This week our exploration on the very edge of the known was quite participative and lively and, to be expected, left us dizzy there and then on this imaginary thin edge between the known and the unknown. For those who did not make it, we welcomed Adyashanti, Jac O'Keefe and... Jed Mckenna - not “in person” naturally!
For those unfamiliar with Jed McKenna and its inimitable style:
“If it’s soothing or comforting, if it makes you feel warm and fuzzy; if it’s about getting into pleasant emotional or mental states; if it’s about peace, love, tranquility, silence or bliss; if it’s about a brighter future or a better tomorrow; if it makes you feel good about yourself or boosts your self-esteem, tells you you’re okay, tells you everything’s just fine the way it is; if it offers to improve, benefit or elevate you, or if it suggests that someone else is better or above you; if it’s about belief or faith or worship; if it raises or alters consciousness; if it combats stress or deepens relaxation, or if it’s therapeutic or healing, or if it promises happiness or relief from unhappiness, if it’s about any of these or similar things, then it’s not about waking up. Then it’s about living in the dream state, not smashing out of it.”
Still with us? Hopefully, yes for a secret to be revealed!
“Personality is a useful tool but it cannot define who you are. Who you are lies far beyond who you think you are. The “I” is the problem. If “I” am doing or if “I” am not doing, the “I” is till there. They are just flip-sides of the same coin. It is the “I” who is doing or the “I” who is not doing. That's the problem. There is no “I” that is separate from this massive energy which we call Creation. There is no “I”... Your mind cannot figure that what you are is not “I”. The “I” has to break in terms of business of mind, in terms of identification, then all that's left is sitting there waiting.”
“The deepest existential or spiritual impulse within us is irrational. It transcends ego, it transcends self.../... What it really wants is our awakening from the ego of dream-state that's consumed with wanting. Life wanting to recognize what it is, wake up to itself coming to a consciousness of itself, that's the spiritual impulse embedded in that invisibility, in that invisible presence that you are. This impulse, that's where it is. You will never really find it in the ego-mind because the ego-mind always wants all that is good for itself. It is just the way it is. But in this other place, in this invisible presence, it is Life seeking to wake up to itself.”