We’re here to find our way home.

Larry Integrating Awakening

Let’s jump right in with a big question: “Why are we here?” Simply put, we are here to find our way home. We start in our heads, identifying with our thoughts, beliefs and points of view. Thought identity can only result in resistance and seeking. Resistance and seeking is suffering. Suffering is the opposite of peace, fulfillment or happiness. Eventually, suffering …

The Direct Path is a Simple Choice at Every Moment

Larry Integrating Awakening

The Direct Path as presented in books, video and retreat weeks by Rupert Spira, results in fulfillment and happiness. How? By guiding us through direct experience to an experience of ourselves as pure awareness. In its nature awareness is fulfilled and happy for it needs nothing. So, by knowing ourselves as awareness we integrate this experience of fulfillment and happiness. The …

What if there is no “me”, no separate self?

Larry Deeper Dive

The Direct Path of Vedanta philosophy is based on one’s experience. All truth is based on experiential knowledge. It takes courage to ask, “What do we know for certain?” “What is our actual experience?”  When we looking beyond what we have always assumed, there is the possibility of freeing ourselves from the assumptions that constrict and restrain our unbounded spirit. Let’s …

What if there is no “me”, no separate self?

Larry Integrating Awakening

The Direct Path of Advaita Vedantic philosophy is based on one’s experience. All truth is based on experiential knowledge. It takes courage to ask, “What do we know for certain?” “What is our actual experience?”  When we looking beyond what we have always assumed, there is the possibility of freeing ourselves from the assumptions that constrict and restrain our unbounded spirit. …

Growth= Discomfort: Me & My Comfort Zone

Larry Integrating Awakening

“There is no greater battle in life than the battle between the parts of you that want to be healed and the parts of you that are comfortable and content remaining broken.”  Iyanla Vanzant. I lived in a protected comfort zone most of my adult life. I didn’t trust myself to show up in what I perceived were challenging situations. I had …

Eckhart Tolle guides us away from Thought Identity

Larry Integrating Awakening

Here are some powerful quotes from bestselling author and international spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle. I invite you to breathe a bit deeper, relax and feel the shift you can easily make away from “thought-based identity” to identification with the aware knowing in which thought arises, that is to say, The Now. In Stillness Speaks, Tolle writes: “When you step into the …

Sinking the Mind into the Heart with Rupert Spira

Larry Deeper Dive

I’m excited to share a teacher I found online, Rupert Spira. He’s awesome–clear and articulate about non duality—the purpose of meditation. Its this path of freeing ourselves from the mind suffering with which we all are so familiar. I invite you to watch this 10 minute video in which Spira talks to his students about using the potent question, “Am …

Powerful Questions to promote “The Shift”

Larry Integrating Awakening

We are all walking this path of waking up to a deeper connection to the ease and flow that is always already present, just “below” the nattering mind. This is us in our essential nature—spacious presence or beingness; relaxing into that silent presence changes everything, as Eckhart Tolle explains in The Power of Now. Here are a series of questions gathered …

Enlightenment: Plain and Simple

Larry Integrating Awakening

Simply stated, enlightenment is simply being, or as spiritual teacher and bestselling author, Eckhart Tolle, explains, “Enlightenment is a felt oneness with being”. As we relax away from thoughts, emotion and all resistance (judgment, evaluation, story) and into our essential nature underneath all the mental noise and emotional ups and downs, we see everything as it is (as a unity or …

Joy is Our Nature

Larry First Steps

Even when I’m not in a good mood, joy waits patiently for me. What if we were to let go of the conceptual filtering of life—all the judgments, evaluations, control and ego jockeying? What would lie underneath as our natural, relaxed state of being? Boredom? I don’t think so. Depression? Certainly not. What if joy is our natural state? Think …