For most of us, the fear of life arises at, or soon after, our birth. This causes the psychological mechanisms that constitute our mind to develop in an unconscious mental environment that is based on fear--the fear of life itself. This fear of life is a psychological autoimmune disease. In our podcast, we discuss how the fear of life arises, how it manifests in our life, and how it can be eliminated, opening the way to the development of a sane, fearless mind.
A Meeting with John Sherman in Ojai, California on April 14, 2007.
Ramana Maharshi was born in 1879 and when he died, on April 14, 1950, he was 71 years old. Ramana brought to us an incredible, simple insight. Many saw him as a saint, an ethereal being who somehow came down from heaven to transmit and bestow upon us the experience of silence, peace and the vastness of being. But, as far as I know, this is not the way Ramana saw himself.
Being Human Podcast Ep. 39: Escape from the Spiritual Ghetto
There really is a problem, a shortcoming, a sense of a false promise that afflicts us as human beings and, no matter what practices we engage in, this sense of life as a false promise, of things falling short, remains in the background.
Being Human Podcast Ep. 38: Meditation Helps Self-Inquiry
The meditation that I speak of is the very simple meditation practice that I received from the Buddhists, I think it is called Shamata meditation. And it is just a matter of watching your breath. You sit comfortably, close your eyes, and watch your breath as it comes in and out of your nostrils. What you are after is to get a one-pointed, attentive experience of this physical sensation.
Being Human Ep. 37: What Do You Really Want?
In this episode, we discuss how the search for enlightenment or self-realization is a search for an escape from life and its difficulties. The longing for awakening is actually a desire to go to sleep, to escape from the reality of your own mortality. What is possible is to free yourself of that which keeps you searching for an escape from ordinary life into an imaginary state where everything is perfectly safe and unchanging.
Get Off the Bus
In this episode, we discuss how your thoughts are yours to understand and to use, but they are not you. If you have negative thoughts about a present situation and there is something you can do to change it, you are free to follow those thoughts and use them to solve the problem. But if there is nothing you can do in the moment, it is safe to ignore those thoughts and put your attention on the sensation of the breath.
In this episode we discuss what a quiet mind is, what it is not, and what is behind the search for a silent mind.