The (Human) Shituation: Yes We’re Messed Up. But So What

This posting was inspired by a very long thread about dog poop, in my (soon to be old) neighborhood, via neighborhood.com (“please shame those who don’t clean up after their pets“). For one thing, I perceive a metaphor with, er, uh, shit, and human habits of thinking, what we learn, the negative habits of thinking from family, friends, media, the culture….
Not to mention that poop is the basis of organic fertilizer, food for beautiful sunflowers…

I’ve published the last part of the dialogue below. You can read the entire thread here:
https://goldenhillwest.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=57141426

(Eric)I’m going to have to pass the baton of organizing the Poop Posse to someone else (good at community organizing ideally!). Between running my business and life solo, 2 “urban farms”, writing, moving, etc., I don’t have the bandwidth for it. But I love this neighborhood, and so want to point you in the right direction – not that I know anything! These are just what occurred to me, Do something positive and simple that comes naturally without effort (it does take energy though) – this all just popped into my head, reading and writing responding to posts here, on a lark as it were. Roughly the ideas are to: Meet once a week at a coffeeshop to organize, and plan a route then go walk around and see and do (no doodoo).
• Walk the neighborhood and pick up poop.
• Design, print & post signs
• Place and stock bag holders in public places.
• hand out fliers (about the PP and making the neighborhood beautiful – something INSPIRING (maybe mention city ordinance at the bottom or somewhere)
• Post notices about the PP.
• Hand out bags to dog walkers if they want them.
• Spot blatant poopitrators and say hi, give them a flier. They know they are doing something wrong usually
• Public relations: publish articles and talk to public officials and media like TV news stations that like stories about local things, about the PP.
•Design and sell PP t-shirts
•Post to social media
•Have fun and laugh
•(Other agenda ideas welcome) All of this serves to raise consciousness and change thinking and improve neighborhoods (Look how South Park used to be Crack Ghetto before neighbors took action and slowly but surely turned things around). It’s called “community” – it works as a whole fabric, from the inside-out. The mind is the lever that moves the world. 🙂 Don’t take it too seriously, it’s all joke in the grand scheme of things it’s not against anyone or anything, it’s about ability to respond (not react) = response-ability, doing one’s best in the moment.

(Rick) Awww, Eric, you’re pooping out on us already?!! Well, sh*t!! The most important bullet point is your last: •Have fun and laugh …and don’t forget your poop bags, the PP has a vigilante dark side when pooped from their community activist role…or is that ‘roll’, as in bags?

(Eric) Rick- Good one! Or two. Yeah sorry, am getting organized to move to North County. But maybe I’m giving back to this community a little by writing. Just can’t see starting a big new project. A crappy situation is compost for a better one though. And I can be a “consultant”. No shit! And yes we should all stay on the sunny side of the street as we roll out and roam them, armed and dangerous with a smile as one’s weapon of choice…and bad humor too. 🙂

(Rick) Not sure if North County is ready for you, Eric, but I think Golden Hill will miss a forward thinker tempered with a good dose of humor. Glad I had the chance to volley back and forth with you. Now get your shit organized for the move. And keep it off the sidewalks and lawns. Good luck to you. 👍

(Eric) Thanks Rick. “Forward thinker”, hmm – going to put that in my work profile! NC may not be ready for me but here I came ready or not. I work in Encinitas now mostly so I won’t miss waiting until traffic dies down at 7:30PM to come home, then having to park 4 blocks away, and my nerves sandpapered by airplane traffic when I venture outside. A little suburban peace and nature and ocean breeze will be a respite for body and mind. But I’ll be back down to visit friends and community garden, and check on the poop shituation (<– did you catch the spelling there?).

(Rick) yeah, yeah, shituation….if you have to point out the joke, it probably wasn’t that funny. 💩lol Be sure to attribute the ‘forward thinker’ in your work profile to me. It will get you to places and open opportunities that you haven even dreamed of yet. You’ll have a shitload of them….(rim shot) And I’m surprised that such a ‘Forward thinker’ (OK, maybe creative mind – or just plain messed up…) isn’t championing the current swell of thinking that you could just use public transit to commute, and give up that pollutant belching car. The public transit bus to Encinitas won’t wait until traffic dies down, you could sit back and relax while it crawls along with the other pollution belchers who haven’t gotten the message yet. Or you can bike or walk to work.. Maybe that’s you plan in Encinitas, parking problem solved, But I digress, Not meaning to hijack the thread. This is a subject for another ND conversation to see if we can top the poopularity of 125+ comments about dog fecal issues. Have fun up north!

(Eric)  Yes we’ve hijacked the thread which is a shitty thing to do. Readers interested in the Fricking Feces Fracas please skip ahead. (Rick you can PM me or start a thread about public transport, commuting, crappy humor, whatever). Public transit would be nice but I’d still have to get down to the train station. Also I schlepp a lot of stuff to work so a car helps. And most importantly I go to Temecula a lot and where I’m moving is halfway between the two places. In any case all that carbon dioxide is helping the plants and trees grow. Finally, I feel a crappy joke is better than no joke at all. And I consult on usability and do copywriting and know people read fast and their brains fill in the gaps such that they don’t see merde out of place. P.S. “forward thinker, creative mind, messed up…” all apply…

(Eric)The sentiment is appreciated though Rick and I’ll see if I can stay physically and socially involved somehow. I have to keep busy with creative projects or I start chasing my tail, pulling my feathers out and crapping on the lawn.

(Eric)   One final remark Rick, as far as being messed up: It’s *all* thinking! Yes I know some of my thinking is “messed up” – but that’s being human – do you know of anyone who isn’t, who doesn’t have some poop they are dealing with? To the issue at hand, the difference with me perhaps, toa o degree, is I know the dog poop problem is just reflection of the thinking about it, both how it is judged, perceived, felt, reacted to, caused, and solved.
In general, who doesn’t have some messed up thinking, and therefore decisions and behavior? Maybe a self-realized sage or two, and that’s it. The difference here is that I’m fairy honest, open. More or less. As best I can. Yes I shit now and then, but so what, I enjoy life. That’s what counts. It’s what you learn from society (family, school, friends, church, media) that messes up your thinking, and is what you need to uncoil and see through. You meet many people who are pretending they are not messed up in some way, and it’s a pretense. But they make a big deal out of their little messed-up-ness to their therapist or maybe partner or friends. Ego again: “I’m so special”. Notice how many celebrities are on drugs or commit suicide? They appear amazing on the outside, but on the inside they are miserable, crazy, desperate for love, phony. Whereas I find potential joy everywhere, even in the song of a mockingbird, a friendly dog (who sometimes poops or bark), a happy baby who waves at me, a clerk I joke with, or the smile of a “stranger”. It’s not strange to me. Happiness is simple. Even though my mind is complicated. 🙂 OK enough about “me”…that was waay to long. hijacked again…

This video with JP Sears I listened too last night turned out to be relevant, by coincidence. They talk abou their shit and not bneing shitty to others: https://youtu.be/QeqO5UvW1ds

The Final Frontier Is The True Self

Joy arises, and astonishment, spontaneous freedom… then you discover you got more than you bargained for, or rather, less than you bargained for! You thought you could take “you” with you, be a new and improved self, get recognition, love, real love for being enlightened, wise… but here now, having to face the fact there’s no luggage allowed on this flight. Not even the clothes on your back.

And even though you’re being served champagne on this airline, it turns out you’re invited to sky dive without a parachute.

But you know in you’re heart it’s OK, there’s nothing real to hit. But the illusion sees illusions.

Have fun on the fall …

If someone were to ask me, “How are you Eric?” I would say, or could say, “However you are, is how I am.” with conviction, because whether it’s from the mind or from the self, it’s true: they are seeing themselves, and I am seeing myself.

So as one of my wonderful teachers – Laura Lucille – has said, “no one can help you”. Meaning, in absolute terms, especially on that final mile, that ultimate jump. You have to step off that plane yourself and fly through the air yourself. The baby hawk has to step off the branch and actually fly for itself. And thank God for that, since as long as there are persons to help that need help, and helpers, you’re helpless.

You don’t need anyone because you literally are everyone, and whatever you need will come along, in perfect synchrony with true need, love, Consciousness, or life, however you want to say it, saying, “I am here. Have no fear, I am near. Nearer than near, I am you, already.” It’s pre-destined.

And also true, the body does what it does, but it’s not a problem, because it’s just happening, whatever it is, now, and takes care of itself, through whatever means necessary now, including using these arms and brain and eyes and legs… it’s very intelligent. Or using other people, who are not really others. Funny how that works.

Everyone wants to be special. And everyone is, but only as themselves, the same as everyone, canceling out a special specialness above any other specialness. I’m being treated very well, or ignored, or even spurned, “rejected”, in my mind at least.

But what is exposed is this investment, an unwise investment. And the more unwise the investment, the greater the pain perceived when the inevitable loss is perceived to occur. As another teacher once said – George Pransky – pain is a measure of ego, of who you are not, and are trying to be – that which is of true value can never be lost or gained. Gain or loss are ideas predicated on a game of desire and fear.

My teachers were telling me all this all along, but I wasn’t hearing it, or rather able to really take it in, see it as fact, with the “filters” of the mind guarding, holding court, holding out, safety straps in the face of the unknown…

The Direct Path: What It Isn’t and Is

It’s not about a mental state; it’s the clarity of seeing What Is. Since there’s nowhere to go and nothing to do, a description is offered.

It’s not about psychology: the absolute subject is eternally free from psychological activity.

It’s not about experiences, it’s about the one experiencer that exists.

It’s not about being spiritual, it’s being natural, open and accepting of what is real.

It’s not about knowledge of the known, it’s about living knowing knowingness.

It’s not about becoming enlightened, it’s dissolving the illusion of there being someone to enlighten.

It’s not about gaining anything, it’s life in it’s natural rhythm refreshed, cleared by stillness.

It isn’t a serious undertaking; it stands alone: an earnest cosmic lark masquerading as you and a world.

It isn’t about love, it’s love itself: infinite and ungraspable.

It isn’t about changing anything, it’s about uncovering what’s changeless.

It isn’t about peeling away layers to uncover a true self, it’s selflessly surrendering a will that never existed.

It’s not about living a better movie, it’s seeing that it’s a movie and enjoying it all the same.

It’s not about finding a balance, it’s letting go of the branch, finding your wings flying free.

It’s not about togetherness or community, it’s standing alone in the family of the unknown.

It’s not about anything, it’s no thing writing this and reading this now.

What Is Meditation, and Is It Needed?

To taste something sweet, is it necessary to eat strawberry ice cream, or can you simply eat a wild strawberry?

Meditation. Like yoga, it seems to be something you hear about more and more, as more and more people do it, hear about it, or feel they should do it. But I wonder, with increased popularity, is there a decrease in understanding? Like yoga, which has gone from a deep practice of mind-body-spiritual integration, to more of an American-style exercise program, has much the value of it been lost, as it’s gone from an inside-out understanding to just a another practice or technique, a thing to do – about the mind, with no understanding of Consciousness – or a de-stress tool, or just set of clothing to take on to prove yourself with and talk about with your friends?

In any case, even before any popularity, you may hear people in spiritual groups or outside talk about how much they meditate, how long they’ve meditated, or how long one needs to or should meditate in order to make advances towards one’s goal, whether that’s a short term goal or a long term one. They may do it to reduce stress, or in order to realize some special state, such as enlightenment. Or they discuss and compare what kind of meditation they do, or that they feel bad because they haven’t meditated: guilty or stressed because they dropped out of the habit, like someone that jogs and hasn’t had time. However even the sincerest meditators can misunderstand what is going on with this subtle form of self-enquiry, self-therapy, self-improvement, or whatever you want to call it.

So meditation is usually seen as a goal-oriented activity – don’t we always have goals when we do something? – where one tries to achieve something, the highest form of achievement being “enlightenment” or “Self-realization” (the distinction between those is enough subject for another article). As “seekers”, we are seeking to fill a lack, or find something. And if you achieve that, you’ve made it spiritually, and then maybe become a spiritual teacher yourself, instead of following one. That’s meant only half as a joke – there really is that thinking out there! You can see how this would plug into an achievement or competitive, comparing-oriented social mindset. This realization is seen as something that happens through time: some are told it could take 20 or 30 years, or more than one lifetime.

I’m not a Buddhist, Hindu, Three Principles coach, Non-dualist, licensed psychologist, or any other brand of religion or psychological-spiritual practitioner – call me a freelance philosopher if you need a label – but from my limited perspective as a seeker, finder, thinker, and realizer of glimpses of Truth, here’s my perspective.

After spending a little time hanging out with some nondualists and meditators “non-dualists” I find myself asking this question yet again: what is meditation and what is its real value? The non-duality Advaita school of teaching – and spiritual communities in general – is one that seems to value meditation highly, and often see it as a necessary tool of self-enquiry and purification as it were, to see the conditioning and true nature of beliefs (along with intellectual self-enquiry) and habits that stand in our way, on the path towards realizing the true self.

On the other hand, mystics may say otherwise. They will point to the fact that you are already enlightened, already happy, and what you seek is who and what you are. A seeming paradox.

And within a spreading global spiritually-based psychology movement called “The Three Principles“, it’s often mentioned that meditation is not needed, perhaps seen as superfluous, or even looked down on or dismissed as a waste of time, since if you’ve seen the simple truth that innate health and wellbeing are our default state, and have an understanding that it’s thinking you taking you away from it, you can easily drop the interference and return to “home”. You are your own teacher (despite the fact that there is an enormous and growing cottage industry of coaches, teachers, counselors, therapists, consultants and so forth that want you to invest quite a bit in their teachings! But I digress…).

My view of meditation is becoming more nuanced as a result of exposure to and discussion with those in both the Three Principles Psychology (“3P”) communities and the nondual ones (online and off). And in living it: 19 plus years in the 3P and, well, it depends on how you define it, but I got interested in Zen Buddhism around 1988 (seriously anyway) and before that had a spontaneous and profound nondual type experience around 1980, when thought ended and “I” died and consciousness merged with the total absolute light, the Mind of neverything (I had no framework or understanding of what had happened, and got lost for quite a while, haha)… but I digress…

An Analysis: Being or Doing, And Understanding or Not
I see we have these two axis at play: meditation as being or doing, and understanding or lack thereof. Let’s codify this so we can play with the combinations:

Am: Meditation as Being, a mental state: a quiescent mind, or
Ap: Meditation as Doing, a practice, a technique or goal-oriented activity.
Bu: An understanding of what’s going on, or
Bl: A lack of understanding of what’s going on.

OK now so just for fun let’s combine these 2 axis into 4 possibilities, with some examples:

1. AmBu: A meditative state, with understanding
Walking in a park, you start seeing so much beauty, feeling a happiness, like an expansive love for life welling up inside, and understanding it’s a reflection of a deeper reality that’s always with us but is obscured by what we do with our minds. This could be healing or be an upward shift in consciousness, or if less profound, simply enjoying what is, Life. “Noncausal happiness” is you will.

2. AmBl: A meditative state, with little understanding
Walking in a park, you start seeing so much beauty, feeling a happiness, like an expansive love for life welling up inside, and thinking it’s a reflection of this park where you’re walking, and your city, so you keep going back to the same park trying to get the feeling. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

3. ApBu: Meditation practice, with understanding
You sit, meditate with some friends and let your mind settle, and feel a good feeling well up as your thinking quiets down, and understand it’s a quiet mind that’s allowing the reality that’s always there to surface. You’re able to see this happen at other times too, but the practice is a nice opportunity you took advantage of.

4. ApBl: Meditation practice, with little understanding
You sit with some friends and let your mind settle, and feel a good feeling well up as your thinking quiets down, and attribute it to the technique and new habits that need reinforcement from this technique. You may bfeel bad about yourself, or in a bad mood if you miss your meditation sessions, or even become “addicted”. You might beat yourself up thinking you aren’t being good and disciplined, or maybe your mind gets scattered and lost in a stressful state and you attribute it to lack of meditation practice.

The conclusion I draw from this is that meditation as a practice can be useful and enjoyable, but generally is not necessary. Meditation as a mental state is necessary, and more or less tantamount to what makes a happy and fulfilling life.

Furthermore, with a deep enough understanding of life, or for those naturally knowing or inclined, a meditative state is a common and spontaneous occurrence.

Curious to get other’s perspectives on how they saw meditation in light of the Three Principles, I had some online conversations with various folk from that field.

Elena Castro, a Three Principles coach, said it like this, first quoting Sydney Banks, the enlightened man from which sprang, with the later help of some psychologists, the whole field of Three Principles psychology:

From “The Ultimate Answer” (an audio CD of Syd Banks speaking):

“You are looking for silence. That is why people meditate all over the world, trying to silence their mind so that this wisdom will come in. Now, that’s one way of doing it, and I am not going to say any more about that. But you know what 3 principles do? They direct you into it.”
– Sydney Banks

My own experience, Eric, was kinda similar to yours: decades of meditating with nice feeling while doing it, having no idea what that really was. 3 principle made it clear what was happening while meditating and that that experience is not a result of a practice, but it is me feeling mySelf. Never had a need to meditate afterwards – I experience myself, knowingly, relaxing into myself regardless of what I am doing.

I found this in an early audio tape of a Sydney Banks talk from 1975, in Victoria, Canada:

I’ve been picked on so many times about [meditation]. It’s a beautiful thing for your mind, it’s a beautiful thing for your body, it’s a little like taking a tranquilizing pill. The state you get from it will [inaudible] last two hours or who knows. But the mind searching for itself cannot find itself, this is the game of life. If you sit thinking about Life, you’ll never make it. The mind searches for itself belongs to a form. And we’re all forms playing the game of life. This is what we’re supposed to be. We’re not supposed to know what the game of life is. This is what we call the game of life. And what we’re supposed to do is to try find our way back…

Lian Brook-Tyler, another Three Principles coach, puts it like this:

Mindfulness can bring some benefits and like other techniques, is something that makes sense to practice when we don’t understand how things work and we’re trying to manage and improve our experience.

The three principles is a description of how human experience is created. It’s useful to understand because it often results in an experience that feels a whole lot easier and more enjoyable. 🙂

And Elizabeth Lovius, another Three principles-inspired practitioner, who calls herself an “agent of change”:

Mindfulness = prescription (something to do). Three principles = description. (Something that is/to understand)

And Damian Mark Smyth, “author of Do Nothing!: Stop Looking, Start Living (Volume 1), about the principles that create our inborn happiness, clarity and calm in business”, put it succinctly:

Mindfulness is balancing… the Principles are Gravity

Conclusion
Do what makes you happy, and not because you should. Use meditation as an occasional tool to “see” such things as a feeling you just can’t seem to get a handle on, or a mood that you can’t shake. Don’t make it  mechanical habit. It’s a beautiful “thing”, and life is not a thing!

Draw your own conclusions. I’d love to hear your thoughts and insights.

 

Rupert Spira  
The Highest Meditation

Rupert Spyra’s teacher, Francis Lucille:
Nonduality 13 of 16 – What Is Meditation?

Meditation 6 of 24 Regarding the Apparent Contradiction Between Self-Inquiry and Meditation

At the end of the above video, Francis says – and this is a nice way to end this article:
“…The great secret is that consciousness is universal. You have to be open to that – before you do all of these exercises, be at least open to this possibility.”

Facts of Life – The Axioms of Happiness

I had some wonderful insights, after a friend confronted me with some powerful questions (when I was complaining), the central one of which was “Who are you?”. That stopped me in my tracks. Here’s what I realized:

If anything is spiritual, everything is. All experiences.
If everything is spiritual, all thinking is.
Your unhappy thinking is no big deal. No one cares so why should you.
You’re already happy, you just didn’t know it.
You don’t have any problems.
It’s all happening right Now.
None of this is personal.
If you want to feel love, give love.
Everyone is already enlightened. It is like running around clutching a handful of diamonds, complaining you are poor, seeking riches.
The logic of the mind that keeps one limited to an imaginary jail is not real, and can be dissolved, evaporated by a love and energy that *is*. So … expand, open, and
Enjoy life!
It’s all a mystery.

Western Philosophy of Mind and the Problem of Life

Turning Western Philosophy of Mind on It’s Head

Is life a problem to be solved? The philosophers and scientists who are trying to figure out how the mind works are basing their models on an orientation towards problems solving.
They look for example, at animals in the world surviving, and see them solving problems: how to hunt for prey, how to build a nest, how to navigate through space and so forth. Then they try and build machines to do tasks. And this is all very interesting and useful. But does it tell us anything if applied more broadly?
When I was towards the end of the years of studying philosophy in academia, I was listening to a professor’s lectures who was talking about some theory about the mind based on models of the brain. That was their schtick, their career. It was very clever. And it was very fascinating, but something was off. I couldn’t put my finger on it. For years I’d been digging. I dug and I dug and I dug, trying to figure out, trying to understand how the mind works and what the relation was between the mind and a program, or in her case, a brain, the material and the physical. How do you get a mind from matter, from some machine or brain thing or pieces. How do you put the pieces together, the parts. It was a fun game but oh so frustrating because it was so elusive. It was hard to even know what you were chasing, what to solution would look like, what the definition or outlines were. We were using language to try and understand what was going on and get to a solution.

They were working with what they call “representations”, which is basically a fancy term for models, or what we use to build a model of the world and use it, the thinking structures or schemes.

But the models you come up with, invent, imagine, are based on what you think the mind is, what is valuable, what the mind is for – even what reality is, what life is. If you are using problem-solving and analysis and thinks that what counts or is real, then your models will be about that.

Then one day, at the end of my rope, it hit me. I had an intuition that intuition was the way to go. What!?
That this capacity to just “see” a solution was the main capacity we have, the main power. Not problem solving, but a creative light.
Life was not a process of converging on a solution, but one of creating divergent solutions, some for no purpose at all but the pure fun or joy or energy of living. Like art.

This blew my mind because there was no way to present it. I tried talking about there are no representations, but that was a flop, and the professor was embarrassed for me. And I had trouble articulation it because it was so intuitive. But I knew I was onto something. But it seemed to put me beyond the pale of academia (at least as far as the philosophy department went). I was elated…in a sense, but my philosophy career ground to a halt. I could draw pictures, but what to say?

If you figure out that there’s nothing to figure out, and the game is figuring out, where does it leave you? With no leg to stand on. So I focused on just graduating, playing the game, get the degree, and get the hell out. I needed my freedom.
So you go off and create. And meditate. meditate and create. So that’s what I did. I studied Zen Buddhism, went to a Zen school for a bit, and started taking art classes and making art.

You’ve heard the saying, which is perhaps a cliche now “Life is not problem to be solved but a gift to be opened” which is a good clue.

Have fun and enjoy life.

But that way of thinking hung with me: analyze, criticize, argue, think think think and overthink. Process, research, analyze. It goes beyond what they do in academia. It’s a habit, a way of using this beautiful brain and power to create. It helps to solve problems. But then we apply it too much, in areas that just need awareness, letting the feeling be a guide to where the thinking is at and navigate.

This is where having a guide and the support of others who have followed clues and found answers, helps. We seek spiritual solutions or insights. We go to psychologists or therapists. We read books, talk to friends.

But a lot of those solutions, those pointers, are also based on a misunderstanding. They are trying to apply a medical model, or a problem-solving model, focusing on a problem and hitting it with tools. But it’s the wrong tool. You’ve heard the “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail?” Well there’s a lot of hammering going on.

Let’s quiet down the hammering.

The other things I learned was that being smart and being happy are two different things. It’s obvious, but yet we think being smart would somehow lead to happiness. Like you could apply that smartness to the problem. Solve the problem, hammer on the nail. Or use it to get something that will make you happy. Like money or a relationship or fame. Then you will be happy, Because those things will make you happy. Out there. Conditions.

But that is all after the fact. Of life. Of being alive. Now.

Paradoxes of Spirituality

The paradox about a paradoxes is that they aren’t paradoxes until they are.

There are many paradoxes one encounters, or should I say can glimpse, along the spiritual path. (The spiritual path meaning along the journey of looking to have a deeper understanding of life and lead a happier and more meaningful existence). As you notice how your experience is formed and get clues it’s not just given by outside events, you start to detect that there’s something rather subtle and and amazing going on underneath – like getting a glimpse behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz. Or the physicist trying to pin down a particle with his instruments and the particle not behaving as a particle or a wave, but both, depending on how he looks at it. Unlike the Wizard of Oz situation though – instead of finding out it’s all just a show run by a particular showman – it’s a show run by… something rather hard to define. Some show-making stuff we call “Thought”, lit up by consciousness.

So you are wandering along, maybe living a life getting pointers from a spiritual psychology like Three Principles, or a wisdom tradition from the deep like Taoism or Zen Buddhism or Christian mysticism, and you catch a glimpse at some point along the way, of something that seem like a contradiction, at least on the surface. Lao Tzu, the father of Taoism, seemed quite at home in this realm, as did Sydney Banks, the former welder who accidentally founded a new field of psychology based on his grand mal insight in 1973. These enlightened folks are pointers to the non-dual nature of what’s going on in that unknown realm called “reality”.

These are paradoxes that occurred to me and wrote down as I ran, walked, stumbled, picked myself up and kept trudging and ambling along.

Change & The Timeless
Your evolution and change are grounded in the timeless and unchanging.

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Dialogues With a Mad Solipsist

solipsism |ˈsälipˌsizəm|  noun
the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.

This dialogue started on Facebook, where I made a posting about the book Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander, and evolved into a fascination dialogue about life, the universe and everything.

Acquaintance and science fiction writer, Daniel Jeffries, who is be a fellow member at 3rdSpace, the co-working space in San Diego I work at (by day, philosopher at night), was my philosophical dueling partner.

I stated:

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