two brutal murders underwent a intense spiritual transformation and became an incredibly peaceful being. Listen to Eckharts description first (I have started the clip at the right time) and then I have included an interview with Karla in another clip just below that.
In the spirit of New Years Eve I went searching through some Robert Burns poetry to find some words that spoke to me and found this little gem in a poem called “Tam o’ Shanter”. I hope you enjoy and have a Happy New Year!
But pleasures are like poppies spread:
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow fall on the river,
A moment white – then melts forever,
Or like the Aurora Borealis rays,
That move before you can point to their place;
Or like the rainbow’s lovely form,
Vanishing amid the storm.
No man can tether time or tide,
The hour approaches Tom must ride
“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
Here is the link to the transcript on his website. It is a very powerful read.
This is an excellent short video posted by Mooji during his recent trip to London. Enjoy!
Happiness is a choice to be made, not a skill to be learned.
In becoming the witness I discover I have always been the witness, but was under the illusion that I was in control of what I had witnessed.
From page 116 of ‘The Power of Now’:
What you perceive as a dense physical structure called the body, which is subject to disease, old age, and death, is not ultimately real – is not you. It is a misperception of your essential reality that is beyond birth and death, and is due to the limitations of your mind, which having lost touch with Being, creates the body as evidence of its illusory belief in separation and to justify its state of fear. But do not turn away from the body, for within that symbol of impermanence, limitation, and death that you perceive as the illusory creation of your mind is concealed the splendour of your essential and immortal reality. Do not turn your attention elsewhere in your search for the Truth, for it is nowhere else to be found but within your body.
Do not fight against the body, for in doing so you are fighting against your own reality. You are your body. The body that you can see and touch is only a thin illusory veil. Underneath it lies the invisible inner body, the doorway into Being, into Life Unmanifested. Through the inner body, you are inseparably connected to this unmanifested One Life – birth less, deathless, eternally present. Through the inner body, you are forever one with God.
In this story from the BBC there is again more evidence that animals are much more in tune with nature than we are. There are theories in the article about how the warblers knew but no one can explain it definitively.
Below is a link to wonderful poem by Gautam Sachdeva called “The World’s Best Astrologer”. Gautam is a former student of guru Ramesh Balsekar who was himself a student of Nisargadatta Maharaj. Through his YouTube channel here Gautam explains many of Ramesh’s most important teachings with extreme clarity. It is definitely worth your time. Enjoy the poem below.
The World’s Best Astrologer