ONLY PROPHET of that which must be, is that great nature in which we
rest, as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere; that
Unity, that Over-soul, within which every man's particular being
is contained and made one with all other; that common heart, of
which all sincere conversation is the worship, to which all
right action is submission; that overpowering reality which
confutes our tricks and talents, and constrains every one to
pass for what he is, and to speak from his character, and not
from his tongue, and which evermore tends to pass into our
thought and hand, and become wisdom, and virtue, and power, and
We live in
succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within
man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal
beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the
eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist, and whose
beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing
and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing
seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object,
Q: I want to ask a question about what you said once
about listening and welcoming. When I first heard you talk about
this it struck me like a revelation. This condition seemed a
most appropriate way to be, but I found that it also showed me
that I seemed to be constructed in exactly the opposite way. In
other words, I find that I never really welcome, I never really
listen. I assume a posture of defense, of not listening to
myself, not being open. What can you say that would be an
indication as to how it would be possible to be in the
welcoming, since it is really the opposite of how I always am?
Very often when you listen to something, you emphasize the
object. There is still an action; there is still eccentric
energy, I would say.
welcoming, you emphasize the welcoming. That means in welcoming
you are completely open, open to the perception. In welcoming
you are waiting, completely directionless. You live freely
without any representation, without psychological memory. Your
real nature is welcoming.
When you come to the understanding that there is nothing to
achieve, nothing to obtain—that all knowledge is a going away
from what you are looking for—then there is a spontaneous giving
up. You do not give up, it gives itself up. Then there is
welcoming and another way of listening where the listening and
the welcoming are open to themselves. It refers to itself.
Welcoming, listening, is an impersonal state where there is no
place to be somebody, to be a person. That is why in welcoming
you are spontaneously excited. Excited is not really the
word—you are completely expanded.
MAN WAS WALKING
through a forest pondering life. He walked, pondered, walked,
and pondered. He felt very close to nature and even close to
God. He felt so close to
that he felt if he spoke, God would listen.
So he asked,
"God, are you listening?"And God replied,
"Yes, my son, I am here."
The man stopped
and pondered some more.He looked towards
the sky and said, "God, what is a million years to you?"God replied,
"Well, my son, one second to me is like a million years to you."
So the man
continued to walk and to ponder. Then he looked to the sky again
and said, "God, what is a million dollars to you?"And God replied,
"My son, a million dollars is like a penny to me. It means
The man looked
down, pondered a bit and looked up to the sky and said, "God,
can I have a million dollars?"And God replied,
"Yes, my son, just a second."
● One Heart
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