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The cute video linked below (and of course, I also feel sorry the little one is afraid…) that so well illustrates the “shadow self” we speak of in our psycho-spiritual experience. In a paradox, while it is a part of the experience, it has no substance or reality. It is an obstruction of (our own) Light by (our own) veils in (our own) asking for an experience of duality and contrast. As such, there’s no “work” to be done “on” the shadow, and neither can we avoid or escape it as the little one is trying. All there is, is the realization, in witness, that it is not real. And the realization that there exists a void and empty Self that casts nothing. Consciously witnessing the shadow experience without trying to work on it, or believing there are layers and layers to heal in a lifelong “journey” by following a “path” etc., naturally allows for its embracing and integration… and eventual dissolution in experience. (The experience may appear to be of layers releasing and integrating over “time,” but in actuality this is not so… so, if years of healing or counseling in any form, spiritual or psychological, has us believing this, here’s a gentle invitation to truly, truly look and see how there’s no getting to the bottom of the shadow.) In actuality, in perfect timing for each unique expression of the One, with the possibility always existing in the Now, there is perfect alignment with Light such that little to no shadow is cast. And in the moments it is, there is sustained abiding in the ‘I am’ that attaches or identifies not with “the shadow,” laughing about its experience the way this sweet little one too will laugh one day.

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So long as we see practices, rituals and consecrations as natural and spontaneous side-effects — expression, celebration and conveyance — of already real-ized Truth, we’re in alignment. When we believe them to be avenues to getting to Truth (or anything else such as happiness, peace, well-being, prosperity…), we’ve invented time — the path, the journey, the process, the distance between now and then — and have veered off Now. Now is the only “place” and “time” for Truth real-zation! In the Now is available all joy, peace, well-being and prosperity!  (more…)

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As a fellow beacon of Light also recently suggested, the guru will teach you how to play the game of life (illusion/duality) better, i.e. more effectively, productively and comfortably, while the Satguru will finish off the game altogether, pointing past (and often catalyzing the breakdown and dissolution of) all the armor that veils and obstructs the Self/Now.

Of course this isn’t comfortable, as it is an annihilation of all that has come to be our strong-suit, including (and especially!) our concept of “spirituality”… it’s a death-before-death… and yet underneath all the armor is the Self — Love, Bliss and Peace. As such, the Satguru will neither focus on tools and practices, nor on rituals and consecrations as a means to getting anywhere… all of that is about playing the game of duality, of time and space, and of stories and symbols that anchor time and space. While these can be enjoyable expressions, conveyances and natural by-products of Truth already realized, they are never mistaken for either Truth itself, or the means to Truth. Truth always stands naked in the Now, when everything else is stripped away. Truth is simply to be seen. (more…)

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What irony that we are using Facebook to complain about Facebook!! And, what a wonderful metaphor the Facebook experience is for the worldly experience. We sign up voluntarily for the experience, creating avatars to suit whatever experiment we wish to run with ourselves this “lifetime,” then voluntarily and collectively create all content (including countless pictures of kiddos technically unable to give their consent… and who asks animals anyway?)… Then, when every passing whim and thought gets stored in the (Akashic!) records and made visible / usable to all — indiscriminately and without measure of “good” or “evil” — we are mad at the Creator for not only allowing this, but also now watching silently, “not taking responsibility.” Exactly how we relate to the world of our collective creation!  (more…)

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What goes entirely unobserved about the things we “want” (i.e. are drawn to) and “don’t want” (i.e. are averse to) in the manifest world, is that they are both ultimately equally wanted by us! Otherwise it would be simply impossible for both to manifest. (As ridiculous and even perverse as this may seem to the mind, what we don’t want is wanted not only by those “others” who might directly want it, but also by those who assert that we don’t want it.) Without the manifest don’t wants, the mind wouldn’t have anything to contrast against, in order to identify (with) what we do want. Without the villain, we couldn’t have the fight of resistance and we couldn’t come out the hero. We project ourselves in a dualistic reality precisely to experience this day-and-night dance, to surf the ups and downs… It’s just that the surfer knows they didn’t show up at sea to tow a straight line, and that they very much want both the ups and downs in manifest form. And so, no surfer begins to believe they don’t want the wave going down and protests its downward movement. It’s just that in the worldly sea, we forget this, and so, we also forget to surf without the suffering.
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Desirelessness — freedom from desire — is neither an absence nor a quelling of desires. It is, rather, the spaciousness in which both “wants” and “don’t wants” are free to arise without (a “me” that is) resisting, attaching or identifying with either. The “free to arise” and “free from identifying” are the freedom. So, desirelessness is aligning with and abiding in the infinite ‘I am’ that is the spaciousness for all of it, to be.

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A debate is, technically, outright structured as a “for” and “against” exercise. The one who “wins” is the one who is solid in argument, not necessarily establishing “rightness.” Simply as an art or sport alone, it has its merits as a fun intellectual activity, and can also illuminate via exploring polarities.

A discussion or dialogue, while being issue-focused, intends to build consensus for action. While the motivation is earnest, the motive is to convince and/or negotiate our way into an end, to some form of evaluation and decision, and eventually, action. In its end-orientation, it isn’t just about being with each other. And we miss seeing that having a motive at all — to convince, negotiate, impact or change (oneself or) the other — is a form of violence at the subtlest levels, and this is the very violence that scales up to gross violence when my wanting to change others fails. (more…)

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