Tag Archives: identity

ISmile292 – Dancing with Challenges

What would it be like to be able to welcome any challenge as an invitation into awakening? Our relationship to our troubles determines the answer to this question. Are we avoiding anything? Are we at war? Harboring ill-will? Acting from desperation? Hungry for something, anything, other than what’s actually happening? Are you going for pleasure [...]

ISmile287 – Getting Out of Love’s Way

In this video-taped Dharma talk, Michael McAlister discusses how beginning to objectify the experiences of both body and mind will help us to experience life and love more fully. Seeing, for example, that our sensations and perceptions are objects, allows for us to develop a clearer sense of what is sensing and what is perceiving. [...]

Day 2: Integral Theory Conference

Listening to Dr. Elke Fein talk about history from an integral perspective. She argues that collective traumatic experience has more of a social, cultural, and political development than we’ve imagined. This and how a society relates to its past work to determine behavior on the world stage. Tweet

No Fixed Self

Our fixed sense of a self, which we spend so much effort and energy maintaining, is only a creation of our minds. Again, this small self, or ego, is just as a dream—a phantom generated by our minds in order to stabilize the chaos of Infinity. Hearing this is disturbing to the ego since it [...]

The Mask

When the ego’s activity of identification begins to be exposed to a more expansive awareness within us, it begins to resist what it perceives as a loss of all it has worked so hard to achieve over the years. The more we pay attention to exactly what is going on, the more we begin to [...]

ISmile51 – From Affinity to Infinity and Back

In this talk, Michael relates Gandhi’s quote, “True beauty is my aim” to Awakening. A mind that doesn’t identify with thought, and a body that isn’t addicted to the senses, meet in the vast spaciousness of an open heart. It is here that compassion flows freely from us, even as we eat breakfast. Questions relate [...]