everything that is, simply is.
 there is no alternative to what is.
 there never was. 

everything that is, simply is. 
I have imagined alternatives to what is
. I have hoped for alternatives to what is
. I have tried to create alternatives to what is
. but I have learned that everything that is, simply is. 
I am powerless when I stand against what is
. I am empowered when I accept and work with what is
.

everything that is, simply is
. whatever was, no longer is
. whatever has yet to be, is not. 
the past only has power over me if I let it. 
the future only has power over me if I let it
. there is no power in the past, nor in the future. 
the past and the future are nowhere to be found. 
the past and the future are fiction. 
the past and the future are not real. 
the only experience that is real is the one that I’m having right now-exactly as it is.

everything that is, simply is
. when I look at a mountain, I accept the way that it is
. when I look at a flower, I accept the way that it is
. when I look at myself, I don’t always accept the way that I am. 
I am no different from the mountain or the flower.

everything I am, I simply am
. there is no alternative to the way that I am
. there never was. 
I have imagined alternatives to the way that I am. 
I have hoped for alternatives to the way that I am. 
I have tried to create alternatives to the way that I am. 
but I have learned that everything I am, I simply am. 
I am powerless when I stand against what I am
. I am empowered when I accept and appreciate what I am. 

everything I am, I simply am. 
if I wasn’t intended to be exactly the way that I am, I wouldn’t be
. the intention that created me exactly the way that I am is greater than my intention. 
the intention that created me exactly the way that I am is the same intention that created the entire universe, infinite and eternal
. when I take a stance against the way that I am, exactly as I am, I am taking a stance against the entire universe, infinite and eternal. 
it takes all of creation, infinite and eternal, to create me just as I am. 

everything that I am, I simply am, and am perfect just the way that I am. 
if I believe that something is wrong with me, the entire universe, infinite and eternal, will assist me in seeing my illusion by bringing me the gift of suffering. 
all illusions will bring the gift of suffering. 
this is how the universe, infinite and eternal, helps me identify my illusions
. through the gift of suffering, I have the opportunity to align my beliefs with what is and what I am

.

everything that is, simply is, and is perfect just the way that it is. 
everything that I am, I simply am, and am perfect just the way that I am
. everyone else is perfect just the way they appear to me. 

there is no alternative to way they appear to me. 
there never was. 
I have imagined alternatives to way that others appear to me. 
I have hoped for alternatives to the way that others appear to me
. I have tried to create alternatives to the way that others appear to me. 
but I have learned that everyone is perfect, just the way they appear to me
. I am powerless when I stand against the way that others appear to me
. I am empowered when I accept and appreciate the way that others appear to me

. everyone is perfect just the way they appear to me
. accepting what is, does not render me passive. 
when I accept what is, I stop fighting what isn’t. 
when I stop fighting what isn’t, 
I free myself to enjoy and appreciate what is
. there is endless energy in what is
. fighting what isn’t will only, and always, exhaust me. 
living in the acceptance and appreciation of what is, is freedom.

everything is perfect just the way that it is
. what is, is infinitely mysterious
. what is, is unknowable
. what is, is perpetually giving
. what is, perpetually gives the experience of the present. 

the experience of the present is the only way I can embrace what is. 
in order  to embrace what is, I must constantly let go
. to fully embrace what is, I must allow it to completely fill my awareness. 
if I am holding on to what was, even if it was just a moment ago, I cannot embrace what is. 
if I am anticipating what will be, even if it just a moment from now, I cannot embrace what is
. to embrace what is, I must let go of what is. 
to embrace what is, I must let go of what was. 
to embrace what is, I must let go of what I think will be. 
to embrace what is, I must let go of what is

. I embrace by letting go. I embrace by letting go. 
I embrace by letting go.

I don’t need to remember what was. 
I let go
.

I don’t need to know what will be. 
I let go
. I let go. 
I let go 
and know 
that everything that is, simply is.

everything that is, simply is
.

everything
 simply 
is.

 

©2001 chris spheeris