My Personal Misery Trainer (funny)

Guy in running pants, with a clipboard, gets up in front the of a group in a hall. He’s taking the opportunity to make a little announcement. “OK. Because you know how they say, take a passion you have, turn a personal thing you love into uh, you know, a new business, make a livelihood…

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Meditation: “Are We There Yet?” (funny)

The scene: a group in meditation. The teacher guides them to “open their attention”, and “simply Be in awareness”, and observe, notice the thoughts going by, the feelings as sensations in the body, the entirety of their experience… The teacher starts to end the session and encourages the participants to gently open their eyes. A…

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The Enlightenment Contest (funny)

The scene: a spiritual retreat … someone gets up, in the evening, after the meditation and dialogue: “I have a little announcement. Since everyone here is interested in not only becoming enlightened, or perhaps thinks they already are, and furthermore would love very much to gain full recognition for it and prove something to their…

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On Beyond Cause and Effect

In practical mechanical affairs, cause and effect thinking can have utility. For example, your car suddenly loses power on the freeway. Using reason and your senses in a troubleshooting capacity, you can trace down the cause. Does the starter turn? Yes. That means there’s juice in the battery. The cause is not a dead battery.…

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On Beyond Spiritual Bypassing

This article is not about showing you how not to do spiritual bypassing (or telling someone else how not to do it) but will make a case that the concept has very limited usefulness and should probably be abandoned. I hope to communicate the fact that it’s a term we would do better to replace…

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Kissing a Sweet Goodbye to The Three Principles

  From a recording: “If you’re listening to this in your car and you find yourself in a beautiful feeling, roll down your window, pop the tape out of the tape player, and throw it out the window. Stay with the feeling, and it will teach you everything you need to know.” ~ Sydney Banks…

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The Garden of Bliss

In the garden of bliss there are no formulas no principles only the sun blazing away unknown All to all sweet as infinite love has no opposite pure perfect absolute beyond the mind beyond thought no intermediate direct silent Presence

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God Said STOP SEEKING Me

113. His disciples said to him, “When will the kingdom come?” “It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Rather, the Father’s kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don’t see it.” – Jesus, The Gospel of Thomas (Trans. Stephen Patterson and Marvin…

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There Is No Such Thing as Enlightenment

I once heard the spiritual teacher (of Advaita, Non-duality) Francis Lucille tell his students (who he would rather refer to as “friends”): “Would you rather be enlightened, or happy? Would you rather be enlightened and unhappy, or unenlightened and happy?”. While I laughed and thought this very insightful, part of me also was taken aback:…

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