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 …

Letting Go of the Story of Me

Larry Integrating Awakening

If I can begin to let go of the story of who I am, I can drop into my essential nature. Granted, these are words that can only point in a direction of the rich experience of entering a spacious awareness. Yet the words point in the direction of a transformative experience that changes our relationship with ourselves and life …

The Culture’s Costly Concept of Me

Larry Integrating Awakening

Once we have explored our so-called “inner world” to find that there is not an object called “me”, a monumental shift begins to take place. What is that shift? It is the transformational shift from living as an entity called “me” and all the entanglement that that me creates, to living from a peaceful, spacious presence that a quiet mind provides. …

Meditation: A Joy Ride

Larry Integrating Awakening

Finding my way back to joy, to a quiet connected spaciousness becomes easier with practice. This is the essential purpose of a spiritual practice: to move my attention from the outside world of doing and to do lists—striving—and conceptual narrative—figuring out, interpreting, judging and evaluating, all provided by the seemingly-helpful thought stream. Finding my way back to joy, by releasing …