Know the entire universe as a vast arena within which your mind can play endlessly.
Playing, let your awareness be everywhere at once. Planets, stars, swirling galaxies, and all of the subatomic motes are dancing with you.
Enter the Rhythm. Descend into the Space between beats. Dissolve into intimacy with the Dancing One.
–The Radiance Sutras.
The universe has been at play since the beginning of time. You are her partner. Every element, the seen, the unseen, the manifested, the un-manifested, the obvious, and the subtle, are waiting for your hand. You don’t have to “do” anything special to be at play, only to surrender to your natural way of being.
A good game is enjoyed equally by all, win or loose, rise or fall. The game is life and playfulness is one path to victory. It’s the playful ones who never loose. They know it’s not about holding a trophy when the game is over. They are winning every moment they are awake, thankful for this life and forever amazed at the beauty that surrounds them.
A playful moment is a cherished moment.
Seek out opportunities to dance with the Divine. Your life is forever creating itself and you are the sculpture. It doesn’t matter what others may believe about you. Dig into the earth and pull out handfuls of potential. Surrender to the beauty of the moment.
Let your awareness be with the planets and the stars. Find inspiration in their endless dance as you sense the space around your bones and the stillness around your being.
A child’s work is his play. Children have no riches, yet they are rich with playful spirit and find beauty in all its forms. Life is beautiful and full when remember to dance and sing without judgment. The ego-mind is not needed in matters of spirit. To embody spirit is enough.
Life is shaped in the pauses between the peaks. Set your sights on lofty goals but remain aware of every step. Fall into the space between the beats. The Enlightening ones join the dance without hesitation. They have accepted this gift without hesitation. They don’t understand why so many choose to stand idle, casting down judgments and the entire time, missing the party.
Forget how to judge, how to shame, how to point your finger at others. Point it into the sky and say, “I am the Universe and the universe is beautiful!” When you remember that “you” are not a thing or an object, but a “playful awareness,” a “pure consciousness,” you step onto the enlightening path.
Pause for a quite moment. Imagine all the subatomic particles that constitute your body, dancing together, creating and recreating your physical being. Your inner body is a beautiful dance. Can you sense it? Feel the pulse of life, the energy of beingness. This is the ultimate game being played out in the vast arena we call the Universe. The manifested world gives you an opportunity to witness it. Can you allow it to be beautiful?
Beauty is everywhere there is someone to notice it. It’s created with beautiful thoughts and actions. An unselfish act, a tender moment between strangers–this is how the Dancing One celebrates. Have you noticed how full of beauty YOU are, Beautiful One? YOU are what happens when the Universe dances. Look no further. YOU are evidence of the Divine.
It’s not important that other people approve or agree with what you find beautiful or the way you choose to express your playfulness. It’s in the creation of art that the artist finds pleasure. Don’t you see? You are the universe at play. Know that whatever people think about you, is a reflection of how they see the world and themselves. Perhaps they are afraid to show their playful side. Show them how to surrender to beauty.
Opening Passage from the Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche, Ph.D.
Artwork by Cameron Grey.