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Dialogs With My Teacher #60

February 14, 2011  Student: Under what conditions could death be characterized as a distraction? Michael: Death is merely a return to truth. But our interpretation of death is almost always a distraction to this offering. So I’d say that both avoidance and celebration of death serve as distractions if either works to soften the full [...]

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Dialogs With My Teacher #49

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 23, 2010 (#49) Student: It feels like my spiritual path has changed from kind of a desperate yearning into a “no big deal.” [...]

ISmile327 – Karma’s a Bitch

Michael works with The Book of Serenity‘s, Case #76 as a way of describing the path of attainment. He also weaves into this description an application of how people come together and separate in relationships. By using the phrase, “The moon sets, midnight going through the marketplace,” he points toward the teaching that there is [...]

ISmile323 – The Enormity of What You Really Are

When we let ourselves truly recognize what lies beyond our preferences and our attachments, we begin to get a sense of how expansive we really are. This recognition can be an explosive experience that rattles us to our core, scaring us from continuing our practice. In this talk, Michael encourages us to stay the course, [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #31

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 16, 2010 Student: I keep thinking that the mental stories authored by my ego are kinda’ like bullfrogs in that they’re always puffing [...]

Encore Post – Avoidance vs. Stillness

This post was originally offered in June of 2008 as part of the book, Awake in This Life. ___ There is a difference between consciously aligning our lives from stillness and not feeling any need to get out of bed in the morning. A commitment to stillness doesn’t mean that we should absolve ourselves of any [...]

ISmile311 – When Seeking Ends

We often begin our spiritual journey because we’re at the end of our rope. We seek ways to avoid our discomfort. Unfortunately, when our  practice centers itself around seeking we find that our progress along the path is continually blocked. Authentic spiritual work helps us shift our perspective in radical ways, especially when it comes [...]