"There is a voice that does not use words. Listen, it comes like dawn,
and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief."
When we don’t, or can’t, acknowledge our feelings or accept something about ourselves, it’s a sign that deep down, we don’t love ourselves. And if we don’t love ourselves, we'll never feel completely at peace with ourselves and the world around us. We'll always find something to complain about, and the people in our life will always seem to be less than perfect, because we feel we're less than perfect. Unless we can discover how to love ourselves, and accept ourselves and our feelings, we'll never be able to be fully loved by anyone else, either.
Awareness Play is a break for freedom. We dwell intimately close to a door of revelation we are afraid to pass through. Being with what is, being with what we truly feel, not holding back, not running away, sitting with it, talking with it, and not rushing in to avoid it or cover it up is precisely what will take us to truly come out on the other side. For it is the running, the avoiding that locks in the pain.
" Then all schools are given up, all effort ceases; in solitude and darkness the vast step is made which ends not knowing and fear forever." (Nisargadatta. Maharaj)
" Those who will not slip beneath the still surface on the well of grief, turning down through its black water to the place we cannot breathe, will never know the source from which we drink, the secret water, cold and clear, nor find in the darkness glimmering, the small round coins, thrown by those who wished for something else." (David Whyte)
" Without realising the absolute; desires, disappointments and fears repeat themselves endlessly. Go out wholeheartedly and reach the timeless perfection to which nothing can be added nor taken away from. " (Nisargadatta. Maharaj)
" I stayed with my feelings, with what is. Deep inside I did not turn, I did not run and emptiness came into view. Silence descended, I became empty, and the world became full. There is nothing, which the Absolute is not." (OmJaya)
" Facing all fears and the loss of all, the illusory difference between life and death, between being and non-being dissolved, and I have emerged into the silent bliss of reality." (OmJaya)
" The void, that dazzling dark, prior to consciousness is real, and it is me. " (OmJaya)
" It was more like having had a cataract taken off my brain, letting me experience the world and myself properly for the first time, for that dark radiance seemed to reveal the essence of everything." (John Wren-Lewis)