088. Florian Schlosser

Florian SchlosserPeople have always loved sitting and sharing in the presence of an awakened human being and experiencing that tender beingness. For about 7 years Florian Tathagata and his life companion Julia have travelled around the world untiringly inviting seekers to recognize in their own experience who they really are and to live as an embodiment of truth in everyday life.

In his unmistakable manner he embraces the daily and simple life that he is sharing with a constantly increasing number of ‘friends of truth’, as he calls all those being interested. Again and again visitors of meetings tell of spontaneous awakening, of an all penetrating silence, of simple clarity and presence and of overflowing love and gratitude which they experience in Florian Tathagata‘s presence.

With both legs firmly rooted in normal everyday life and at the same time in the heart deeply connected with Ramana Maharshi, Papaji, Jiddu Krishnamurti and his teacher and friend Isaac Shapiro, Florian Tathagata speaks and is silent, laughs and cries, is present with everyone who would love to savour the truth of awareness.

Florian is the author of two books: Being and Given.

Florian’s site

Interview recorded 9/18/2011.

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

28 thoughts on “088. Florian Schlosser

  1. Hi all goood , this finds what florian is saying is of much use, as if 1 just,s slows down without going into, too much head stuff, there is a true feeling that the body loves, what is all-ways there but has been overlooked, if there is too much tension then 1 can miss the point of what is actually being shared. Openess and true sharing, were resistance cannot run the show, but dissolves in it. Much love T

  2. Good interview. I found his suggestions (to expand awareness vs remaining in the defalt of very tight awareness) helpful. His suggestion to check in with the body & just give space to what you find reminds me of Nirmala, who I also found to be very helpful. And I agree with his idea that we become less Yang (outwardly focused energy) and more Yin as we age & that movement naturally is more welcoming to awakening.

  3. Excellent interview and very practical down-to-earth approach from Florian. I would like to listen to this one again as I loved his insights into embodiment and how ‘awakening’ lives in the physical system. Also what he says about having options when we’re awake. It’s only when we’re unconscious that we cannot change our patterns. Different from the usual ‘choiceless awareness’ stance – and maybe that comes eventually (as one surrenders more deeply to life). But I sometimes see non-dualists taking a position that excuses them for consciously acting unconsciously! My experience is that when I become conscious of my thinking, I do have the option to respond differently from my usual patterns.
    And I agree that this is an endless journey – one that includes the body while we are in it – and I have certainly not listened enough to mine through my lifetime. So this interview was a great reminder to sink more deeply into this physical form and drink of life from within the form.
    Also, fascinated by what he said about growing older and finding less energetic ways to embrace life and being, and to express the insights and shifts that come to us. Not everyone needs to jump up on a stage and teach. Some of us move more quietly amongst friends and family, amongst our communities. Every day offers a thousand new opportunities for acceptance and love and being with what is.
    Thanks Rick and Florian!

  4. Zebra: Your comments sparked my interest. I came aboard Batgap fairly recently and wasn’t aware of this interview. (there are so many to explore)
    I like what you said:
    “growing older and finding less energetic ways to embrace life and being, and to express the insights and shifts that come to us. Not everyone needs to jump up on a stage and teach. Some of us move more quietly amongst friends and family, amongst our communities. Every day offers a thousand new opportunities for acceptance and love and being with what is.”

  5. Thanks, Brenda. Yes, what Florian has to say was very reassuring to me, and opened up greater awareness of/attention to the physical body. What’s showing up here is enormous exhaustion from years and years of pushing hard, running on adrenalin and struggle. Since experiencing a shift to knowing myself as being/awareness (rather than the fictitious ‘I’ with the story), it’s been difficult to get done what I used to get done. So this interview was a great reminder to listen more to the body and to trust it.

  6. Zebra, I tend to push myself, too. I can relate to the enormous exhaustion, adrenalin, and struggle. I plan on watching the interview tomorrow. Thanks.

  7. He is pointing out some home truths that need to be incorporated into every teachers repertoire – the process of embodiment and the attuning of the nervous systems capacity to hold unobstructed life force on every level – is an ongoing process that takes decades – claims of awakening that are not contextualized by this fact most likely have a large component of inflation – and splitting off from the depths of bodily incarnation – the bull chasing you down to gore you through the solar plexus – is waiting in the shadows. The bug eyed radiance of the self proclaimed – is more often than not simply unconscious incompetence – eventually to be followed by the “depressive position” – actually a more mature level of realization.

  8. Nice axe.

    In the back of my mind I was kind of wishing he would play his music. That guitar just kept staring at me the whole interview long. I mean, he’s a very intelligent man, but music can be so primal and can say so much more than all this head stuff. Maybe next time ask him to play a song for us. I would like that.

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