Never mind

Whenever I speak of no-mind, I’m not speaking of the absence of mind, but the absence of identification with it. The absence of conceiving of it as a separate entity — a me. Mind is not an entity; it is the movement, the activity arising (and passing) in/as consciousness. So, no-mind points to no clinging to it as a finite, limited (and limiting) identity or entity, so it is allowed to dissolve into/as Source just as easily as it arises within/as Source! This easy arising and dissolving lends fluidity and transparency, that we commonly attempt to convey when we refer to “an open mind.” Continue Reading »

Fellow enlightened being Dileepan Raghunathan writes:

“Information is lost in the obsession with data,
Knowledge in the obsession with Information;
Wisdom is lost in the obsession with Knowledge,
Realisation in the obsession with Wisdom!”

This is, of course, why the Self realized appear decidedly unwise in (their) words, pointers, and apparent “advice.” I am all there is? There is no other? You don’t live in the world, the world lives in you? Do nothing and nothing is left undone? What stupidity, what meaninglessness, what hubris, what selfishness! 😂

Wisdom, even in its most refined and subtle form, is the last frontier, the last threshold for ego-death. If there is stuckness and identification with wisdom, there cannot be Realization. There’s nothing so unwise as wisdom; it arms one to “do” things the foolish wouldn’t try! Continue Reading »

That Love can be known only in the moments when emotions cease (rest) is as preposterous to the mind, as that Life can be known only in the moments when world (thought/ perception/ objectification) ceases, or that Self can only be known when mind ceases, or that Truth can only be known when word ceases, or that God can be known only when belief (scripture, mantra, or deity) ceases. The mind confuses the arising and passing content of “somethingness” that it can objectify, measure and grasp as reality, finding it impossible to know Reality (Life/Love/Self/Truth/God) as Nothingness… or more accurately, as nothing that can be named, including as Nothingness! And that’s only because the mind itself is an arising and passing phenomenon within Reality/Life/Love/Self/Truth/God, so how can it ever know the field in/as which it bubbles up and dissolves? It’s like fish never knowing water, while never for a moment being apart.

And that’s also why the mind keeps changing. That we can “change our minds” itself points to how it can never know, only perceive in/as time, the arising and passing of temporary content, and conflate this with Reality.

What Life has to offer

I met a cute and bubbly young woman who, describing her many interests and adventures, said, “I like exploring all that life has to offer.” Of course I didn’t clarify in the listening capacity I had in that moment, but what she’s actually talking about is exploring all that the world has to offer. What Life offers is often numbed by the adrenaline and dopamine of world immersion and addiction. Life is even begun to be noticed only in the moments when world ceases.

Life is that infinite, unchanging wellspring of consciousness from/in/as which the world arises (and passes) as images. To be always immersed (by believing) in the arising and passing images is to be out of touch with Life!

Any time you hear someone teaching non-duality take a deep breath to shift gears and say, “But we do live in this world, and the ’reality’ is…” know that this person is conflating the (yes, necessary) acknowledgment of the apparent experience of perceptions, thoughts, feelings, sensations and objects, with appeasing and validating the perception of mind. The Absolute may have been glimpsed, yet the mind is co-opting that experience once again into believing that well-roundedness and “spiritual maturity” means to keep taking and talking “both” sides. And as soon as we talk as if ‘absolute’ and ‘relative’ are two things, we are talking in circles again.  Continue Reading »

A No that is Yes!

A No said from the Nothingness of Self, in alignment with universal well-being, is at once also a Yes. A no said from fear, habit patterning, conditioning, control, doubt, compulsion, reactivity, resistance, self-protection, convenience, or plain old laziness to stretch or expand into possibility, is neither no nor yes. It’s just no man’s land, the equivalent of remaining stuck in purgatory.

P.S. As an aside, you’ll notice that few will argue with or object to the first kind of No, as they intuitively and immediately recognize that it’s arising from that “centerless center” also capable of a wholehearted and unconditional Yes. (Even the littlest children recognize it!)

An ‘open mind’

A true open mind isn’t one that is able to hold or becomes occupied with thought-full-y considering and processing all manner of views and perspectives, but one that is held so lightly that it is transparent… its openness is in its lightness and transparency… allowing the Heart of Being to be instantly reached/accessed beyond the limitation of views and perspectives.

It is the Heart of Being that sees the Universal in the unique (singular), whereas the identified mind is trapped in a never-ending attempt to think into place a conceptual universality via weaving together perspectives.