Relationships

Today’s essay is brought to you by the joys and heartaches of relationships. I received a note this week from “I’m Outta Here” — a younger fella who is about to strangle his very chatty girlfriend and wonders how awakening impacts relationships. This is a good question as it sends us straight into inquiry to look at the nature of “other.” Below is my reply…

Sounds

I hear the nature communicate her  timeless wisdom on many levels, but this “hearing” is not the same hearing that most people label as hearing. What I am pointing towards is a pure HEARING, a pure sensation just at it meets the ear canal and before it is processed by the brain and labeled and categorized as the sound of surf, and seagulls, and wind….

Memory

What is memory and what perpetuates this belief-trap? Long ago and far away I lived in a state of mind that enjoyed and cherished pleasant memories and disliked or feared the icky and gut-wrenching memories…like the day I peed my pants in second grade…all the kids pointing to me, laughing about my lack of bladder control before dear Mrs. Southerland rushed to my rescue. We…

Politics

I received these current events questions below via email: Anita, here are some questions for you regarding conscious responses to the current political unfoldment: How to Be the accepting of all as is while saying no to actions that create suffering? How to resist harmful actions by seeming others without inner resistance?  Having no idea that anything should be other than it is while outwardly speaking and acting to…

Original Thinking

The teachings on this website appear to be at odds with the prevailing beliefs of society, humanity, and reality. We seem to blindly take what parents, educators, religious leaders, and scholars tell us to be facts and truths. Most of us are caught in a vicious cycle of brain/mind numbing programming and daydreaming that serves to keep our perceptions personal, confused, compliant, and caged. The…

Caged

We’re conditioned to perceive life/reality as unfolding inside or outside a person/body. This caged way of perceiving life is held by the vast majority of humans and is the root of all emotional and psychological suffering. It’s been said by many folks, many times…with our thoughts we create our world. This is how the brain/mind works…conceptualizing, rationalizing, and objectifying what is perceived…and this is how…

Eliminating Thoughts and Feelings?

Recently in the news I’ve heard or read of several well-meaning teachers, gurus, therapists, and medical professionals suggesting we change, suppress, or eliminate negative thoughts and feelings — as if this were even possible.  This approach rests on the core beliefs of being a doer and being able to create change. There are no doers doing the doing!  It’s not possible to remove, change, or substitute emotions or actions…

What is God?

Many pilgrims explore the validity and meaning of God or Absolute when investigating spiritual life, existence, and the afterlife. It seems there is nothing scarier than to ponder an endless oblivion at the end of living, or while living, for that matter.  As humans, feeling there is something more after death, and believing in an enduring personal soul or spirit in an afterlife seems to draw and…

Sages?

Years ago, the words and concepts of Nisargadatta Maharaj and Ramana Marharshi pointed this pretend pilgrim towards the illusory nature of self and reality. The conceptual framework of notions about who or what we are is often held in place by what others, especially teachers, sages, and spiritual authority figures…like Nisargadatta and Ramana, tell us about ourselves. Humans are a collection of tightly held beliefs and concepts misperceived to…

Misidentification – Part 4 of 4

Today’s essay addresses the universal ability to miss what is in plain sight. The vast majority of humans have misidentified awareness as personal and dwelling within the body. Well-meaning parents, educators, religious leaders, and society have passed along their unexamined beliefs about awareness and consciousness and most children have accepted this opinion as being true…after all, it is proclaimed by the majority of scholarly adults. Those…

What Lifts the Veil – Part 3 of 4

Who or what can bring about change, what can create, motivate, cause any action… when there is only uncaused, spontaneous appearances of what seems to be? What lifts the veil to expose the illusory nature of what is seeking?  Seeking spontaneously appears, uncaused, and to no one in particular in the illusory dream of life. We know words and thoughts are divisive, or create division,…

Nature of Mind – Part 2 of 4

The personal self that is seeking freedom or awakening is the hinderance or roadblock to uncovering what is appearing now. The brain/mind creates and fashions the illusory self by objectifying what seems to be appearing. Many scientists are of the opinion that the mind is an invisible relational-process-regulator of the neural flow of information in the brain and body. Do you accept what brain scientists report…

The Seeking Self – Part 1 of 4

The separate or personal self that is seeking is the hinderance or roadblock to uncovering what is already present. It’s a simple case of mistaken identity. There simply is no separate self or personal identity, only appearances of impersonal awareness appearing as what is. The personal self is an illusion. There are no separate selves, no separate objects, only a seamless, edgeless, uncaused and spontaneously…

Awareness

The belief that creation unfolds at the feet of seven billion individuals, each with a personal awareness and consciousness, is the belief of the vast majority. I also believed this until 2011 when I witnessed the falling away of the personal identity I claimed as mine. I had been consumed for decades with spiritual introspection, and later self-inquiry, about the nature of existence, what happens after…

Richard Rose

Richard Rose was my nonduality teacher’s teacher. Bart Marshall pointed me to towards the gateless gate and Richard Rose was Bart’s teacher. You will find Richard’s timeless words below quite clear and penetrating:   “The path to Truth, or Reality, or Essence is very simple:   It requires a Selfish man, an individualist not afraid of the annihilation of individualism, a fearless man not afraid…