In tonight’s talk, Michael talks about how our everyday mind points us toward Awakening. Putting ourselves into an alert space means that we can’t allow ourselves to simply become numb to life. Nor can we indulge our stories or the negativity that arises in our normal circumstances. In fact as we fully meet our lives and allow for anything to arise, we can open to what is True beyond our own stories. Looking at the challenges of our practices and our day-to-day lives allows us to get into a space where we can see our negativity. At the seeing of our negativity, we can disidentify from it. This disidentification is our Freedom from suffering.
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