Sensing the Garden

Perceiving our environments directly with the senses, without any commentary or judgment, is relaxing, healing, and good for the body, mind, and soul.  When we are feeling happy and relaxed we are usually sensing life directly with …

Infinite Edgeless Vastness

there is a source a true self, a soul, she said and she fell through knowing embracing mystery… appearing to be and appearing not to be songbirds and stars shouting this mystery selves searching to find what is …

Charactering

I opened our local newspaper this morning and saw this nondual comic while looking to see if my name is listed in the obituaries as Carl Reiner suggests. Apparently I am still here. I took myself quite seriously until …

A Me Wanting to Be

Let’s dig into the tendency to make meaning of what is appearing. When peeling the proverbial nonduality onion we often see duality as a concept to be hacked, dissolved, erased, believing duality is the problem.  Most, if …

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, …

Removing Ourselves from Ourselves

Consensus Reality Have you ever pondered the beliefs we cherish about the world we perceive? For instance, do you believe in an external, concrete world that’s tangible, independent, and outside of you? Most of us do, I …

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 …

Center of “Me”

It feels like we have a center, yes? I certainly thought so for most of my life…until one day I noticed I (as anita) was a well-developed concept and set of beliefs. Logically, and with all you …

2018 Saturday Self-Inquiry Group

2018 Saturday Self-Inquiry Group The Self-Inquiry Group at Juniper Level Botanic Garden is for ardent pilgrims, ready, at all costs, to turn inward and discern the illusory nature of the personal self and reality and seeing aware presence …

Longing

Most of us long to fix and improve ourselves and make an imaginary entity (a me) feel better, even more spiritual. Religions are famous for perpetuating this notion of being a separate and personal self in need …

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 …

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 …

Paradoxical Jesus

I identified as a Christian pilgrim since the 1960s when I was baptized in a Southern Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC.  As an adult, I began attending the United Methodist Church since, in general, the UMC seems …

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 …

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 …

Archetypes

Humans, believing themselves to be separate beings, begin collecting stories about themselves because they believe what others tell them they are and they believe the thoughts passing through the mind are personal thoughts. All this collecting…of stories …

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” …

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 …

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 …

Experiencing

Can you point towards aware consciousness or aware presence? It’s what all experience is made of. Really. Look at your feet. If your vision is healthy, do you see a spectrum of colors? You are the seeing, …

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 …