Starting Over / New Beginnings
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No moment can be different than it is. We can't change a moment that comes. The moment (and its content) appears from within us, before us, and we are relegated to being able to see it but not to change the very thing that we're looking at as it appears. So that whether we like it or not actually means nothing.
We've all had moments where, by a glimpse of conscience, we suddenly recognize, "I am being prodded; pushed to respond with a reaction in the same way I've always been... but I have experienced the outcome, the karma of expressing that negativity, and God help me, I know I cannot do it again!"
One of the most slippery parts of the upper path is the temptation to judge ourselves -- to loath ourselves for whatever "weakness" is exposed to us in the moment. The act of judging ourselves in times like these seems natural and even necessary if we hope to ever "outgrow" our own limitations as revealed. But this kind of self-laceration is a Trojan horse within whose dark recesses lies...
There is a nature inside of us -- a product of this world physically and psychologically -- that does not want to change. In fact, it is hell-bent on having everything remain the same so that it can complain about the same things again and again. This unconscious nature is a product of our world physically and psychologically. It's almost like a wrapping -- much like a seed is encased...
Have you ever wondered why – with so many people talking about the need to make real changes in their lives – so very little actually changes? It's pretty obvious: Addiction, dependency, and the conflict and fear they breed, are more prevalent and problematic than ever before, even if made to appear otherwise by popular justification. But what isn't so obvious is the reason...
Guy Finley explains that success in your spiritual life follows the understanding that "in my weakness is thy strength made perfect."
Power -- who has it and who doesn't -- seems to determine who pushes and who gets shoved in this world. And given our preference, if we must choose one, we would rather be doing the pushing. The only problem is that on the level of this field of choices, whether to push or be pushed, everyone loses because push always comes to shove...
Topic: How to Transform Your Greatest Weakness Into Your Greatest Strength (Classroom Talk 8/10/22)
Topics covered: The whole of spiritual work is to enter into a completely new relationship with yourself, a higher order of awareness that understands that what it sees is itself; The purpose of our lives is complete whenever we agree to make an intense effort at awareness of ourselves; Why is it that we have no awareness that we have a life until that life is taken away?
Classroom Talk: 8/10/2022 - For those who love truth no door is locked, no secret is kept; all that is needed to be free is given... freely; and Life asks but one thing of us in exchange for this Gift: the willingness to unwrap ourselves.
Topics covered: The spiritual journey involves discovering the genuine need to be awake, and seeing where presently we are led around by weakness; There is no kindness in any power that a person attributes to him or herself; What is the real source of weakness? The fact that we have no permanent 'I.' Rather, our current sense of self is produced by identification with whatever...
Topics Covered: What do we all really need in this life? We need to be loved; Everything we do in this life, however mistaken or incomplete it may be, is for the sake of feeling loved. But there is an immense difference between feeling loved and being loved. Feeling loved is a desire; being loved is an action; In order to love you as myself I must first stop trying to make you into me.