One of the most difficult and subtle challenges of a spiritual path is the matter of “strange fire” which we’ll define as: “taking pleasure from something that violates one’s own moral code.” It makes sense to avoid temptation whenever possible, but that’s a strategy that needs to be augmented with an equal (perhaps even greater) measure of inner work, i.e., meditation.
Holiday Series — Paradox: A Hanukkah Dilemma
Hanukkah teaches us how to survive exile and how to accomplish the purpose of it. And that brings us to the paradox of “isolation and integration,” a Hanukka Dilemma.
This video teaching, called Varieties of Paradox, is a summary of the different types of paradox that we encounter in the world. People expressed confusion because we have introduced so many different kinds of paradox and each one calls for a different response and they felt a bit overwhelmed by the unruliness of the subject. This video provides a framework that organizes the complexity and makes it more manageable.
This illustrated video teaching, called Poleholders uses the polarity of Truth and Faith to model a way of grappling with paradox that alters consciousness and expands ones capacity to hold complex truths. It demonstrates how to extract the energy locked inside a paradox and channel it toward growth and change.
This THIRD video teaching on Jewish Meditation, called LABELING AS MEDITATION TOOL explains how to use the meditative calm for a different kind of inner work. It is possible to use the negative spaces–the distractions from focus–to gather precious information about our personality.