I Did Not Know

I didn’t know what I did not know. I know that’s a common phrase but it holds such uncommon truth. I spoke of truth. I acknowledged the Oneness, consciousness as All. The Universe moved through me, informed my awareness, speaking without the precursor of thoughts. Healing energy poured through me as it would, when it …

The Quest

(Update below) What impacts the types of thoughts that arise in what passes for personal awareness? I’ve been looking closely because I’ve noticed that lately — perhaps always but more so lately — those thoughts left unexamined, manifest rather quickly. Read that as instantly. I’m not talking about thoughts I drum up, thoughts I consciously …

You Can’t Know Me

To know me is to know yourself. There is no way to know me, to know anyone, if you do not know the nature of your self. Until that realization you can’t know me. I may speak and you will hear your own version of truth. I may write the most perfect words and you …

The Only Grail

Experiencing is absolutely real! Our experience as it is is the holy grail — the only grail. All else is not real in the way we have been programmed. Seeing a body, or a world-cosmos-universe, is only perception, the experiencing alone. It is non-dimensional infinite eternality, and wonders of wonders, rather that finite bags of …

Immanence

Non-duality gets a bad rap and that’s understandable with the new agey interpretations that lead to spiritual bypassing. Disregard for another’s reality, for their deep experiences, the chaos of this world is heartless and only comes when one’s heart is so broken that not protecting it feels like it would trigger a messy and abrupt …

Happiness

Are you happy? It’s an important question because at your core you are happiness itself. Do the beliefs you hold bring you happiness or do they cause your beautiful self to contract a bit? Do your ideas about life cradle your wide open heart, that which is more natural to you than breathing, or do …

Effort Always Fails

For years most on the spiritual path have patiently practiced according to their tradition. Practice automatically implies at least some level of effort. Effort is always directed at an object, towards something desired — peacefulness, happiness, oneness, experiences of shimmering light and love. Fascinating when you grasp that the intention of practice is to bring …

The Dance

I didn’t quite have the whole of it. Wouldn’t exactly say I was wrong, just that truth seems to be constantly expanding, or at least the understanding that is taking root here is. Isn’t that always the case with a blown open mind? How fun is that! When I wrote of the present moment I …

And then one day …

You’re going about life hooked on the adrenalin of living absolutely convinced of the separation reality and then … something happens. You didn’t cause it, you didn’t ask for it. God knows, you wouldn’t have asked to be taken apart piece by piece. At first, it doesn’t seem too bad, mild in comparison to what …

Powerful or Powerless?

We don’t easily accept the reality of no free will. I’ve always known it was true although I didn’t quite understand how it could be. Observing my life, it sure looked like I had it, at the very least on occasion, but something within kept saying no even to that compromise. The idea of no …

A Subtle Difference

A smooth surface can be illusory. It is quite natural to mistake the stillness of the ocean as the end of life’s turbulence and its unsettled, heart piercing manifestation. It is also quite natural to encounter the messiness of life bubbling up from the ocean’s depths regardless of how enlightened one is. We may be …

Control

Every time I write about our lack of control I can count on people reacting, and not favorably. I wouldn’t be surprised but many are friends whose posts I enjoy and with whom my experience of life feels in sync. I find it fascinating that the idea of control is a holy cow sort of …

Sleepy Time

How’s your sleep? Do you fall easily into the void at bedtime? Do you lay your head on the pillow and go out like a light? Can you enter into the Now so completely that nothing of this world remains? Or is it a little bit tougher for you? My body hasn’t quite caught up …

The Ultimate It Factor

What you call life is Consciousness. Everything, every experience arises from, arises in and dissolves back into Consciousness. It is the Ultimate It Factor of Life. If you sit and meditate and have cosmic experiences they arise in and return to Consciousness. As a seeker, if you practice any of the seemingly infinite possibilities: sadhanas, …

Experiencing

It is really simple, so simple in fact that it is entirely overlooked. Something that simple couldn’t be the answer to the seemingly unanswerable questions about reality. It’s simply not possible, but I have found it to be profoundly true. My path has always been the path of direct experience, diving into anything that I …