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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.” (more…)

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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!

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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!)

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Pain is from accumulated resistance to the energetic flow of (as!) Life (as a survivalist response), and suffering is from accumulated resistance to pain in the form of story and narrative. The currency of the first is emotions and the currency of the second is thoughts; they do, however, arise in tandem. Both emotions and thoughts can be allowed in full (to fully arise and pass), in the Realization of being Life itSelf, with nothing to resist, overcome or survive against! As Realization is abiding, suffering ceases, and subsequently so does pain… but this cessation is never the goal, only the natural by-product of Awakening.

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Intuition

At the level of egoic (mind-body identified) consciousness, intuition manifests as instinct, aimed mainly at survival. (Most of our actions actually arise from here and are post-rationalized, while a small percentage are deliberated via the conscious mind, yet the consciousness guiding them arising from either unconscious programming or conscious beliefs acquired via education, informational/ objective knowledge, analytical or contemplative thought… to replace the old beliefs and acquire new ones, now called values).  (more…)

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Although there is constant reference to freedom from suffering related to Awakening (or Self Realization or Enlightenment), the goal of not suffering, or to feel or function better, or “get happy” is never what Awakening is about. If there’s a value proposition, you can be sure it’s not about Awakening 😊 Rather, everything else that is popularly valued and engaged in is about either distracting or training the mind to feel and function better, while Awakening is simply seeing what is, seeing what’s absolutely eternally true. It’s Reality realizing itSelf (through/as what appears to be “you”).

Actually, it is by completely surrendering, allowing and embracing the suffering and pain, that Awakening, and subsequently, total Realization, spontaneously dawned (upon “me”). And in so allowing, I saw how generating narratives and telling the hi/story — with an agenda to change the world or “never let it happen again” or get relief or comfort or be heard or be seen or be healed — is one of the most entrenched ways in which we avoid and reject and rationalize the suffering and disallow its total embrace and dissolution. (Telling the story without a charge or agenda but for the sake of storytelling alone, allowing anyone to receive from it what they will, is different… and is simply part of authentic expression.) (more…)

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The wave upon an ocean appears have a form and travel forward in time to the shore. And yet, we realize that nothing (no form) travels. And that at every point in the ocean, apparent movement is in the Now… even if a point far away can be mentally / experientially conceptualized as the “past” (or “birth”) of the point near the shore (“death”)!  (more…)

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