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    The Impulse to Avoid

    There’s an impulse to avoid difficult and uncomfortable feelings. To reject them and cast them aside, to deny their existence. We think we can exert mind over matter and control our inner world, think positive thoughts and all will be okay. Yet when we do this we push these experiences into shadow. We don’t resolve them, we hide them, we sweep them under the carpet.

    Life includes in it the whole gambit of human experience, all feelings, all sensations, all types of thoughts and emotions, the whole spectrum.  By judging what we experience as good or bad and trying to ‘keep’ good experiences and ‘get rid’ of bad experiences then we are limiting the wholeness of our expression. We’re putting ourselves in opposition to what is, we’re creating tightness and limitation where there naturally isn’t any. We’re trying to control what turns up in our life, a futile and unnecessary battle.

    So instead don’t listen to this learned conditioning of avoidance, break the cycle and embrace all, reject none and find freedom in the wholeness of your existence.

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    The truth can not be broken so don’t be afraid.
    Trust that life will take care of life.
    Hold on to that even in the depths of fear.
    What you are can never be lost.
    The truth will win out.

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    Our perception of reality and truth is filtered through many layers of concepts and ideas of how we think things ‘should’ be. We constantly measure our experience against these shoulds/shouldn’ts and depending on how we measure up our sense of okayness or problems with any given moment is derived from this.

    But what if there was another way? What if under all that, prior to the shoulds and the should nots – our sense of self prior to all conceptions of it, actually inherently had the fragrance of peace, contentment and happiness all along.

    What happens when you drop the ideas and stories of shoulds and stand free in this moment accepting all that IS?

    ~ Imogen

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    “We must explore the darkest corners of our existence
    in order that we bring light to the shadows that lurk there.”
    ~Imogen

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    “There are no choices. Just happenings. Just happenings, appearing as choices.” – Imogen

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    ” ‘The Self’ isn’t some mystical-separate-other-self.
    It’s you, you free from the constraints and conditioning that you believe yourself to be.” – Imogen

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    “Accept all that arises into the sweet embrace of your being.” – Imogen

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    “Walk through life with the palms of your hands open to what life brings;
    no clinging, no denying, just this – what’s here right now.” – Imogen

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    “As long as you want life on your terms there will be something to gain or lose;
    the opposite of freedom.” – Imogen

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    “None of the contents of mind is intrinsically you, it’s passing through like clouds in the sky.
    Recognize that you are the substrate, the ‘sky’ if you like.” – Imogen

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    “There’s nothing more beautiful, intimate and vulnerable than another person saying “I see you, all of you.” Be see-through, be transparent, embrace that vulnerability, dare to look in the mirror that they hold up to you and share yourself with open abandon; with great risk comes greater rewards – freedom.” – Imogen

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    “Keep Quiet… leave life to it’s inherent and natural unfoldment.” – Imogen

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    “Stripped of all your beliefs & assumptions the beauty of raw truth shines through
    and there you stand, free.” – Imogen

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    “The only path is the path of Grace. All is Grace.” – Imogen

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    Liberation isn't spiritual prozc“Liberation isn’t a spiritual prozac against feeling; it’s the opposite –
    pure openness to everything that arises, the good, bad & the ugly.” – Imogen

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    “Once the recognition of yourself as primordial awareness has happened,
    the fuse has been lit that’ll burn everything you’re not… it’s just a matter of time.” – Imogen

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    Notice the silence of your own nature. All questions cease, all answers disappear. Recognize that which you cannot NOT be.

    “Notice the silence of your own nature. All questions cease, all answers disappear.
    Recognize That which you cannot NOT be.” – Imogen

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    Find the gap in the stream of thoughts, stay there, live there, learn to love there; for it's there that you'll find yourself.“Find the gap in the stream of thoughts,
    stay there, live there, learn to love there,
    for it’s there that you’ll find yourself.” – Imogen

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    Keep Quiet. Abide before any notion of understanding, for it's there that you'll find your Self.“Keep Quiet. Abide before any notion of understanding, for it’s there that you’ll find your Self.” – Imogen

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    Once the crack in life begin to show the truth of reality can shine through.“Once the cracks in life begin to show the truth of reality can shine through.” – Imogen

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    The light that you are can never be lost.“The light that you are can never be lost.” – Imogen

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    The Buddha is not an object or an entity to be worshipped, the Buddha is your very nature. Throw away any tendency to objectify the teacher.“The buddha is not an object or entity to be worshipped, or an entity to be worshipped, the Buddha is your very nature. Throw away any tendency to objectify the teacher.” – Imogen

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