During his Satsang and Meditation meetings, Craig invites us to step into the awake aware presence of our True Nature. Most of us though, spend the majority of our lives in a struggle or war with our minds, which creates a life of suffering. But there is a world we can step into which is beyond the mind, a world beyond division. This world of our Direct Experience is here right now. It is always allowing, always accepting and always free. The invitation in every moment is to live beyond our habitual way of being; it is to step into the Beauty and aliveness of this moment.
Many of us have no idea how to work with our own egoic nature. With Mindfulness, Craig explains how we work with our humanity from a place of both wisdom and love, so that this
very humanity can be transformed into an assest instead of a hinderance. Taken from one of his meditation and Satsang classes this past summer
When we deny any shadow aspects of ourselves through transcendence, avoidance or repression these very forces come alive in our neurotic behavior. They come to the surface in our jealousy, in our angry words, in our irritability
toward life, in our inability to communicate with our partners, children or friends. Yet these very shadows, if embraced and met with love and compassion, become helpful aspects and illuminated qualities of our true nature.
We may notice that if:
If we deny our power, we become angry.
If we deny our sadness, we become cold and heartless.
If we deny our humility, we become closed and arrogant.
If we deny our fear, we become anxious.
It is through embracing our darkness, our shadow, that we become both free of our shadow as well as embodying of the very positive aspects of our humanity and Divinity.
When we embrace our anger, we become powerful.
When we embrace sadness, we become compassionate
When we embrace arrogance, we become undefended
When we embrace fear, we become open hearted.
The transformation of our humanity is our true work in this world. As we do so we discover there is no separation between our humanity and our Divinity.
A God denied becomes a demon -josesph campbell.
One of the greatest gifts my teacher offered me, was the invitation to directly experience the Divine in every moment. Beyond dogma, philosophy, correct posture, asana practice, beyond knowing all the Buddhist and Hindu terms, the most important teaching is to directly experience the Divine here and now. In order to do this we must first practically know how to unhook from our habitual minds, as our identity, and discover something quite greater. The instructions here are very simple, anyone has the ability to do this, yet most choose to stay in the confusing, painful and yet entertaining world of the mind. These steps are practical and will greatly change our lives if we apply them wholeheartedly. First and foremost, we must slow down. We will never unhook from our minds unless we slow down; our mind’s trance state is sustained through the belief in the movement of our thoughts. To unhook from this trance, we have to slow down, and choose to step back and observe what is here. We must be willing to observe that which is in our consciousness. We have to be willing to see that our thoughts, feelings and sensations come and go within the space of our being.
The teaching is to stop, the habitual attachment to our own thoughts, beliefs, desires and simply notice the very presence in which these thoughts and feelings arise. What this practically means is that we feel—that we directly experience our very own presence. We can all do this. We can feel the aliveness in our hearts, in our chest, in our abdomen, and in the space we call our mind. We can notice that this space is already perfect, already free, completely alive and beautiful. If we give ourselves to this shift in identity, out of our egoic nature and into the direct experience of our Being our lives will be forever changed.