Encore Post – No Teachers

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This entry comes from the book, Awake in This Life. ______ As we’ve discussed, no person can enlighten another. Some realized people have a gift for pointing out Truth, but you must realize it for yourself. Whenever we meet another with the fullness of our attention, this allows for one mind to see itself in two beings and for two minds …

Encore: Showing Up

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This entry comes from the book, Awake in This Life. _____ Only a Buddha with a Buddha realizes enlightenment. —Lotus Sutra All real living is meeting. —Martin Buber When I see that I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see that I am everything, that is love. And between these two, my life flows. —Nisargadatta Maharaj When there is a …

Unhooked

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Choosing to become intimate with Awareness requires a constancy of both attention and intention. Neither the attention, nor the intention, is a fixed entity, and yet they can easily become attachments if we aren’t careful. On the other hand, if we don’t get hooked by them, they can be seen as manifestations of surrender supported by the ever-present Awareness of …

Nothing Personal

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As we come off the Mountain of Spirit, we recognize how little about us needs to be defended. This is because we have begun to build lives out of our realization of Emptiness. This Emptiness is the Source of everything. This Source, once again, is totally still and gives birth to all that moves. It is an eternal, unmoving Awareness …

Chapter 4—Perspective

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There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so: to me it is a prison. —William Shakespeare So the world, grounded in a timeless movement by the Soul which suffuses it with intelligence, becomes a living and blessed being. —Plotinus Key among our efforts to climb beyond both personal and collective suffering is our ability to allow …