Thoughts That Never Were

By Adam J. Pearson Every thought about “me” Speaks to what we are, But not for what we are. The storytelling mental process Tells itself what it’s making up, In this moment, That it is, was, or will be, As stories of the past and future Draw attention from the Now. What we are has never…

Emptiness and Radical Negation: Shifts in and Beyond the Story of “Me”

By Adam J. Pearson गते गते पारगते पारसंगते बोधि स्वाहा gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond, hail awakening! ~ From the Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya, “Heart of the Perfection of Understanding” [Heart Sutra] “At work, at rest, never stop trying to realize who it is that hears. Even though your questioning becomes…

Beyond “I Am”

By Adam J. Pearson What is That Beyond this and that, Freedom and bondage, Two and not-two, Oneness and multiplicity,  Center and periphery, Body and bodilessness, Mindfulness and mindlessness, Love and hatred, Getting and losing, Form and formless, Me and you, Us and them, Living and nonliving, Subject and object, Human and nonhuman, Sound and…

Satsang Hopping and the End of the Search

By Adam J. Pearson When I met my Guru, he told me: “You are not what you take yourself to be. Find out what you are. Watch the sense ‘I am’, find your real Self.” I obeyed him, because I trusted him. I did as he told me. All my spare time I would spend…

Remember To Be Unhappy!: The Unnecessary Root of Human Misery

By Adam J. Pearson We Remember To Be Unhappy Have you ever experienced a state of deep peace, serenity, joy, and loving attunement to what is? Did you ever notice how, in that state, we’re not remembering the unsatisfied, fluctuating, unstable, sense of “me” that we otherwise take ourselves to be? This point is so…

The Remembered “Me”: Why Presence Implies “Your” Absence

By Adam J. Pearson “You” Are Remembered We sometimes talk about how we can “be more present.” We read books on The Power of Now, listen to talks or go to meet-up groups about being in the moment, and attempt to put what we learn into practice. The implicit idea behind all of this activity is that if…

The Vibrancy of Life and the Deadness of the “Story of Me”

By Adam J. Pearson The mind’s constant storytelling about “me” and “my” and “mine” is so clearly… dead. It’s a mental process generated by a live brain, but its content is dead: its focus is the past and the future, the past it remembers, the future it imagines. The storytelling takes it for granted that behind its river-flow of thoughts…

The Futility of Sandcastling

By Adam J. Pearson All this time we’ve been trying to figure out who “I as an individual am” or create a separate identity for ourselves, we’ve basically been sandcastling. We’ve been trying to build a castle of self, a concept of “who I am,” out of very shifting and volatile materials: thoughts, feelings, body…