ISmile 351 – When Hopelessness Rules

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This evening’s talk covers a range of topics but centers around the idea that hopelessness offers us freedom. This is covered by Pema Chodron in her book, When Things Fall Apart.   http://infinitesmile.org/Podcasts/wp-content/ISSWhenHopelessnessRules.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 56:16 — 77.3MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Be Aware

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Thought this was interesting: “There are no nouns in the universe, only verbs. Everything is energy, nothing is real”, said Chopra in his opening remarks. Summarizing enlightenment, he said, “Be aware. This is the key to waking up.” Similarly, Tolle remarked, “Consciousness is where experience occurs. I am consciousness. Simply knowing that and slipping into the self beyond the self …

Dialogs With My Teacher #24

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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. ____ August 12, 2010 Student: Do you find yourself working to unlearn stuff on this path and, if so, why? For the sake of clarity? Why is an unlearning step …

Dialogs With My Teacher #13

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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 in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ June 29, 2010 Student: And if “I” am what is prior to understanding, who is there left to understand? Michael: Understanding becomes, at this very point, utterly trivial. The real …

Dialogs With My Teacher #12

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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 in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ June 28, 2010 Student: Is awareness solid? Or is it fluid because of potential? Or is it both? Fluidity is moveable, or, I guess, even movement itself, but awareness …

Dialogs With My Teacher #9

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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 in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ June 22, 2010 Student: What was there before any event, and what is there after any event, is awareness. Or, All-knowledge. But as consciousness is observed arising from this vast …

Dialogs With My Teacher #5

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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 in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ June 8, 2010 Student: Words get tricky here, so apologies in advance if this gets confusing. But I’m wondering if it is the I, or the ego, or …