Serene Desert Morning
Serene Desert Morning

All Else is Bandaids

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 as what is looking out your eyes, which is the seeing itself which cannot be seen, nor be separated.

If it cannot be separated, it is not different from what is seen.

Finding Your Own Gateway

Your gateway to the unknown, the unseen… where is it found? It can seem to take time – the “intuitional work”, as Wei Wu Wei put it, can take years.

Are to cultivate detachment?

The fact is, there is no one to be detached in the first place. Detachment is another passing experience. It can't be lived. The fact is you are already being lived.

So what's really missing?


A Dialogue With A Friend (who also is enjoying All Else is Bondage: Non-Volitional Living, by Wei Wu Wei, the inspiration for the title of this piece)


Q: Something is "missing" here nowadays.

There is some resistance and a disconnect from being with the body, getting carried away in distractions.
Reading and listening to Jean [Klein] somehow makes this obvious... Because there is an immediate quality of presence that is restored...
But somehow isn't maintained.

A: The question is, how to look at the body without focusing on it, thus making it real, creating a contraction, enhancing conditioning, etc...

Since it's not real, in the sense of not really being separate from anything else, or any non-thing.

A: That's brilliant! Thank you.

Q: I would say for me it's been a result of anticipating some unknowns in major life changes.

A: I believe this is what is behind a metaphor I heard from a teacher, of welcoming a guest in the door, showing them to the room, saying goodbye when they leave in the morning. But they don’t move in, set up house and pay rent.

It's the same here. Watching these mental reactions felt in the perceived body as feelings come up as a result of work changes, for example, which implies financial changes, which imply work changes, which imply life changes, etc. etc. – to the mind. So not making too much meaning out of the feelings, meaning more thoughts, more mind...

Which plays out as a living more from what you could call clarity or transparency or intuition, instead of reactions, unconscious mechanisms.

Or rationality and reason where appropriate.

Common sense.

Not seeing things as a big deal.

I wonder: I have seen those with a lot of yoga and background in the world of modern spiritual offerings, who come to retreats or satsangs where non-duality is offered, and such attendees talk about “sitting with“ something like a problem or reaction. But there’s already an assumption there of an identification with body or person. And it makes me wonder if it’s why the same folks seem stuck in relationships with problematic situations-people…

Bottom line is it’s about Freedom...

For them it's about the tangible;

Wei Wu Wei points beyond the tangible.

Q: Oh this was so helpful to read.


Great observation. It perpetuates a problem and assumes 'sitting with' it will solve it eventually.

So it is still an agenda-based, method type thing.

A: Yes.


A want, a need...

Behind it.

Q: Yes.

That becomes a hindrance to freedom.

Usually problems are almost habitually addressed at the level of symptoms.

And that tends to be the specific branch of a greater plant that bothers me because I live close to it;

But the root of it isn't even considered.

A: Yeah, only if “followed”, seen as real. In other words, there aren’t any real hindrances to Freedom, oddly enough!

Q: Because we are free to see it as real !

A: Yes, true!

Q: Kind of ridiculous haha.

A: The tragi-comedy of life, as seen at the worldly “level”. The stuff of art & literature…

Go easy, my friend...







Eric Platt


  1. Fred Hughes on February 18, 2024 at 8:30 am

    If the “seeing” has not happened,
    if the “ gateless gate” not traversed it’s impossible to describe and actually it’s basically impossible anyway. Haha that’s why
    Lazarus laughed. Thanks to Wei Wu Wei.
    Greetings Eric.

    • Eric Platt on February 18, 2024 at 9:58 am

      I would imagine that’s why he laughed, yes. Life is not serious, at its core.

      As far as describing, one of my “seeings” lately is that unless there is a call – inner or outer – to describe, such as an inspiration, or friend that wants to talk about a so-called “problem”, why describe? Who is there to teach or lecture or preach to, and why? Haha…

      In any case, what is important is, where is the expression or living coming from?

      In simply having fun, or being loving, one naturally benefits life in being natural and non-separate, as one always was anyway. It’s only in these odd circumstances of the call to do some of this art of describing the indescribable, or of conveying some wisdom to a lost friend, that we do this weird art (of non-dual writing or talking) explicitly.

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