Dialogs With My Teacher #64

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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. ___ February 15, 2011 Student: Is there ever any leaning from one person on another in a deeply conscious relationship? Michael: Relationships that are truly conscious turn the leans and …

Dialogs With My Teacher #55

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January 10, 2011 (#55) Student: What is the most enlightened way to communicate with someone who is very difficult? Michael: The same way I’ve suggested that you speak to someone who complains a lot; listen deeply and speak from a place of open generosity. Student: But what if they’re totally narcissistic and seemingly uninterested in any point you might want …

Dialogs With My Teacher #45

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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 4, 2010 (#45) Student: What do you think about all day when seeking is dropped and the story is not taken seriously? What does it look like …

Encore Post – The Pain Cycle

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This post was originally offered in May of 2008 as part of the book, Awake in This Life. ___ Whenever relationships are discussed in the context of spiritual practice, most of the questions concern unhealthy attachment. Whether we are conscious of it or not, dysfunction continually offers the ego a place to hide. For example, the ego would much rather …

Real love vs. Egoic negotiation

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Over at Wildmind, Sunada talks of her interpretation of attachment in relation to love: let’s clarify what the Buddha said about sexual relationships. He said that a man and a woman in a loving, supportive relationship are like a pairing of a god and a goddess. Hardly sounds like disapproval, does it? It turns out the Buddha was all for …