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Michael W. Taft

Letting go doing nothing

Letting Go, Doing Nothing

Awareness is already effortlessly aware. Awareness has no location so it can’t be over here looking at something over there. Or to put it in another way, to say it has no location is the same thing as saying it’s located everywhere. But it has no positionality so it’s not looking one way or another; that’s just a way we talk.

five elements

Five Elements Meditation

Okay. Good, and now just for a moment, like one minute, I want you to just open up to the already existing naturally present vast spaciousness of your own awareness. So just relax as open awareness, not forcing it to be open but allowing yourself to just notice that awareness itself is naturally boundless vast open at ease bright clear, and so on. And just notice that for just a little while here

vast empty sky

Like Wind in a Vast, Empty Sky

This is nondual or essence tradition meditation. Some of these traditions include the Tibetan traditions of Dzogchen and Mahamudra. There’s Hindu traditions of Advaita Vedanta and also nondual Shaiva Tantra. And some Chinese Taoist principles, even the Bhagavad Gita, another Hindu classic, all of these are traditions that made talk about nonduality talk about awareness slightly differently, but honestly, they’re all getting at the same thing. And when we practice here we’re getting at that same thing.

Negative Self Talk

Seeing Through Negative Self Talk and Beliefs

Remember that because we are already existing fully awakened enlightened beings. You know, Green Taras, Buddhas, Shiva, Shaktis, whatever your belief system, whatever the most sacred, most awake, most compassionate, most loving being is, we are already all that. And so it doesn’t matter what the thoughts are. They can be things like I was abused so much as a child I can never recognize my buddhahood. That thought is empty and it’s not true because the buddhahood is stronger than that.

central channel

Central Channel Mandala Visualization

In this place there’s nothing to do, there’s nothing to change, everything is just right. Just rest into, rest as, vast, spacious awareness. Already awake, totally clear, utterly complete. Nothing to do and no doer. 

mother buddha love

Mother Buddha Love

Now let’s imagine this light coming from the sun in front of us, the sun of enlightened wisdom beaming into our hearts. And now it’s radiating up and not only filling the head but it’s filling the neck, and the throat, and the shoulders, that whole collar region in front and in back, and even all the way inside.

inquiry practice

How to Do Inquiry Practice

If you’re trying to figure it out, stop doing that. If you think you’ve solved it, keep looking. Just keep looking in that place or listening or feeling or whatever. Where are thoughts coming from? Are they..? If you think you found it, look, or investigate is the right word; investigate more clearly, more precisely. Right now, look. Where do thoughts originate?

inquiry practice

Inquiry Practice

What is awareness? What is awareness? We could even ask what is aware? Look now, look in your own experience. Feel, notice what is aware?

mind as path

Taking the Mind as Path

Remain uninvolved with anything. Awareness is bright and clear. It’s very very awake. It’s also vast. It’s spacious. It’s open. It’s at ease. It’s restful. There’s a sense of space, of room. It’s just wide awake and resting – resting like an ocean, resting like a mountain. It’s just being. It’s wide awake itself – uninvolved with anything. Notice that any idea, that you’re even doing something, is a kind of involvement. So let go of the sense of doing a meditation, of trying to do a technique. Just rest as the vast spacious awareness you already are and always have been.

equanimity

Equanimity Amidst Chaos

For so long you’ve thought you are the thoughts and feelings of the ripples on the surface, but if you’re anything at all you are this deep ocean of awareness that can be aware of those ripples sometimes but right now is just aware of its nature as peace and stillness and wakefulness, undisturbed by anything.