This 6-download set contains all of the Talks from the August 2019 silent retreat in The Netherlands, including the first evening talk and the morning talks. (Note: The last morning session is also part of the Q&A download set as it contains dialogues.)
Please Note: The Q&A Sessions and Guided Meditations from this retreat must be purchased separately.
Talk Topics Include:
“Too many spiritual people waste too much time trying to annihilate their sense of separateness. If you want to feel really separate by the way, get really involved with trying to get rid of that. Nothing makes you feel more self-centered than trying not to be self-centered, right? Nothing makes you feel more separate and alienated than trying not to feel separate and alienated or trying to destroy it or annihilate it.”
“The ego-mind’s basic presumption is ‘This isn’t it. Whatever’s going on, this is isn’t it.’ ‘This isn’t reality.’ ‘This isn’t God.’ ‘This isn’t enlightenment.’ ‘This isn’t the ultimate.’ ‘This isn’t it.’ That’s the ego’s presumption.”
“Does it ever strike you as kind of weird that we human beings are looking for reality somewhere other than here?”
“There is a presumption of relatedness where the ego presumes that it is the thing that’s trying to be in relationship with what’s happening. That presumption of relatedness is what creates this gap between you and whatever you’re doing.”
“To unknow things doesn’t mean to just become an idiot. It’s an encouragement to notice that there is, right in your immediate experience of being, the dimension of being that all of your knowledge does not touch, does not define. It’s the part of your consciousness that almost all of us ignore because it doesn’t make noise. It’s not a thought. It’s totally quiet. And it’s really easy to ignore quiet.”
“We can only know what we are by being what we are.”
“Awareness and the world of form are the same.”
“Our striving is always some version of ‘I’m striving for a different experience from the current one.’”
“Who we are is available and fully present in every experience. The deepest samadhi, the greatest bliss, confused or disappointed, laughing or sad—who we are is present through all of that. It’s only our mind that says this experience has to change in order for us to recognize what’s at the core of this experience.”
“Your experience is the particular weather system moving through the sky of your mind and your heart at that moment. But the weather system requires the sky to be there to begin with.”
“The whole psychological self can actually be either piece-by-piece or all at once disassembled, and yet, something about you remains. What am I when the form of me disassembles itself?”
“The environment is as much you as your hands and feet and eyes and heart and lungs are. Because none of those things exist in the absence of an environment.”
Recorded at the Woudschoten Conference Center in Zeist, The Netherlands on August 4–9, 2019.
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