More Guys With Guns Trying To Intimidate

Where The Path Leads Is Uncertain

Where The Path Leads Is Uncertain

ON MT. HOOD, OR

July 28, 2016 10:28 AM

The book is coming well. This new “focused version” is making it much easier to write. Or maybe it’s just the mountain.

Yesterday, I drove into town for some people time, then set up camp at this sweet spot I know, but last night—after dark—two guys set up their “camp” about 50 yards away and started firing their guns in what I guess was an attempt to drive me out. … Read more…

Balancing

The Digital Mind and the Analog Mountain

The Digital Mind and the Analog Mountain

ON MT. HOOD, OR

July 20, 2016 10:13 AM

Sharing one’s account of an event—describing it, explaining it—is never easy. Particularly with spiritual topics, balancing theory with lived experiences can be tricky.

I face this all the time with this blog. I’m also encountering it with the book. A step-by-step guide to enlightenment (and beyond) is going to have a lot of theory. Here’s a little balance that I wrote this morning for the Witness chapter… … Read more…

The Suffering of the Bodhisattva

The Near, the Far, and the Middle. All in Focus. All at Once.

The Near, the Far, and the Middle. All in Focus. All at Once.

ON MT. HOOD, OR

July 19, 2016 10:38 AM

The Bodhisattva Vow is not a vow. This is a misunderstanding. To say that a person, upon enlightenment, took a vow to awaken all individuals is as silly as saying that, upon being born, you took a vow to eat food.

You feel a natural desire to eat. The bodhisattva feels a natural desire to help others awaken. … Read more…

Why I’m Coming Back

A Vehicle For Participating In Life

A Vehicle For Participating In Life

JOHN DAY DAM, WA

July 16, 2016 10:12 AM

I’m not getting much done on the book. I’m not at peace. There’s too much pain being shared in the world right now… and I’m feeling it. Without peace, the book feels forced. So I’m not working on it.

I’ve heard a hundred times—thousands maybe—that the enlightened don’t need to reincarnate, that they only come back to help others (the Bodhisattva Vow).

That’s BS pure and simple. Not the Vow—the Vow is wonderful, even natural. The BS is the “I’m enlightened, I’m at peace with everything” thing.

They just made that up.

That or their definition of “enlightenment” means Dead.

Life—to live—isn’t so simple. … Read more…

Breaking The Enlightenment Barrier

The Barge Approaches the Dam

The Barge Approaches the Dam

JOHN DAY DAM, WA

July 12, 2016 10:07 AM

I’m back on the banks of the Columbia River where I went through much of my three-week awakening. In the book, I’m working on the Witness Aspect and camping here brings back the memories of those initial days on the other side of the Gateless Gate.

Today I wrote about my original frustrations with the lack of transparency in most nondual teachers. Back then I didn’t understand how to make enlightenment play well with the real world:

Focusing exclusively on the inner experiences of the Witness is like moving to New York City and only sharing stories about the inside of your apartment. It just doesn’t make sense.

This attitude is slowly changing. Like running the four-minute mile, when nondual teachers remove the specialness of enlightenment by being more transparent about their day-to-day lives (their outer experiences), more people will naturally wake up.

With more transparency (less specialness), the four-minute barrier is broken. By making enlightenment more ordinary, it makes it that much easier to “attain” (we are all naked under our clothes, we just don’t realize it).

There’s more to New York City than just your apartment.

What I Mean By “Less Of You”

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

CRANE PRAIRE RESERVOIR, OR

July 7, 2016 9:33 AM

“This is ridiculous,” the Brain said, “The spot is too sweet. Someone will be camped there. It’s stupid to go so far out of your way.”

As I pulled down the dead-end road and saw all the trees leaning in, and the road in disrepair, the Brain said, “Well, maybe only hunters use the camp in the fall. Maybe She was right.”

Just then, a white pickup truck (the mysterious pickup?) appeared down the road and the Brain shouted, “Ah ha! I was right. The camp is taken! You’re a fool Wayne, you’ve always been a fool! You need to start listening to me more. When will you learn?” … Read more…

You Are So Much More

Following The Path To Its Natural Conclusion

Following The Path To Its Natural Conclusion

UMPQUA NF, OR

July 4, 2016 11:12 AM

I wrote the following last night and this morning decided not to post it. Too much unprovable theory. Too much mind. Too much noise.

A few moments ago though, as I was sitting on a rock on the River, She whispered, “Someone needs to hear this.”

So here it is. Please don’t expect me to participate in any discussion of this (too much theory, to much mind, …). Not my thing. The only point that appeals to me is the last line:

You—whatever that is—are beyond this silly world. You are so much more.

Happy Independence! … Read more…