No Hope

There is no hope for finding peace and joy in this world.

These attributes of wholeness can only be experienced through the mind has been forgiven if its own judgment.

To allow forgiveness, simply observe concepts as they arise in the mind, and choose to give them up.

Tigmonk’s Satsang

What is Satsang?

(from Wikipedia)
Satsanga
, Satsangam, Satsang (Sanskrit सत्सङ्ग sat = true, sanga = company) in Indian philosophy means (1) the company of the “highest truth,” (2) the company of a guru, or (3) company with an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth. This typically involves listening to or reading scriptures, reflecting on, discussing and assimilating their meaning, meditating on the source of these words, and bringing their meaning into one’s daily life. Contemporary spiritual teachers in the West frequently come from the East but can come from any part of the world.

From Tigmonk’s Perspective

Satsang, is a group of individuals who, together, quietly investigate into the Nature of Self & Reality; it is an opportunity to explore a deeper Sincerity into this experience we call Life, Living, & Being. Satsang, is not entertainment for the ego; it is the Fire that burns away a problematic ego so that the nature of your most Sincere Self might Bloom with colors yet to be seen.

Who is Tigmonk?

Tigmonk - Satsang and Self Inquiry Facilitator / Lecturer Tigmonk is a 31 year old Modern Day Mystic. His greatest joy is in sharing meaningful Insight & Wisdom with small groups of Sincere Individuals who seek a Sacred Truth. His Teachings go beyond mere intellect, and reach deep into the Heart; making it quite clear that real liberation from suffering & conflict, is a journey that begins and ends with our most Sincere Self.

He considers this unfolding to be an Explosion of Love, or a Blooming of the Heart, a natural occurrence that stems from a genuine desire to know what is True about the nature of Self & Reality. He offers this warning to those who dare enter this space of exploration: “I am here to peak inside the dream and set fire to the illusion of you, so that You might see clearly the nature of the Infinite You.”

Tigmonk is the author of 2 books, “An Explosion of Love” & “Intimacy with the Silent Nothing that is Everything”

What was Tigmonk’s Awakening Experience?

This he finds to be rather quite irrelevant, as it tends to only create more stories of separation as to why you (or the self), are/is not yet “there.” His path that has led to this deep seeing of Truth, is a path he counts to be very normal and natural, without the common fanfare that is usually attributed to ‘awakening’. His goal isn’t to change people, or to give them something they are currently without. His intent, is simply to sit with the open hearted and expose the internal barriers that tend to keep the Self from seeing their own divinity, as they are right now.

You can learn more about Tigmonk at Tigmonk.com, he can also be found on Facebook & Youtube.

Choosing Freedom & Joy

We don’t get to make our own choices about anyThing. Such choices are automatically chosen based on our perception of reality.

What we can choose is whether we are willing to perceive how we limit the Chooser to choices that deny our own Freedom and Joy.

One way we create this limitation is through buying into the idea that we need to make the Right choice. By recognizing this untruth, in the moment it arises within our awareness, our Free Spirit is granted permission to choose that which expands Freedom and Joy for ourselves and for our world.

Knowledge

No words or concepts can ever define what’s true about nature and reality. Every bit of accumulated knowledge (even spiritual knowledge) is automatically made to matter by a process of Ego in order to alleviate the fear inherent with being falsely identified as an individuated self.

In order to discover what’s really true and free ourselves from being slaves to this process, we must be willing to recognize that no concept or idea has meaning except that which we apply to them, and that no thought is better or more substantial than any other.

Enlightenment

Enlightenment is not something that you become, it’s who you already are beneath layers of confusion. The experience of enlightenment is sustained conscious awareness of Truth that exists before the illusion, irrespective of circumstance within the illusion – which is basically the absence of self belief.

You are not separate from enlightenment, but every belief you uphold about who you think you are is creating mental noise that keeps your experience chaotic, heavy and serious.

Because each individual accumulates unique life experiences which have led to their present point of view, we are unwittingly led into belief that this accumulation of life experience is who we are. Believing that we are this limited, separate self has us in constant self assessment and conclusion about whether our behavior and choices are right or wrong, good or bad, loveable or unlovable. We make the same assessments and conclusions about other people as well, and this consists of about 99% of the mental chatter that plays in the mind.

In order to find relief from the insane mind, many of us look to the world for self improvement. When we encounter people who insist that there’s something wrong about us, and that their method can make us right, we feel hopeful or doubtful as to whether their method will change us. But this is missing the point that there is no right and wrong in the first place. In reality, employing any method from this premise just creates more mental noise – the antithesis to enlightenment.

This is not to say that employing methods to invite enlightenment are right or wrong – but that no method is significant. Every method is meant for creative play – not as a means to an end. When we get ‘serious’ about meditation, yoga, chanting, spiritual study, or any method, we are adding content to ‘who we think we are’ and creating a mental image of a person on a path to enlightenment.

Notwithstanding these mental projections, we are always being led toward the experience of enlightenment through the circumstances of our lives. In this way, even if we are not actively pursuing enlightenment, our life experience is constantly leading toward that experience.

Specifically, we travel through stages or a series of experiences until our accumulated beliefs cause so much suffering that we become willing to give them up. This ‘waking up’ is enlightenment. It can happen all of a sudden or incrementally over time.

Because awakening happens in the gaps between habitual mental commentary, everyone is Gifted with life circumstances that trigger minor to extreme shock and/or confusion – whatever is necessary to create those gaps.  Said Gifts are invitations to question who we think we are and to recognize the Truth that exists before belief.

Everything perceived is a message, and while no perception needs to be analyzed unless one finds it entertaining to do so, every perception can expose self beliefs which we can choose to re-create or un-create in the present moment.

If one merely trades one belief for another, nothing has been resolved, but this is still along the path toward enlightenment. Eventually circumstances will arise to help dissolve the newly formed belief; and when physical death comes, the beliefs still being held in awareness will be presented as reality in the next lifetime.

While methods are valuable to condition the mind into a preferred state of awareness, ultimately, stillness of mind (experience of nothingness) is enlightenment – which ‘happens’ when every belief (including every method) has become irrelevant.

Hope Johnson offers guidance and intuitive tools that facilitate awakening and enlightenment. Please email her for more information hope@thewaytotheway.com, or register to attend one of her upcoming retreats Here.

Freedom of Choice

It’s simply insane – the belief that the Child needs discipline, pressure and/or manipulation in order to be deserving of love. What’s really desired for the child is Freedom – the same Freedom our Free Spirit desires for ourselves – but which we are too fearful to allow.

Because we do not recognize this self created conflict between Free Spirit and the make believe self, we unwittingly do everything we can to suppress Free Spirit by believing our own judgments and enforcing them on our children.

In the name of responsible parenting, we raise our kids to hold the same limitations about the world and about themselves that we have been unwilling to give up. We teach them that without our ‘guidance’, they would be unloveable, unworthy, and that they would fail.

If we knew our own being, we would not pretend that disciplining the child can create love, value or success for them. We’d allow them to make their own choices and to be responsible for those choices – while enjoying our experience of them.

But instead we largely operate from this fantasy that we are responsible for the Child’s choices, and we don’t want to look bad, or be upset if our child suffers or creates suffering. So we opt for the illusion of control.

There’s freedom in knowing that we have the freedom to choose, and that we are choosing in each moment. The experience of such self responsibility is what allows the creative genius in each of us to blossom.

The child is already free – the whole structure of discipline and rules is a mindset the child will break as soon as they become aware of their power. In this way, the child does not need anyone to set them free, but by extending freedom to the child, we extend it to all of Life, and that opens ourselves to receive the experience of more creativity, peace, abundance and joy.

What does it take to extend freedom to the child? Simply notice when we are trying to make the child ‘better’ than they are right now, or than they can be without our input. This is illusion! We are just fooling ourselves by believing that disciplining, pressuring or otherwise manipulating the Child is going to create anything we actually want.

Just notice. That’s all there is to do. You are the Light in your own dark room. Be in awareness.

War is a Reflection

War is a reflection. It needs to happen because human consciousness largely buys into the idea that something is wrong.

All is Well and Perfect! As more of humanity comes to know this, warring ceases – not because the war mongers are overcome – but because another way naturally evolves.

Service is Joy

Service is Joy, but unless service arises spontaneously in the energy of Joy – its effects serve whatever mental conflict being projected at the time.

In the mindset that something has gone wrong or that we need something to change, all attempts at service are a disservice to self and humanity.

All we’ve got to give is energy! If our energy is not moving in joy/love/peace, we’re being invited to relax, stop forcing ourselves into doing what we think we should, and simply wait until service becomes our natural, joyful and effortless expression.

Jealousy

Jealousy is the natural response to an idea that we’re meant to have what somebody else is getting – it’s a signal that we’re grasping onto a thought pattern that creates pain and suffering.

For instance, if we’re hung up in jealous feeling thought because we believe the attention of the one we love is being stolen by another person, we are unable to love in the moment. In this way, our projections are leading to more experiences that make us feel unloveable.

Granting everyone the freedom to be as they are allows us to get whatever lessons the experience was designed to serve us, and to get clear about what we’re looking for. Once this occurs we either move into a deeper partnership with the one in front of us, or we recognize that our energy is being moved in another direction – either way, the choice is choiceless.

In order to give this freedom, we must allow freedom for ourselves, which means being presently aware of our jealous feeling, and inquiring as to whether we’re willing to let go of the mental story that’s being projected about it.

Perhaps we’re not willing to let go, and that’s perfectly ok too. We’re free to learn more about this particular thought form, and this freedom makes going through it less fearful.

As we continue to inquire as to whether we are willing to release that which creates our suffering, the ideas that keep us bound to struggle unravel themselves and we eventually find an unthinkable harmony in our relations coupled with an inability to grasp onto thoughts that create jealous feeling.