Here’s an Aussie with a little different approach. Went to India but didn’t find a teacher. No tradition and doesn’t pull any punches.
“I suffer because I think and because I am true to my feelings. I do not suffer because of events.”
“Check this with your own experience.”
“…you do want to suffer because you haven’t learned from your life experience what causes suffering.”
“The only self-knowledge I get is when I run into a brick wall.”
“…I only suffer because I think. And I only think because I give in to my feelings. Have you learnt that yet?”
“Once I know ‘why do I suffer?’, its obvious. I don’t have to suffer any more.”
“But I don’t have to suffer because I lose my house. Indeed, I have to then take action. A lot of action… But it’s only action that I have to take to address the situation. And action does not require thinking. Action requires looking… If I look at the situation without thinking, I will see the next probable move.”
“Be with the shock. And know that it’s natural to be shocked.” “The animals do not think about it. They just get the shock, then they take the necessary actions…to rejuvenate themselves.” “We think about what we’ve lost. And that’s when you suffer.” “What is suffering?… It’s all feeling.”
“Decisions are made by feelings.” “You can be controlled by your feelings.” “You can stop acknowledging your feelings.” “You need no feelings. You need no thoughts about some spiritual path. Rubbish… You practice now. It’s absolutely impossible to think about now.”
He’s a little grumpy about the western emotional enamor of eastern teachings and religious traditions. (laughs)
“What can I do? What do I feel I should do – Rubbish. [just] What can I do?” “You always get through. So stop wasting your energy in thinking about what you’re going to do in the future and do…what is right to do now. And if you don’t know what to do, then don’t do anything. Go and sit on the grass and feel your guts going… your feeling trying to say feel me, feel me.” “If I think about you, I’ll become you. And if I become you, I’ll be a mess.”
“Give up your feelings. That’s what stops the mind.” [emotions are the energy drivers of the ego]
“Liberation? Liberation from what? … from my feelings. Which are weighing me down.”
Teachings “…all promising something in the future. But how about now?” “The only thing that keeps me from now are my thoughts and my feelings.” “This is the truth I’m going to tell you but you have to discover it for yourself.” “I don’t need to know anything more, for instance.”
“In the absence of yourself is the fullness of life, now.”
“Do I want to suffer or not suffer, now? Immediately, if you can hold that, as soon as you go to suffer, go to think,… just say no. Because that’s the cause of suffering.”
He then goes on to talk about what Me is, what he calls the void within. I would not say I agree entirely with him, but he makes a very important point here and really goes to the heart of it. From my perspective, feelings have value – it is being trapped or attached to them that is the issue.
Barry Long, first ‘Course in Being’ meeting, 1995.
The clip is called “Me – The Void of Absence”, free on the Audio Downloads page. This is just from the first 30 minutes of a much longer talk. His journey.