Tag Archives: space

ISmile336 – The Fourth Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

So what is it that gets in the way of Awakening? If we are already Awake, why don’t we feel it? According to Michael, wisdom traditions seem to offer up some suggestions. Among the most important pointer is stillness itself. Without stillness there can be no authentic awakening. Period. This simple fact, according to Michael, [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #16

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. ____ July 8, 2010  Student: Free will and fate seem to be opposing, but are cooperative. Is there an explanation for this, or would any explanation be [...]

On cellphones, space and the present moment…

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ISmile289 – Out of Pain, Wholeness

In this video podcast of Michael’s most recent talk, Michael discusses how even in darkness, light can guide us. Perhaps the greatest desire for any of us, he suggests, is to be free of pain. But what happens in relationship to practice when we feel heavy with pain. It may be physical or emotional. And [...]

ISmile255 – The Way Out of Discomfort

“Really being clear about what we’re avoi allows us to see what’s behind the veil. Seeing behind the veil we free ourselves and everyone else.”

Let Go

A practitioner at a retreat that I was leading challenged me to simplify Awakening into as few words as possible. Amazing, I thought silently, we are always looking for ways to speed up the process. Of course, I was including myself in this commentary since I had asked basically the same question of my teacher [...]

Still Caught

Only when we ultimately let go of our attachment to our mind and its activity of thinking can we uncover the ever-present Now. This doesn’t mean that we should get rid of any mental creativity we might find or should avoid thought in general. Nor does it mean that having the ability to intellectualize about [...]

Near Enemies

The more we become aware of ego’s activity, the less important its drama becomes. Climbing higher, we are reminded continually that the ego is rooted in self-concern rather than generosity. Seeing this for what it is allows for us to make increasingly selfless choices. In making deeply selfless decisions we take power from the ego, [...]