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Simply Being 

09/05/2016

It seems like

the teacher knows

how to simply be

with and as all,

whole, unique,

no one and nothing

excluded – 

and you don’t.

You try to simply be,

doing this and that

to get to the point

where you are simply being. 

The teacher has it

and you don’t.

But all along

of course

you are simply being,

no matter your contortions,

no matter

the seeming separations

of self and other

that also simply

are.

Even the teacher says so.

But you insist:

“The teacher

can simply be

and I can’t.

I want what (s)he has.”

You keep trying

to do things

to change your self,

to be peaceful,

fulfilled or wise.

But the more you try, 

it seems,

the clearer it is

that you are at odds

with your self.

Because the trying,

the doing – 

self seen as

apart

from others,

and from its goal

of itself – 

it’s all the process

of dividing and comparing,

the always-resulting gap

between what is

and what should be

your seeming lack created

and continuously

sustained, this

our fundamental dis-ease,

the raw, festering,

and proliferating suffering

we share with our others

of seeming separation.

Still, persisting

in your seeming alone

from others,

you try and try

in your separate

and separating

experience

to bridge the gap

your trying creates,

of course

thwarted every time.

Until, stuck past stuck,

the doing, the trying –

utterly stymied,

nothing no one at all

apart from it,

utterly stopped cold – 

ah, every last bit of it

falls away.

Your self

and your others

(your not-me’s) –

yes, all your doing

of dividing,

comparing,

and putting

the broken pieces

back together

this way and that,

trying to get where

you think you aren’t –

comes to rest.

It simply ceases.

And

nothing’s changed,

with no possibility

or need

of change:

you are

what you have always been,

one who simply is,

with and as all,

whole, unique

no one and nothing

excluded.

No self,

so, no gap,

no dis-ease.

You look back and see

that thinking

there was something

you, and most others

besides the teacher, lacked,

some thing

that you needed to attain,

was precisely

what led you to miss

the fact

of simply being whole.

Some times

being whole

still seems to separate

but separation is

seen through

as

simply being whole –

the distinction

between attaining

some change

and not yet attaining it

fallen away

along with

all your self-driven doing

and divisions.

Now

nothing needs to change;

this very time

being

whatever seeming separation

arises simply

seen through.

The teacher

is

this way too,

the teacher’s time

being

seeing through

seeming separation

just like the students’,

the opportunity for both

of course

present

in every circumstance

and in every encounter

with every one – 

simply being

with and as all,

whole, unique,

no one and nothing

excluded.

Just so,

simple being

liberates,

one simply being

liberating

one simply being

some times

just through 

the contortions. 

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