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Richard Rohr’s Bottom-Up Spirituality

People who’ve had any genuine spiritual experience always know that they don’t know. They are utterly humbled before mystery. They are in awe before the abyss of it all, in wonder at eternity and depth, and a Love, which is incomprehensible to the mind.

Stillness Speaks is pleased to introduce Richard Rohr … enjoy this sampling of his radical and refreshing Christian perspective … with more to come in the future.

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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: Prior to Consciousness

I, by Myself, Awareness, descend into this consciousness, and in this consciousness I express Myself in manifold ways, in innumerable forms. ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Stillness Speaks is pleased to offer a sampling of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s perspective on Awareness & Consciousness as part of our ongoing exploration of this topic. We offer a downloadable book (PDF), Prior to Consciousness, a compilation of question & answer sessions with Nisargadatta in 1980-81. 

This post, a first in a series, provides a brief taste of Sri Maharaj’s work … with many more to follow …

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Emptiness & The Depth of Being: Almaas & Thurman

“I don’t exist but at the same time, I am responsible.” ~ A.H. Almaas

In this illuminating conversation, from the 2016 SAND Conference, Hameed Ali Almaas and Robert Thurman discuss the subject of being and nonbeing, emptiness and presence and how this is a foray into the unknown depths of being.  Learn whether there are differences between the Buddhist perspective and The Diamond Approach. This post overviews the hour and a half video conversation.

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Consciousness & Awareness: Almaas & Spira

Awareness can be experienced in two ways, awareness of being-ness (pure self) and awareness of nonbeing-ness (selfless awareness). Both are awareness, but it seems that awareness has two faces. ~ Hameed Ali

We are pleased to offer this fascinating and challenging conversation, recorded at the 2013 Science and Non-Duality (SAND) Conference, between Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas) and Rupert Spira focusing on the nature of awareness and perception. Enjoy this overview and watch the video.

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Henry Shukman: The Moment that Still IS

I was given this greatest opportunity of all opportunities – to be a human being. ~ Henry Shukman

Henry Shukman shares his direct experience … of nothing but pure awareness … where there is no seer … of dying without dying … the moment that still ISwhich opened him to the amazing gift of truly being a human being. 

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Robert Rabbin: Techniques

We must become servants of meditation, so meditation will become our Master.”  ~ Robert Rabbin

Contemporary mystic Robert Rabbin speaks with intimate authority about the fundamental nature of being, reality, essence. Techniques is a poem from Robert’s book, The Explosive Silence of Meditation, a collection of sutras reflecting deep reality: the place of Being itself. 

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Joan Tollifson: Consciousness, Awareness & Attention, Part 2 of 2

Everyone sees a completely unique movie of waking life. When we try to meet each other on the level of forms and appearances, the results are often unsatisfying. But as awareness, we are one whole undivided being.  ~ Joan Tollifson

Are consciousness, awareness and attention the same thing? Joan Tollifson continues her examination of these familiar yet enigmatic “concepts.”

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The Ten Thousand Things: Freedom to Be

The deepest wellsprings of thought and action exist beyond our ken and beyond conscious control. ~ Robert Saltzman

In Freedom to Be, an excerpt from TheTen Thousand Things, Robert Saltzman explores free-will within the context of no intrinsic self. He explores who or what makes choices and examines what choices really are.  Robert turns many of our basic assumptions about choice and freedom up-side down.

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Benediction, by Pir Elias Amidon

I don’t know where your light comes from
or where I end and you begin. ~
Pir Elias Amidon

Benediction is from Munajat a book of forty prayers, by Pir Elias Amidon, originally inspired by the Munajat — ‘whispered prayers,” or “intimate conversations with God’ — of the 12th Century Persian Sufi, Abdullah Ansari.

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Here and Now, Robert Saltzman

This is about actually hearing something for the first time, something you have never heard before.  ~ Robert Saltzman

Robert Saltzman has shared this short poetic video with Stillness Speaks which offers a moving photo-montage and lyrical insights about the simplicity of living here and now.   Enjoy this brief overview.

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Richard Sylvester: Non-Duality Questions & Answers

Nothing will get the person out of their prison because the person is the prison. When the person drops away, it is seen that there never was a prison in the first place. ~ Richard Sylvester

Stillness Speaks is pleased to offer an excerpt (downloadable PDF) from Richard Sylvester’s latest book, Non-Duality Questions, Non-Duality Answers.  Richard is a humanistic psychologist, therapist and lecturer .. and is a speaker at SAND Italy 2017.

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Henry Shukman: Zen and the Art… Part 4 of 4

..the secret truth is that art is useless… Its “purpose” is to delight with its purposelessness, to demonstrate that in our lives of “getting and spending” there must be one thing without utilitarian value. ~ Henry Shukman

We are pleased to offer the concluding installment of this 4-part series, Zen and The Art, authored by Zen teacher and poet Henry Shukman.
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