Understanding

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I am passionate about what is possible for a human being, and I am totally committed to being an agent for human transformation and the transfiguration of the world. I have a facile mind and can be very articulate when speaking about the spiritual path; I strive for precision in what can be spoken, and I try for poetry to point to what cannot.

But there’s a fundamental problem with being articulate… it can give the illusion that there is something to understand.

Dear Friends: There is nothing to understand.

“Understanding” is the booby prize. At the end of your life, you will have lived it fully, as only a spiritually-free being can live — or you will have a list of totally plausible reasons why you did not. The only worthwhile thing is awakening from the trance of the personal ego.

This is not “understanding” but a change of perspective, a “seeing-through” the identifications with what is fundamentally false about us and the view of our personal history that supports those identifications. The portal to this change-of-perspective opens when we have the support and courage to first become really empty, to give up our arguments with the universe about how it is AND give up our finely-honed strategies for getting what we think we want.

The spiritual path — and our life — does not really start until that happens.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Hafizullah was a teacher
    Was a good friend of mine
    I never understood a single word he said
    But I helped him a-drink his wine
    And he always had some mighty fine wine
    Singin’…

    Joy to the world
    All the boys and girls now
    Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
    Joy to you and me

    What a path of spirit… 🙂