The Challenges of Living It

Door and Fence

Door and Fence


March 22, 2015 7:59 AM

Last night, I perused some of the Buddha at the Gas Pump interviews. In one, Rick mentions how most teachers are descriptive rather than prescriptive (theory versus application).

Synchronistically (of course), the following appeared in my news feed this morning:

All the time we spend inventing reasons is probably better spent responding to what occurs.
Seth Godin

So much of what nondual teachers utter is theoretical (“inventing reasons”). I hope I don’t come across that way.

Granted, I’m full of theories, but I hope this diary provides transparent, real world examples of something far more important—far more practicalThe challenges of living in harmony with your spiritual beliefs (“responding to what occurs”).

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2 thoughts on “The Challenges of Living It

  1. If you listen to enough of the BATGAP interviews you begin to see a pattern in the responses of the so called “non-dual teachers”. Nondualism is based on Advaita Vedanta. Advaita is from Sanskrit: A (not) Dvaita (two) and the term is used instead of, say Unity for a reason. Unity sounds like a thing, a concept that encourages thinking, whereas advaita indicates “no-thing” or spacious awareness. Yet so many of the “aware teachers” fall into the trap of speaking about “awakening to who they (or you) really are”. That way of speaking seems to be derived from Ramana Maharsi’s little book “Who Am I” and he is often referenced as the source of many teachers’ “lineage”. But if they were talking from the truth of their own inquiry into advaita and were skilled teachers they would be talking about “who they are not”, consistent with the notion of “not two”. And in fact if you read “Who Am I” you will see that Maharshi only talks about discovering what I am not: not this, not this (Sanskrit neti neti). My point is that you, Wayne, do not fall into that trap because your “theories” are clearly evolving as a means of original and creative response to your unfolding awareness and not some reinterpretation of an old book. Your blog directly shows the process required of anyone who wishes to arise in such awareness. That is what a skillful teacher (of any subject) does, not just parrot what others have said.

  2. Yes, that’s it. i was wandering how to think of theories and what their worth is and how we should view them. you gave the answer. They are useful when they are: evolving as a means of original and creative response to unfolding awareness. Theory as an expression of this process. Something that lives and communicates and that is unique, what evolves over times and places or maybe just expresses times and places. And maybe something that can ignite inspiration.

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