Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

A Theory of No-Mind

Biologists and cognitive “scientists” have developed something called a Theory of Mind which posits that humans are possibly unique in having evolved the capacity to conceive of the existence of separate ‘selves’, our own and others’, with unique and divergent beliefs, ideas and perspectives, … Continue reading

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About Time: An Inquiry

1. ON MEDITATING AND REALIZING THE ILLUSION OF THE SEPARATE SELF I’ve recently discovered the work of UK non-dualist Rupert Spira, and I like the way he explains things. Here’s part of a transcript of his video in which he … Continue reading

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My Pleasure

For many years I have described myself, in profiles online, as a hedonist. As much as any label can fit someone, it seems to fit me. This past weekend I’ve started to understand why that’s so. I’ve described my recent … Continue reading

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Wanting to Stop Wanting: A Meditation

large magellanic cloud, image by NASA A few days ago I participated in a winter solstice event which, in addition to including some lovely singing in a beautiful house in the woods, included a walk along the nearby labyrinth. It’s … Continue reading

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The Paradoxes of Presence

One year after beginning a personal Presence practice, what is most apparent to me are the paradoxes of striving to realize it: It’s usually a solitary pursuit, yet its purpose is to realize that we are all connected, all One. … Continue reading

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The Journey That is Not a Journey

So I realize now that my current “journey” is actually two: A striving to Become Present, to awaken to the reality that self, separateness, mind and time are all illusions, constructs, and that there is only one consciousness. A striving … Continue reading

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The Genius of Randomness

From time to time on various so-called social media someone suggests, when looking for inspiration, insight or guidance, grabbing a book at random and looking at some random sentence on some random page — say, the 3rd sentence on page … Continue reading

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I’ve Changed My Mind

Human beings, it seems, change our worldviews — what we value and believe to be true — pretty slowly. When I started this blog 12 years ago, my worldview was pretty left-of-centre orthodox, as you can see on the left … Continue reading

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Thoughts About Not Thinking

This is another thinking-out-loud update on my “presence” practice — my attempt to awaken to the realization that “I”, the mind, time and the separate self are all illusions, and an appreciation of why these illusions, which cause so much … Continue reading

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Stuck At The Doorway

photo by the author For almost a year now, I have been preoccupied (perhaps even obsessed) with the search to realize who ‘I’ really am, beneath the illusion of self, beneath the stories of life history, beyond ego, time and … Continue reading

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