Dialogs With My Teacher #25

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching.

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August 13, 2010

Student: Does investigation ever cease as this process and practice matures?

Michael: Let’s hope not, as long as “investigation” is the same thing as curiosity. If, on the other hand, we’re looking at “investigation” as somehow connected with fascination, then we’re probably blocking our progress on the path in some subtle ways.

Student: How so?

Michael: When “fascination” gives way to open and unbound curiosity, ego loses its position of primacy. Once this happens we are prone to the holy accident of Grace. If our curiosity is attached to “getting” an answer or “understanding” a concept then we will find ourselves hooked by our minds. This is ego’s arena and it fuels a mental feedback loop that keeps us from the harmonious resonance that awakening offers us.

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