I’ve been very lucky in my life to have had first-hand experience of a number of prominent spiritual teachers – amongst others, the Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, Sogyal Rinpoche, Ram Dass and Adyashanti. But, the retreat that I went on with Eckhart Tolle in 2014 in many ways remains the most profound. Why was that? Well, it's hard to say because, in many ways, the time with him was quite ordinary. There were no particular highs. He sat and talked – for fourteen hours over ten
Whether we like it or not, Spirit is fundamentally a mystery. In fact, most of life is a mystery. Even within the bounds of conventional science, ordinary scientists would have to admit that we know very little about most of the universe that we live in. Sure, we have considerable knowledge about what we call matter. And, we have very significant information about the kinds of things that ordinary scientists call energy - things like heat, gravity, light and radio waves. But,
One of the most common images in spiritual teaching is that of an open empty sky. It represents an awake, open mind through which thoughts, emotions and sense perceptions pass like clouds on a gentle breeze. This is a beautiful image. Imagine yourself on a long holiday, deeply relaxed but wide awake, lying comfortably on the grass gazing up into an endless blue sky. A cloud may appear but it simply comes and goes.
Of course, we all know this experience of being deeply relax
A Spiritual Awakening is an extraordinary experience – a deeply felt realization of who we most fundamentally are. For just a moment the identification with our ordinary selves dissolves. We are neither caught by thought, sensation or emotion, and we seem to expand into being spacious awareness itself. We are home and we know fundamentally who we are. In this timeless state, everything is accepted just as it is. All is well. There is a profound sense of peace and we know that