The ego entices the individual to place their interests above all others, but conscience does not play such games of favoritism. It places the individual’s interests within all others, and observes a homeostatic principle of ecology rather than egocentricity. With the aid of conscience (as with all intuitive mental functions), we can think in holistic ethical systems, not just fragmented segments as the ego does.
If we ever want to see the potential of full integration body and Consciousness –between self and Self– come to fruition, we need a non-dual spirituality that doesn’t annihilate the former in favor of the latter.
What the Trinity represents is the non-dual relationship between the finite and the Infinite, between that which is bound to linear time-space and that which is Eternal beyond time-space. Three is the “magic number” that recognizes the distinction that makes relationship possible (“not one”) but also breaks down the duality that appears to destroy the unity inherent in the relationship (“not two”).
Love doesn’t save us by preserving us in our current form —nothing can do that. The emotion of love tends to want to preserve what it loves, so if you stay in the shallow end of the love pool, that’s likely all you’ll ever know of it. But if you go to the deep end and dive in, you’ll learn that love saves us by making us whole.
In most monotheistic traditions, it is understood that God is not a being, not a physical object to be detected with the senses, but the ground of all being, a unified Spirit behind the many detectable things. But then specific claims are made about that Spirit, such as its gender, preferences for human clothing and […]
You cannot reach enlightenment by trying. But you also cannot reach it by ceasing to try. That just leaves you back where you started, and if you were satisfied with that state, you wouldn’t have started trying. Not to mention the futility of trying to stop trying. So no, do not try, and do not […]
Between non-duality and monism, you have two complementary, co-arising options: Any picture that you take is a no-selfie, or a Selfie.
There is something so incredibly simple about pantheism that we are making way too complicated. The conceptualization of our sensory perception is based on the principle of duality –the creation of conceptual distinctions between subject and object, knower and known etc. Duality is an illusion –a very useful one, but still an illusion, like […]
We are the timeless essence of Existence, expressing itself in time as you and me, him and her, this and that, giving each its own unique perspective of the Whole. The experience of the soul –perhaps the verb “souling,” however clumsy for its newness, is the clearest way to convey it– is to be uniquely aware of the the universality of this expression. The work of the soul –again, souling– is to relieve you of the sense that you are a worker, to let you be nothing other than Being itself, just as a heartbeat is nothing other than the heart beating, and a thought is nothing other than the mind thinking.
Spirituality gets a bum rap because of its association with belief in an invisible supernatural realm, and people suffer as a result, unwilling to even consider the ways that a healthy spiritual life enhances the human experience here and now. Not only is this association with the supernatural unnecessary to spiritual experience, but it is […]