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“Trying to understand oneness is as futile as

Trying to drink with the ears.”

~ Wu Hsin Translated by Roy Melvyn “The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin”

Now this got my attention. I expect it got yours as well!

The words of sages often appear as amusing riddles or koans. The very idea of using our thinking mind to understand something beyond it, becomes preposterous. Just as preposterous as trying to drink with our ears rather than our mouth.

Our ego or thinking mind is designed to try to figure things out and take control, but when it is given something beyond its own knowing, it still tries to analyze, and get it right! What a headache.

So, what is the answer if we can’t find it with our own thinking? It becomes a journey into the unknown. Reflecting and pondering is a place to start, but the answer lies beyond this.

When we stop and pause and allow the mind to settle, we can begin to drop deeper into our own body and heart space, our inner being. The place of feeling and love within us is a reflection of the oneness we seek. In time we can let go of our thoughts and begin to inquire into what our heart and soul is revealing to us. This is the Yoga practice of Self Inquiry or Svadhyaya, connecting to the divine within each of us.

Reading and listening to the wisdom of John J Prendergast has been a guiding light on my own path.

” Who we really are is not something we can define or confine with thought.

It is enough that we listen and follow moment to moment. It is enough that we are open, are available, and take the next obvious step and see what happens. It is enough when the ordinary mind bows down to the wisdom of the heart and trust the movement of a wiser current. When we surrender to it, a natural authority in the core of our being guides our life quote beautifully”.

~ John J Prendergast taken from “The Deep Heart” Our Portal to Presence.

I will be joining John, and his wife Christiane at Kripalu this Sunday for a retreat to connect with body, heart and spirit. What a treat for my inner and outer being.

Wherever you find yourself, remember to be with this moment. The mind creates scenarios and reinforces old believes to keep us out of the truth of the moment, and into a place of justification, judgment and criticism.

When you notice that, your journey has begun.

I look forward to connecting in my return.

With love and gratitude

Val πŸ’πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’–

27 comments on “Reflection on Oneness

  1. Hope your retreat is/was insightful (and relaxing). πŸ™‚

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  2. Enjoy Kripalu! ❀

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  3. Enjoy Val & love the Wu Hsin quotation.

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  4. Tell a person who is on acid they can’t drink with their ears! πŸ˜‚

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  5. Enjoy the retreat. John Pendgrast’s words ring true.

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  6. Thought is such a small part of our being and it can take up all space.
    Have the most amazing tiem at the retreat Val! We will surely receive from you taking this time.

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  7. Have a goos retreat with your friends

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  8. Then I hope you enjoy that moment of ‘being’ kind lady, to touch something ever wondered in this world always creates a joy beyond words…as it is β€οΈπŸ™πŸ½

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  9. Sharon Lawrence



  10. John’s point resonates with me:

    “It is enough that we listen and follow moment to moment. It is enough that we are open, are available, and take the next obvious step and see what happens.”

    Stay in the moment, pay attention, and LISTEN. Be receptive and open to infinite possibilities. Allow yourself to be gently guided to what you need to see, hear, know, or do next. If we LISTEN, anything in life can be our guide.

    Perhaps, if Spirit knows we’re listening, it’ll β€œspeak up” more often.

    Enjoy the retreat!

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    • Thanks Nancy. It really has been a deeper exploration filled with compassion, support and shared exploration and curiosity … as well as laughter. Meeting John in person has been a real delight. I plan to come back next year to fill my love bucket even more πŸ₯°


  11. Beautiful post Val! πŸ€—
    It’s certainly been a long practice for me to witness the mind and all it’s stories and discover my being and oneness with all life. What a gift to learn from the sages and gurus who taught this to me and others πŸ™πŸ»

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    • Thank you Karen πŸ™πŸ» Meeting John in person and being here at Kripalu has amplified the energy and awakening in different ways. My love bucket is filled and overflowing πŸ’–

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  12. Have a good time at Kripalu! Good write as always, Val. πŸ’ž

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  13. I really enjoyed this, thanks.

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