Happiness

Reflections on “There is no such thing as human love”

By meestereric / February 28, 2022 /

On more than one occasion I’ve heard the Advaita (non-duality) teacher Francis Lucille (or his wife Laura also) say “There is no such thing as human love.”  What on Earth are they talking about? This would seem to go against our “normal” way of thinking, and may provoke a reaction amongst listeners. After all, isn’t…

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Silent Mind, Revisited

By meestereric / November 10, 2021 /

(An older, longer, more elaborate essay on “True Meditation: A Quiet Mind Versus A Silent Mind” can be found here) “To sum up the whole thing, it’s very simple. It’s the old dictum ‘Thou art that.’ And the way to know that is to be still. Being still is simply stilling of the mind until…

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The Meaning of Meaning (and On Beyond Religion)

By meestereric / October 19, 2021 /

If you’re happy and not worried, and absorbed in living, you’re generally not inherently concerned with the “meaning of life” question (although one might contemplate it for fun or to share with friends, like I am doing). Still, even if happy, one can have a “glimpse”, or more glimpses of reality that reveal more of…

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Why Survive?

By meestereric / October 6, 2021 /

I had a dream around 1997 that contained a revelation, where I saw that saw life as being happiness itself, and a permanent peace that resided within, beyond all thought, and in fact that it’s only an imagination of scary things, like a supposed death, that distracts us us into ignoring reality, or real nature.…

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The Radical Journey of the Non-Dual Path

By meestereric / June 28, 2021 /

I have written before about how the non-dual understanding, or the living of it (the most or the essential thing) is the final stop on the “spiritual” journey. It’s the end of the road, because then, there is no seeker. It it the dissolution of the sense of a separate self, and the seeing through…

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Living The Question

By meestereric / May 20, 2021 /

I recently listened to a dialogue between a very earnest and long term meditator and spiritual teacher that went went straight to the heart of something very key on the living experience of knowing one’s true nature. It has been said that this is the last stage on the path and therefore the last pitfall…

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The End of Self Help

By meestereric / December 31, 2020 /

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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Why Nonduality? Or, The Last Stop (to Freedom)

By meestereric / December 22, 2020 /

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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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 Unconscious Habits

By meestereric / September 15, 2020 /

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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