053. Burt Harding

Burt Harding, founder of the Awareness Foundation in Vancouver, offers a radical invitation to recognize the truth of our being as already whole and fulfilled.

He reminds us of the love we really are beyond the personal stories we carry. In this way, we come to recognize what we have always known but did not live from – the beauty and wonder of our own true essence.

Burt conducts sessions and workshops in Supersentience, a system devised to help heal deep wounds and promote a shift in the perception of who we really are.

He has conducted studies in higher consciousness for thirty years and had his own television series on the mind/body connection.

Burt’s site

Interview conducted 1/9/2011.

Audio and video below. Audio also available as a Podcast. Video also available on Facebook in 20-minute segments.

28 thoughts on “053. Burt Harding

  1. Peter, Rick,

    Amma commented that if the human species becomes extinct, which it might, planet earth will recover and be OK !

    So it seems to me that it’s the “psuedo-intelligence” of the human brain wrongly conditioned via materialism
    and “pseudo-science” that is the problem.

    Einstein said something like this “the intellect can be a wonderful functional servant, but a horrendous master.”
    hmmm… who or what should be the master ?

    please see my next comment, thank you

  2. thank you rick for another great interview
    obviously, at least from my POV, your interviews are maturing more and more

    and burt harding is one of the best examples of an opened heart deeply grounded in THAT unseparated oneness which we call God

    burt is a great example, similar to Amma and others, of the saying “God is Love”

    or “the unmanifest manifests as love and both are one”

    Burt kept repeating in various ways:
    “it’s both… nothing is left out…
    there is no search anymore… there is nothing to know…
    [but] it’s expanding all the time… there is no ego in it…
    it’s a paradox…
    the two opposites are one… the one is playing both roles…”

    extrapolating a bit i would summarize:
    nothing to know, but everything to appreciate,
    and no end to maturing in expressions of love,
    compassion, common sense, wisdom,
    perhaps even “renunciation” and “self-sacrifice”
    as appropriate

    Burt Harding is one of our favorite teachers in many ways,
    simple clear innocent loving wise

    again thanks rick, this interview brought out how you’re maturing as an interviewer

    and in turn brought out Burt’s loving nature beautifully,
    more so then is evident from his brief youtube video lessons,
    which nevertheless we listen to a lot and appreciate

    oh, and thank you Burt, we love you

  3. peter: “Intelligence and gravity are indeed both human created concepts.”

    the intellectual understandings/interpretations of “Intelligence” and “gravity” are indeed human created concepts

    but “Intelligence” and “gravity” are primordial aspects of “existence” all without the labels

    labels are just pointers

  4. There is very little difference between:

    a) a Judeo-Christian homo sapien who assigns human characteristics (i.e. loving, wise, righteous, rewards the good, punishes the wicked etc.) to a god that he creates (i.e. Yaweh), and;

    b) a homo sapien who wears advaita lenses and assigns the human characteristic of intelligence to That.

    Not an absolute perception here. Just one that I currently embrace.

    I use homo sapien instead of human, here, because in Latin in it means “wise man” or “knowing man”.

    And knowing the unknowable may be man’s greatest delusion.

  5. We’re slowly getting on the same page here. Obviously there are intelligent people who would argue that there is no “intelligence” governing the universe. They feel that the whole thing can be explained in terms of mechanistic laws. And then of course so many philosophers, religious people, mystics, scientists, etc. have offered explanations. But whatever all these ideas may be, they don’t determine the way things actually are. Gravity, photosynthesis, the speed of light, etc., etc., are what they are regardless of how accurately anyone understands or explains them. The elephant is an elephant, however the blind men feeling various parts of his body may describe him.

    To me, it makes sense that the universe is the play and display of pure intelligence, which some may call God. Like you, I don’t hold this as an “absolute perception”. I can’t prove it. I have friends who feel that it doesn’t work that way at all. But whatever any of us think or say, it is what it is. Reality does not depend on our understanding. It behooves us to attune our understanding to reality. It’s not going change to suit our whims. As Byron Katie says, if you argue with reality, you always lose.

  6. peter : “knowing the unknowable may be man’s greatest delusion”

    very good point ! peter !

    one label/concept we use for the “unknowable” is “absolute”
    which perhaps is better understood “conceptually” by mathematicians and physicists

    seems as long as it is kept in mind that “absolute” is a concept and a label pointing to the “unknowable”

    and as long as it is not declared to be an “infallible” word of God

    it can perhaps be used skillfully as a pointer for some;
    for others perhaps another pointer will work better;
    and for others silence;
    and for others acts of kindness

    also, notice the problem with language, using any word:
    “unknowable” is also a word, a label and a concept

    perhaps that’s why it is said the first teacher Dakshinamurthi taught his students mainly in silence; Ramana Maharshi is another good example of teaching in silence; also in Amma’s presence as well as other spiritual teachers, the presence of silence is what devotees feel; the insights discovered in that silence are not always readily put into words everyone will resonate with

    but in this age of www-info-explosion, using words seems unavoidable

    perhaps it should be every-one’s basic understanding that words are labels/concepts
    which each one of us, having a unique POV-conditioning-experiences,
    is using to point as best we can…

    how many had the experience where your spouse or friend
    gets tongue tied and not expressing clearly,
    and you supply exactly the right word or phrase ?

    now, that’s communicating !
    let’s pray for that, we saw some of that during the interview

  7. Great words spoken long ago are still vibrating and true to the core… : be still and know you are God ”
    Not the concept that there is a seperation for truly there exists only oneness or isness, holy presence, holy spirit.

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