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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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MYSTERY Emerging….

Mystery Emerging When concepts of “I” and “awake” and “enlightened” die, what happens next?  In my last blog I said ‘Mystery’ is next.  Mystery looks like a release of deeply held muscle tension.  Hearing from a long-ago dharma buddy whose wife read my blog somewhere on Facebook.  An offer to host an internet radio show […]

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Infinite Mystery

A recent interaction with one of my gurus (currently alive) has left ‘me’ puzzled and looking at the search for ‘awakening’ and ‘enlightenment’ in a whole different way.  I think I got addicted to the approval of teachers, so I have wandered around for the last 45 years looking for it.  Now that I’ve got […]

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Calm and Quiet?

Calm and Quiet Noise echoes relentlessly through modern lives.  There is the noise of machines, multitudes of people, and the “noise” of endless communication in a multitude of forms (text, email, voicemail, paging, pinging, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.).  However, in my experience, the worst “noise” is the noise of my own thoughts. Thought is […]

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Nothing, Everything

Nothing, Everything In the Stillness, chimes sing, notes sound, clocks tick. I Am perception: perceiver, perceived, perceiving: collapse Into Essence when no thought’s intruding. Then nothing sustains the illusory “self” and Self is imploding. No seer, no seen, so just seeing. No inside, no outside: just being. Nothing and everything: disappearing.

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The Peace that Passes Understanding

The Peace that Passes Understanding In the Christian New Testament, we find reference to ‘the peace that passes understanding.’  When I was heavily involved in Christianity, I had an intellectual understanding of what this meant but, no visceral, actual experience of it.  It took ‘waking up’ through the Eastern spiritual traditions to really understand this […]

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Dealing with Fear

Dealing with Fear In the silence of this moment, everything is okay.  If my mind starts up again, chattering about the future, it can get ‘lost’ momentarily in the chatter.  Then fear can arise, and the whole ego-process can start up again.  This is the path of delusion, physiological contraction, and unnecessary suffering. Sometimes this […]

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Death is Our Companion

Death is Our Companion My 13-year-old nephew died of a rare blood disorder that stayed hidden until three days before it took his life.  The shock of the statement is enough to stop people in their tracks, let alone the reality behind the statement.  Death can come at any time, at any age, in any […]

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Embodiment: Awakening Occurs in a Body

Embodiment: Awakening Occurs in a Body Today I’ve been thinking how very esoteric the terms ‘waking up’ or ‘enlightenment’ often sound, and how very divorced from our bodies and our human experience they are ‘advertised’ to be.  One of my early fantasies about being ‘awake’ was that all physical and emotional distress would somehow disappear […]

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