Journey inward and explore the landscape of your inherent connection with all that is. Tiger Singleton lifts the curtain of perception and exposes the profound truth of what you are. This is day 1, track 2, of a 5-day retreat experience held in Sweden, August 2019.
The transition that spirituality affords human beings is a transition from where you live a life experiencing pretty much only the mind to a life where you are experiencing life. To clarify this, you could recognize just throughout your everyday, as you're going from point A to point B, you're completely lost in mental content. We're not actually experiencing the life that's happening. We are thinking about thinking.
I invite you to recognize the profound difference between being present and letting nature touch you and then the experience of sitting and going over last week's argument with your mother, thinking and thinking and thinking,
In my experience, I know that to feel so distant from nature's touch and to be lost in the mind is incredibly painful, almost like there's something inside of you that feels like it's dying to such a degree that I would say that what every human being craves, regardless of the story you tell about it, what we crave is the aliveness of life itself.
We crave what is real. We crave what is true in such a way that if you were thirsty, it doesn't do much good to sit around and think about water. It matters not how you imagine water. Sooner or later you're going to want the real thing.
This is what happens in our humanist - we spend so much time thinking about life, even thinking about spiritual things that if we are not in contact with the truth of life, there is this painful hunger that grows. You start to feel like we're starving.
I invite you to see that this pain in whatever form it might show itself in your life that pain is simply a hunger that longs to connect with something real. In part of the challenge in connecting with or uniting with the real is that we are innocently confused about what we really want. This might be one of the greatest hindrances to truly connecting with a sacred truth is that you believe, in some way or another, you want something other than the truth in such a way, I might say these things and it might sound poetic and lovely and you say, “Oh, that's nice, but I still want this person to change”, “Oh, that's nice, but I still want this or that to happen in the future.”
As I say these things, everyone is going to hear this at a different level of understanding, at a different depth so you will literally hear it to the degree that you're supposed to hear it, but there's a very sacred knowing that's been pointed to for thousands of years - in some way or another, that sacred knowing says that the only thing you want, the only thing you will ever want is the truth of life.
In a religious context that would say the only thing you want is to merge into the heart of God. For a moment, I want to kind of cover something that's relatively basic but fundamental. This is to recognize that if you ask yourself, “What do I want?” Your mind starts creating a list, and this isn't wrong, it's not bad for just seeing.
This list might be things that you want in the world, what you want from other people, what you want in the future, even things about yourself that you want to change. Your mind creates a list and we think we believe that we actually want those things.
I want to ask you, “Why do you want those things?” Maybe, you can see that the only reason you want them is so that you can relax in some way or another. Well, you can say, “Oh, I really want this job.” Why? “So that I know my future is taken care of.” So, what happens when you know your future is taken care of? “I can relax” or “I really want this relationship.” Why? “Because I want to feel love.” What happens when you feel love? “Oh, I relax.”
You see that in what you want, you don't really want that thing. You want what you think it will give you on the inside. You want an internal experience. An internal experience that resembles what we might call wholeness, where all as well. Nothing is missing.
So, in a real way, you don't want that thing. You want wholeness. Can you acknowledge, even if it's just for tonight or these few days, can you acknowledge what you actually want, what you're actually looking for, while at the same time letting go of everything you think you want? This is monumentally important because if you rest in this space believing in those wants, then you will take what I'm saying and try and build a strategy to get what you want, completely missing the point of what I'm saying.
So, very directly, I have zero interest in helping you get anything in the world or changing anything or manifesting a Ferrari. It’s irrelevant. My intent is to show you that you literally have everything. That will be the truth for the rest of your life - you will never be without what you crave.
There's a funny thing that happens when you deeply realize that there's nothing missing. Also, we will show beyond doubt that all of your problematic experiences of being human, all of the violence that might flow through you, all of the fear only arise because you think something's missing.
To recognize a profound wholeness of your being, of what you are, to see that everything is right where it's supposed to be, you will discover an immensity of love within what you are that you give away to the world and to others and to yourself.
This life will transform from what might seem like an obstacle to a landscape that resembles a playground.