Zen Mind, Beginner Mind is a state of being in which we make ourselves susceptible to a larger teaching.
The second force can be understood in terms of opposition, struggle, intentional suffering, and is experienced as a phenomenon that pushes against an affirming or active force. It may be implemented by us in the form of work on oneself or it can come from the outside in the form of conscious shocks. There are […]
Part of my work in the world is to strive toward honesty and humility and to take responsibility for my actions. This means owning up where the owning up is due. It means working in relationships to permeate my own fortress of fear. It encompasses being able to actually see what someone else is seeing […]
A student’s journey in the Awareness School is as varied as there are students and ultimately depends upon their orientation to spiritual practices, their level of desperation for relief, and their pneumatic tendencies. Some of what I offer is initially identical content based in Fourth Way ideas, zen principles, and the unseen world of […]
I am observing similar themes among the students in the Awareness School these past few weeks. Self-doubt and unworthiness are arising in many varied circumstances. Each person is learning to struggle with their reactions stemming from this. Your reactions serve as a reality check. They may come in waves of fear that you are […]
We give our power away to other people and things. It is our way of compensating for patterns of deficiency that have developed in us. These patterns result from themes or “chief features” that weave a hidden thread throughout our outlook and approach to life. Our work with attention, deeper states of awareness, and the […]