We are working on an online course to be launched in early 2023 which is much more than a course. It’s a live sustained open inquiry and dialogue throughout 12 monthly sessions which includes live presentations and videos, exploring the distilled essence of J. Krishnamurti’s work, with Michael Mendizza.
This online course is based on selected readings from the book “Unconditionally Free, The Life and Insights of J. Krishnamurti,” which is a comprehensive and inclusive publication on the man, his mind and insights; and the book “Always Awakening: Buddha’s Realization, Krishnamurti’s Insight” with Samdhong Rinpoche, one of the Dalai Lama’s closest colleagues and the First Prime Minister of Tibet in exile.
Having known, traveled with, interviewed, documented, and pondered the life and insights of J. Krishnamurti for more than forty-five years, a mix of experiences and perspectives few others have had, have I been changed? What value has this unique experience had on my life, how I view myself, my relationship with others, the choices I make, and how and what I think?
Appreciating the print legacy of Krishnamurti spans an estimated 250,000 pages, supported by hundreds of hours of film and video, why do you suppose Krishnamurti felt and said, “very few, even those closest to him, really got it?” Was “getting it,” really the point, or was the experience and states of mind being invited “not-getable,” in the common use of that term? Can a mind or state that is silent, free from the known, “get” something? Does “getting it” imply a concept, and choiceless awareness, being without measure, represents a state that is empty of concepts? What is experienced in or by a mind that is free of image and concept? We look for our keys where the light is shining but is that where our keys lay? Is there something about the way we look that hides what we are looking for?
Our goal and intent are to reveal and experience the difference between “living the teachings,” and studying them. Implied is what I call “Psychological Alchemy,” converting metaphor to insight. You open a cookbook, find a recipe, gather the ingredients, mix, bake, spread, and a simple miracle happens; cupcake. Or, you just read the recipe. No miracle. Just another concept.
The same thing happens psychologically. Some wise sage describes a misuse of memory, something that happens so often, so fast, and so close that we don’t notice what we are doing. The sage holds up a metaphoric mirror and says; “Look at yourself. Look at what you are doing.” And in that looking, like baking a cupcake, you gather your energy and attention, examine very carefully what you are doing, and a miracle happens. You have an “insight,” a direct, embodied experience of what is being revealed. The quality of energy and attention you invest transforms the metaphor into insight, led to gold. Instantaneously, you are changed and will never be the same again.
Most often, however, we don’t gather fresh and powerful energy and attention, childlike wonder, and true curiosity. We look and listen partially. The mirror remains opaque and nothing changes. Krishnamurti assumed psychological alchemy. “Unconditionally Free,” our new sustained and open inquiry/dialogue, will help each participant find their keys with insight. Please join me on this adventure.