I am not my thoughts


Mike Heseltine

 

Cathedral window

 cathedral window

Visitors walk past me towards the Cathedral window. A continuous flow, pausing by the tomb and then moving on and merging into the light.

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Beyond the window

merge painting

Beyond the window the light contains no shapes or forms, while on this side, I see individuals surrounded by stillness.

 

 

The Cathedral is stillness

 Stillness in Chichester Cathedral

The Cathedral is stillness, which I become part of. I sit with a stillness of the tombs around me. I sit with acceptance of what is. I find peace in the stillness.

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The owl and the moon

 owl and moon picture

An owl once showed me the beauty of the moon which I now see in the cathedral window. In this moment, what I have is enough.

 

 

Stillness

 stillness painting

I sit quietly, slowly becoming part of the stillness. The window holds my attention with its continuous pattern acting like a mantra. I let go of my thoughts and continue to be still.

 

 

Thoughts and visitors

 thoughts and visitors

My thoughts and the visitors pass through my mind and merge into the light beyond the window.

 

 

I am not my thoughts

Zen painting

In that stillness, I sense an awareness beyond my thoughts. I am witnessing my thoughts and in so doing, realise I am not my thoughts. My awareness has no form or shape, no thought or individuality. It is like the light beyond the window but it is also deep within me.

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We are all our ancestors

zen painting

My awareness has no sense of separateness. I feel part of everything around me. l sense that all my ancestors live in me. Everything that has ever happened, lives in me. Without separateness, we are one life in one continuous moment.

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Connections

cloud, rain, river, sea, dolphin.

The clouds, the rain, the river and the ocean are all connected with me, as I watch the dolphin swim past, there is no distance between us. As I watch the visitors move towards the cathedral window, there is no distance between us. As I look at the tombs, there is no time between us.

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What we have is enough

 What we have is enough painting

In that place of stillness, the owl shows us the moon and what we have is enough.

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A place of no rightdoing or wrongdoing.

Rumi quote illustrated

Being still and without thoughts, I find a place of no rightdoing or wrongdoing.

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Perception

 Your perception of me is a reflection.

With no thoughts covering my eyes, I have no illusion of separateness.

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We are all connected

connected ink drawing

Like the visitors to the cathedral, we all merge into one when we let go of our thoughts.

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We co-exist

I am not an observer of the world, I am part of the world.

We all co-exist as one.

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