Relationships

Suicide and The Cosmic Simulacrum

"Flamingoes" (color film using a 70's SLR & lens) • Copyright © 2018 Eric Platt

Simulacrum 1. An image or representation of someone or something. ‘a small-scale simulacrum of a skyscraper’ 1.1 An unsatisfactory imitation or substitute. ‘a bland simulacrum of American soul music’ – Oxford English Dictionary Last night I learned of the 4th friend or acquaintance to commit suicide. Not to mention the list of celebrities. This can…

Read More

Love and Freedom Cannot Be Separated

  Freedom and love can’t be separated.  By “freedom” is meant true inner freedom, and by “love” is meant impersonal love, the nondual living truth, not human love.  A lack of love and freedom is experienced as darkness, pain and suffering.  But if love and freedom is who are, then how can there be a…

Read More

What is Spirituality?

Cloudspiration Photo © Eric Platt 2017

  “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere”  – Agnes Repplier It’s interesting to see how much misunderstanding of the word “spirituality” there is in Western culture. And, I believe that same reasons that people are not truly happy are the same reasons that…

Read More

Notes on Psychological “Boundaries”

Boundaries are often talked about in behavioral terms: don’t cross this boundary, or I feel like my boundaries have been violated, or the respect for boundaries must be enforced or known for oneself so as to stop or remove oneself from a situation. But there is another dimension, an inner or psychological dynamic that I’ve…

Read More

Notes On Personal and Impersonal Love

Love of a person is not love, it is a projection onto an appearance. There is no person in reality – no person or persons – so love of a person is love of an illusion. Yet behind that illusion is reality – the reality of the true Self. So the love is both real…

Read More

Transform a Difficult Relationship By Seeing Yourself

Seeing from the eyes of love and understanding, rather than judgement and fear, we can see someone anew. This is not a technique, but something that happens spontaneously, in the moment. I’m not in a romantic or intimate relationship at the moment, but I’ve seen an amazing transformation in at least one “relationship” with someone…

Read More

Western Philosophy of Mind and the Problem of Life

Turning Western Philosophy of Mind on It’s Head Is life a problem to be solved? The philosophers and scientists who are trying to figure out how the mind works are basing their models on an orientation towards problems solving. They look for example, at animals in the world surviving, and see them solving problems: how…

Read More