Mindful Musings: Feb 2

“The Word”

By: Forrest Rivers

red flag

In the beginning, there was one word

In the end, there will be one word

The mere mention of it

Is enough to make the hair on one’s neck

Stand straight up

The raw power of it

Is enough to make once hopeless addicts

Recover their faith again

In truth,

This word is more than a word

And more than a phrase

It is the sound of the ancient Universe

Encompassing all that WAS

 IS

and will BECOME….

All the great wisdom of the sages

Are contained within this word

Say it

Breathe it

Meditate upon it

This word is sacred

Mystical

The vibration of creation:

            OM.

Forrest Rivers is a writer and teacher who lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. His new book, COVID-19 and Humanity’s Spiritual Awakening is now available on Amazon Here

Mindful Musings: Jan 27

“God Is….”

By: Forrest Rivers

shade of sun and clear blue sky

God is the breath of life

And the mysterious force

That lends us this body

For a pre-determined time….

God is the sense of connection

Felt on a walk into nature

That fills your soul

With a sense of awe and wonder….

God is the word

The sound

And the snapshot of awareness

Painted on the great canvas of life….

God is the rivers

Flowing to the ocean

And snow-caped mountains

Rising to the sky….

God is the First Cause

And Last Principle

As well as the epic story

In between….

God is the grand vision

Seen in prayer

And the mantra repeated

In the depths of meditation….

God is the divine mother

The wise father

And wolves howling

To mark the start of a fresh-new season….

God is the synchronicity

The intuitive hunch

And the mystical experience

All rolled into one….

God is fireflies flashing in unison

Wild buffalo stampeding

And cows grazing on hallowed ground

Below….

God is this moment

Reminding you to stay present

On the sea

Of cosmic consciousness.

Mindful Musings: Jan 15

“Sub Ek”(All One)

By: Forrest Rivers

white petaled flower

The form and the formless

The senses emerging and then withdrawing again

The breath rising and falling

The Earth’s transcendence ends where it begins

No mind but inside and outside all emotions

The union of energy and matter undefined

Without an origin before the act and nameless when it sleeps

Beyond the range of all perceptions and limits

Pure creation

           

You are:

           

Pure creation

Beyond the range of all perceptions and limits

Without an origin before the act and nameless when it sleeps

The union of energy and matter undefined

No mind but inside and outside all emotions

The Earth’s transcendence ends where it begins

The breath rising and falling

The senses emerging and then withdrawing again

 The form and the formless.

Mindful Musings

“Sub Ek” (All One) June - Global Heart for Oneness Meditation & Invocation | Children ...
The form and the formless
The senses emerging and then withdrawing again
The breath rising and falling
The Earth’s transcendence ends where it begins
No mind but inside and outside all emotions
The union of energy and matter undefined
Without an origin before the act and nameless when it sleeps
Beyond the range of all perceptions and limits
Pure creation

You are:

Pure creation
Beyond the range of all perceptions and limits
Without an origin before the act and nameless when it sleeps
The union of energy and matter undefined
No mind but inside and outside all emotions
The Earth’s transcendence ends where it begins
The breath rising and falling
The senses emerging and then withdrawing again
The form and the formless.

Mindful Musings

“Creation Song”

By: Forrest Rivers

****Originally published on themindfulword.org

The many emerged from the One
As a divine demonstration
Of love, beauty, spirit and truth
Yet, this infinite presence
That was at once the spark and the flame
Sought to fully know IT’s perfect self
Through the wonders of form

And so, IT began to sculpt
IT’s own cosmic clay
Into various expressions of IT’s own divine being

As the great laws of the Universe
Began to take hold
A boundless array of realities
Came to pass
Before finally bursting open
Like spring flowers in bloom

It was set against this glorious backdrop
When the Supreme Soul
Molded the Earth out of IT’s own formless essence
And unveiled the most spectacular event
Of past, present and future
Merging into form
As ONE

A glorious work of art
This magnificent sculptor of the Cosmos
Imbued each of IT’s own mystical qualities
Into the Earth’s sacred elements
As water, air, fire and soil
Became manifestations
Of IT’s own vital life force and purified center

Immersed in the sheer joy
Of IT’s own power of Creation
This Godhead of Wisdom planted the magical seeds
That were to blossom
Into trees, mountains, rivers and oceans

As planetary forms continued to sprout
Mysterious patterns of the unfolding
Could be intuitively felt
As evolution became the vehicle
By which the One came to know the multitude of the many
And itself…

Soon, reptiles, mammals and the great-winged pilots of the sky
Joined in on this airy dance of eternal peace
But just as the cosmic void seemed to swallow whole
The illusionary folds of both time and space
A peculiar being was born that gradually multiplied in numbers…

The human race appeared upon the celestial mosaic
Neither separate from nor superior to the rest of creation
These strange two-legged creatures
Were merely one among an infinite number of life forms
To emerge on this blue sphere of wonder
And, like a leopard’s blazing speed
Or an eagle’s godly soar above
The Great Mystery also bestowed a unique and special power
Upon mankind:
The ability to reason

So long as their scheming minds were only harnessed
To satisfy their basic needs of survival
Humankind found eternal truth and meaning
Through the higher planes of spiritual reality
And a delicate balance was achieved:
Between the rational and intuitive intellect

From the very start of humanity’s epic journey
Through the wisdom of form
Wise indigenous souls
Of the Earth
Held this fragile balance of mind and heart
With astonishing ease

For countless generations, these native ancestors of the land
The Original dwellers…
Maintained this precious equilibrium
Through the unwavering love and devotion
Of Grandmother Earth and all HER divine manifestations

The Sun and the moon
All of the diverse plant and animal life
The majestic forests and deserts
The ancient flowing lakes and rivers
And even the silent passing of the seasons
Were venerated as holy expressions
Of Absolute Being

The enlightened ways of these native souls
Continued to thrive for countless millennia
Until, for reasons only known by the Creator
A brutal culture rooted in hubris began its long and steady ascent
Into prominence
Through inflicting unimaginable cruelty
Upon the Earth’s well-being

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As tiny cabals of these “two-leggeds” extended their influence
Through using the mind to sequester truth and knowledge
They unknowingly lost that inborn spark of wild
That bore the fruits of intuitive wisdom

With the harmonious ways of the original peoples
Now being subjected before the forces of blind belief and logic
First Religion, and then Science
Came to replace the authentic connection of spirit
Found through the Earth and within…

Though appearing to stand in direct opposition
To one another
These twin forces of the mind
Pursued in common life’s answers to existential questions
That could only be arrived at
Through the intuitive heart space
Of focused contemplation

As the ego’s yearning to “know” grew ever stronger
The Indigenous path of inner communion
With the Earth and self—
Gradually gave way to an exterior search
That produced only conditioned faith and grandeur

As the path of ego fully enveloped the purity of soul
Patterns of structured doctrine emerged
That coalesced into the formations
Of institutions that blinded and deceived

As hungry aspirants claimed what they thought
Were their rightful seats to power
The human race moved ever further
From its exalted state of intimacy with the Earth

Bloodshed, genocide, slavery and the devastation of the natural world
Were the shameful outcomes of unchecked egos
As this era of reason multiplied through three “great revolutions”
Known as the crops, machines and computers

But finally, one day
The time came when the Omnipresent One
The Supreme Mover and Shaker of the Cosmos—
Willed for the ways of the original Earth Dwellers
To make a long and heralded return
And they savoured the opportunity to lead humanity back into the light

Emboldened by the strength of their own awakening
Humankind embraced its brethren once more
In the forests, lakes, oceans and mountains
And forged a new covenant with Creation

Overjoyed with tears of elation
The Lord of Love shined IT’s light brightly
And merged again with ITS own boundless potential.