On Beyond Zen

On Beyond the Dream of Separation: an Exploration Beyond the Known

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.…

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…

Two Kinds of Liberty and Ultimate Liberation

By Eric Platt | January 21, 2024 |

I remember once being at lunch with a friend, many years ago, and mentioning regarding freedom, that there is freedom from and freedom to. I’d heard it from a teacher,…

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…

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,…

How to Get What You Want (Part 1) – On Goals and Goal Setting

By Eric Platt | November 23, 2023 |

There’s a big difference between what they call “setting goals” and pursuing them – such as in the self-help field – and the way that life happens in actual experience,…

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…

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…

All Else is Bandaids

By Eric Platt | March 24, 2023 |

The Truth, or Reality, or Awareness, whatever concepts you want to use, is intangible-and also the totality of tangibility-thus not abstract or intellectual; it is an experience, and felt as…

Non-Duality and Suffering V. 2

By meestereric | September 7, 2022 |

A Dialogue   Q: What’s your real value, at the end of the day, after years of seeking and suffering and finding, and all you’ve inquired into and seen and…

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…

“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…

Wisps of Freedom

On Beyond Depression

By meestereric | November 16, 2020 |

I was diagnosed with “clinical depression” 30 years ago or so. I was told I’d be on Prozac – a popular SSRI antidepressant at the time – for the rest…

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