Original Thinking

Nonduality at Juniper Level Botanic Garden

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 vast majority of humans are unfamiliar with raw and unprocessed thoughts.  Most, believing thoughts are personal, twist these vaporous thought-clouds into stories and beliefs with a natural ease since we are taught by well meaning folks to name, label, and claim thoughts as personal. Nearly all absorb the teachings and beliefs of parents, teachers, and authority figures who themselves have simply passed along these concepts without much direct or critical analysis.

Thankfully, a few have dared to think outside the boundaries of traditional human programming to glimpse the edgeless aware presence upon which thoughts appear. These wild and weird ones are seekers with a budding seed for glimpsing absolute truth and they question what the majority deem as factual, concrete, valid, and true.

Noticing the power of habitual thinking may be shocking at first, and it is, and yet a sense of curiosity arises to investigate and explore what is actually appearing here now. Noticing when we are lost in thought, daydreaming, or zoned-out will help us see how deeply we are living in our tiny little worlds and overlooking the deep inner peace that is always available by simply accepting what is and questioning the questioner.

Once we begin to see that the brain labels what is appearing with only references to the imaginary past, we’ll likely feel energized to explore how we’ve missed the sweetness and peace of allowing what is appearing because we are lost in our head and the belief in a past.

Give it a try…simply notice the tricky little brain/mind as it’s playing its clever tricks and seduction to keep us believing we are separate and contained within the boundary of flesh and skin.



Nonduality at Juniper Level Botanic Garden

Is it a belief in an enduring or lasting energy or consciousness? Is permanence a fact or consensus of opinion? Have you ever questioned the concept of permanence or just taken it to be what everyone else says it is?

The concepts of “faith and devotion” rest upon deeply held beliefs in permanence, also known as time. Without time, beliefs have no foundation upon which to persist. What can possibly persist when time itself is seen as a concept?

What about faith? What is the belief mechanism that perpetuates faith?  Doesn’t faith require a belief in time as well…a belief that something can and will arise later, in time, that is not already here now.  There is only what is….this…here…appearing.

Robert Heinlein writes:  Does history record any case in which the majority is right?

For this pilgrim, decades of devotion to Christian scriptures ensuring eternal life were deeply comforting “to the me I thought I was.” Like most, cherishing the peace provided by believing in something eternally and infinitely more powerful than humans gives meaning and purpose to one believing in a world of separate subjects and objects. The world of time and space.

These sacred and holy beliefs defined my identity. I worshiped at the altar of heirloom traditions, sacred written assurances, and the powerful symbols of beliefs. Who am/was I —  if not these teachings and traditions?  Who, or what, am/was I? And who or what knows this?