Starting Over / New Beginnings
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Topic: Transforming the Present Moment into a Living Prayer (Classroom Talk 1/11/23)
Topics covered: We meet life through our understanding of it. If we want to change our experience of life, then we will first need to change our understanding of it; We psychologically chain people to our demands whenever they don't do what we want them to do; Your attention is a form of request. Everything that you attend to, even if you are not aware of it, is a form of prayer...
Classroom Talk: 1/11/2023 - Just being fully present to yourself negates 95% of your missteps in life; the other 5% of the time, when you have to pick yourself up off the ground, serves to remind you of how important it is to always be watchful of "where" you are, and "who" is talking to you as you walk through life.
For the majority of us, what we call being renewed has nothing to do with what is real renewal. Mostly what we feel as renewal is when some idea or a hope that we have gets fulfilled, filling us in turn with a sense of excitement; and then, in that feeling of being full of ourselves, comes a certain kind of pleasure that we take as being the same as self-renewal in this life.
In this answer to a viewer's question, "Secret of Letting Go" author Guy Finley explains that real meditation involves being present to both the interior world as well as the exterior world at the same time. That presence is the center of all things.
All of our life experiences have been trying to teach us a certain grand lesson: Liberation from our captive condition (whatever that may be in the moment) cannot come by further deliberating it. We can see the wisdom in doing nothing toward our own troubled thoughts and feelings when we realize that the only way not to be dragged under by these negative states is to stay...
Student Talks: 7/2/2021 - Key Lesson: Contemplation is sustained attention on a question the heart holds in its keeping, knowing, full well, that the mind -- of itself -- cannot answer. This form of sustained conscious inquiry is the ground of true meditation: it is creation aware of itself.
Topics Covered: True ideas interfere with the agenda of what is untrue; We are taught early in our lives that we should know the answer to every question. Otherwise there will be a punishment; We believe that the sooner we can answer the urgent question our mind is asking, the sooner we will be released from the pain of not knowing; The pain is in the question itself because the question...
Classroom Talk: 6/27/2021 - Contemplation is sustained attention on a question the heart holds in its keeping, knowing, full well, that the mind -- of itself -- cannot answer. This form of sustained conscious inquiry is the ground of true meditation: it is creation aware of itself.
When you don't -- when you consciously won't -- express some negative state, you are literally asking for awareness of a higher self. Here's why... As you don't express that state, you become conscious of yourself as the ground upon which it is breaking as well as the presence of that visiting state. In this moment of new awareness there is something there inside of you, with you...
Classroom Talk: 8/28/2020 - Just as the sun consumes her own substance as fuel, transforming matter into life-giving light and heat, so too are we created to consume ourselves; to transform the base aspects of a separate self - the many conflicting characters inherent in our divided consciousness - into a single, higher form of...
Topics Covered: In the moment of realization, something that was disconnected before is integrated; Discouragement is dishonesty; We must be willing to make mistakes for the purpose of revelation; Thought that we identify with that is allowed to run unconsciously kills the possibility of rebirth; We are born with the capacity to see our consciousness no matter what level it is at...