Applied Philosophy

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On Beyond Addictions

By meestereric / October 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 it go away, and when it comes back, you can observe it again so it…

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On Beyond Thinking – How To Be Present

By meestereric / June 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 curiosity if it’s there). The doer can’t squelch (forcefully silence or suppress) the doer –…

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How Can I Have an Experience of Non-Duality?

By meestereric / March 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 it is, is that it is outside, over there, surrounding me. A: It would require…

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On Beyond Nonduality Teachings

By meestereric / March 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 this book that arrived in the mail to the “random” page below, right after my…

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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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On Beyond Spiritual Bypassing

By meestereric / October 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 a term that the author has noticed getting misappropriated and misapplied, even abused, in the…

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Kissing a Sweet Goodbye to The Three Principles

By meestereric / October 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 the feeling, and it will teach you everything you need to know.” ~ Sydney Banks…

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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) 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: it sounded…

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The Reality of Universal Consciousness

By meestereric / September 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 grasp about Universal Consciousness is that it is not something that can be sensed by…

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

By meestereric / July 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. Three: All phenomena are empty and selfless. And four: Nirvana is true peace.   The…

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