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The Infernal Waltz

In this recorded teaching, Alistair unpacks the image of the three steps that build up the suffering world: delusion & dissociation, desire & grasping, hating & anger. Together they create a dance, an infernal Waltz.

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My Anxious Life

In an excerpt from ‘Mastering the Monsters of Anxiety’, Alistair’s explains his journey with anxiety and his inspiration in creating the online course.
He explains what caused his frightening insomnia symptoms, night-time terrors, low energy and stress. Why at aged 40, he found he was living a life riddled with horrible fear and panic attacks.

And how he learned body-based techniques to relieve the anxiety that turned his life from a grim situation to being more human and open to the world. This is the first video from Alistair’s online course, which has helped thousands of people live freer, happier lives. How are your anxiety levels? If you’re struggling but would rather feel inner safety, click here.

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Grief and Love

Jane asked about how to receive love from someone who you’ve also lost. That is to say if you remember them as loving you but also have to remember how they died suddenly or violently, how do we stop that trauma and grief interrupting the in-flow of love? Alistair answers.

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Ram Dass and the love from outside

We had been practising receiving love into our heart-centre and, after practice, Dameon asked if this was also the way to generate love for oneself. Which led Alistair to ponder whether the ego is ever able to generate true love. Or whether we need an external agent, like a guru or spiritual being to show us, pure love. Alistair remembers Ram Dass, who unlocked a torrent of love on the world.

What do you think?

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Shadowy bodies overlooked awareness

Conversing with Dameon about the shadowy and partial knowledge we have of our bodies ‘from the inside’. Alistair talks about how piecemeal apprehension of shifting phenomena often blindsides us to the bright and consistent field of awareness that is happening within.

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Love and Anti-love

Alistair introduces Love and Anti-love practices to the Mindsprings meditation class. Many of us think we don’t deserve love and have forces within us that push love away. The forces of anti-love are our habits of mind and our controlling ego’s that can shut down our ability to feel love. We have to relax the tension in the body, breath and mind. When we soften we start to feel the tendrils of love.

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The negative news industry

Responding to a student’s comment on the distractions of the news media, Alistair speaks about the nature of news as an industry and the myth of ‘being informed’ that drives it. What if we were to question the mechanism of news and what it means for us?

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The Eight Consciousnesses and the 45th

Jane asked: “Is awareness the same as consciousness? And how do you deal with someone with a lot of shame or someone with no shame, like Donald Trump?” In answering Alistair spoke about the Buddhist view of there being 8 consciousnesses and how these are different from Awareness.

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Don’t fix Tallulah!

In this recorded teaching, Jane spoke about her confusion around “awareness being aware of itself”. Which is a difficult but potent step in practice. But Alistair went on to discuss the “emotional body” as a meditational analogue to Philip Pullman’s brilliant creation of the ‘daemon’. Holding this playful idea of your emotional body with a name- Banjax, Banquo or Tallulah – allows us to listen to its wisdom without becoming fixated on it.

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Awareness, the full-time feast

Following a question from Ailsa in Australia, Alistair recaps in a very succinct and digestible way the teaching around awareness. Some housekeeping about the language we use and why awareness of awareness is considered the ultimate gateway experience for Buddhist meditators.

What’s your awareness of awareness?

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