The Journey In the Exploration of Self

BY Millard Arnold, May 27 2022

The Way….

 

A journey in the exploration of self….

All journeys invoke a sense of exploration and discovery.  The opportunity to uncover new thoughts, ideas, but where does any journey take us?  Is the destination the point of departure, or should a Journey every end if the journey is about eternal life.

Complex Ambiguity

The Way….

She became increasingly aware that for some time, now, she was on a path that had no beginning and would have no end.  Mesmerized by what surrounded her and dazzled by its beauty, She paused to appreciate the uncommon, primordial energies swirling about her, energies bursting with vitality and consciousness, constantly changing form, a mythical reflection of infinite possibilities.  She gazed with wonderment and rapture at a panoply of Complex Ambiguity that danced in front of her, a riotous assembly of bombastic shapes and colours demanding attention in the midst of their exuberance.

She mused, we arrive here from the unknown, where Everything is mysteriously the same, and yet it is an every changing mystery.  Lost in the Midst of the Unfathomable, where Eternity laughs at the production of time, we aimlessly Wandering in Search of Why.   Yet, how incredibly simple, she thought things should be. Vitality, the root essence of life, offered an Unadulterated Sensation; a space where even in the Last corner of the Universe, where Nothing Is Born and Nothing Dies, Serenity of Spirit prevails.  It is a primal virtue, a spiritual discernment that provides a partial understanding of the utopia of prefect serenity.

She continued along The Way….

 

Embracing virtue, they are warm and harmonious

Drifting on The Current of Delight, unseen, unnoticed, unobserved, flowing with The richness of subliminal virtue, she reflected on how vital it is to Listen to the Whispers because Embracing virtue, they are warm and harmonious.  And, a wealth of virtue seems inadequate, as its nature is kindness. She thought it was almost like being in the middle of a dream. Dreams provide an inner vision into the soul., and she understood that by looking within, When you are one with virtue, the virtue is always there. And because Virtue will Be Your Beauty, The Blind Cannot Appreciate Beautiful Patterns.

She was struck by a profound truth: While vitality is the root essence of life, harmony is the root of existence. Knowing Harmony Is Constancy; Knowing Constancy Is Enlightenment. Listen to your intuition and be fortified by accumulated virtue.

 

The Center of the Quintessential

The Way had brought her to this place.  And searching deep within, she discovered The mystery at the heart of all things, Where the virtue eternally abides. She had arrived at the Center of the Quintessential, where To Die But Not to Perish is to be eternally present. She was comforted by the knowledge that at the center of the quintessential is perfect serenity:

comforted in the spaciousness of it,

comforted to Find what is inexhaustible,

comforted that in it are essences, subtle but real.

 

She intuitively understood that When you know what eternally is so, To Return to the center is an act of infinite kindness.  When things seem to be in discord; return to the center and See Simplicity in The Complicated because There is a stillness in the center, Constantly and so forever. Nourish the inside, soften the outside, strengthen the center.

The sublime is found in plain knowledge …

Once the Whole Is Divided; The Parts Need Names

But, nothing ever stays the same in This world of perpetual transformation.  Conflicts are the source of evolution: What it changes, is what changes, so Once the Whole Is Divided; The Parts Need Names.  And yet, Their dividedness is their completeness because what is becomes what should be.  She thought deeply about this, and accepted an Understanding that rests in what it does not understand. Looking For Impossible Answers  was Beyond all resolution because Confusion Will Arise, However Clever One Is Therefore, Nothing exist – this is perfect understanding: A present believing a past; a past believing a present.

She continued The Way curious about what awaited her but placated by the notion that Spirit Moves where it wants….

 

Teetering on the brink of perfect balance

And now she found herself Teetering on the brink of perfect balance , at a point in the universe that contains all other points, past, present and future. She was embraced in the eternity of the present moment where Awareness is What Matters.  She was neither coming or going, surrendering to the Glorious Harmony Of Motion. She intuitively understood that Yielding to force is strength and that it is Not This; Not That but to Accept Difficulty as an Opportunity. She was comforted —  it was an Understanding That Rests in What It Does Not Understand.  The less they knew, the more they understood.  She looked around herself and thought How useful it is to be useless and thought even as I journey along the way, Let Your Footsteps Leave No Trace….

  • The less they knew, the more they understood
  • How useful it is to be useless
  • Let your footsteps leave no trace
  • If Too Much Energy Is Used, Exhaustion Follows
  • Bound up in it’s own complications

What depths of Joy lie hidden within

In the pleasure of solitude, and the comfort of self, she was struck by the notion that Nothing is more manifest than the hidden; nothing is more obvious than the unseen. She thought it so important to Dwell on What is Real And Not What Is On The Surface because What Depths of Joy Lie Hidden Within.  She smiled in recognition that within, within, is where the world’s treasures have always been. Indeed she thought it was the source of constant happiness since what you want is exactly what you have.  Your joy, then must be uncountable because such Unearthly beauty – oh, hidden deep but ever present.  Hold on to what is deep. The happiness of one becomes the joy of all.

  • Untouched by sorrow or joy
  • If we seek something, that same thing is seeking us
  • All that remained was the joy of living expressed in silence and emotion
  • The happiness of one becomes the joy of all
  • Hold to what is deep
  • Led by her inner truth
  • In The Moment Before A Thought
  • The Natural Is The Spontaneous
  • Constant Happiness
  • Such Unearthly Beauty
  • Reward Bitterness With Care

When You understand perfection, you realise that there is nothing to seek

The separateness from the Center  revealed to her a simple, but fundamental truth: all of life is a movement toward perfection.  It does not require great deeds or arduous commitment, the imperfect gestures of ordinary life opens the possibility of total fulfillment. And When You understand perfection, you realise that there is nothing to seek.

She smiled at the realization that The satisfaction of contentment is a lasting satisfaction because it is The key that unlocks the door to happiness, Wisdom and Truth. To attain knowledge, add things every day;            To attain wisdom, remove things every day. Profit Comes From What Is There; Usefulness Comes From What Is Not There.

She pondered on the unfolding of life and the possibilities that existed if one could unravel the urge to control, because surrender brings perfection and perfection is beyond comparison, beyond judgement. The virtue of not striving was an experience that can happen if you let go, and to let go is an act of compassion without which there is no wisdom.

 

Can you return to the beginning of time?

She had reached a point in her journey When the mind discovers what it is.  She understood that she had to be guided by what you feel, not by what you see, as Uncertainty is the only certainty.  And to think otherwise would be Looking for Impossible Answers.  She was aware that You have to leave in order to return to the present because Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature Can you return to the beginning of time?  She must.  She knew she had to return to Where the End meets its beginning.  It meant going To The Edge Of The Unknown, Past The Beginning And The End, Time before the beginning of time because it finally dawned on her that There is no beginning of time, only a beginning of thought.

Am I One with Them?

She pauses and examines her innermost self:  Am I One With Them?  She is the field of awareness the fulcrum of the possible. She is planted in her own integrity. She Speaks When She is Silent.  She is the you, you always wanted to be.The lesson life teaches is that Things are what they are.  What happens is what should have happened.  How simple is life. It is more important to see the simplicity

One who knows others is intelligent

One who know herself is enlightened

One who conquers other is strong

One who conquers herself is all powerful

One who approaches life with force

Surely gets something

One who remains content where she is

Surely gets everything

One who gives herself to her position

Surely lives long

One who gives herself to the Way

Surely lives forever

If Heaven and Earth cannot make things Eternal, how is it possible for Man?

 

Only the inner light illuminates Eternity

 

Deeply at peace and contended, she continued along the Way….

 

 

 

Integrity is our true nature; arriving at integrity is the work of a lifetime

The vast mind empty of meaning

What is happening within our innermost self

When the mind is free of its thoughts, it becomes its own fulfillment

Nothing last longer than the untraceable instant

Nothing is something

The opposite of a profound truth is another profound truth

A tragedy is a comedy misunderstood

It’s better just le leave things alone

It knows nothing that is nothing

Let the confused stay confused

Those with a passion for the truth

Content with not knowing

Different from what is

Wants only what it is

The mind at peace with itself needs only what it has

It transcends all things

Radical ignorance is not a path to wisdom; it is wisdom itself

Before the after

The emptiness at the heart of things

The epitome of imperturbability

The answer searches for the answer

Reality is beyond words

What is most valuable can’t be taught, it can only be learned

Unattached to words or to silence

Reality is beyond conception

Confusion projects confusion

Flow like the Tao, unhindered, unnoticed, unnamed

Know that there is nothing to know

Clad in all earthly abundance

The crooked shall be made straight

Things flourish then each return to its root

Nameless simplicity

What gives birth to life is not itself born

The wise know their limitations; the foolish do not

Reality renegotiated

The primordial is Uncontrived

The world of reality; the world of natural law

Articulating futures and pasts,

Embodied but not achieved,

The bright path seems dim

Yielding to force is strength

Being great, it flows

The universe has a cosmic breath

If it were not different, it would have vanished long ago,

The highest notes are hard to hear

Great talent ripens late

The Soft and weak will overcome

Gentle and yielding the discipline of life…goes unmurmuringly

 

 

  • As form yet unformed yet The greatest form has no shape
  • Usefulness rises

 

Mystery of existence

True wisdom consists in respecting the simple things we do, for they can take us to where we need to go

The universe is only one thing, one soul

So it is, so it will be

What is and will be

In the light lies wisdom; in the heat lies compassion

I am who I was and who I will be

We are who we decide to be

Everyone act in a way in which he or she needs to act

We are all mirrors of our time

The energy becomes more fluid

Love is beyond time, Love is both time and space

Time neither moves nor is it stationary. Time changes

Constantly mutating time

Place beyond time and space

Forgiveness only works if you accept it

As the beginning and the end

Meditations on the present moment

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike

Respect nature as the expression of the universe and contemplate the beauty that surrounds her

 

 

The way of long live and lasting insights

One who knows does not speak; one who speaks does not know

Contentment alone is enough

The most yielding thing in the world

Will overcome the most rigid

The most empty thing in the world

Will overcome the most full

From this comes a lesson—

Stillness benefits more than action

Silence benefits more than words

Placing one’s part in accordance with the universe is true humility

 

The truth that underlies all things

Every moment brings enlightenment

The Path of Illumination

The Essential mystery

It rests in its own nature

That which is beyond the beyond

The end of all endings

Though formless and intangible

It gives rise to form

Though vague and elusive

It gives rise to shapes

  • Without form there is no desire; without desire there is tranquility

From whatever is not

Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity

Unfolding from emptiness

Unbroken dance of shadows

That which is beyond all beginnings

Know everything in this moment

Hold to what is deep

Led by her inner truth

Guides without force; serves without seeking

The innoncence of a beginner

Be selfless in your actions

Does not go against the way of things

Her true identity remains intact

So deep, so pure, so still

The path to all wonder

The truth beyond the truth

The hidden within the hidden

 

 

Small things reflect great things

Emptiness is vast and deep

This is a great mystery, yet it is considered natural

Delusions abound

Vision originates from within

If there were no chance, there would be nothing to risk

Patience is the virtue that unlocks heaven’s gate

There is no guide to emptiness

Without pride there is no envy

At the center of the quientessenal is perfect serenity.

The center remains still

It has no colour or sound

Yet the rest could not exist without it.

Appearing simple; remaining profound

Look silently within

 

Its wholeness is complete

Harmony is the root of existence

Exixtence and non esixtences are sperate and yet they are not separate

Grasp what cannot be seen

The mystery they contain

Hidden yet full of mystery

 

 

The separateness from the Whole revealed to her a simple, but fundamental truth: all of life is a movement toward perfection.  It does not require great deeds or arduous commitment, the imperfect gestures of ordinary life opens the possibility of total fulfillment. And When You understand perfection, you realise that there is nothing to seek.

She smiled at the realization that The satisfaction of contentment is a lasting satisfaction because it is The key that unlocks the door to happiness, Wisdom and Truth. To attain knowledge, add things every day;          To attain wisdom, remove things every day. Profit Comes From What Is There; Usefulness Comes From What Is Not There.

 

She pondered on the unfolding of life and the possibilities that existed if one could unravel the urge to control, because surrender brings perfection and perfection is beyond comparison, beyond judgement. The virtue of not striving was an experience that can happen if you let go, and to let go is an act of compassion without which there is no wisdom.

 

The Way….

 

A journey in the exploration of self….

 

For a moment she was confused; it was like nothing she had ever experienced before, yet she was completely familiar with what confronted her:

 

She was suddenly aware that she was on a path that had no beginning and would have no end

 

Staring deep into the swirling abyss, she pondered what confronted her:  a complex ambiguity of seeming madness and confusion; a riotous assembly of bombastic shapes and colours demanding attention in the midst of their chaos.  She blinked, once, twice, trying to establish an order, a purpose.