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Do you know what the downside to thinking you know is? It’s that you might be wrong. Instead, allow the vulnerability of not knowing, so that you may truly find out.
It’s not something that is earned through effort. It is not something achieved through achieved via willpower. Yet, it requires our discipline and attention. Keep returning and allowing the natural healing process that you are to show you the way.
You already are that which you are looking for, but how do you open to that possibility when the one wants to surrender is also the one who is in the way? What works is dropping yourself — dropping who you think you are and everything you think you know.
It can be difficult to stop and become available for what you don’t want to feel. However, by learning how to simply be here for yourself, you may find that things begin to bloom all on their own. Recorded 3/22/2022 in San Francisco.
The way of healing and transformation is not something that you can achieve or understand, yet it is revealed as you relax and simply get out of the way. Recorded 12/18/2022 in San Francisco.
You honor yourself by being here. It’s a gift that you give yourself, to show up and be present. Recorded 1/8/2022 in San Francisco.
True surrender is enlivening. It’s energizing. It’s empowering. Because you’re letting go of being who you think you are, as awareness slowly, over time, becomes more embodied in your tissue, in your mind, in your heart. That’s the purpose of our life from awakening on. Recorded 12/4/2021 in San Francisco.
Authentic, unique inner guidance is available to each one and every of us, all of the time. The question how often are we really aligned with it? How often are we authentically listening, seeing, feeling, and deeply, intuitively knowing that?
Awakening is the beginning of understanding what practice is. As you bring attention to what is, and you’re not in the way, then naturally, miraculously, consciousness merges into matter and you become more and more radiant, more free, and your life becomes more and more amazing.
Awakening is the beginning of the path, and life, your whole life, is the process of allowing evolution to transform you.
Beliefs are the cause of all suffering. So pay close attention to what you believe. A useful belief might get you to where you are, just don’t let it be the prison of your eternal unhappiness, but rather the gateway to your freedom.
Keep your mind open and free of any conclusions. Ask deeply within yourself, or into your true connectedness: “May I be open and clear to receive what is being given.” When you are filled and touched with grace, with presence, with what we call the transmission of the Dharma, that’s exactly what’s happening. And all you have to do is ask, and be available to receive.
When you sit, stop, and tune in, you’re entering an infinite realm of discovery and possibility. So what you think about it, the beliefs you have about it, what you’ve heard about it – all that can go into the background, so that you can actually begin to see, and feel, and be available, fresh, for what’s happening. You have to go beyond the teachings. You have to go beyond your own beliefs, especially ones that you are very attached to.
Recorded July 17, 2021 in San Francisco
The secret way to freedom is to allow yourself to become intimate with the unconscious struggle that is programmed into you. It’s a struggle you don’t even necessarily know you have until you stop, eliminate as many distractions as possible, and actually pay attention to how conditioning has been literally imprinted into your nervous system, your tissue, your mind and your emotional body. It is not asking for your conclusions, judgments, analysis, or attempts to fix it, figure it out, or get rid of it. So don’t even try. Relax, let it all go, and allow the natural centering of being to open itself to you in its own way, and in its own time, endlessly. Recorded 3/13/2021 in San Francisco.
Enlightenment and awareness are happening naturally. That’s what brought you here, that movement within you. Natural healing is nothing more than the process of awakening and becoming liberated. A flower growing in a garden has its own wisdom that produces that beautiful blossom and that wonderful fragrance, and you are exactly like that rose. Recorded 2/13/2021 in San Francisco.
It’s important to remind yourself to not get caught in that force field of struggle, of worry and concern, but rather to bring more attention to and just be present with what’s arising, whatever it is, so that it can naturally circulate through and out of your system and be integrated into a deeper realm of equanimity and peacefulness. Recorded 1/9/2021 in San Francisco.
I want to wish you a very happy and healthy new year. I know we’ve had one of the hardest years in history, but here we are. We’re still here. So just allow yourself to be here, right now. As you open more and more into the Divine, the Vastness, whatever you want to call it, you have the opportunity to become more fully human. Embrace that opportunity! Our humanity is literally the fuel for the fire of transformation and integrated freedom.
Give yourself appreciation for all the hard work you’re doing to be who you are, and to face the life that you have each moment. Give yourself some gratitude for your effort, some loving kindness and compassion for your struggle, so that your heart remains pliable and soft and available to be vulnerable, to receive, and to give. Because that’s when we’re fulfilled as human beings – when we can love and be loved, without attachment, unconditionally.
Practice is the art of refinement of life. Right now, are you here, or are you thinking about something? Are you aware of your whole body right now? Are you aware of your breath right now? Every moment is completely new. Practice is continually guiding yourself back to what’s actually happening. Every moment is completely new.
Recorded July 18, 2020 in San Francisco
This is a powerful, powerful time for us as a human species. Faced with these incredible challenges, we have the opportunity to learn how to really be present, and to allow that learning to continually evolve. So the question I have for you right now, given all that’s happening, is: are you learning, or are you merely enduring?
Recorded 5/23/2020 in San Francisco.
Rather than looking outside ourselves, we begin to see that every moment is another opportunity to receive the unique teaching that is being freely offered.
This podcast on self discovery was recorded at the Santa Cruz, CA. satsang on 09-14-2019.
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