Bittersweet

Never has a person or a world existed. The brain/mind’s seductive dance of labeling, naming, and claiming appearances creates an imaginary storyline with a “me” at the center of an imaginary life that seems tangible, relative, and appearing in space and time. And the great mystery of these spontaneous appearances cannot be described yet we try with our words …

Aware Presence

What can be labeled “wrong” unless thoughts arise of an imaginary thing or imaginary self judging it wrong?  Put another way, what can ever be wrong unless “you” are thinking (imagining) it? Unless there is a “me” having thoughts about wrongness, does wrongness exist? Believing in an imaginary “personal” and separate “me” creates suffering. Thoughts have no …

Absolute

Many pilgrims worship and explore the nature of the Absolute or God when plowing through mountains of beliefs and concepts about the 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, wanting there to be something …

Reality

Last night I came across an article below I thought you would enjoy. I love it when life appears to offer us little winks and nods…Gene Roddenberry style. And this article below is another wink and nod to the imaginary and momentary projection we call life or reality. As I’ve written before, unfiltered perception is key.  We …

Jan Frazier Retreat

We are delighted to announce an all day retreat with Jan Frazier at Nondu.org. Jan will be in the gardens on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 9:00am – 4:30pm. This retreat is now full.  You may call the office at 919-772-4794 to add your name to the waitlist.  Plan now to sit with Jan and notice the …

Ease

Not long after awakening as what is, I withdrew from family and society to spend a month alone in nature. I rented a tiny cedar cabin at a wildlife preserve on a quiet lake in the foothills of Virginia to write, read, be. Each day at the cabin included long walks in nature. This solitary communion with nature …

Longing to Awaken

I believed I could experience awakening.  Bart Marshall set me straight and let me know awakening is uncaused and spontaneous…appearing to no one and beyond the beliefs of time and space. Perhaps like me, you believe, or you want to believe,  you can experience awakening…but you cannot…but this doesn’t stop seekers from longing to awaken and be present …

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 …

Dreamy Illusions

Life is a seeming… a seeming of dreamy illusions of uncaused, spontaneously flowing phenomenal and noumenal appearances claimed and objectified by an illusory human brain/mind. Awareness falls spontaneously through the illusory appearing and disappearing and the brain/mind claims these appearances as personal, distinctive, and real occurrences and locates awareness inside a personal body inside a tangible, and …

Permanence

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, …

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, …

Identity Trap

I was stuck in an identity trap for decades believing I was a separate person with a personal awareness and ability to make decisions. Of course, believing that I was a separate being also ensured I was often suffering, longing, and discontent with what is. I define the Identity Trap as a core set of self-referential beliefs …

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 …

Knowledge and Knowing

I had no idea facts and human truths were shifty little buggars until my brain was rewired. Before 2011 I took a fact or a universal truth to be a an undeniable knowing that a thing is right, foundational, and lasting whereas an opinion often shifts. Well apparently so do facts carved in stone. Needless to say …

Noticing Peace

It’s not that you let go or lose control…it’s realizing there is no one, no you, there never has been, to hold on or let go, and no one to have or lose control, to fear or to dread, to fall or to sink. Your belief that “you” are a “you” does not make “you” real, it just holds “you” …

Wreckage

Rain falling, wind gusting, small chards of what I thought I was instantly dissolving into bright shadowy formless forms of loving empty awe and wonder as fierceness dies and lives and beliefs burn upon the silent hot waters of inquiry. perceiving arises, uncaused, to no one and everyone to no thing and every thing, as brilliantly beautiful swirling …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Relative Brain – 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 …

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 …