Meditation usually involves focusing one’s attention on an object. Mantra meditation, for example, focuses attention on a word or phrase. In the East this might be the word “Aum,” or one of the many names of God, such as “Rama.” In Orthodox Christianity, attention is placed on the words of the Jesus Prayer (“Lord Jesus … More On Self-Inquiry Meditation
Here in the West, Intellect is paramount. If you’re not an athlete or an artist, you’d better have Good Brain, because Good Brain will get you places, and make you Big Buck. And maybe the desire for Big Buck is the real problem here. But that is a thought for another day. Today’s thought is about … More Three Types of Intelligence
Let me explain…. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. ~ Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride The first part of Self-Inquiry is the process of reducing the feeling of who or what ‘I’ am (or is) to its essence. The process of removing the conceptual labels we’ve associated with our being to find … More What ‘That’ Means – Self-Inquiry, Part 3.
Once we have eliminated all that we are not, we may begin to investigate what remains. What remains must be what we are. It must be who ‘I’ am. Or what this thing called ‘I’ is. We know we are not our occupation, what we do for a living. We are not the role we … More I Am ‘That’; Self-Inquiry, Part 2
In Western culture, especially in American culture, there is a tendency to identify our ‘self’, our sense of who or what ‘I’ is, with characteristics, or descriptors. It may be our work: I am a doctor; I am a welder; I am a dancer. It may be with a mindset: I am a Christian; I … More Who Am ‘I’? Self-Inquiry, Part 1
At the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit. And that center is really everywhere. It is within each of us. ~ Black Elk This short quote is incredibly powerful. In just a few words, it captures a profound truth that is at once difficult to grasp, yet very simple. If it finds you … More Black Elk and the center of all of us
What’s tricky is to grasp the idea of Awareness as being present in deep, dreamless sleep. And the trick is to simply understand that deep, dreamless sleep is nothing more than Awareness being aware of nothing. … More Where do ‘I’ go when I go to sleep?