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Student Talks: 1/6/2023 - Key Lesson: Nothing ends that something doesn't begin; nothing begins that something doesn't end. To know this as true is to no longer live in the fear of emptiness, let alone to covet the feeling of "fulness"... As neither of these psychological states, including the false sense of self (unconsciously) derived from them, exists without the temporary conditions that create the illusion of their reality.
Topics covered: Until we see a bigger picture of the real world that we live in, we won't be able to really know and experience endless new beginnings; If you want to experience what is new, then you are going to have to let go of your ideas about newness in favor of the actual relationship with what is always new; We can see the evidence of renewal all around us...
Classroom Talk: 1/1/2023 - Nothing ends that something doesn't begin; nothing begins that something doesn't end. To know this as true is to no longer live in the fear of emptiness, let alone to covet the feeling of "fulness"... As neither of these psychological states, including the false sense of self (unconsciously) derived from them, exists without the temporary conditions that create the illusion of their reality.
Have you ever been in the midst of that very personal sense of peace called, "sitting in front of the TV with a nice pizza?" Then the phone rings, or a neighbor drops by, and... boom! Your slice of heaven is replaced with simmering resentment toward the person or event seen as disturbing it.
Topic: Cultivate Conscious Self-Doubt and Stop Arguing with Life (12/22/21 Classroom Talk)
Topic: Entrance into the Peace that Passes All Understanding (12/15/21 Classroom Talk)
Topics Covered: Stillness, peace and genuine security cannot be created by the mind. The peace that passes all understanding dwells in another order of our being that is beyond the intellect; The return journey to our spiritual home cannot be separated from the realization that you cannot fill yourself. Nothing that you fill yourself with will free you; The condition that is blamed for the way...
Classroom Talk: 12/15/2021 - There are no shortcuts to stillness. There is no trying to be empty; with almost no exception, effort is ambition...and though it is full of becoming, it is empty of Being. The darkness of (spiritual) emptiness is inseparable from the Light of awareness by whose grace we are given to see the unthinkable: it is impossible to fill ourselves.
Every relationship that we have in our life -- our contact with each person, place, and event -- serves a very special, if yet to be realized, purpose: it is a mirror that reveals things to us about ourselves that can be realized in no other way. I think this is one of the reasons that so many of us love to be out and about in that great showroom of life called Mother Nature.
Topic: How to Start Hearing that "Still Small Voice" Within (9/1/21 Classroom Talk)
Classroom Talk: 9/1/2021 - Learn to be still and listen... the less we talk to ourselves about life's unwanted moments, the more Life will speak to us, telling us things that ears can't hear.
We have lost the relationship between what we see with our eyes and the registration of it as an aspect of our own True Nature because we don't see what we see; instead we think about what we see. And when we think about what we see, what we receive is the content of thought that has stored that experience. We don't receive what is real, alive, changing, creative, and forceful.