Consciousness

How To Stop Thinking

Why would one want to stop thinking? The question comes up when either a student of a meditation practice, spiritual path, or psychological understanding is told the value of stopping thinking, or it begins to dawn on one the importance of thought and thinking in one’s life and in one’s outlook and happiness. You begin…

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Is Being an Embodied Being a Fall from Grace?

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 to me the windows were metaphors of the limits of expression of clarity and the…

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On Beyond Two Sides of Existence

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, or spacetime and matter; and two, “outside” of this world as it were, the spiritual,…

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Sentience, Consciousness, and Vegetarianism

Bobby at My Desk

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. If there is sentience, there is the potential for suffering. And while everything has consciousness…

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Why No One Can Give You Enlightenment

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 Master who has chosen to help others find their Freedom. God, Guru and Self are…

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True Meditation: A Quiet Mind Versus A Silent Mind

A Quiet Mind versus a Silent Mind is a key discernment with vast implications. What you are about to read is about my actual experience, and derives from insights I had, not theory or concepts. While is uses some of the concepts you may have heard or will hear in spiritual talks or literature as…

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How Can I Have an Experience of Non-Duality?

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 it is, is that it is outside, over there, surrounding me. A: It would require…

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Who Becomes Enlightened?

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 student hanging around a teacher that they are enlightened. Or, more importantly someone is gunning…

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On Beyond Nonduality Teachings

No one seemed to get my “WHICH WAY TO THE SELF” sign (or t-shirt) cosmic joke, since  it when I posted it my “Group With No Name” FaceBook group (as far as I know). I created that after I was inspired, opening this book sent to me in the mail, to the “random” page below,…

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The Practice of Peace (an EsotEric* Approach)

To see if I could help or address the concerns, and for the joy of writing, I jotted down these notes (an imperfect article) in response to a client that asked a question. They felt they’d had an awakening, then lost it – they felt they’d lost the peace and happiness somehow. They seemed to…

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