We’ve got to at a certain point completely give ourselves to our practice, throw everything into it, all of our doubts, all of our real questions. Put everything into it, every cell, if only one time. For many of us, this process requires an almost superhuman, although forceless, urgency and focus cultivated over a good amount of time. And a venue or training space which allows us the time to let go of all of our preconceived ideas. And in that, if we are honest enough, we will finally touch something True. A Source. This will be something innately true. Inherent. Not based on conditions. We will extend to the heavens while still touching the earth. We will finally hear all of the pots and pans singing in the kitchen.
And in touching that, our perspective about life will fundamentally change. Everything we do or see or feel will be from the perspective of the great faith we discover when merging with this truth. The lense, the ground through which we experience all of life will be different. All of our senses will emerge out of this, as this Source. Many of the things we thought were important will no longer be important. And gifts will emerge from finally intimately touching life.
Before we touch this truth, our practice is mostly based on ideas or strategies to feel better or to change, often with a desperate longing to touch this real Source. After touching this, it will be the base for which we experience life. Our lives will then inevitably be the sharing of this. It will just be what we are, not somewhere to go. We won’t be perfect after that, not at all, but there will be unshakable faith in life, the universe, God, our true nature, etc. We’ll spend a long time clarifying this, actualizing it, sincerely practicing hard, but this ripening will be a matter of course. In fact, once we’ve touched it, we can’t turn away. This creative process is a big part of what I am trying to usher people to discover in my classes and workshops. And provide a medium, a venue, a community of support, to creatively give ourselves to this exploration.
Please touch this! You can do it!
Such an amazing opportunity to deepen all this, and with such a great group of sincere genuine people. Thanks Corey Ichigen
Thank you so much!
Absolutely beautiful , great timing for me as the source is now becoming my main focus as I go about Life . Thank you , thank you , thank you 🙏
Thank you, Robert!
Keep up the good work, Corey (superhuman but forceless, quite a stunt) Barry Hughes
Thanks, Barry! Maybe Superhuman is too much, but at the same time it feels like every atom is trying to do it.
I find myself getting supremely frustrated in my attempt to “go all in”. Like, I want to be all in and feel that I am in my heart but can’t quite muster the concentration or strength to touch or fall into the thing that feels just out of reach. Anyway, thanks for your writing – it is encouraging. The practice continues!!!
I was just talking in the class.
I think there is a real question we have. Like “What do I really care about…?” And I think the standing, the physical practice is a great free form way to allow the sincerity of that inquiry to open an internal alchemy. Like, facing that question, really facing it, physically, and it begins to open. And it’s not necesarily that there is an answer, but the physical experiential opening that occurs when we face that most sincere feeling about what we care about, will give us an ability to, in our own way, interact with life. Our way in. We won’t need the information to come second hand. We’ll see that our practice opens when we bring that bottom line. That’s what I do in the standing or sitting. That’s what I’m always talking about in being real. Now at this point, I don’t have a lot of fundamental existential questions. But that same laser beam sincerity can be used to open the body, open up to reality, open into more depth, learn, be a better husband, dad, etc. Once we see that sincerity is a gate that can open life, it opens up a lot of doors. So if you are struggling about how can I connect with practice, I suggest you face your most essential questions, with your whole body, and see if that facing will begin to open doors. In that way we are all on our own. Because we can’t read about someone else’s approach and try to imitate it. Please pardon the wall of text