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nowhere to go and nothing to become : we just are

ultimately the journey makes us understand that there is no going from here to there and no becoming for us. the journey begins and ends with the clarity of : we just are. nothing to be added, nothing to be taken away: we just are as all things are before and after definitions arise and fade away. suchness : thathata.


the suddenness of it. sudden when you realize the soul’s journey, as if you knew or I knew or anyone knew what the soul is and what the soul’s journey is about, you don’t, who does, I don’t, that the journey, whoever she be that is on the road, wherever that road or image of road might be, that journey is not one of gain but one of loss.

losing all the things we carry with us including our desire to be enlightened or become realized or become someone or become no one. to become whatever as there is nothing for us to become, for we just are. the suddenness and sheer simplicity of the : we just are. the suddenness of just we are obliterates existing definitions and nullifies any vague desire to create new ones.


the suddenness of it, the awakening to the moment of : we just are. then, but there really is no then, realizing, but there is really no realizing, how what we just are takes us right back to the origins of the universe.

how far have we come, how far do we need to go back? there is movement, it emerges out of stillness, there we dwell, in that stormy wind that lifts up the waves on the sea.


there, back to the first breath of the universe where we meet our face before our parents were born.

yet, there is no way our mind could wrap itself around this. we sit and sit not to reach or attain but to slowly wear away the resistanc


e to accepting ourselves as we are. the devastating simplicity of that. there is nothing to mystify or glorify about the process.


ultimately the journey makes us understand that there is no going from here to there and no becoming for us. the journey begins and ends with the clarity of : we just are. nothing to be added, nothing to be taken away: we just are as all things are before and after definitions arise. before and after words appear and disappear we are; the immensity of a silence illumined by myriad stars.

with what is, just as we are,  suchness, thathata.

what we are is the mystery shrouded in the unknown. an unknown that will always remain the unknown but welcomes us to deep intimacy with all that is. all that is is the greeting we receive wherever we go. intimacy with this is what opens us to who we are.


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