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The Blank Page Called ‘Today’

It’s odd and unusual to have a day with no plans.  Today is such a day.  Who was I yesterday?  The Absolute and only That.  Who am I today?  The Absolute and only That.  Tomorrow?  The same.  Truly, none of us has any idea what the next moment will bring, let alone the next day.  […]

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Disappearing into Perceptions and Inner Silence

Disappearing into Perceptions and Inner Silence One of the simplest practices for understanding the deepest part of our nature, in my experience, is disappearing into perceptions.  My favorite way of doing this is to stop paying any attention to thoughts appearing in my mind (or, sometimes in my case, it’s music or songs appearing) and […]

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Believe NOTHING: Validate Everything for Yourself by Your Own Experience

Walking the dog this morning, I was remembering a conversation I had with a client this week about belief and faith.  Awakening or Enlightenment is NOT a faith-based activity.  You do not have to believe the arcane religious dogmas or doctrines of any faith in order to wake up. In fact, quite the opposite.  You […]

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Welcome to the World….Duality Doesn’t Exist Except That We Have to Live in It!

There are many teachers that get ‘orthodox’ about insisting that no one wakes up and that it’s all an illusion.  I would ask them, however, how successful they are about breaking out of the physical limitations of the so-called dualistic illusion?  Do they walk on water?  Is their body not subject to illness and death? […]

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Enlightenment Now: Three Essential Practices to Uncover Your True Nature

In my many years of spiritual practices, and the study of various religious and spiritual traditions, I find myself offering three basic practices to those who come to me for psychological or spiritual guidance: Meditation Practicing Presence (meditation in the midst of everyday life and activity) Thought-busting (challenging all thoughts for truthfulness) There are so […]

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Enlightenment Now: The Frailty of Being Human

In circles of those who think and talk about enlightenment, some of whom may even be enlightened, we often want to focus on the great, grand visions, the Oneness that is felt in meditation and other wonderful and glorious experiences.  However, it’s important to continue to experience everything, including the frailty of being human.  We […]

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Enlightenment Now: I Don’t Know

One of my favorite personal expressions is “I don’t know.”  If someone asks me ‘is that really true?’ about almost anything, I will say ‘I don’t know.’ There is wisdom in ‘not knowing.’  In reality, what humans consider ‘knowledge’ is usually expressed in words.  Words are a poor approximation of reality. If I ask myself […]

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Enlightenment Now: Ego – The Dead End of Personal Development

When developing the Ego (a set of thought and feeling processes usually involving the word-concepts “I” or “me” or “mine”) becomes the end of our personal and societal development, we end up in a world where everyone is mistakenly defending a ‘self’ and ‘my own interests.’  The result is the chaotic scenes we see everywhere […]

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Enlightenment Now: Emptiness and Fullness on Thanksgiving

Clearly, many in the United States are feeling a fullness in their bellies right now, after Thanksgiving dinners.  A different kind of fullness arises out of Inner Emptiness, once one realizes that there is no self, simply a spontaneous cacophony of perception, action, thought, and emotion without a center.  All of this Fullness, arising out […]

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