Feelings

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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Feelings & Emotions – Practical Spirituality

By Eric Platt / December 6, 2023 /

It’s about experience. What we are trying to convey here, in this writing – as much as possible, within the limits of language and the author’s understanding – is what we can know from direct experience: especially, and in particular, direct subjective experience. The raw deal. In other words, not from hearsay or from concepts…

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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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A Question of Sentience: What is Conscious and Awake?

By meestereric / January 11, 2021 /

There is a different use of the word “sentient” than in the culture at large, one that clarifies an important distinction between consciousness and the outward behavior of a bodymind. The question comes up, what is the status of consciousness in different states, such as sleeping, or deep sleep, in dreaming, or under anesthesia?  An…

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True Love and Relationships, Part 2: The Yoga of Relationships

By meestereric / November 24, 2020 /

This article is the second in a series about love and relationships (the first is here).      True love is never rejected. If you come from the right place, it will find the path to the heart, because the place is comes from and the place it goes to is the same place. The shooter…

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On Beyond Nonduality: You Are An Utter Failure

By meestereric / May 5, 2020 /

The tension in nondual philosophy is that it contradicts with most experience, or seems to – for many of us mere mortal-seeming humans – so that it sets up a tension between a supposed special or non-dual experience and one’s own experience. In other words it seems to be saying there is something else besides…

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The Difference Between Wanting To Feel Better and Understanding

By meestereric / April 20, 2020 /

INTRODUCTION Often on the self-help, spiritual and non-dual paths, there is the experience that one is on a rollercoaster ride of feelings, or feel like one is not progressing anymore, or very slowly. You might get into low moods, or react strongly to some situation, or in general are not as happy or at peace…

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On Beyond Death and Predetermination

By meestereric / March 16, 2020 /

Someone in the Robert Adams community online asked about death and predetermination. (And when the world has gone crazy – well, crazier than usual…). Don’t follow the herd, which is the way of fear and crawling on the ground. Be the way of freedom. Stand alone and see with clear eyes. Find the love in…

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