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Awakening Mind Part 1, "Know Thyself" (2023) - Complete HD Film

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    Awakening
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    is the next natural stage
    of human development.
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    So awakening is simply to recognize
    the nature of our essential being.
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    Is not some weird,
    mystical religious experience
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    that's only available to the few.
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    It's available to everyone.
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    What we essentially are
    is already fully awake, fully aware.
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    And it's totally unlimited.
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    Your true nature is closer
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    than the you that you think you are.
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    Consciousness
    is the ultimate reality of the universe.
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    The next step in science is to say
    that consciousness is fundamental.
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    What is awakening anyway?
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    Somebody explain that to me.
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    Awakening Mind Part 1: Know Thyself
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    What is awakening?
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    Whether you call it the true self,
    the imminent self or "no self",
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    or Buddha
    nature, Tao or Christ Consciousness,
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    it really doesn't matter.
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    In this film,
    we're going to refer to it as awareness.
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    Awareness
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    is not the property of any religion.
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    Awakening or realizing awareness
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    is like waking from a dream.
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    The dream of your character
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    in the play of life.
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    Through our characters,
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    we experience the world
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    in all of its beauty and its ugliness.
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    We can call this experience of life
    and death duality.
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    Around and around
    we go, fixated on the characters,
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    thoughts and sensations.
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    Good and bad.
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    War and peace.
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    Light and darkness.
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    Birth and death.
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    Until we wake up and find out
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    we are not the character.
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    The Invitation
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    In this film,
    we are extending an invitation
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    for you to directly experience
    your true nature.
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    To find out directly,
    not intellectually...
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    Who are you?
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    We will repeat this
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    invitation in different ways.
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    When inquiring into who you are,
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    let everything be exactly as it is.
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    Don't
    move the mind to make something happen
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    or to find some answer
    on the level of mind.
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    And yet, don't try to push away the mind.
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    Simply intend to directly experience
    who you are.
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    Letting the mind be a
    "don't know mind"
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    Awakening is the answer to all of
    the world's problems on every level.
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    All of the world's
    problems stem from a delusion.
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    The fundamental delusion of the mind.
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    And that delusion is that
    I am this limited character.
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    When we're living from a
    small, separate self,
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    there's always some kind
    of perpetual dissatisfaction.
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    So this can be big dissatisfaction
    like trauma,
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    or it can be just this
    background feeling...
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    "something's not right.
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    Something's wrong. I'm missing something."
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    Even when I have some pleasure,
    even when I achieve something in world,
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    even when I have a good relationship,
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    if I just have a pause or a moment,
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    there's this dissatisfied feeling like
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    I'm isolated or cut off from something.
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    So this feeling, which it seems like
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    most people have, can motivate us
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    to awaken from that small, separate self
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    whose nature is a kind of separation
    anxiety.
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    This limited character has a tendency
    to grasp for what it wants.
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    It's just a collection
    of conditioned patterns
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    of of craving what it wants or
    trying to push away what it doesn't want.
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    It's this endless process of
    you can say a pleasure
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    principle, you know,
    going after pleasure, avoiding pain.
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    And if we believe we are this
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    character, this conditioned pattern,
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    then we suffer
    and we create suffering in the world.
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    The world becomes a reflection
    of that egoic consciousness.
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    The benefit of awakening
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    is that you suffer less
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    and the people around you suffer less.
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    There's no doubt in my mind that
    my initial connection with
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    my understanding of God
    was an awakening
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    for me in my life, the biggest awakening
    that I've ever experienced.
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    It was very much as if I had been asleep
    really for 50 years.
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    Walking around like a robot, just doing
    the things that I was taught to do
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    from the time I was a young man,
    you know, I had a formula down,
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    get the girl, get the car, get a job,
    get the house, get a spouse.
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    A formula that I thought was
    how Iife was supposed to work
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    until I got to be around 53 years old.
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    And I realized that while I had done
    most of those things and had become
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    professionally successful to a degree,
    then I realized that none of
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    that matters. I who woke up somewhere
    around the age of 53, realizing
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    none of this matters,
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    none of this means anything.
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    I was shocked to find
    how this literally meant,
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    how pointless it all was.
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    Who are you?
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    When you stop following the script
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    that has been laid out for your character.
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    The one inherited from parents, society
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    and biological conditioning,
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    then new dimensions open up
    within the game.
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    The path opens up,
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    but it is not a path
    to reach some destination.
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    It is a pathless path,
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    a stripping away of illusion to arrive
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    exactly where you are in the now.
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    My name is Rupert Spira.
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    I speak about the essential
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    non-dual understanding that underlies
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    all the great religious
    and spiritual traditions.
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    And I write and lead guided meditations
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    and have conversations
    whose purpose is to lead
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    to an experiential recognition
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    of this understanding.
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    Understand that
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    the peace and the happiness
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    for which we all long
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    above all else, can never,
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    by definition
    be found in objective experience.
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    It can never be provided
    by objects, substances,
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    activities and relationships.
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    I would suggest
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    understanding that
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    clearly and not spending
    the rest of one's life
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    seeking fulfillment
    where it cannot be found.
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    Anyone who is watching this movie is doing
    so precisely because they have
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    either understood or at least intuited
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    that the peace and happiness
    for which they long cannot be found
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    in objective experience and have begun
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    this investigation into their true nature.
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    That is the most important investigation
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    one can make,
    and it is the investigation upon
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    which the depends our happiness.
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    The biggest question of my life,
    of course,
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    which I believe is the question
    most people look at sooner or later, is
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    "What is the point, actually?"
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    "What is the point of life?"
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    That, much to my surprise,
    I was told that the point of life
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    had nothing to do
    with anything that I was doing.
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    It wasn't about my job.
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    It wasn't about my career.
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    It wasn't about hardly anything
    in my physical life.
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    Those were aspects of my life
    were not the point of life.
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    The point of my life,
    as I have come to understand
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    it was for me to experience,
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    express, demonstrate and fulfill
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    my true identity, who I really am.
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    I think that the biggest question
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    that most people face is a question
    that hardly
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    anyone ever asks themselves
    or ever answers.
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    The biggest question of life,
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    in my understanding, is "who am I?"
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    Who am I?
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    Am I simply a physical entity
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    like a bird in the sky or fish in the sea?
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    You know, perhaps more sophisticated,
    but just a physical entity.
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    I'm born, I live, I die.
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    That's the beginning and the end of it.
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    Or is it possible, just possible
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    that I'm more than that?
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    Is it possible that I'm a spiritual entity
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    simply having a physical experience?
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    Every experience in your life
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    has brought you to this one
    universal question.
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    Who are you?
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    Don't look for an answer with the mind.
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    Let everything be exactly as it is.
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    Who is aware of the mind?
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    Feel everything that comes up.
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    Who is aware of those feelings?
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    Have a complete experience
    of everything that comes up
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    as a result of your inquiry.
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    I'm Donald Hoffman and I'm a professor
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    emeritus of cognitive sciences
    at the University of California at Irvine.
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    My work has been teaching students,
    although now I'm emeritus for
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    I don't teach. And now I do research.
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    I do research right now
    on consciousness, mathematical models
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    of consciousness,
    and how physics and spacetime might arise
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    from a theory of consciousness
    that's completely mathematically precise.
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    My own journey has been
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    both from the spiritual side
    and from the science side.
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    So my my father was a minister,
    fundamentalist Christian minister.
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    So I got that on Sundays
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    and I got science at school
    and they conflicted, right?
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    The stories I was getting were,
    contradictory.
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    And so as a teenager, I realized
    I needed to figure things out for myself.
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    And I decided the question I
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    wanted to answer was,
    are we machines?
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    Are people just machines or not?
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    I mean, from the physical point of view,
    are we just be machines
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    From a spiritual point of view,
    we wouldn't be machines.
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    It wasn't precise enough
    to say what we would be.
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    And so so I decided to ask the question
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    scientifically, are we just machines?
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    And the best way I thought to do that
    would be to study artificial intelligence.
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    And so so I went to MIT
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    and was in the artificial intelligence
    lab studying artificial intelligence
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    and also in what's now the brain
    and cognitive science department, studying
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    the human side of things.
    Because I wanted to do both.
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    I wanted to see what can machines do
    and what is special, if anything,
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    about humans and human neuroscience.
    To answer that,
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    that very question
    ar the spiritual traditions right?
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    Or are we more than just machines
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    or is the physical, scientific
    point of view right?
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    And we are just machines,
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    and consciousness is just an artifact
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    of brain activity.
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    The scientific materialist paradigm that
    has been predominant in the last century
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    denies the existence of
    anything beyond the physical,
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    anything that cannot be
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    verified by the scientific method.
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    Science is an impasse.
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    It cannot move beyond the paradox
    that is fundamental to quantum physics,
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    which brought it face to face
    with the observer,
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    with consciousness itself.
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    Likewise, religions are,
    for the most part, functioning
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    only on the level of belief.
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    They've lost their original purpose,
    which was to lead to direct experience,
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    to the truth of who and what we are.
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    The split between science and spirituality
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    has rendered both impoverished.
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    Religions and spiritual systems
    desperately need rigorous methods,
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    which can be shown to create conditions
    for awakening to happen.
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    And science desperately needs an openness
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    to the possibility
    of something beyond the physical.
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    It is not about giving up religion
    or science,
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    but about going deeper,
    being willing to change ourselves
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    so that we become a better tool
    for investigation.
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    We are the ones doing the experiment,
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    and the experiment itself.
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    Religion has been the language
    and the container
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    of these traditions
    of meditation, spirituality
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    that have been written down and passed
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    on through the generations.
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    Certainly there is some language
    that is very literal,
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    which divides religions and divides
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    cultures when things are taken literally.
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    But if you feel the spirit of religion,
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    you can follow the
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    thread back to authentic awakening.
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    Anyone has the potential,
    whether they have belief or no belief,
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    because awakening is inherent
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    within our human consciousness,
    just by our human birth.
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    So whatever you call it,
    and whenever language is used,
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    there's certain principles
    that seem to be the same
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    throughout these different religions
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    and spiritualities
    and meditation traditions.
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    When I was younger, this understanding
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    was mainly available
    in the Eastern spiritual traditions.
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    It was available in the Western
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    traditions,
    but it was so disguised and codified
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    in those traditions
    as to be almost inaccessible.
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    So many people of my generation
    went physically
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    or at least intellectually,
    to the East to find this understanding
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    and Eastern culture by comparison with
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    Western culture is exotic.
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    And so this understanding
    acquired a flavor of the exotic
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    from the cultures
    in which it was expressed.
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    And many people, myself included
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    thought as a result of this
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    that there was something exotic
    about the non dual
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    understanding; that it required
    some extra ordinary way of life,
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    that you had to give up family life
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    or grow your hair
    or get a special name or subscribe
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    to some kind of teacher or or tradition
    or engage in strange practices.
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    All these kind of things
    which had nothing to do
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    with the core understanding.
    They were to do with the culture
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    in which the understanding
    was expressed at a particular time.
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    So now the understanding
    has been completely divested
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    of the traditional cultural packaging
    in which many of us first heard about it.
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    And now just the essential
    understanding is available
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    in a way that enables us to carry
    on leading our lives
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    exactly as they are. Family life, work
    life...
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    it's not necessary to make
    any external changes in one's life.
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    The challenge we have on this planet
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    is that we think there's more than one
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    essence.
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    So we live in a
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    world of what I would call duality.
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    There's male and female, black and white,
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    big and small, fast and slow, up
    and down, here and there, before
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    and after,
    but in fact, there's only one thing.
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    All things are one thing.
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    There is only one thing.
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    So it turns out that when
    we look deeply at everything
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    we see that here and there, big and small,
    fast and slow, up and down, left and right,
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    male and female, are all the same thing,
    simply expressing
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    different characteristics
    but in no way separate from each other.
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    I believe that all of us
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    are individuations
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    of God.
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    I believe that God exists in, as, and
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    through every human being
    and for that matter, every sentient
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    being in the cosmos.
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    So I see then that
    I am in relationship to God
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    as a wave is to the ocean.
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    A wave is no different
    from the ocean; it's
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    simply an arising of the ocean
    in individual form.
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    And when that individuation is complete,
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    the wave recedes back into the ocean
    whence it came.
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    To arise again on another day.
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    So I believe that
    we are all individuations of divinity,
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    and when we see everything as divine,
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    we change our relationship with everything.
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    And everything becomes
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    different in our experience.
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    That's how the world changes.
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    What Is Consciousness?
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    Consciousness
    is the ultimate reality of the universe,
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    so we might well ask if consciousness
    is the ultimate reality of the universe
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    and everything, and everyone
    is obviously that, then how come
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    the world appears to us as a multiplicity
    and diversity
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    of discrete and independently
    existing people
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    and animals and things
    all made out of stuff called matter.
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    How can we reconcile this statement
    that consciousness
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    is the ultimate reality of the universe
    when it appears
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    as a multiplicity and diversity of objects
    made out of matter?
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    So the the evidence that I'm using
    to suggest that consciousness
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    is fundamental has many aspects to it.
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    One is that physics itself
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    says that space time isn't fundamental
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    and evolutionary theory
    also agrees that spacetime
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    and physical objects
    are not fundamental reality.
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    Now, both of those theories tell us only
    that, that spacetime is not fundamental.
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    They don't tell us
    what is beyond spacetime.
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    And so my argument
    is that what the physicists are finding
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    beyond spacetime, they're finding
    mathematical structures,
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    but what those are about
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    is not really clear. What is this
    realm beyond space time about?
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    And so I'm proposing that the realm
    beyond space time is about consciousness.
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    And I would suggest that
    infinite consciousness has the ability
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    to localize itself as numerous separate
    subjects of experience,
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    that is, all sentient beings, all people
    or animals.
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    Each of us are localizations
    of infinite consciousness,
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    in infinite consciousness
    made only of infinite consciousness
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    from whose perspective it views
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    its own activity as the outside world.
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    So what appears to us as
    a world made out of matter
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    from our localized perspectives,
    is from the point of view of reality,
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    simply the activity of the one
    infinite consciousness.
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    In other words, in the ultimate analysis,
    there are no discrete
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    or independently existing things
    or people.
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    There is one infinite, indivisible, whole.
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    The unity of being that is only refracted
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    into an apparent multiplicity
    and diversity of objects and things,
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    when The One looks at its own activity
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    through the perceiving faculties
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    of the finite mind.
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    If we are awake,
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    we realize that there's one awareness
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    that is disguised as all of these
    different beings on the planet,
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    one awareness
    shining through everyone's eyes.
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    Then we literally see ourselves in others.
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    And that tendency to operate as an ego,
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    the tendency to take for oneself
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    falls away
    because we directly realize the truth.
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    The truth is
    that we're all one consciousness.
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    The experience of my spiritual self
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    was only possible in the realm
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    of the physical for a very good reason,
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    because only in the realm of the physical
    was the opposite available.
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    In other words, just use a simple example,
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    if I wanted to experience myself,
    if I could speak
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    metaphorically, as the light,
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    I couldn't experience being the light
    if I was amidst the light,
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    nothing else around me but the light,
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    which is a perfect definition
    of the realm of the spiritual.
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    So I would come to a realm
    which I call the realm of the physical,
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    where there is something
    other than the light.
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    Because if I want to experience myself
    as the light,
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    not just know myself as that,
    but experience it,
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    I could only do that where there was
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    the opposite of the light,
    in this case, the darkness.
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    So I brought
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    this opportunity to the physical realm
    where the light and the dark exist
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    simultaneously, and then in that outward
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    expression of myself as the light,
    I could be who I really am.
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    And this understanding suggests
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    that behind our differences
    we are all the same being,
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    not a similar being, but we are all
    literally one... the same being.
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    And love is the felt experience
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    of this oneness or shared being.
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    It's a theorem of our theory that
    there is ultimately one consciousness.
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    So we have this dynamics of many,
    many conscious agents.
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    But the theory tells us
    that ultimately all those conscious agents
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    are really just projections
    of a single one consciousness.
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    The current paradigm in science
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    has, and it has been for for centuries,
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    is that space and time
    are the fundamental nature of reality.
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    They're irreducible
    and they are the foundation of everything.
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    And prior to Einstein, space
    and time were viewed as separate.
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    Now, space and time together,
    a unified into spacetime are viewed
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    as the fundamental nature of reality.
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    And science has then assumed that
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    spacetime and objects in spacetime
    are the foundational reality.
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    And so, for example,
    when we talk about consciousness,
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    consciousness itself then must be somehow
    a product of objects in space and time.
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    In that physicalist framework
    space and time and physical objects
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    without any consciousness
    are the fundamental reality.
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    And consciousness comes later on
    in the evolution of the universe, right?
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    So that the big bang, there was
    no consciousness,
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    there was just spacetime and energy.
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    The energy coalesced
    into massive particles
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    and eventually life emerged after
    who knows how many millions
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    or hundreds of millions
    or billions of years.
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    Then after that consciousness came,
    even later.
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    From that point of view, when you die,
    the physical complexity that gave
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    rise to consciousness dissolves
    and so your consciousness dissolves.
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    And so the physicalist framework
    really does eliminate consciousness
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    as a fundamental thing,
    altogether and says that
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    when your body dies,
    your consciousness goes with it.
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    From this other point of view...
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    what I've done with my colleagues,
    we have we used evolutionary theory
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    to point out that it's an implication
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    of evolutionary theory, that space
    and time is not fundamental,
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    so the physicalist interpretation
    of evolution is wrong.
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    The idea that that space
    and time and particles
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    somehow have evolved
    due to human organisms
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    is is the wrong framework, because
    spacetime itself is not fundamental.
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    We're positing a dynamics beyond
    spacetime that's much richer.
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    The dynamics of consciousness.
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    What we do not do is throw away
    our old theories.
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    When physicists say spacetime is doomed,
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    that doesn't mean we no longer
    pay attention to Einstein.
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    Absolutely not.
    We pay attention to Einstein.
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    Any new theory beyond spacetime that
    the physicists come up with better project
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    into space time and give us back Einstein
    and it better give us back quantum theory
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    or you're wrong.
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    All of our old theories
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    are wonderful, wonderful friends
    and we're going to keep them
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    as special cases of a deeper theory.
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    So in our theory of consciousness,
    we have to do the same thing.
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    We can't just propose anything we want.
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    We have to have a theory
    of consciousness that projects
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    and gives us back space time,
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    and gives us back quantum theory,
    and gives us back special and general
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    relativity, and gives us back
    evolution by natural selection.
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    If we cannot do that in precise
    mathematical detail, then there's
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    no reason for scientists to take our
    theory of consciousness seriously.
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    It's as if infinite consciousness puts
    on a virtual reality headset. Infinite
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    consciousness puts on a a VR headset
    made of thinking and perceiving.
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    And in doing so,
    the moment it puts on the VR headset,
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    it localizes itself
    within its own activity.
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    And through that headset
    it looks out through the perceiving
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    faculties of a finite mind; seeing,
    hearing, touching, tasting and smelling.
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    And it fragments
    the unity of its own being
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    and makes it appear as 10,000 things.
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    What I'm suggesting is that
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    there is very much more to to the universe
    than the finite mind.
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    I'm not suggesting that the universe
    only appears in each of our finite minds.
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    The universe exists outside of our finite
    mind, but inside consciousness.
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    But it is the limitations
    of our finite mind
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    that give the universe its appearance.
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    So when we look out at the universe,
    we're seeing the reality
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    that exists prior to its being perceived.
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    But we are seeing it through the lens
    of our perceiving faculties,
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    which gives it its appearance.
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    So the idea of awakening in many spiritual
    traditions has been the idea
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    that what we have taken as reality
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    objects in space
    and time, our physical bodies and so forth
  • 30:59 - 31:03
    is not the final reality,
    that there is a much deeper reality,
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    a reality of consciousness that transcends
    space and time and physical objects,
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    and that we're not divorced
    from that reality.
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    That reality is, in some sense,
    the essence of what we are.
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    And so awakening is awakening
    from the illusion
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    that I'm just a little body in space
    and time to the fact that I am
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    in fact the author of everything
    I see inside of space and time.
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    I create it on the fly
    as I look and perceive.
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    How do I awaken?
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    One becomes awakened by recognizing that
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    what we essentially are is already
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    fully awake, fully aware,
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    complete, whole, fulfilled at peace.
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    It's like asking how does the
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    sun become illuminated?
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    Its nature is light.
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    It is already fully illuminated.
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    The nature of our essential
    being is already peace and happiness.
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    It's not clear to us all,
    because our essential being is so
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    thoroughly mixed with the content
    of experience that its innate
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    Peace and happiness is
    dimmed by experience.
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    And for that reason we think that our
    essential being needs to be enlightened.
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    No, our essential being
    doesn't need to be enlightened
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    any more than the sun
    needs to be lit up in the early morning.
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    The sun's always shining
    with the same brightness.
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    Our essential being is always shining
    with the same peace and joy.
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    But that peace and joy are dimmed
    by the agitation
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    and lack that characterizes
    our thoughts and feelings.
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    There's no person that awakens.
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    So the I that awakened
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    I awakened from this Dan
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    structure at a meditation center.
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    It was a Zen center.
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    We were doing a Zen sesshin
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    which is a long period
    of intensive practice.
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    So Zen is amazing
    for creating this container
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    where there are
    these conditions of no escape.
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    So the Dan character
    that had learned meditation,
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    the Dan character had been doing
    all this meditation,
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    this doer of meditation,
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    realized that it couldn't awaken.
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    It's like all the meditation tricks,
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    all the practices that had been learned
    were of no use.
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    It got to the point where that character
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    who was trying to awaken, failed
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    to awaken and had to fail.
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    That the character that I had been living,
    the character that I've been playing
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    all my life, had to let go or die and
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    what was left?
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    What was left
    when there was no doer
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    when there was no meditator
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    meditating or doing something
    called, meditation,
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    what was left was my true nature
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    or me... just me.
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    When we awaken from this small, separate
    sense of self, it's
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    not that we're killing the ego
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    or we're fighting it.
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    It's actually we're allowing it
    to semi retire
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    from its job of ego identity
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    and then relax to be part
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    of our team, part of our consciousness.
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    And this gives us a sense
    of freedom immediately
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    that we're not looking at the world
    through a small lens,
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    that we're we're open
    hearted and open minded in a way that's
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    expansive and yet at the same time,
    more intimately connected.
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    Enlightenment is not about
    becoming awakened.
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    Nobody becomes awakened
    or enlightened.
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    It's a recognition of the light,
    the light of pure knowing
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    whose nature is peace and happiness
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    that we always and already are.
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    My name is Lisa Natoli,
    and I'm known as a spiritual teacher.
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    I teach about healing and awakening
    and transformation.
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    Awakening
    is the recognition of your true nature,
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    and it's the realization of what
    you really are, which is consciousness.
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    And consciousness is just one word
    for many words that people use
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    for awareness, life, love, God,
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    light.
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    So waking up to the recognition
    that I'm not this body
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    that I am, that which never dies
    and that which is never born,
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    and that was a very difficult idea for me.
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    I've been on a spiritual path since 1992.
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    I started with A Course in Miracles.
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    I always studied it religiously.
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    I mean, I was someone who was
    so committed to knowing the
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    Self, knowing God, waking up.
    ... I couldn't get it,
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    because I was under the belief
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    that awakening was something mystical,
  • 36:41 - 36:45
    that something would happen,
    that something would occur,
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    and it would be like Jesus
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    or Buddha
    or all of these enlightened masters
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    and it wasn't happening for me.
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    I couldn't understand why.
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    Why am I so committed
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    and I'm having deep moments of peace and
    happiness and joy... and still struggling.
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    I started to realize the simplicity
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    of our true nature, which is awareness.
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    So for someone who's listening to me
    right now,
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    the awareness that's hearing this voice,
    that's what we are.
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    And it doesn't have a location,
    it doesn't have a gender,
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    it doesn't have a color,
    it doesn't have a body,
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    and it's totally unlimited.
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    So awakening is where we wake up
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    to our true nature.
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    We wake up to the realization
    that I am the awareness
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    of this experience right now
    as I'm here.
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    And it's so ordinary
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    we miss it.
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    We think it can't be that simple.
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    The recognition of our true nature,
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    it doesn't lead to happiness.
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    It is happiness... the nature of being
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    is happiness itself.
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    So the recognition of our true
    nature is the experience of happiness.
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    Who is aware in this moment?
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    The mind will
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    look for something,
    or try to complicate it.
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    You already are
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    that which the mind is looking for.
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    The mind will always miss it.
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    So don't look to the mind for an answer.
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    Don't push away your thoughts
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    and don't get caught in the thoughts.
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    Simply let go of the interest
    or attachment to thoughts, ideas
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    and beliefs.
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    Intend to directly experience
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    who you are.
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    Don't try to negate the mind
    or to achieve some state.
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    All doing, all manipulation,
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    all movement is more controlling
    by the mind.
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    Allow the mind to be as it is.
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    Sometimes people can awaken
    just in day to day life.
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    They don't necessarily need practice.
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    So sometimes things will happen in life
    where there's an interrupt
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    in the pattern of you.
    And there can be a spontaneous awakening.
  • 39:46 - 39:50
    But if someone's life is just going on
    in a kind of robotic pattern
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    or repetitive pattern, then
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    some sort of intervention is necessary.
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    if one is called to awakening
    and that interrupt in the pattern of you
  • 40:04 - 40:07
    is sometimes called sadhana
    or spiritual practice.
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    And these practices are always
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    conditioned.
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    Thet are something that we learn
    with the conditioned mind.
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    So they can make it more likely
    for awakening to happen,
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    sort of by loosening the bonds
    within the self structure.
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    Sometimes they say
    that awakening happens by accident,
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    but the practice makes you more accident
    prone.
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    The techniques,
    the practices can be very useful
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    to make you more accident prone.
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    But then at a certain point
    have to be let go.
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    Because if the mind
    is continuously doing some practice
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    or some thing, then the mind has
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    the reins, mind is in the driver's seat.
  • 40:55 - 40:59
    So the practices are useful, very useful
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    as steppingstones
    for making the self structure,
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    you can say less dense
    or enlightening up the self structure
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    so that it becomes more permeable
  • 41:12 - 41:14
    to our true nature.
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    The paradox with practice
    is that when you finally awaken,
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    you realize that all of the practices
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    were being done by the false self,
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    the character in the VR game,
    and that YOU,
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    the true self, was never bound.
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    All you have to do
    is give up the preferences of the ego,
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    to give up the fixation on things.
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    Anything within the field of changing
    phenomena is not the true self,
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    the you that you think you are, the you
    that you've always been
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    identified with will never awaken
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    you awaken from that character.
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    You awaken from the delusion
    that you were this conditioned character.
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    So when people come to these
    retreats, they think this
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    "I" this little "me" is going to awaken,
    some great thing is going to happen.
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    But at a certain point,
    that little me will never do it.
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    It has to give up, it has to fail.
  • 42:19 - 42:21
    And it's only in that failure
  • 42:21 - 42:27
    we realize who we are, that we've always
    been aware, we've always been present.
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    We just got hooked into this character
    and we believed
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    we were that.
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    The Direct Path
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    I started my spiritual search
    in the classical Advaita Vedanta
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    tradition, which was a devotional path
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    that involved mantra meditation,
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    which I practiced
    very diligently for 20 years.
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    And mantra meditation involves
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    focusing your attention on a sound
  • 43:09 - 43:11
    and then gradually the sound fades.
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    However, it was really when
    I came in touch
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    with the direct path that
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    my spiritual search
    really reached its culmination.
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    Because in this direct approach,
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    we don't give our attention to any object,
    however subtle,
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    for instance, a mantra, a sound,
    the breath,
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    we allow our attention to sink inwards
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    or backwards into its source.
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    Let's use an analogy.
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    Imagine that you are watching your life
    on a television screen.
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    You are identified with the character
    on the screen.
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    Day after day,
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    year after year you are involved
    with the story of the character
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    when suddenly you wake up out of the story
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    to notice the screen
    on which the character appears
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    and you realize you are not the character
    you've been watching.
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    Objects can come and go on the screen.
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    Characters come and go,
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    but the screen remains unchanged.
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    The character can get wet,
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    but the screen does not get wet.
    The character can be disturbed,
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    but the screen is not disturbed.
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    Without the screen,
    the characters would not exist,
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    yet screen goes unnoticed.
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    The characters go about their scripted
    lives.
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    Awareness is like the screen.
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    It is like the space
    in which all thoughts,
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    motions, all states of consciousness
    come and go.
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    Thoughts, sensations
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    and the entire outside world
    appear on the screen, constantly changing.
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    But the screen does not change.
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    It's the mind that changes states
    through the human experience.
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    But there's something, that what you are,
    that remains.
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    Something that is ever present,
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    that is aware of those changing states
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    and that is consciousness
    or our true nature.
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    As long as there is attachment
    to a character on the screen,
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    a sense that I am that character,
    then there will be suffering;
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    maya the illusion of the self.
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    Nothing you can do as the dream
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    character will help to free you.
    Whether you follow the script
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    in the drama of your life
    or rebel against the script,
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    if you act from the point of view
    of the character,
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    then you're caught in the illusion.
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    To awaken,
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    stop identifying
    with what appears on the screen.
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    Recognize that it is all impermanent.
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    Stop reacting to thoughts
    and treating the program as real.
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    If I withdraw attention from the screen,
    turning awareness
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    towards itself,
    an unfathomable thing happens.
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    Awareness itself wakes up.
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    This is not a happening.
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    Happening is what happens on the screen.
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    Awakening is just recognizing the screen
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    that was always already there.
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    Do not believe your next thought
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    instead, turn awareness
    towards awareness itself.
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    I have always been myself.
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    My sense of my self runs
    throughout my life.
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    It remains
    consistently present throughout my life.
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    What is present in me now,
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    that was present yesterday,
    last year, ten years ago,
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    and when I was a two year old child?
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    What is this essential "I" or self
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    to whom all my experience happens?
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    The recognition
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    of the nature of that one
    is the great secret to life.
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    It is the direct path to peace
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    and happiness. It is not something
    that a person initiates.
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    It's something that a person recognizes.
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    To re-cognize.
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    That is to know, again.
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    What we've known from the beginning
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    but is simply forgotten, or denied
    or failed to believe.
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    So we cannot initiate closeness to God.
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    We can simply recognize,
    to recognize that it's always been there
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    and will always be there.
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    It was only this direct pointing
    to awakening,
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    this opening to what's already
    here that allowed me to find
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    a new way of
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    being- a new stage of development.
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    Many people think it's
    a very impossible or out of reach goal
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    to know the self, and my own
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    sort of purpose as a teacher,
    just because of my own awakening,
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    has really been wanting to make it
    very practical, very down to Earth.
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    I love to teach people, it's
    available to everyone.
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    If we believe and feel
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    that we are a temporary,
    finite, separate self,
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    we are, whether we know it or not,
  • 49:04 - 49:07
    searching for peace and happiness.
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    In other words,
    it's not possible to be a separate self,
  • 49:10 - 49:15
    to feel oneself as a separate self
    and not be in search of happiness.
  • 49:15 - 49:18
    So what is required
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    in this case is to reorientate
    one's search for happiness,
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    instead of seeking for happiness
    in the objective content of experience,
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    to seek happiness in oneself.
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    So the spiritual practice that is required
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    is to direct one's attention
    or more accurately,
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    to relax one's attention into its source,
  • 49:42 - 49:46
    pure awareness, rather than directed
    towards
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    an object substance
    activity or relationship, and so on.
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    So the spiritual practice,
    if we can call it a practice,
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    would be this relaxing
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    of the attention,
    this subsidence of the attention
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    into the heart of awareness,
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    resting in being as being.
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    Love.
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    Pure love is my true self.
  • 50:13 - 50:15
    It's my true nature.
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    Pure love for everyone and everything,
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    for every aspect of life.
  • 50:21 - 50:25
    Even those things with which I disagree.
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    For one who has recognized the nature
    of their being, they know their being
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    as the the source of the peace
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    and happiness for which they long.
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    So the world no longer becomes the place
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    in which they seek
    happiness, seek fulfillment.
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    Doesn't mean to say that such a person
    no longer has desires,
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    but the desires are not there
    to fulfill the sense of lack
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    that is characteristic of the separate
    self.
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    As such,
    a person has found the source of happiness
  • 51:02 - 51:07
    within themselves and their desires
    come from that sense of happiness.
  • 51:08 - 51:10
    They do not go towards it.
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    For instance,
    in the realm of relationship,
  • 51:13 - 51:15
    it makes a big difference
    to our relationships.
  • 51:15 - 51:18
    We no longer seek an other
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    to fulfill the needs of our self.
  • 51:23 - 51:25
    We seek another to share
  • 51:26 - 51:28
    the experience of happiness
    that we already have.
  • 51:28 - 51:32
    And this relieves our
    our friends of the impossible burden
  • 51:32 - 51:36
    of providing happiness for a voracious,
  • 51:37 - 51:40
    unsatisfied self.
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    Nothing occurs in my life
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    that is has not brought me
    benefit or will not bring me benefit
  • 51:47 - 51:52
    in the sense that every moment,
    every activity, every outcome
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    moves me forward
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    in the process
    of the evolution of my soul.
  • 51:58 - 52:01
    And that's why I came here
    to the physical realm,
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    to evolve.
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    Remain open.
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    Feel your inner aliveness,
  • 52:17 - 52:20
    letting energy circulate freely.
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    Don't try to make anything happen.
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    Who is aware of that energy,
  • 52:29 - 52:32
    that inner aliveness?
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    Notice the mind's tendency to control
    and manipulate,
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    to get involved.
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    Without the use
    of your memory or language,
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    Who are you?
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    Beyond the mind and senses,
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    who are you?
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    Who is aware?
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    Changing the World
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    Many people who are hearing these ideas
    for the first time,
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    they've never even heard this idea
    of the self.
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    In my mind,
    there's two different camps of people.
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    There are those who are on a spiritual
    path and they have heard this idea.
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    They're trying to reach the self,
    they're trying to be the self.
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    They're seeking, they're searching.
  • 53:39 - 53:42
    And then there's other people
    who have just been living their life.
  • 53:42 - 53:45
    They've never heard of these ideas before.
  • 53:45 - 53:47
    They've never heard of Know Thyself.
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    Many people think
    know thyself means know the body,
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    know yourself, be yourself,
    be authentic.
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    What it really means, to know
    thyself is to know what you are,
  • 54:00 - 54:04
    to know what you are in truth
    and to really know your true nature.
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    The words know thySelf were carved
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    on the entrance of the Temple of
    Apollo in Delphi, and as such
  • 54:13 - 54:18
    stand as an invitation that the dawn
    of Western civilization to humanity,
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    suggesting that to Know Thyself
    is really the foundation
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    of all civilization. Why?
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    Because our Self stands at the center
    of all our experience.
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    Whatever we are experiencing,
    it is we who are experiencing it.
  • 54:37 - 54:40
    Whatever we think and feel, our thoughts
  • 54:40 - 54:43
    and feelings arise on behalf of our Self.
  • 54:44 - 54:49
    Whatever activities and relationships
    we are engaged
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    in, we engage those activities
    and relationships in service of our Self.
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    So our Self stands
    at the center of our experience.
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    So what could be more important
    than to know the nature of our Self,
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    and would it be possible
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    to know the nature of anything else
  • 55:12 - 55:17
    if we do not first know the nature of that
    which knows it?
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    I think awakening is
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    about ending the nightmare
  • 55:24 - 55:27
    and stepping into the dream.
  • 55:27 - 55:30
    By that I mean
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    we desert or
    finally abandon the nightmare of what
  • 55:33 - 55:39
    we've been told about life, about God,
    and about ourselves.
  • 55:39 - 55:42
    And we step into the dream
    of our grandest notion.
  • 55:42 - 55:46
    I often ask,
    What do you think your life would be like
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    if you found yourself
    stepping into the highest
  • 55:50 - 55:55
    grandest, most wonderful thought
    you ever had about God, and about life
  • 55:55 - 55:58
    and about yourself.
  • 55:58 - 56:03
    So this recognition of our true nature
    is not only the recognition
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    that brings our desire
    for happiness in the world to an end.
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    It is also the recognition that enables us
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    to live in a way
    that is consistent with the understanding
  • 56:16 - 56:22
    that at the deepest level,
    everything and everyone, are one.
  • 56:23 - 56:25
    This understanding would bring
  • 56:25 - 56:28
    kindness, compassion, justice,
  • 56:28 - 56:33
    tolerance, understanding into our society.
  • 56:34 - 56:36
    Our society would be revolutionized
  • 56:36 - 56:38
    by this understanding.
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    As humanity lets go of ego
    based approaches,
  • 56:43 - 56:46
    then science, religion, politics
  • 56:46 - 56:50
    and economics
    start to reflect the perennial wisdom.
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    Whether it is the native traditions
    who realize
  • 56:54 - 56:56
    Great Spirit in all things,
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    or the Egyptian/Kemetic traditions
    who describe the human
  • 57:00 - 57:05
    evolutionary journey from the lowly scarab
  • 57:05 - 57:07
    to the one source,
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    or when we hear the words
  • 57:09 - 57:12
    of the mystics of the Christian, Hindu,
  • 57:12 - 57:15
    Muslim, or Buddhist traditions,
  • 57:15 - 57:20
    or the teachings of Plato and Plotinus
    we find that
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    those who have realized their true nature
    speak of groupings of conscious agents.
  • 57:26 - 57:29
    Of course,
    they used the language of their culture
  • 57:29 - 57:33
    and times
    to express the one perennial truth.
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    Science is now starting to see
    not a world of unconscious particles
  • 57:40 - 57:42
    and fields, but a universe made of
  • 57:42 - 57:45
    conscious agents.
  • 57:45 - 57:49
    Something new is emerging
    in the world of science.
  • 57:50 - 57:53
    As Nikola Tesla said,
  • 57:53 - 57:57
    the day science begins to study
    nonphysical phenomena,
  • 57:57 - 58:01
    it will make more progress in one decade
  • 58:01 - 58:05
    than in all the previous centuries
    of its existence.
  • 58:06 - 58:11
    That day is today.
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    Every time that we've had
    a mathematically precise advance
  • 58:19 - 58:23
    in science,
    it has opened up new technologies
  • 58:23 - 58:27
    that look like magic compared
    to what we had before.
  • 58:27 - 58:31
    So my feeling is that this theory
    of conscious agents beyond spacetime
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    will give us technologies
  • 58:34 - 58:36
    that will be truly mind boggling.
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    For example, right now,
    most of the galaxies that we see,
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    I think 97% of the galaxies that we see,
  • 58:45 - 58:50
    we can never go to. They are receding
    from us faster than the speed of light.
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    So they're not moving through space
    faster than the speed of light.
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    Space itself is expanding, so quickly
    that their speed
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    moving away from us is greater
    than the speed of light.
  • 59:00 - 59:02
    So we could never travel through space
  • 59:02 - 59:04
    to go to 97% of the galaxies
    that we can see.
  • 59:04 - 59:08
    So there's all this real estate out there
    that's waving at us and saying, hi,
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    we're out here
    and you can never come to us.
  • 59:10 - 59:12
    That's if you go through spacetime.
  • 59:12 - 59:15
    But what if you realize that spacetime
    is just your headset?
  • 59:16 - 59:18
    It's just the format of a game
  • 59:19 - 59:22
    and you're not stuck inside the headset.
  • 59:22 - 59:26
    You can play with the software
    that's running the game.
  • 59:27 - 59:31
    So it's like someone who's like in Grand
    Theft Auto, you're a
  • 59:31 - 59:32
    Wizard of Grand Theft Auto,
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    so you know how to use the car
  • 59:34 - 59:38
    and drive the roads and you can
    beat everybody in the game.
  • 59:38 - 59:41
    But suppose you actually know the software
    that runs Grand Theft Auto.
  • 59:41 - 59:44
    So you step outside of the Grand Theft
    Auto headset
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    and you can play with the software.
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    Well, you can take the gasoline
    out of the tank of the wizard.
  • 59:49 - 59:51
    You can give them a flat tire.
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    You can change the geometry of the roads.
  • 59:53 - 59:55
    You can do whatever you want to.
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    So once we understand
    our space time headset,
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    we won't have to travel
    to the Andromeda Galaxy
  • 60:01 - 60:04
    through space time,
    which would take us 2.4 million years.
  • 60:04 - 60:09
    We can just go around space time.
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    I see the world around me as stepping into
  • 60:16 - 60:20
    a quieter expression and experience
    of what it means to be human
  • 60:21 - 60:24
    and what it means
    to be an aspect of divinity.
  • 60:24 - 60:28
    But I don't think that we have
    an endless amount of time.
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    I get a sense that time is
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    running out, that it's now or never time.
  • 60:34 - 60:37
    I think we're on the right path.
  • 60:37 - 60:42
    I have a sense of optimism
    that because of the kinds of opportunities
  • 60:42 - 60:45
    that we see today in the world
    to communicate
  • 60:45 - 60:47
    powerful and important ideas
  • 60:47 - 60:51
    ways that we didn't have even
    a few years ago
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    are creating the possibility
    that we can get to that place of critical
  • 60:55 - 60:58
    mass, that we can reach critical mass
  • 60:59 - 61:01
    before our time runs out.
  • 61:02 - 61:06
    But we would be mistaken if we think
    we have an endless amount of time
  • 61:08 - 61:09
    on this planet.
  • 61:09 - 61:12
    When each individual
  • 61:12 - 61:15
    disidentifies
    from their conditioned character,
  • 61:16 - 61:19
    then they're no longer
    acting as an egoic entity.
  • 61:20 - 61:24
    And that brings
    about a transformation on the planet.
  • 61:24 - 61:26
    This brings a new Earth.
  • 61:26 - 61:29
    Life as we know it right now
    on this planet,
  • 61:30 - 61:33
    I think we need to make some changes
    and make them quickly,
  • 61:33 - 61:35
    dramatically and radically
  • 61:36 - 61:39
    if we want to see the tomorrow
    for which we've all dreamt.
  • 61:39 - 61:43
    So, could this understanding
    become mainstream in our lifetime?
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    Why not? Yes.
  • 61:46 - 61:49
    The challenge we have right now is
    nothing is working,
  • 61:49 - 61:54
    and the time has come for us
    to stand up and say that's true.
  • 61:55 - 61:57
    Surely we can do better than this.
  • 61:58 - 61:59
    Surely,
  • 62:00 - 62:03
    We can expand our understanding
    of who we are
  • 62:03 - 62:07
    and our expression of our true nature.
  • 62:08 - 62:09
    We need to pay attention
  • 62:10 - 62:11
    to our environment,
  • 62:11 - 62:14
    to our politics, to our economics,
  • 62:15 - 62:18
    and to our spiritual process
    on this planet.
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    Because the problem in the world
    today is not a political problem.
  • 62:24 - 62:26
    It's not an economic problem.
  • 62:27 - 62:29
    It's not a social problem.
  • 62:30 - 62:33
    It's a spiritual problem.
  • 62:34 - 62:37
    It has to do with how committed we are
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    with stepping into the highest
    spiritual truths.
  • 62:42 - 62:45
    This is not New Age philosophy.
  • 62:46 - 62:48
    These ideas have been around
  • 62:48 - 62:51
    for thousands of years.
  • 62:55 - 62:58
    The perennial wisdom has been expressed
    through
  • 62:58 - 63:02
    countless traditions and cultures
    and like awareness
  • 63:02 - 63:06
    itself, has always been hidden
    in plain view.
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    In Christianity,
  • 63:10 - 63:12
    the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas contains
  • 63:12 - 63:16
    direct pointers to our true nature.
  • 63:16 - 63:21
    The disciples asked Jesus,
    When will the kingdom come?
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    Jesus said,
    It will not come by waiting for it.
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    It will not be a matter of saying,
    Here it is, or there it is.
  • 63:30 - 63:34
    Rather, the kingdom of
    the father is spread out
  • 63:34 - 63:38
    upon the earth and people do not see it.
  • 63:39 - 63:46
    The Kingdom is not here or there.
    Awareness is not here or there.
  • 63:46 - 63:50
    It is not fixed in time and space.
  • 63:50 - 63:53
    If you are waiting for something to happen
  • 63:53 - 63:58
    for some outward event or some state,
    some ascension,
  • 63:58 - 64:00
    some healing or some energy, then
  • 64:00 - 64:04
    your conditioned mind is still seeking.
  • 64:04 - 64:07
    It is still mediating your experience
  • 64:07 - 64:08
    of the now.
  • 64:10 - 64:12
    in Buddhism they say samsara,
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    the world of suffering and nirvana,
  • 64:16 - 64:21
    the world of liberation
    are not two separate worlds.
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    They are one and the same.
  • 64:25 - 64:27
    We don't manipulate or change things
  • 64:27 - 64:31
    to arrive at some mystical reality.
  • 64:31 - 64:36
    When we awaken,
    the perfection of the world is revealed
  • 64:36 - 64:41
    directly, as it is.
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    Is it possible to simply be here
    and now in this moment,
  • 64:49 - 64:54
    unmediated by that seeking mind?
  • 64:54 - 65:01
    Is it possible to be okay
    with this moment as it is?
  • 65:01 - 65:11
    To simply be.
Title:
Awakening Mind Part 1, "Know Thyself" (2023) - Complete HD Film
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Video Language:
English
Team:
Awaken the World
Project:
Awakening Mind Film Series
Duration:
01:07:15

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