Consciousness

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 Beyond Pantheism

By Eric Platt / May 9, 2024 /

Pantheism is a mistake. Here’s a definition – one is as good as another: it’s the idea behind it that counts. And for “divinity or a supreme entity” or “God” you can substitute “consciousness” or universal consciousness, or awareness, or universal intelligence, and so forth, as those terms are used in Advaita, non-duality, spiritual wisdom traditions…

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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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Tracing Consciousness Back to the Source

By Eric Platt / March 14, 2024 /

Let’s “reverse engineer” Consciousness, tracing it back to the Source, the origin of the world. And, to address the modern skeptic and materialist – who the author often tried to communicate with in his line of work and interest – let’s examine what happens in experience, if we start from our outward perceptions and our…

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Non-Duality Is Not Spiritual

By meestereric / August 3, 2022 /

Although what we call spirituality may have something to do with nonduality, it is obvious that nonduality has nothing to do with spirituality. It’s not even an experience, and cannot be an experience, nor item of experience. Nothing can be known about it. And yet, people go to spiritual teachers, as if something can be…

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Real Intelligence

By meestereric / October 13, 2020 /

It is an amazing and profound predicament the Western mind has gotten itself into, using the faculties of natural intelligence and consciousness to entangle itself into a corner about the very thing it professes to want to understand, while denying its existence and nature. It seems the nature of what a human being is, is…

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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 Cause and Effect, Part II

By meestereric / March 13, 2020 /

A reader asked “how can one go beyond cause and effect?” in response to my article “On Beyond Cause and Effect“. Here is one possible answer (hopefully a practical one): One cannot, as a person, as a human being, go beyond cause and effect. In other words as a separate entity, one has zero freedom.…

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On Beyond UG Krishnamurti

By meestereric / November 4, 2019 /

“Pathological” – Francis Lucille, quoting his teacher Jean Klein, regarding U. G. Krishnamurti “The teaching mainly concerns the dying of the “I”, the “me”; then you are free from the psychological memory. Can this shift happen without crisis, or is crisis an element of it? In principle, there are no crises. But practically speaking there…

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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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