Suffering is nothing other than the search for happiness. By accepting suffering, you are resisting being happy. Rupert explains the subtle ways of the ego to dress as a spiritual and accepting person in order to prevent self-inquiry. The content of the video may partially not be suitable for those who do not know Ruperts terminology. A conversation about tensions…Continue reading It is not enough to accept…
I was told the other day that meditation has no place in America at the present time; that the Americans need action, not meditation. I wonder why this division is made between a contemplative, meditative life and a life of action. We are caught in this dualistic, fragmented way of looking at life. In India there is the concept of…Continue reading It is only a mind that is highly ordered that can be sensitive, intelligent
Great example of the conflict between direct experience and the mind. Francis, as always, razor-sharp and clear like the purest spring water. Absolutely recommended, despite the poor quality of the recording. In the second video Francis discusses judgement and humility – the acceptance of our powerlessness as a separate person. “We should reserve investigation and meditation to those times when…Continue reading How to know we are not separate?
Someone wrote: ” I stopped looking for reasons and I just accept what happens.. We are stories unfolding….” Nonsense… Stories are one big personal and always relative, mind-made nonsense. They come and go. A sane mind stopps to produce so many stories. A sane person avoids living in them. He lives in the one reality. To stop looking for reasons…Continue reading A sane mind stopps to produce stories
I will soon have the privilege of going to work using one of my favorite walking paths. Not only does it take fifteen minutes to reach the destination, but I walk from the house to the new school where I teach, through fields, mosses and meadows! I almost feel like the small, stubborn, red-haired and wonderful Ann from Green Gabels…Continue reading There is something magical about awareness
I can only really and truly meet you where there is no past or future between us. No fear, desire, helplessness that your feeling of separation gave birth to. To look me straight in the face, you have to stand on your own feet, look with your own eyes and speak with your own voice. I don’t want to get…Continue reading It is not enough for a real meeting
My dear friends, look at to what love has mutated in our minds. It mutated into a business. Into a business-relationship that insists on the partner’s sole ownership at most levels. The smallest violation of the rule of absolute exclusiveness in the marriage has mostly devastating consequences. Punishment, drama, war between the partners is what is left of love. Control…Continue reading It all depends on the state of our consciousness
Welcome the totality of your experience without any interpretation, judgement, comparison, conclusion. Just the facts. Let the facts unfold. Ask yourself the question “Under the current circumstances are there still personal thoughts, personal feelings present?” Understand that sense perceptions are impersonal, bodily sensations are impersonal, practical thoughts are impersonal, creative thoughts are impersonal, thoughts about the truth are impersonal. Now…Continue reading Looking for the pleasant? Looking for states? Or looking for truth?
When you lose touch with yourself, when you are no longer connected to your inner Self, you believe that others can tell you what is right and what is wrong, important and unimportant, what you should and shouldn’t do. And so you wander around in the dark. Thrown back and forth by the contradicting opinions of others. See that the…Continue reading Reconnect with Yourself
And so as you go along with meditation, you will find many different phases where parts of you may resist it. You might resist it, because it is difficult, you might resist it, because it’s boring, you might resist it, because you don’t think anything is happening, you might resist it because the reasons why you used to meditate are…Continue reading The most mature form of meditation is where the meditator falls away
I want to clarify something that has been going through my head for several days, namely what meditation can be. There are many definitions of this word, and a lot of different, even contradictory, is associated with it. Without getting involved with the definitions of the others, I would like to explain what I mean by it and how I…Continue reading The three different types of meditation
Q: Why should people suppress the sublime? What is so threatening about paradise? A: There is much that is threatening about paradise. People are very much afraid of happiness. You will be surprised because ordinarily you always say, “I am hankering for happiness. I want all that is possible in life.” But my own observation is – and it is…Continue reading You cannot become happy with a miserable mind
Q: I am fifty, but I don’t yet feel really mature and fully grown up. What is the matter with me? A: Maybe you have not killed anybody yet. That’s a must. If you want to become mature, you have to become a very, very skillful murderer. Unless you kill a few people you will never become mature. You have…Continue reading Society is not happy with mature people
“Do you think I can’t understand your horror of the fox trot, your dislike of bars and dancing floors and the rest of it? I understand it only too well, and your dislike of politics as well, your despondence over the chatter and irresponsible antics of the parties and the press, your despair over the war, the one that has…Continue reading In this trivial world of ours
“Our leaders strain every nerve and with success, to get the next war going, while the rest of us, meanwhile, dance the fox trot, earn money and eat chocolates…And perhaps…it has always been the same and always will be, and what is called history at school, and all we learn by heart there about heroes and geniuses and great deeds…Continue reading To the real men belongs nothing