New this Week: 4/30/2022

Here’s a quick update on what’s new at SpiritualTeachers.org and elsewhere.

Podcast
The Induction Series continues with “Induction and Subtraction: The Plunge into Enlightenment” an excerpt from my book Subtraction. In it, I describe the moments that led up to my enlightenment experience, which occurred as I was reading a transcript of Franklin Merrell-Wolff’s “Induction” talk. The reading is a mix of my words and quotes from Merrell-Wolff.

As always, the podcast is free. I set a goal of getting 100 reviews by April 28th for my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment on Amazon, and thanks to many of you that goal was reached!  If you haven’t already done so, please take 3-4 minutes and follow the link to leave a review.  It really helps the book get noticed, and you don’t even need to have purchased the book to leave a review. Thanks!

Books
Jerry Wennstrom, whom I interviewed on the podcast, recently published a new hardcover book, a beautiful exploration of his art and life called A Second Wind: Art Resurrected.  It’s the sort of book I feel honored to hold in my hands and explore.  Jerry’s journey into art was a journey into his self that culminated in a letting go of all forms.

Events
On Sunday May 15th, I’ll led a session for the “GMT Support Group for Seekers.”  If you’re interested in attending, reach out them for details on how to log in, etc.  You’ll find the contact info on the TAT local groups page.  The session is at GMT 18.30 (which, I think, is 10:30 am PT).

T-Shirts
I have two t-shirt designs available: “Life is… Poetry in Motion” and “I cannot distinguish myself from the Light”- a Doré painting paired with a Rumi quote. There are long sleeve, short sleeve, and V-neck styles. Check them out at the SpiritualTeachers.org Store.

Quote That I’m Pondering
Personally you did not create even the smallest microscopic fragment of the materials out of which your opinion is made; and personally you cannot claim even the slender merit of putting the borrowed materials together.  That was done automatically – by your mental machinery, in strict accordance with the law of that machinery’s construction. And you not only did not make that machinery yourself, but you have not even any command over it.  ~ Mark Twain in “What is Man?”

Wishing you all the best,
Shawn

New this Week: 2/21/2022

Here’s a quick update on what’s new at SpiritualTeachers.org and elsewhere.

Podcast
The Induction Series continues with Ramana Maharshi: Exploring Who am I? a selection from the book Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi. Covering the period 1935 to 1939, the book is an excellent resource for the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and was a constant companion while I lived in a cabin on Richard Rose’s farm.

 As always, the podcast is free. I am asking one favor during the Induction Series, however. Please leave a review of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment on Amazon. If we can get 100 ratings/reviews, it will really help the book get noticed. We’re at 67 so far!

Events
What Does It Mean to Be Awake? is the theme of the April 8 – 10, 2022 TAT meeting, which will be held in-person at the TAT Center in North Carolina. It’s the first official in-person meeting at the TAT Center since it opened in 2020!  Paul Rezendes, Art Ticknor, Bob Cergol, Anima Pundeer, Mike Gegenheimer, and Paul Constant are some of the many teachers and friends planning to be there.  Check out the full schedule and register to attend. 

On February 23, 8:00pm Eastern Time, I’ll lead a session for the Pittsburgh Self Inquiry Group on “The Contraction of Self.” They meet via Zoom so anyone can check it out!

Videogames?
I didn’t know it was possible, but I recently received an email from a video game designer who, by himself, built a spiritually-themed videogame titled Separation for Playstation VR.  I haven’t played video games since I was a kid playing Tron at the arcade, but they’re obviously a way to reach people with messages.  I’m glad there are people raising the bar on the themes videogames tackle. Here’s an in-depth review on YouTube.

Quote That I’m Pondering
“We all assume that we’re never going to die at an inconvenient time.” ~ Bob Cergol. 

Wishing you all the best,
Shawn

New this Week: 11/1/2021

Here’s a quick update on what’s new at SpiritualTeachers.org and elsewhere.

Podcast
The Induction Series continues with “To Think of Time,” a selection from Walt Whitman’s 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. If you listen and allow the words to work their magic you may feel the expansion and uplifting that Whitman strives to transmit as the covering of self slips from the Self. As always, the podcast is free. I am asking one favor during the Induction Series, however. Please leave a review of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment on Amazon. If we can get 100 ratings/reviews, it will really help the book get noticed. We’re at 56 so far!

Events
There is both a free, informal one-day event at the TAT Center in North Carolina on November 6 and a November 20 TAT Virtual Gathering featuring a variety of sessions.  The list of speakers hasn’t been published yet, but I assure you it will be well worth your time. 

T-Shirts
Just in time for Christmas, there are now several “Life is… Poetry in Motion” t-shirt designs available for purchase featuring an image inspired by Bob Fergeson. There are long sleeve, short sleeve, and V-neck styles, as well as organic cotton. Check them out at the SpiritualTeachers.org Store.

Quote That I’m Pondering
[Thanks to a reader for sending this quote]
“The silence is one and without it the words could not have been heard. It is always there – at the back of the words. Shift your attention from the words to silence and you will hear it.” ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj

Wishing you all the best,
Shawn

New this Week: 10/9/2021

Here’s a quick update on what’s new at SpiritualTeachers.org and elsewhere.

Podcast
The Induction Series continues with Spiritual Poetry: Seeker and Finder, a selection from the TAT Foundation publication Beyond Mind, Beyond Death.  The reading juxtaposes the heartfelt experience of both seeker and finder, while revealing the Essence which flows through both. As always, the podcast is free. I am asking one favor during the Induction Series, however. Please leave a review of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment on Amazon. If we can get 100 ratings/reviews, it will really help the book get noticed. We’re at 54 so far!

Events
There is both a free, informal one-day event at the TAT Center in North Carolina on November 6 and a November 20 TAT Virtual Gathering featuring a variety of sessions.  The list of speakers hasn’t been published yet, but I assure you it will be well worth your time. 
On October 20, 8:00pm Eastern Time, I’ll be leading a session for the Pittsburgh Self Inquiry Group. They meet via Zoom so check it out!

New Book
I just finished Bart Marshall’s Becoming Vulnerable to Grace: Strategies for Self-Realization. While Bart’s views on Covid and other matters may or may not be in agreement with yours, his chapter on Self-Inquiry is fantastic and his “Eightfold Way of the Spiritual Warrior” has the potential to become a roadmap for many.  

Quote That I’m Pondering
[Bruce Springsteen asked about his friend George Theiss, who was his last surviving bandmate from his first group]
Q: This is a hard question to answer without making you feel self-conscious, but do you feel you understand why it is that you became famous and he didn’t?
A: Well, there’s a lot of reasons, you know? There’s some luck involved, there’s some choice of path. George was married very, very young — 18 or 19, I believe — and became a father very young, so he had a lot of responsibilities. And then it comes down to also writing; your ability to write is essential in how you progress. I really studied and perfected my writing skills very, very intensely. But it’s just different paths, really. I don’t really have an explanation as to why life takes someone one way or someone the other. I mean, I was a one-track mind before anything else — before work, girls, I was always just: music, music, music, music, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And that had a lot to do with it.

Wishing you all the best,
Shawn