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  1. Kathleen
    June 17, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

    Thanks, Fred. So true, seeking can be such a torment, but a hard habit to break. Even after an awakening experience, it’s easy to fall back into it, looking for more of the same. How easy to forget that the awakening occurred because we stopped looking (and started seeing)! There is still work to be done to clear up, but exploring the truth is so much more pleasant and productive than seeking the truth.

    ?Kathleen

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  2. Mike Zerbel
    June 17, 2017 @ 10:37 pm

    It’s so intriguing still to me that expositions like this are FOR those “who have ears to hear” (ie want to). And I would say are also fodder for when pointers, later in time, do fall into place – ringing true in those ears that turned out were getting ready to hear. Willingness is the simplest such “term”. Being told “willingness is all you need”, I would writhe in “god damn it, but i am/was willing!”. This experience has just seemed to teach me how willingness is ALL you need, how any striving is in the way, and how much was actually striving that I had never considered as striving.

    In AA it used to drive me nuts to hear blamed, in the preliminary readings, the ones who did not have the capacity to be honest. I finally found a historical reference, that it was included to satisfy those who disagreed that the 12 step method worked for all. It was meant to not judge others for whom it didn’t work, to ALLOW the focus to be on it working for “ME”. I think the reason they picked was unfortunate, especially now since it singles out others TO judge. But it’s interesting that the original point was to make room for “one’s own ears to hear” the message for one’s self, and not get distracted by why something isn’t working for others.

    And this goes even further. In Your greediness for clarity, you tip the balance in “others” that find out they weren’t really other! It’s not about “other”!

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  3. Barb
    June 19, 2017 @ 11:18 pm

    This hit the sweet spot!

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