Sunday, July 5, 2020

AmericanReal.tv; MEDITATION SCHEDULE


Tuesday July 7 I will do a 20-minute podcast with Roger Brooks of AmericanReal.tv. It will be streamed live at Google Meet. The link is below:
Michael Hall PhD and Roger Brooks
When: Tue Jul 7, 2020 1pm – 1:20 pm Eastern Time - New York
Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/fje-xqqj-swc
Who

info@americanreal.tv - organizer

Michael Hall, PhD
Event Name: Collaboration Call with Roger Brooks
I will discuss the importance of a relatively quiet mind. Most of us waste an enormous amount of time and energy ruminating over largely imaginary events over which we have no control. There is a very different way of being present in the world that is available to everyone, all the time. How can we access this 'other way of knowing'?
MEDITATION SCHEDULE
July 4, 2020 No Meeting
July 5, 2020 TALK
02:00 PM
01:45
July 6, 2020
02:00 PM
01:15
Jul 7, 20200
2:00 PM
01:15
Jul 8, 2020
07:00 PM
01:15
Jul 9, 2020
07:00 PM
01:15
Jul 10, 2020
02:00 PM
01:15
Jul 11, 2020
12:00 PM
01:15
Jul 12, 2020 TALK
02:00 PM
01:45
Jul 13, 2020
02:00 PM
01:15
Jul 14, 2020
02:00 PM
01:15
Jul 15, 2020
07:00 PM
01:15
Jul 16, 2020
07:00 PM
01:15
Jul 17, 2020
02:00 PM
01:15
Here is a link to Final Talks by Annamalai Swami, edited by David Godman: http://93.174.95.29/main/090B57AA44658FD59D534A72BC6EA1B6
Here is a link to Quotes From the Source, a book of quotations from nondual spiritual teachers compiled by Sri Clownananda:
http://advaito.com/…/Sri_Clownananda-Quotes_from_the_Source…
This link is to Living by the Words of Bhagavan by David Godman. https://www.davidgodman.org/…/living-by-the-words-of-bhaga…/. An absorbing account of the trials and tribulations of Annamalai Swami’s life with Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.
ADVAITO.COM

Friday, June 19, 2020

MEDITATION SCHEDULE June 19-July 3

June 19, 2020
02:00
01:15

June 20, 2020 TALK
12:00 PM
01:45

June 22, 2020
02:00 PM
01:15

June 23, 2020
02:00 PM
01:15

June 24, 2020
07:00 PM
01:15

June 25, 2020
07:00 PM
01:15

June 26, 2020
02:00 PM
01:15
June 27, 2020
NOON
01:45
June 29, 2020
02:00 PM
01:15
June 30, 2020
02:00 PM
01:15
July 1, 2020
07:00 PM
01:15
July 2, 2020
07:00 PM
01:15
July 3, 2020
02:00 PM
1:15
All talks are streamed live on Facebook at my professional Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Hall-PhD-110012554072429/
Here is a link to Final Talks by Annamalai Swami, edited by David Godman: http://93.174.95.29/main/090B57AA44658FD59D534A72BC6EA1B6

Friday, June 5, 2020

MEDITATION SCHEDULE June 4-15

MEDITATION SCHEDULE
  4-Jun 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
  5-Jun 2:00 PM
  6-Jun Noon
  7-Jun 2:00 PM Meditation and talk
  8-Jun                7:00 PM
  9-Jun 2:00 PM
10-Jun 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
11-Jun 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
12-Jun 2:00 PM
13-Jun Noon Meditation and talk
14-Jun No meeting
15-Jun 2:00 PM

Friday, April 17, 2020

INTO THE GREAT UNKNOWN




The corona virus is an enormous challenge for the entire world. It can feel like we are collectively jumping off a cliff, into the great unknown. Most of us loathe change unless it is our idea and we are in charge of the changes. We especially dislike feeling out of control, and yet that is exactly how many people have felt over the past few weeks. When will we return to our familiar and comforting activities? When does life return to normal? My heart goes out to my fellow human beings around the world who are struggling with the medical, economic, and psychological fallout of this pandemic. I am not qualified to comment on the medical or economic issues involved, but I do know something about psychological trauma, and I am seeing a lot of it-and we have just begun this great adventure into the Unknown. I have watched enough videos and news clips of front-line medical providers to recognize obvious signs of emotional trauma in these under equipped and insufficiently protected heroes. The lack of preparation at the national level and refusal to take seriously the scope of this pandemic, even though there have been major warning signs since the beginning of the year, is not only sad but incomprehensible. It appears that in most of the United States we are now taking this novel corona virus seriously and beginning to take appropriate public health measures to contain it.

Primarily because of the actions of state leaders, especially in New York, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Ohio, we are beginning to get our act together as a country. Consequently, my attention can now turn to exploring how we can best heal the emotional devastation that will in the long run exact a much greater toll on our country and the world than the direct medical consequences of the pandemic. As a clinical psychologist, I have spent 45 years steeped in psychological suffering and have actively worked to assist those who have been traumatized by life events over which they had no control.

The medical and economic devastation is going to continue for an indefinite period of time, and I hope that knowledgeable and competent leaders will guide us. There has been very little commentary or real appreciation of how to heal the psychological fall out, which is and will continue to be enormous. How can we best help and serve our fellow humans?

I believe a deeply informed spiritual perspective is the best approach. This perspective does not rely on religious beliefs, although such beliefs may be helpful to some. For me, true spirituality involves the ability and willingness to see clearly what is real. Most of us, most of the time, see only what we have been programmed and conditioned to believe is real. We rarely see what is actually real. I explore this matter in great depth in my recent book: Alive and Awake: Being Who You Already Are.
In this brief article I want to identify a key component to healing from any form of psychological suffering. Think about this for a moment. We know from extensive psychological research that regardless of the extent of psychological trauma, some people do not develop long term emotional damage. What assists these resilient survivors in overcoming devastating psychological trauma? How do they understand what has happened to them in a way that facilitates healing? A related question is: Why are sometimes objectively minor events deeply disturbing and even disabling to some people?

My professional experience and spiritual perspective tell me the primary problem we have in managing traumatic events is a fundamental misunderstanding of reality. We have been taught the mistaken belief that we can and should be in control of our lives. A corollary belief is that if we are sufficiently vigilant and responsible, we can and should prevent bad things from happening to ourselves and our loved ones. Both of these beliefs are largely false. The objective truth is that we are often not in control of our lives, regardless of how hard we strive to be. Sometimes bad things just happen, and there was nothing we could have done to foresee or prevent them from happening. Consequently, unfortunate or devastating outcomes are not really our fault. This is not to say that our decisions and actions have no impact on outcomes. There are ways of discerning the best approach to manage any problem, and this skillful discernment can be taught and developed by anyone willing to learn.

One of the primary factors in the long-term psychological distress following traumatic events is self-blame and guilt. This guilt derives from the mistaken belief mentioned above. We tell ourselves If only I had been more careful, I could have and should have prevented this traumatic event. I have carefully reviewed an endless number of such events in my long career working with thousands of traumatized individuals. I assure you that in the vast majority of cases there was little or nothing the individual could have done, given what they knew at the time, to prevent the traumatic event from occurring. Sometimes bad things just happen and there was little or nothing we could have done to prevent it-knowing what we knew at the time. Events in the world are far less predictable and therefore far less controllable than we have been led to believe.

Here is a relevant quotation from my book, written last year: “In addition to holding the erroneous belief that we are responsible for predicting future events, we believe we are responsible for preventing undesired future events as well. If we do not succeed at this impossible project, we judge ourselves harshly. We believe this self-judgment is deserved because we erroneously believe that we could have successfully prevented the undesired outcome if only we had tried harder. We have deceived ourselves into believing that if we worry and obsess enough, we can prevent unwanted experiences from happening in the future. The only result this kind of thinking can produce is chronic fear and anxiety.”  P. 137. Michael Hall, PhD. Awake and Alive: Being What You Already Are. 2019.

It is difficult to recognize and accept how truly helpless and vulnerable we are at times. It seems easier for the adults I have assisted to recognize how helpless they were to prevent or avoid the traumatic events of their childhood. Children are dependent on the guidance and protection of their adult caretakers. Sometimes these caretakers are severely impaired for an infinite number of reasons. It is mostly impossible for children to protect themselves from impaired caretakers. Yet nearly all abused children in some way blame themselves for the abuse. Often, they are told directly that they are to blame for the adult’s bad behavior. “You made me hit you by being bad!” Of course, this is never the truth. Only the adult is responsible for their own behavior. Most adults can eventually recognize that they could not have prevented the abuse they received and were certainly not to blame for it. This recognition, when deeply felt and integrated, is liberating.

Similarly, it is important to recognize and deconstruct any self blame or sense of failure regarding our personal reaction to the novel corona virus. Everyone, everywhere is just now understanding this virus and recognizing necessary steps for its containment. We will not respond to the virus in a perfect manner, nor will anyone else. What can we do to minimize psychological fallout from the myriad emotional, financial and medical losses of the coronavirus?

Whether a challenging or threatening event continues to extract a significant psychological toll long after it is over depends heavily on how we interpret the event and our reactions at the time the event was happening. Having a realistic, compassionate and forgiving perspective towards the decisions we and others made during a crisis is ideal. I very much like the phrase “the good enough mother” coined by British pediatrician and psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott in 1953. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/suffer-the-children/201605/what-is-good-enough-mother. I first learned of Winnicott and other object relations theorists like Melanie Klein and Margaret Mahler in the early 1970s. Winnicott’s purpose with the ‘good enough mother’ idea, which included being a ‘good enough parent’ for fathers, was to encourage ordinary, decent parents to trust their own loving instincts towards their children.

Perfectionism and unrealistic expectations of ourselves, our partner or our children are not helpful but do create needless anxiety and worry. In this time of high coronavirus anxiety and uncertainty, can we be good enough at handwashing and social isolation, without demanding perfection? Can we appreciate, respect and forgive perceived shortcomings in the responses of others? Compassion and forgiveness directed towards ourself and others is always the Way. Fortunately, we do not need to be perfect-good enough will do just fine. If we or our loved ones get the corona virus it is not because we failed to be sufficiently vigilant. It is not a personal failure to catch a virus. It is certainly not shameful and does not need to be embarrassing. We are all doing the best we can here. If we could do better, we surely would. Make a reasonable effort to be informed and to follow agreed upon public health guidelines. Then relax, knowing that you have done all that could reasonably be expected of you. Even in the time of corona virus, it is important to let go, lose interest in self criticism, and be at peace.





Sunday, April 12, 2020


April 6 talk and meditation


Below is a description of the basic meditation suggestions I mentioned in the talk that were in a Facebook post: 


Advice on Meditation:
In the past many seem to have found this post helpful... In these strange days when many are trying to take up or deepen the practice of meditation at home it may be useful... enjoy!
Over the years of being taught the ways of meditative prayer by our brothers many of them have shared a word of advice or teaching along the way… a few of them are recorded below; may they help you in your practice as they have helped me over the years.
1.) Be regular in your practice. So far as is possible practice at the same time and in the same place each day. You are a creature of habit. Let abiding in a state of prayer become habitual.
2.) At the start meditate for twenty minutes, twice a day. If this is too much begin with ten minutes. Better ten with attention than twenty with struggle.
3.) Begin with a formal gesture of invocation and intention. This may be the ringing of a bell or gong, the lighting of a candle or incense, or simply making the sign of the Cross deliberately and mindfully.
4.) Call on the heavenly helpers to assist you in your prayer. Your Guardian Angel, patron saints, holy ancestors and above all the Blessed Virgin want to assist you in your prayer, but they await your invitation.
5.) End with a moment of thanksgiving.
6.) Still yourself by noticing your senses and your breath. They are the gateways to the present moment.
7.) Use a short phrase or word to anchor yourself in the moment of prayer. The “prayer word” both unites us to God and gives the conceptual brain something to attend to until the thoughts quieten.
8.) The prayer word or phrase should be in a language other than the one you speak daily as this will prevent associative ideas from arising and getting in the way.
9.) Attend to physical needs first, or you will just spend your time thinking about your needs.
10.) Do not eat just before meditation. Your body is limited in its energy, eating before hand draws necessary energy for the meditation to digestion instead.
11.) Sit relaxed but straight, let your breath be open and gentle without altering the rhythm in any way. As you become still it will slow and deepen by itself.
12.) Surrender all thoughts, images, sensations, concepts as they arise. Simply notice them but do not grasp them. Remain instead in simple attention attuned towards meeting the Divine Presence in this moment, in this breath.
13.) Do not force anything.
14.) Do not expect anything.
15.) Try and meditate early in the morning as the sun rises and in the evening as it sets. In this way you will be united with the natural rhythm of the cosmos and its Divine order.
16.) You are just sitting, to sit. You are not owed anything. Anything you receive is a grace. Your job is just to show up, attend and be open.
17.) The distractions are part of the process. With each return from the distraction your faculty of attention will become stronger and your ability to maintain a centred awareness of the Divine Presence will grow.
18.) Remember God is already present within you and around you. You are simply tuning into His presence.
19.) There is nothing you can do to make God more present. There is much you can do to become more present to God.
20.) Rest. You are loved. You are loved. You are loved.
21.) In the end this is not your work. You are being worked upon and within. You must simply turn up, abide past the distractions and attend to Love’s gaze.
22.) Just close your eyes and get out of God’s way.


Here is a link to the YouTube video of David Godman on Life After Self Realizationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7IfZXqeJGk

Here is the quotation from Robert Adams:   


When you stop searching and you calm down and you put your books away, and you confront yourself and see what you are all about, that will bring about bliss faster than anything you can ever imagine or ever do.

There is only one decision you need to make: You are either working at your Freedom or you are accepting your bondage.


The only way you will ever awaken is through silence, not through analyzation of facts. Not by sorting out good and bad, but through simple silence, letting go. Letting go of all thoughts, all the hurts, all the dogmas and concepts. Letting go of these things daily.



Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sound of Silence

When we last met two weeks ago I intended to have a meeting in my office tomorrow, but because of the strict lockdown in New York that will not be possible. After considerable thought, I have decided to give an online talk on my public person Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelHallPhD/. This will be a first for me as I will be talking directly into my computer without a group in front of me to stimulate ideas and reactions. The title popped into my mind during a meditation today-the Sound of Silence. I am convinced that the single most important action you can take to enhance your own immune response is to learn to routinely access the deep state of awareness experienced when the thinking mind is allowed to go silent. Unlike Paul Simon, who wrote this beautiful song in 1964, deep silence for me is highly desirable for many reasons we can discuss tomorrow. During this time when palpable fear is everywhere, learning to rest in awareness is particularly important. 

We will start at 2 and probably have a longer period of meditation than our usual 15 minutes or so. It is not necessary to RSVP as there is no limit on how many people can attend. There is also no fee or suggested donation. Facebook Live has some significant advantages, but also some important disadvantages. After tomorrow I will do my talks on Zoom, which makes audience interaction easy, unlike Facebook. Zoom is also very easy to use, and doesn't require a Facebook account. I know some people who would like to participate in the talks don't because I do them on Facebook. If you are interested you can begin to familiarize yourself with Zoom-it is very user friendly. 

Warm regards to all of you. This virus, while profoundly disruptive, can also be a stimulus to creativity. I hope you all are able to dodge this virus and make good use of the unusual opportunities it presents.

David Godman describes Annamalai Swami:

Godman, D. (Ed.) Annamalai Swami Final Talks (2008). Avadhuta Foundation.

Book Description from Amazon: ANNAMALAI SWAMI was a direct disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi, the great South Indian sage who lived at the foot of the holy mountain Arunachala for more than half a century. In the 1980s small numbers of spiritual seekers, mostly westerners, started to visit Annamalai Swami to question him about his Guru’s teachings and their own spiritual practices In response, Annamalai Swami began to talk about his experiences, his practices, and the methods that had worked for him. Most visitors were deeply impressed both by the quality of his teachings and by the aura of peace and authority that emanated from him. The teachings that are presented in this book were given out between March and October 1995, the last six months Annamalai Swami’s life. They represent the essence of his experience and his lifelong devotion to his Guru and his teachings.
Michael Hall

Sunday, March 15, 2020

This Sunday, March 15 we will meet in my office at 2 pm for 15 minutes of silent meditation followed by a talk/discussion. I originally intended to discuss inner experiences during meditation. However, with the explosion of concern this week about the novel corona virus I think we will have to reflect on managing our lives with fear all around us. How can we stay grounded and simultaneously be helpful to others? How do we know what is right in a sea of conflicting information?

These talks are always spontaneous and arise from the needs of the participants as guided by no-mind. I normally have only a vague sense of what will emerge, and for this talk that is particularly true. However, you are welcome to join us as we explore this profound disruption in all of our lives.

Reading list for today 😁: 


Camus, A. The Plague. 1991. New York: Vintage. 


Marquez, G. G. Love in the Time of Cholera. 2007. New York: Vintage.


Here is a link to the talk:


https://www.facebook.com/MichaelHallPhD/videos/802509080243591/


Monday, February 3, 2020

Kindle edition of Awake and Alive now available


My book Awaken and Alive: Being Who You Already Are is now available in Kindle/eBook format on my Amazon book page: 

I have also added an author page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/michaelhallphd.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Question from a reader of my book

Here is a question I received today about my book, Awake and Alive: Being What You Already Are, and my (somewhat long) answer.

Hello Dr. Hall!
"I have a question. I finally started reading your book. I have a hard time understanding the "Cave of Nonduality" on page 14."

Thanks for asking. If there are parts of the book you don't understand, I guarantee there will be many others who also don't understand!
Speaking from my own experience and that of others I have known, it takes enormous effort to awaken in a deep and abiding manner. It is likely you will not realize how hard you have been struggling until it all ends. For me this cessation of struggle happened in September 2002. The metaphor that occurred to me is that I felt like a hairball that was finally spit up by a cat! The other metaphor is from the story of Jonah, who struggled fiercely in the belly of the whale for three days. Finally, he was involuntarily 'ejected', landing naked and shivering on the beach. All we can do is struggle when it is time to struggle, and gratefully accept release when that is offered. Everything happens by the grace of God. When Jonah landed on the beach, he was exhausted but totally free, now a stranger in a strange land. Our intrepid spiritual warrior, who has successfully endured the prolonged dark night of St. John of the Cross must now recover from his heroic struggle, and some perhaps extended period of rest and recovery is needed, even required.

The next spiritual challenge is to genuinely rest, but not become attached to the exquisite peace and stillness now experienced. This period of rest I termed the Cave of Nonduality. The second major challenge is to engage once again with the ordinary world where most are actively suffering and in no way at peace or free from anything. In doing so, new challenges will inevitably and quickly emerge. These new challenges are the unresolved programs and wounds that were not exposed or released during the dark night. They are only revealed after the more obvious blind spots have been resolved. Much is healed and released during the struggle of the dark night. Far more programs and scars vaporize instantaneously during the spontaneous death of the old being and rebirth as a new one. To meet these new challenges head on, it is necessary to leave the peace and contentment of the cave of nonduality. This is the only way for the full embodiment of the deep realizations of awakening to fully materialize.

Below is a blog post I wrote about this issue in 2013.



Attachment to Emptiness

“This Sense World too is Enlightenment”    
Hakuin Zenji’s Chant in Praise of Zazen

In his 4/10/2013 webcast, Adyashanti addresses in a beautiful, clear, and direct manner the allure of emptiness and the need to move through this stage of enlightenment. Adyashanti speaks of the attachment to emptiness. The spiritual path is limitless, and every single step along the way has potential pitfalls. These difficulties arise in the form of attachments or aversions. I have spoken of the attachment to emptiness as dwelling in the cave of nonduality. Once the silence and peace of this absolute emptiness is experienced, it can be enticing, particularly to those who have experienced enormous suffering and trauma in this life.

In emptiness there is no separation and hence no suffering. If the goal is the end of suffering, then emptiness is your ticket. Without the sense of self-identity, there can be no suffering as there is no separation. No separation means there is no comparison of what is with what isn’t. Without this comparing process, nothing is seen as lacking. There is neither joy nor the absence of joy. There is no passion, no desire, no fear, no pain of loss, no excitement, and no despair. Obviously, meaningful relationships of all kinds are avoided or diminished, as relationships have typically been a source of suffering. The same can be said for all other forms of engagement in the world. Responsibility is avoided like the plague.

The internal experience of emptiness is of a quiet contentment. People who have arrived at this deep, internally focused peacefulness appear emotionally flat to those not in the cave. There is often very little externally focused activity of any kind. Very little productive work is accomplished. Effort of all kinds is strenuously avoided as a sign of ego-based striving. A telltale sign of the depth of attachment to this stillness and emotional numbing is the ferocious response that occurs when an attempt is made to arouse them from their slumbers. The cave of nonduality is a deeply restful way station for the weary spiritual traveler and abiding there a while is understandable and beneficial. The problem is mistaking a stage of the journey for the end of the journey.

After a deep spiritual realization, it is normal, even predictable to land hard in the cave of nonduality. Many years can pass quietly as the seeker rests, mistakenly assuming that the journey has ended. From my observations and experiences, it is almost impossible for the person (who no longer believes themselves to be a person in the usual sense) to recognize how stuck they are without some external assistance. This is where a trusted teacher who has successfully exited the cave and engaged with the messy, unpredictable ordinary world is not only invaluable, but usually absolutely necessary. The discontent that drove the seeker to pursue self-realization with the passion required to awaken to an aspect of their true nature has ceased. Extinction is the nature of nonduality. There is no internal dissatisfaction left to motivate movement and action. What then is the motivation to leave the cave and reengage with the world of suffering and chaos, of desire and lack?

The only motivation I can find is a deep sense of compassion born of the experiential realization of both unity and separateness. Although my personal suffering may have ended in the cave of emptiness, a quick peek outside reveals an entire world of hurt. The instant that we wade into this morass of suffering, previously hidden attachments and aversions are activated and available for attention and release. As long as we stay safely within the cave, we can fool our self into thinking that we are ‘done’. As long as meaningful engagement with life and real responsibility are carefully avoided, we can maintain our carefully cultivated inner state of peace and contentment. The avoidance of engagement becomes the spiritually rationalized default setting. How can engagement with the messy world be a good idea when it activates so many unresolved conflicts? This can be an especially delicate time for the spiritual aspirant who, having finally found peace, is asked to surrender it.

Many are called, but few are chosen. If there is a willingness and access to accurate teaching, the rested seeker may gather up their few remaining possessions and begin the longest and most arduous portion of the path. The ordinary world of duality is engaged, but now it is intuitively understood from the aspect of emptiness, making all experience radically different. One of the last and most difficult attachments that must be released is the attachment to emptiness. The full engagement with ordinary life that is ultimately realized is beautifully depicted in the tenth ox-herding picture, where our fully liberated sage is completely at home in the world, demonstrating absolute freedom embodied as an individual and unique human being. 

Attachment to Emptiness was originally published in a slightly modified form on 4/17/2013 on my blog: https://awakentotruth.blogspot.com/.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Silence

In this talk I discuss a beautiful post by a Franciscan priest, Father Richard Rohr on the cac.org website: https://cac.org/naturally-indwelling-2020-01-10/. The title is Naturally Indwelling, and is adapted from an article by Father Rohr: Silent Compassion: Finding God in Contemplation (Franciscan Media: 2014), 46-47. Some related questions: What does inner silence feel like? What does it accomplish? How do we find silence in our busy, outwardly directed lives? Think of the purpose or goal of silence to be nothing more than absolute rest-resting in the arms of God. Going nowhere, doing nothing, becoming nothing, expecting nothing. Simply resting in this, exactly as it is. Letting go and letting God be in charge for a while. What could be better? The talk can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelHallPhD/videos/1074493026236510/

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Satsang this coming Sunday, January 5, 2020.

January 5 we will meet at my office at 2 for 15 minutes of silent meditation followed by a talk/discussion related to my book Awake and Alive. If you have read all or part of the book, this will be an excellent opportunity to raise questions, provide feedback, etc. I intend to stream this talk live on my public person Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelHallPhD/

I will be doing a talk on the Heart Sutra Wednesday, January 8 at the Binghamton Buddhist Meditation Group, which meets at the First Congregational Church, 30 Main St, Binghamton, NY 13905. The group begins at 6:30 pm. https://www.meetup.com/binghamton-buddhist-meditation/events/wpbscrybccbcb/.

Most likely I will do another talk in my office on January 12. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

What is the Self-Identity?

Here is a link to my live stream on Facebook Saturday, December 14: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelHallPhD/videos/2474574132816944/.

This video explores the question: What is the Self-Identity? We are taught to believe that we exist as a separate self-identity. I explore this idea in depth in my new book: Awake and Alive: Being Who You Already Are. Spiritual growth results from beginning to observe the functioning of this presumed identity, and questioning its underlying reality.

Books mentioned in the talk:
Pennebaker, J.W., and Evans
, J. F. Expressive Writing: Words that Heal. (2014). Ann Arbor: Idyll Arbor.


Niebaur, C. The Neurotic's Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment: How the Left-Brain Plays Unending Games of Self-Improvement. (2014). Denver: Outskirts. 


Nisargadatta Maharaj (Author), Dunn, J.,  (Editor). Prior to Consciousness: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 2nd Edition. (1990). Lancaster, PA.: Acorn.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Live stream talks today and next Saturday

This Sunday, December 8 at 2 we will have a Satsang/teaching with discussion. This talk will be streamed live here beginning at 2:15 today, Sunday, December 8. The following Saturday, December 14 I will be available in my office from 2 until 2:30 to sign copies of my book: Awake and Alive: Being Who You Already Are. As many of you know, this book gestated for over ten years, so I am very happy to finally bring it to completion.
After the informal book signing December 14 I will do a talk from 2:30 until 3:45 about the book and respond to questions or comments. This talk will be streamed live here beginning at 2:45 Saturday December 14.
I will also have copies of my book for sale to those of you who have not purchased it on Amazon. The price is $14.95 plus New York sales tax, cash or check. It is self-published so at this point it will not be available in bookstores-only online through Amazon or from me directly. The Kindle version is in process and may take another week or more before it is available.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

My book is now available on Amazon.

Here is a link to my book which is now available on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/…/…/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00…. It can also be ordered from Amazon sites in Germany, France, and the UK. I will describe the book and my purpose in writing it in later posts, both here and on my Facebook page dedicated to teaching: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelHallPhD/.