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…

Being Pulled From The Light

Photo from “Fading Toward Enlightenment”

June 29, 2017 9:24 AM

The message of nonduality is that all is One Thing and the implications of the siddhis is that this One Thing is intelligent.

In other words:

You are God.

(All is One. The One is intelligent. The One is God. You are One. You are God.)

Even though my conscious mind believes this, my thoughts and actions often say otherwise. My unconscious beliefs often pull me out of this state. And therein lies the issue. … Read more…

When Worldviews Diverge

June 16, 2017 9:20 AM

I needed to go deeper. I still feel this need. I’m grateful for all the notes of support from you. I’m okay.

Here’s what I’ve discovered so far. Here’s what I’m working on. Here’s how you can do the same if you’re so inclined. … 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.

Formless Awareness—Nirvikalpa Samadhi

My Yearly Brush With Snow

My Yearly Brush With Snow

MANZANO MOUNTAINS SP, NM

April 4, 2017 9:43 AM

I awoke to snow. A few moments (seconds, minutes, hours?) earlier I was in, what is often called in Sanskrit, nirvikalpa samadhi—formless awareness.

This happens about once a week now but last night’s was the most… clear. I am aware, but not of any thing. A radiant, outward flowing awareness with no destination or intention. No other. No me even.

But, upon awakening I was struck by how almost all accounts of this “state” (quotes because it lies below all experience), seem to miss a key point: Love. … Read more…

Three Books and a Rejection

This Photo Has Nothing To Do With The Post

This Photo Has Nothing To Do With The Post

LAKE SUMNER SP, NM

March 20, 2017 4:58 PM

Okay. I’m officially working on two different books while keeping The Mystic in the back of my mind—churning.

Book 1: One Second Serenity

Book 2: Through The Eyes Of A Mystic

Book 3: The Mystic

Through The Eyes Of A Mystic is going to be a collection of “The Moment”-like posts. Short observations of the moment as seen from a mystic’s worldview.

I think what attracts people to spirituality is often their projection of what it is like to be awake/enlightened, so this book will just be a collection of what it is like. The everyday world seen through a mystic’s eyes.

But… but I want the book to be an all-new, never-before published collection of these accounts, so I’m ‘collecting’ them as I go (without sharing them here). The book will consist of about 30-50 (100?) of them.

What follows was an early ‘cheat’—an idea I could take previous blog posts and use those, or (as the example below) old stories from my past. I’ve since rejected this idea, but I kind of like where the story was headed. Maybe I’ll finish it sometime and use it as an introduction somewhere.

Anyway, this should give you an idea of the writing style and tone without breaking my “Never Before Published” promise. … Read more…

The Mystic: Parts I & II

The Fall Expected

The Fall Expected

CABALLO LAKE SP, NM

March 11, 2017 1:01 PM

Here are the first two parts of The Mystic (first draft). As I mentioned a few days ago, this is my first attempt at a novel—fiction—so I’m curious about your thoughts.

Click here for the PDF.

Please try to forget everything you know about me as you read this. Try to see it through the eyes of a spiritual seeker who’s never heard of me or my work. Someone who’s read (and enjoyed) The Prophet, or Jonathan Livingston Seagull, or The Alchemist.

Then I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know what you think.

Attachments and the Quivering Me-Thing

Openings Closed Because of Attachments

Openings Closed Because of Attachments

LEASBURG DAM SP, NM

March 8, 2017 10:22 AM

In The Mystic, the major plot line is (will probably be) discovering and achieving the purpose of the Apprentice’s life. Initially—when the Apprentice first meets the Mystic—it will be to overcome her sorrow, but later it will be to overcome any attachments that contract her into a quivering Me-thing (I may not use those exact terms). … Read more…

A New Project

Making Camping Easier and More Accessible

Making Camping Easier and More Accessible

BLACK JACK CAMPGROUND, AZ

February 27, 2017 4:15 PM

Until a few years ago, I would often start an exciting new project only to drop it after a few days/weeks. It was usually around that time that the project would start to feel too much like work. My computer is filled with dozens of folders on projects like these.

What I do now, is ask myself, “If you won the lottery, would you still work on this project?”

If my answer isn’t yes, then I don’t do it. … Read more…