In preparation for Halloween we watched Practical Magic last night, a fun romance about witches and curses and looking for true love. One line sticks with me this morning when a little girl was told by her mother how to avoid the curse of love—you know, when we fall in love so blindly that we lose our connection with the real, and then the curse comes in and takes our love away.
“When you spin around and around,” she said, “always keep your eyes one something still or your will fall down.” And there you have it, the wisdom pill for the art of life. We, us humans, have fallen in love with form, so much so that we identify our very selves with our love objects—our relationships, our jobs, our cars, our stories, any form positive or negative will do, as long as it is form.
And not matter what we love, it will leave us sooner or later, and we will suffer loss, the curse of love. So what to do?
Always keep your eyes on something still as you spin around in the world of form. And what is still, you ask, since everything is form and is spinning?
That stillness, that one thing that is not a thing, that doesn’t move and will not suffer death, that absolute and that emptiness is what we are all looking for in this world of form that keeps changing no matter how fierce we hold on to it.
The mystic sages call it the Self, God, or Atman, The Kingdom of Heaven or Nirvana, but whatever names it is called, it has no name because it is formless. It can’t be in time because time changes. We can sense it, but we can’t grab it. We can’t be aware of it as an object because it is awareness itself. We can’t know it, but we can be it.
When all form is taken away, when all that we cling to is gone, what is left but our present awareness, our deep sense of I AM. Focus on That say all the wisdom teachers, who can spin without falling down.
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This post was written by ed on October 31, 2007