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Reality, the Greatest Drug of All

Published on July 15, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

The other day, a client said to me during a Skype session, “it sounds from the way you are describing the nature of experience/reality that you’re on ayahuasca or something.” I had to laugh, letting her know that the last drug I ingested was probably some 35 years ago! I shared with her that if

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Dialogue Regarding the Use and Limitations of Language

Published on July 13, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Q: How do you avoid the obvious implication of what you are saying: that if people are going to experience reality “as it really is,” everybody ends up living in a cocoon, harboring his own (nonverbal) reality? Because whenever you want to share your private reality with someone else, or discuss “reality” with others, you

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Reality: It’s Not What We Think It Is

Published on July 10, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Words represent our understandable attempt to characterize and interpret the moments of experience. But any description—e.g., fear, joy, worry, sorrow, happiness—is inherently limited and imprecise. For while our descriptive frameworks are remarkable in their capacity to approximate reality, they can never fully capture it.  As natural as it may be for us to utilize language

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Personal and Impersonal

Published on July 6, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Our distinctive personalities, tendencies, propensities, motivations, and viewpoints are like a thousand trillion “life particles” that have somehow come together in a particular way. What we are is a unique and dynamic configuring or patterning of life. The distinctive way life has arranged and continues to arrange itself is precisely what makes us, us and

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Reflections on the Confirmation Bias

Published on July 2, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Despite being a man of many words (poet, songwriter, academic), I sometimes feel as if I’m fumbling around, trying to find the clearest way to convey in language, my experience of and perspective on life. However, what’s ironic is that if I were to try to boil it down, I would simply say that reality cannot,

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The Magic Show of Phenomena

Published on June 16, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

In many if not most spiritual teachings (including, ironically, those described as non-dual), the message is more often than not portrayed in terms of opposed frameworks. For example, self vs. no-self, freedom vs. bondage, limitation vs. unboundedness, conceptual vs. non-conceptual and so on. However, while such frameworks may have some conceptual reality and even value,

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Why This Passion for Sharing

Published on May 28, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

In my last book, Searching for Rain in a Monsoon, I offered a series of meditative inquiries that focused on three themes: a) relaxing our efforts to manipulate/control the flow of perceptions; b) recognizing that our moment-to-moment experience is not capable of being captured by any of our descriptive/conceptual frameworks; and, c) becoming experientially familiar with

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The Olympic Athlete Model of Awakening

Published on March 24, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

Awakening or spiritual realization (aka enlightenment) is variously described as the discovery that reality is singular, unitary or non-dual in nature. The prevailing belief is that such realization is a long and arduous path, one requiring years and years of intensive practice. However, there exists another, altogether different view expressed in a number of contemplative

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The Luminosity of Night

Published on March 16, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

          It would not be possible to point to a single moment of slumber were it not for the constancy of this wakefulness.

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Reflections on Meditation

Published on March 16, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

I was reflecting on meditation the other day, something I have practiced, taught and done research on for decades, and the following way to characterize two quite distinct approaches to meditation occurred to me. In one version, which in my experience characterizes 99.99% of all meditation techniques taught and also studied by the scientific community,

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