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It's frightening, losing your life. Everything you ever thought was important just melts away. The complex value systems, the vehicles for outrage, the impassioned striving for a better world, all that happens to no one. What dies is what believes it is not whole. What goes is the notion that any of the morals or outrage or striving is the "why" of being; what drops away is the need for any "why". It is the seeker that dies, although seeking can still arise, but perhaps not in the context of the search for some massive existential purpose.
There is still seeking, and longing, and circumstances that require apparent actions that seem opposed to this message, such as raising your children to be constructive citizens, with a drive to fulfill their potential. But who is all this happening to? When does it happen? To no one, and not in time. It is shining, singing being, speaking through the senses and thoughts and feelings, observing itself with duality, but it is only and ever being, playing the game of living. There need be no one taking it all so seriously, for what is being taken seriously is an illusion, the illusion of a separate self. What can happen, can happen unfettered by this funny idea of you.
Jim Carrey in The Truman Show - everything you've always believed in collapses; it's not necessarily a "bad" thing. Who can make such a judgement?
Here is the newest video from our offering of Seattle satsang on "The Fragrance of Truth."
Abundant, joyful blessings,
For satsang calendar or for individual sessions with Matt, please visit: http://www.TrueDivineNature.com
Read from the full post Man is alive, and he or she knows it. Man is very clear that he or she is alive; he does not doubt it. He has no need to verify it from others either. No teaching of any sort is required to know that he is alive. Man does not pray to God to know that he is alive; he is happy that he or she is alive, though he may think that he is not happy in life. But man cannot perceive and experience this aliveness. If he were clear about life, then he would certainly be happy; so he should be clear whether life is real or an illusion. Life cannot be both. If life is real, nothing can be done about it, because that which is real cannot be changed and, if life were an illusion, there would be no need for anything to be done about it. Furthermore, if life is an illusion, then man will be an illusion too, and there would be nobody real to do anything about the illusion. But man thinks that life is real; he thinks that life is real because he or she is convinced that perception and experience are real. These need to be examined as to whether they are or not.
The newest video clip from our recent Seattle area satsang. Enjoy:
Who is it that can be hurt? Pain may arise, but there is no one who can be hurt. In separation, however, the hurt is personal, and sometimes unbearable. We seem to need all kinds of help. Help is always there. The apparent story is a kinder one than it seems it used to be. And my character is not at all averse to asking for help!
That paradox of the character in the story seeming to carry on, and yet there being no one and nothing, isn’t something the mind can resolve. Yet it is blindingly, screamingly obvious; duality is nonduality, twoness is oneness, apprehending itself. We have dreamed ourselves up. If it doesn't seem obvious, perhaps, if you want, you could inquire why that is. What does it matter if an apparent individual is “awake” or not? What is it, exactly, that you are looking for? And perhaps “exactly” is the operating word; some apparent individuals have a very specific idea of what enlightenment, or whatever we’re calling it today, is “like”. It’s like this. This is it.
No one is “enlightened”. No one can awaken. Indeed, that is what is seen. There is no one that can awaken. There is no one, and everything, absolutely everything in the appearance is love. There is no samsara. Some apparent individuals still have the idea that they are separate, most of them in fact, but there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing that is not Oneness, the Source, Consciousness, aliveness, beingness, whatever the preferred term is.
Here is the newest video from our offering of Seattle satsang on "Eternal Love."
Abundant, joyful blessings,
For satsang calendar or for individual sessions with Matt, please see: http://www.TrueDivineNature.com
In subtle and not so subtle ways a lot of people are rushing to gather info, gather spiritual experiences, gather spiritual knowledge in the hope of getting insights to arrive faster to this ‘final spiritual place’. Is that really what it is about? I have found that we need to come to a total disillusionment and disappointment with life. Nothing on the outside can give ‘it’ to us, no teacher, no partner, no job, no nothing!
The spiritual path is very simple, not always that easy! We need to stop and ask ourselves what is already still what is not touched by our minds? We need to stop and have the courage to listen to the voice of Spirit and not to the voice of our small minds. How do we do that?
Relaxation is the doorway. Making space and realizing that this Silent Being is always here resting in the midst of us and as us. The more you take time to listen to your within-ness the more your life harmonizes itself and becomes magical. Just imagine putting all your love and adoration into this Silent Being. You’ll find your small mind will fill itself with Big Mind; this Silent Being All of your life becomes whole in front of your eyes. It may take some time before you can let go of the human condition. Sooner or later it will happen.
Here is one of the most recent videos from our offering of Seattle satsang. Matt Kahn speaks on "The Purity of Truth."
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in order to be awake, are we supposed to be self-content all the time? in self-love and delightedness with our human personality? for most of my life, that's what i thought, so i would try and try to self-improve, working on all those 'bad' emotions and behaviors that made me a less holy or evolved person, determined to rid myself of my anger and depression and anxiety and bitchiness once and for all.
but guess what. it's still there. and the more i've tried to beat it...the shadow parts of me for lack of a better word...down, the farther away i geo from feeling integrated, self-content, or at peace.
can we be at peace, in oneness, and still have self-loathing lurking around sometimes? yes, i know so. it is only through my humanity that the light comes. it is only when i surrender trying to change, allow the bottoming out process to become my ground and cradle, that the light can buoy me. even in the self-hatred, in the regret, the frustration, the anxiety, the wishing i could die, even here, Love is, Light is, Spirit is.
that's why i like to work with prisoners. because when they truly get that they are ok, regardless of what they have done, who they are, where they are, regardless of their mistakes, then pretty remarkable transformations occur.
Picture from premier of Songs and Stories of Light, Love and Liberation, Minneapolis, MN, Feb. 2010.
The human being is in constant search for stable happiness, whether one is conscious of the fact or not.
This search is often objective in that most still believe that their happiness depends on other people, life circumstances, professions, possessions or some other.
When the ego gets what it wants, it is relatively happier. For just one moment, it senses the illusion of completion and it finally rests free of desire. Yet, true fulfillment is not a possibility for a fraction. For the ego, completion is a delusion, since partiality can never be whole.
For the mind-made self, happiness soon wanes. Sooner or later, discontentment in the form of desire once again arises, since it still senses lack and the life situation within time is in constant change.
Further, the ego senses that it is separate from "those" people and its life circumstances. It is therefore under constant threat of loss or hoping for future gain. Most every moment is used as a means to some ego end.
When the ego does not get what it wants, it judges the situation and then blames someone else. The result is usually disappointment from false expectations or personal intention. My will vs. your will consistently ends in pain and suffering for all involved. Once again, we have the delusion of separation and its inherent opposition.
Of course, stable unhappiness is just as impossible as enduring relative happiness, since within time the life situation changes. When our happiness depends on other situations, our emotions fluctuate and follow our judgment.