I, the Ego: I Believe (My Mind)

Fence in a Field on an Overcast Day

Fence in a Field on an Overcast Day

SE of UKIAH, OR

September 24, 2015 12:39 PM

It seems to me one of the key features—one of the key problems—of the I, the Ego level, is that I, as an Ego, believe what my mind tells me. … Read more…

What Is Left When There Is No You?

Snapseed Practice

Snapseed Practice

ONTARIO, OR

September 18, 2015 8:51 AM

As I sat in a little local coffeehouse contemplating a route through eastern Oregon, I downloaded and played with Snapseed, an iPhone/iPad app for editing photos (see my first attempt above). One of my fantasies is to wander around the country like Jack Reacher with nothing but the clothes on my back and an iPhone or iPad in my pocket, but I couldn’t figure out how to make good qualities photos… until now. Hmm… I can see the possibilities. … Read more…

Humbled

Where the Flycatcher was

Where the Flycatcher was

NEAR SWAN VALLEY, ID

September 5, 2015 1:19 PM

As I looked up from my Kindle, as I thought over the words I had just read, as I expanded and my self boundaries collapsed and vanished, I noticed the trees around me were filled with dozens of various birds of all shapes and colors: black and white woodpeckers skittering on the trunks, grey and dusky flycatchers looping off the branches, robins hopping about among the fallen leaves, and these yellow and brown wrens(?) flittering about in the bushes by the creek. None of these birds were here yesterday, and, as I type this an hour later, none of these birds are here now. … Read more…

Being the Frog Master

The Home Office

The Home Office

NEAR SWAN VALLEY, ID

September 3, 2015 11:18 AM

My (partial) response to an email from Jerry Freeman this morning:

Very cool though that we were both writing about the same thing at about the same time. This too was reflected in my student’s life (I was offline and didn’t know about her experience until after I had published that blog post). She had a friend visiting who had a psychotic break-down during her visit. Michelle, my student, was witnessing someone who’s Interior world was more real to her than her Exterior world was which, synchronistically, was a key part of my blog post (though unbeknownst to me at the time I was writing it), and was exactly what Michelle needed to hear:

> “To strengthen the Witness Level, one must learn to see (and therefore distance oneself) from their thoughts—one must learn to see the difference between the Interior world of the Mind and the Exterior world of Reality.”

I thought at the time of writing the above that it was a little clunky, that it was really only step 1 in strengthening the Witness (step 2 being one must see their Interior in the same way as they see their Exterior), but I heard Her (TaoGodHer’s) whisper and left it as is. As it turned out, confusing the Interior world with the Exterior world was what was being reflected in Michelle’s friend’s experience (though I didn’t know that at the time). Amazing how this stuff works.

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Strengthening I, the Witness

The Tetons at Dawn

The Tetons at Dawn

N OF JACKSON, WY

September 1, 2015 9:27 AM

For three days I wandered and camped along the Grey’s River in western Wyoming. No internet. No TV. No radio. No connection with the outside world whatsoever. Like a silent retreat, I found this disconnect from society’s collective Mind powerful and refreshing.

With nothing to do but watch chipmunks and birds skitter and flitter about, the distinction between Interior noise and Exterior reality becomes crystal clear as I, the Witness separates from the inner whirlwind of the mind. As self boundaries collapse and vanish, the Mortal/Ego/Soul knot of “I” gently merges with all that is seen and heard—the “me knot” dissolves into Reality. … Read more…