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Student Talks: 8/5/2022 - Key Lesson: Part 1: It is impossible to be afraid of oneself, and be in command of oneself at the same time. Part 2: Whatever fear seeds in us, it breeds in us.
Topic: Dare to Take the First Step Toward Fearless Living (Classroom Talk 7/27/22)
The only responses to life's challenges that any of us "ride" are those we think can carry us to safety. Leaping onto the back of the dark horse of a fearful reaction, according to our old habits, is like entering a runaway carriage being pulled along by wild thoughts and pounding feelings.
Topics covered: Being fearless is not about conquering fear. It is about a new relationship with the consciousness within you, in which you see and understand more about yourself; Whenever there is a disturbance that comes with fear, you try to think yourself into a fearless life. Begin to doubt your own rescuing mind; The mind starts to become quiet when you begin to realize that it is...
Classroom Talk: 7/31/2022 - Part 1: It is impossible to be afraid of oneself, and be in command of oneself at the same time. Part 2: Whatever fear seeds in us, it breeds in us.
Topics covered: The vast majority of what we think about is driven by fear, only we don't notice it because we believe it to be the normal way to live; How many things do you not see because of fear? Because you are thinking about yourself? Thinking about yourself and fear go hand-in-hand; Fear drives all forms of self-judgment and judgment of others; Ask yourself: If I know that...
Classroom Talk: 7/27/2022 - Real freedom has no beginning or end, while fear can't exist without the beginning of something that will -- and must, under law -- come to an end.
In this answer to a viewer's question, "Secret of Letting Go" author Guy Finley talks about staying awake and present to the pressure we feel to avoid unwanted events. There is nothing to fear because the awareness itself will put ourselves and everything else in its proper place.
Topic: Freedom from the Prison of Anxious Thought and Feelings (Classroom Talk 4/6/22)
Topics covered: Real spiritual work is not about taking things, acquiring possessions to add to yourself; The fundamental difficulty in authentic spiritual work is that you must see things about yourself that you don't want to believe are true; Everything you tell yourself about fear and anxiety is the fear and anxiety telling you what to do so that the fear and anxiety can remain hidden...
Classroom Talk: 4/6/2022 - The ability to explain our fears to ourselves -- all the "valid" reasons we have for feeling anxious about "tomorrow" -- is not wisdom. Wisdom is the Light by which we see the following truth: there is no experience of psychological fear that doesn't begin without first having imagined a threat to some equally imagined sense of security.
Topics covered: In the world of imagination there is no heaven, there is only hell disguised as heaven; The only thing that has authority over you is what you look to for a sense of self; A machine can never be free because it can only do what it has been originally programmed to do; A machine can only work within the confines of its own content; Freedom from the machine already exists...