Throughout our lives so much will come to us: happiness, success, falling in love, everything wonderfully going our way—as well as the opposite, illness, painful emotional dramas, difficulty, pain, heartache, and the death of loved ones. Sometimes our lives beautifully come together and other times, our lives completely fall apart.
Yet all the while through the passing experiences of pain and pleasure, something deeper persists—something greater and deeper than even our thoughts and feelings about our experience. Throughout these passing experiences of life and our passing thoughts which go with them, there is a quiet, spacious and awake presence.
Our experiences may be joyous or painful, and our thoughts will follow with an ongoing commentary of what has passed, yet even deeper than our internal monologue is this subtle presence which silently watches it all unfold. Many of us though miss this quiet inner most presence, because our minds (which arise within this presence) are so loud—so busy, complaining, or clinging to this or that, or defending or arguing with some passing experience.
Sadly most of us spend our entire lives, simply ignoring our most essential nature—this silent beautiful presence. It is not that we do this consciously, perhaps we miss this presence of awareness because it is so subtle, so uncomplicated and silent.
August 14-16 2015
Awakening the Heart
Friday August 14th Friday Evening Satsang at Asheville Nondual Sangha 7.30pm: at Town & Mountain Training Center, 261 Asheland Ave, AVL 28801
Suggested Donation: $10-15 No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Saturday Workshop: 10am-5pm
21 Oakmont Dr. Fairview, NC 28730. Suggested Donation: $50-75 No one will be turned away.
Many of us on the spiritual path try to deny our humanity as a way to discover Truth and Freedom. Yet this often leads us, to a life which is lacking in love and humanity. There is though, an inclusive path, which embraces and includes all of life, and simultaneously honors that which is Ineffable; this radical openness, is our constant invitation. Join Craig for an intimate dialogue, meditation and transmission of presence of what it means to be both fully human and fully divine. All are welcome.
Sunday August 16th Compassionate Relationship to Life
Craig will speak at Veganfest: Downtown Asheville
What is our relationship to this planet and the other beings which inhabit this world? In this talk Craig will discuss how our relationship with life changes when we begin to listen to the wisdom and movement of our own heart space. The heart is always loving and compassionate. Our egoic mind on the other hand is driven by fear, desire and habit. Most of us spend our entire lives without any clear awareness of what our true spiritual nature is, and how this nature, would respond to life. In this talk, Craig will discuss what it means to live a heart centered life and how this relationship has the power to transform how we interact with both ourselves and this world.
Fierce Grace is when Life comes to us in a brutal way to wake us up out of our egoic entrenchment, and into a greater expression of our Divinity.
The energy of tenderness has the power to transform anger, jealously, sadness, and despair. When we are stuck in these feelings it is very difficult to see a way out. When these difficult feelings arise within us, most of us deeply struggle within our painful perspective. Our mind almost always first demands that our external circumstances change in accordance with our egoic desires, in order for us to heal and let go.
But we do not always have the luxury to get what we want externally. Often life does not change, and because of this most of us stay angry at our current circumstances.
We do have a choice though. We can, in any moment become tender with our feelings. We can meet ourselves with love, we can open to our pain in a tender and gentle way. As we do so, our painful emotions naturally release and we begin to experience the joy of our being again, whether or not life's circumstances have actually changed. You see our natural state is one of joy, yet as long as our painful emotions cover this joy, we suffer. But through working with our pain and meeting it with compassion, we heal, release or transform our pain and we are left with our own goodness, joy and compassion.