When the Buddha was dying, he gave a final message to his beloved attendant Ananda, and to generations to come: “Be a lamp unto yourself, be a refuge to yourself. Take yourself to no external refuge.”
What did he mean? Our ultimate refuge is none other than our own being. There is a light of awareness that shines through each of us and guides us home. We are never separated from this luminous awareness, any more than waves are separated from the ocean. Even when we feel most ashamed or lonely, reactive or confused, we are never actually apart from the awakened state of our heart-mind.
This is a powerful and beautiful teaching. All of us ordinary humans have this essential wakefulness; this open, loving awareness is our deepest nature. We don’t need to get somewhere or change ourselves – our true refuge is what we are. Trusting this opens us to the blessings of freedom.
“Buddhist monk Sayadaw U Pandita describes these blessings in a wonderful way: a heart that is ready for anything.” – Tara Brach
This Sunday Syntysche will be speaking about what God can do through you as a channel of unseen possibilities for facing any sort of discord, fear or stress. It is time for the Human Race to grow in consciousness and so the rug has been flipped over and the challenges people are facing are great. However, those blessed souls out there that have been doing their spiritual practice have a chance to flow through these times almost effortlessly without getting scathed or broken down. Receive these powerful tools these souls use this Sunday and become one of them.