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Living Life When Your Thoughts Don’t Matter (from my new book The Way of Liberation)


We are like a person treading water in a dangerous sea – always scrambling for a lifesaver to drift our way. Whether it be anxiety or depression (the proverbial Scylla and Charybdis of the human psychology), we become firmly attached to the belief is in an external condition that will, temporarily, free of us of our distress. Anytime this belief is prominent, and let’s be honest with ourselves – it is true for most of us, we will live our lives in fear and anxiety. When we live our life this way we will never have the opportunity to express our authentic self. This is the life of the invalidation triad. We are puppets of a heartless, all-powerful world. All the power resides outside of us and we are helpless.
It is to this very desperate, deeply conflict person that religion and patriotism extend their very “helpful” hands. In our moments of deepest vulnerability, they inform us that they will answer our questions, they will become our partners in this ever-threatening world. Thus we learn to take sides in this life. It’s either for us or against us. It’s survival of the fittest. To the most powerful go the riches and all the rest. Here is one of the sources of deep violence, hatred, and division. This is the answer for so many millions of us.

Contrast this relationship with that of the hunter/gatherer. Unlike those who are identified with fear and hopelessness, he is made alive by and through life. He is one with life, flowing with its infinite changes. He is life.

His trust relationship with this world is never severed. The power of life is shared with all, from the tiniest insects to the towering redwoods. He lives in the vast web of connection, as life. The apparent separation of all of life and his body is merely an artifact of sight. They are truly one and the same. The beating of his heart is the beating of life itself. He has no interest in life ‘working out for him’. The external elements of life do matter for him, because he is this very life in this moment.
What would it be like to live a life where, literally, nothing mattered? What would it be like to live life as life? What would your life be like if you saw the whole energy sucking hope that life give you a “break” ended right now?

End that person now and see what happens.

Try it out and see for yourself. Let’s say that I’m walking down a street and see someone grabs another person’s purse. What happens then? If it is at all reasonable, I would intervene and try to help!
You then ask, “well, if nothing mattered, why do anything?” That certainly sounds like a reasonable question, but is it true? When I say live your life as if nothing matters, what that means is that we stop believing the many voices in our mind that tell us what matters, those thoughts that generate and sustain the toxic fear that governs our everyday existence. Instead, when nothing matters, we live in the immediacy of the present moment. Thus, when I see the woman’s purse taken away from her, I intervene, if it is, at all, possible and try to help. If nothing else, I offer my assistance after the crime has taken place.

When we live life as if nothing matters, we are true to our own self and not to the mass of fear-based thoughts the circulate in our consciousness. We are, finally, true to ourselves.
We find the strength and loving power that lives in the core of our authentic being.

This is Liberation.

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Living Life When Your Thoughts Don't Matter (from my new book The Way of Liberation)


We are like a person treading water in a dangerous sea – always scrambling for a lifesaver to drift our way. Whether it be anxiety or depression (the proverbial Scylla and Charybdis of the human psychology), we become firmly attached to the belief is in an external condition that will, temporarily, free of us of our distress. Anytime this belief is prominent, and let’s be honest with ourselves – it is true for most of us, we will live our lives in fear and anxiety. When we live our life this way we will never have the opportunity to express our authentic self. This is the life of the invalidation triad. We are puppets of a heartless, all-powerful world. All the power resides outside of us and we are helpless.
It is to this very desperate, deeply conflict person that religion and patriotism extend their very “helpful” hands. In our moments of deepest vulnerability, they inform us that they will answer our questions, they will become our partners in this ever-threatening world. Thus we learn to take sides in this life. It’s either for us or against us. It’s survival of the fittest. To the most powerful go the riches and all the rest. Here is one of the sources of deep violence, hatred, and division. This is the answer for so many millions of us.

Contrast this relationship with that of the hunter/gatherer. Unlike those who are identified with fear and hopelessness, he is made alive by and through life. He is one with life, flowing with its infinite changes. He is life.

His trust relationship with this world is never severed. The power of life is shared with all, from the tiniest insects to the towering redwoods. He lives in the vast web of connection, as life. The apparent separation of all of life and his body is merely an artifact of sight. They are truly one and the same. The beating of his heart is the beating of life itself. He has no interest in life ‘working out for him’. The external elements of life do matter for him, because he is this very life in this moment.
What would it be like to live a life where, literally, nothing mattered? What would it be like to live life as life? What would your life be like if you saw the whole energy sucking hope that life give you a “break” ended right now?

End that person now and see what happens.

Try it out and see for yourself. Let’s say that I’m walking down a street and see someone grabs another person’s purse. What happens then? If it is at all reasonable, I would intervene and try to help!
You then ask, “well, if nothing mattered, why do anything?” That certainly sounds like a reasonable question, but is it true? When I say live your life as if nothing matters, what that means is that we stop believing the many voices in our mind that tell us what matters, those thoughts that generate and sustain the toxic fear that governs our everyday existence. Instead, when nothing matters, we live in the immediacy of the present moment. Thus, when I see the woman’s purse taken away from her, I intervene, if it is, at all, possible and try to help. If nothing else, I offer my assistance after the crime has taken place.

When we live life as if nothing matters, we are true to our own self and not to the mass of fear-based thoughts the circulate in our consciousness. We are, finally, true to ourselves.
We find the strength and loving power that lives in the core of our authentic being.

This is Liberation.

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The Still Point – Commentary on the Luminous Field


When we explore the self we discover that there is no self to be found. So, when it is realized that we are the still point – the luminous field on which everything appears – changes – and disappears – certain understandings become apparent. We realize that we are nothing that can be perceived or expressed. When it is seen that we are not even an image of anything, we are then free to just be, after all, what choice to we have – we can only be.

This beingness is really quite amazing for on it everything is – everything that can be seen and unseen (thoughts, feelings, emotions). Without this remarkable field of being nothing can be. The Field holds nothing and nothing can hold it. This is Liberation in its most perfect sense.

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This field cannot be attained because it is who we are prior to any mentation or ‘efforting’. It is neither a consequence of thought or feeling. It is the isness prior to either thought or feeling.

There is a beautiful commentary on this luminous field in Stephen Mitchell’s new Book The Second Book of the Tao – in his commentary on verse 6 of the Tao To Ching. If you can, check it out.

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How to Find the Still Point Amid Change


How to Find the Still Point

Just a short reminder about finding the still point in a universe of change. It’s short, but it’s important.

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Finding Balance in a Universe of Change


Finding Balance in a World of Change

There are two sources of identification. When we are identified with lack, which the vast majority of us are, we are identified with the changes in our life; changes in thought, feeling, emotion, circumstances, and experience. The alternative identification is with that which is aware of all change; that part of us that has never changed and never will. The luminous screen of identification is the source of everything and it is always and must be balanced in all circumstance without exception.

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The Navajo 3 Levels of Life


This story was told to me by a traditional Navajo healer.

He said that there are three levels of reality. The first is the sensed world – everything we see, hear, touch, taste, and touch. It is 100% sacred. The second level is our psychological world. It consists of our hopes and fears and any opinions we have related to our hopes and fears. This world is the source of 100% of our suffering. Finally there is the Ceremonial World, where it is all one.

We can see that this means that karma, the belief in an afterlife, a belief in a personal god, each belongs to the psychological world of our hopes and fears. The sensed world is sacred. In its form of pure connection – it is the Ceremonial World

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Escape from a Dream – Mooji

Please see my entry below this one. When we want to be “there”, we are obviously taking sides. We are saying, “there is a problem with here, so I need to be there.” Here, where we are, is the place where there is NO side taking. Here must allow things to be exactly as they are. Here is the only place of sustainable liberation. THERE must always be a position, a side and we grasp for this position/side out of a belief that we NEED something that we don’t currently possess. We need to show ourselves and, often others, that we are something. This is an expression from our place of lack and insufficiency. See it as it unfolds in your life. There is no harm or stigma to this. This is something we all do.

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