Only This! by Dorothy S. Hunt (Author)


From the Introduction

No matter where we imagine a spiritual journey will take us, or what we are hoping to find; whatever our mind wants to acquire, be rid of, understand, or transcend; whatever God we pray to or reject; eventually, the so-called spiritual journey leads back to Only This! Only Now!

Only This! is what the mind cannot understand, although understandings may come. Only This! is wordless, although words may pour forth from its silence. Only This! is not something that can be spoken or grasped, gained or lost. Only This! is timeless, yet never separate from what is unfolding in time.

This collection of poems and reflections is a glimpse into the spiritual journey of one who began her quest searching not for herself, but for God. It led from a childhood loss of a parent in a single moment of time to the unexpected yet profound awakening to the timeless within. Many of these poems attempt to put into words what is wordless. Words will always fail, and yet they come as passions move, and the heart breaks open to its deepest longing for truth. Words cannot describe the Mystery, and yet they flow forth from it, without intent.

This book is dedicated to my teacher, Adyashanti, a living buddha, and a living flame of truth, who appeared quite unexpectedly in my life to set fire to the dry grass I did not even know was waiting to be torched within me. Through the mysterious transmission of what cannot be spoken, Awakeness discovered its ageless companion. The radiant emptiness behind these masks we wear revealed itself as an old Friend. There are no words of gratitude that could suffice for the one who points to This! Yet what points is what is awake in each one of us.

Dorothy S. Hunt, founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy, is the editor of Love: A Fruit Always in Season, and a contributing author to The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy. Her poems have appeared in several journals and in Your Head in the Tiger’s Mouth: Talks in Bombay with Ramesh S. Balsekar.

Ms. Hunt has practiced psychotherapy since 1967, and in addition, teaches workshops and facilitates meditation groups and retreats focused on Nondual understanding. Her spiritual teacher, Adyashanti, recently invited her to teach within his lineage. Dorothy Hunt currently resides in San Francisco, California with her husband; she is a mother and a grandmother.

Look Inside

Freedom from Notions of Birth and Death, Dorothy Hunt

When we deeply understand that the essential nature of reality is without separation, we begin to have a different relationship with the “appearance” of birth and death. The Unborn is beyond any notions of coming or going, being or non-being, and yet continually flows as Life itself, transforming its infinite expressions according to causes and conditions. While the “experiences” called birth and death happen every moment, and call forth many different responses, in Reality, separation does not exist. By letting go and dying into the present moment, we continually find Life’s great fullness and its great mystery.

Dorothy Hunt, Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaches at the request of Adyashanti. She has practiced psychotherapy since 1967 and is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Self-inquiry, as taught by Ramana Maharshi, led to the first of a series of awakenings. In meeting Adyashanti, she was invited to see beyond identification with the Absolute, allowing dualities to collapse. Dorothy is the author of Only This!, a contributing author to The Sacred Mirror, Listening from the Heart of Silence, and the on-line journal Undivided.

For more information, visit http://www.dorothyhunt.org

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