The talk opens with a story about Ajahn Pasanno and an introduction to the metaphor of the 5 Spiritual Faculties as a team of 5 Horses pulling "The Cart of Self". The rest of the talk explores the relationship between the 5 Faculties and the 4 Divine Abodes (metta, compassion, joy, equanimity)
From the view of the separate self, this existence is inherently uncertain, and we are profoundly vulnerable. Our habitual reaction to insecurity fuels separation, and limits our capacity to live and love fully. These two talks explore the blessings of wisdom, love and freedom that naturally arise as, instead of resisting, we learn to open directly to the insecurity of impermanence.
After a brief review of the theme of "othering", we look some more forms of "othering" and how we practice in examining "othering" in ourselves. We then explore the area exponentially in an exercise, followed by discussion.