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…

The Innocent Habit of Believing Unloving Thoughts

By Adam J. Pearson Friend: Things are slowly working out for me but I’m really struggling today and succumbing to suicidal thoughts. Me: I’m happy to hear that you feel that things are slowly working out. Healing and growth are a process and moments of struggle along the way are a normal part of that….

No One Has Ever Hated Themselves

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction: You’ve Never Hated What You Are, Only What You Believed You Were One of the most shocking things I ever discovered is that no one has ever hated themselves. Really. And trust me, I thought I did. There were periods that I thought I hated myself badly enough to want…

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,…

true meditation

By Adam J. Pearson true meditation is seeing through the illusion of a meditator, in the awareness that there is none now there is only meditating, empty of  “you” and “I” the silence of this “me”-less space this stillness that’s agendaless the lightness of this no-thingness are beyond knower and known empty even of emptiness……

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…

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 Fierceness to Be Free and True

By Adam J. Pearson Tonight, I discovered a fierceness within me that I didn’t know was there. I’m going to get very raw and real for a moment. What I have to say may offend some people. Frankly, I don’t give a damn. It’s time for me to speak what I’ve secretly been thinking for…