Love = surrender = action

I listened to an interview about awakening and illness, and was reminded of love, surrender and action and how they are related.

When I find love for what’s here – illness, symptoms, brain fog, fatigue, the words, images and sensations making these up – there is a sense of surrender. It’s a surrender of holding onto identification with all my stories about these things. A surrender of the struggle. A surrender of the appearance of victim, duality,  suffering, illness and whatever else is here.

And this, in turn, allows for natural action. A more kind and wise action.

This is also a very practical way of exploring “unconditional love”. I tend to not use that word since it seems a bit grandiose and have some unfortunate associations for many. But that’s really what this is about. As I find love for what’s here – for the pain, discomfort, enthusiasm and the words, images and sensations that makes up any part of my experience – then I am exploring unconditional love. And this is a love for any part of my experience, whether a thought (or image) calls it “inner” and belonging to “me” or “outer” and belonging to “others” or “the world”.

So a very practical approach – finding love for what’s here in immediate experience – is an exploration of unconditional love. It’s a form of surrender (of identifications). And it allows for a more natural, kind and perhaps wise action.

The interview mentioned above was with Karen Richards, done by Conscious 2.

Karen Richards: There is nothing complex about life

There is nothing complex about life. However, experience can seem complex and dissatisfying when there is a constant attempt to reject what is now in favour of ideas of how things should be. See through this subtle, yet mesmerising veil of deception and all is clear here and now.
– Karen Richards

A willingness to be open and completely vulnerable

A willingness to be open and completely vulnerable in each moment are hallmarks of authentic, conscious living. It somewhat paradoxically requires radical courage to speak the heart’s wisdom no matter what the potential consequences and not to rely upon what is seemingly familiar (conditional habits) – which only have its roots in fear.

The rewards of such radical openness and vulnerability are truly priceless and far-reaching – as they are in alignment with the truth of the moment and are therefore, of total benefit to ALL.

– Karen Richards

What if everything you have automatically assumed as true…..

What if everything you have automatically assumed as true actually isn’t how things really are?

What if the whole notion of ‘me’ and the ‘world’ are simply ideas?

What if its these ideas that appear to create a deeply unconscious sense of incompleteness that results in insatiable yearning and striving in an attempt to heal this (imaginary) split?

What if seeing through these ideas is actually the answer to every (yes every) problem thought to exist? Would you actually be interested in exploring this further?!

Solving ‘personal problems’ and the ‘problems of the world’ is dependent upon seeing through the apparent idea of ‘me’ – in other words the complete annihilation of the personal sense of self. No compromise. Total oblivion. In an instant of sincere, direct investigation the whole sense of self and the world is irrevocably changed – forever.

Sounds terrifying 🙂 However, what is gained in exchange is ALL that IS.

A pretty cool exchange, don’t you think? 😀

– Karen Richards on fb

And that, of course, doesn’t exclude the truth in all the opposites of what she said.

Awakening is one thing….

Awakening is one thing, integration & living with heartfelt understanding quite another. ‘Relationship’ is often where the rubber hits the road & it can really be seen where the conditioned beliefs & misperceptions are. There is an opportunity inherent in all relating to really see how we are reacting emotionally & physically to events & in addition, how we are see ourself & ‘others’. If recognised & truly harnessed, relating can be a wonderful opportunity to see with increasing clarity through the veil of untruth.
– Karen Richards