Consciousness

A Question of Sentience: What is Conscious and Awake?

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

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Real Intelligence

By meestereric / October 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 its existence and nature. In fact the nature of what a human being is, is…

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On Beyond Politics: the Radical Truth

By meestereric / October 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 after I’d demonstrating a natural enthusiasm for what was going on in my neighborhood, and…

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On Beyond the Mind, Revisited

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

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You are the Path

By meestereric / August 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, control it, make it better, fix it, change it, love it, hate it … Who…

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Will The Real Sage Please Stand Up?

By meestereric / April 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 spiritual seeker who wants enlightenment, who thinks the messenger is in some way the message,…

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On Beyond Cause and Effect, Part II

By meestereric / March 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 beyond cause and effect. In other words as a separate entity, one has zero freedom.…

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On Beyond False Imagination

By meestereric / February 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 body” – Lester Levenson The Buddhists call it “false imagination”: the projection of a seeming objective…

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Beyond Separate Consciousnesses

By meestereric / February 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. I see that I am consciousness witnessing an illusion, and the illusion is made of…

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Is The World Real? Reflections on Change and Illusion

By meestereric / February 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 unchanging, permanent? I asked this of Francis Lucille once. I said, “A candle flame is…

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