Overcoming Separateness

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We try so hard to overcome separateness with others. More intimacy. More rubbing of bodies. More exchanging of ideas. But always it’s as if you are yelling out of your room and I am yelling out of mine. Even trying to get out of the room invests the room with a reality. Who am I?… Read more »

The Totality of the Moment

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The past has flown away. The coming month and year do not exist; Ours only is the present’s tiny point. -Mahmud Shabistari There have been moments in your life when you were pure awareness. No concepts, no thoughts like “I am aware” or “That is a tree” or “Now I am meditating.” Just pure awareness…. Read more »

Motives for Meditation

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“From the moment you came into the world of being , A ladder was placed before you that you might escape.” – Divani Shamsi Tabriz Initially most people choose to meditate out of curiosity or to relieve psychological pain, increase pleasure, or enhance power. The goal of all these motives is to strengthen the ego…. Read more »

The Trap of High Experiences

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“Paradise is the prison of the sage as the world is the prisoner of the believer.” – Yahja b. Mu’adh al-Razi For many of us who have come into meditation through psychedelics, the model we have had for changing consciousness has been of “getting high.” We pushed away our normal waking state in order to… Read more »