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The Field

Published on January 17, 2016, by in Uncategorized.

Imagine your experience in all its unthinkable diversity and dynamism to be like a vast, wide-open field without border or boundary. Now let’s call this field of experiencing, “reality.” It seems a fair thing to call it for without getting into the thorny philosophical question about whether or not an objective reality actually exists outside

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The Fact That Anything Is

Published on January 17, 2016, by in Uncategorized.

As a rule, human beings tend to imagine that certain experiences are more meaningful or significant than others and then based on that belief, try to acquire as many of those types of experiences as they can. But from another perspective, every experience, each phenomenal apparition can be understood and appreciated as an expression of

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We Have Not Been Here Before

Published on January 4, 2016, by in Uncategorized.

Imagine being transported to another world, a planet that is utterly foreign to you. Not a single thing about this extraterrestrial world could possibly be familiar or known to you because you’ve never actually seen, felt, touched or tasted any part of it before. Now imagine your experience to be this foreign land. However you might

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Everything is Special

Published on December 29, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Personal growth technologies (be they self-help, psychological or spiritual in nature) are typically aimed at eliciting certain experiences, experiences imagined to be more important or special than the ones presently arising. However the most interesting and liberating approaches are those whose aim is to reveal the profundity and specialness of all experience. That experience is

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Feeling Reality

Published on December 24, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Contemplative traditions the world over, speak about awareness as that which is most central to human experience for without it, without this capacity to know, there would simply be no experience. When pointing others to awareness, the argument frequently goes something like this: “How do you know you are having the experience of happiness or sadness;

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No Entry or Exit

Published on December 14, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

As spiritual seekers, we invariably bump up against the experience of having awakened to something we’ve aspired to wake up to only to find that it’s (apparently) no longer present. The sense is one of moving “in and out” of whatever more awakened state or perspective we feel we’ve gained access to. The feeling that

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Psychological Suffering and the Misinterpretation of Experience

Published on December 9, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Our tendency as a human culture has been to view certain experiences (e.g., fear, anxiety, worry, insecurity, confusion) as problematic and then set about to overcome, avoid, heal, transcend or otherwise improve upon them. However, there’s another choice. In any moment, we can simply look and see what these supposedly negative states of mind are

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What Is This?

Published on November 28, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Presence, a word we often hear in spiritual teachings, tends to be spoken of as if it were some rarefied state, distinct from other states. And definitely not what we’re currently experiencing! Presence tends to get framed as some special realm or dimension of consciousness that we must somehow locate, cultivate, practice, rest in, commit ourselves to,

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The Surface is the Deep

Published on November 19, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Particularly in spiritual circles, we often hear things framed in terms of there being a surface or gross level of existence which is then contrasted with some supposedly deeper, truer, more subtle layer or dimension of reality. But actually the deepest, subtlest most divinely transcendental depths are not found behind, below or beneath but smack

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What Is Experience Made Of?

Published on November 15, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

If I were interested in learning what some material object, say a redwood tree, was made of, I could examine the tree and through that investigation, see that it is “made up” of various parts (leaves, branches, bark, sap, roots). If I then wished to delve deeper into the substance of the tree, I could

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