Never miss a podcast! Subscribe to our podcast feed via iTunes.
Like what you hear? Make a Tax-Deductible Donation to support the production of these podcasts.
It helps to realize that we’re really not in control, and we really don’t know anything. It’s a big relief, actually. Then we can be enlightened — we can be fascinated, inspired, transformed. We can be liberated, because we’re not caught in some container of imaginary safety which is really, fundamentally, not safe. We find out that letting go, and not knowing, is actually real security.
Inspiration is something that comes to you, like grace. So we find out how to be available to it, receptive, vulnerable to the intimacy of the primal force of being. Then we begin to find out what unconditional happiness is, and life has profound meaning each moment.
What we find out in this awakening is that our heart is everyone’s heart, the heart of everything. That intimacy is usually accessed through vulnerability, and the willingness to not be in control — to be open, to be receptive, to not know; to be unwound, released, dissolved. Vulnerability is the hallmark of intimacy, and intimacy is really the realm of the dropping of the self.
Awakening is a natural force of nature — like gravity, like birth — and it’s ongoing. Awakening continues. And as it progresses, there’s deepening, and opening — there’s a natural trust that evolves, a natural support, and then vulnerability and letting go are not so threatening anymore.
In awakening the flow becomes illuminated — becomes conscious. And eventually you realize you are that conscious illumination.
Our true self is profoundly satisfied. When we awaken, or open to our real nature — this radiant aliveness — we begin to enjoy the possibility of being truly satisfied. It’s this wonderful sense of enrichment, of being nourished and fulfilled and complete.
Liberation is simply freedom from the known. If there’s no thinking, there’s no thinker, and that’s the end of the identity that separates. The identity is only a thought that’s in the way. As they say in Zen, it’s what separates heaven and earth.
Gradually we begin to see that what we have rejected, thrown away, or pushed aside, is actually waiting for our forgiveness, our compassion, our gratitude, our appreciation; because we see that it is part of the whole function, part of the ecosystem of this life and of freedom.
When letting go really happens, you’re held up, you’re buoyant, you’re actually floating in energy and awareness. And then the moment is effortless — it’s open, it’s available. It’s connected.
Enjoy the moments of freedom that you have, even if they’re just brief little glimpses, or tiny little tastes. Those tiny little tastes, eventually, are the seeds that sprout and grow into the profound trust that will allow you to fully let go.