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Knowing the Unknown

By meestereric | Sep 28, 2022

One of the main things to “know”, so to speak, regarding what is called “non-duality”, and the most basic paradox, is that it’s really ultimately about not knowing. It’s not an item of knowing; it’s not an understanding (unless you…

Infinite Life: An Inquiry

By meestereric | Sep 13, 2022

Who is running the brain? Where did these thoughts come from? They seem to come from nowhere and disappear into nowhere. Who’s running this show, anyway? Right now, listen. To whatever there is. Be it inside or outside. Look, listen…

Non-Duality, Suffering and Value

By meestereric | Sep 7, 2022

Q: What’s your real value, at the end of the day, after years of seeking and suffering and finding, and all you’ve inquired into and seen and practiced over the decades? Is it worth anything, or just empty at the…

The Open Everything

By meestereric | Aug 30, 2022

How does one describe this “openness”? It’s like trying to describe empty space. What does freedom smell like? It’s not spiritual, not scientific, not psychological – not any thing. It has no story, no past, no future. It can perhaps…

The End of Self Inquiry

By meestereric | Aug 7, 2022

Self inquiry can be in the form of not “Who am I?” or “What am I?” But it can also be “What Is?” or “what is This all?”, or “What’s real?”. It can be a question, or a just looking,…

What is “Neo-Advaita”?

By meestereric | Aug 5, 2022

The term “neo-Advaita” in the broader world actually refers to a post-Ramana Maharshi teaching  – such as what has been termed the “satsang movement” – in comparison to a more traditional Advaita school such as Adi Shankara’s teachings. So it’s…

Non-Duality Is Not Spiritual

By meestereric | Aug 3, 2022

Although what we call spirituality may have something to do with nonduality, it is obvious that nonduality has nothing to do with spirituality. It’s not even an experience, and cannot be an experience, nor item of experience. Nothing can be…

The Meaning of Words

By meestereric | Jul 8, 2022

I have noticed that even among the intelligent, well-educated spiritual folk, there is an assumption that the meaning of words is God-given or external or fixed: basically somehow sacrosanct or sacred. In other words, the meaning is in the words…

The Infinite Inquiry

By meestereric | Jul 7, 2022

Dear Friends – Just thought I’d write a short note, in lieu of a meeting announcement. In addressing those that have been on some kind of path for quite a while, and now have an acquaintance with the “direct” path:…

The Living Question

By meestereric | Jun 28, 2022

An earlier article was entitled “Living the Question”. This current missive turns out to be more from the non-doer perspective, so to speak… In other words, there is no one living the question (no separate entity):   you are “being…

Some Notes on Self Inquiry

By meestereric | Jun 26, 2022

Self-inquiry is very simple. It is the simplest, humblest thing possible.   How Do not think, or look for steps or a “how”, or see it as a complicated process or practice through time, or a sophisticated philosophy. Self It…

Never Not Not Two

By meestereric | Jun 23, 2022

Enlightenment There can be no enlightenment for a person. This is absolutely clear. So why worry about such a thing? It is a futile goal. Relax… “I”, as this (supposed) person was never enlightened, is not enlightened, and will never…

Bespoke Meditation: The Alive Center of Being

By meestereric | Jun 12, 2022

A Meditation on Pure Beingness   “Thirty spokes has a wheel…” reads Lao Tzu*: the usefulness is the center, which still, silent, just as the usefulness of a pot is the empty space inside. The spokes are the sensations, perceptions…

Awareness Is Not Mind-Like

By meestereric | Jun 7, 2022

The Mind/Consciousness Distinction   This article was spurred by a question – one that has also been asked on my website, in social media, and in my meetings, and so apparently is an important one to address. It’s a critical…

The Continuity of Awareness

By meestereric | Jun 5, 2022

One of the most fundamental questions students of consciousness and awareness have is, “If awareness is universal or nonlocal, then what about deep sleep or during anesthesia? Doesn’t consciousness go off and on?” I would like to offer to you…

The Integrity of the Teacher, Part II: Power & Authority

By meestereric | Apr 25, 2022

In part 1 of this series of articles, I brought up the key question of whether one can “separate the teaching from the teacher”: a phrase I heard from former students of  gurus involved in scandals. The issue of Truth…

Notes on The Integrity Of The Teacher

By meestereric | Mar 29, 2022

 No one is in any privileged position with respect to Truth (or Beauty or Love). There are no authorities in that regard. This is something I’ve discussed over the years with fellow “students” or “seekers” (including those who have been…

Desert Silence

By meestereric | Mar 27, 2022

The uniqueness of the experience… to be down in between those silent beautiful curving walls of the canyon – shades of tan, grey orange, yellow bright or dark in sun or shadow, so many textures and patterns… there’s no sound…

No Real Body or World? ! Why Is The Changing Unreal?

By meestereric | Mar 17, 2022

What in the world is meant by this? It’s an outlandish and ridiculous claim, an unworldly Eastern philosophical religious bit of non-sense, New Age woo woo, right? Even spiritual folks with a lifetime of meditation, practices, study and experience under…

What is Truth and Knowledge: Part 1

By meestereric | Mar 10, 2022

What is Knowledge? What is Truth? What can we know for certain, and what can we know only with a probability? What is the difference between an opinion, and knowing, or between a belief and a fact? These questions are…

On Beyond “Awakened” Relating to Direct Relating

By meestereric | Mar 4, 2022

We are changing the name of the online group about relationship and the direct path from “Awakened Relating” to “Direct Relating”. This was inspired by the fact that “awakened” is too often interpreted as being about a person “awakening”, and…

Love, Freedom, and Relating, Revisited

By meestereric | Mar 4, 2022

“Love and freedom cannot be separated.” —Francis Lucille This is a paraphrase of what the Advaita (non-duality) teacher Francis Lucille said, since it’s been a few years since we had the dialogue — but is the essence of what was…

Reflections on “There is no such thing as human love”

By meestereric | Feb 28, 2022

On more than one occasion I’ve heard the Advaita (non-duality) teacher Francis Lucille (or his wife Laura also) say “There is no such thing as human love.”  What on Earth are they talking about? This would seem to go against…

The Three Spiritual Paths

By meestereric | Feb 24, 2022

The Three Spiritual Paths, or How To Do Nothing   162. YOGA AND DEVOTION (125) These are both processes of intense activity, always upholding the doer and enjoyer – even at the highest state, though in a highly general form.…

“The Real Awakening”, by Zephinanda

By meestereric | Feb 17, 2022

  A Phantom Cannot Awaken   There is no person to awaken, no separate entity that can awaken. From bodily sleep, a seeming entity can awaken, but this is only a seeming. It is in a relative way. How can…

Change the World to Beauty

By meestereric | Jan 14, 2022

To want to change the world, you are already saying, or thinking, there is something wrong with me. I am not good enough, there is a separate me, and there is a world apart from me. Already hidden in that…

The Matrix Resurrections and The Desert of the Unreal

By meestereric | Jan 7, 2022

The Matrix Resurrections and The Desert of the Unreal: A Philosophical Review Somewhere in a shop in the matrix world: [Bugs] It’s not something I can explain easily, but… But the moment he looked at me, I felt something… unlock…

alOne in the Silence: A Poem

By meestereric | Dec 15, 2021

A persistent assumption There are Others And listening to the insistent mind Which wants attention – Look at me! As if it were alone in a vast universe of loneliness “I’m a This, I’m a that…” it says A man,…

Tag, You’re It: A Poem and a Contemplation of Reality

By meestereric | Dec 8, 2021

In my journal, scribbled some reflections, and a little “poem” this morning …   Tag, You’re It. In short … One cannot stand outside reality, one is It. One cannot know that reality any more than one can see one’s…

Silent Mind, Revisited

By meestereric | Nov 10, 2021

(An older, longer, more elaborate essay on “True Meditation: A Quiet Mind Versus A Silent Mind” can be found here) “To sum up the whole thing, it’s very simple. It’s the old dictum ‘Thou art that.’ And the way to…

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Who Are You Really?

By meestereric | Oct 27, 2021

If you had no thoughts, and if your girlfriend or boyfriend asks you what you were thinking about, and you say to her or him that you were thinking how you had no thoughts, your thought would be that you…

On Communication, Texting, and Real Intimacy

By meestereric | Oct 26, 2021

Humans are sensitive to language like dogs are sensitive to smells. We take these funny sounds we make or think or read, seriously, like a big deal sometimes. Nations are built or destroyed on them. And new relationships formed. And…

On Beyond Online (Non-Duality) Group Meetings

By meestereric | Oct 20, 2021

I am putting the online group meetings on hold while I go to the desert for a short, unpaid “sabbatical”, and do my monk thing, like the “Fathers of the Desert” … “hang out in the Unknown” as a wise…

The Meaning of Meaning (and On Beyond Religion)

By meestereric | Oct 19, 2021

If you’re happy and not worried, and absorbed in living, you’re generally not inherently concerned with the “meaning of life” question (although one might contemplate it for fun or to share with friends, like I am doing). Still, even if…

Why Survive?

By meestereric | Oct 6, 2021

I had a dream around 1997 that contained a revelation, where I saw that saw life as being happiness itself, and a permanent peace that resided within, beyond all thought, and in fact that it’s only an imagination of scary…

Art and Freedom

By meestereric | Jul 26, 2021

Art and Freedom, The Art of Living, Love and Consciousness, True Freedom Sometimes the obvious is useful or helpful to state. I used to be an artist. That is, I identified with that sense of being one, of doing art,…

No Mind

By meestereric | Jul 9, 2021

The mind doesn’t actually exist. While it is useful to say, such as to a student of non-duality or of a spiritual path, that “mind” is defined as external sense perceptions, bodily sensations, and thoughts (which are in fact internal…

The Heart of the Self (A Poem)

By meestereric | Jul 2, 2021

Use every moment to go deeper into the heart of the Self. It is always there. Hidden in the facade of the mind, the appearances of the moment, the people and problems of the world… How can the Self, absolute…

The Radical Journey of the Non-Dual Path

By meestereric | Jun 28, 2021

I have written before about how the non-dual understanding, or the living of it (the most or the essential thing) is the final stop on the “spiritual” journey. It’s the end of the road, because then, there is no seeker.…

Living The Question

By meestereric | May 20, 2021

I recently listened to a dialogue between a very earnest and long term meditator and spiritual teacher that went went straight to the heart of something very key on the living experience of knowing one’s true nature. It has been…

The Extraordinary Ordinary

By meestereric | Mar 26, 2021

Lately I’ve been experiencing a greater sense of connection within and without, that background of peace and happiness permeating daily life, whether alone or with people in public, or with the online group, or just anytime into life, and at…

The Infinite Heart

By meestereric | Mar 7, 2021

“When we have reached the outposts of the mind, we are ready for the journey to the heart.” ~ Francis Lucille, The Perfume of Silence In the experience of more and more opening, unfolding; in the loss of the illusion…

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Non-Duality Is Not Psychotherapy

By meestereric | Feb 28, 2021

Non-duality is a description of reality. It is not a therapeutic model, or a self-help school, or a religion. In fact it undermines all religious thinking: seeing reality via the filter of beliefs. Those that come to it (only) to…

A Question of Sentience: What is Conscious and Awake?

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, “end times” element in them), I thought it would be appropriate…

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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,…

Conjugation

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,…