I am so grateful to the following teachers for their wisdom. I began my journey over 20 years ago. At the time, I had serious questions about life after my husband and mother died within five days of each other. And, I’m happy to report. I found the answers through self-inquiry. The following teachers showed up in my life and helped me to discover what is true and that every answer I was seeking is truly within. Since that time, I now know to trust life and let it live me. I’m so much happier living life this way. And, more importantly, the incredible love and peace that comes with that discovery.
I am pointing you where my teacher pointed me, which is to stop doing. Take this moment to stop doing. If you are graced enough to be able to truly hear this profound message, even for an instant, you can recognize that everything is already done. Any thought of separation, however much suffering follows it, still is only a thought. Separation must be maintained, it must be thought, it must be proved, and it must be practiced to exist. Without this maintenance, the experience of separation vanishes. However your daily life presents itself, whether it is a life devoted to monastic duties or a life in the midst of the world, every moment is an opportunity to realize who you are. True investigation reveals that whatever prior limitations you feel keep you from who you are, however grand or lowly, they are nothing but concepts, concepts that when not maintained by mind activity cannot cause suffering. These concepts can be liberated so that you, as you are, can shine fully. This is the invitation extended to you. This is not a path that leads you anywhere. It is a path where you recognize that the tendency to go somewhere is the tendency to follow thought. It is the path that stops you in your tracks so that you can directly discover who you are. Finally, there are no more excuses. Just like you, I am a creature from this planet. I did not have an auspicious birth, under the right stars. I was certainly not raised by spiritually advanced parents or in an enlightened society. I've married. I've had a child. I've lived a very normal life. I spent the majority of this life searching for happiness in all the ways I knew, until I met a gigantic force that said, "Stop! Give it up!" By some grace I said, "Okay." This is your grace. It is no different. Give it all up and you will see immediately what can never be lost. Then you will know where true home is, and you can truly rest. Read more at www.gangaji.org
Every thought, every feeling, is a visitor. You just say: "Welcome. Come in and sit with me." "You are thought's guru. Why wait for thought to realize the self? You are the self. We have the cart before the horse - waiting for thought and the body to realize its true nature so we can rest!" "You know, this friend called Mind, it's in a role. It was given to us to create identification out of nothing. It's such an ancient divine servant. The Self took the form of thought to help itself play the game. So could you bow down to thought as an ancient retainer? It's the Self in disguise. http://www.pamelasatsang.com
"When you are present in this moment, you break the continuity of your story, of past and future. Then true intelligence arises, and also love. The only way love can come into your life is not through form, but through that inner spaciousness that is Presence. Love has no form." - Excerpt from Eckhart Tolle's Stillness Amidst the World Eckhart's profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violent conflict endemic on our planet. Read more at www.eckharttolle.com
Authentic inquiry is allowing yourself to care, to take on the weightless burden of caring. Everyone knows what it's like to inquire out of intellectual interest-asking for the sake of asking or because you think you should. This is not caring. When you care about something, it gets inside of you. It gets inside the shell that keeps you from being affected or bothered, the shell that keeps anything really new from happening So in the beginning, to deeply inquire about anything, you have to care about it. You have to care enough to allow it to get inside that shell. What do you really care about? What pulls you into here and now, this minute? What is the most important thing to you? For real inquiry, it is important to be asking about something you sincerely care about. The question needs to be personal, not about a spiritual teaching or something that's outside of your experience. It needs to be something that's coming from the inside. Like many people, you may be afraid to find out how much you care because that caring could just steal you away. What is the one thing that will matter the most at the end of your life? Without it, you would say: "That's what it was all about and I missed it." If you had the best job, lots of money, the perfect lover, or whatever your ideal is, and suddenly your life was over, what would still be left undone? That's what it's all about. When inquiry is authentic, it brings you into the experience of here and now, bringing you to the full depth of it, pulling you into it. The question pulls you back into the mystery of your experience. "What am I?" takes you right back into the mystery. If your mind is honest, it knows it doesn't have the answer. You ask, "What am I?" and instantly, there is silence. Your mind doesn't know. And when it doesn't know, there is an experience right here, right now, that is alive. You bump into nothingness inside-that no-thing, that absolute nothingness which your mind can't know. Read more at www.adyashanti.org