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Upcoming Telesatsang with Nirmala's Teacher, Neelam

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 How Addressing Of Our Past Brings Us True Fulfillment And Rest

A 2-hour TeleSatsang with Neelam hosted by Open Circle

Presence, our True Nature, is always here and we all experience moments of stillness, expansion and love.  For many of us, that has been a long-standing recognition.  Yet in our day-to-day life, we often struggle to find Presence in the moment, especially when faced with circumstances, interactions and inner states that take our attention away.  What we don’t always fully understand is that to live a life grounded in Truth requires us to address the long-standing patterns of conditioning, the unresolved, unexamined past.  It is in the meeting of what arises that we find true and lasting freedom.

Monday, April 21 at 6PM Pacific Time
For more information and to register, visit Open Circle 
A TeleSatsang with Neelam is an opportunity to explore a particular topic and get Neelam’s direct guidance on any related questions that arise for you.  You’ll gain a deeper peace by engaging in Neelam’s inquiry process and come away with clear discrimination and a better understanding of how to deal with these issues in real life situations.

 
Neelam is a direct disciple of HWL Poonja, Papaji, whose teacher was Ramana Maharishi.  Her unequivocal commitment to Truth helps us turn inward and release underlying patterns of conditioning which block the recognition of our True Nature.  With the utmost tenderness while helping us to address all aspects of daily living, including past conditioning and trauma, she invites us into the same recognition of Truth that her teacher, Papaji, transmitted to her.
Don't make any effort, stay quiet ...  ~Papaji

 

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Why Not Meet Life with Everything You've Got?

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Q: I have read most of your books and many others who teach from the same perspective.  Your book that I just finished reading has a great discussion about being in a state of "not knowing."  I wonder if I focus on not knowing, then how do I deal with the situations in front of me in the present moment. I am a long-time veterinarian and I have patients every day that come in with illnesses that I address.  My rational mind formulates data (symptoms, etc), makes plans for treatment and predicts outcome (prognosis).  How can I be in this mind-set and at the same time be in a not-knowing state of mind?

A: Thanks for your question. It is a very good one. I would suggest that it is not a question of being in both mind sets simultaneously, but instead a matter of being flexible and able to switch from one mind set to the other as needed. When you need your rational mind and the knowledge and skills you have as a veterinarian, then being able to focus and formulate data and plans is what is needed in that moment. But that same rational mind is limited and might even get in the way in other moments.

For example even in your professional role, there might be moments where your mind alone cannot serve your patients and their owners. When a beloved pet is at the end of their life, and any further medical treatment would just prolong suffering, then it can best serve your patients to just be present in a place of not-knowing with the mystery of death and loss. Your heartfelt compassion and pure awareness is all that is needed in a moment like that.

And in the much larger context of your spiritual unfoldment, the mind is a powerful but ultimately limited tool. Trying to figure out the biggest mysteries with the mind is like using a single tool for every task. A hammer is great for driving in nails, but would you use it to open a jar of pickles? Or to brush your teeth? Or to enjoy a sunset? In some situations, you need to put down the hammer and either pick up another tool or perhaps just be with your experience without any tools or techniques. Similarly, there are times it is appropriate to focus the mind, and then other times it is more useful to drop into the heart, or even beyond the heart into the emptiness of pure spacious awareness.

Use your mind whenever it is useful, and then you might also learn to loosen the grip of your thinking mind when it is not useful. It is not really necessary to somehow stop the mind, it is more a question of holding your thoughts and beliefs lightly and being curious about what else is here besides your thoughts. A closed mind is only useful when it already has the information or answers needed in that moment. An open mind can look beyond its own limited knowledge to meet the uniqueness of a new moment, and can sometimes even touch the infinite.

True transcendence includes everything. Your rational mind is a beautiful mystery and a powerful tool, but there is much more to life that the mind is not able to penetrate. In exploring the deeper mysteries I find the mind can often pose the questions of spiritual inquiry and even direct my awareness inward, but then I need to allow the place of not-knowing to take over. It is only when I can stay open and curious with the intensity and immensity of Being that a deeper kind of knowing will sometimes arise. It can be like the experience when you can't remember someone's name. You try and try to figure it out with your mind, and then finally you give up and a few moments later their name just pops into your mind. It is the same when your mind is trying too hard to figure life out: it is usually only when you sincerely give up that a deeper insight appears.

This life is full of challenges and deep abiding mysteries. Why not meet it with everything you have got? You have a good mind, a beautiful heart and a limitless Being. Why not use them all in your daily life and in your spiritual journey?

I hope this is helpful.

 

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