Tag Archives: Knowing

Dialogs With My Teacher #52

December 28, 2010 (#52) Student: What is the difference between knowing and believing? Michael: Both are activities of the mind that can be useful. If, for instance, you know something, you generally have some kind of evidence to back up your mental position. With belief you don’t need the same evidence. In fact, very often, [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #44

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 3, 2010 Student: So has your life changed a great deal since this teaching started to come through you? Michael: That’s an [...]

Why do this spiritual work, anyway?

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Dialogs With My Teacher #40

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. ___ October 13, 2010 (#40)   Student: Okay, so what does it really mean to not know? Michael: It really means that one is really [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #34

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. ___ September 29, 2010 (#35) Student: Is there any knowing that is non-active? Or that’s ever a non-active knowing, or is activity inherent in all-knowledge? [...]

Encore Post – Nothing Personal

This entry was previously posted in 2008 and is an excerpt from the book, Awake in This Life: a guide for those climbing the Mountain of Spirit. __ 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 [...]

Your Enlightenment?

At the encouragement of c4chaos, I read a post by Alan Chapman of Open Enlightenment. Chapman offers us an interesting bit of writing on how he’s evolved after becoming enlightened. Admittedly, I spend a great deal of time with my own sangha cautioning about this kind of language since it implies that one has awakened [...]

One as All and All as One

As man moves towards spiritual freedom, he moves also towards oneness. —Aurobindo Before a person studies Zen, mountains are mountains and waters are waters; after a first glimpse into the truth of Zen, mountains are no longer mountains and waters are not waters; after enlightenment, mountains are once again mountains and waters once again waters. [...]