SquirrelTailgrass ©Catherine PawasaratI dream, I hope, I work, I love, I play, I dream, I eat.

These verbs are all about me; working, hoping, dreaming, loving, eating all continue, even when there is no ‘me’. Who is this ‘me’? Or is it a what?

Is ‘me’ a person, a thing, an idea, a feeling? It’s all of these, except that it’s always moving, shifting, changing … and so it’s also none of these!

But if ‘me’ is unsubstantial, moving and un-definable why do I worry so much about ‘me’?

Actually, we don’t worry about me so much, we worry about working, playing, hoping, dreaming and eating. If these things don’t make up a ‘me’, why do they get us so upset?

Awakening means seeing through this illusion of ‘me’. Awakening empowers us to see the play of the universe, in fact to join in the play of the universe. Maya illusion. When a dog looks in the mirror, it sees another dog. When we look in a mirror we don’t see another person; we see ourselves.

But which is the ‘real’ me? It depends upon which side of the mirror we are standing. Just ask Alice.


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Catherine Pawasarat
Catherine Pawasarat
Doug Qapel Duncan
Doug Qapel Duncan

Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat are Dharma and meditation teachers who founded Clear Sky Meditation Center, BC, Canada.

Qapel (Achariya Doug Duncan) received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 1978, and is a lineage holder in that teaching. Known for his direct, humourous and compassionate engagement with students, Qapel embraces various traditions, contemporary psychology, and science, to mentor all beings to a more awakened state.

Catherine Pawasarat Sensei has trained daily with Qapel (Acariya Doug Duncan) since 1998 in an intensive spiritual apprenticeship that is rare in the modern West. She received lay ordination from Namgyal Rinpoche in 2003. In addition to Buddhist philosophy and its applications to daily life, Catherine Sensei also draws on generative living and the arts. With Qapel she is co-founder of Clear Sky Retreat Center in the BC Rockies.

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