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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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“What will it take to dissolve your mind’s control? Freedom is the absence of the thought called ‘I’. So find the questions that release you, that relax you; that allow opening to happen.” Recorded 1/4/2016 in San Francisco.
“As human beings, our greatest longing is to be open — to love. Awakening is the key to that, awakening to what you truly are, your pure essence. Find that spark, right now, and let that take you.” Recorded 11/23/2015 in San Francisco.
“All that’s required to be here is simply to be here; not doing anything, and yet being fully present — awake! — attentive, open and relaxed. Then you might start to sense something — an expansion, an opening, a radiance, a presence — a force, even — within you, around you, moving through you. And you just let that work, because what you’re really learning is how to allow yourself to be fully alive.” Recorded 11/16/2015 in San Francisco.