Awakening is a choice in this moment to stop the search, to stop the resistance, to let go, to relax, to allow everything to be just as it is, to surrender and turn ourselves over to what Robert Adams called “the power that knows the way” (what I would call awareness or the Now, and what some might call God), to be fully present and awake to the bare actuality of this moment (hearing, seeing, breathing, sensing), to come home to Here / Now, our True Self—the Heart of what is.
Is awareness something detached, aloof, beyond it all? Should our identity shift from the sense of being a person to being awareness? And are we supposed to “be here now” all the time?
When we speak of giving complete, nonjudgmental attention to the present moment, accepting what is and allowing it to be as it is, or when we say everything is perfect as it, this is sometimes misunderstood
Truth (nonduality, Ultimate Reality, supreme enlightenment) is utterly simple. It is right here. You are it. This is it. It is all there is. addictions, our compulsions, our quick temper, our various failures and disappointments)?
Not that long ago, people lived in a world where there was no social media, no internet, no computers, no YouTube, no printing presses, no airplanes, no trains, no cars, no highways, no telephones, no televisions, no radios, no streaming media.
Authentic spiritual awakening involves, in part, a recognition of Awareness (sometimes called “True Self”) as the unchanging space to which all phenomena come and go.
Nowadays it's easy to see that we are this formless intelligence inside. Yet so many of us, in our innocence, still think that thought is thought, and that it's an object, and that it's going to be there for eternity, yacking away about nothing, bothering us.
The essential discovery of all the great spiritual traditions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen, Sufism, Kashmir Shaivism and Judaism, is that experience is not divided into a perceiving subject, an entity known as ‘I,’ and a perceived object, world or other
What is the experience of an object?
Take a tree for instance. When looking at a tree we experience a visual perception. The perception is never only of a tree. The apparent tree is always part of a larger perception that includes, the field, the sky, others trees, etc
Sooner or later we will all experience the tragic quality of life. Perhaps this quality of life is brought to us through illness, or the death of a loved one, or losing a job, or an unexpected accident, or having your heart broken.
What explains the success of repeat entrepreneurs? A team of researchers from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE) have been investigating the proposition that nonlocal intuition accounts for the repeat entrepreneur’s extraordinary ability to locate future business opportunities
Global coherence research encompasses a large variety of scientific data to gain new insights into the interconnectedness of human/animal health and behavior and the sun and earth’s magnetic activity
Compared to the emptiness of co dependence, having a communion with an inner child can feel like it is filling oneself up, but ultimately this practice keeps one at arms length from any deep seated trauma
The quality of our initial relationships with our caregivers - how safe they are and how well our needs were met - actually plays a major part in sculpting a child’s growing brain
Shame is a painful experience.
Shame is when you want the ground to swallow you up, you can’t look at people in the eye, you feel frozen, you have self-talk going round and round, or you feel humiliated.
The New Year is approaching again.
How many of us were full of determination and hope this time last year with resolutions for the future, only to find our impetus faltering as January commenced and our resolutions all but forgotten by February?
When it comes to diet, there are lots of different authorities all giving conflicting information. Paleo, keto, vegan to name but a few. It seems we give our authority over to these scientists and let them tell us what we should be eating. But how about if we were to act with inner authority – to be in touch with ourselves and know which foods we organically desired. Surely this would lead to a better sense of fulfillment and improve our health.
How much attention do you pay to your food when you eat. Do you tune in to the desire, focus all your attention on the flavour of your food and really feel the feelings of fullness. If not it is likely you have dented your sensitivity for it is a use it or lose it scenario.
And what about food addictions? There is a theory that addictions are all about trying to meet unmet needs in other ways. Charles Eisenstein has a really good example.
Imagine that there is a woman who is thirsty and doesn’t know about water. She stumbles a cross ice cream and eats one. While she is eating her throat is sated, her mouth is cool and it seems to allay the symptoms. When she stops eating the ice cream the sense of thirst returns. So what does she do?
She has another ice cream. Does she have an addiction to ice cream? No, she is thirsty and is handling in in the best way she knows how. Once she is introduced to water she feels sated straight away and begins relying on water. The ice cream eating simply falls away.
So it is with other addictions. For example you might need intimacy in your life and turn to sugar instead.
We are all meant to belong. The people around us are meant to know us intimately. We are meant to have a connection with nature, knowing the habits of the animals we see and which bark of which trees goes to make medicines for us.
For us to have lost our sense of community and our connection to nature leaves a hole inside each of us. What do you think you do to fill this hole?