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Our present level of Self -- with its accumulated fears, compulsions, and doubts -- knows only one way to deal with the disturbances that upset its precarious balance. It thinks about them. It calls on the body of its collected past experiences, compares them to its current situation, and then concludes both the nature of the problem and what must be done to "deal" with it...
Student Talks: 4/15/2022 - Key Lesson: The Unknowable Source of Peace in real life far exceeds our reach... because it can't be grasped, let alone taken by hand; it can only be received by a heart that has willingly emptied itself of hope in all things seen.
Topics covered: What the wanter in you really wants is to continue wanting; A person can't understand a true teaching if he or she is already full of belief about what the teaching is; The nature of the thoughts that offer to lead you through a disturbance are connected to what you want and to what you don't want; The more conflict that is created by thought, the more that thought is called...
Classroom Talk: 4/10/2022 - Part 1: The Unknowable Source of Peace in real life far exceeds our reach... because it can't be grasped, let alone taken by hand; it can only be received by a heart that has willingly emptied itself of hope in all things seen. Part 2: To see that our happiness is as the sand in an hourglass that never stops turning itself over sets the stage for realizing...
Topic: Enter the Place of Perfect Peace Within You (Classroom Talk 3/16/22)
Topics covered: The kind of peace that can so easily be turned into conflict is not genuine peace; When it comes to our spiritual life, there is nothing more important than "location, location, location," which is the place where we invest our attention, time and energy; There is a psychological location within us where there is perfect peace. That location of perfect peace will never be found in the outer world.
Classroom Talk: 3/16/2022 - The sense of any disturbance within us is the awareness of being touched by Life. The part of us that resists this unwanted sense of being "upset" by life is, in fact, powerless to restore the equilibrium it feels has been lost. In truth, all forms of painful resistance are the negative effect of an unconscious nature at war with life itself... as it blames life for disturbing its imagined peace.
Topic: Release Yourself from the Circle of Stress, Fear and Sorrow (Classroom Talk 3/2/22)
Topics covered: What is eternal and timeless exists even within the seemingly mundane; Energy that is not squandered can be used to find the truth that from lower consciousness is hidden, but yet that is found in the center of all things; The stage of life where you are now is just as necessary as every other stage that comes before or after; The kind of freedom that is connected to...
Classroom Talk: 3/2/2022 - Peace is not the opposite of conflict; it is the absence of it.
Whenever we put ourselves on the side of what we know is true, then the truth takes our side, lending us what is noble, needful, and divine. Truth sees to it that we are strengthened by wisdom, sheltered by light, and that our hearts know the peace of having fulfilled her plan. And the more we choose in favor of being awake to our own True Self, the sooner we will come to realize...