Consciousness Goes Deeper Than You Think

Consciousness Goes Deeper Than You Think is an essay by Bernardo Kastrup posted in Scientific American. It’s based on a paper published in Europe’s Journal of Psychology.

I met Bernardo at SAND15 2 years ago. I’ve posted related articles like his talk on panpsychism and a discussion on BATGAP. He approaches the nature of consciousness from logic.

In the article, he makes an excellent point that scientific research is leaning on our subjective experiences of reflection on consciousness to define what consciousness is. In other words, they’re using content to define the container. … Continue Reading…

SAND17 Panel Discussion – Sudden or Gradual

Rick Archer of Buddha at the Gas Pump invited me to join his panel during the Science and Nonduality (SAND) conference in October of 2017 (event C31). The topic was Sudden or Gradual: Two Paths to Realization.

“There is a perennial debate in spiritual traditions regarding whether realization is direct (sudden) or progressive (gradual). But is this a false distinction? Realization is often sudden, no matter how many years of practice may have led up to it, and even after realization, most people find that refinement, clarification, and the working out of … Continue Reading…

The Reality of Nonduality talk at SAND2017

On Friday, October 20, 2017, I again spoke at the Science and Nonduality conference in San Jose, CA. The talk explains that Nonduality is not a concept or an experience but is lived directly. It is a way of being. This is explained through the nature of consciousness and the 7 stages of enlightenment model from the Ramayana.

Once again, professional recording was unavailable, so Rick Archer graciously brought his camera gear, introduced me, and recorded the talk. A headset mic was also not available but sound levels are decent. The talk is about 20 … Continue Reading…

The Book Box

When my first box of books arrived near the beginning of the month, I decided to take a picture of it. I discovered an interesting lighting effect and took a short video, also offered at 1/3 speed. It looks to be dust particles catching the light to varying degrees at different focal planes. But it’s a very cool effect.

Some SAND17 Stories

This months Science and Nonduality conference in San Jose, CA was a different experience from 2015. Two years ago, we started with a large panel and spent much of the conference together. This year, 6 of those panelists were back along with some new faces. But while 2015 was dominated by peer connections, this year was more about media connections. I’m curious to see what plays out.

The conference also highlighted how much things had shifted here and how differently people were responding to what is said. I was recognized by more people too.

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The Wisdom of Heartbreak

A friend of mine sent me this video by Michael Rodriguez. I’ve spoken similarly about the 2 kinds of love and the opening of the heart but I enjoyed his wording. I agree that the heart must be broken open. The refined stages won’t get far without that.

For most, our heart is deeply defended and encrusted and our emotions not smooth flowing. I would not say this opening must be through pain and heartbreak but that’s not unusual. The dance here is a willingness to be open without too much expectation of what should happen. This allows … Continue Reading…

Balanced Enlightenment

Well-established Self Realization (Cosmic Consciousness) is known as Sat Chit Ananda or Absolute Bliss Consciousness. Why? Because those are the key markers of the state: Established in the absolute, established in Self (consciousness), and established bliss. When the noise of the emotional and mental layers are purified enough, then both consciousness and bliss can shine through in our normal experience.

In a lot of the talk you hear today about enlightenment, bliss is missing. This shows there has not been enough clean-up yet or it’s not yet fully established. Sometimes, the shift itself has not happened, even if they’re … Continue Reading…

Our Natural Potential Officially Launched!

Our Natural Potential is officially available everywhere today, Wednesday October 11.

Book Cover Those of you who pre-ordered the Kindle version should see it show up on your Kindle. Print and other ebook pre-orders will now ship or become available. And the weirdness with what was available where will settle out.

If you have read the book, I would appreciate an on-line review. Book exposure is driven by sales and reviews.

I’m assembling a Reviews page so potential … Continue Reading…

A Common Barrier to Unity

In the book Conversations with Maharishi, Vol. 1, Vernon Katz has transcribed some of the side conversations he had with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi while they were translating the Brahma Sutra in the late 1960’s. (p 283-4) Another good point Maharishi raised:

“If a man remains established in the sense of ‘jagan mithya’ (the world is unreal), then he will never see the jagat [world] in terms of himself, and will never get into Unity. And then again, he has to forget even the distinction between Jagat (world) and Brahman [Atman]: that the two are different – that one is … Continue Reading…

The Last Surrenders

Just as we’re composed of body, emotions, mind, intellect and ego individually, so too are we structured this way cosmically. Some cultures refer to the cosmic aspects as gods.

The I-sense for an individual person arises from the trinity of mind, intellect and ego. Mind makes the stories of a me and the intellect distinguishes self from other, leading to the I-sense and idea of separate self. In the absence of anything else, we become identified with that I-sense and self-story.

The cosmic I-sense or Self (atman) is the same. In fact, the individual version reflects the cosmic. When we … Continue Reading…