Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Soaring, Sol and Shadow, Incantations on the Far Shore


NOTE: Here are five images from my Instagram feed, crows and gulls soaring in Sol and Shadow, over Ocean Beach; with accompanying excerpts from four of the five volumes in my Primal Reality series. -- Blessings, Richard Power

We exist, simultaneously, in absolute aloneness and utter relationality. We are utterly alone, and yet we exist ONLY as a sum of relationships. This paradox is the divine reality. Every great wisdom teaching, whether of the heart, or the mind or the belly or the root, is framed within this divine paradox, and built upon a foundational realization of this divine paradox. Those who embrace it are on the path of realizing the truth of the universe and the self. Those who resist it are also on the path of realizing the truth of the universe and the self, but they are robbing themselves of the richness that is theirs to spend, and the power that is theirs to exercise, and so it is a more circuitous route. It is as simple as this, at every moment, the choice is ours. It does not matter what choices you have made in the past, they have all brought you here anyway. It only matters what you choose next. And the same will be true in the moment that follows this one. On and on. Yes. -- Richard Power, User's Guide to Human Incarnation: Yoga of Primal Reality (2013), p.65 Ocean Beach. San Francisco, March 2016. #notruthsoutsidethegatesofeden #thegreatwheelturns #wildmagic #shamanicpower #tantrikaknows #lifeofayogi #passionofthepoet #savagebeauty #tantrikaknows #tantrikaknows
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Meditation is not stillness, either in the body or the mind. There is no stillness in this universe. There are only ever more refined levels of vibration. Seated meditation, although efficacious, is not the definition of meditation, nor is a mind without fluctuations or tangents the goal of meditation. Meditation is not the absence of movement, either in the body or in the mind. If you do not understand the nature of the process, how will you recognize its results? Meditation must occupy the same space as movement, both in the body and in the mind. Movement is meditation. -- Richard Power, Cauldron Yoga, Gaian Poetics and the Way of the Ancient Future (2015), pp. 118-119 Ocean Beach. San Francisco, March 2016. #whatismeditationreallyis #ancientfuture #cauldronyoga #savagebeauty #tavernofruin #wildmagic #notruthsoutsidethegatesofeden #lifeofayogi #passionofthepoet #tantrikaknows
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There is infinite power available to you, at every moment, and in all circumstances. It is the very substance of the universe. It cannot fail you. The trick is that you must decide how to shape the inner vessel with which to receive this power, and of course, you must also have a vision of what you will use it for. It is impossible to undo what has been done, or erase what has been written. But if you draw on the infinite power of the universe to discern the reality of what is, and thereby align yourself with that reality, then you will see your choices clearly, and be free to live from within the ceaseless current of that power for as long as you draw the breath of this life, and yes, of course, beyond. This is not something that you have to turn to any teacher for. This is not something you have to pay for, or work toward. This is who and what you are now. -- Richard Power, User's Guide to Human Incarnation: Yoga of Primal Reality (2013), p.15 Ocean Beach. San Francisco, March 2016. #savagebeauty #tavernofruin #wildmagic #whatismeditationreallyis #cauldronyoga #passionofthepoet #lifeofayogi #thegreatwheelturns #shamanicpower #tantrikaknows
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Time is not linear; nor space three-dimensional. Strange when those who know this, act as if it were not true. If you study history from past to future, or study space by height, width and depth only, then you are just lost in your mind. It is love that frees you from the chalk-line of linear time and the confines of geometric space. Our being is a continuum, vast past, vast future, vast now; intimate, luminous, exquisite. Of course, linear time is acutely real; its reality is relativity, but it is nonetheless real. Likewise, three-dimensional space is acutely real, although relative. The scientist starts from linear time and three-dimensional space and journeys beyond them; the shaman starts from beyond linear time and three-dimensional space and journeys toward them. Both travelers arrive at the same destination in the end; it is called the beginning. -- Humanifesto: A Guide to Primal Reality to An Era of Global Peril (2012), p. 53 Ocean Beach. San Francisco, March 2016. #savagebeauty #tavernofruin #wildmagic #thegreatwheelturns #shamanicpower #lifeofayogi #passionofthepoet #notruthsoutsidethegatesofeden #tantrikaknows
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The Primal Reality series includes (in reverse chronological order):
All five volumes are available in both softcover and Kindle versions via Amazon.com.

For more information on the work of Richard Power, author, speaker, yoga teacher, visit http://wordsofpower.net