Dialogs With My Teacher #44

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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.



November 3, 2010

Student: So has your life changed a great deal since this teaching started to come through you?

Michael: Thatís an interesting way to put it. But my answer would be in some ways yes in some ways not at all. For example, it feels like my center of gravity has shifted pretty radically. Stuff doesnít stick like it used to. This doesnít negate passion but rather keeps it from latching onto anything. So I still feel things like I always have, maybe even more intensely, but I donít get hammered by them.

Student: Because thereís nothing to hammer?

Michael: That works. On the one hand, thereís nothing there to oppose or to resist. On the other hand, thereís something there for that realization to be met.

Student: Okay, fine but I know you well enough to know that you donít float around in bliss. I know that you donít go around in your life thinking, ďIím you, you’re me, I’m that, I’m that too, oh, look, awareness.Ē

Michael: Right. Itís not something that is co-opted by the mind. Iíve just become more completely normal. And itís nothing special, really. Itís the natural result of what comes out of a deep stillness practice.

Student: It almost sounds like learning a language. Like when you learn Italian, let’s say, and there comes a day when you are not translating the words in your head anymore. There is only ďItalian.Ē

Michael: Parla bene!

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