The Language of Mary Burmeister II: Expression, Part 2

Matthias Roth tells us a little more about Mary in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:



Not that direct experience has any kind of pedagogical agenda, mind you. It simply knows itself and like anything or anyone that does, can never depart from its own truth, not to please, not in order to help or for any other reason. And it wouldn’t help if it were any less than all it is.

in a way Mary is relentless in how she sticks with her own language (and rhythm as we explored in the previous issue). She abandons you to sentences like, “It is the awakening of the MYSELF awareness…” (p.6, SH I) or “Being the Non-being – ‘NATURE – THE EFFORTLESS REALITY’, KNOW MYSELF IT IS.” (p.1, SH II), but she knows that you can get there. You don’t know that at the moment, but she does, because she’s walked there.

So one day you sense your shoulders dropping, without your doing anything. You didn’t do anything, it just happened, different from any sense of exercise, and as it did, something inside your whole being dropped. Right then, “Be drop your shoulders,” (definitely not your average English sentence!) makes sense for the first time. Now that you have the experience, how are you ever going to speak about it in the old way again?

Or in some calm moment, when your thinking is almost quiet, you may for a fleeting moment sense all that matters in your life at this moment. You know without a doubt what your next step needs to be and you almost don’t have words for it. Then suddenly you KNOW the meaning of “The awareness of the moment (the breath), one’s present state of being will become an art of LIVING.” How do you reasonably explain that anything at all is “Creator’s art personally for MYSELF?” (p.6, SH I)

You don’t! You say it or you don’t, but you are definitely not going to explain it. It’s not a thing for the mind! And when one day you feel that it is true there will likely be nothing inside of you even wanting to start explaining.

Now I am not saying that Mary’s books don’t explain anything at all, they do. I am saying I have found the inexplicable sentences and indigestible words to be the treasures there, the signposts in the direction of direct experience and the constant reminder that that is what it’s all about, and that inside of me, it already is.

Thank you, Matthias.

Thank you, Mary.

Thank you, David.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings

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