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Student Talks: 8/20/2021 - Key Lesson: Part 1: A rose doesn't "try" to be beautiful; it never struggles to win one's attention, or to prove its value. Any part of us -- pressing on us to try and make a favorable impression -- of any kind, upon anyone for any reason -- is a form of useless suffering born of trying to escape the fear of being seen as "no one."
Many of us have come to believe that being a good performer in life is somehow the same as fulfilling the purpose of life. Here's the strange logic behind the self-created misery that follows it: For each successful "performance" we pull off around others or within ourselves, it feels as if we've won, for the moment, what we've imagined will make us whole and happy -- but the drawback here...
Topics Covered: We are awash in a world of resistance which isn't just global in its formation, but finds in us a willing instrument; It doesn't matter what this world does because this is not your world; We all suffer from SFS and FOPPS, which stand for "Stage Fright Syndrome" and "Fear Of Poor Performance Syndrome." The symptoms of these syndromes are anxiety, worry and self-doubt...
Classroom Talk: 8/15/2021 - Part 1: A rose doesn't "try" to be beautiful; it never struggles to win one's attention, or to prove its value. Any part of us -- pressing on us to try and make a favorable impression -- of any kind, upon anyone for any reason -- is a form of useless suffering born of trying to escape the fear of being seen as "no one."
Look around you, wherever you may be and at any moment. Try to see through the roles of actors and actresses crossing this or that stage of life; look past their appearances and seeming differences and you'll find all share one thing in common: people do the things they do in order to try and provide themselves with a feeling of being complete. They sense that there is a...
Student Talks: 11/8/2019 - Key Lesson: Pretending -- to yourself, or around others -- that "all is well" is the unseen hell of the false self. On the other hand, the realization that all unfolds -- moment to moment -- in the only way that it can is not only the first step in awakening from this lower level of consciousness...
Classroom Talk: 10/2/2019 What is the instant denial of any moment in life... other than an unconscious agreement to live under the dark thumb of some unseen, conflicted part of us that refuses to see itself as it is in reality.
Classroom Talk: 7/31/2019 The futility of ambition hides behind the pain of false pride... save for those inevitable, inescapable moments of seeing how we have labored for a "treasure chest" to come that was empty, barren in the same moment of its imagined conception.
Any time we feign anything, we do so out of fear that without that "persona" to protect us--to make that impression we want--we won't get what we want. This whole way of thinking is secret self-sabotage. Your consideration of the two special insights that follow will start you down the path to a whole new kind of self-command.
Classroom Talk: 4/24/2019 The more we resist -- and suffer over -- any moment that proves we don't possess the strength we imagine ourselves as having -- the further removed we are from recognizing the real healing lesson these moments bring with them: the realization that the source of this suffering -- over our alleged "weakness"...
Topic: Cancel Your Membership to "Club Me" (4/14/19 Classroom Talk)