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…

Spiritual Teachers, Transparency and the Internet

A Gateless Gate (at least for cows)

A Gateless Gate (at least for cows)

COTTONWOOD, AZ

January 10, 2017 11:06 AM

I came across this video this morning of David Bowie discussing the future of the internet back in 1999. At around the 1:50 mark he says, “there’s a new demystification process between the artist and the audience,” in reference to how the internet is affecting music.

The same, I hope, can be said for the future of spirituality, particularly the “worship” of many of today’s spiritual teachers. Francis Bennett recently posted his frustration with this very topic and I’ve been talking about it for years (my original(?) post on this subject was back in 2010). … Read more…

Go Deep

The Fleeting "Never"

The Fleeting “Never”

YUMA, AZ

January 4, 2017 11:58 AM

The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books.
Seth Godin

If you want to wake up, you’ve got to go deep.

Practically all the reviews for Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being mention the depth of it. Of how useful it is for both beginning and advanced spiritual seekers.

With the internet, our information horizon has expanded to the practically infinite.

Time is fleeting.

But if we want to develop and mature, we’ve got to be selective with our time and attention. We’ve got to focus on just a few select topics and go deep.

So find something you love…

And dedicate your time to it…

And go deep.

A Kinder, Gentler New Year

Less is More

Less is More

YUMA, AZ

January 1, 2017 00:01 AM

The less there is of you, the more there is of Love (and Kindness and Gentleness and Grace and …).

For the new year, maybe we should all focus on becoming less.

Let go of your fears and open.

Let go of your me-me-me worries and allow the Love to flow.

Let go of your self-concerns and act with kindness.

If you are going to resolve anything today, maybe you should keep it simple.

Maybe as simple as this:

Be less.

Happy New Year.

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…

Love Is The Life Force

When Love Departs

When Love Departs

YUMA, AZ

December 21, 2016 11:26 AM

One of the lessons of the Self Aspect is that Love and Desire are required for life to thrive.

Don’t fall for the everything is Nothing trap. “Everything is Nothing” is just another belief, just another theory. Just more mind crap. Remember the lesson of the Lily Pads!Read more…

Maybe

A Milk-a-what-ic?

A Milk-a-what-ic?

COTTONWOOD, AZ

December 7, 2016 1:49 PM

I get at least one email a day asking me what I think about Trump. Some think he’s going to revolutionize American politics. Some think he’s going to be the next Hitler. Many think he’s just plain stupid.

After his call with Taiwan (the unintended start of WW III or the beginning of a prosperous new era?) I’m not sure if he’s stupid like a cow (above) or stupid like a fox (here). … Read more…