Intellect

Many are obsessed with intellectual accomplishments and use the body as a vehicle to service the brain/mind. This is can be quite satisfying to those addicted to information and knowledge. When it’s all been read, said, studied, and analyzed, the …

Winter Solstice Gifts

I awoke at sunrise today and welcomed the Winter Solstice rays into my soft belly. Winter’s fading light yields to the darkness so we may dive deeper into the nature of this Mystery, this Creation, this appearance of what simply …

Thinking About Thoughts?

When we begin to soften, to let go a bit, and perceive with an attitude and lens of not-knowing, we ease into vulnerability, rawness, and a willingness to meet and greet what is appearing instead of living in our mental …

Easy Breezy Waking Up

I am not surprised to read the misleading content below from a well known and respected website about the science of nonduality: “Nonduality is the philosophical, spiritual, and scientific understanding of non-separation and fundamental intrinsic oneness. For thousands of years, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Self Inquiry

Self inquiry is the questioning, investigating, and deeply exploring the nature of the belief “I am a separate being, with a separate awareness.” Inquiry seems to rattle the human brain/mind into looking at itself…examining all that was read, heard, or …

What Remains?

It’s “mind-blowing” to directly see the tricks and games the brain/mind plays to perpetuate itself as a separate and distinct entity where none exists. Shockingly, there is no path to traverse…where would it lead? And for who? And for what? …

Radical Love

Radical love, outrageous love, has no-boundaries, edges, corners, holes…it’s beyond description …it’s beyond comprehending by a relative, conditional, and objectifying human brain/mind. Radical love sees no separation between evil and good, sorrow and joy, fear and courage, form and formless, pain …

Pathless Path

Isn’t walking a spiritual path based on wanting, desiring, or a sense of incompleteness? As a spiritual pilgrim, i desired to be near God and dwell in Heaven when i died.  i desired to be cleansed of my sins.  i …

Monkey Mind

Meditating often distracts from seeing what IS, unless there is awareness of what is meditating. And seeing what is meditating, desiring to feed the monkey mind with meditation slowly dissolves. Nothing needs purifying…investigate what wants to purify the mind and then …

Not Two

I devoured the paradoxical and powerful teachings of the Ashtavakra Gita and other Advaita teachings on the spiritual path. Advaita (the Sanskrit word meaning “not-two”) are the scriptures within the ancient Vedanta teachings pointing towards a singular illusory omnipresent energy.  Meaning “not-two” …

Subject-Object

Sensing and perceiving arise spontaneously…but not to a personal self…even though experientially it seems and feels close enough to be “within” the sensory experience. Subject (creation) and object (creation) appear only when sensing and perceiving arise and the brain/mind applies …

Scientific Mechanisms of Mind

Where is the mind? What is the mind?  In this age of swift advancements in brain imaging and research, we are uncovering a few of the mysterious functions of the brain, mind, and body. For deeper reading, an excellent research …

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Duke Integrative Medicine’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) is a method of using meditation and yoga to simply notice what is appearing and reduce stress. It is based on the ancient practice of mindfulness, which is about simply noticing the …

Mindfulness Benefits

The benefits of a mindfulness practice continue to appear in the headlines of local, national, and global news outlets. We now read about police departments, hospitals, the military, mental health professionals and teachers using mindfulness to increase productivity, clarity, health, …