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End of Year Message

As we approach the end of the year it can be useful to contemplate where we are and set our work into the next year with intention.

We are working with letting go of our unnecessary and mechanical suffering. Suffering and pain are a part of life, but we add to it from a habitual place within us – We sometimes don’t trust the moment and we look for something to be anxious or worry about – this is an automatic process. This can be knee-jerk in our self, from self-protection, or the opposite, where even our inner work in the moment can be a desire for just becoming more comfortable or secure.

Often our depression is a focusing on the past and our anxiety is a focus on the future. Peace exists in the present moment.

We can resent, cling to pain, bitterness, anxiety, self-pity, victimhood, anger. We sometimes arrange our angers at our most becoming angles.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead to an understanding of ourselves. We age well by admitting our flaws, inconsistencies, put-ons, masks, fears and humiliations. We make room for them.

Working and seeing with intention are key; breath and presence are important. We strive to see impartially, to be with the breath and our inner breath, to be with our presence. To be with the effort and struggle to be awake,  not succumbing to negativity and sleep while at the same time not fighting with ourselves. Opening to Third Force.

Happiness is a continuation of happening not resisted.

We bow to our presence and the highest in ourselves. We cultivate our inner Being during our waking day.

We bow and connect to our groups, to our group consciousness, to those who strive and seek as we do.

We bow to the higher, we allow in the higher, we strive to understand that nothing that is genuine is possible without help. We open and allow this.

To all of you a Happy Chanukah, a Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year.

Mechanical Suffering

Briefly about Mechanical Suffering – I enclose a quote from Mr G that says a good deal. We often work in ways that bypass or rise above how we truly are and don’t see the ‘mechanical suffering’ we are participating in internally. Are we engaged in unnecessary bitterness, self pity and victimhood. Can we see this, relax our tensions, put the energy into presence and I-Am.

Can we let go of some of our habitual and mechanical suffering?

“If there is anything in the world that people do not understand it is the idea of sacrifice. They think they have to sacrifice something that they have. For example, I once said that they must sacrifice ‘faith,’ ‘tranquillity,’ ‘health.’ They understand this literally. But then the point is that they have not got either faith, or tranquillity, or health. All these words must be taken in quotation marks. In actual fact they have to sacrifice only what they imagine they have and which in reality they do not have. They must sacrifice their fantasies. But this is difficult for them, very difficult. It is much easier to sacrifice real things. Another thing that people must sacrifice is their suffering. It is very difficult also to sacrifice one’s suffering. A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering. Man is made in such a way that he is never so much attached to anything as he is to his suffering. And it is necessary to be free from suffering. No one who is not free from suffering, who has not sacrificed his suffering, can work. Later on a great deal must be said about suffering. Nothing can be attained without suffering but at the same time one must begin by sacrificing suffering.”

From In Search of the Miraculous

Morning Exercise

During the Morning Exercise, at some point we may contact the Work – We can say that this is the Aim of the exercise. When this happens we are in a different world and can feel the presence of a higher energy within. Everything changes, there is a stillness and focus not possible before – We are the exercise, it is not us just doing it. A noticeable change occurs with the breath, which deepens significantly and has no strain, with only a few breaths a minute.
This is a touchstone, a place of homecoming we should be with every morning.
There is a tendency in all of us, in our personality to become identified with this state, with this place. It is important to go after the ‘big apple’, that is, to concentrate the attention even more, to not become identified with the energy and the flow and allow the higher yet to come in.

Working in the present atmosphere

There is much fear and anxiety about, the time we live in can be defined as such. There is little that most folks trust, people don’t fear a specific thing, but everything and will do anything to escape it. Uncertainty and doubt lead to following snake oil salesman – destroying the competing vitriol is rarely a solution.

For us in the work the key is humility. We can be with anxiety and not attempt to escape, we can endure uncertainty and see that being so throws us off our ‘smug island of certainty’ to a world of potential. We can even appreciate the pain and fear and allow them to wake us up.

Let us not lose ourselves in our emotions and remain non-identified. Be an activist if you wish, fight injustice, help those in need if that is your calling. Stay non-identified.

In addition, work on the cause of the problem, energy imbalance – stay within your atmosphere, not leaking, opening to finer energy, remembering who we truly are and connect with gratitude to the gift of being human.

Being in the moment

In the depth of our mechanical life are the stories we tell compulsively about each moment in favor of simply having the moment. Our work, our sittings show us how anything can be emptied of the story we tell about it. Not everything that happens to us happens because of us.

Self Remembering

During the course of my day, when engaged in activity, I attempt to be awake to myself, sensation of my body, my feelings, while I am engaged in outer activity. I am awake to myself in addition to the externals I am seeing or engaged in.

The further step: I am in touch with my inner self, inner life while engaging in the outer. That is, not just my three centers but my inner life, my Being, while I am involved externally. I feel my Being in my solar plexus, I remember my inner life, not just my functional being. I live in two worlds, not just one, I am alive in two worlds here and now.

The miracle of life is being present. Everything begins with this and never ends. Self remembering is our inactive self becoming awake.

From Mr G about the deep layers of Self Remembering:

“There are moments when you become aware not only of what you are doing but also of yourself doing it. You see both ‘I’ and the ‘here’ of ‘I am here’- both the anger and the ‘I’ that is angry.”
View From the Real World

Another quote from Mr G

“A man cannot remember himself because he tries to do so with his mind-at least, in the beginning. Self-remembering begins with self-sensing. It must be done through the instinctive-motor centre and the emotional center. Mind alone does not constitute a human being any more than the driver is the whole equipage. The centre of gravity of change is in the moving and emotional centres, but these are concerned only with the present; the mind looks ahead. The wish to change, to be what one ought to be, must be in our emotional centre, and the ability to do in our body. The feelings may be strong, but the body is lazy, sunk in inertia. Mind must learn the language of the body and feelings, and this is done by correct observation of self. One of the benefits of self-remembering is that one has the possibility of making fewer mistakes in life. But for complete self-remembering all centres must work simultaneously; and they must be artificially stimulated; the mental centre from the outside, the other two from inside. You must distinguish between sensation, emotions, and thoughts; and say to each sensation, emotion, and thought, “Remind me to remember you”, and for this you must have an “I”. And you must begin by separating inner things from outer, to separate “I” from “It”.”


Our Theme is Noticing. How often do we notice what is around us; Do we see what our eyes are looking at, are we aware of our surroundings, people, do we notice ourselves while we notice.

With how many and what centers do we notice? If we notice with three centers we can Be In Contact, and be in the same world as the things we notice. With noticing we enter a world of awareness, with Being In Contact everything changes though everything outwardly is the same.

How often during our day are we present to Noticing, how often are we in Contact.

Before the Retreat

It is best when going on retreat to begin before we begin, that is, not going full throttle in life, driving to the retreat and trying to completely switch gears on arrival. Slow down now, be present, sit when you can, be aware of nature, connect with your inner life, be alive in your inner world.

The first major step on any inner path is a liberation from the spell of the outer world, not a rejection, the realization that the bodily and material world is not where we can achieve anything real for ourselves, it cannot give us what we need. We know that but need to live the knowing. This actually makes life in the material world richer and three dimensional.

On a retreat such as we have in April we can go further and see from the inner world that we cannot do. All our trying and identification with self has to let go for this to come. With this something substantial can occur and seeing can become Seeing.

Do Not Malign Others

Our theme is Not to Malign Others. Another way of putting this is to be Grateful to Everyone. ‘Oh boy’, how can I do this’, we say as we all see how much we judge, criticize and indeed are not very grateful in the moment.

The first step is to not make unimportant things important. As the Kwajagan state, to ‘Watch each step’, not just literally but to be in touch with Aim; where have we come from and truly where are we headed. We must never forget our Aim and the step we are taking in this moment.

 The moment may be complex, full of paradox, ambiguity but if we can’t learn to live with these we will remain eight years old the rest of our lives. Can we befriend the stranger and even the enemy within and without.

Let’s attempt to wake up to our maligning and denigrating others.

When are we in Essence

We go further with the work of Ramana, and ‘Who Am I?’

In the moment, any moment we awake, am I pretending  or am I real, true to my own life. Is my behavior automatic based on habit, attempting to please others, personality, or genuine. Look and see.