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Realization – What are the risks? What brings people to the path? For most, it’s suffering and a desire to end the suffering, but that desire is at the root of the suffering. How can one end suffering by suffering.? I suppose the answer to that is enlightenment, but if the suffering ceases, then obviously […]

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Adventures in neuroscience mental coding – mindfulness In my last post, I gave a very brief introduction to our mind’s use of object relations as a way of storing and processing information. The mind is very useful, but as they say – the mind is a good servant, but a lousy master. The mind is […]

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Is Neuroscience Unlocking the Doors to the Kingdom? Is this a great time to be alive or what? Who is thinking this question? How is this sense of self generated? Are the thoughts of this self simply habits triggered by cues? How does the brain and all of those synaptic processes create an external and […]

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What is the agent of transformation? I’ve often wondered how the inner experience of oneself changes with the transformation of ego identity and structure. I know how my life is freer and more fluid from the years of work and exploration, but I still have a very active subjective inner life with habitual mental activity, […]

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The Fulcrum

Resolving the Paradox of Being vs. Non-Being The annual retreat for the Ridhwan School focused on The Fulcrum, a term A.H. Almaas used to explore the point or interface where one’s consciousness can hold being and non-being (duality & the non-dual). A couple of central question for the retreat were – What is the interplay […]

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Spiritual Liberation

Is All the Fuss About Spiritual Liberation Really Necessary? Spiritual liberation, spiritual freedom, enlightenment, the spiritual journey – I see and hear references to these terms all the time. What is it that is being sought? Being liberated means there is no clinging to anything; there is no worry, no concern, no heaviness. The mind […]

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Ego Death

What does the term *EgoDeath* exactly mean, in brief? Ego death, as I think it should be defined, is a set of insights about, and a powerful experience of, the impotence and logical invalidity of the accustomed apparent control-agent who seems to reside in the mind. Ego death is associated closely with the loss of […]

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So, we’re seeing here that the most elementary, most external requirement for growth is the willingness to let go of what you believe should happen, what you believe things should be, what you believe will make you happy.   –   A.H. Almaas How many ways are there to express ignorance or stubbornness? How often […]

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Awakening

The soul informed by the ego is asleep. This is why enlightenment is called awakening — your soul wakes up to what is really here. A.H. Almaas

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