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…

Barriers, Confidence, and Boundless Love

There are no Barriers between You and the Ocean

There are no Barriers between You and the Ocean

WILLAMETTE NF, OR

September 17, 2016 10:38 AM

Holding Myself Accountable To The Witness/Mystic.

When I catch myself taking my thoughts or emotions too seriously, I will access the Witness (no boundaries) while opening my Heart (Mystic). I will send Love to everything and everyone in my vicinity. I will be boundless Love.

No call. I want to focus on the book and I want you to become more confident in your abilities.

I met a man the other day who wanted to write an RPG (computer game), but he had a dozen excuses for why he couldn’t do it. Something was always wrong. Some barrier was always in the way. … Read more…

A Parable: The Dictionary

Another Machine For Making Dreams

Another Machine For Making Dreams

WILLAMETTE NF, OR

September 16, 2016 9:45 AM

Once upon a time there was a Student who wished to know everything about Reality.

Student went to Teacher and asked, “Should I read the Encyclopedia of Reality to learn about Reality?” … Read more…

You’ve Been Dumbed Down

The Dumbing Of Consciousness

The Dumbing Of Consciousness

ON MT. HOOD, OR

August 21, 2016 5:10 PM

Worse, you chose to be dumbed down.

The unexamined assumption is that the brain generates consciousness.

The truth—when we examine the evidence—is that consciousness is limited by the brain. … 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…