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Non Dual

By |Monday, August 24th, 2015 |

Three Zen students came out of a Dharma talk.
“What did you think of Roshi’s talk today?” one of them asked.
“When he talked about true and false practice, I thought that was kind of dualistic, wasn’t it?”
“Ah,” said the second, “but your even saying that is dualistic itself, don’t you see?”
“Look who’s talking,” said the third. “I’m glad I’m not dualistic like you guys!”

An Easy Way to Induce an Altered State of Consciousness

By |Thursday, August 20th, 2015 |

Apparently this also works if you stare into a mirror.  For those game enough, give it a try but bear in mind that some altered states can be disturbing.

A psychologist based in Italy says he has found a simple way to induce in healthy people an altered state of consciousness – simply get two individuals to look into each other’s eyes for 10 minutes while they are sitting in a dimly lit room. The sensations that ensue resemble mild “dissociation” […]

Anger Contemplation

By |Sunday, August 16th, 2015 |

Below is an exercise that may be worth contemplating.  It can be done with any emotion, for example we could substitute love for anger.

How is it possible to get angry at yourself – who, exactly, is mad at whom?

Killing Ego

By |Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 |

There is no need to kill, destroy, obliterate Ego.  This kind of mentality only creates a feedback loop which affirms Ego’s existence.   It would be ego trying to kill ego and what would remain in the end but ego?

Just see through it, learn to see its game.  Learn what hooks you into your way of being, both the good and the bad.  What does hook you in?   What fears do these hooks creates and what patterns emerge from the fears?

As […]

A Quick Grounding Technique

By |Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 |

Some people I know are facing some difficult and trying times at the moment.  Sometimes for them its like one thing after another with no respite in between.  The following is a good little technique I often recommend to people at times like these (though its very good just as a form of grounding practice at all times). it is a simple but effective way to quickly ground yourself if you are feeling anxious or dissociated to any degree.  Do the […]

Art Ticknor – ‘Solid Ground Of Being’ – Interview by Iain McNay

By |Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 |

Author of the book ‘ ‘Solid Ground Of Being’ Art talks about his search for The Truth as his life, though perfect in one way, lacked purpose and meaning. After many years working with Richard Rose’s TAT groups and many individual retreats and Douglas Harding’s work a breakthrough occurred, ‘Art Ticknor was never alive, something broke the identification with the observer, there was no regret in seeing the sense of separate self go…;

 

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

By |Saturday, August 1st, 2015 |

Forget what you know about addiction and follow the link below to read an excellent article with  some new findings in the addiction field.    Please share the article if you find it interesting.  I certainly did.

Addiction Article Link

Depression, the Secret We Share | Andrew Solomon

By |Friday, July 31st, 2015 |

The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted […]

Truth

By |Thursday, July 30th, 2015 |

If you expect any benefits from your search, material, mental, or spiritual, you have missed the point.

Truth gives no advantage. It gives no higher status, no power over others. All you get is truth and the freedom from the false.

Where is the dwelling place of truth where you could go in search of it? And how will you know that you have found it?

What touchstone do you bring with you to test it?

You imagine that truth is a thing […]

Have You ever been Ghosted? 

By |Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 |

I must confess I was not aware of this particular term until I ran across an article on ghosting recently.  Ghosting is essentially an extreme form of avoidance where a person severs all ties and disappears from your life.  They do not respond to text or emails or Facebook or any other social media form.  In many cases they will have blocked you.  The same goes for phone calls or other attempts at contact.  To be clear I am not […]

Site Changes

By |Friday, July 24th, 2015 |

Excuse the mess while I am updating this site with a new look.  Additionally, you may have noticed there has not been a lot of new content on this site for the past year.  I have been contemplating what to do with this site and what direction I want it to go.    In some ways I am going to wind the clock back a few years and do more on the ‘spirituality’ front than I have been of late.  Where […]

The Relaxation Response

By |Sunday, July 12th, 2015 |

While most people are able to achieve some level of relaxation, the stressors of our culture sometimes make it difficult to achieve a deeper level of relaxation.  So much so that it is not uncommon for people to cry under hypnosis simply because they are more relaxed than they thought they were capable of.  Unfortunately, most people live with so much stress that they have become used to that way of being.

Most people live with their stress response always on.  […]