No. Awakening (aka enlightenment, realization, liberation, etc.) is not a process of development, growth, addition, or expansion.
Eckhart Tolle once said at one of his seminars, “this is not a personal development seminar, but a personal diminishment seminar.” He is quite right in that you are not trying to develop or grow or add to or expand yourself. Also, a common teaching tactic is to diminish or demolish the ego and sense of “me”. Continue reading Is awakening about personal development or spiritual growth?
No, we don’t need to look beyond the world to find peace. The world is not the one filled with desires and fears. Your mind is the one filled with desires and fears. Or more precisely…your thoughts. For, when there is no thought, we can look around in our world and find there are no desires or fears…there is only peace. Continue reading The world is filled with desires and fears; don’t we need to look beyond the world to find peace?
By not paying thought any mind and instead being 100% devoted to the experience of now. By not fretting about the past, nor worrying about the future too much, and being fully conscious of now. By accepting the present moment as it is for as long as it is…neither clinging nor repelling what (by its very nature) changes. Continue reading How do we break the habit of excessive thinking?
Once an apple falls from a tree, does it ever return? Once the bottom of a bucket falls out and all the water goes with it, does the water ever return to the bottomless bucket? Continue reading Once there is Realization, can it be lost?
The mind is through which we see the world…typically. Of course, there is what the world looks like when there is no thought…which is something else. The world, as we see it, is tinted and filtered by the mind. Mind is just another word for thoughts that arise. You see what your thoughts allow you to see. So, it’s all a matter of thought. Based on our thoughts and beliefs, the world we see is tinted and filtered. Continue reading Please explain, “it’s all in the mind.”
Resignation is giving up, quitting, stepping down, standing down, or otherwise conceding defeat. Accepting what is means allowing what is to be and then working with what is. Accepting what is does not mean you are giving up trying to change it. Accepting what is does not mean quitting or conceding defeat. Continue reading What is the difference between accepting what is and resignation?
They are synonyms. They are different words for the same thing…with perhaps minor differences. It is said the Eskimos have 50 words for snow. This might be a myth, but we have many English words for shades of the color blue (and I am removing the ones that have blue as part of the name – like baby blue): azure, celeste, cerulean, cyan, denim, glaucous, indigo, iris, periwinkle, sapphire, teal, turquoise, ultramarine, viridian, and zaffre. Then we have other languages in the world that use different terms for the color blue like azul in Spanish, glas in Welsh, mavi in Turkish, modra in Slovenian, bru in Sicilian, niebieski in Polish, and uliuli in Hawaiian to name a few. Continue reading Is there a difference between awareness and consciousness?
I would immediately ask, “where are you looking?” And then follow that up with, “what is looking?”
Looking anywhere or anywhen else than here and now would be pointless. The Self is here in this very moment. The whole idea of seeking means to look somewhere else and find in the future. When you seek your keys, you look for it everywhere but where you are. You wouldn’t think to see if they are in your pocket. When you seek your keys, you expect to find them in the future…but not now. In this way, seeking is an egoic way of delaying finding…or more accurately, realizing what-is right here and right now. Continue reading What advice would you give someone seeking the Self?
To accept and not identify with suffering means just suffering and being OK with it. While this might dull the hurting and make it bearable, why suffer at all? This question comes from the standpoint of someone who still suffers. My question is why suffer at all? Suffering is optional…because we do it to ourselves. It is mentally created and if we stop creating it, we cease suffering. Continue reading Isn’t it enough to accept and not to identify with suffering?
This is really a nasty question. If I say “yes”, then you will think there is nothing to realize and remain stuck in suffering. If I say “no”, that is not correct and limitations on the Self could be inferred.
You see…it is not as simple as saying “the Self has always been free.” While true, the question is do you feel free? Also, are you free from suffering? If you do not feel free and are not free of suffering, then you are not awake and are not free. However, it is a figment of your imagination. An illusion of the mind. You are hypnotized…and hence asleep…within a prison of your own thoughts. As long as the illusion is attached to and believed…it is a delusion of being trapped and that delusion has effects. Continue reading The Self has always been free. The Self is always awake. Right?