Psychology

What Is Your Purpose?

By meestereric / August 10, 2020 /

What is your purpose on the planet? “No thing is what it appears to be. Then who are you? You have to find for yourself. Is there really a you? Are you really an individual? Are you separate from a tree, an animal, the world, the universe? Is there any separation? Find out. Do you…

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The Difference Between Wanting To Feel Better and Understanding

By meestereric / April 20, 2020 /

INTRODUCTION Often on the self-help, spiritual and non-dual paths, there is the experience that one is on a rollercoaster ride of feelings, or feel like one is not progressing anymore, or very slowly. You might get into low moods, or react strongly to some situation, or in general are not as happy or at peace…

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Non-Duality in Action: Compassionate Response

By meestereric / April 21, 2019 /

Non-dual teachings sometimes give people license to behave badly or not work on themselves: they can become arrogant or rude, or use it as an excuse to use drugs or do other self-centered things, saying “it doesn’t matter what we do” or “I don’t exist” and “it’s all predetermined” etc. Or they may not look…

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How To Stop Thinking

By meestereric / April 19, 2019 /

It is sometimes thought, or heard from spiritual teachers, that one needs to stop thinking. Why would one want to stop thinking? The question comes up when it begins to dawn on one the importance of thought and thinking in one’s life and in one’s outlook and happiness. One begins to see how much negative…

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Dialogue With A Sage: The Thousand Deaths

By meestereric / December 2, 2018 /

This article, after a brief discussion to set the stage, follows with is an email dialogue with a living sage* (whose identity will remain anonymous for reasons of privacy). About 38 years ago I—a past “me”, which does not exist except as a memory-thought, or traces on film in the present—experienced what was could be…

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On Beyond Cause and Effect

By meestereric / October 24, 2018 /

In practical mechanical affairs, cause and effect thinking can have utility. For example, your car suddenly loses power on the freeway. Using reason and your senses in a troubleshooting capacity, you can trace down the cause. Does the starter turn? Yes. That means there’s juice in the battery. The cause is not a dead battery.…

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On Beyond Spiritual Bypassing

By meestereric / October 24, 2018 /

This article is not about showing you how not to do spiritual bypassing (or telling someone else how not to do it) but will make a case that the concept has very limited usefulness. I hope to communicate the fact that it’s a term we would do better to replace with something more useful and…

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3P Brainwashing? A Response to Someone Distressed About a Family Member

By meestereric / October 24, 2018 /

I recently received this note from someone wanting some advice (“pick my brains”) about the Three Principles Psychology (3P), which I have written about in a number of articles. I emailed her back but her address bounced (probably misspelled). I’ll call her “A”.  I thought my response would be of possible interest to other people…

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Kissing a Sweet Goodbye to The Three Principles

By meestereric / October 21, 2018 /

  From a recording: “If you’re listening to this in your car and you find yourself in a beautiful feeling, roll down your window, pop the tape out of the tape player, and throw it out the window. Stay with the feeling, and it will teach you everything you need to know.” ~ Sydney Banks…

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Beyond the Event Horizon of Thought

By meestereric / September 21, 2018 /

Definition: “Thought” – The energy used to form the contents of experience. At this point in my life I find it harder to avoid feeling and thinking there can be only be one reality and one consciousness. How could you not? The answer is, by believing that Truth or Consciousness (or “innate health” as they talk…

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