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Love me some T Hall. :)

“Whatever path you follow push on to tomorrow
Love all, serve all, and create no sorrow
So many rivers but they all reach the sea
They’re telling me he’s different but I just don’t believe it
Love is the goal, yes and everyone shall reach it.”

Trevor Hall- “Unity”

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Special Dimension.

I reside in this really neat dimension. Here, each desire is love-based. I haven’t always resided here, but I have always been concious of this place, and that’s what’s so great about being here now. I used to dream of this place. You are welcome here, we all are. Every one of us. Separation does not exist here, only Unity. ❤ I think a lot of people want to visit this dimension, but its so simple that it's easy to think that it's some kind of "far out" "unreachable" place that can't be grasped. But, it's not. Because I'm here. My ultimate dream in my physical life here on earth is to meet everyone here. But sometimes this place SEEMS scary. People here are open and free, and sometimes we make ourselves think that being open and free is a scary thing. But I promise you, it's worth it. I am so thankful to be here, and I'm so thankful that this dimension exists. Feel free to join me here. I Love you all, and I hope you are having a beautiful day. Blessings. ❤

Jesus AND Buddha

I have been reading and meditating on a book called “Jesus AND Buddha”, by Marcus Borg. I was looking around a half priced books store and the title caught my eye because how often do you see those two names side by side? The two are both major influences on two seemingly different religions, Buddhism and Christianity. Buddha coming from the West, Jesus coming from the East. In this book, their paralell teachings are displayed side by side, one on each page. It strikes me how similar these two peoples messages are. They spoke many of the same truths. They both stood for Love, compassion, forgiveness, a peaceful way of living, and overall Goodness. Some say that Jesus may have traveled to the west at some point and got his ideas that way, but it’s unsure and seems unlikely.

After my religious beliefs loosened and fell off, it was hard for me to give any credit to the bible. I no longer took it’s meaning to heart. After a lot of growth and healing, I am able to appreciate the bible for what it is, and this is one of the first times I’ve actually read and thought about the bible in a couple of years. The way that I comprehend the bible is completely different now. This book helped me to understand that the parables being taught by each of these humans carry a much deeper meaning that can easily be misinterpreted or missed.

Here are some of their paralell teachings that resonated with me:

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Jesus: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” -Luke 6:31

Buddha: “Consider others as yourself.” – Dhammapada 10.1

This is one of both mans greatest and most basic teachings. The words really speak for themselves, so there isn’t a lot to interpret. I hope one day everyone learns to live by these words. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own little words because it’s all we can perceive with our physical bodies, but ultimately we are all the same deep down.
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2.
Jesus: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it had grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches. – Matthew 13: 31-21

Buddha: “Do not underestimate good, thinking it will kot affect you. Dripping water can fill a pitcher, drop by drop; one who is wise is filled with good, even if one accumulates it little by little. – Dhammapada 9.7

There are two different metaphors here, but I believe they are both relating to the same ideas. When Jesus says “the kingdom of heaven” I don’t see it as a unreachable world outside of us, somewhere in the afterlife that we may or may not see some day, rather a dimension inside all of us that is able to be connected with right NOW. Happiness, Love, the ultimate free state of consciousness.
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Jesus: Your eye is the lamp of hour body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.” – Luke 11: 34-36

Buddha: “As a man with eyes who carried a lamp sees all objects, so too with one who has heard the Moral Law. He will become perfectly wise.” – Udanavarga 22.4

Both of these quotes involve seeing, eyes, and lamps. I think these terms are meant to be taken non-literal. Our physical bodies have eyes, but who we are internally also has “eyes”. The way we perceive or see anything, is perceived with our spiritual/internal eyes. If the way we see things is with Love and light, As are we. If the way we see things is full of darkness, hatred, and anger, as are we. The reason this message is important is because it’s so easy to blinded with negativity and darkness. A lot of the nasty things we think and feel come from our egotistic nature that tricks us into feeling those ways. I believe being aware of this is the first step, which is perhaps why Jesus said, “therefor consider whether the light in you is not darkness”. We have control over how we see things, and the first step to changing our perspective is to be aware that we have the power to do it.
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Jesus: No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” -Luke 6: 43-45

Buddha: “Whatsoever a person commits , whether it be virtuous or sinful deeds, none of these is of little import; all bear some kind of fruit.” – Udanavarga

Both of these quotes involve fruit which is something I have recently found metaphorically intriguing and beautiful. Physical fruit bears many seeds, just like spiritual fruit. Seeds have the ability to spread and re produce over and over again. Fruit grows on trees which are majestic in themselves. Spiritual fruit consist of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control. If all of us tree’s were to bear this fruit imagine how much fruitful bliss the people of the world would experience. Wow.
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Jesus: “Jesus knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.” – John 2: 24-25

Budha: “He was expert in knowing the thoughts and actions of living beings.”- Vimalakirtinitdesha Sutra…

I thought these were just so interesting. I suppose if we can see and know ourselves, then we know all others. Some people would say that these two men were enlightened masters and that we are not able to do the things they did, but I believe part of these mens message was that we are all capable of living the Free lives that they did. Jesus said he desires us to be one with him as he is with the father. Maybe the father is the kingdom of heaven (living in bliss, NOW), and Jesus is living that way. If we live the way he is, then we are ONE, all living in the same dimension.
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Jesus: “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables.” He did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his desciples.- Mark 4: 11&34

Buddha: ” Such talk on the dharma is not given to lay people clothed in white. Such talk on the dharma is given to those who have gone forth.”- Majjhima Nikaya 143.15

The most precious gift.

So, I went out to breakfast with my dad this morning, and when you put the two of us together, the most interesting ideas are talked about. Interesting to me, at least. My father and I are very similar, we’re both extremely unique, onery, kind of trouble, and really, really, DEEP. Deep is a relative term, but I don’t really know how else to explain it.

Most of the time I have trouble finding words to explain the thoughts and ideas that I produce on a regular basis.. but anyways! The main topic that my dad and I talked about was “love”. That is also a very broad word. But it’s the kind of love that if every single human being embraced, the entire world would be a completely different place. My dad said earlier in our conversation that most of the problems in our world are caused by a lack of love. I couldn’t agree more. I know that it seems so simple, but if you REALLY understand the capability that being loved does to a person, it would change your life. For some reason, unbeknownst to me, I was born into a very peculiar, one of a kind, amazing family. It always hasn’t been as bright as it is these days, but the UNCONDITIONAL love that my parents have shown me through my life is truly a gift. This unconditional love is the most incredible thing that has EVER been shown to me.  I have a completely open, honest relationship with both of my parents because of it. They know about my personal life, my romantic life, sexual life, and really, they know just about everything about me. They know my faults, weaknesses, scars, dreams, joys, and failures. I am not afraid to tell my parents anything about myself, I can show them who I truly am, with no judgement. I know they will love me anyways. This open relationship, is nothing that I have done. I did nothing to earn there love, they just love me. Always, and despite everything. THAT is love. They have taught me love, patience, forgiveness,peace, happiness, and even about struggles. They didn’t just teach me this, It’s not like they told me, Lark this is forgiveness, now do it! They showed this all to me. When I hurt my parents countless amount of times growing up, they didn’t hurt me back. When I disrespected them, got fired from a job, lost my “christian” faith, did things they told me not to, they LOVED me anyway. The fact that I have been so blessed to have experienced this unconditional love, opened my heart to people. I want people to feel it, experience it, inhale it, swim in it. I want this love to change peoples lives, and as cheesy as it sounds, I want this love to change the world!  My parents both grew up in somewhat broken and/or “normal” homes, and somehow they managed to be the two most incredible people I have ever met. I know that children speak highly of their parents all the time, and I’m sure people say that their parents are amazing, and that they couldn’t have ever asked for better parents but that is seriously how I feel. If I could look down on the world, all knowing, I would hand pick my parents out to raise me. This love that I was given, is something that does change your life.

I see my life through different eyes, I see people through different eyes. I look like a normal girl, and even in conversation I seem pretty ordinary (although sometimes i don’t) ;)… but this Love has honestly freed me from a lot of awful things. When people hurt my feelings, yes, it hurts, I get mad, I say things I don’t mean, and generally I hurt them back. That’s selfish, and that’s not love, but in the end, I know that whoever hurt me, is just confused. Not to sound big-headed, but I like to think that I am in incredibly empathetic person. When I meet people, I am subconsciously dissecting them, if they are mean or rude, I try to remember they they have just been hurt. I am a firm believer that “hurt people, hurt people”. This world can be so cruel, and if I didn’t happen to be raised by the two people that I did, I wouldn’t be who I am, I wouldn’t have any kind of good qualities that I do have, and with different circumstances I may walk around with a stick up my ass too. What you don’t know, you don’t know. What you don’t see, you don’t see.

For the most part, I don’t believe that we as people choose who we are, of course we make our decisions, but it is honestly so tricky in this life. Without direction of trusting people that love us, life can be pretty confusing and sometimes unbearable. I guess the point of this blog is just to get all of my “stuff” out. Sometimes I think about how fortunate I am to be completely unconditionally loved, but thoughts just seem to slip away. Words are permanent, and when they are written here, there is a chance for people to see them, read them, and maybe spark some interest in what I have to share. I don’t want to give anyone the misconception that my family, or I am perfect. In no way are we perfect, we can all be assholes, we all have bad days…but my parents have shared the consciousness of this Love with me, and I just want to share it. There are all kinds of things that relate to this that I could write about, and I’m really not even sure that I was able to fully portray what I meant to portray, but I tried. 🙂 I wish the best for everyone, I hope one day everyone gets to experience this precious gift that was given to me. xoxoxo

-Lark