So you become a victim of that, pulled somewhere into your past or somewhere into your future, anywhere but here and now. It’s a very unawaken state. And sometimes those thoughts can be spiritual thoughts. That’s not better. Spiritual thoughts are not better than mathematic thoughts or ordinary thoughts or general gossip thoughts. All thoughts achieve the same outcome, that…Continue reading Coming home…
It’s easy to see that whatever we give attention to grows in importance before our eyes, gets magnified – becomes more real. The world is now gripped by a growing fear of the coronavirus, which is front page and TV headlines every day. Is it as real, as monstrous as we believe? What is our response to existential threats like…Continue reading Coronavirus from the spiritual angle
It is true that self-realization, the so called shift of perception or awakening from the state of unconsciousness is effortless. It is more a kind of gift, grace, one could say, or a freebie as the spiritual teacher, Adyashanti expressed it in one of his talks. One cannot work out awakening. Self-realization is non-personal, so in this sense nobody can…Continue reading Some preparatory and warning words about awakening and life after awakening
Men are as forgetful and headless In their waking moments Of what is going on around them As they are during their sleep. Fools, although they hear, Are like deaf; To them the adage applies That whenever they are present They are absent. On should not act or speak As if he were asleep. The waking have one world in…Continue reading The waking have one world in common. Sleepers have each a private world of his own.
Very good description of the first awakening, with all the related beautiful qualities, as well as a mention of how identification with the story of “me and my problems” seems to obscure the beauty of the discovery. Jim, like many who have experienced a genuine awakening, also feels the need to take everyone on this journey. One simply wishes to…Continue reading What is awakening?
20 Stop thinking, and end your problems. What difference between yes and no? What difference between success and failure? Must you value what others value, avoid what others avoid? How ridiculous! Other people are excited, as though they were at a parade. I alone don’t care, I alone am expressionless, like an infant before it can smile. Other people have…Continue reading Living in not-knowing REFLECTIONS ON TAO TE CHING (CHAPTER 20, 71, 65)
Q. I would like to ask you what you mean exactly by “the question”? Jean Klein: The question is the answer. Before the question was formulated, the answer was already there. The answer was there before you were conceived. Q. So when you say, “Live with the question,” you’re talking only about the ultimate question, not just any question? JK.…Continue reading Living With the Question
Who am I? (…) is a beautiful transcription of Ramana’s teachings, filled with the wisdom of an enlightened saint. Many have followed his counsel and used the question “Who am I? to direct their attention back to the experience of “I”. When directly experienced, “I” is discovered to be spacious and full rather than limited to the name that clothes…Continue reading Inquiry and direct experience require the suspension of all thoughts
To define something is to know it, to encase it in meaning, and to gain some control over the experience of it. In the book of Genesis, Adam names the animals to know them as separate from himself. To know them as separate gives Adam power. To inquire into something is to open to it, to meet it, and to…Continue reading On inquiry and postponing true, lasting happiness
Awareness is still, open, clear. It has no qualities at all. No characteristics, no attributes. What moves are our thoughts or a deer running across the field, because the head moves, the body moves. But awareness doesn’t move. And when there is no attention of it, the me is there, which means our habits, our fears, our uncertainties, and ways…Continue reading Without awareness, without attention, our conditioning, habits, thoughts, beliefs, fears, and uncertainties are operating unseen
Sometimes at the moment of discovery there is such freedom of movement. One doesn’t have to go with an old habit. If it is seen through. Of defending or insisting or resisting. All it needs is to come upon, and listen and look and let things unfold themselves in the presence of the non-judgmental awareness. -Toni Packer –
You have extraordinary ideas about self-knowledge: that to have self-knowledge you must practice, you must meditate, you must do all kinds of things. It is very simple, sir. The first step is the last step in self-knowledge, the beginning is the end. The first step is what matters, because self-knowledge is not something you can learn from another. No one…Continue reading The inquiry into self-knowledge is an outward movement which later turns inward
It can not be underlined often enough, that in search for self-knowledge, fulfillment and inner peace, there is nothing in the outer world, that is more important than the silent, awake, attentive being. To be here and now with oneself. Especially, when the noise in the head attracts too much attention. It may seem that necessities force one to turn…Continue reading If you want to know yourself, you have to find time to be with yourself
Francis Lucille is – like his spiritual teacher, Jean Klein and his former student, and now also a spiritual teacher, Rupert Spira – perhaps one of the most educated and well-versed sages I have ever experienced. However, his conditioning, his enormous knowledge are not in the way of a spiritual insight into our true nature, namely Awareness, Silence, God. In…Continue reading Silent mind is a mind without worries, not a mind without thoughts
Simply for the sake of understanding, I would like to point out the difference between questioning and asking questions. In the texts and videos about inquiry and self-inquiry, one often speaks of questioning. Questioning is not an intellectual process that should encourage us to think more. It is also not about asking questions and finding answers with which we can…Continue reading The crucial difference between questioning and asking questions