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 same time the wind going out of the sails of projects like writing a…

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“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 of boundaries that separate, a devolving of the filters of mind, there is an ease…

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Badland Sunrise photo

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 feel better may be in store for some difficulty (in the short run). And it’s…

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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 in different states, such as sleeping, or deep sleep, in dreaming, or under anesthesia?  An…

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sunset image

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 and fun to reflect on the paradox of self-help and the direct path (the non-dual…

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image – Moon and Mars with Ring and Contrail

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, effortless and free-flowing. How do we account for the paradox that an artist engaged in…

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Conjugation

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 videos or discuss it with friends (like minded friends hopefully)? I’d been feeling a bit…

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Wisps of Freedom

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 the years I learned how what the doctors said was a lie, and the society…

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Sunset, Hazy Desert image

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, and it resonated with me. I encountered Advaita Vedanta when I was 17, and I’m…

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