Excerpts About Change
Diamond Heart Book II, p. 110 • discuss »
The Void, p. 106 • discuss »
Inner Journey Home, p. 77 • discuss »
The Unfolding Now, p. 167 • discuss »
The Unfolding Now, p. 172 • discuss »
Diamond Heart Book V, p. 113 • discuss »
Seeing the truth of the moment develops and unfolds the moment in whatever way it needs to go, independent of our desires and beliefs. In the practice of inquiry, it is vital that we are not trying to orient what is happening, to direct it in one way or another. We don’t inquire, we don’t practice, in order to change where we are. We inquire simply to see what the truth is in that moment—and that might or might not change as we inquire. We cannot know ahead of time which way anything will go. What is happening might change toward something we like or it might change toward something we don’t like. letting go of aims is difficult because we all have our preferences and our ideas of what is good and bad. And we also have all manner of spiritual ideals that we have absorbed throughout our lives from reading books and hearing stories and learning practices.
Runaway Realization, p. 51 • discuss »
From the perspective of the dimension of dynamism, it turns out that there is no such thing as movement. Since there exist no separate objects there are no objects that move. There is only the appearance of movement. We have discussed this in terms of inner objects in chapter 6, when we were exploring the changes of inner experience. But in the boundless dimension of dynamic presence we experience Being not only as a boundless field of presence, and see all manifest forms—both inner and outer—as expressions of this presence, but, furthermore, this presence is dynamic and mutable, perpetually changing its appearance. The various manifest forms are nothing but the patterns and shapes that this infinite fabric of presence takes. There is no such thing as a separate object that moves in space from past to future. What has been seen as a moving object is seen here as a manifestation of a particular location in the field of presence, a shape that keeps appearing but in different locations, giving the impression of a moving object. We go back to our example of the cinema screen from chapter 6. We see a man moving across the screen, but in fact there is no movement. The totality of the picture changes from one frame to the next. Because this change of the frames happens gradually, and because the change occurs faster than our eyes can discern, we see a continuous picture of a man walking. Yet, we know it is a picture that is simply changing from one instant to the next.
Inner Journey Home, p. 349 • discuss »
In other words, for us to continue with inquiry when we are afraid, we need to be courageous, we need to be strong of heart, we need to become lionhearted. But what we need to become lionhearted about is the truth. All kinds of things can happen—disruptions, hardships obstacles, fears, and inadequacies. You might feel helpless for a few days, or a few years. Some people can go crazy on the spiritual path, and some people even kill themselves. These difficulties of the inner journey are well known and have been documented throughout history. So there are dangers, and it can get scary. But it can also be exhilarating. The spacecruiser is going into territory you’ve never seen before. You don’t know what kind of creatures you will find; you don’t know what kind of perceptions will arise or how they will affect your mind. You don’t know whether you’re going to experience yourself differently, whether your life will change forever. The journey is exciting, it’s beautiful, it’s creative, but there’s always an edge of fear. If inquiry is truly happening, then you’re always walking this edge. You are terrified or completely thrilled at each turn in the road. You’re leaving the old and familiar and going to the new and unexpected. Whether it is a step in the dark or a jump into the abyss, the unknown awaits.
Spacecruiser Inquiry, p. 281 • discuss »