Two Veils Hide the Mystery Within

veil over Mystery width= So many of the world’s contemplative and religious traditions speak of the Mystery within you and me. Despite being so near, for all practical purposes Buddha mind, the Kingdom of Heaven, or True Nature – however you call it – seems so far from our experience as to be just rumor. Why is this so?

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Are you searching for your life’s purpose?

Getting UnstuckWhen I meet persons who are searching for their purpose in life, while I empathize with and sometimes admire their passion, nevertheless I feel the very search for purpose defeats its being found. Where would you expect to find your life’s purpose? Under a rock? There’s an alternative to searching.

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Taking Responsibility for What We Don’t Know

“I don’t know.”

That’s a statement we hear too little of these days. It seems we would expound about spiritual issues with which we have no personal experience, rather than take responsibility for what we do not know to be true, and stand in the nakedness of our not knowing. Not knowing seems a deficiency of the personality, rather than a simple fact.

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Authenticity and a Proper Relationship to the Mind

We take for granted when we go to sleep at night, that we will awaken in the morning, the sun will have risen, and we will be the same persons we were before sleeping. Yet, I hope not.

Nevertheless when I first become conscious in the morning, eyes closed, mind empty, a trickle of thought starts. Perhaps I remember something I must do this day. Or maybe I recall the remnants of an unfinished conversation with my wife of the night before. Gradually this and that thought turn into a torrent which reconstitutes my ego, and situates me in my Michael-Nagel-ness. Ah yes, again I am me.

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The First and Last Freedom

Have you ever wondered about the relative importance or unimportance of ideas? Of thoughts? The world is awash with ideas. In 2007, there were 165 million websites. Their 12 billion pages present ideas from the mundane to the sublime. There are 168 million different book titles (2009). With all this thinking, you might add your thought that our problems would be solved – or fewer in number, not growing.

Ideas rule the lives of people. What we think is right, wrong, how to live, why to live, etc. are nothing but thoughts. People dedicate their lives to their ideas. Some would even tear others limb from limb or even destroy themselves and the planet for these things called ideas! That’s how important they seem to be.

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