I never knew

Take off the backpack
Lie down in the long grass.
Pull up the blue sky-blanket.

So many years of Dharma practice,
Straight-spine diligence, straining toward
This hillside.
Just this.

Lie down in the long grass.
Let the earth take you.
Deer tracks and horse dung
and the eye within the eye,
revolving and luminous.

I never knew this.
Did no one ever tell me?

I remember my Zen master in the interview room,
‘Trust yourself,’ he said. ‘Just be yourself.’

I think his meaning was this:

Take off the backpack,
Lie down in the long grass.
Let the sky take you.
Breathe space
into space
into space.

I never knew there was this much light!

~ Helen Dhara Gatling-Austin
October 31, 1998

You may already be familiar with this beautiful poem by Helen Dhara Gatling-Austin. I know it has been posted on many a blog and group over the last couple of decades, but to my mind, it’s one of those classics that never age or fail to inspire. It deserves frequent airings! For this post I sourced it from the Nonduality Highlights archive.

oh joy!

Tarchin Hearn, poet, writer and Dharma teacher, sums up The Great Perfection:


Oh Joy!

Hearing is knowing.

Seeing is knowing.

Feeling is knowing.

Comparing is knowing.

Remembering is knowing.

Imagining is knowing.

Reflecting is knowing.

Worrying is knowing.

Hoping is knowing.

Pushing is knowing.

Pulling is knowing.

Eating is knowing.

Digesting is knowing.

Raining is knowing.

Rivering is knowing.

Mountaining is knowing.

Oceaning is knowing.


Strange to see but all this knowing

draws a needed knower

And so,

Creative beings,

we make one! A terrifying fiction!

A singularity knowing everything else.

A me!  Alive and intelligent

renders all the rest as object.

While plural knowing is all around,

a fusion of awesome complexity,

a seeming con-fusion,

Resting, nowfully, here

~ Tarchin Hearn