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A Question of Sentience: What is Conscious and Awake? Is My Robot Conscious?

By meestereric | Jan 11, 2021

There is a different use of the word “sentient” than in the culture at large, one that clarifies an important distinction between consciousness and the outward behavior of a bodymind. The question comes up, what is the status of consciousness…

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The End of Self Help

By meestereric | Dec 31, 2020

Given that this is the last day of the calendar year, and a friend and I were discussing the notion of “eschatological” yesterday (how religions sometimes have that apocalyptic element in them), I thought it would be appropriate and fun…

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The Effortless Way

By meestereric | Dec 25, 2020

If there were an effort, where would it come from? In a stream, there are eddies and currents, and though some of these little eddies spin like mad, caught behind rocks, they make no effort to be what they are,…

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Why Nonduality? Or, The Last Stop (to Freedom)

By meestereric | Dec 22, 2020

As I was puttering around the place with various projects this morning I was pondering: why be into nonduality? Why be interested? Why not just let it go and forget about all this stuff? Why attend groups or listen to…

True Love and Relationships, Part 2: The Yoga of Relationships

By meestereric | Nov 24, 2020

This article is the second in a series about love and relationships (the first is here).      True love is never rejected. If you come from the right place, it will find the path to the heart, because the place…

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On Beyond Depression

By meestereric | Nov 16, 2020

I was diagnosed with “clinical depression” 30 years ago or so, and told I’d be on Prozac (a popular SSRI antidepressant at the time) for the rest of my life, akin to how a diabetic needs to take insulin. Over…

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Real Identity and Effortless Living

By meestereric | Nov 13, 2020

A short dialogue about identity and practices.      Hi Eric – I hope you’re doing well. I’m a 19 year old college student studying in [a city in the US]. I came upon your article on healthy ego development,…

True Love and Relationships, Part 1

By meestereric | Oct 30, 2020

A series about non-dual love. This article is the first in a series about love and relationships. It may challenge your ideas about love, or it may serve as a clarification of what you’ve already seen. It will serve as…

Poem: You Are Singular (Guest Post – Thomas Stern)

By meestereric | Oct 30, 2020

It is deliciously simple: Your true identity is no identity. It is easy: You do not own a thing Nothing of what you see is yours You are not what you did You are not what you saw You are…

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Real Intelligence

By meestereric | Oct 13, 2020

It is an amazing and profound predicament the Western mind has gotten itself into, using the faculties of natural intelligence and consciousness to entangle itself into a corner about the very thing it professes to want to understand, while denying…

On Beyond Politics: the Radical Truth

By meestereric | Oct 7, 2020

For several years I was a leader involved in community issues a larger city, in an urban area.  I had been asked and then elected to a position of leadership by a “board” (I did not seek it). This happened…

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On Beyond Unconscious Habits

By meestereric | Sep 15, 2020

What is the unconscious? How can we free ourselves from “bad” habits, and be more successful (however you define that) in life? These questions, which are interrelated, came up from a reader. For the purposes of this essay, and what…

On Beyond the Mind, Revisited

By meestereric | Sep 14, 2020

How to use the mind to get beyond the mind? This is a contemplation on freedom. Even that sentence is a bit deceptive: what do we mean, really mean, by “beyond” or even “the mind”? Does it depend on who…

Meditation: The Humility of Mastery

By meestereric | Sep 9, 2020

Why are we told all the answers are in the silence, if such a direction is made of words which are not silence? Notice the paradox of listening to words to be directed to silence, of going to a teacher…

Is Awareness an Experience?

By meestereric | Sep 2, 2020

The following is an email dialogue the author had with a truth lover friend in New York (who happens to be a psychiatrist/psychotherapist). She heard a nonduality teacher say that awareness was an experience. Q: How is awareness an experience?…

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Who Awakens? Further Notes on Liberation

By meestereric | Aug 25, 2020

Who becomes liberated, if there is no personal self, no separate entities anywhere in existence? This is greatly puzzling. I wrote previously about Enlightenment,  (and here) observing that there was no such thing per se. Regardless of what was said…

You are the Path

By meestereric | Aug 23, 2020

Not you as a person but what you already Are. Do you need to do something with the mind? Fight it, or other minds, or stand up for it, see through it, transcend it, pacify it, reduce it, improve it,…

On Beyond The Past and Perfection

By meestereric | Aug 20, 2020

It can be harder to enjoy the clean clear air of the high mountain passes if your legs are still struggling to move through the mud of the swamp. This is a pattern I’ve seen with myself and with friends.…

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On Beyond Nonduality 2: At the Shoreline of Belief and Contradiction

By meestereric | Aug 19, 2020

Question: “If any attempt to become a non-dualist is doomed to failure, and any desire will guarantee failure then how the bloody hell does anyone ever become a non-dualist? ‘Only by not trying can you succeed’ is just so painfully…

On Beyond Non-Duality 1

By meestereric | Aug 12, 2020

More Notes to Myself… Face the facts, your attempts to become a non-dualist is an utter and complete failure. If your reason for studying or listening to nonduality (or Three Principles Psychology, or spirituality), or going to a teacher, going…

What Is Your Purpose?

By meestereric | Aug 10, 2020

What is your purpose on the planet? The dictionary definition of purpose is: purpose | ˈpərpəs | noun the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. Breaking it Down Purpose can be seen as…

On Beyond “The Virus”

By meestereric | Jul 21, 2020

I recently had a brief exchange with a friend via text, while I was busy working in my garden. I realize I didn’t express myself clearly at the time about “the virus.” So this is an attempt to make that…

Love and Freedom

By meestereric | Jul 5, 2020

This morning I wrote to a truth-loving friend—who was intensely thinking-oriented—encouraging her to live a more “embodied” experience of non-duality: Develop, or rather uncover, the ability to listen beyond name and form, reveal the substance-less substance of energetic peace beyond…

On Beyond The Future

By meestereric | Jul 1, 2020

I just wanted to give readers a brief update on what’s going on here, and why there haven’t bee any new articles lately (other than the Papaji quote page). There are many projects in the works, including a book, and…

Beyond Isms (and a Touch of Humor)

By meestereric | Jun 9, 2020

I suppose I’m a “person of color” since I’m a sort of pinkish tannish whitish color, but I think the term is better reserved for people like my friend Quipatl, from the planet Phasarius near the star Sirius, who is…

On Beyond Resistance

By meestereric | May 18, 2020

This is a more an artistic, “synchronistic musing” as a friend called it, than a philosophical or logical exploration. So read it as such. Enjoy …  Sitting on the balcony, pondering a friend’s request to expand on the “RESISTANCE IS…

Why Write? Notes About Writing and Love

By meestereric | May 13, 2020

Someone asked their spiritual teacher about writing a book about their story, the remarkable experiences they’ve had that brought them to where they are now. The felt they should write about it. But they had trouble doing it, or even…

The Dawning of Love

By meestereric | May 8, 2020

Just a short post to describe an experience – or attempt to.   I would sum up the week’s seeing as: All I Have To Give Is Love Stated more precisely: All I have is love (to give) and it’s…

On Beyond Nonduality: You Are An Utter Failure

By meestereric | May 5, 2020

The tension in nondual philosophy is that it contradicts with most experience, or seems to – for many of us mere mortal-seeming humans – so that it sets up a tension between a supposed special or non-dual experience and one’s…

Will The Real Sage Please Stand Up?

By meestereric | Apr 29, 2020

Who Becomes Enlightened? Who Is The Real Sage? Topic: This article, this little foray, is about coming to grips with one of the the central paradoxes in a field of paradoxes*, of the spiritual game here on Earth, for the…

On Beyond Concepts

By meestereric | Apr 27, 2020

All Teachings are Dodos, and Tightening up what this Site is About   I let my personal feelings cloud my discernment, and published a guest essay that I realized was of more of a religious or spiritual-y nature or attitude…

The Difference Between Wanting To Feel Better and Understanding

By meestereric | Apr 20, 2020

INTRODUCTION Often on the self-help, spiritual and non-dual paths, there is the experience that one is on a rollercoaster ride of feelings, or feel like one is not progressing anymore, or very slowly. You might get into low moods, or…

Guest Post: WHAT IS GRACE?

By meestereric | Apr 7, 2020

A brief and poetic parable by Luciana Bellini WHAT IS GRACE? ––––– Grace is like a Queen that has been preparing the palace For the visit of God. She has been doing that since that day, When she heard a…

On Beyond the Bad News

By meestereric | Mar 30, 2020

Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi There is an erroneous notion out there I’ve noticed, that somehow by being worried about the world or yourself, or serious and heavy, or…

Share Your Being

By meestereric | Mar 25, 2020

A bit of “practical nonduality” I posted to Facebook today:   SHARE YOUR BEING I just wanted to remind you, in these “challenging times”: How important it is to maintain your centeredness in happiness, your equanimity, no matter what, as…

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On Beyond Death and Predetermination

By meestereric | Mar 16, 2020

Someone in the Robert Adams community online asked about death and predetermination. (And when the world has gone crazy – well, crazier than usual…). Don’t follow the herd, which is the way of fear and crawling on the ground. Be…

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On Beyond Cause and Effect, Part II

By meestereric | Mar 13, 2020

A reader asked “how can one go beyond cause and effect?” in response to my article “On Beyond Cause and Effect“. Here is one possible answer (hopefully a practical one): One cannot, as a person, as a human being, go…

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On Beyond False Imagination

By meestereric | Feb 21, 2020

“There appears to be a knot between the consciousness and the flesh. A knot that separates the consciousness from the flesh. This knot is called imagination. ” – Robert Adams “Our Beingness sets up a mind which imagines it’s a…

Beyond Separate Consciousnesses

By meestereric | Feb 19, 2020

A response to a question from a reader.   Question: I’ve been on this journey of awakening since coming across Eckhart Tolle many years ago. Where I am now, is I that I have had numerous glimpses of being awareness.…

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Natural Harmony

By meestereric | Feb 14, 2020

Consider how normally the mind controls most of us. We react to something someone says, or something we see, and we go along with this automatic thinking or emotion, as if it were who or what we were. We “identify”…

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Is The World Real? Reflections on Change and Illusion

By meestereric | Feb 1, 2020

Is the world real? Why is it said by non-dualist teachers and sages of Advaita vedanta that the fact that the world of phenomena, of the senses and perception, is constantly changing, shows that it is illusory, whereas reality is…

Does Consciousness Ever Die?

By meestereric | Jan 21, 2020

Does Consciousness Ever Die, Disappear or “Go Under”? Q: If I am consciousness (which I know I am)… and, if consciousness gets lost under General Anesthesia, what does it mean regarding my “life”? When am I ever born and when…

Free Will: The Question Arises in the Answer

By meestereric | Jan 20, 2020

“As long as individuality lasts there is free will. All the scriptures are based on this fact and they advise directing the free will in the right channel. Find out to whom free will or destiny matters. Find out where…

Notes on Liberation and Free Will

By meestereric | Jan 19, 2020

Just by getting your (little) self out of the way you become a blessing to the world – you don’t have to do anything. But if your self is still in the way, then there is something to do –…

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The Master Game

By meestereric | Jan 5, 2020

Here we are trying to make little jokes, but life itself is a joke. We are born into a body only in order to discover the game is to realize you’re not a body! What’s the point? Why go through…

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On Beyond Seeking

By meestereric | Nov 15, 2019

These notes are in response to a question.   QUESTION: Namaste. [I am] curious to know how your seeking started? When it ended? Many stages you underwent? How you interact with people who are spiritually ignorant trapped in duality? I…

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On Beyond UG Krishnamurti

By meestereric | Nov 4, 2019

“Pathological” – Francis Lucille, quoting his teacher Jean Klein, regarding U. G. Krishnamurti   Where UG Went Wrong: A Conflicted Soul ABSTRACT: Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti, known as U. G. Krishnamurti, or just U.G. (not to be confused with Jiddu Krishnamurti,…

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On Beyond Beliefs: What Is Self-Realization?

By meestereric | Oct 31, 2019

When I ask myself this morning, where am I, this being on this…whatever it is: this “pathless path”, this understanding (for the benefit of the reader, I didn’t actually say that to myself but was reflecting wordlessly, but wanting to…

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No Body No Problem

By meestereric | Oct 15, 2019

Neither scenario or worldview that society hands us, make any sense: neither the religious model nor the scientific one: 1. That a loving benevolent God out there or in another dimension or behind things, created us and the universe out…

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On Human Genius

By meestereric | Oct 8, 2019

I got a question from a friend, an artist from Athens, Greece: Question: All humans are geniuses? This is the solution. We [only] think we are geniuses. Answer: Humans aren’t geniuses, humans are just very clever apes. With weapons. Our…