Tag Archives: self

Dialogs With My Teacher #61

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. ___ February 22, 2011 (#61) Student: Why does “other” show up out of oneness? Michael: It’s a great question. Why is there anything at all? [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #54

January 6, 2011 (#54) Student: If there is no self, who sets goals and where do these goals come from? Michael: Goals arise just as all else arises: from Emptiness. They also eventually die back into Emptiness. This basic rule applies to everything, including the self who sets goals in the first place. An appropriate [...]

The “You’re Not Special” Commencement

What? I’m not special? This, from the Washington Post, is an excerpt of Wellesly High School’s most recent commencement address, delivered by David McCullough, Jr. (yes… it’s that David McCullough’s son). The whole speech, in context, is worth a read.   “Walt Whitman tells me I’m my own version of perfection! Epictetus tells me I have [...]

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? [...]

ISmile318 – Thanksgiving and Emptiness

To begin with, all of us at Infinite Smile offer each of you well wishes as we begin the holiday season. We also are so thankful for all of your support and participation in this project of awakening. Recognizing our gratitude elevates our experience as human beings, so taking this time to appreciate all of the [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #6

Is thinking about it as an experience the very thing that keeps me from resting in this open space continually?

Dialogs With My Teacher #4

Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. (Art: Bows to Geironimo for “Free Fall”) ___ June 3, 2010 Student: Is it also right to say that you also are born [...]

Is there wisdom in anxiety?

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