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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,…

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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…