Below are words from my friend Patrick Bludworth. I have been having conversations with him for years. And now, he has cancer that has spread to his liver (check out his gofundme). I hope he is with us for many more years! He has been a very good friend to me and a wise and caring human to the planet and all beings on the planet.
He has given me permission to share his posts (he shares on Facebook).
I find his point of view and courage and acceptance inspiring and helpful, and maybe you will, too.
While there may still be time. . . (Part One)
I don’t know how much time I have left (none of us really do, of course). It may be a lot, or it may be very, very little. I’ll let you all know, of course, if I get a chance, as soon as I have further reports as to how it’s looking from the professional medical angle (allopathic and perhaps other medical angle). Meanwhile, I certainly have been thinking a lot lately about some recent departures, and my own and others’ quite possibly imminent departure(s) and related significant matters.
It’s not that I’m overly or overtly eager to leave this world! But at the same time, I’m happy enough to move on to explore other scene-scapes, whenever that may happen.
This plane is not the only one, this life form, and this lifetime, not the only ones! “The universe is so vast. . .there are so many worlds, and all that!” (as Maharishi affirmed again and again). I remember on the last day of our international TM teacher training course when Maharishi gave us a wonderful graduation-and-going-home talk in honor of our being on the eve of going out into the field to teach. Among other things, he reminded us that this Earth plane is only one of many, many worlds. There are so MANY other worlds, he said. So we should not become too overwhelmed, too overshadowed, too fully pre-occupied, in our eagerness and dedication to improving and “saving” this world-plane from ignorance and suffering through teaching the self-liberating technique of Transcendental Meditation (and whatever other good things we may do). We are influencing all the worlds simultaneously everywhere by everything we do, by how we live our lives here. Maintain the cosmic perspective. “Turn ye to the Inner Light,” said the mystic Quaker founder, George Fox, “and It will keep thee a-top the world.” Yep. “If ye do not turn to the Inner Light,” Fox cautioned, “where will thee turn?” Where, indeed?
This world plane, like all others, is thoroughly suffused and surcharged with conscious, Living Light-Energy, with the omnipresent Divine Glory, but we so often fail to realize and perceive this Transplendence, this Theophanic Beauty fully. Maintain the cosmic perspective. Bring your memory, your deeper surface attention, gently back to It often, curving back upon awareness of the Self, your larger, boundless Being (the Universal Self-nature, cosmic Buddha-nature, the omnipresent Divine-nature), “re-member”-ing”, knitting back together in conscious awareness, the ever-living primal integrative unity of the various diverse “limbs” or members of your own otherwise seemingly, functionally “dis-membered” self-awareness! You are the Totality, the unified infinite manifest-and-unmanifest Brahman-Reality, the holistic unified continuum of infinite, eternal Being. Nothing less.
All the worlds, all the planes of existence and of consciousness, are within you as you. It is your own boundless, original Self-nature, pure blissful awareness, that gives rise to them, that sustains them and permeates them all. They are but partial expressions of your own cosmic existence and more-than-cosmic Mind. Dig This!
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I dig it!