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Dialogs With My Teacher #70

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. ___ April 27, 2011  Student: Since our last talk, it’s like everything, on the one hand, is easier and makes more sense. It’s like I’m [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #65

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. ___ March 10, 2011  Student: If we are always already love, why does a felt sense of it follow on the heels of understanding? Michael: [...]

ISmile335 – Living Dangerously

If we’re willing to follow our fear and our negativity with our whole being, according to Michael, we are offered an opportunity to awaken. The loosening of our individual consciousness into a universal awareness is the byproduct of an authentic meditation practice that helps us face these fears and negativity with grace. Watching the bondage [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #51

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. ___ December 14, 2010 Student: Where there is love, there can be no fear, right? Michael: I’d agree with that statement as long as the [...]

ISmile324 – When Practice Deepens

One of the things that Zen practice leaves out, according to Michael McAlister, is a more direct approach to uncovering the Witness. This simple awareness, is all there ever is, and in this talk, Michael uses a piece by Ken Wilber in order to point out this constant Witness as a way for deepening a [...]

ISmile320 – Living Without Insulation

When we commit to directly knowing, as we say in Zen, our True Nature, we have to be willing to give everything up. Everything. Lingering attachments work to insulate us from a full exposure to this very life that we are leading, according to Michael in this evening’s talk. “When awakening happens,” he says, “there [...]

ISmile308 – When We Can’t Go Back

What happens when we realize that we can no longer live the way we have always lived? What happens when we stop our attempts at escape and instead face our lives fully, totally and completely? The answers to these questions are the foundations to a path that takes us deeper and deeper into the harder [...]