Free falling into Answerlessness

By Adam J. Pearson In my experience, free falling into answerlessness, surrendering all the authorities and their doctrines to the vastness of not-knowing, feels like a delightful vulnerability, an exquisitely unknown openness, with no promises and no guarantees. Nothing broken, nothing fixed. Just the fall. This fall into nowhere, this fall into here, is at…

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…

Throw Out Your Spiritual Answers

By Adam J. Pearson Our spiritual questions arise From the answers we already have. When we throw out all the answers, The questions go with them. What remains Is silence– The ultimate answer, To the ultimate question: Who am I? Stay with the silence– Add no answers And you’ll add no questions. What’s asking is…

Great Doubt Expresses Great Faith

By Adam J. Pearson In spirituality, particularly in Zen, but also in Advaita and at the heart of jnana yoga, great doubt expresses great faith. Great doubt arises out of a sincere and profound wish to discover what’s really, really true, what’s true beyond all doubt, even beyond the very doubt that motivates the yearning itself. This…

“I Shouldn’t Be Feeling What I Feel Right Now,” Is That True?

By Adam J. Pearson So, a thought pops up and says: “I shouldn’t be feeling what I feel right now…” That’s a good one! Can you absolutely know that’s true? What’s the reality? You’re feeling it! Reality has spoken. You should be feeling what you are feeling, because you are. That’s the reality. How do you know when…

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…