On Beyond Being Human: a Sort of Poem

Let’s consider this scenario: It’s all or nothing: because there is no partial Self, and self-realization is not for persons (egos) or separate entities. Since there is no one anyway. No bodies. And “Mind” with a small “m” is synonymous with movement, as in “a movement and a rest” (Gospel of Thomas, 50). We could…

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On Beyond Life and Career Advice (for Teens and Adults)

Reflecting on Life and Career Advice (for teens or adults): Last night I watched some old videos of a famous comic, brilliant, creative, very “successful”, but who eventually committed suicide. And so many of the celebrities have been in and out of drug rehab, or commit suicide, or become recluses, or go through strings of…

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On Beyond Enlightenment: Editorial

Cloudspiration Photo © Eric Platt 2017

I know what you’re thinking: “How could there be anything beyond enlightenment? That’s stupid.” And I agree with you. As far as that goes. But what is the “that”? What is this enlightenment thing, that so many seem to want or are intensely interested in, or think that some teachers have, and go to them…

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On Beyond the Body Mind World (or, Liberation for Whom?)

Happiness and Pleasure Happiness from objects makes no sense. Where is the happiness experienced? Let’s not even talk about happiness, for the time being, let’s just look at pleasure. Where is the pleasure experienced? If you’re thinking the pleasure is in driving a luxury car, or a woman’s company, or a man’s company, or making…

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On Beyond (Academic) Philosophy

For a while when in school, I fantasizing myself to be a future professor. Then I realized no one (not even the world-class philosophers with huge grants, who I’d previously worshipped!) knew what the mind or intelligence was, or how the brain worked, or many other things they claimed to know, especially about consciousness (and…

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Non-Duality is Not Idealism

Nor is it materialism…. But is it so obvious it’s not materialism? It will be obvious they are two sides of a mistaken coin, once you see it. First, some definitions. By “Idealism” here we won’t be meaning ethical or socio-political idealism (such as “living up to the ideals of a Judeo Christian ethically-based law”).…

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Living For the Moment or In the Moment?

Journal missive from the balcony… another set of highly imperfect notes. I once said to a young friend who I let crash in my living room, that was deep into spiritual teachings, but seemed to be very much in her own world, closed off, and often upset, taking things personally and running away (yet again),…

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Dialogue With A Sage: The Thousand Deaths

"Earth Cradling Sky"

This article, after a brief discussion to set the stage, follows with is an email dialogue with a living sage* (whose identity will remain anonymous for reasons of privacy). About 38 years ago I—a past “me”, which does not exist except as a memory-thought, or traces on film in the present—experienced what was could be…

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On Beyond Being Born

"Cloudspiration"

I make fun of birthdays (my “birthday” is today – this calendar date – when I’m writing this), calling them “Unborn Days”. To distill the logic to its essence (what philosophers like to do, though I wouldn’t pretend to be one, and certainly not a professional one) it’s like this: The theory, or the assumption…

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My Personal Misery Trainer

A 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. Hi, my name’s Larry Strong. I’m here to tell you about a new service. Because you know how they always say take a passion you have,…

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