What Is the Difference Between Trivial and Burning Spiritual Questions?

By Adam J. Pearson Q: What is the difference between a trivial and a burning spiritual question? A: All spiritual questions are absolutely trivial in and of themselves, for our essential nature is beyond all questions and the concepts used to formulate them, but some questions can be more or less relatively useful in focusing the mind and absorbing…

Meditation is Keeping the Mind Before Thinking

By Adam J. Pearson The heart of jnana yoga And the practice of meditation, Are very, very simple. We just don’t think so. And so, we trust thinking it out Over abiding In the empty Mind before thinking, And think constantly About enlightenment, consciousness, Awareness, the absolute. Thought is helpful for many things, But not for…

Beyond Experiencing

By Adam J. Pearson Prior to experience, Experiencing, And experiencer– We are That.   Experience and experiencer Appear in the play of manifestation. And experiencing Is the dreaming of consciousness Beyond which, Even experiencing gives way To silence and not-knowing.   That, all words fail to reach, A pathless land none can traverse, The root…

Trust Doubt: Doubt on the Way of Nonduality

By Adam J. Pearson If a doubt arises on the spiritual path and there’s a fear that it will crush the peace you’ve found, welcome it in! This doubt is no threat; it is, in fact, a friend, a messenger from truth to truth. What good is a truth that can’t stand up to doubt?…

One Step is One Too Many: Waking Up as Stripping Away

By Adam J. Pearson When no discriminating thoughts arise, the old mind ceases to exist. When thought objects vanish, the thinking-subject vanishes: As when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.Things are objects because of the subject (mind): the mind (subject) is such because of things (object). Understand the relativity of these two and the basic reality:…

We Can’t Avoid Avoidance; That Would Be Avoidance

By Adam J. Pearson We can’t avoid avoidance; That would be avoidance. If avoidance arises, Simply note it– “Hey look, avoidance is arising, That’s interesting!” If avoidance isn’t arising, Note that too– “There is openness now, No avoidance. Great!” Be radically honest About what appears, Radically open To hold space for it, Radically welcoming Of whatever comes,…

Willing the Way: Wanting What’s Happening

By Adam J. Pearson If you want what happens, How could you ever not get what you want? The desire and what’s happening collapse into each other, And fulfillment takes no time at all. I want to be sitting in a computer chair drinking a coffee. I got my wish! Woohoo! When the coffee is…

Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

By Adam J. Pearson O Sariputra, Form does not differ from Emptiness And Emptiness does not differ from Form. Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form. The same is true for Feelings, Perceptions, Volitions and States of Consciousness. ~ From the Heart Sutra of Avalokiteshvara A flexible integrative view can be very helpful for traveling lightly…

Haikus While Walking in the Rain

By Adam J. Pearson Walking in the rain; Droplets tapping on a face, True nature laid bare: Empty, clear, aware– Never were we wet or dry, Nor did we ever walk. Beyond One and two, Body, mind, and awareness Belong to no one. Laughing and laughing, Clear tears pouring out like rain; How was it missed so long? Part…