From The Sonnets to Orpheus

Plump apple, smooth banana, melon, peach,
gooseberry… How all this affluence
speaks death and life into the mouth… I sense…
Observe it from a child’s transparent features

while he tastes. This comes from far away.
What miracle is happening in your mouth?
Instead of words, discoveries flow out
from the ripe flesh, astonished to be free.

Dare to say what “apple” truly is.
This sweetness that feels thick, dark, dense at first;
then, exquisitely lifted in your taste,

grows clarified, awake and luminous,
double-meaninged, sunny, earthy, real—:
Oh knowledge, pleasure—inexhaustible.

Rainer Maria Rilke

 

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Happy birthday (-;

Dear friend, Happy Birthday Greetings from Pacific Grove.

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Excerpt from Joel Goldsmith:

Recently, I wrote a friend on the occasion of his birthday and I know he will be glad for me to share with you the ideas that came to me as I wrote:

“As for birthday wishes, I shall just wish that you didn’t have birthdays so that you could get used to the idea of continuity of conscious existence without a break or a stop – a conscious awareness of progressive unfoldment.”

“Truly there is no break in the continuity of unfolding consciousness, nor can consciousness lose its conscious awareness of body any more than you can lose your consciousness of the developed musical or artistic or other talent you possess.”

“Consciousness unfolds from within to the without from a boundless basis or source, from the infinity of your being to the individual awareness of it in infinite variety, form, and expression.”

“Death is the belief that consciousness loses its awareness of its body. Immortality is the understanding of the truth that consciousness is eternally aware of its own identity, body, form, or expression. Consciousness, aware of its own infinite being and eternal body, is immortality achieved here and now. The awareness of consciousness forever unfolding in individual forms of creation or manifestation is immortality demonstrated here and now. This consciousness is you.”

 

Spiritual consciousness is the release from personal effort in the realization that harmony is. This consciousness, with its release from personal effort, is attained as we find the Christ within us a present reality. The Christ is the activity of Truth in individual consciousness. It is not necessarily declarations of truth as much as the receptivity to Truth declaring Itself to us, within us.

As we attain an inner stillness, we become more and more receptive to Truth declaring Itself to us, within us. The activity of this Truth in our consciousness is the Christ, the very presence of God. Truth received and continuously entertained in our consciousness is the law of harmony to all our affairs. It governs, guides, leads, directs, and supports our every activity of daily existence. Where a belief of illness or lack may be, this ever-present Truth becomes our healer and supplier, yes, our health and our supply.

To many, the word Christ persists as a more or less mysterious term, an unknown entity, some unknown entity, something rarely if ever experienced by them. This, we must change if we are to benefit by the revelation of a divine Presence or Power within us which has been revealed to us by Christ Jesus as well as by many others.

We must experience the Christ as a permanent and continuous dispensation. We must live in the constant conscious awareness of truth active within, maintaining always a receptive attitude – a listening ear – and soon we shall experience an inner awareness. This is the activity of Truth in consciousness, or the Christ attained.