A weekly presentation on the spiritual journey and awakening to our true nature by Don Oakley, Founder of Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, Tennessee.
It's Spread Upon the Earth, but People Don't See It
Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven can’t be realized by waiting for it for by looking outwardly for it, but it is “spread upon the Earth.” In other words, it couldn’t be more available, here and now – if we know where to look.
Heaven on Earth?
Heaven is typically taken to be an idyllic state available only after physical death. We are limited to a belief about such a future possibility, but, in the meantime, are denied any direct experience of it. What if neither statement is true? What if Heaven on Earth is possible? That is, what if peace and bliss is possible in this lifetime? Is it worth your time and energy to find out for yourself?
Trailer - Seeking the Other Shore
The Spiritual Journey in a Nutshell.
Seeking the Other Shore
What do we hope to find on the other shore that’s not available on this shore? And yet, paradoxically, the river must still be crossed.
Stop Struggling to Be What You Are
We struggle to awaken because we believe that awakeness is not present now and must be sought somewhere else: in a different experience, a different (preferably ecstatic) feeling, or in new super-human capacities. If you seek where it cannot be found, how long will you have to seek?
Why Do We Resist Enlightenment?
Why do we resist realizing what we most desire? We desire enlightenment, but often fear its potential for disruption in our life as we get near it. Are desire and resistance two sides of the same coin? This discourse will explore this topic which can hold us in its grip for a long time if we don’t understand the dynamic of what’s happening.