Waking From the Dream

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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Three Keys of So-Called “Spiritual Enlightenment”

Three Insights (and 3 key questions). They are all interconnected. See if you can see how.   1. How Many Minds Have You There are not two minds. There is not one controlling the other (in the head). There are not multiple minds. Where is the will in the head or brain or mind or…

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

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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How Is This Even Possible?

To see light. To Be. To Exist. To have any experience at all. Sidebar: What’s the point of suffering in order to not suffer – to sort of refine our happiness through trials and tribulations, refinement-by-fire, hone away the imperfections of the diamond, to prepare, burn away – as if there was anyone (separate) to…

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

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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Being Is, Non-Being is Not

This phrase is heard in Parmenides’, poem On Reality, and in a different form of language in the Bhagavad Gita, and in A Course in Miracles: Parmenides: Two paths are open to investigation. The first says: being is and non­being is not. It is the path of certainty, because it follows the truth. The other…

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Tag, You’re It: A Poem and a Contemplation of Reality

In my journal, scribbled some reflections, and a little “poem” this morning …   Tag, You’re It. In short … One cannot stand outside reality, one is It. One cannot know that reality any more than one can see one’s own eye Except as an image, appearing in mind, looking in a mirror… What you…

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