The Prison and the Key: Why I Write About Shame

By Adam J. Pearson The Wisdom of Eamonn Perkins Eamonn Perkins is a wise, humble and tremendously compassionate teacher from Ireland who spends much of his time working with addicts and prisoners. He’s so low-key that, as of this writing, he doesn’t even have a website. In a 2014 interview, Eamonn said something brilliantly concise and and equally incisive: “If you…

The Gateway into Presence: Resting in the Sense “I Am”

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction: Experiencing Presence In previous articles, I have presented a few ways to directly ‘taste’ nonduality or being “One without a second” as The Upanishads put it. One way involves seeing through the cognitive construction of separation to see that prior to concepts, no such separation appears. A second way uses total forgiveness to reveal not-twoness by lovingly releasing the grievances…

Giving in Two Directions: The Meaning of Action in Oneness

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction In the past few days, my family and I have been without electricity, running water, and heating because, as you can see in the picture above, ice-covered branches landed on our power lines and yanked them out of the wall. Because our house has been so cold, we’ve been bundled…

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…

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…