082. Tom Stine

For over two decades, several questions have been foremost in my mind: What is this life about? What is the nature of reality? What is truth? How do we live and thrive in this world? For many years these questions puzzled me, but being the inquisitive type, with a restless mind always seeking to find the answers to whatever confronted me, I kept searching and searching. Like many people, I kept groping around the edges of Truth, having occasional glimpses but nothing really definitive.

But the Universe is relentless. If its first attempts at getting you to see don’t work, it starts pulling out the heavy artillery and blasting away at your illusions. That’s what happened to me. My seemingly wonderful life turned to crap, seemingly overnight. The Universe was playing rough, offering me a bit of “fierce grace” as Adyashanti likes to say. And it worked! I finally quit groping around the edges and instead leaped into the fire. I began questioning my illusions and starting to see something more.

Much has changed over the years for me, and after those first glimpses of reality, life has taken on a new and more interesting form. I am now dedicated to sharing what I have seen with all those who, like me, are impelled from within to know, truly know, what life and reality are all about. We call this impulse “spirit” or “the Universe” or “God”, but in the end, we discover it is what we truly are. It is Life. It is the One seeking to awaken to Itself. And we are That.

Interview recorded 8/7/11.

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Tom Stine and his work in spiritual awakening
  • 00:04:09 – The Drive to Explore Beyond our Senses and Typical Human Life
  • 00:08:16 – The Universal Urge to Know the Truth
  • 00:11:56 – The Health Benefits of a Spiritual Life
  • 00:14:24 – A Course in Miracles and its Practices
  • 00:17:12 – Questioning the Truth
  • 00:20:11 – The Question of Past Lives
  • 00:22:26 – A Course in Miracles and the Need for Something More
  • 00:25:38 – Discovering the Sedona Method
  • 00:28:40 – The Journey to Adyashanti
  • 00:31:43 – An Experience of Light Inside My Head
  • 00:35:01 – The Power of Presence and Transformation
  • 00:38:11 – The Value of Spiritual Practices
  • 00:41:29 – The Truth and Behavior in Awakening
  • 00:44:53 – The Power of Loving Kindness
  • 00:47:33 – Puppets of Life, Rowing with the Stream
  • 00:50:48 – The Perception of Individual Volition
  • 00:53:35 – The Illusion of Choice in Decision Making
  • 00:56:31 – The Similarity between Orgasms and Heroin addiction
  • 00:59:45 – The Illusion of Choice
  • 01:02:51 – The Illusion of Enlightenment
  • 01:05:51 – The Experience of “I”
  • 01:10:05 – A Shift in Perception
  • 01:14:01 – The Perpetual Challenges of Life’s Fan
  • 01:16:18 – Subsequent Awakenings and Transformations
  • 01:19:01 – Letting Go and Loving Your Ex
  • 01:22:05 – Reflection on the Subjective Experience of Life
  • 01:25:20 – Stunned Disbelief and Old Memories
  • 01:28:38 – Satsang and Spiritual Journey shortcuts
  • 01:31:00 – Subscription Service for Satsangs