Moon Goddess

MoonGoddess

She watches over us all
Time keeper of aeons
Raining blessings down upon her children
Weeping at their mistakes and pain

Alighting the night she tries to bring wisdom
But alas, for too many it falls silent unheeded
Still yet she continues faithfully
For with her love of her children

How can she now stop?

Easy

Going Home

Tired from the struggle I rest, if listening quietly,
In the restful quiet whispers the voice of source,
It’s gentle loving tones calling me back to home,
A blessed promise of contentment and serenity,
All will to be peace and tranquility once more….

OldManSmoke

Drifting Free

Mind clearing, soul cleansing
Slowly I become one with myself
As I become, the noise of the world fades
Images of what could be form
What should be, if we create
World drifting by meaningless
Now life becomes the importance
All life, equal, together, eminence
A true growth, together at long last
All one as meant to be
Complete…

DriftingMind

Life in a new era

 

No matter the trials, life endures

No matter the mistakes, life will learn

No matter the need, life will give

For in working through the trials, strength is found

And in the making of mistakes, knowledge is gained

For living in need, understanding becomes as one

Therein life continues to grow and prosper…

StormTree

End of the World

They never said the World would come to an end in 2012, in fact we should be rejoicing over such a great anniversary, I would rather this be the end of a world of the material ego, the world of “Us and Them”, the world of “flight or fight”, those worlds can come to an end any time we choose, we need not wait any longer or for ‘special’ days or auspicious stellar movements, believe what you will, but please don’t attribute your beliefs and fears to another culture or person, realize instead that its all in your own spirit and mind…

MixWoman

Cranky Old Woman

   When an old woman died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that she had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through her meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old woman’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this old woman, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet. Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too! PLEASE SHARE THIS POEM (originally written by Dave Griffith and adapted here to honour my 96 year old aunt) remembering the best and most beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart!

Cranky Old Woman
What do you see nurses?
What do you see?
What are you thinking, when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old woman, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles her food, and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice ‘I do wish you’d just try!’
Who seems not to notice the things that you do.
And forever is losing a sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding, a long day to fill.
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse, you’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am, as I sit here so still,
As I do what you bid, as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten, with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters, who love one another.
A young girl of Sixteen, with wings on her feet.
Dreaming that soon now, a lover she’ll meet.
A bride soon at Twenty, my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows, that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now, I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide, and a secure happy home.
A woman of Thirty, my young now grown fast,
Bound to each other, with ties that will last.
At Forty, my young daughters have grown and are gone,
But my man is beside me to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children, my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me, my husband is now dead.
I look to dark future, I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing, young of their own.
And I think of the years, the love that I’ve known.
 I’m now an old woman, and nature is cruel.
It’s a jest to make old age, to look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles, grace and vigor long gone.
There is now only a stone, where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass, a young woman still dwells,
And now and again, my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living, life over again.
I think of the years, all too few gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact, that nothing can last.
So open your eyes people, open and see.
Not a cranky old woman.
Look closer, see ME!!

My Faith

  The Tao te Ching (the way and its power)will serve as your spiritual companion and gently guide you to higher consciousness. Written 25 centuries ago, the Tao has been translated more than any book, excepting the holy bible. In ancient China, during the Zhou dynasty, Lao Zi (“the old child”) penned the Tao as a handbook for leaders. Note: Lao Zi is often spelled Lao Tzu. Do not let the fact that it is written in esoteric language dissuade you from studying and learning to live the Tao principles, if you yearn for the wisdom of inner-peace, personal balance and Truth. Today, Taoism is a Chinese religion though for me it is more of a philosophy, focusing on the principles of the Tao.

  Let me begin by identifying my personal Tao persona. In Chinese, Te is a virtuous person; a person who lives an authentic life. How many of you have searched for the way to live authentically? I know I have. Like other spiritual work, walking the Tao path is a process, which one may practice for a lifetime. Here are a few traits of the Tao person. As you continue your studies, you will discover more. To follow the Tao I respect the cycles of nature and honor all of its co-creations. I embrace change. I strive to detaches from problems focusing rather on knowing solutions will come. I realize nothing is the experience itself, but how I perceive it. I strive to hold great love for the simple, instead of the complex. I am often asked “What is the Essence of the Tao?” The essence of Tao is contained in the first line of the Tao Te Ching (the way and its power). Tao One – “The Tao that can Tao is not the eternal Tao.” Note: Tao is both a verb and noun and means many things, for example, “spiritual path” and “to speak” and “change”. Sit with the quote for awhile. If you are keeping a Journal to Inner-Peace write the first line of Tao One and any insights you receive in your journal. Note: Though I prefer working with the original translation, you may find the more “modern translations” easier to comprehend at the beginning of your path.
  Things to Ponder about the Tao te Ching. The Tao is the nameless source of all-that-is. In other cultures and beliefs it might be called God, Allah, The Great Mystery, or perhaps even The one. We need but remember that as part of the greater whole, the Tao person accepts what-is, what we are, and the potential of what we are becoming. We can’t speak of Tao because it is nameless and wordless.
The Tao that could be spoken of is not the eternal Tao, because the Tao is a process that we practice, a constant state of learning and moving forward. If you start walking the Tao path to wisdom, you will claim it as your “handbook” and most likely will carry it about with you. I would recommend for you to read it slowly. Read it again. Read random passages. Journal about the way and its power. Ponder…
  I have two versions on my website, the first at https://ohioeasy.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/tao/ and the other at https://ohioeasy.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/thesingingtao/
Both found in the Other Writings section of my site.

The Path of Mystery

The path of mystery is not difficult for we who allow connection to fill us.
When greed, control, and hate are all absent everything becomes love and light.
The heavens, universe, and earth are all one in the dance of connection..
If you wish to see truth, release opinions for or against.
Setting up what you like against what you dislike is a disease of your mind.
Look within, learn patience and to listen, realizing that all are truly one.

When the deep meaning of things is fully understood the mind’s essential peace is complete.
The path of mystery is a perfect vast space where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Choosing to accept what we need allows us to see the true nature of all things.
Learn a life of neither entanglements of outer things nor the inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene in the one of the all and erroneous views will fade by themselves.

When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity your very effort fills you with activity.
As long as you remain in one extreme or the other you will never know the true peace.
Those who do not live the path of mystery fail in both activity and passivity, assertion and denial.
Denying the reality of things is to miss their truth, avoid the emptiness of things and miss their reality.
The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truths you seek.
Stop talking, listening, and thinking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know.
To return to that within is to find the meaning, but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
The moment of inner enlightenment is a going beyond of appearance and emptiness.
The changes that appear to occur in the empty world we call real only because of our ignorance.
Do not search for the truth, only cease to cherish opinions.

Do not remain in the dualistic state, seek only to  become as one.
If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong, self will be lost in confusion.
Although all duality comes from the one, do not be attached even to this one.
When the mind exists undisturbed on the path of mystery, nothing in the world can offend,
Therefore when such things can no longer offend, they cease to exist in the old way.
When discriminating thoughts can no longer arise, the diseased mind ceases to exist.
Understand the relativity of this and the basic reality, feel the unity.
In this unity the all are indistinguishable, and each complete in itself of the whole.
Restraint from all discrimination brings wisdom.
Reject the opinion between coarse and fine that brings prejudice .

To live the mystery is neither easy nor difficult.
Those with limited views find themselves fearful and irresolute.
The faster they hurry, the slower they go, and clinging cannot be limited.
For even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.
Just let things be in their own way and there will all will come.
Allow the nature of things (your own nature), and you will walk freely.
Thought is a bondage where truth is hidden.
Thereby everything remains murky and unclear.
And the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness.
What benefits can we derive from distinctions and separations?
If you wish to move along the path of mystery you do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.
Indeed, you accept them fully as identical with true enlightenment and connection.
The wisest of us strive to no goals but the foolish fetters themselves.
Seeking the one with the discriminating mind is the greatest of all mistakes.

Learn that rest and unrest derive from illusion
With enlightenment you find there is no liking and disliking.
All dualities generate from ignorant inference.
They are like dreams or flowers in air:
Foolish to try to grasp them, too precious to let go.
Gain and loss, right and wrong: such thoughts must finally be abolished.

If the eye never sleeps, all dreams will naturally cease.
Teach the mind to make no discriminations,
Then ten thousand things are as they are, of single essence.
To understand the mystery of this One-essence is to be released from all entanglements.
When all things are seen equally the timeless unity is reached.
No comparisons or analogies are possible in this causeless, unified state.
Consider movement stationary and the stationary in motion,
Both movement and rest disappear.
When such dualities cease to exist unity itself cannot but exist.

To this ultimate finality no law or description applies.
For the unified mind in accord with the way.
All self-centered striving ceases.
Doubts and irresolutions vanish and life in true faith is possible.
With a single stroke we are freed from bondage.
Leaving nothing clinging to us and we hold to nothing.
All is empty, clear, self-illuminating, with no exertion of the mind’s power.
Here thought, feeling, knowledge, and imagination are of no value.
In this world of true knowing there is neither self nor other-than-self.

To come directly into harmony with this reality of unity,
just simply say when doubt arises, ‘Not two, but one.’
In this ‘not two, but one’ with nothing separate, nothing excluded.
No matter when or where, enlightenment means entering this truth.
And this truth is beyond extension or diminution in time or space.
In it a single thought is ten thousand years.
Emptiness here, Emptiness there, but the infinite universe stands always before your eyes.
Infinitely large and infinitely small, no difference,
For definitions have vanished and no boundaries are seen.
So too with Being and Non-Being.
Don’t waste time with doubts and arguments that have nothing to do with this.
One thing, all things: move among and intermingle, without distinction.
To live in this realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.
To live in this faith is the road to unity,
Because the unity is one with the trusting knowing mind.

Words! The path is beyond language,
For in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today.

Steve ‘Easy’ Whitacre  4/6/12

For thought…

What we are within ripens as we engage with it.
However, external realities often push us away from who we truly are
This leads to stress, unrest, fear, and disease
Take small steps to connect with who you really are.
Giving yourself time doing what you like to do.
With this time as you nurture yourself you grow.
Finding your natural balance as you heal.
Old negated imprints get replaced with love and life.
The natural way of existence.
Allowing you to live a life of inner peace and joy…