Welcome to the first article in a series called Awakened Qualities. When you ...
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Suffering Is Optional: The Origins of the Separate Self and the Pathless Path to Freedom
July 8, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am
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As we figure out how to live the truth of nondual awareness in everyday life, we naturally encounter the contractions of the separate self. We get stuck in repetitive thought patterns and the emotions that underlie them. We feel fearful, sad, or angry and don’t know what to do with these feelings. We’ve had a taste of the Truth and long to live surrendered into the timeless unfolding of life, but experience is mostly separation, dissatisfaction, and the sense that things are not okay.
For most of us, the belief in the separate self needs to be untangled. How do we come to believe the illusion that we’re separate from reality? Why do we continually suffer in our conditioning if suffering is optional? And how do we experience the infinite freedom of our true nature?
Conditioned patterns run deep, and they originate early on in life as a natural result of what we learn and experience. As infants, we’re completely dependent on others to get our needs met. When these needs aren’t met, our reactions get stuck in our bodies, and once the brain is developed enough, we spin in our minds trying to figure out solutions to our pain. Without investigating them, these conditioned patterns get more reinforced over the years and become our living reality.
The truth of who you are has never been separate, unfulfilled, or lacking anything. And it’s right here, right now to be known and experienced. In this presentation, you’ll gain a deep understanding of how conditioning keeps you feeling separate. And you’ll learn simple skills to unconditionally welcome whatever arises. Now available to explore beyond the known, you’re primed to discover your Self: boundless, free, and overflowing with life.