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Check out the flowers on Gina's site

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My wife, Gina Lake, has been having lots of fun lately redoing all of the close up flower pictures on her website. They are truly astonishing and beautiful.

The best page for viewing the slideshows at the top and bottom of the pages simultaneously is this page, which is short enough for the headers and footers to both appear on a typical computer monitor: http://www.radicalhappiness.com/mentoring

Here are a few examples:

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Not Knowing

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(Note: I occasionally repost an older blog post on here to introduce it to new readers.)

We spend much of our life in pursuit of knowledge. It seems you can never know too much and our families and culture all support this approach to life. As a result most of us find it uncomfortable or even frightening to not know something. It seems difficult to not know what to do, what you want, or what is going to happen.

But what if there is a richness and possibility in the experience of not knowing? What if in our rush to get to the place of knowing and certainty we pass over the empty spaces of uncertainty that may contain even deeper truths? Life is complex and has many dimensions. Some of the more subtle and yet profound elements of our life may not fit so easily into concepts and ideas....our usual type of knowing. Discovering these deeper dimensions may require a slowing down in our thought and action to allow the quieter and deeper aspects of existence to be recognized. Is not knowing really a place of lack or incompleteness, or is there something worthwhile to be found in the silent moments even when we truly do not know anything?

There is nothing wrong with knowing something when you do know it. But it turns out there is also nothing wrong with the experience of not knowing, and not knowing can even lead to surprising new depths of knowing. Becoming familiar and comfortable with not knowing can also allow a more complete and satisfying experience of life as it is. Since what we do not know is often much greater than what we do know, the space of not knowing is where much of life is actually happening.

Right now, do you really know how your heart manages to beat so regularly? Do you really know how electricity works, where your life is going, how to grow and improve as a person, what love really is, who to trust, and why you are here? And yet your heart is beating, electricity does seem to work, your life is going somewhere and you somehow seem to grow as it unfolds, love and trust do happen, and finally you are here, you do exist. All of these experiences are not contained in or dependent on your knowledge and yet they are happening and add tremendously to the richness of your life...

And yet we struggle against not knowing. We strain and strive to know as much as we can. We push ourselves to learn more and more. What if this pushing and striving is a source of our pain and difficulty in life? What if not knowing by itself is a perfectly fine sensation? It is only when we are struggling against that experience that it becomes painful. Again there is also nothing wrong with knowing, or not knowing. It is our striving and efforting to have another experience that is painful.

To simply not know can be a profound relief form the struggle. And it can even open our awareness up fully to allow ourselves to not know. It is when we do not know that we tend to pay attention. In the blank space of not knowing is a natural curiosity and hunger for the truth. This curious hunger is an alive and always changing experience of the richness of all that can be known and all that is beyond our usual ways of knowing.

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New Free Spiritual Ebooks Website!

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Announcing: A Brand New Website with Free Nondual, Advaita and Spiritual Ebooks

We are pleased to have just launched a new website that offers a wide range of free spiritual ebooks including ebooks by Adyashanti, Papaji, Byron Katie, Nisargadatta, Yogananda, Alan Watts and more. Please help your self to the free downloads of these ebooks and share this new website with friends. Here is the link:

FreeSpiritualEbooks.com

Nirmala and his wife have been offering free ebooks for over 10 years and have given away hundreds of thousands of their own books. Recently we expanded the offerings on our free ebooks page to include all of Nirmala's books and several more of Gina Lake's books including several free spiritual ebooks in Spanish. Now today we are expanding our offerings into a whole new website that offers a wider range of over 20 free ebooks that were carefully selected to be worth the time spent reading them. Our hope is to introduce more people to nonduality and Advaita through this new website. And in a great stroke of good fortune, we were able to acquire the web url, www.freespiritualebooks.com, for this new site. That is a web address that has been in operation for several years and so there will already be some visibility for and traffic to our new venture.

Please share this new website with your friends and on social media, and let us know what you think of the free ebooks, or if you have any comments, suggestions, or feedback. If you would like to support our non-profit organization in these new ebook related endeavors with either your time or a donation, check out this page where we list many suggestions for easy ways to offer your support including several ways you can help spread the word about our free ebook offerings at no cost to you. Anyone who is willing to support us with a recurring monthly donation is also entitled to some nice rewards as described in this blog post. Please also know that your interest in and enthusiasm for these teachings is the greatest gift you can give us. Please enjoy the new website and all of the free material we offer on there and on this website.

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