Tag Archives: Part I: The Climb

Non-Reincarnation

Life after death, or life after life, depending on how one looks at it, is one of the more fascinating aspects of spiritual practice since we’re not really sure what happens when we die. There are plenty of scriptural teachings to suggest that reincarnation exists. Maybe it does. Certainly, this would make things easier on [...]

Rehearsal

A big part of living a conscious life means that we are living fully at every moment, aware and accepting of the fact that at any moment we might die. At this point of experience, everything simultaneously becomes a gift and a mystery. But there is a common spiritual confusion with this carpe diem attitude. [...]

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 [...]

Death

Die before you die and you shall never die. —Sufi saying Now when the bardo of dying dawns upon me I will abandon all grasping, yearning and attachment, Enter the undistracted into clear awareness of the teaching, And eject my consciousness into the space of the unborn Awareness. As I leave this compound body of [...]

The Rubber Band Effect

Another important realization as we climb occurs when we see that meditation won’t necessarily keep us happy. Meditation, done correctly, merely affords us direct and continual exposure to the deep silence underneath whatever is happening right now. Exposure to deep silence reminds us that all things are temporary, including anything we think might make us [...]

It's Not about Bliss

The purpose of a deep stillness practice is not to seek a lowering of our blood pressure, or to get a break from the kids, or to escape our situation. Meditation might, in fact, lower our blood pressure, ease the tension we might feel with our kids, and help us deal with our pain in [...]

Seeking

What we are looking for… is what is looking. —Wei Wu Wei The more you know the less you understand. —Tao Te Ching The small self is always seeking outside itself for stability. Once it finds something that it feels will protect it for a while, it will attach to it. But the small self [...]

Chapter 3—Fear

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. —Bertrand Russell The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. —Carl Jung Fear is ego’s fuel. This is because ego’s role in our life experience is to defend itself against all [...]