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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 we are about on this website, which is a direct path for freeing oneself from…

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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 is reading it? If you are troubled by, or wanting to get beyond the mind,…

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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 or a book to be told you are yourself: the consciousness in which the teacher…

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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? Isn’t experiencing always changing? It seems to me that saying it is an experience puts…

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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 before (I haven’t reviewed the article for a while) the simple fact is, people do…

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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, control it, make it better, fix it, change it, love it, hate it … Who…

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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. I separated myself from old friends, family, moved to a new city, when I got…

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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 paradoxical. Even making no effort requires effort and we are repeatedly told about the importance…

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The First! The Historic! WE HAD A GREAT FIRST MEETING; HAD A LITTLE HICCUP WITH THE ZOOM ACCOUNT LINK, AS IT WAS THE FIRST TIME USED, AND HAD TO CHANGE THE LINK ADDRESS AT THE LAST MINUTE. BUT THE MEETING WAS WONDERFUL (6 JOINED WHO FOUND THE LINK ON FACEBOOK). AND A LINK TO THE…

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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 to satsang, or meditating, is: to feel better   to improve yourself   to improve…

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