The woman in this dialogue is standing at the threshold of elderhood and needs to discern what’s next for her. John invites her beyond all familiarity into a deeper level, where she would be reconceived by her own deepest knowing, and live as what she will know when she dies.
Anyone living with chronic pain, or supporting a loved one who does, knows how it can take over a person’s life, putting them into a state of total despair. In this dialogue, John describes how one can not only cope with such pain, but actually thrive in the midst of it.
Listen to this talk to find out what grace and devotion really are; where they come from, what they’re for, and how to live for what you belong to.
How to be free of past hurts and conditioning? Is there a method that can help, a spiritual practice? Can meditation help? John explains why methods and spiritual practices ultimately don’t work. Spiritual practices can help bring you to the door of your being, but they can’t take you through the door. It is only a shift of orientation that can take you through the door, into pure you and into freedom from past hurts and from the conditioning in your self.
“If it is really, purely, only about entrance to authenticity as awareness, the moment you know it and see it, you’re gone. You’re gone in. Nothing can stop you.”
“When you are being true to what you know in your heart and not true to anything else, your whole heart becomes clean. You are as awareness, in all of your heart, whole. No split. You have oneness of heart. That is greater than enlightenment.”
“Your mental state is determined by what you are in your body. What you are in your body slowly conditions your body and conditions your mind, how your mind functions. What you are in your body affects your own chemistry.”
“Notice within what matters more to you than physical pleasure. Any touch of your own being touches you in a way that physical pleasure doesn’t.”
“Your self isn’t a problem and your self doesn’t need to disappear. Your self on its own is both goodness and innocence.”