The Open Dimension

Commentary on social issues; politics; religion and spirituality

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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sufi Taj Caps

Friday, September 11, 2015

Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa

The location of the truth of the Great Perfection is the unfabricated mind of the present moment, this naked radiant awareness itself, not a hair of which has been forced into relaxation. Maintaining this at all times, just through not forgetting it even in the states of eating, sleeping, walking, and sitting, is called meditation. However, until you are free from the obscurations of cognition, it is impossible for this not to be mixed with the experiences of bliss, clarity, and non-conceptualisation. Nevertheless, just by not forgetting the nature of one’s own awareness — the kind that is not a tangled mindfulness that gets more tangled in order to be mindful — at some point the unelaborated ultimate truth, transcending terms and examples, will appear.

— Jigme Lingpa

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Portugal , Praia da Oura

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Portugal , Sintra , Palacio da Pena

Portugal , Palacio de Queluz Gardens

Portugal , Lagos

Tuesday, September 08, 2015



Monday, September 07, 2015

Lord Vishnu


2 Timothy Chapter 3:

But understand this: There will be terrifying times in the last days.

People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty,

abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious,

callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good,

traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of

God, as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. 

Reject them.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Sayings of Rumi

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”

“What you seek is seeking you.”

“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.”

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
“Knock, And He'll open the door
Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything .”

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”

“My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”

“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”

“Silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.”

“Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure .”

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”
“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”
“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don't you?”

“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”

“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”

" Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?”
“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a
new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some
momentary awareness comes as an unexpected
 visitor...Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each
guest honorably. The dark whoever comes, because
each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames .”

“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to
 cover others' faults. Be like running water for
generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the
Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a
 hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life .
Finally, to take a step without feet.”