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In the Beginning

In the beginning
There was neither existence nor non-existence then.
All this world was unmanifest energy.
There was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond.
There was neither death nor immortality then.
There was no distinguishing the sign of night nor of the day.
Oneness breathed, without breath, by its own impulse and power.
Other than that there was nothing beyond.
Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning,
With no distinguishing sign.
All this was pure potentiality.
And then something stirred in the deep.
An impulse, a desire, a thought,
“Let us explore all the possibilities of our potential. Let’s play.”
And from that infinite stillness arose a thunderous sound.
OM.
And light came to be.
And in an instant all of existence came to be.
And we gazed at the splendour, beauty and magnificence of it all.
We wanted to explore and play.
To become lost in the effulgence of our creative display.
Then to find our way back home to truth.
And so it was that the great forgetting began.
We dove into the ovean of ignorance.
Believing ourselves to be small, separate from each other and alone.
We tasted suffering for the first time
And became lost in a sea of selfish despair.
But don’t worry, this isn’t where our story ends.
Remember this is just the beginning.
For deep within us sleeps the wisdom of the truth of who we truly are.
And if we become silent for a moment we may hear a soft voice whispering,

“Awaken my love awaken.
You’ve forgotten who you truly are.
Don’t you remember that this is a game?

All this is consciousness.
All this is illuminating suchness.
All that you see, hear, smell, touch and taste is nothing but suchness.
All reality is shimmering, radiant, joyful suchness.
Words cannot truly describe it.

But know that all of this is just the free play of mind.

The true essence of who you are my beloved is suchness.
A magnitude of magnificence that is the basis and becoming of all.

That is your true self.
Your natural essence.
Your first face.

You can feel it..
Deep within – you can feel it.

The truth of you
Is timeless, vast and beyond words.

When you gaze upon all of existence you are really looking upon yourself.

This blissful, radiant compassionate suchness is the reality of everything and is the truth of who you are.

But you’ve forgotten my beloved.
You’ve been lost in the game we created for ourselves.

And in this forgetting you have suffered.
You have wandered.
And you have believed that you were alone and separate from it all.

But all of it is you.

Remember my dear remember.
All that you are is all that is.
And all that is, is pure illuminating suchness.
And suchness is you.

 
 

By Ian Marshall

Ian Paul Marshall has been initiated by the Dalai Lama, is trained in Zen as transmitted through the teachings of the Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An and Seung Sahn Dae Jong Sa and is the founder of Awakened.ca based out of Toronto, Canada.