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Author Archive | Jonathan

The Spontaneous Act

The Spontaneous Act Some time ago, I discovered that my actions are nearly always spontaneous.  There is a vibration (skanda, in Sanskrit, I believe) in the body that comes from Awareness Itself and moves outwards towards an action.  Creating my recent book was such an action.  Though I had been working on bits and pieces […]

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When Awakening Happens

When Awakening Happens When Awakening happens, one realizes the big joke…there is no one to awaken, and there is only a condition of being part of a Mystery.  Words can never describe what the Mystery is.  Try as teachers have through many thousands of years, even the best teacher can only ‘fail better this time […]

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Awake or Not, You’re Still in a Body

I just finished writing a book and was looking for inspiration to share in a post.  There wasn’t much to be had!  When you or I are uninspired and tired, it’s better to rest. Remember that Brahman/Emptiness/The Radiant Darkness/The Mystery, has taken form into, as, and through our bodies.  The body isn’t a perpetual motion […]

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The Core Discovery that Heralds Awakening

Once you’ve had enough practice at meditation, staying Present, and seeing through thoughts so that you know that you are NOT thoughts, it’s time to explore what you really are.  If, in meditation, you’ve reached the ability to experience Silence and Stillness, you can ‘sit’ in that awareness for a good length of time. If […]

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Releasing the ‘Me’ into Silence

Releasing the ‘Me’ into Silence One thing that I’ve noticed lately is that although a ‘self’ no longer exists, the ego-mind’s lone remaining trick is to keep the body-mind tied up with MUSIC now, of all things.  Music! with all of its abilities to affect ‘my’  moods. This has been going on for a long […]

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It’s Quite Simple, You Know?

A friend recently pointed out how very complicated we make ‘waking up.’ He said that if the ego doesn’t have to ‘struggle’ for something, the ego doesn’t think it’s worth anything.   I have found this to be true in interacting with my students regarding ‘waking up.’ If I offer free classes or meditations, people […]

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Teacher and Students?

It is said that “”When the student is ready, the Teacher appears?” Is the opposite also true, “When The Teacher Appears are the Students Ready?”   Here, a teacher has appeared!  Students?

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Being Love in a World That Needs You

Being Love in a World that Needs You It’s amazing to me how little ‘news’ is published in major newspapers, on broadcast networks, and in general about the ordinary acts of kindness that people do in the world.  It would be easy to assume that humans are only capable of hostility, hatred, greed, lust and […]

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Our Mind’s Ability to ‘Lay Waste’ to Our Lives

Our Mind’s Ability to ‘Lay Waste’ to Our Lives. How many times have we seen our minds make a totally incorrect evaluation of something going on in the present, or about to happen in the future?  How many times have our minds stopped us from doing some productive, fun, or wonderful spontaneous action that arose […]

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Who IS Jonathan?

Who IS Jonathan? One of my Facebook friends suggested that I was ‘teaching’ too much and not letting people know the human side of who Jonathan Labman is.  So, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to try to answer that question. In previous years, I’d have answered with biographical and statistical details: 5’10” […]

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