Awakening

No Path To Everywhere

By Eric Platt / January 31, 2024 /

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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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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A Paradox of the Direct Path Resolved by the Dream Metaphor

By Eric Platt / January 7, 2024 /

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

By Eric Platt / January 3, 2024 /

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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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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Where’s The Will? Or, Liberation in an Instant

By Eric Platt / July 11, 2023 /

One of the deepest mysteries of life is about free will. It’s obvious there can be nothing like will for a separate entity. A separate, individual will makes no sense, if you think about it: where would it be? Every thing is subject to cause and effect, causation, time and motion… what they call “nature…

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Higher Reasoning II

By Eric Platt / May 16, 2023 /

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 is to a ring made of gold. In this…

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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. Higher Reasoning is an essential part of the total integration of awakening. Higher reason or transcendental reason simply means reasoning applied towards discovery or uncovery of reality, rather than appearances (the noumenal rather…

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The Three Stages of Liberation

By meestereric / April 20, 2023 /

Freedom manifests itself as a seeming human being along these lines:   1. Being open to being open to listening or seeing Reality-Truth. A teacher experience (could be any form – human, mountain…) in life happens. 2. Contemplating it, deepening it 3. Living it out.    Of course, it was always there, just hidden. Consciousness…

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Infinite Life: An Inquiry

By meestereric / September 13, 2022 /

Who is running the brain? Where did these thoughts come from? They seem to come from nowhere and disappear into nowhere. Who’s running this show, anyway? Right now, listen. To whatever there is. Be it inside or outside. Look, listen and feel, taste and smell. Without looking, listening, feeling, tasting and smelling. It’s not an…

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