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Conditioning and parents : listener question Something became clearer this morning when I awoke.  It was that there are no &quot;them&quot; that condition us. I used to think that my parents did most of my early conditioning but of course they didn&apos;t.  This body/mind does/creates the conditions - yes, based on its environment, but the actual &quot;data&quot; it absorbs is its own. This was a Wow.  I thought that if they had conditioned me then the same would be true for my children and I had felt guilty.  But just as I had no control over my parenting, I/they had no control over what was accepted as true.Your thoughts would be great
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Conditioning and parents : listener question Something became clearer this morning when I awoke.  It was that there are no &quot;them&quot; that condition us. I used to think that my parents did most of my early conditioning but of course they didn&apos;t.  This body/mind does/creates the conditions - yes, based on its environment, but the actual &quot;data&quot; it absorbs is its own. This was a Wow.  I thought that if they had conditioned me then the same would be true for my children and I had felt guilty.  But just as I had no control over my parenting, I/they had no control over what was accepted as true.Your thoughts would be great
The need for a friend to listen to us: Listener question You are truly my inspiration! Thank you! I already purchased your new book as soon as it came up on Amazon. Thank you!Yesterday, after attending my 14 year old son&apos;s tournament, where they won the whole thing, I was devastatingly down. This is where I wish I had a friend I could call at any time to just listen, and accept that I am low, and I would like that person to understand the way I believe about &quot;thought&quot;, and &quot;truth&quot;. I listen to your podcasts over and over, and I want to be able to have a person to call when I go low like this and not try to &quot;fix&quot; me. I have never been able to acknowledge my true feelings for what they are and if I talk to a male friend, he tries to fix me,.and I have no one in the female area I am close enough to divulge my inner most feelings, without being classified as &quot;depressed &quot;, etc.Also, here is what I believe is needed with some guidelines. We need to be able to call a friend or significant other,  when we are feeling low, or down, just to chat. I tried calling a buddy; all he says is. &quot;I understand&quot;! His understanding has zero to do with yours truly, and what difference does it make? This wasn&apos;t me talking and telling him why I was down.
Hopeless : Listener question I am asking you cause i dont know who to turn to with this ... I am bedridden .. i feel so weak, depressed, and just have zero motivation and energy to do anything.. everything seems so boring and exhausting... But i am suffering in bed cause i want to be full of energy, have zest for life and have joy .. i feel depressed, i cant focus on anything other then movies or funny youtube videos..  how can one have more energy or feel energized, happy, motivated? I feel so pessimistic that i will never be able to get out of my sufferings. Is there a way? Can you help with getting out of weakness, depression, lethargy, helplessness, pessimism, hopelessness?  I feel like i totally left myself, and i am totally submitted to negativity, pessimism and weakness.Hope you help
'Courses...' Listener question I have a pattern, which plays out with increasing regularity, where I discover a course/workshop/training that I am interested in, where the outcome would be that I could teach/lead/facilitate others.  I sign up, and then either immediately, or soon after, think I have made the wrong decision and I usually cancel it or just don’t do it.  I have a veritable graveyard of such unopened/unfinished projects.  They are all, without exception, things that I thought were heart-led, that I really resonate with, and which I feel would be dreams coming true if I were lucky enough to do them in reality. I am beginning to see that they are perhaps yet another addiction, an escape from reality, a way of thinking that ‘when I’m doing that, then I will be OK’. I discovered non-duality teachings at least twenty years ago, and after many years previous to that of personal/spiritual development. If, after all that time -  through reading, allowing, absorbing, becoming more aware, practicing witnessing and being present -  I still haven’t ‘got’ it, if my knowing is only intellectual and my system continues to play out the old patterns, despite my awareness of them, how on earth will I ever be free to love what I’m doing, whether that is a ‘boring office job’ or some ‘amazing world-changing work’. I’m as tired of trying to ‘get it’ through exploring non-duality teachings as I am of the suffering resulting from repeating (conscious or unconscious) patterns.   If you could address how I step out of this paralysis I would be so grateful, thank you.
Parenting the small child: listener question Can you say more about the self-parenting idea with this understanding?I&apos;ve been in and out of various forms of therapy since I was a teenager and self parenting has involved saying things like &quot;I love you&quot; to the system or to the idea of various ages of a younger &quot;me&quot;. I had stopped doing this out of the impression that this practice is a form of separate self-concept reinforcement. Yet observing the system speaking aloud, to this memory of a small child created in this moment, and feeling the sadness or anxiety fluctuate to warmth and comfort - I&apos;m wondering if that&apos;s presence?
Is the self, I, me, just a habit I've (we've) fallen into? Listener question Is the self, I, me,  just a habit I&apos;ve (we&apos;ve) fallen into?  I find, when I&apos;m conscious/aware/brave enough, that I can momentarily switch off the dialogue and drop into (best way I can describe it) silence and nothingness.  It&apos;s blissful, but always very short-lived.  It&apos;s like flicking the pause button, but very soon worry and guilt bring the noise back.
Is it universal? Listener question Hi Clare. Hope you&apos;re well?  Just finished reading Well, and loved it. Thanks!  I&apos;ve had a year out from reading 3P you&apos;re books but now seem to have got a taste for it again.  I&apos;m now reading HOME and finding it pretty all-engrossing. Loving the humoured too😀. I have a question for you about universal mind/ consciousness. How do we know it&apos;s something universal rather than just a phenomenon of the brain that all brain owners have? I think about the space which is the gap between thoughts. It&apos;s a space of peace and ease. Is it universal though? Or just what my brain does when it&apos;s not doing its usual busy work? It&apos;s this spiritual &apos;universality&apos; which I struggle with.
'One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light...' Carl Jung. Wonderful Words One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” ― C.G. Jung
Grief and self: listener question So powerful and clear explanations are coming from your videos of the THEM course.Thank you very much for all your wisdom you&apos;re sharing with us.Listening to Day 28 the words struck me where you&apos;re explaining how relationships can be held when we don&apos;t need anything from the other person, especially words: &apos;&apos;They don&apos;t even have to stay alive&apos;&apos;.A question came up: &apos;&apos; What would grieving look and feel from this sane place?&apos;&apos;Remembering my grieving over loss of a close friends and later after loss of my father due to cancer. It was a lot about me and not so much about them really. It was more about how their death will affect me, what will I be lacking after they&apos;re gone etc.Would love to hear your thoughts on that :)
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