About Living….

And so immediately this journey became more than just about me going on a barefoot run across Spain! It was about living, about the journey of life – from birth to death – but also about staying in the step we are in… Being present to each moment… It started as an idea about running from the North to the South coast of Spain…. But in reality, it was about living – about being fully present.

This huge journey from Suances to Almuñécar – in my bare feet – became a metaphor of all of our journeys from our birth to our death…

Where on this planet there certainly appears to be a past, the present and a future… We are born, and then we journey through this life, and then we die…

Therefore it can be a very challenging concept that there is no past. There is no future… That actually we are in this moment, and that is all there is – and in fully experiencing each moment, we can come to experience that this whole universe – this whole incredible experiences is but an illusion…

And so can experience planet earth is a crucible for us to see our energy, where it flows – where it is stuck; to feel it all… To see and experience our unique vibration and energetic make up in a body.

We have the opportunity during our lifetime, to feel things – to feel and experience.

The samsara of this planet, the Yin to the Yang, mean that we are able to feel extremes – physically of hunger, of satiety – of cold and heat, of lack of plenty, but also emotionally, fear and ease, joy, sadness, hate, love… Fully experiencing these things, fully recognising all of the feelings within us.

And through feeling these things we can clear them and we can come to experience the silence from which we are born. The stillness, consciousness itself, which is beyond the duality of planet earth and this whole universe…

Being here is an opportunity to feel everything, absolutely every single thing.

And if we are completely able to be present, we experience life as Zen.

If we experience everything – every desire, if we taste every morsel of food – experience every feeling in the body and we are prepared to fully feel, until the point where it clears from us – whether that’s extreme joy, extreme pleasure or excitement… Passionate love and kindness – to extreme hatred, violence, jealousy, envy… To feel all these energies be able to feel them fully….

But without staying trapped in a story, or a projection of the feelings outward…

The responsibility is to feel them without attachment, without blame or projection, without distracting from them or numbing them down…

When we do this, we clear them and we can clear the pain from when it first occurred – even if this is lifetimes ago…

When we allow ourselves to feel without projection and instead to drop between the thoughts and the stories – we can find the space for the clearing to occur, and go beyond this world, to a place of complete silence…

And then we are able to be in the world, in the samsara of this whole experience – but not of it….

Treading the path in bare feet, was for me, another metaphor for this… Because walking without shoes, I can feel everything through the soles of my feet

Planet earth is also a wonderful mirror… Because we have the illusion of separation – because we have the illusion of ‘the other’ people… We get the opportunity to see ourselves – because in truth there is no other.

There is only this moment there is only us…

So every single person who we deem to be ‘outside us’ and separate and nothing to do with us, is actually a reflection of us!

Knowing this and looking at another as a reflection of every aspect of ourselves, leads us to become whole…

When we see every relationship as a mirror, then eventually we reach the point where we do not have a relationship with others, as such – we have only relating, and love – for there is only one true relationship, and that is with ourselves.

When this is whole and healed, then we can experience every single person without rejection ; experiencing the truth that we are one – there is no separation – only love…   Where we are not trying to get anything or expecting anything from the other – because we are totally aware, and have come to experience that there is no other… And there is only this moment…. Here and now…

But to experience this we must first engage fully in the rough and tumble of the illusion of separation and of fully relating without fear, of having relationships! Of living fully in every moment in every experience and doing the best we can to take responsibility knowing that there is no one to blame…

And so Barefoot Across Spain became a metaphor for life, a metaphor for beyond life… A metaphor for silence and for the step… A metaphor for the place of absolute truth, the way, transcending samsara.

Samsara is everything on this planet earth… We’re on the journey from life to death, and if in that were able to transcend the samsara and be in the silence all the time, then we are enlightened.

The Buddha, who was an enlightened being, said that there are three thousand possibilities in every moment…

He taught us how to be present, to be completely in the here and now, in this very moment, and in each moment, there is the whole universe. And within the universe there is every possibility…

We each have a unique, energetic makeup made up over lifetime’s lifetimes since the big bang, when the silence became manifest… We have created this part of the energy of the whole…

So there we are always contradictions. Life is a paradox… There is no other – but we all have a unique, energetic makeup of our own field.

This has occurred as we’ve come to experience being in a body, and created our energy over lifetimes… we are all waves in an ocean of consciousness…

Initially we lived lives unconsciously, surviving, connected to fear… But then the glimmer of consciousness arrived, and the understanding that it was possible to clear the energy and experience consciousness in the body…

To clear it, clear it, clear it to a place of freedom where the whole planet earth could be a playground, a place to joyfully dance and enjoy freedom and true love in the experience of being in a body.