L: You are very, very beautiful, Orangey-black. Your walk is velvet on velvet; your intimacy is freshly cooling earth; and you are wisdom incarnate. Tell me, what is in store for me?
T: How much grief are you storing?
L: It's unlimited; it cannot be described in quantity.
T: Why do you have it?
L: I was born with it.
T: Did you have it before you were born?
L: I don't know. I don't think so. I think it is part of the earthly breath.
T: Do you want to know what I do?
L: Yes, please tell me.
T: For me, grief is not a necessary element. In fact, it does not even exist. I breathe just like you and do not breathe in grief.
L: So I need to look in to my attachment or creation of grief?
T: Yes. What is the purpose of grieving?
L: To be connected with others-----Oh, I get it. I am already connected to others. This grief is something else, not very pretty.
T: You said it, not I. What is not pretty about it?
L: It is incongruous and heavy, sooty. But I don't think that is my problem. I'm not saying that the sooty isn't there. It is just that it is not relevant. Can we try something else?
T: What are you doing walking with me here? I am suppose to be skinned and cloaking your asana (seat). Don't give me that not-guru excuse. I am your tiger, your ability, your ‘ orangey-black' as you say.
L: That's good, Tigress. I can speak to that. I don't want to skin you and sit on you. I like you; I like to look at you and talk to you. I like you to be free and wander around as you see fit.
T: Can I not do that on your asana? How would I do that? How would I wander and be free and still be skinned and covering your asana?
L: Well, I would have to consider you as a paper tiger or not physical, not like the physical me.
T: Could I still be wisdom?
L: I guess so. What is wisdom in your words?
T: Wisdom is non-physical; it is the truth; absolute knowing. You are talking to an orangey-black figment of your imagination, an image that represents and stands in the way--blocking the experience of absolute truth. Once you get me skinned and on your asana, I will represent the Truth that supports you, the living Truth if you will. That is a yogi/yogini that lives the Truth.
L: OK. This is hard. I need little steps here. I have to get you to the non-physical, and not even an image in my mind. I love all those things I see and feel about you here and now. How can I love you as non-physical truth, not even a paper tiger image? How can I do that? And what about when the longing for you as you are here and now arises?
T: As I ‘are' IS here and now as the non-physical, but it is not this image. As you continue, you will see plenty of tiger images like me in others also. I don't recommend you long for them. Make a clean break. Know truth for what it is. Intend and know the truth of me. You can do it. You have done it before.
Now, how will you create the prescription you are asking about? the prescription for getting where you want to go? What are you going to tell yourself? What is your Shiva resolve as the yogis say?
L: I am countering pain, grief, meaninglessness, and the snare of beauty, intimacy, and comfort of the elements. What would you suggest, Oh, Tiger, my tiger?
T: How about, “Hold that tiger! "
You can hold me within, and let me dissolve and rise up to the occasion. This will do for the snare of human longings. It only takes a second to dissolve and I am ‘up where I belong.'
L: OK, I think that will work for beauty, intimacy and the comfort of the elements. I don't lose them, they transform. But what about pain, grief and meaninglessness?
T: Simply LOVE and continue to LOVE, the arisen transformed Tiger-Hold once you are there with your resolve.
That's an accomplishment. Love the accomplishment. Love is neither pain nor grief; nor is it meaninglessness. They are misaligned stuck energy that will come into alignment as you become accomplished.
The 'Tiger-Hold' is an accomplishment (metaphor) of love and truth for you and for all others. It is the true reality of infinite love and absolute truth.
L: Wow! So once the tiger is held within until it (the image of it) dissolves and its energy rises up to where it belongs, then it is held up in the 'Tiger-Hold; with LOVE.
L: You hold at the bottom and you hold at the top!
T: Yes, but your holding transforms when it reaches the top. At the top it is a different kind of hold. But hold nevertheless.
L: Thanks, Orangey black. You beckon-called me when I was four, but not as a tiger--just the orangey black path. Do you remember?
T: I remember a lot more than you do!
L: May this skin-coat be shed for the tiger's orangey-black (metaphorically). May the Great Energy-Wisdom Path be readily available as the tiger tiger burning bright.
Hold that Tiger!
Dissolves as Arising
LOVE the Tiger-Hold
Into the Beyond
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