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Meditation Contemplations blog category – Contemplations are released each week and are designed as a tool to support your meditation practice. Each meditation contemplation blog is offered as video and as text for your convenience.

Bodies are cleansed by water; the mind is purified by truth.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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“Bodies are cleansed by water; the mind is purified by truth.”
 Manu

The mind is a thinking machine.  If we are not wakeful… it endlessly regurgitates its database.  Since the mind’s database is dominantly illusory… we remain mired in illusory stories and their resultant virtual reality.  In this way… we limit our innate bliss.

 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

There is an invisible world out there and we are living in it.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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“There is an invisible world out there and we are living in it.”
Bill Viola

 Is the world that we perceive real?  Is our version of reality true?  From a mystical perspective it is said that for the most part we do not experience true reality… but rather a limited version of it. Modern science… quantum physics… is also pointing in the same direction.

Monday, 03 November 2014

I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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“I know what I have given you.  I do not know what you have received.”
~Antonio Porchia

The greatest delusion is to think that you understand another human being. Such is but the ultimate in egocentric arrogance.  If we can barely understand ourselves… how is it remotely possible to understand another? The perpetuation of such illusion is but a feeble attempt at control that we might be safe and secure within our illusory and limited experience of life.

Monday, 20 October 2014

When we know how to be content, we never want for anything.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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“When we know how to be content, we never want for anything.” Lao Tzu

It could be said that true contentment has nothing to do with acquisition. It is not dependent on that which is objective to us. Rather… from a holistic perspective… contentment is our very nature and the nature of all and everything. Contentment is the innate delight of the one consciousness that is all.

Sunday, 08 February 2015

Each of us has an image of what we think we should be...

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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“Each of us has an image of what we think we are or what we should be and that image prevents us from seeing ourselves as we actually are.” ~Krishnamurti

It has been aptly said that there is what is… and then there are the stories we tell about it.  What is… is life… in all of its happenings.  In essence… life simply happens and we are witnesses of it.  An appropriate metaphor is the sun and the clouds.  The sun is an eternal witness of the clouds going by.  What is… simply is… as it is… within all of its happenings.

Sunday, 04 January 2015

Take the backward step that turns the light and shines it inward.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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“Take the backward step that turns the light and shines it inward.”
Dogen

The Buddha said that the ultimate miracle is to be.  The brilliance of consciousness is that it can turn its awareness back upon itself and be aware of itself being.  It is in this understanding that a witnessing consciousness simply watches itself being within the eternal now of its happening.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Only a sage can understand the ten thousand things and bring them into the self.

Written by Master Charles Cannon

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“Only a sage can understand the ten thousand things and bring
them into the self.”
Seng-Chao

In truth… there is only one.  It is often termed blissful consciousness.  It is the essence of all and everything.  Thus the one is the many. It is the essential unity within all diversity. While it is easy to understand the concept… the experiential actualization is often more challenging and relegated to the arena of enlightened sages.

Sunday, 26 October 2014