Psychedelics & Nonduality: Towards an Understanding of Ego Death , Openness, and More

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 context for what this article is about: regarding psychedelics, the current culture either: 1. Denigrates,…

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On Having Never Left: Being Awake to Being Awake

By Eric Platt / April 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 is its ineffability… The various words used to express the inexpressible often seem to have…

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A Simple Question

By Eric Platt / March 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. So I guess so… I’m not asking about the body, about you as a body.…

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Waking From the Dream

By Eric Platt / January 12, 2024 /

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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The Real Value Of Meditation

By Eric Platt / December 21, 2023 /

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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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 of understanding a relationship according to, for example, the classic metaphor of the way gold…

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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 Reasoning is an essential part of the total integration of awakening. Higher reason or transcendental…

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“The Real Awakening”, by Zephinanda

By meestereric / February 17, 2022 /

  A Phantom Cannot Awaken   There is no person to awaken, no separate entity that can awaken. From bodily sleep, a seeming entity can awaken, but this is only a seeming. It is in a relative way. How can I hear that what is hearing? How can I see that what is seeing? How…

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Will The Real Sage Please Stand Up?

By meestereric / April 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 spiritual seeker who wants enlightenment, who thinks the messenger is in some way the message,…

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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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