“What Else Here is Present ?” by Nirmala

[Guest post from Nirmala as Teacher Week continues on SIAOF. Enjoy !]

What Else Here is Present ? …. by Nirmala

Someone contacted me on Facebook and shared the following:

Desire is gone, I move thru the days almost like a robot.
No agenda and lacking much action.
Foods, activities, come and go in an instant.
Never know what I’ll be doing next.
Passion is dormant.
Hard to like anyone especially,
hard to decide what to eat or buy,
yet easy to take just whatever
or hang out with whomever.I am alone and enjoying it,
not lonely any second.
Don’t miss relationship but but do miss someone around to talk and do things with.
Any pointers?

Here is my message back to them:

What you describe is very common when desire falls away.
There can be a kind of dry emptiness when the usual sources of passion no longer move you.
Sometimes this arises when there has been an opening or awakening,
and yet the dryness suggests that there is still a habit of living in the mind.
There is nothing wrong with this, but when emptiness is tasted by the mind, it is very…..empty.

Another possibility is to drop into the Heart and experience the emptiness from there.
Often this can bring back a sense of moistness and even passion,
without returning to the ego types of desire and passion.
When emptiness is tasted by the Heart, it is very full.

You can read more about this kind of tasting in my book, Living from the Heart.

As for the question of relationships, I would suggest dropping into the Heart
and simply relating to whatever is present right now.

You can be filled with love by loving the floor,
the furniture, the sounds in the room and anything else that is present,
including of course other people.

Again it is the mind’s habit to look around and see that there is no one to talk to.
The mind is conditioned to notice what appears to be lacking.

In contrast, the heart notices the endless possibilities for relationship.
You can even fall in love with empty space!
And if no one else is around, why not talk to your true love?
Why not talk to the emptiness itself?

I hope this helps.

After a lifetime of spiritual seeking, Nirmala met his teacher, Neelam, a devotee of H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji). She convinced him that seeking wasn’t necessary; and after experiencing a profound spiritual awakening in India, he began offering satsang and Nondual Spiritual Mentoring with Neelam’s blessing. This tradition of spiritual wisdom has been most profoundly disseminated by Ramana Maharshi, a revered Indian saint, who was Papaji’s teacher. Nirmala’s perspective was also profoundly expanded by his friend and teacher Adyashanti.

Nirmala offers satsang in gratitude for the love and grace that flow through his teachers, Neelam and Adyashanti, and for the Truth brought to this world by Ramana Maharshi and H.W.L. Poonja. Advaita satsang is offered as a celebration of the possibility, in every moment, of recognizing the truth of who we are. Nirmala offers a unique vision and a gentle, compassionate approach, which adds to this rich tradition of inquiry into the truth of Being.

“What is appealing about Nirmala is his humility and lack of pretense, which welcomes whatever arises within the field of experience. In the midst of this welcoming is always an invitation to inquire deeply within, to the core of who and what you are. Again and again, Nirmala points the questions back to the questioner and beyond to the very source of existence itself-to the faceless awareness that holds both the question and the questioner in a timeless embrace.” – From the foreword by Adyashanti, spiritual teacher and author of Emptiness Dancing, to Nirmala’s book, Nothing Personal.


The above post came from here: http://endless-satsang.com/blog.htm

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