Tao of Love

There is only Tao.
Tao and you are not two.

One might say that Tao is Love.
What we truly love, we already are.

Throughout the vast multiverse
there is only Love, and that which
has yet to recognize itself as Love.

That’s the secret of loving –
recognizing itself as every form;
every form recognizing itself as Love.

Love is all that matters!

Even the profound truth of Emptiness
is simply Love’s playful functioning
in dreamscapes of existence
and non-existence.

The Tao of Love
is known only by Love.

It’s not any other kind of knowing.
At last, it is not even a knowing.

It’s the living rhythm of Love’s expression
through the cavalcade of consciousness
appearing as everyone and everything.

There is a paradox:

being Love itself, still,
we persist in the search of Love.

Just so, to learn what we really are,
we must first discard all that we’re not.

It’s not as difficult as one might imagine —
first see all as oneself, then let go of oneself.

What remains is Tao,
and Tao and you are not two.

Form reflects its essence,
but essence is too bright to see.

To discover one’s true essence,
all of light’s varied and fleeting reflections
must yield at last to their own brilliant source.

The living source of light is Love.

Tao is Love, but not as an object
which we can seek, grasp, or know.

It’s what makes all of that possible.

That‘s the beauty of Love –
it’s perpetual creative revelation.

If one examines their own mind
and sees nothing but the transparency
of Love’s pure and timeless innocence,
a mighty mercy has already been granted,
and dark clouds of resistance evaporate
in the sheltering sky of compassion.

Still, a portrait of fire doesn’t warm bones,
nor do poems of summer push peonies
through winter’s ice and snow.

Don’t linger . . . anywhere.

Craving nothing, turning nothing away,
just keep on walking straight ahead
and confirm directly for yourself –

Tao and you are not two!


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About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Verses and ramblings on life as it is: https://writingonwater934500566.wordpress.com/ Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: https://themindthatneverwas.wordpress.com/ Verses on the Play of Consciousness: https://onlydreaming187718380.wordpress.com/ Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: https://themysteriousexpanse.wordpress.com/ Poems of the Mountain Hermit: https://snowypathtonowhere.wordpress.com/ Love Poems from The Book of Yes: https://lovesight.wordpress.com/ Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: https://travelsindreamland.wordpress.com/ Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: https://freetransliterations.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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4 Responses to Tao of Love

  1. Pro Myth Ius says:

    Incredibly well written Bob! I especially liked how poems cannot warm the bones alone, but all of it is quite perfect. I like writing about this experience too, would love to hear your thoughts about the this piece ‘Loving truth’ on my site as well. http://www.promythius.com All the best.

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