Two Truths

Two Truths

Two Truths

These days there are really only 2 truths that guide me in navigating life.

And in abiding these 2 core guiding principles, life is so much more graceful, beautiful and alive than I’ve ever known it before.

1) I am not this conditioned and habituated ego (mind constructed self) that reacts, mostly from a sense of fear or a belief in lack. I am not the restless mind that is constantly trying to GET what it thinks it lacks, trying to AVOID what it thinks can destroy it, or trying to CLING to what it likes.

2) The truth of my Being is that I am the eternal, infinite and unchanging AWARENESS within which all that is temporary comes and goes, arises and passes, is born and dies. Thoughts come and go. Beliefs come and go. Conditions come and go. Emotions come and go. All form comes and goes. EVERYTHING is passing within, and perceived by, the unchanging Awareness of Being.

That’s it. End of story.

I really don’t see much that these truths don’t address.

Eternal Presence is Our Authentic Nature.

Eternal Presence is Our Authentic Nature.

My love is more authentic than my hate.

My peace is more authentic than my anger.

My compassion is more authentic than my judgement.

My faith is more authentic than my fear.

Hate is of the conditioned mind. Love is the natural state of being readily available when the hate is not believed.

Anger is of the conditioned mind. Peace is the eternal truth that is ever present beyond the troubled mind.

Judgement is of the conditioned mind. Compassion is of the untouched and unchanging eternal presence within which the mind’s judgement simply comes and goes.

Fear is of the conditioned mind. Faith blooms effortlessly from the grace and aliveness that is the natural ground of being beyond all thought.

I am not my mind’s constructed beliefs. They are not original to my Being and therefore not authentic.

I AM THAT eternal awareness within which all transient conditions of mind come and go.

The eternal presence and Awareness is our Authentic Nature.

Our Narratives Lead Us Away from Truth

Our Narratives Lead Us Away from Truth

Our Narratives Lead Us Away from Truth

I beg your indulgence to share a morning revelation…

Our narratives lead us away from truth.

I was presented this morning with various challenging story lines through a rapid series of received phone calls and emails.

Disappointing circumstances. Surprising circumstances. Overwhelming circumstances. Threatening circumstances.

I gave each one its own narrative. One narrative led down the path of anger / fear. Another down the path of resentment. Another down the path of lack. One more down the path of blame.

The further I rode each narrative, the further away I got from truth.

Sitting in my meditation, my mind was swimming in justification, blame, control, fixing, fighting.

My mind was swimming in mind.

What if I stopped? What if I stopped the narrative? What if I stopped manipulating for outcome with my stories?

What if I asked, what is true? Not about the situation, but what is eternally true?

What if I returned to the knowing that life is not about applying self generated narratives to fix and control each life condition? (more…)

Meditating Beyond Mind to Know True Self

Meditating Beyond Mind to Know True Self

Why do I meditate and how might meditation benefit you?

The primary reason I meditate is because before my meditation practice I was mostly an uncertain and struggling childlike mess of a man lost in my own mind. A good a man? Yes. A kind and loving man? Yes. A smart and creative man? Yes. But considerably confused and fragmented as to who I was and how I fit in the world and suffering from a debilitating lack of self worth.

I meditate with the discipline that I do today to avail myself again and again and again to the eternal and liberated experience of life and Self beyond transient thoughts. To realize the steady truth to the universal question, Who Am I, Really?

One day it radically landed for me that to try to navigate to the truth of life and Self through the interpretations of a mind that is constantly making shit up and then re-making it up in a different way the next moment, is total insanity. This was my suffering.

The mind’s predominant way of knowing the world is through thoughts and through beliefs which are constructed of thoughts.

I began to ask the deep inquiry, “What is the true nature of Self, independent of thought?” I could use the mind to point to an emptiness/everything-ness beyond, and prior to, mind.

Using a thorn to remove a thorn. (more…)

Struggle

I sometimes use the word “suffering” to describe the human condition that can result from being over identified with the ego-mind. I often speak about transcending the human suffering or being liberated from our suffering.

For some that is too strong a word and they can’t relate. They don’t feel that an experience as strongly described as “suffering” is present in their life. Perhaps the suffering has become so normalized within the human condition that it no longer seems like suffering.

For me, “suffering” is synonymous with stuck, trapped, confined, unnecessarily limited, held down and other such conditions that inhibit living in full and vibrant expression of True Self.

But if “suffering” doesn’t quite resonate perhaps there’s another related condition that might. I would wager that for most there is some resonance with a sense of Struggle.

In a typical life there is often some degree of emotional, mental or spiritual struggle that would love to find some resolution. It is the mind that struggles. The struggle of the mind may manifest as a sensation within the body. But the genesis of the feeling is the struggle of the mind.

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