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.

Wake Up Right Now

“The fundamental teaching — the guiding principle, the guiding light — is your own true nature. Whether you’re aware of that or not, it is, always has been, and always will be what you are. Belief has nothing to do with it. Trying to achieve has nothing to do with it. It is already what you are. All you have to do today is be here — right now.” Recorded 2/13/2016 in El Cerrito.

That Depth of Relationship We Truly Seek | Jon Bernie | nonduality

New Video: That Depth of Relationship We Truly Seek

Jon Bernie talks to participants at this March 14, 2016 San Francisco, California satsang about the transformation of the personal self that occurs when we learn how to clear and integrate it — from the bigger perspective of our essential nature.

Ask Into Vastness

Are you able to surrender? Are you able to just be here? Whatever way works for you in this moment, it will open you, and it will bring you back into a harmonious presence. Maybe just being here, sensing this energy or presence in the room, if you can sense, see or tune into that.

Whatever allows you to, in a sense, be out of the way, is what’s working for you; is your guidance system, your teacher, your path. The fuel for that guidance system is what we call presence, awareness, energy, or awakened consciousness. It’s a vastness of perception.

Recorded 2/22/16 in San Francisco.

Wait Without Waiting

Eventually you get tired of trying — tired of wanting to know the answers, or how long it’s going to take — and you just kick back. You just open. You wait without waiting. Your deeper presence begins to emerge, and radiate, and become foreground.

Our fundamental nature is energy. Aliveness. When you stop, when you become generally, comfortably still, you can begin to develop the sensitivity to perceive that energy — that awareness. Everyone perceives it in their own way, but the quality of it is universal.

Recorded 3/12/2016 in Santa Cruz.

The Creative Force of Discovery

“When the veil of the knower drops away, the creative force of discovery guides your way. Each moment is revealed as new. Just as food has flavor, being has resonance, and the resonant being of being here, now, naturally encourages the dropping away of the veil of the knower. So we don’t come here to learn in the normal way we think of learning. We actually come here to unlearn, or to allow a natural getting out of the way to happen. So each and every one of us, in our own unique way, finds out how to be here.” Recorded 1/18/2016 in San Francisco.

Love Being

“What is the nature of awakened life? What is the nature of freedom? The simplest description is being. When you’re being, you’re more available as a person. You’re more loving, more understanding, more open. You’re creative; alive! And lighter, not too serious. Just enough. Playful. Curious. Awakened life is about becoming fully, completely actualized as a human being.” Recorded 12/12/2015 in Santa Cruz.

Leaving the Map

“Having a map is good up to a certain point, but sooner or later the map ends, and then how do you find your way? As explorers, do we really know where we’re going? At some point we realize we don’t know, and what originally produced anxiety eventually produces freedom, as we learn to listen to this realm of not knowing, rather than projecting our knowing onto reality.” Recorded 1/16/2016 in San Francisco.

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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.