Man’s Blessing. Man’s Curse.

Harmony

Harmony

LA BARGE, WY

August 14, 2017 9:44 AM

I sat in the doorway of my van and stared out over the river. The contrast between the beauty of Nature and the divisiveness of the online world stuck me.

Why are so many people angry today? Why does it seem like everyone is attacking anyone whom they see as different?

The river burbled. The tall grass swayed. The clouds floated. Boundaries vanished and I expanded and disappeared and became One. Tao. Harmony. Peace.

And, from deep within the fog of my ancient memories, my Frog Master whispered:

Thoughts. Thoughts are Man’s blessing. Thoughts are Man’s curse.

A moose crossed the river.

Feeling blessed, feeling guided, feeling… confirmed, I raised my camera and took a photo of him.

And all the while, the river burbled contently.

Harmony, Fantasy And Rage

Harmony

Harmony

DILLON, CO

August 9, 2017 10:27 AM

The primary barrier to inner harmony is believing in fantasies. Specifically, the fantasy of the ego story being real.

If You can perceive it, it can’t be You. Two things: You (whatever that is) and a second, separate thing that You are experiencing.

Two things: You and not-You. … Read more…

Attached Versus Connected

Naturally Connected

Naturally Connected

BLUEWATER STATE PARK, NM

April 16, 2017 12:30 PM

Attached is related to the past. Connected is related to the present.

Attached weighs you down. Connected lifts you up.

Attached contracts you. Connected expands you.

Through attachment, we cling in fear of loss. Through connection, we open through our natural love.

We use connection in both The Serenity Technique and Mystical Oneness to help us unite our inner being with the exterior world. We connect through love in The Serenity Technique, while we connect through imbuing in the Witness practices of Mystical Oneness. Both lead to a more intimate experience of life.

Less you, more love.

Less attachment, more connection.

A Shortcut To Enlightenment

The Shortcut

The Shortcut

GRANTS, NM

April 13, 2017 10:01 AM

I like to think of Mystical Oneness as a shortcut to enlightenment. By defining “enlightenment”—by having a clear, straightforward definition—it makes it that much easier to zero-in and target practices specifically for it. Sort of the 80/20 rule for spiritual awakening.

Here’s an excerpt from a lead-in to the Living In Mystical Oneness series I’m working on. In it I’m attempting to explain how the traditional experience of enlightenment isn’t that different from my somewhat controversial definition of it. … Read more…

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…