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Openness, Ego Death and Psychedelics

By Eric Platt | May 19, 2024

Have you ever noticed how kids can have fun so easily, without any fancy toys or drugs or special circumstances? Playfulness and lightness are natural. A stick, a culvert, and a friend (or not) are all that’s needed. * Some…

The Last Answer

By Eric Platt | May 19, 2024

Nonduality has been called the “last answer”, and it’s clear why. When you look at what’s at the core of every problems you think about, it’s the story of a “me”. “I would be happy if I had this and…

A Meaningful Meaninglessness

By Eric Platt | May 9, 2024

I have a question. It’s kind of personal but kind of not. OK, shoot. I’m feeling the GP. The what? The GP. The “General Pointlessness”. Ah. (Laughs) I like that. The GP… It’s not good. It feels, like, kind of…

On Beyond Pantheism

By Eric Platt | May 9, 2024

Pantheism is a mistake. Here’s a definition – one is as good as another: it’s the idea behind it that counts. And for “divinity or a supreme entity” or “God” you can substitute “consciousness” or universal consciousness, or awareness, or universal…

An Inquiry Into Feelings

By Eric Platt | Apr 26, 2024

I’m adopting a garden. A labyrinth. What do you mean adopted? Good question. I volunteered to be the one to take care of this section of the botanical garden. I can pretend to be like a little old Zen monk,…

On Having Never Left: Being Awake to Being Awake

By Eric Platt | Apr 22, 2024

A reader asks: … there is no way for us to presume that freedom from self deception or waking up however we wish to phrase it, has any similarity for different instances of consciousness. The only similarity we can vouch for…

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To Be Human is to Be Frustrated

By Eric Platt | Apr 14, 2024

Readers were asking why all the articles disappeared… It’s too much “responsibility” for lack of a better word… besides, I never intended to start a blog, but that’s what people called it. It was merely a writing experiment (such as…

Self Inquiry: Finding One’s True Nature

By Eric Platt | Apr 3, 2024

I have a question. [S = “Student” A = “Teacher”] T: OK. S: Can you give me what you have – this True Nature – you seem very, you know, grounded? I want what you have. T: If I would…

Self Inquiry: On Spiritual Liberation

By Eric Platt | Apr 1, 2024

I have a question.   [S = “Student” A = “Teacher”] T: OK. S: How can I attain spiritual liberation. T: I don’t know. I am not spiritual. S: You seem like a very spiritual dude. T: I don’t have…

A Simple Question

By Eric Platt | Mar 28, 2024

I have a question.   [italicized = “Student” regular text = “Teacher”] OK. How can I awaken, achieve the non-dual state of consciousness? I have a simple question for you. OK. Are you conscious right now? Well, I’m not alseep.…

Tracing Consciousness Back to the Source

By Eric Platt | Mar 14, 2024

Let’s “reverse engineer” Consciousness, tracing it back to the Source, the origin of the world. And, to address the modern skeptic and materialist – who the author often tried to communicate with in his line of work and interest –…

Two Kinds of Liberty and Ultimate Liberation

By Eric Platt | Jan 21, 2024

I remember once being at lunch with a friend, many years ago, and mentioning regarding freedom, that there is freedom from and freedom to. I’d heard it from a teacher, and although I wasn’t clearly remembering what was meant, I…

Higher Reasoning II

By Eric Platt | May 16, 2023

A first article on higher reasoning can be found here. A friend asked: Concerning Higher vs. Lower hierarchy: Isn’t it all one, all at the same level, no distinctions? Yes and no. The hierarchy “higher” and “lower” is a way…

What is “Higher Reasoning“?

By Eric Platt | May 11, 2023

A friend sent a question:   What meaning do you give to “Higher Reasoning”? I believe it started with Atmananda Krishna Menon. Simply put, “Higher Reasoning” is reasoning applied towards the Source, towards Consciousness, rather than the objects thereof. Higher…

All Else is Bandaids

By Eric Platt | Mar 24, 2023

The Truth, or Reality, or Awareness, whatever concepts you want to use, is intangible-and also the totality of tangibility-thus not abstract or intellectual; it is an experience, and felt as Joy. The totality of the invisible is concrete, as concrete…

Non-Duality Is Not Spiritual

By meestereric | Aug 3, 2022

Although what we call spirituality may have something to do with nonduality, it is obvious that nonduality has nothing to do with spirituality. It’s not even an experience, and cannot be an experience, nor item of experience. Nothing can be…

True Love and Relationships, Part 1

By meestereric | Oct 30, 2020

A series about non-dual love. This article is the first in a series about love and relationships. It may challenge your ideas about love, or it may serve as a clarification of what you’ve already seen. It will serve as…

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Real Intelligence

By meestereric | Oct 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…

Will The Real Sage Please Stand Up?

By meestereric | Apr 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…

On Beyond Concepts

By meestereric | Apr 27, 2020

All Teachings are Dodos, and Tightening up what this Site is About   I let my personal feelings cloud my discernment, and published a guest essay that I realized was of more of a religious or spiritual-y nature or attitude…

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On Beyond Cause and Effect, Part II

By meestereric | Mar 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…

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On Beyond UG Krishnamurti

By meestereric | Nov 4, 2019

“Pathological” – Francis Lucille, quoting his teacher Jean Klein, regarding U. G. Krishnamurti “The teaching mainly concerns the dying of the “I”, the “me”; then you are free from the psychological memory. Can this shift happen without crisis, or is…

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On Beyond Addictions

By meestereric | Oct 17, 2019

This article was a response to a question I received from a reader. Question: I’ve watched a lecture of Krishnamurti on addiction. He said that incorporating mindfulness in your life can help to some degree. Watching the urge can make…

On Beyond Thinking – How To Be Present

By meestereric | Jun 24, 2019

How to be more loving and happy and at peace? Be more present. To what is real. How to be present? Quiet down the thinking, the mind, without introducing the doer. Don’t try and stop thinking. Just observe benevolently (with…

How To Stop Thinking

By meestereric | Apr 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…

Why Spiritual Teachings Can Seem Contradictory (But Really Aren’t)

By meestereric | Apr 7, 2019

“We have two eyes to see two sides of things, but there must be a third eye which will see everything at the same time and yet not see anything. That is to understand Zen.” ~ D.T. Suzuki Preface This…

True Meditation: A Quiet Mind Versus A Silent Mind

By meestereric | Apr 2, 2019

“To ask the mind to kill itself is like making the thief the policeman. He will go with you and pretend to catch the thief, but nothing will be gained. So you must turn inward and see where the mind…

How Can I Have an Experience of Non-Duality?

By meestereric | Mar 28, 2019

Q: I understand there’s no world “out there” that it’s all “inside” but how can I have an experience of this? My conditioning from this Western culture is so strong that my experience of the world, the way I assume…

Who Becomes Enlightened?

By meestereric | Mar 26, 2019

I’ll sometimes hear or read comments like, “he’s an enlightened master”, or there is a story around some sage’s enlightenment, or a teacher or life coach states they become enlightened at some age, or there is an obvious assumption among…

On Beyond Nonduality Teachings

By meestereric | Mar 18, 2019

No one seemed to get my “WHICH WAY TO THE SELF” sign (or t-shirt) cosmic joke when I posted it my “Group With No Name” FaceBook group (as far as I know). I created that after I was inspired, opening…

On Beyond Cause and Effect

By meestereric | Oct 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?…

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On Beyond Spiritual Bypassing

By meestereric | Oct 24, 2018

Is spiritual bypassing a useful concept? Or only in certain limited contexts?I hope to communicate the fact that it’s a term we would do better to replace with something more useful and kind, less judgmental and presumptuous. “Spiritual Bypassing” is…

Kissing a Sweet Goodbye to The Three Principles

By meestereric | Oct 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…

There Is No Such Thing as Enlightenment

By meestereric | Oct 3, 2018

I once heard the spiritual teacher (of Advaita, Non-duality) 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…

The Reality of Universal Consciousness

By meestereric | Sep 19, 2018

Jesus said, “I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind.” – The Gospel of Thomas The hard thing to…

The Four Seals of Buddhism and The Meaning of Ott’s Jack’s Cheese and Bread Snack Lyrics

By meestereric | Jul 22, 2018

I first heard this song about ten years ago, and loved it, and was intrigued by the lyrics. Ott – Jack’s Cheese and Bread Snack   One: All composite phenomena are impermanent. Two: All contaminated things and events are unsatisfactory.…

Comedy Sketch – Advaitins Anonymous (AA)

By meestereric | Jun 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…

Just Say No to 3P Fundamentalism: Mistaking the Form for the Formless

By meestereric | Jun 16, 2018

  Your eyes must see in the singular if you want to find the truth. — Sydney Banks, The Missing Link (p.69) (Note: This essay has to do with The Three Principles Psychology or “The 3P”: a successful spiritual psychology teaching…

The Three Principles and The Direct Path

By meestereric | Apr 5, 2018

What is the difference between the Three Principles psychology (3P), a spiritual school that uses the model of Universal Mind, Universal Consciousness and Thought, and direct path methods? The direct path is a path of spiritual enquiry wherein one goes…

There Is No Such Thing as Artificial Intelligence: Notes On The Myth of AI

By meestereric | Mar 13, 2018

ABSTRACT: This essay is an initial attempt to outline what I see as the limitations in the current approaches to a generalized Artificial Intelligence (AI), the underlying assumptions that constitute and create those limitations, and how such limitations might either…

Nonduality and the Three Principles Psychology as Teaching Models

By meestereric | Dec 27, 2017

An acquaintance from an online forum sent a message to me recently, with a good question about Sydney Banks, who had a large awakening experience and, eventually, inspired what became the Three Principles Psychology movement. His question was in regards…

What is Nonduality?

By meestereric | Nov 13, 2017

Nonduality is the cutting edge. It is the cutting edge of spiritual seeking — the end of it; it is the cutting edge of creativity — the source of it… and it is the cutting edge of society: where “thought…

Spiritual Reflections on Spiritual Teachings (The Three Principles, Non-Duality…)

By meestereric | Dec 5, 2016

This is an update to an article I wrote a couple of years ago. I just re-read it and liked it, so am expanding it beyond mentioning The Principles (3P) in order to include the non-duality teachings I’ve been involved…

Sanity, Insanity and Common Sense Revisited

By meestereric | Jun 23, 2016

The title and content of this article refer to the book “Sanity Insanity and Common Sense” that was an early entry  in the spiritual psychology field that has come to be known as “The Three Principles”. What follows is the…

Is Meditation Needed?: Meditation and the Three Principles

By meestereric | Mar 22, 2016

  Meditation… Like yoga, is something you hear about more and more, as more and more people do it, talk about it, or feel they should do it. But with increased popularity, is there a decrease in understanding? Like yoga,…