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The Shadow Within the Story

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2005-03-15
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Your personal story is the story of your shadow, derived from the historical image you try to maintain to offset the truth of being unfixed and changeable. Watch how you related to your mind as certain qualities arise. Choose a set of polar opposites such as honesty and dishonesty, generosity and selfishness, or worthiness and unworthiness. Can you see each pair as a continuous scale? Watch how you attempt to strengthen one at the expense of the other. Wherever you are on the scale is only a relative position, there is always more to achieve. Are you ever kind or generous enough? How does relating from a fixed idea deny ease and contentment? Now drop your need for a secure self-definition and let awareness take over. Let whatever arises be just what is. Step off the scale and find out who you are when you are not generating a story.

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