The Terror of Inner Peace or How The Ego Keeps Us Miserable

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction My delightful Australian friend Si recently asked me an excellent question, which, like all excellent questions, has the power to open the doors to a whole new way of seeing. He asked: Can we be afraid of inner peace? Or, in other words, can we be afraid of attaining the very peace for which we yearn?…

The Light of the Mind

By Adam J. Pearson How is it that the bright light of the mind, Which should illuminate those I behold Like sunlight through tree silhouettes defined, Now stoops to shadow, shame, to blame and scold? How quick my mind, to cast a stone and scar, For when I see error and guilt, by chance, In others, they seem…

The Heart of the Void: Finding the Assumptions At the Core of Shame

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction: What is Shame? In previous articles, I’ve written about the nature of shame, this powerful feeling of deficiency or lack that we sometimes experience at the heart of ourselves. Shame is the name of the void we feel within us, the void that other people’s approval and attention cannot fill. Shame…

If You Free How You See, You Yourself Become Free

By Adam J. Pearson If we look at our fellow human beings and see only bodies to be judged and evaluated, then we do not see them at all; we see only surfaces and miss the great depths within them, like mistaking the tips of icebergs for all that they are and thereby missing the…

Forgive and Be Free: The Liberating Power of Forgiveness

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction I waited a long time before writing this article for two reasons. The first is that I really wanted forgiveness to sink in so that I could talk about it from the insider’s point of view of someone who practices it. The second is that I don’t consider myself to be an authority…

Tuning into Feeling Tones: Emotions Beneath Words

By Adam J. Pearson Image: “Body Language” by xDarQax Introduction You’ve probably had this experience. You’re talking to someone and their words seem to be saying something, but their body language is saying something totally different. You may have even seen this tendency in yourself. She’s saying “I’m fine,” but you get the sense that she’s furious….