Starting Over / New Beginnings
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When a wave of negative reactions comes along, something in us that believes itself to be apart from the wave, steps in and tries to mitigate or resolve it... and it never works! As long as we run into the wave, try to fight with it, change its direction, or evaporate the ocean, there's only one possibility. What's the possibility? The continuity of conflict. That's the only possibility there is...
Have you ever noticed that when you're under the cloud of some negative state, what you do to try to "make things better" actually makes the situation worse? Struggling to free yourself from your own negative reactions is a bit like throwing gasoline onto a fire, isn't it? Recognizing that you get trapped in this pattern of taking action that neither relieves nor rescues you from...
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Topic: The Truth that Frees You from Any Troubling Thought or Painful Feeling (Classroom Talk 6/8/22)
Topics covered: There is an awareness that human beings have access to that transcends everything that moves through it; Reactions set thought into motion, but the reaction itself is neither good nor bad. All reactions, in their initial onset, are just the registration of an impression. It has no quality to it. It's just the awareness of a disturbance; Just because you are identified with...
Classroom Talk: 6/8/2022 - There's only one way to be free of painful thoughts: you must see that they are not yours; and, of equal importance, no matter how mutual may seem your relationship to them... you are not a part of their family!
Student Talks: 10/8/2021 - Key Lesson: Part 1: Everything is temporary. Part 2: Resistance to any unwanted moment fixes, at once, an unwelcome sense of self that then feels stuck in the negativity it struggles to escape. Liberation from this sorrow begins as we awaken to realize a shocking truth: there is no psychological suffering that isn't rooted in some form of unconscious...
Topics Covered: We live in a world that is the size of our understanding; As we are now, unconscious reactions tell us what to understand and believe about the moment, as well as what to do about it; There can be no painful reaction without there being something that is fixed in our consciousness; The mind that analyzes and describes a reaction is not separate from the consciousness...
Student Talks: 4/3/2020 - Key Lesson: Looking to, let alone allowing any negative thought or feeling to guide you through a dark unwanted moment is like asking the captain of the Titanic to chart a safe course for you through a sea full of icebergs!
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