Taking Responsibility for This Time on Mother Earth
Portland, OR Weekend Session 1
In this moment of deeply meeting, Gangaji leads us to recognize that the urgency to help, to do something in order to fix the world is useless unless we are willing not to add to the suffering. Then we have the opportunity to be used, perhaps in extraordinary ways: “But really used, fully used. Not used so you can get some relief from your anger, or your fear or your despair but used because you are here, and you are not distracted by your own internal war. You aren’t distracted by your own story, the past and the future. And when you aren’t distracted, there is enormous energy, the energy of attention that is freed. . . . There is a power that is unleashed, that none of us has control of, but it’s free. . . I am inviting you to take responsibility for this presence, this time on Mother Earth, this precious body, this precious incarnation. Not responsibility as a club or a burden or a duty but responsibility as the freed attention that can actually respond, that is free to respond. So, in that sense, the horrors of the world are a catalyst for the world to awaken. But we don’t know about the world. We know about this weekend. We know about each of us in each other’s company, in each other’s consciousness, meeting to deeply inquire: What is true? Who am I?”
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