Fullness of Emptiness

In a number of posts here, I use the term Fullness. I say things like “Everything is either fullness or resistance to fullness.” But what of emptiness?  Teachers like Adyashanti describe reality as an emptiness, the process as an emptying out. We’re describing the same thing. This is one of the many apparent paradoxes of fundamental reality. It is an unbounded silence, without qualities. Thus words fail.  It has the ‘characteristic’ of emptiness. Yet at the same time, it infuses all things and all experience arises in and of That. So it has a ‘quality’ or potentiality of Fullness. When … Continue Reading…

Which Reality is Which? (Perspectives)

One of the notable things on the path of human development is the distinct series of perspectives that typically evolve. Just as each state of consciousness has its own characteristic physiology, each perspective has its own unique sense of reality, of what is real. They are mirrored in childhood development as well. If you observe, you will notice you tend to shift around a bit during the day. You may feel more Survival on a tired morning, fall into Tribal at work, feel Special with something you enjoy and step into Seeker during an evening talk. Once you awake, the … Continue Reading…

No Control

In the post Desire and Control, I spoke of the idea that we have to let go of our drive to hold and resist, let go of control. Does no control mean out of control? No, this is being controlled by base emotions. No control means no me, no ego trying to take charge. Out of control is ego thinking it’s in control. The best example I can think of is a dog. A dog is a pack animal. It needs a leader. If it doesn’t feel a sense of leadership or family, it feels it must take charge. But … Continue Reading…

True Objectivity

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Over on God is Not Dead in comments, Eric observed that “… it occurred to me that there was no such thing as objectivity as it relates to any branch of knowledge. We are subjective creatures…” He went on to say “there is an ultimate truth or reality the awareness of which would require a perceptual frame work that could only be thought of as objective. So now I am looking for that “Third side of the coin” as Adya[shanti] calls it; that place where non-duality encompasses (and validates?) both view points.” Eric made an important and powerful observation. The … Continue Reading…

Is God Real?

Is God Real?

Or another question, do you believe in God? At some point, everyone deals with these questions, either through consideration or acceptance of some teaching. Many people have primitive ideas of God they picked up when they were young, like some old man in the sky. If we do try to reconsider the question as adults, we are faced with a barrage of extremes, from Dawkin’s “God Delusion” to some rather odd beliefs indeed. Many people form some sort of compromise. Like the concepts expressed by the author in Rethinking Science. Some become Atheists simply because the ideas of God that … Continue Reading…

Deep Memory

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Memory is an interesting bird that is quite different from other forms of thought. In What is True? I outline ways that thoughts arise. But memories are different, they are pre-structured. They arise whole, like an idea. They pop into your head. What is memory? Mind is a field of energy. Memory is a pattern in mind. We can go a little deeper though. Rupert Sheldrake said “memory is inherent in nature”. This implies a broader idea of mind than ‘in the head’. In Mental States, I spoke of the values of mind as it expresses from open, through intuitive, … Continue Reading…

The One Truth

Choices

I talk a lot on this blog about perspective and reality. I harp a lot about what is true or real because a lot of people don’t quite grasp what these are. We are in a culture deeply rooted in the ego. A culture that makes wrong to make itself right. It sells newspapers and TV news. We are taught to think we must take a position for something and against other. We choose Darwin over Lamark, Christianity over Judaism, Democracy over Communism, Coke over Pepsi, Chocolate over Vanilla, and on and on ad infinitum. Certainly, there is absolutely nothing … Continue Reading…

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

The world we live in is all a dream. There is no “out there”. Everything is “in here”, but that inner is a much bigger inner than our heads. It is an inner than encompasses everything you know or can ever imagine, as well as everything everyone else can imagine. It is a very BIG dream. And we’re in it together. The great part is – because its a dream its up to us how we want it to be. Note I said US. Its our dream, not my dream. Any ideas you have about making it mine may contrast … Continue Reading…

Deepest Being

Back on the post How Deep?, I asked if it was going too deep to try and define what gives rise to existence in a blog format like this. In comments here and over at Takuin.com, it became apparent the real issue is if one can offer clarity in a short article. Certainly there are those sutras of wisdom like ‘All this is That’ or ‘everything is Being’. They offer clarity in the moment but not a framework with which to understand the world we experience. A context that can satisfy the mind to get it out of the way. … Continue Reading…