If you want to know what it means to be happy, look at a flower, a bird, a child; they are perfect images of the kingdom. For they live from moment to moment in the eternal now with no past and no future. So they are spared the guilt and the anxiety that so torment human beings and they are…Continue reading Divine discontent
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 agree or disagree. It is not about finding a pleasing answer, an answer that just suits us best in the current situation, allows us to feel at home in its false security, but…Continue reading We question in order to explore, look and discover the truth for ourselves
What is it that most of us are seeking? What is it that each one of us wants? Especially in this restless world, where everybody is trying to find some kind of peace, some kind of happiness, a refuge, surely it is important to find out, isn’t it?, what it is that we are trying to seek, what it is…Continue reading We have so committed ourselves in different ways, that we have hardly any time for self-reflection, to observe, to study.
It started with observation since early childhood. Self-observation and observation of the world around me. And wondering, that so many apparently held onto so much nonsense. That so many preferred to walk around in masks rather than show themselves, that they rather followed their dramas than just to be here. That people didn’t know how to appreciate life. That loving…Continue reading If you too are tired, allow yourself to be, and rest in this aware presence that is your nature.
Coming in touch with deeper dimensions of life brings a shift in perception with. That shift mostly allows us to live with more ease, more openness, less self-centered, more relaxed, serene and fulfilled. From my own experience, I can say that silent observation and contemplation of myself and life has brought many positive changes, and that this can actually be…Continue reading It is possible to live life in abundance, freedom and peace that is accessible to everyone who is ready for it
It is not thinking that prevents discovering the deeper dimensions of ourselves and life, and certainly not a creative or practical thought that actually occurs much more often, when we consciously turn to observation and contemplation of life. What opposes and prevents the unfolding of experiential self-knowledge, what stands in the way of discovering life as constant mystery and marvel,…Continue reading There is much more to discover
I do not know if it has always been this way and when it happened that we started to live disconnected from our bodies, our senses, feelings, and from the stillness of our inner being, our quiet and powerful center. It must be somehow possible that not everyone is born with the same degree of disconnection, because I could observe…Continue reading But who was it that told us this story about ourselves, in which we believe so fanatically, so desperately?
There is peace only in freedom. One who lives in slavery knows no peace. Slavery stimulates restlessness, uneasiness, which is the essence of disharmony and disorder. The world we are living in today is full of suffering, misery, uneasiness; expressed in aggression, exploitation of one another, and violence. Individually and collectively, at home in the family, and there at the…Continue reading To be born in a human form is a great responsibility, because you have to be simultaneously in two fields: the man-made field, and that which is not touched by man
Life is where the spiritual rubber hits the road. Life will show us where we are not clear. Being in relationship with life and others shows us clearly where we can still get hung up. If we have true sincerity, we are not going to hide in the realization of the absolute. We are going to come out of hiding.…Continue reading We can have a very deep seeing of the true nature of things, while remaining, on the human level, very conflicted and deluded in certain areas of our lives
When we become still. When we sit down and become very present our awareness starts to move underneath the known self, underneath the ego. Not that you are trying to get rid of it or do anything with it. You are just noticing that the known self, the self that you think about is just a collection of thoughts and…Continue reading The awareness that is watching this moment is also the awareness that notices the self that you imagined yourself to be
Today, on my walk, I once again listened to this wonderful and wise lady and at the same time observed myself. A thought came to me that the fact, that hardly anyone listens to Toni, not even in the pseudo-spiritual circles, is actually an excellent proof for the state of consciousness of our humanity, where everyone assumes to know and…Continue reading A state of consciousness of our humanity, where everyone assumes to know and hardly anyone really looks
Spirituality is not concerned with treating symptoms such as depression, anger, grief, illnesses, addiction, selfishness or trying to alleviate them, for example with breathing exercises and other esoteric practices. Spirituality goes far beyond that and asks for the origin, both the origin of the symptoms and the origin of everything that is here. Spirituality is also not really interested in…Continue reading Spirituality works with the tools of a true scientist
I am not interested in tranquilizing the mind, but in finding out how it operates. So a question comes up, and then – listen. In the light of the question. What is happening? People say, yes, the birds, the sound of the traffic, it is all there, but there is deffinitely a feeling of somebody who hears all of that…Continue reading This deeply ingrained conviction and feeling that there is a separate entity, separated from what is perceived
Toni Packer – April 1990 – Day · Questioning of the subtle ways of how the self operates · Self-concern and the corresponding emotions · Insight and intelligent action · Are the sense of self and self esteem necessary? · Negative and positive self-image · From questioning to listening, insight and change · Silent retreat and its effect
What matters profoundly is that a human being discovers directly, clearly, the enormous depth and weight of psychological conditioning that shapes and controls every move of the mind and body, keeping it divided and in conflict with itself, with other people, and with the natural environment. Not just to discover this conditioning, to become aware of it from moment to…Continue reading Having profound insight into the infinite disguises of the idea and sense of a separate self