A conscious cup

imageQ: everyone wants to know, what’s the significance of the cup?

A: to me it is a reminder to seek The Sacred Being, consciousness and love in absolutely every experience and expression, whether we are making love or making cookies. Can I find my depth of passionate presence in the action of making, holding, sipping a cup of tea? Can that cup, something I might unconsciously grab without thought in the morning, be my Yantra, my statue of Krishna or Christ, my reminder and focal point for morning meditation, prayer and reflection. 

This is the power of passionate presence.


Then the cup becomes so much more than a cup. In that moment of awareness it becomes all of life itself, the universe, god. This is the power of passionate presence.


Blue dudes generally represent Shiva, the principal of Silent Sacred Space that allows the light of consciousness to enter the room, dispels ignorance and facilitates evolution. In that quite moment can I become like Shiva, that consciousness that beholds god, the cup ? This is the power of passionate presence.


Lastly, I am a Gurdjieffian, who offered that if a man can make a conscious cup of coffee he can find the consciousness and power to do anything. This is the power of passionate presence. 


For ten years I prepared my own teacher’s coffee as consciously as I could. I made It the Turkish way, watching it percolate at just the right temperature so that it wouldn’t blacken, simmering the milk on the stove beside it, so that they would both be easy simultaneously, slowly stirring in a sugar cube and silently, gently offering it on my teachers left hand side. 

I did this as a practice of consciousness for myself and out of pure love and devotion for my teacher for he too represented The Sacred Being within myself. This is the power of passionate presence.


Can I become so focused on my doing, so consumed in the present moment that I find that conscious space wherein the Divine resides. This is the power of passionate presence.


Whatever we choose, a cup of tea, a candle, our beloved lover, we can make our intentions and actions moments of prayer and works of devotion to The Sacred Being within. This is the power of passionate presence.

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