Love Yourself, Says The Buddha!

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Love Yourself The Buddha

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” I don’t know about you, but this quotation simply doesn’t sound like what we typical hear from Buddhism, and especially from variants like Zen. And yet, here we are, face to face with a teaching, “love yourself,” that is both powerful AND surprisingly consistent with what The Buddha surely knew to be true.

What could The Buddha have meant when we said “you” and “yourself”? Whom or what was he addressing? These are very important questions, because to someone who absolutely knew the true nature of what we are, it would be difficult to assume he meant “love yourself” in some new age, cliché way. He would have had a deeper meaning, one more rich  …

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Awakening 101: Why Everyone Needs It

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Awakening. So many myths and misunderstandings exist around it that everyone, literally everyone, can use the basics. In fact, there is nothing BUT the basics when it comes to awakening. VIDEO POST. Click “Continue Reading” link below to watch this video! Namaste.

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Satsang: Enlightenment, Awakening, and More!

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Satsang was excellent! We discussed enlightenment, awakening, and the differences between them (as if there really are any, but in worldly terms, yes, there are a few). And much, much more.

I want to thank everyone who attended, and for everyone else, I’m sharing the video with you. In the future, full recordings of satsang will be available by subscription, but for now, have a freebie!

Satsang will take place again very soon. Please check Satsang and Event Schedule for dates and times.

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Awakened Persons: Why Things Are Different When Around Them

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A reader sent a question about “awakened beings” to me the other day, and I would like to share it and my answer with all of you.

Reader’s Question:

Why do I feel there is a difference in my being when I sit in front of an awakened person than a normal person even though I am just simply sitting there?

Tom’s Answer:

Thanks for the question. I believe I can give you a good answer, because I’ve experienced the same thing in the past, too.

Someone who is awakened knows, in the deepest possible way, that you are themselves. It isn’t a case of oneness or joining, it is LITERALLY that what you are, the consciousness looking out of your eyes, is exactly the same as what they are.  …

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Satsang Begins Sunday, July 17th

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Please join me for our first satsang in many years, utilizing our new webinar format. This new way of delivering satsang will be very good for all of us, and it will make it much easier for you to ask questions and for us to interact. I am greatly looking forward to our first gathering. It has been too long, my friends!

Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016

Time: 11:00 am CDT (USA)

Cost: FREE!

Our first satsang will be free of charge as we need get all the bugs worked out of the process.

If you need help converting the time to your time zone, I highly recommend Timeanddate.com and their wonderful Time Zone Converter.

To attend satsang, you must register by clicking the button below. Space is limited

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The Purpose of a Spiritual Teacher’s Words and Teachings

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No words of a spiritual teacher are meant to be taken as truth. Or even as true. Or even as a little bit true. No thought or belief or feeling is true, including, especially including, the words spoken by a spiritual teacher.

When a spiritual teacher speaks, his words are meant to have an effect. Nothing more. They cause, if they “hit home,” a letting go. They are an arrow that strikes another arrow in mid-air and cancels out both (a Zen concept, the two arrows). All words spoken by a teacher have as their only purpose to cancel out a thought or belief in the mind of the listener.

So, when some “enlightened guy” prattles on about, let’s say, spiritual teachers taking money in payment for their services (I  …

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Drop Your Spiritual Agenda

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Those who truly awaken will, at some point in their journey, drop their spiritual agenda. One of my favorite “awake guys,” Lester Levenson, had no agenda when he woke up. He had no worldly agenda for what awakening would do for him.

Lester caught on to the idea that he wanted to be happy. Then he realized he was only happy when he was feeling love for others. So he went about the business of loving everything so that he would be happy. Period.

He didn’t do any of that process to get anything from the world. His only “reward” was the feeling of happiness he got from letting go and loving and correcting his beliefs. He was all about feeling happy with no other concern or purpose.

Lester had  …

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How to Truly Love Someone

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The way to truly love someone and thus begin setting yourself free is to first acknowledge exactly how you are experiencing this person. Do you love them? Or do you hate them? It is imperative to know exactly how you feel, think about, and see the other person.

You can’t let go unless you know! And you simply must let go of everything you think and believe about this seemingly other person.

Choosing to Love

Once you fully get into how you feel and how you see this person, then you can choose to love them regardless of how you think you feel. You can say, “Yeah, he treated me like shit, and I hate his fucking guts!” And then choose to love him, love him because he treated you  …

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Healing and the Spiritual Journey

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For the past eight years, I have been writing notes to myself quite frequently. These notes are often the product of insights I have about my life, the universe, The Infinite, living life, and more. These notes are quite different from journaling as they are often quite spontaneous, such as an email to myself at 2:00 am. I realized this week that these notes contain a wealth of valuable teachings that I really ought to share with all of you. Often they will not read as complete essays or articles but more as flashes of insight, which they usually were. I will edit them as minimally as possible, too, so you get the full essence of the teaching. And please believe me when I say that these were all teachings  …

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The Meaningless “I”

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I’m a nice guy. I lost my job. I’m happy. I’d like to meet a wonderful woman. Do you know what he did to me? My friend called me. I’m turning in my homework late because my dog ate it.

I, I, I, me, me, me, my, my, my…. Spend ten minutes with anyone, doesn’t matter whom, and you will hear and endless string of sentences that begin with “I” or end with “me” or talk about “mine, mine, mine!” “I” did something or someone did something to “me.”

Who Is This “I”

Although these are immensely popular words to use, a curious thing happens when you really investigate them. The truth is, the words “I” and “me” have no meaning. They are pronouns, of course, and by definition the  …

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Spiritual Teachers Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

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I was doing some editing of the free Lessons on Living a Life Un:Limited email series, and as I was re-reading this lesson about spiritual teachers, I realized I really should share this one with everyone, subscriber or not. I think it has something extremely valuable for everyone to know. Enjoy! And if you would like to become a subscriber, click the “Subscribe to Lessons” link to right.

Spiritual Teachers Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

I know I’m shooting myself in the foot a bit with today’s tip, but I see no way around it. You simply have to take all spiritual teachers and all spiritual teachings with a grain of salt. Spiritual teachers, gurus, masters, whatever you want to call them, can be a huge obstacle to your  …

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Please Keep Going

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Spiritual teachers are supposed to sound all guru-ish. They never resort to flat-out pleading with those they are teaching. Well, to hell with that nonsense. I’m going to plead with you, encourage you, prod you, even nag you. And my nagging insistence is simple:

Keep going!

Yes, keep going. Really. Just keep going. It is so ridiculously easy to listen to the mind as it gives you reason after reason why things aren’t working as well as they should. It is so easy to critique your technique, the process you are doing, the method you are using, the teachers to whom you listen, etc. We can easily (and often) focus on the how of spirituality and the spiritual journey without realizing that we are missing (again) what is truly important. …

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Let Go of Your Resistance to Life. And Maybe Die Trying.

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I’ve notice recently a tremendous resistance to allowing things to be as they are. That resistance can take a wide variety of forms, and it can be toward almost anything, but it is always there, often in the form of an internal disquiet or simple nervousness with no discernible cause. I have begun to see it as an all pervasive sense of unease that has been with me for as long as I can remember. Mercifully, it can be seen, experienced, and then dropped quite easily.

What causes this resistance and disquiet?

At the very core of what we call the “ego” is a very simple word, one that every 2 year old knows very, very well. “No!” This “no” can be thought of as the essence of what the  …

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Sitting: When in Doubt, Do It!

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It’s a theme that I have beaten to death many, many times in my writings. But I cannot emphasize this point about sitting enough. You simply must do it if you have any hope of not only awakening but straightening out the mess that is your life. Yeah, mess.

In reading many, many stories of enlightenment, awakening, and all manner of spiritual experiences, one and only one theme stands out: time spent sitting, meditating, etc., is essential for the process. All things spiritual simply require time, the deepest belief we have, and there is a loose correlation between the time you take to turn within and the “progress” you make spiritually. Yes, there really is no such thing as “progress” when talking about spirituality, but the simple fact is that  …

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It’s Like Deja Vu All Over Again

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Greetings everyone! I am happy to announce that I am teaching again. I have lots of plans for this spiritual teaching gig, this website, the TV “channel,” the newsletter, the former Shortcuts now called Lessons, online courses, a new book (next Fall?), and so very much more.

One thing you will notice immediately when you take a quick look around: there is a new “theme” to my teaching. It is “Living a Life Un:limited.” This pithy phrase is not just some clever spiritual marketing tool, but rather precisely how I see what is occurring as we move further along in spirituality. It is not a path, a journey, or some separate aspect of our lives. It IS YOUR LIFE and MY LIFE and LIFE ITSELF. And it is MEANT to  …

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A Limitless Life Can Be Yours!

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Beyond mind, beyond thought, beyond what you have always believed about yourself is your true nature. As others have done before us, we can wake-up to this reality and realize the truth about ourselves, our neighbors and our world. Tom invites you to join him in finding the freedom and peace that has always been present in every moment of your life. For you are the very peace and freedom that you have always been seeking.

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Takuin – A Question for My Peers

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My friend Takuin Minamoto mentioned today a blog post he did 2 years ago that generated a lot of discussion, including some (long) comments by yours truly. I just now re-read the discussion, and I have to say, it was quite good. I invite you to have a look and profit from the many questions, comments and responses.

To read the full article and all the comments, go to Takuin.com: A Question for My Peers.

Enjoy!

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Are Thoughts the Source of Ego? – Eckhart Tolle

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I ran across this video clip of Eckhart Tolle answering a woman’s question about thought and ego, and Eckhart did a fantastic job of answering the question. He put to rest the notion that the ego is a thing that is somehow independent, and entity of sorts we must deal with. Watch the video clip. It is well worth 10 minutes of your time.

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The Body and “Me”

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We are all very closely identified with the body. In fact, we assume that “it” is actually “me.” But is it?

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Is Anything in Control?

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I’ll be honest: control is a tricky topic. On the one hand, “you”, the one that wants control, thinks about control, tries to exercise control, etc, has none. On the other hand, that which you truly are has all control. But you really can’t even call it control. What you are is the creator. It doesn’t control in a human sense. It simply brings everything into form.

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