Slogans for Myself

J A N U A R Y   2 0 1 4

HafizAt the beginning of this new year I’d like to share with you a few reminders — “slogans” — that often help me open to the ineffable reality of this moment and its gift of ease. Sometimes I say one of these slogans to myself, sometimes I simply feel their meaning without any words. They help me especially when I have become tangled in self-identity and experience myself as something separate. Some of these reminders are straight quotes from people like Ibn Arabi, Longchenpa, Inayat Khan, Tsongkhapa, Kerouac; others have sifted through my life who knows how? I hope you may find one or two of them helpful in your own daily practice.


 
Remember.

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The clear light hasn’t gone anywhere.

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Where this moment starts — free medicine!

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It wasn’t in a greedy mood that you saw the light that belongs to everybody.

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As clear as space, it can’t be seen. No use trying.

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It can’t be known. It is the knowing.

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You can’t get it in the future because you already have it.

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You can’t have it because there’s no one to have it and nothing to have.

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It isn’t an it. It’s what lights you up.

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Know all things as pristine purity like the sky.

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All things are made of the same thing which is nothing.

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From the inside out and the outside in, no edge.

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You are not you.

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Your body isn’t yours. It belongs to the cosmos.

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There is nothing but God. God is all-in-all.

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Open me Lord and let me flow.

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Open into openness.

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Don’t believe your opinions.

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Enlightenment comes when you don’t care.

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Volition obscures awareness. Will precludes attainment.

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Turn up the volume on the quiet.

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Take me away from myself and be my being.
Then shall You see everything through my eyes.

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Emptiness is the track on which the centered person moves.

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Easy does it.

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Each moment is self-liberated.

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Serenity is the letting go of what arises and passes.

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Everything that happens, let it happen.

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Everything is all right, and even when it isn’t, it is.

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Love one another.

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Being here together is enough.