The Empty Chair Teaching Foundation

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  1. Dear Mike,

    So . . . I burst into tears when I got to the sixth paragraph of your July teaching,

    “There is nothing new about the search for the truth of Being,”

    and the tears are still flowing. For me, this post goes far beyond mere resonance – it penetrates to the core, to my deepest wound, which you summed up succinctly with,

    “Someone once told me, made me feel, I was not good enough. This becomes entrenched as a habit so I never feel good enough.”

    This is a habit so deeply ingrained here that it often feels as though it must be true, and yet, when I am fully present, which occurs most frequently when I am quietly in joint practice with another, that belief disappears . . . for the moment.

    My father died in January of this year and it seems that his passing has opened this wound for me in such a way that it can no longer be sealed and ignored. This belief, that I am not good enough, surfaces many times on a daily basis now, and yet, this is the undigested meal that I am finding most difficult to schmooze.

    Still, there is this body and its gift of presence and there are those times when I remember to inhabit it. Then I remember who I really am. Thank you.

    Julia Marie, Ridgway, Colorado, USA

    Comment by Julia Marie Gillett — August 2, 2010 @ 2:52 am

  2. Once again, thank you Julia Marie,
    The world needs more teachers who can be vulnerable, they embody truth.
    Mike

    Comment by Mike — August 2, 2010 @ 10:09 am

  3. There is mention in this article of the warrior and the paradoxical and absolute power in absolute vulnerability;
    this was responded to by Matias Fernandez Depetris a trainer psychotherapist from Chile as follows:-

    NO HARD EDGES

    The warrior relates with whatever arises with a sense of sadness and
    tenderness. We reject the aggressive, hard-core street-fighter
    mentality. The neurotic upheavals created by conflicting emotions, or
    the kleshas, arise from ignorance, or avidya. This is fundamental
    ignorance that underlies all ego-oriented activity. Ignorance is very
    harsh and willing to stick with its own version of things. Therefore, it
    feels very righteous. Overcoming that is the essence of renunciation: we
    have no hard edges. Warriorship is so tender, without skin, without
    tissue, naked and raw. It is soft and gentle. You have renounced putting
    on a new suit of armor.
    MFD

    Comment by Mike — August 31, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

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