Darkness of the Womb: Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering – with Tara Brach

Published on Jan 31, 2017

Darkness of the Womb: Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering – with Tara Brach (01/25/2017)

We can either repeat old fear based patterns, or our suffering can awaken us to a deeper wisdom and greater love. This talk explores four principles in relating to difficulty that move us towards healing and freedom—both personally and as a society.

Audio: https://www.tarabrach.com/transformin…

Mary O’Malley: Learning The Language Of Consciousness

We spend our lives living in an imaginary self, listening to the stories in our head whose foundation was created when we were young… This storyteller, who talks all day long, thinks about life rather than living it and struggles with most everything. When a challenge shows up in our lives, we try to control it, fix it, get rid of it, or judge it—wanting it to be different than it is. This happens whether the challenge is small (like getting upset because the traffic light is taking too long to turn green) or much bigger (like losing a job, getting cancer, or dealing with the death of a loved one). Our challenges are here to teach us, helping to not only see but also see through this storyteller we all took on when we were young.

Slowly and surely, human beings are waking up in greater numbers than ever before, and we are beginning to realize that what heals this struggling self is consciousness. Becoming a conscious (or awakened) being is learning how to see and be with “what is.” That’s why Rumi’s “The Guest House” is such a popular poem. To paraphrase, Rumi tells us that every morning (I say “every moment”), a new arrival shows up (such as fear, anger, sadness, loneliness, despair, happiness, love, or joy). Rumi invites us to meet each of these arrivals at the door laughing (which I can’t quite do all of the time) because each has been sent as a guide from beyond to clear us out for some new delight.

Rumi is telling us that living consciously is not being a victim to what is happening but actually bringing curiosity to what is showing up—all of it. Since our attention is usually caught in the stories in our head, we have to be reminded again and again that we are not these struggling selves we mistakenly believe we are. Who we really are can see and be with whatever we are experiencing. It is the difference between saying “I am afraid” and “Fear is here.”

The House of Your Mind Imagine that you are living in a huge house with a family. You have aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, children, and siblings, and you are constantly trying to keep all of these people happy. When Uncle Joe gets angry, he upsets the family. When Cousin Clara is crying all the time, the children become anxious. Then there is Daughter Deanna, who is always smiling and laughing, and she drives everyone crazy because she is such a Goody Two-shoes.

Well, that is what it’s like to live inside your struggling self. You are living in the house of your mind with all these parts that you think belong to you. What you don’t realize is that not only are these parts not your family, but it isn’t even your house! In other words, you are not your struggling mind. These voices are merely parts of you that you absorbed from those around you when you were young, and they got frozen inside.

Throughout the past 14 months, I have been walking alongside my son on his journey with cancer as well as dealing with a host of other challenges. I woke up in the middle of the night not long ago and found Great Uncle Dread was here. My mind initially reacted and said, I am going to get up and go into the kitchen and eat something because numbing myself with food was how I took care of this deep, painful part of me when I was young. Then I said to myself, What about taking a few minutes and just being with this dread? As I brought my attention into my body, I once again discovered this place right below my stomach that I had been afraid of for so many years. That night, as my attention came into the physicality of my dread, recognizing and acknowledging it, the tightly held energy let go and transformed into joy.

Each of your wounded parts that have gotten frozen inside of you (like dread, loneliness, not being enough, or deep fear) have their own view of the world. Your sad part has a different view than your angry part. Your confused part has a different view than your judgmental part. Your scared part has a different view (and a different experience) than your despairing part. The question is this: How can you learn to be with each of these parts so they can finally let go and heal? That doesn’t happen in fixing them, changing them, or rising above them. Instead, when your attention and your experience come together, those hurt parts will naturally let go.
Source: AWAKEN

Tara Talks: Loosening the Grip of Self-Doubt

Published on Jan 31, 2017

Tara Talks: Loosening the Grip of Self-Doubt – Tara Brach

If our identity is bound to an egoic self, we are going to suffer from “impostor’s syndrome” or other forms of self-doubt. Turning to a larger sense of being enables us to regain trust in our basic goodness.

A Scientist’s Mind Meets the Heart of Reality with Francis Lucille and Edward Frenkel

Published on Jan 29, 2017


A mathematician with interest in Nonduality and a Nonduality teacher with scientific background engage in a dialogue and take questions from the audience.

Francis Lucille is a spiritual teacher of the tradition of Advaita Vedanta (non-duality). He became a disciple of Jean Klein, a French Advaita teacher whom he met in 1975. This was the beginning of a close association that lasted until the death of his friend and spiritual master in 1998. Jean Klein’s own guru, “Panditji” Rao, whom he met in India in the nineteen-fifties, was a college professor in Bengalore who taught Sanskrit and belonged to a lineage of traditional Advaita Vedanta teachers. http://www.francislucille.com

Edward Frenkel is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joined in 1997 after being on the faculty at Harvard University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and the winner of the Hermann Weyl Prize in mathematical physics. His latest book “Love and Math” was a New York Times bestseller and has won the Euler Book Prize. It has been published in 18 languages. http://edwardfrenkel.com

The Mind of God ~ Amoda Maa Jeevan

Published on Jan 30, 2017


The Mind of God
is that which is here,
prior to you believing yourself
to be a separate self experiencing
the world.
The Mind of God is undivided,
as consciousness is undivided.
It has no beginning, it has no end,
no inside, no outside.
It has no subject
and no object.
There is no you,
and there is no world,
no birth and
no death.
And you are THAT.
When you give your allegiance
to consciousness,
awareness becomes aware
of awareness.
The contents still continue
to appear and disappear,
but you have woken up
out of the dream of separation.

Music by Kavi

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