The Mind Is Me Assumption

What I look like when my mind is blown.

What I look like when my mind is blown.

LAS VEGAS, NM

March 27, 2017 1:23 PM

The mind is me? Sometimes I’m amazed at how dumb smart people can be. Not Mark O’Connell—the author of the referenced article—but the people he interviewed for it.

Here’s an email I just sent Mark (minor corrections for my mind’s (see, two things: me and my mind) stupidity). … Read more…

Transitions

THE DESERT

February 17, 2017 10:18 AM

Doors and windows and stairs and bridges. These used to be some of my favorite subjects to photograph. They featured prominently in Fading Toward Enlightenment. I’ve often been drawn to them. Not always, but often.

Now I understand why. … Read more…

What Do I Stand For?

From One Comes Another

From One Comes Another

OUTSIDE AJO, AZ

January 21, 2017 11:36 AM

Over the last few days I’ve been loading up my brain with the goal of uncovering a sense of direction:

So with this “pre-loading” of my brain, I pulled away all me-thoughts (a benefit of the skill of enlightenment), expanded, felt the Love flow and went for a long walk in the desert. … Read more…

Why LSD Doesn’t Affect The Enlightened (Much)

Imagine Seeing This Scene On Acid

Imagine Seeing This Scene On Acid

OUTSIDE MORRISTOWN, AZ

January 14, 2017 2:15 PM

I can’t believe I forgot to mention my LSD experiences—or more accurately, the lack thereof—in the book.

  • LSD doesn’t affect me anymore (at most, I get the equivalent of a two-beer buzz).
  • Ram Dass’ guru wasn’t affected by it

Why? Because one common affect of LSD is to cause two normally separate networks of the brain—the networks responsible for the personal and the impersonal—to operate in harmony. “In here” and “out there” merge and the experience of oneness is perceived directly. (Note: I suspect many people experience hallucinations on LSD because this merging causes them to perceive their subconscious (deep “in here”) with the world “out there.”) … Read more…

Mystics: The Rebels Of Spirituality

COTTONWOOD, AZ

January 12, 2017 9:45 AM

Historically, mystics have always had rather short life expectancies. They tended to die young because they were constantly saying stupid things that pissed people off.

Stupid things that somehow made a lot of sense.

So traditionally, the established authorities liked to kill mystics off before they became too big of a problem. Burn ’em, stone ’em, or crucify ’em, I don’t care! Just get rid of them!

Today’s version of this “Kill the Mystic!” mentality is to troll them online. … Read more…

Unconditional Love

The Light And the Vastness

The Light And the Vastness

YUMA, AZ

Enlightenment is when the personal and the impersonal unite. When they unite, all boundaries are seen through and we experience a profound sense of Vastness.

For many, this Vastness feels alive. It feels like the source of Everything. It feels vibrant, like some undefinable Potential, vibrating with an irrepressible inner expectation. … Read more…

Marketing From The Heart

Desert Road

Desert Road

COTTONWOOD, AZ

December 10, 2016 1:24 PM

I was telling Michelle the other day that, now that I’ve accomplished everything from my Dying Regrets List, all I want to do is help people.

Since I’m not comfortable with self-promotion, I don’t enjoy “pitching” people. So, when you know you have a product that can help people, but you refuse to pitch it to them, what’s one to do? … Read more…