ISmile49 – Getting Our Buttons Pushed

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In this dharma talk, Michael McAlister points out how feelings, especially negative ones, can offer us an opening into the enlightened context. There is an articulation of how it is that we create and then expose emotional vulnerabilities, or buttons, that others will invariably push. From here there is an explanation of how we can each lessen the intensity of …

What’s Happening in This Very Awareness

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In this dialog, Michael McAlister delves into our simple and always immediate choice: do we stay in our familiar state of habitual contraction, or do we allow for a resonant expanse to lead us directly into the heart of an immediate Awareness. His students then take the dialog into issues involving the difference between “knowing” and “Knowing”, as well as …

ISmile45 – Great Undoing

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In this talk, we discuss how Spirit is that which you’ve never been seperated. It is the aspect of you that never moves, and can never be attained, especially by someone who is seeking It. As a result, our approach to practice needs to be informed by Undoing rather than doing. We discuss meditative states and how they settle into …

ISmile44 – Still Being

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In the talk Still Being, we discuss what it means to bring stillness into our day-to-day lives. Michael explores the differences between the small self and the Big Self, as well as the various moves of the ego in order to prevent stillness such as convincing us that there is “a problem”, that “something needs to be changed”, and our …