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Recent blog articles on topics of interest to the author, or in response to questions.

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 On Beyond Ericplatt.com

By meestereric | May 6, 2020 |

Update: Writing to Stay for the Time Being Given the minor outpouring of support and interest from readers both spiritual and material (both are greatly appreciated), the writings will stay up for the foreseeable future (but may be edited to…

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…

On Beyond Ericplatt.com

By meestereric | May 5, 2020 |

Hello friends – The following is the little rant I wrote yesterday, about why I am letting this hosting account expire, before I formulated a more reasoned and seasoned (concise and polite, lighthearted?) post for Facebook today (on the group…

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 (A Valentines Day Meditation)

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: UG Krishnamurti (not to be confused with Jiddu Krishnamurti, his nemesis) wanted to have his cake and eat…

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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…

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What is Real? Sailing On The Sea Of The Unknown

By meestereric | Sep 25, 2019 |

“…a non-mental [material] world is inevitably abstract.” – Bernardo Kastrup “No question can be there regarding the time, place and cause of the origin of this world, for these themselves are part of the world, for these themselves form parts…

Matter and Acceptance

By meestereric | Aug 23, 2019 |

Matter and the world is an abstraction. What we actually know, directly, is awareness, consciousness, Being, whatever you want to call the nameless formless we Are: what every thing appears in; the continuity behind the change, the solid ground behind…

One Truth

By meestereric | Aug 8, 2019 |

This article is a response to a question about a post I made in my FaceBook group (Group With No Name):   You go deep enough into one truth, and all other truths will be revealed. They are all reflections…

The Four Seals and Buddhism in a Nutshell

By meestereric | Jul 31, 2019 |

A while ago I wrote an article about the lyrics to a song I loved, Ott’s Jack’s Cheese and Bread Snack. I didn’t know it at the time, but the lyrics are known as the “Four Seals of Buddhism”, or…

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This Side of Paradise and the Unexamined Self

By meestereric | Jul 24, 2019 |

Last night I watched an old Star Trek original series episode that had come to mind: “This Side of Paradise“. The story in it always intrigued me: artificial happiness and the cult-like dramatic conflict when the agricultural lifestyle colonists encounter…

On Beyond Back-To-Nature Philosophies

By meestereric | Jul 16, 2019 |

Listening to a popular “animal communicator”, I realized the core issue with what she was saying. While I appreciate what they do with specific animals and species, and it touches my heart deeply (I love animals, and plants, and minerals…),…

On Beyond Thinking – How To Be Present

By meestereric | Jun 24, 2019 |

How to be more loving and happy and at peace? Be more present. To what is real. How to be present? Quiet down the thinking, the mind, without introducing the doer. Don’t try and stop thinking. Just observe benevolently (with…

On Beyond Social Media Duality

By meestereric | May 9, 2019 |

Introduction I see social media platforms like Facebook (the main platform I sometimes use and enjoy) as a place to share the love of some topic, or an event, sale, or service, and have fun conversations, or gather information or…

Non-Duality in Action: Compassionate Response

By meestereric | Apr 21, 2019 |

Non-dual teachings sometimes give people license to behave badly or not work on themselves: they can become arrogant or rude, or use it as an excuse to use drugs or do other self-centered things, saying “it doesn’t matter what we…

How To Stop Thinking

By meestereric | Apr 19, 2019 |

“When you enter the silence you enter a profound peace, bliss consciousness, pure awareness. That’s what the silence is. It’s not being quiet. It’s beyond that. It’s not just quieting your mind, like I say all the time. It’s understanding…

Is Being an Embodied Being a Fall from Grace?

By meestereric | Apr 12, 2019 |

I was cleaning the living room windows this morning, and noticed I could never get them perfect. They always had some kind of streaks or fog when the sunlight hit them, no matter how much I wiped them. It occurred…

On Beyond Two Sides of Existence

By meestereric | Apr 9, 2019 |

The picture we are seeing here—knowing it’s just a picture (a map)—is of two sides of existence: one, the appearance, the phenomenal, the apparent material world, the mortal dream, Body, Mind, and World (BMW) which arise simultaneously to play Maya,…

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Sentience, Consciousness, and Vegetarianism

By meestereric | Apr 8, 2019 |

You can’t eat your way to enlightenment. But you can eat in an enlightened way. In this whole discussion about diet, a spiritual path, and health, it’s useful to make a distinction between what we can call “sentience” and Consciousness.…

Why Spiritual Teachings Can Seem Contradictory (But Really Aren’t)

By meestereric | Apr 7, 2019 |

“We have two eyes to see two sides of things, but there must be a third eye which will see everything at the same time and yet not see anything. That is to understand Zen.” D.T. Suzuki Preface This essay…

The Central Paradox of Meditation: Being and Doing

By meestereric | Apr 5, 2019 |

The central paradox of meditation is that of being and doing. Doing something in order to realize we don’t need to do anything, or in fact that the doing is taking us away from being. Q: What about programming, conditioning?…

Beginning and Advanced Meditation: Meditating on Meditation

By meestereric | Apr 4, 2019 |

Now, I’m a nobody (not a famous teacher, and don’t want to teach at all: writing is my “teaching”), but this is how I see the “game board” of meditation: We could say there are roughly three stages of meditation,…

What Is Maya? What is Real?

By meestereric | Apr 3, 2019 |

POEM What is Maya? Maya is a word. A word is a sound. Sound is Maya. The real question is: what is not Maya? When I know what is deathless and without sound, I will know what Maya is. Every…

Why No One Can Give You Enlightenment

By meestereric | Apr 3, 2019 |

The following are some notes regarding how one must “go the final mile” oneself, and no teacher or guru can hand you liberation on a platter. Enjoy. “A Master is a fully-realized Being. A Guru (or Sat Guru) is a…

Nikola Tesla and Plato’s Cave

By meestereric | Apr 2, 2019 |

These musings are in response to a friend, a spiritual teacher and former physicist & mathematician, who expressed an opinion about the inventor Nikola Tesla. His view was that Tesla was a 3rd rate physicist, and not up there with…

True Meditation: A Quiet Mind Versus A Silent Mind

By meestereric | Apr 2, 2019 |

A Quiet Mind versus a Silent Mind is a key discernment with vast implications. The following is based in actual experience, and derives from insights I had, not theory or concepts. They have since then been corroborated by various sage’s…

How Can I Have an Experience of Non-Duality?

By meestereric | Mar 28, 2019 |

Q: I understand there’s no world “out there” that it’s all “inside” but how can I have an experience of this? My conditioning from this Western culture is so strong that my experience of the world, the way I assume…

Who Becomes Enlightened?

By meestereric | Mar 26, 2019 |

I’ll sometimes hear or read comments like, “he’s an enlightened master”, or there is a story around some sage’s enlightenment, or a teacher or life coach states they become enlightened at some age, or there is an obvious assumption among…

What about Practices?

By meestereric | Mar 21, 2019 |

What about spiritual practices, such as meditation, or yoga practices? Even if, according to non-dual philosophy (or the Three Principles Psychology – 3P), “I” don’t really exist as a body or mind, nor does the world absolutely (and in 3P,…

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