"On Meditation," a transcribed talk by David Spero


"On Meditation," an edited talk by David Spero,
Given on December 1, 2007, Palm Springs, CA.

There are essentially two ways to meditate. The first method requires outer instruction, and what you are generally taught is how to control or quiet your mind. That is the most common method available and, as you know, there are many traditions and paths that teach this form of meditation.

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"Siddhi, often referred to as mystical or magical power, basically means "accomplishment"...The siddhis have tremendous potential for practical application in healing and other modes of human service."
-Thomas Cleary

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Aristotle speaks


Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work - Aristotle

Or ...

Find the love in what you do to complete the light of love.

Recently, I've been feeling moved to infuse the practical with the spiritual, and to ground the spiritual more fully with the practical.

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No Separation


6/21/09 It's been 6 days since the San Francisco Intensive and I've started seeing some changes. Going back to when I started seeing David again in February, he had allowed me into a womb-like environment where all was provided; Light, Love and Shakti. In that space, I was able to be completely vulnerable in order to fully take in the Immensity of That Bliss. All the while, of course, I felt very dependent on the physical proximity of David. When David moved North in May, I experienced separation anxiety, though part of me knew David would always be there.

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Right and wrong


I wanted to say that acute awareness and witnessing, being in the
moment, acting within that moment and making clear correct right
decisions will direct the body in the physical Universe in the right
direction. When I say correct right decisions I think everyone knows
inherently right from wrong and if one has the opportunity to make the

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Coincidences happen with David


Meeting David on the web was a coincidence, which was described in "My Story" section. However, coincidences keep happening. Since meeting David, a desire to meet him in person, and attend an intensive, arised. It did not come from underestimating the amazing internet meetings, but simply from love and longings to the teacher.

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The Holographic Nature of Transmitted Bliss


It was a hard thing to undo this knot.
The rainbow shines, but only in the thought
Of Him that looks. Yet not in that alone,
For who makes rainbows by invention?

And many standing round a waterfall
See one bow each, yet not the same to all,
But each a hands breath further than the next.
The sun on falling waters writes the text
Which yet is in the eye or in the thought.

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Tuesday evening, June 9, 2009 Satsang with David at the SF Zen Center


The shakti affects people in so many different ways, and it can change dramatically from experience to experience. On this particular evening satsang with David, I experienced a very soft, diffuse, quieting energy. However, once I left and began walking up the hill to catch the bus home, the intoxication really overwhelmed me. This beautiful oneness with all things swept over me, and I was light as a feather. Such profound peace! I kept walking way past my bus stop, just basking in the bliss.

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Communication is a good thing


This is reply I sent a friend a few moments ago. I thought I would share it.

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E-mail / Experiencing David


Just thought I'd share an e-mail dialogue that I had with a new friend. I had recommended he participate in one of David's meditations. Afterward we were discussing the meditation, which is actually the experience of David.

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