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Archive for September, 2008

What did Plato refer to when he used the word “form”? Reality. If Plato is right, we are not entitled to think of reality in the conventional commonsense way, that is, to assume that that which is sensible is most real. That which really exists is to be apprehended only through thinking–by constructing and testing […]

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You’ve heard of chaos theory? When a butterfly flaps it’s wings in the Caribbean Islands, does it affect us here in California? When a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound. If a man makes a decision while his wife is not around, is he still wrong? […]

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Belittling Whittling

They live among us and seem to be breeding faster than a warren of rabbits on amphetamines. Chip, chip, chip… They spend their days whittling others down. They are the belittlers, the whittlers of others’ self-esteem. Whether their actions are conscious or unconscious, these distorted souls often display a self-righteous attitude to justify their violence. […]

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Non-Doing is Brewing

How often do events and daily drama trap us in reactivity? Reactivity seems to always engage us in some kind of doing response. In fact, the reactivity itself is a doing. When we react, we’re always taking the world and ourselves to be something other than they are – and this is a subtle form of doing. […]

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Ego Self

What is the Ego Self? Is the ego self something we need to reject? The ego self is what most refer to when they say – me, I, me self, you, her, him, and etc. The ego self is the sense of self that most people have any awareness of. That awareness is usually very […]

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  Past midnight The moon crept in Announcing Your arrival Grumbling Accompanied my hasty departure   On the bare roof Sheer Night-sky majesty Flooding me With gratitude   Poetry Expressing the Heart & Soul Where does poetry come from? Where does poetry go? When you write poetry, is it a struggle, a flow – is […]

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Introjection is a psychological process where the subject replicates in itself behaviors, attributes or other fragments of the surrounding world, especially of other subjects. In this case the subject is you – me – us – we. Well, anyway – it’s anyone who has been born of human beings and raised by human beings in […]

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A.H. Almaas’ summer retreat on Quintessence explored the subtleties of “the world of appearance,” the non-dual perspective and co-emergent reality (being/non-being). A lot of attention was given to non-doing – relaxing the attention to simple awareness and presence. Here is the title list of the 16 sessions: Inner Sanctum Treasure Trove Living Wonder Bowing Royalty Private Quarters The […]

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I just returned from a 10–day retreat with A.H. Almaas. The retreat was held at Asilomar near Monterey, California. The focus of the retreat was Quintessence which Almaas refers to as the Essence of the Essence. In his book, Brilliancy: The Essence of Intelligence, he refers to brilliancy as the essence of the essence. I […]

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