This interview took place in September 2013 on the island of Ibiza. Questions by Sabina.
Enlightenment congress in Berlin; teachers nourishing each other; different ways of living non duality; interpretation of non dual state is different in each person; interpretations of Advaita; focus of life; living without the limitations of the mind; life pushing towards evolving; no end to evolution; consciousness becomes fuller with the willingness to surrender; life often is misunderstood and distorted by the mind; life force has no interest in bad or good; violence is distortion of life energy; identifying with mind and body is a limitation; freedom without any agenda; the “you” is just a memory; plans have no psychological goals in them; anything that takes you away from the moment is suffering; no individual that is separated to life; the metaphor of the ocean and the waves; learn to be your best friend in silence and aloneness; mind interprets silence as boring and loneliness – mind fighting for air; the ego needs directions, purpose, targets; the beauty of being a human experience; ego as a fine layer of a sense of “I” in the world which rarely interferes with who we really are; ego is hijacking enlightenment experiences; a pull inside us to find meaning takes you away from life; no meaning; nothing is needed; only love; role as tool of expression of authenticity; everybody allowing the other to be; love without caring of the relative level of others; Satsang is sanity.
This interview has been done by Sabina with Ameen in Berlin in April 2011.
Freedom, not a feeling; freedom, when the importance of the “I” falls away; freedom something different for each person; the human potential, which is enlightenment; the passion to go into freedom; sensitivity, history and collective identification; to see own limitations, to be authentic; to nurture stillness; to perceive the space of Being energetically; presence; to crystallize mind to be more and more with stillness in life; freedom to stay present; intimacy, warmth, clarity, love, ease, joy; identified with thoughts and bad feelings, you are not that; stillness connects you directly with the space you are; the shift out of the mechanism of self criticism, when you are not in mind.
Critics which does not happen out of aggression; to see limitations with love; to be very tender to yourself; to meet yourself, when you have a connection with stillness; moments of stillness; being bored and mind; continue criticizing and nurture stillness; the space of freedom; being part of life without aggression and without criticism; to perceive honestly, how accurate you are; arrogance and the ego; freedom and difficult periods.
Ameen’s book, partly autobiographic and partly teachings with questions and answers, which come directly from his personal experience; to be in honesty; to notice when one falls into ego identification; the human side is continuously growing; honesty and consciousness of being directed by god and not by the ego; a never ending challenge; honesty comes with the freedom to be in the heart; tremendous growth after awakening; the crystallization of the personality; the dream of the ego to control life; planning without control; there is no fear, just this moment.
Life happens; what mind understands as positive or negative; manipulation of reality; to realize that you are consciousness; to let life be in its imperfection; to search for freedom, consciously or unconsciously, to finish suffering; human life is full of suffering; to allow suffering to be there; to allow if your human life is suffering; be in the suffering, find the stillness, which is there at the same time; the aroma of freedom; the untouched space; your are stillness and intimacy; ideas based on how life has to be; life comes as it comes; freedom is to allow it to be as it is; motivation and joy; the nature of manifestation.
This interview did Sabina with Ameen in Berlin, December 2010.
To bring the shadow to the light; to crystallize mind; your life becomes more harmonic, you react less, it becomes simpler; in the beginning it is hard and a lot of work; meditation, the result when one goes into silence; understand how your mind rules your whole life; to become familiar with your intelligence to become familiar with the dis-identification with your mind; therapy and life; can we bring this true self to the light? Do we live this? Freedom has to be cultivated time and again; to understand what motivates me; freedom is seeing, who you are in mind and beyond; it is not sufficient to know your true self; to keep the window clear; space of meditation around the problem; connection with the space behind the mind.
It is about control over the mind; be honest with you, analyze with mind; use mind to liberate you; intelligence is a very important tool; it is not sufficient just to sit; to find the passion for freedom to go deeper and deeper; when we have the passion the own desire to really live – the freedom and wisdom will come; do not deceit yourself; to live life from the space of all-oneness; when do you put water on the spark? Drugs mirror the desire, to liberate from the narrowness of the mind; whole mankind shouts for help, reaction, stress and to put oneself to sleep, honesty.
To see the root of the believes; to see the conditioning of guilt of the society; understand where you separate yourself; to connect with love; the impulse in us to be wholeness; self criticism becomes less, the more you connect with stillness – the perfection behind your mind; freedom from personality can easily be an escape; to investigate reactions within you and take presence there; to burn the mechanism of habit in you; to discover new qualities; without being aware of limitations, you cannot value the freedom.
What is awakening? The relative and the absolute; the relative, small personality is the bridge between the un-manifest and the manifest world; psyche and interpretations; freedom, which does not really come to life; Satsang and the ditch and the freedom how fantasy works; the Germans and the desire to be good; spiritual interpretation of freedom and being good as idea which is celebrated; liberations does not give you highlights, just integrity and stillness; spiritual interpretations, limitations mind uses to escape; awakening as basis for potential we cannot reach; more challenges, growing beyond.
This Satsang with Ameen took place in Berlin in December 2010.
What does it mean to be free? What prevents us human beings from being authentic? It is always fear; the mechanism in mind, which creates fear; freedom means, to know your personal fears; freedom means to know your absolute and your relative self; to recognize shadows live so in freedom; the unbelievable possibility to carry freedom into life; the dialog between the human and the divine side; how authentic can you be to bring freedom to your life? Human challenges in life and to be totally sincere despite them; to meet our compassion; to understand the mechanism of mind; absolute responsibility, if you do everything to really live also after awakening.
To be human means to be free; shadows, neurosis, pain is avoided; after awakening; to analyze, notice neurosis and dissolve them – otherwise freedom is not possible; the difference between knowledge about freedom and living freedom; shadows and separation; it is not sufficient, just to experience who you are; ignorance against truth; know where you stand with awakening; never to be perfect, as we are humans; messiah will never come; to make jokes and enjoy life; not to stand beyond life; to be sincere; relaxation; authenticity and the object mind.
The pain of being not authentic, not sincere; the space of which I did not know that it exists; sincerity and the focus on being; to meet the moment from a space of not knowing; sincerity – a state of consciousness, the relative self and the desire to find a position in this world; the absolute self, which goes beyond these contradictions and does not hold a static position; to loose peace when I identify with a role; the constant idea who one is and the self-esteem; you notice that you take your role to seriously when you stop laughing; the fear of stillness and the idea, that you are in control.
The self, a taste of the absolute; love, tenderness, already no longer in the realm of mind; hierarchy of evolution, perceive where you stand; what creates who we are is the interpretation; good and bad, value which we give to the things, a pure static position; mind requires movement into a position in order to stay healthy; to see the beauty of life; when mind is no longer busy looking for its position.
This Satsang with Ameen was filmed at the Rainbow Spirit Festival 2009 in Baden-Baden (Germany).
Missing the beauty while the mind is looking for the extraordinary; freedom lies in the simplicity of just existing; completely accepting that this is all there is; completely embracing humanness; humanness – just a thin layer over the godly, a channel for it; embracing our humanness we find out that there is more; Satsang is a stop, a rest of all movement of becoming; the misunderstanding of humanity: the constant chase for improvement; peace and harmony is already there; the importance of sincerity and the courage to stand alone; in presence and openness magic can happen.
Keeping the silent space when there are strong emotions; in the middle of pain there is a sense of joy and relief; escaping from what is, is painful; beyond the pain there is beauty; the temptation for the ego to keep the story alive; the silence can seem to be boring, but it is fullness; accepting physical pain or going to a doctor? Most body pain is rooted in the mind; still we should take care of the body; to trust existence does not mean not trying to change anything; “bad” things can happen too; the only salvation is to realize who you are beyond the movement of existence; misusing freedom to manipulate life – an ego phenomenon; this “beyond” is not far away but as close as your heart.
The mind and restlessness; the mind is not negative; rest is realizing the space beyond the mind; the root of the restlessness is fear; touching the silence pulls you deeper and deeper; the interaction with life changes; meeting who you truly are is freeing yourself; using the mind to investigate – a tool for liberation; learning to lead oneself in life; the importance of sincerity; accepting everything takes you beyond the mind; the danger of misinterpretation; silence and love are indicators; it is the seeing that liberates.
This interview was done by Joe with Ameen during Rainbow Spirit Festival 2009 in Baden-Baden in Germany.
How to relate to money? Sometimes money issues show the priorities; how deep is the longing for freedom? Projecting the parents on the partner; relationship as opportunity to break free of projections; freedom is to love everybody; relationship as catalyst to break free; from relationship to relating; seeing through the mechanisms of the mind; it comes down to love; love is the intimacy of your nature and you do not need anything from outside; let go with a touch with your essence; even the love of a friend cannot touch the intimacy of your essence; you are the solution and the gate to freedom; it is your journey; take courage to go on your own journey; sitting in silence and knowing the truth; experimenting with yourself and diving deep into life; slowly you will realize that you are much bigger than life; you are free and nothing can hurt you.
You are eternal consciousness which expresses through the body; awakening is to realize the true nature behind the expression; Ameen’s awakening; never escaped problems and never created a false image; rebel and not accept the seriousness of life; black sheep; depression; starting to realize that there is something beyond; 10 years of development; never cared about enlightenment and spiritualism; longing to be true and authentic; when you are truly authentic then you are free; it is love for life and not for stories; you do not need tradition or religion when you meet life in honesty; be there without agenda in simplicity; the recognition that the “I” is an illusion; not in the marketplace anymore; a free man is in many cases difficult to notice; awakening makes you compassioned and loving; what else is to be changed? misconceptions about freedom; enlightenment is extremely ordinary; it can not be used; does it matter if a teacher is awakened or not; it is about feeling if the person can teach you something; to keep self responsibility; the movement has to come through you, the middle of being aware what is true for you and what you can learn from a teacher; relaxation is beyond the body; when you know your true nature there is no fear.
This Satsang with Ameen has been recorded at the Rainbow Spirit Festival 2009 in Baden-Baden. Thanks a lot to the organizer of the festival for the permission for filming.
Reflect about yourself accurately; life is always challenging; meet the moment without knowing; the ultimate creativity; living in fullness is everyone’s potential; authenticity opens space; no need to be enlightened; appreciate life; too simple for the mind; bigger than life; finally you are one with it; the meaning of life is life itself; the longing to be alive; cunning mind; focus on silence and simplicity; surrender to that, which leads already; relax and appreciate who you are; let the mind be and cherish the space that opens up; beyond the mind; thoughts are the natural activity of mind; feel it in the breathing, resting in the heart; liberation is about valuing what is true.
Softness is true strength, softness cannot be hurt; letting go of being not enough; stop doing things which do not give you joy; be egoistic for a while; become your own best friend; freedom is about identifying with a bigger space beyond the mind; no need to feed your relative identity again and again; bridge from your heart to life; the mind is just a – beautiful – servant; freedom is about directing the focus to who you are; freedom is living life without fear; without fear we can love so deeply and at the same time let go; the soul is longing be deep in life; no need to judge anymore; finally you can touch it all; the more you rest within yourself the bigger capacity you have to get involved; how do we know that love becomes more pure? When we do not have fear, when we start to allow the other to be as he is; true love is unconditional; the more you realize who you truly are the more you realize that your love can be given to anyone; anyone is equally lovable; when you are free, you allow the other to be; it is real strength when you have the capacity to love unconditionally; pay attention to the fears, be aware of them and focus on the true love that is also there;
The relationship to silence, resting within yourself, being intimate with yourself, the big deal humanity is making about being authentic and true, the pain of being fake, the joy of being true, stopping the race, not avoiding the fear of not getting anything, risking to realize that everything is within yourself, allowing yourself to rest, greeting your own existence, be irresponsible, be the perfection that you are, not proving anything, not to look for strength, being soft, being true, you are allowed to allow yourself, sitting in your own presence, seems rebellious, being aware of the thief of peace, being free, connected to yourself beyond, aware of the space, aware of the mind, simply being a human being, your authenticity is the door, deep intimate joy that cannot be touched or used, realizing the pain of losing your inner space, sanity – touching what is true within you, the beauty of existing in this integrity.
The true space of not-knowing, speaking true without the fear or need to prove anything, without trying to be right, taking the risk of getting hurt, breaking the illusion that life can hurt you, taking the risk of meeting the moment, the rebel in you trusts life and demands life, fear of getting hurt prevents the authentic self, only ideas and memories prevent you from life, life beyond duality does not need trust, it just enjoys itself, invitation to start discovering life, discovering expansion, proving it to your bones what freedom is, then the mind cannot be cynical about it, a moment of expansion when you were in contraction, then you know.
To allow the emotions to be, without judging, without criticizing, experiencing the beauty at the root of the emotion, giving the soul recognition, feeling the pain of not being, your soul is calling you, the joy of being recognized again, the joy that heals all pain, you are the door, listen to what is true for you, then it’s all there, the beauty of coming home, the mystery of your own journey, starting to touch true spaces, recognizing your longing to be home, staying in the space of being and being pulled out of it, pay attention to the history that is pulling you away, the identity wants to keep itself, the temptation of the mind to keep the old movie going, your journey makes you alert.
This Satsang with Ameen took place during the Rainbow Spirit Festival 2008 (www.rainbow-spirit.de ) in Baden-Baden / Germany.
Spirituality as escape mechanism, true spirituality: to recognize the flow of love beyond all circumstances, never stopping growth, one being the experience itself, no life without challenges, never ending learning – also for Ameen as a teacher, to value where we are right now, allowing the moment completely to be as it is, intimacy in every moment, to value every moment – and not being taken away from it from the mind, being taken over by silence, the question if a mantra could be helpful, the space of joy inside, to appreciate the golden moments
The pain of not being authentic, the moment when Ameen recognized himself as conscious, being free by being authentic, the true meaning of live: to be authentic, this moment right here now – so precious, being completely here and enjoying, the escape mechanism mind, to truly meet oneself where you are, when the mind (the ego) tries to manipulate the reality, the temptation not to be authentic, when in a moment of true let go love is there, the focus on the moment right now
Sincerity as Quality of the Heart
This Satsang was recorded during the "Naturheiltage" in Oberhausen / Germany in July 2008.
The pain not being true, the unpredictable moment now, the deepest wish to be free, the pure joy of existence, facing oneself in simplicity, the foolishness of the mind, being authentic without any agenda, being constantly in sincerity like the breathing, sincerity as quality of the heart
The risk and pain of receiving, the quality of rebellion, life as laboratory to break free, just being in one’s own present, when there is no disappointment left, sincerity and habits, one true friendship, the mind as servant
Becoming in tune with oneself, to investigate one’s own fear, the habit of the mind to deny discomfort, rejection more painful than feeling the pain, the ability for every human being to develop the wisdom for ones own guidance, the true self mastering out of yourself, the misuse of the word "egoistic", true giving
Realizing to be always in the moment
Life in devotion without control of an I, acceptance, to realize to be at all times in the moment, to let go with sincerity, deepness of being, the flavour of the true self, to appreciate the golden moments, methods, the game of victim or aggressor, beyond personal and collective identification, liberation of Jewish Israeli conditioning, the illusion of drama, to enjoy in freedom and presence
Compassion as natural sharing, to see oneself in all things, violence out from identification, the illusion of deathlessness, war and violence to maintain the feeling of separation, the movement to being and to heart, evolution to liberation of humans, awakening beyond the relative identity, not awaked identified with the role, peace beyond the body and the played roles
Osho is like all teachers a mirror, the role of a teacher: trust and leadership, not to negate life, no tradition or lineage, Satsang like gathering with the true self, the pursuit of all humans of fulfilment, a child not as extension of the own identity
True being and personal mind, leadership on the individual path, the contact to the teacher, the number of teachers, on the narrow path of personal responsibility and openness to the teacher, poverty and abundance, natural giving, to be in sincerity learner of life
Ameen was born in Israel in 1966 and growing up in the Israeli society his passion for freedom was awakened. Although Ameen was never interested in religion or spirituality, he lived unconsciously the life of a spiritual seeker. Even rather young he felt that life in Israel was too restrictive and aggressive. So he was rebellious and critical and his longing for freedom grew. At the age of 18 he was suffering from depression. At that time, being in loneliness and pain, the self began to show itself. Not really knowing what it was, Ameen continued his life. Many years later his longing for freedom guided him to Asia. While meditating in Osho’s Ashram his real self appeared again. In 1998 his personality dissolved completely and awakening happened. After years of integration and understanding Ameen started teaching. His way of human liberation, which he calls "guidance through awakening", is focussed on deepening of the silence and the development of clarity and understanding as a door to the now, the true self.
In Satsang and single sessions Ameen leads through the individual way of awakening and he shows the simplicity that freedom can be found by everyone if he lives a silent and honest life.
Nov. 3rd, 2013