Caverly Morgan reminds us that it's easy to dismiss injustice, bias and cruelty in the name of transcendence, and asks us to consider whether our habit is to think of the awakened life as mine to have rather than ours to live.
When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute – that it is something to transcend or ‘just an illusion’ – we ignore the reality of the illusion. What it is the illusion comprised of? How is it known? And by whom? The relative may appear to arise out of the absolute, as waves appear to arise out of the ocean, but like waves, both relative and absolute are components of a greater whole. They are not separate. When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human. We experience viscerally that “the world is my family”. From this understanding, we recognize that liberation is not a singular experience. There can be no individual ego that experiences enlightenment. We suffer when we forget that. We suffer when we perceive ourselves as separate from the collective – on the level of consciousness, (the absolute) as well as with our neighbor (the relative). When we recognize that the world is arising in us, Awareness, there is nothing to dismiss. How, then, in our situation of privilege on the relative plane, do we dismiss injustice, bias, cruelty in the name of transcendence or ‘spiritual understanding’? How do we participate in systems of oppression while ignoring the effects our neighbor, as well as the whole? Do we fall for the story that the awakened life we seek is mine to have rather than ours to be? And what’s love got to do with it?
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When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute, we ignore the reality of the illusion.
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Daniel Siegel answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
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Mirabai Starr in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US
Dzogchen, the bardo, sleep and the yoga of dreams
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What may or may not be appropriate behavior for a spiritual teacher?
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How the experienced self is put together out of memories and feelings.
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James Fadiman fieds questions at SAND18 US
What if we put into every day practice the scientific truths that we know?
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Peter Russell explains that most human beings—unlike animals—focus on the past and the future, which means they spend their time in a state of discontent.
Charles Eisenstein answers questions from the audience at SAND18 US.
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Peter Russell in conversation with the audience at SAND18 US.
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Nonduality and Healing from Trauma - The Realization Process
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