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A Dialogue With Francis Lucille Regarding Teaching and Life Coaching

By meestereric / January 22, 2019 /

This post is a record of first, a written question-and-answer dialogue between the Advaita (non-duality) teacher Francis Lucille (Rupert Spira’s teacher) and a student that was posted online a number of years ago (no longer available, so it is posted here as a service). Second, it follows with an email dialogue I had with Francis. I…

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On Beyond Life and Career Advice (for Teens and Adults)

By meestereric / January 3, 2019 /

Reflecting on Life and Career Advice (for teens or adults): Last night I watched some old videos of a famous comic, brilliant, creative, very “successful”, but who eventually committed suicide. And so many of the celebrities have been in and out of drug rehab, or commit suicide, or become recluses, or go through strings of…

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My Personal Misery Trainer – Comedy Skit

By meestereric / November 4, 2018 /

“Humor is ignorance exposed” – Francis Lucille Props (optional): clipboard, running pants, a bottle of beer (Ordinary looking guy, maybe a little mussed, a little fussed, like he had a ling night, gets up in front of a group in a room) “Hey. Hi, my name’s Larry [use any name you want]. I’m here to tell…

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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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There Is No Such Thing as Enlightenment

By meestereric / October 3, 2018 /

I once heard the spiritual teacher (of Advaita, Non-duality) Francis Lucille tell his students (who he would rather refer to as “friends”): “Would you rather be enlightened, or happy? Would you rather be enlightened and unhappy, or unenlightened and happy?”. While I laughed and thought this very insightful, part of me also was taken aback:…

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Notes on Prophets, Mystics, Sages, Philosophers and All That Good Stuff

By meestereric / September 20, 2018 /

Last night I watched an entertaining musical from the 70’s, Jesus Christ Superstar. I saw it when I was a kid. Very enjoyable music and great lyrics. Then for something less dramatic and more meditative before bed, I read some of The Gospel of Thomas until I got sleepy. (http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/gthlamb.html) My reflections this morning: In…

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Healthy Egos and Spiritual Development

By meestereric / September 1, 2018 /

Must one must first travel the Great Arc from infant, to a healthy separate self or ego (a well-adapted adult ego in one’s environment and community) before passing down the other side of the rainbow so to speak, to the post-egoic state of non-dual understanding of permanent happiness and peace? No. The view is based…

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Consider The Lilies Of The Goddamn Field: Notes on Paying for Spiritual Teachings

By meestereric / June 27, 2018 /

“I am secure, for I know who I am: a richly endowed child of God. I am secure in all I do, for I know my oneness with the divine process. I am secure in all I have, for I know my treasure is in my mind, not in my things. I live my life…

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Comedy Sketch – Advaitins Anonymous (AA)

By meestereric / June 17, 2018 /

[Note: this sketch was performed by the actor Vishal Patel who read the script and volunteered – at a recent Francis Lucille retreat, in Temecula, California. I did the fake “announcement” afterwards] “So I heard there was a woman who spent a million dollars on retreats and seeking enlightenment over the years, traveling around the world…

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Love and Freedom Cannot Be Separated

By meestereric / May 28, 2018 /

  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. It was very important for me to see the connection between freedom and love. The watershed moment was visiting a restaurant run by a tribe who emerged…

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