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“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, eternal union with that Real that alone can guide us safely through the rapids of the white water and the black water […] that we can only get through if we are able to levitate above the surface of the raging stream of consciousness through our surrender to that Light that carries us above the flood to safety on the other shore of non-duality.” Recorded on the morning of Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

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Excerpt: "The delight is the natural state, so before we acquired egos, all of us were always in a state of delight. That's the normal baseline of human consciousness. And then an ego program was imposed on us that took away our delight, and the ego is based on the loss of delight. Because we were trained that we had to get serious and we had to be worried about things and we had to be concerned with learning things and doing things that we didn't want to do, and our delight soon became something else, and there was a nostalgia for the lost delight. And so delight became a kind of an imaginary state that we wished we could be in. And all of culture is basically made up of ways of being in artificial substitutes of delight. We try to get delight from films, from comfort foods, from all kinds of artificial celebrations and sex, drugs, rock ‘n' roll, but none of them produce real delight, and we have lost our delight because we've lost our innocence." Recorded on the evening of Friday, July 7, 2017.

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Excerpt: “Silence is both the way and the goal of meditation. The silence that is being referred to is the silence of wakeful consciousness aware of itself as it really is; not projecting out fantasies and affects and mental objects, not deluding oneself, not being filled with chatter, not being sleepy and spaced out, not being in either desire or fear. It is the state of silence in which there is no mental activity, in which all the mind’s modifications have been stopped, that the Real Self emerges, and the ego and all of its illusions and all of its suffering dissolve forever.” Recorded during the Silent Retreat, on the evening of Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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God is a Gambler - 7.15.17

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Excerpt: “The only way that God could satisfy His gambling impulse was to create a universe that was Himself, but in which He would forget everything He knew as God, and that He would divide Himself into both male and female, which made the world a total gamble, as you know. And not only that, but He would put some aspects of Himself that were male into female bodies and some that were female into male bodies - which made the gable even more extreme. And so every relationship became a gamble, every event, every project - and because a gambler loves surprise, God had to build in absolute surprising, unsuspected consequences to every action that would take place so that the very intelligence of God would be stymied by these unknowable, unforeseen consequences of every action and that everyone would therefore always be in a state of suspense.” Recorded on the morning of Saturday, July 15, 2017

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The Skin Ego - 07.15.17

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Excerpt: “. . . Didier Anzieu, another French psychoanalyst who developed a theory of the ego, his most famous and relevant book in this context is called The Skin Ego, and I think the relevance of this is that the skin becomes the center of consciousness at a certain moment when the child is about to go through weening, but it has not yet made a full differentiation between itself and the mother - there is still the ‘I and the mother are one’ - but the skin surface becomes the place of the conflict, and the place where that conflict, in terms of the old Freudian Oedipus complex, still has its last remaining threads of relevance which is that the father or . . . the paternal function that helps to separate the child from the mother, and this is the place where skin ailments happen, acne and other things; they are the skin ego’s complaint against its forcible separation from the mother.” Recorded on the evening of Saturday, July 15, 2017.

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