No Path To Everywhere

What the coffee-addled brain spit out this morning: Jiddu Krishnamurti said something along those lines – in the elegant phrase “the pathless path” – but the complaint (such as by a certain non-duality teacher I hung out with for 7 years) is that JK didn’t provide a path, or seemed to place himself in an…

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Two Kinds of Liberty and Ultimate Liberation

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 thought it might be important or interesting. She immediately shot back that they are the…

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Poem: She Is There (guest post by Rachel Sopher)

Our body is an empty cup From loss to loss to mourn to grow up is to grieve And still she is there spinning through sky’s waters long tentacles flowing with silent grace grasping at nothing moving with languor as if just to dance as if just to dance for the sake of her own…

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Waking From the Dream

The dream metaphor is very beautiful and powerful. It is no wonder that it has been used so frequently by teachers, especially of the Direct Path: Ramana Maharshi, Atmananda Krishna Menon, Papaji,  Wei Wu Wei, Francis Lucille, Rupert Spira, Lester Levenson, Karl Renz, and so on. The only metaphor that is comes near is the…

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A Paradox of the Direct Path Resolved by the Dream Metaphor

There is a strange and interesting paradox (to the mind) about the so-called “Direct Path” to “spiritual awakening”: One sees teachers that talk about (or are examples of) the “direct path” – or so-called Neo-Advaita* teachers – and yet it almost always turns out they were long-term seekers and spiritual aspirants, practitioners for many years…

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Three Keys of So-Called “Spiritual Enlightenment”

Three Insights (and 3 key questions). They are all interconnected. See if you can see how.   1. How Many Minds Have You There are not two minds. There is not one controlling the other (in the head). There are not multiple minds. Where is the will in the head or brain or mind or…

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What Is “Enlightenment” (of the “Spiritual” Variety)?

The idea of enlightenment is like a disease in the spiritual world, in the communities, offline and on. An infection. It infects the mind: thinking one can become enlightened, wanting to be enlightened (liberated, awakened, whatever word you use), thinking it will solve all one’s problems; see some teacher figure as enlightened, wondering, talking and…

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Are You Serious? The Mystery of Grace

Being serious, being earnest. About the truth … That phrase — “the truth”, or “Truth” — has come to mean something different here. All Else is Distraction Most people’s problem is that they are not serious. They are afraid of the truth – what they imagine it to be. Or of what’s inside themselves. So…

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The Real Value Of Meditation

Meditation can be good for the body and mind, temporarily. It’s beautiful thing, like a tranquilizing drug, to help with clarity of mind and relaxation of the body. It can, for example, temporarily allow anxiety — a bodily reaction or “energetic” experience, in a loop with thinking — to dissolve away. This is useful and…

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Letting Go of Depression for Good

Letting Go of Depression (and Moods) Preamble The long and short of it: we all have ups and downs in how we feel – our “mood” if you will. This is “normal”, in the sense of being average. It’s also “normal” to have occasional lower moods, depending on one’s baseline level of happiness. What is…

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