Self-Inquiry Group Meetings 2020

Our self-inquiry gatherings are for ardent pilgrims.  We discuss and explore the nature of what is self-evident.  We expose and grok the illusory nature and appearance of the personal self and rest in the spaciousness of aware presence, just this, here, now. Many of us are searching for relief from the weight of incessant thoughts in our …

2019 Nonduality and Self Inquiry Meetings

Our self-inquiry gatherings are for ardent pilgrims.  We discuss and explore the nature of what is self-evident, here, now.  We expose and grok the illusory nature and appearance of the personal self and rest in the spaciousness of aware presence, just this, here, now. We are so convinced that accumulating knowledge is beneficial. It is this knowledge that …

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 the early 1990s when I began looking more deeply into the Eastern religions and philosophies. Something akin to Grace swept me towards …

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 not all of us, see nonduality as a goal, a state, and a finish line to cross or acquire on the …

Removing Ourselves from Ourselves

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 did, until someone asked me if I ever considered all the beliefs I had accumulated about life, about reality, about the world. …

Karma

Many pilgrims worship and explore the nature of an Absolute or God when pondering a spiritual life, existence, and the afterlife. It seems there is nothing scarier than to imagine an endless oblivion at the death of the body, or while appearing to live, for that matter.  As humans, most of us yearn for there to be something …

2017 Saturday Self-Inquiry Sessions

2017 Saturday Self-Inquiry Sessions Self Inquiry Sessions at Juniper Level Botanic Garden are for ardent pilgrims, ready, at all costs, to turn inward and discern the illusory nature of the personal self and reality and uncover the aware presence hidden in plain sight. Recommended readings:       Perfect Brilliant Stillness – David Carse      Headless Way – Douglas …

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 …

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 …

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 dissolve those beliefs and concepts. Even when observing a fairly quiet mind, as long as the belief in …

Lenses of Perception

From what perspective, or what perceptual lenses, are you viewing life? Are you certain the reality you perceive is true? Do your perceptions distort your view of what is now simply appearing? How do you know what you are perceiving is real and true?  When enough people believe the same fundamental beliefs and concepts this sets up …