No News is Good News!

We’re constantly talking to ourselves, constantly thinking — until we’re awake, fully present, and not interfering. Then every moment is new. Every moment is alive, right here.

And that’s really what we’re here for — to discover the ease of being, and to bring that radiant embodiment into our life, into our relationships, into all the things we do. That vibrant, fundamental nature that we are is inspiration itself. Inspired literally means filled with the energy of breath; filled with the light.

Recorded 2/6/2017 in San Francisco.

Profound Fulfillment and True Satisfaction

When everything in your experience arises from awakening, your life has a clarity of direction that arises from alignment with the source of your being. Now you live fully as consciousness itself, with a mind that is so flexible it can understand any position, any perspective, but without believing or being attached to any of them. Freedom of mind leads to freedom of the heart, which leads to freedom of the spirit. Recorded 1/23/2017 in San Francisco.

Let *It* Let Go

Whatever might still be holding on, whatever might be resisting, or whatever might be grasping — just be the space of awareness that lets *it* let go. Recorded 1/14/2017 in Santa Cruz.

Everything is New

Awakening is when you’re just here. Nothing coming or going. Everything is new, everything is fresh. When all our filters drop away and there’s just this presence, we can come to a deeper, centered alignment in our being.

And when you feel that presence emerging, that’s what you want to give your attention to. Words can only point to that possibility. It’s your job to find the truth. No one can give that to you, because it is you. It’s your nature.

Recorded 1/2/2017 in San Francisco.

Healing Social Trauma

It’s in times of darkness that we most need the light. That’s when we’re really challenged to either run and hide and avoid, or face what’s right here. So thank you for showing up for yourself. As hard as it is right now, to cultivate consciousness is to drop knowing; to drop, at least for a while, the past and the future, and the whole story, so that we can allow the healing of our burdened hearts and bodies and minds, and not get completely dragged away in our fears and aggressions. We’re here for healing — healing and recovery, and some nourishment of peace.

Every Taste is Delicious

When you’re no longer caught in meaning, or in trying to orchestrate or manage your experience, then you’re just here. You’re just open, vulnerable, available. Now it’s like every taste is delicious. You actually feel who you’re looking at. You’re willing to be touched, and to touch — to give and to receive. When you’re open, you’re no longer blocked in this container called “me.” That’s always the best time you can have — when you’re not in the way. There’s just this natural radiance, pure presence. It’s not even a big deal, really. It’s totally ordinary, and totally available to you right now.

The Only Truth is Freedom

What does it mean to arrive here fully? What *is* freedom? And what does it mean to truly take care of yourself?

Intimacy of the Heart

Intimacy is the union of being with another without the filter of “me”. It’s a closeness, a heartfulness, an empathetic sensitivity. Even though we may not have conversed, we know each other profoundly. That’s really the depth of relationship that we seek.

A Little More Joy

“Can you find that moment, even right now, where you’re not seeking, not trying, not resisting? Can you let go, just for a moment? It feels good, doesn’t it?” Recorded 3/7/2016 in San Francisco.

The Essential Energy of Transformation

Every moment is the beginning of the journey. When you wake up, there is not endpoint called “enlightenment”. There’s just this closeness, this intimacy of connection. No one to defend.

Opening is a natural, mysterious movement; and what we learn from a human perspective, is how to let it move in the direction it’s moving. How to step out of the way and let go of control — the control of knowing, the control of believing.

Recorded 2/28/2016 in San Francisco.

Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Question of Service

I’d like to look at the idea—the concept—of “being of service.” From the perspective of separateness, we often desire to help, to fix, to ameliorate; and of course there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s possible to be of service in that way, clearly. From a deeper perspective, however, we have to talk about it a little differently.

From the perspective of non-separation—of union, of oneness—there is no “other” to help, no “other” to fix. Compassion is then simply the natural experience of being with pain, whether that pain is in your own body or someone else’s body.

So I would say that “being of service” in the deepest sense is simply being. Not doing something—not being identified with a doer—but surrendering to the pain of the apparent other: the pain of not being able to do anything; the pain of allowing someone else to suffer. This is not callous; this is actually profoundly compassionate. Letting go allows healing to take place, whatever form that healing may take.

If someone is suffering, simply being there with them is a profound service, really the greatest gift we have to give to each other. When you accept the moment completely, they have the opportunity to accept it as well. That acceptance is love. It is profound support, profound nourishment. It is the light and energy of life itself. That’s the ultimate service.

So being there is enough. In that profound presence, there’s no identity around “being of service.” Identity doesn’t exist in that realm.