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The only responses to life's challenges that any of us "ride" are those we think can carry us to safety. Leaping onto the back of the dark horse of a fearful reaction, according to our old habits, is like entering a runaway carriage being pulled along by wild thoughts and pounding feelings.
Topic: The Sure Cure for Painful Stress and Tension (Classroom Talk 7/6/22)
Topics covered: It is not in our power to change WHAT we experience. But it is in our power to change WHO is having the experience; To understand the nature of your experience in each moment is the beginning of changing who is having the experience; Most of us would not even know who we are without having something to be tense about, something to be in conflict over...
Classroom Talk: 7/6/2022 - Part 1: No stress or tension exists outside of the seed of some desire from out of which it grows. Part 2: Everything is better without tension!
Before we can experience the truth of a higher state of consciousness, before we can stand on the ground of ourselves that is the secret stuff of Reality, we are asked to quietly be who and what we are in the Now. To do this we must learn to let go of those parts of our present nature that are never quite pleased with what is. After all, doesn't it seem that we are always in some sort...
In the same way you know that a dog may bark and nip at you but not harm you, when you hear a voice that says, "you're out of time," or feel a pressure telling you, "you've got to run," one day you'll feel that pressure, that hypertension, that anxiety, and inwardly you will hear another certain kind of voice that basically says, "That's it. No more running for you. No more running for you."
Topic: How to Outgrow the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed (Classroom Talk 4/27/22)
Topics covered: The right place and the right time is always right where you are right now; We've never tried NOT trying to fix the unwanted moment that we blame for our pain; What is concealed must be revealed in order for it to be healed; We express negativity when we don't know what else to do with a seemingly overwhelming moment; The more you don't want something...
Classroom Talk: 4/27/2022 - As surely as open skies can't be overcome by any cloud that may pass through them, neither can our True Nature be overwhelmed by any "dark" moment of life, regardless the shadow it seems to cast over it.
Topic: Freedom from the Prison of Anxious Thought and Feelings (Classroom Talk 4/6/22)
Topics covered: Real spiritual work is not about taking things, acquiring possessions to add to yourself; The fundamental difficulty in authentic spiritual work is that you must see things about yourself that you don't want to believe are true; Everything you tell yourself about fear and anxiety is the fear and anxiety telling you what to do so that the fear and anxiety can remain hidden...
Classroom Talk: 4/6/2022 - The ability to explain our fears to ourselves -- all the "valid" reasons we have for feeling anxious about "tomorrow" -- is not wisdom. Wisdom is the Light by which we see the following truth: there is no experience of psychological fear that doesn't begin without first having imagined a threat to some equally imagined sense of security.