The Second Biggest Barrier To Spiritual Growth

The Path Upward Is Rarely Straight

The Path Upward Is Rarely Straight

BIRCH CREEK CAMPGROUND, ID

August 23, 2017 8:22 AM

One of the oh so very subtle properties of Consciousness is that we believe what we perceive. As I pointed out in Being God: A User’s Manual (the included Limitations chapter), this is a necessary function so You-as-God can experience life authentically.

But, inadvertently, it creates a serious barrier to all types of growth (not just spiritual growth). From My Dying Words: … Read more…

The Totality

SWAN VALLEY, ID

August 21, 2017 12:02 PM

Mystics and photographers share a common interest: the Light is everything to them.

The Light.

I sat in the doorway of my van and watched the Light gradually soften and fade. I felt the inevitable. … Read more…

Me Versus Them

Transcending Their Differences

Transcending Their Differences

SWAN VALLEY, ID

August 16, 2017 9:39 AM

The root of all divisiveness is confusion. It is the belief that “They” are their ego stories.

I may have seen through my own ego story, but I still struggle with seeing through the stories of other people. I still inadvertently confuse the vehicle (gender, race, citizenship, roles, past) with the driver (Clear, Loving, Awareness).

But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard. … Read more…

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.

A Story Of Joy And Gratitude And Awakening

Positive Post-it Notes

Positive Post-it Notes

LA BARGE, WY

August 13, 2017 2:02 PM

Here’s an email I received today (I was offline a few days). It’s a perfect, first-person description of what it’s like when the ego story is seen through—and just how hard it is to describe.

Notice a couple points (I bolded the appropriate text): … Read more…

Stress And The One Big Project

Multi-Tasking Mementos

Multi-Tasking Mementos

CORAL SPRINGS, FL

August 7, 2017 7:48 AM

Every time I re-enter Civilization I’m always hit with cultural shock and a mild depression. Though city and town folk are surrounded by the wonders and benefits of modern society—immersed in the benefits of urban consolidation—they all seem so stressed and dissatisfied. It’s nothing to pick up groceries or auto parts or home supplies or the mail. Stores to satisfy your every need and desire lie right around the corner. Urban dwellers have direct and practically immediate access to medical services and government benefits and employment and education and libraries and …. The world is the urban dweller’s oyster. Yet they all seem so unhappy and frustrated.

What gives? … Read more…

Inside Us All

Waiting in Charlotte

Waiting in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, SC

August 2, 2017 2:58 PM

Waiting in Charlotte for a flight down to Ft. Lauderdale, I sat and watched all the people dealing with delays and waits and tensions and boredoms. You don’t have this opportunity often when you live the way I do.

What do all these people have in common? What do we all have in common (besides staring at our phones too much)?

We are all filled with Clear Loving Awareness. It is what makes us the same. It is what makes each of us Divine.

We all know we exist.

We all are acting from Love.

We are all Aware.

Behind the fog of the me-me-me thing, everyone is the same. Everyone is You.

The Descent

Early Outline

Early Outline

July 22, 2017 12:20 PM

Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being took an ascending approach to nondual spirituality. From Man to Enlightenment to Divine union. Mystical Oneness helps the reader fade the ego (the less there is of you, the more there is of the Divine).

The book I’m working on now, Being God: A User’s Manual, takes the complete opposite approach. Of the descent of God to Man to Divine union. … Read more…

Is It All Just A Dream?

A Dream AND Reality

July 14, 2017 10:44 AM

Many nondualists think that it is. That all THIS—the entire Universe—is just You-as-Pure-Awareness dreaming. None of THIS is real. It’s all illusion. It’s all Maya. Nothing need be taken seriously because nothing is real (except You (you egotistical bastard)).

About a week ago I received an email from a reader who was trying to resolve his experience of the Divine with the advice from his Dzogchen and Vedanta teachers. His teachers were telling him the Divine is “just a projection of the mind.” … Read more…

How To Feel God

Living The Dream

July 7, 2017 9:07 AM

In my last post, I voiced a taboo—the taboo that all nondual practitioners realize:

You are God.

Some might use a different word—Source, Tao, Allah, Brahman, the Universe, the Light…—but they all amount to the same thing.

So how can you feel God/Tao/Source right now?

You can do what I’ve been doing for the last few months: … Read more…