Up,Up,Up – Down…
November 27, 2011


Spirituality is more often or not suffocating.  Now, especially in the West, there is this unspoken expectation that we live in an UP world: a world filled with UP thinking, UP emotions, UP attitudes, UP actions, UP ideas, UP behaviors that supposedly lead to more and more, UP results.  Where may I ask is there room for the appearance of contraction, and the so-called DOWN of life?  You know, things like negative thoughts, negative feelings, negative emotions, perceptions, associations, and so-called negative memories?

As awareness, it can be seen there is no UP or DOWN – there is only “what is”; then the mind shows up with its additional contribution of editorial insight and judgment based on “what’s happening”.  Any “path” that is not radically inclusive of ALL thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations, or memories, is not a path that engages the fullness of what is; it’s a path stuck in dualistic rut called reality.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being surrounded by people who are innocently “positive”, and have an open-minded outlook to life.  It’s especially magical to be in the presence of those who have intimately embraced the humanity of both the UP  and the DOWN of life.  Just don’t try to push your positive thinking crap down my throat, especially if it is hidden under the cloak of so-called spirituality.  It’s a denial of “what is” and is a confused dismissal of the truth that “everything is Consciousness – nothing exists outside of Consciousness” – including the so-called DOWN of life.

The divinity of life appears AS the co-existence of all opposites; the UP would not be UP – if it weren’t for the DOWN.  If we’re really interested in reducing the so-called suffering we experience, we cannot bi-pass the “down” by pretending it does not exist.  It’s only in the seeing of the DOWN for what it is, that we can truly recognize and appreciate the UP;  ultimately, it can be seen there is no UP and there is no DOWN.

The UP and the DOWN are post experience, editorial judgments applied by mind.  To break the hypnosis of dualistic perception, it may require sitting with “what is” until [you] can clearly see “what is”.  To be clear, this is not an exercise in acceptance or allowing, although those words might be useful; it’s an invitation to stay as the silent, unconditional, space of awareness, while the context of the so-called UP and DOWN unfolds.

Come back home to the direct experience of here/now.  Instead of pretending to be something by forcing yourself to think or say something that is not true; instead of reaching for particular thoughts and thinking that might be socially acceptable – reach for awareness.  Instead of grasping for notions, understanding and concepts that are based on the colour of UP and DOWN – settle in awareness; let attention rest AS awareness and be [free] of the neurosis of thinking that creates the UP and DOWN of life…


“S o m e t h i n g   I s   T h e r e . . .” * N E W  V I D E O !

S o m e t h i n g . . . ”   * N E W   B O O K !



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After Thought #49
January 29, 2011



There is no mind.


Mind is an idea that arises in awareness built on a false foundation called “I”.


In the flame of attention the “I” dissolves into awareness and awareness dissolves into nothing, from whence it came.


Thought and thinking do not give rise to reality. 


It’s the [power] of Being that authors and animates thought and thinking, not the other way around.


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After Thought #41
November 11, 2010



Remembering [YOU] 


Life appears to happen as a series of beginnings, middles and endings.  There appears to be no consistency and no guarantee within these experiences even though [others] might say otherwise. 


The only consistency [we] can ever find in the ebb and flow of life is in fact [YOU]; the one who is having those experiences.  To explain; in the beginning there was no [you], there was only [YOU]; there was just awareness.  Then the imaginary [you] arrived ~ the [you] that [you] imagine [yourself] to be.  In awareness, the [you] that [you] imagine [yourself] to be began to take on a story; a story called [me]. 



The real [YOU] is not the [me], it’s not a story or any thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations, memories or experiences contained within that story. The real [YOU] is the experiencer or the awareness.  Better said, the awareness or the experiencer is the “closest” [you] will ever get to [YOU]. 


The awareness; the one who is having the experience; the one who is observing the experience; is the doorway or portal to [your] true Self.  It’s not the [you] or self [you] imagine [yourself] to be, i.e. the story of [me].  Nor is it the [you] that [you] have been told is [you], it’s just the awareness; it’s just the pure awareness; no more ~ no less. 


This is the real [YOU], the [YOU] of pure awareness prior to the labels, judgments, and fears; prior to the story that has been imagined by [you].  It’s the real [YOU] prior to the thought or feeling of joy; prior to the adventure or pleasure that occurs or does not occur within this experience called life. 


[YOU] are not the [you] of [your] past or future, but the [YOU] that lies in this present moment now.  [YOU] are the One who is aware of this now.  It’s the [YOU] that lies in the background of life as awareness only.  It’s the presence or feeling of existence that has always been there in every moment of life, in the “good” and the “bad”, in the “happy” and the “sad”, in the ugly and the pretty.


Once [we] appear to be [born] or very shortly there-after, [we] begin to imagine that there is a [me]; a real [me] that lies outside or separate from the One Self.  [We] are taught and [we] are told there is a “me”, and a “you”.  [We] are taught that there is an “other”. 


[We] are conditioned through ideas and thoughts, memories and associations, feelings and emotions, that the perception of [me] is real, so real in fact that [we] then appear to get caught in the hypnosis of [our] [own] existence, an existence that appears to be separate and distinct from everything else in so called existence. 


[We] get caught in the web of [our] [own] mind and emotions.  [We] tangle ourselves in the thread of [our] [own] delusion and the perceived delusions of [another].  [We] quarantine [ourselves] in the belief of [our] [own] creation, where there in fact, can be none.  


[We] get caught up in not only the illusion of a projection, but also in the illusion of a [me] that imagines it is looking at and [created] that projection.


As the [me] moves to the foreground of life, [we] lose touch with the purity of that awareness that lies in the background; [we] abandon [our] real Self and place all [our] attention on the foreground of the [me] story.  


Intrinsically [we] know this.  The loneliness, the hunger, and the desire [we] all experience are reflections of this perceived abandonment and the perceived loss of [our] true Self.  Conditioned perceptions and choices become forgetfulness; the education of [a] mind to focus and dwell, to nurture and develop a false self that serves only to veil the existence of a true Self.      


Experiences will always come and go; we will label them “good” or “bad” and “important” or “not so important”, but the real [YOU] will always, innocently, remain the same.  Regardless of the story of [you]; regardless of the conditioning of [you]; the real [YOU] is always available to the One who looks.


When/if [you] bump into this [YOU] ~ the One that is always there and [you] give it [your] attention, everything will change.  For in the finding of this [YOU], [you] become the real [YOU]; [YOU] become the [YOU] that [you] were always meant to be and [you] give up the game of winning and losing.  [YOU] give up the game, and [YOU] see with fresh, new eyes, what was always there; the [YOU] and the [you] have become One.

What could [we] possible do or not do without [YOU]?



here’s to “YOU”


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What is self inquiry? …Mooji
November 7, 2010



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After Thought #40
October 30, 2010



One and the same…


Radical Spirituality is not interested in creating more joy, more compassion, more peace or even more love in this world.

Radical Spirituality recognizes first, that the joy and sadness, the love and hate, the compassion and the indifference, the war and the peace, arise and subside in the same space of consciousness; they come and they go in the same space.

Radical Spirituality is not at all interested in creating more happiness, health or prosperity for self or for others.  Radical Spirituality recognizes the joy and sadness, the love and hate, the compassion and indifference, the war and the peace, arise and subside as an expression of the One divine, Being.


What is seen is that the seeker herself and what is sought are one and the same.

What is seen is that happiness, health and prosperity can only be the boo bee prize in so called spirituality.

 What is seen is that the sadness, sickness and lack are equally as valid as the happiness, health and prosperity.

 What is seen is that all circumstances within life are an expression of the co-existence of opposites.


While there will always be preferences and attachments, circumstances and situations that mirror a world of opposites, at the end of the day, it’s all one and the same.


Coming and going are one and the same.

Existence and non existence are one and the same.

Arising and subsiding are one and the same.

Unity and duality are one and the same.


Better said; there can be no coming and going, existence or non existence, arising and subsiding or unity and duality.

To be aware of and notice the space in which all this occurs is more valuable than the content of what occurs or does not occur.

To be grounded as awareness or anchored too the background of Being that is the birthplace of all foreground phenomena is true measurement of inner wisdom or so called spirituality.

To be aware of the One who is aware is the gift and portal to Being.


The gift was never in achievement, gain or merit; the defined loss never in the lack of what appears to be absent.

 What’s missing; what’s not so obvious is the one who is indifferent to the illusion of the joy and sadness, the one who witnesses the love and hate, the gain and loss.

What’s not so obvious is the space in which all this happens or not.

What appears to be missing is the One who can be free from this game we call life. 

The One who witnesses is the One who is free.  The One who is aware is the One who is beyond the up and down, the right and wrong, the in and out.

 Better said, the One who witnesses; the One who is aware of the aware-er is the One who cannot be bound by the idea of “free” or “not free”; for the idea of “freedom” and “bondage”, like the ideas of “up” and “down”, “right” and “wrong” and “in” and “out” are One and the same…


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After Thought #39 ~ THAT!
October 23, 2010





Radical Spirituality is not about being more loving or compassionate. 

It’s not about healing yourself or the world that you live in. 

It’s not about finding or losing something; it’s about being aware of what is.


In a moment of great joy or sadness, you can be aware of not only joy or sadness, but also, the One who is aware of that joy or sadness.


Joy and sadness will come and go, the One who witnesses that joy or sadness is always there, regardless of what comes and goes in the phenomenal realm.


As long as we continue to hold onto our ideas of Spirituality we will suffer.


We will be subject to the limits that are contained with those conceptual ideas and what is unbound will appear to become bound by the very ideas believed in, and there will be pain.



Let the moment be as it is. 


Be aware of it.


Be present to it.



Be aware of the One who is in the midst of what is.


The One who is aware of what arises and subsides is the One who is always there. 

You will be there, but you are not that.

Be aware of the portal to THAT.



Everything that is there or not there is not THAT. 

What is there or not there arises in THAT.



You are THAT.



You’ve always been THAT; only what’s there often and for the most part temporarily obscures your vision of THAT.

Nothing can stop you from being THAT, since it’s always there, permanently.


Sometimes people give up on THAT, for what’s there. 

You believe in what’s there and temporarily appear to sacrifice THAT, which is always there.


Ironically in the perception of suffering and pain, THAT is also there. 

In the suffering THAT is consistently there.

In the creativity and joy, THAT is equally there.

In the fear, anger and courage, THAT is there. 

In the thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions, associations and memories, THAT is infinitely there.


In the deepest “FUCK you!” ~ “I LOVE you…

THAT is also soundly and impartially there.


In the confusion, doubt and frustration, THAT is continually there; just as it is, now.


The same THAT perpetually lies in the tyrant and the victim, the saint and sinner; it also lies in the jealousy, the hate and the compassion of every feeling and every thought, proportionately.


THAT appears as the Christian, the Hindu, the Muslim and the Jew.


THAT appears endlessly in the birth and the death, and in the dying and the living.



Both the savior and the junkie, the giver and taker are symptoms of THAT which is perpetually there. 


In your so-called freedom, failure or imagined success, THAT is firmly there.



It is all there in THAT.


Just as now, THAT is unflinchingly there.


In the silence and in the activity, in the form and the formless, in the known and the unknown, THAT is fittingly there.


In the expansion and contraction, the up and the down, the in and the out, THAT is benevolently there.



Are [you] there or are [you] THAT?



Better said; there is no there and there is no THAT.


THAT is there and not there; equally, prior to, and beyond…


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The Doctrine of One…
June 5, 2010



“I” AM the World “I” live in.


There is but “ONE” creation and “Self”.


All “things” appear in “me” and yet, “I” AM beyond all things.


All existence is “my” existence.

All happiness is “my” happiness.

All suffering is “my” suffering.


“I” will relinquish “my” obsession with the past while waiving speculation of an imagined future.


“I” will be present with what is.


With concern and attention focused on the present, “I” will find response to every situation as it occurs.


The greatest gift “I” have is Self and life.


The perfect moment is now.


Now is a good time for joy.

Now is a good time for purpose, meaning and quiet attention.

Now is a moment of opportunity to be.

Now is the time to:


rediscover “my” innocence,

express “my” excellence,

to serve humanity.



Now “I” become a knower of reality.



“I” set right all ideas of the “ONE” Self.


“I” realize the ONE-ness, timeless, dimensionless perfection of “my” own inner Being where nothing can be gained and nothing can be lost.




Living The Doctrine of ONE, “I” will be attentive to the present moment now:




* The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness on all levels.


The wisdom of happiness while subjective can be enhanced.  Harmony occurs when “my” happiness and the happiness of “another” meet.  The essence of all happiness can never found in things; things that are grasped or feared, things that the “I” can identify with. 


Genuine happiness can be realized by abandoning who we imagined ourselves to be, creating the space for finding out Who We Are.



* We can find out Who We Are through investigation, enquiry and detachment; by stepping onto the path of unlearning; by cultivating a quiet, attentive mind.


In awareness we can find freedom from the known.

By stepping out of the known, we lose ourselves to the potential of Who We Are:

a field of infinite possibilities, unbounded by space and time.




* Finding out Who We Are is not about having more, doing more, or being more. 


It’s not finding our success or preventing failure.

It’s not about fixing, changing, transforming, getting or losing.

It’s not about being saved, saving “others” or purifying the ONE self.

It has nothing to do with what you eat, what you wear, or what you believe.

It depends not on whether you are man or woman, black or white, gay or straight or whether see and think of yourself as a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim or Jew.


Finding out Who You Are has nothing to do with what you know or don’t know. 

It’s not about discovering past lives, the burning of the seeds of Karma or the gaming of reincarnation.


Finding out Who You Are has nothing to do with priests or profits, the gurus or God(s).  It has nothing to do with dogma or tradition.


It’s not about mastering a particular asana or the use of a specific mudra.


It matters not whether you have meditated for one year or twenty.



*  First,

you imagined this:




“I” am separate, “I” am a sinner, “I” am a Saint.  “I” am blocked; “I” am gay or straight.  “I” am black or white; “I” am a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu or Jew.  Once imagined; you gathered and you filled, you took yourself to be the mind with its self engendered thoughts and beliefs.


You identified with all that you imagined the self to be. 


As you endorsed the illusion of an imaginary self, you temporarily distracted yourself from Who You Are.  You created a story and then you lost yourself in the nonsense of that story. 


You imagined a loss of freedom and lost touch with the connection you always have to your ONE true Self. 


First you imagined a story; then, lost in your story, you posited a path.  You created a path and you created a process that you called my path.  You created a story and strategy of how you would return some day to some Garden of Eden; a garden of perfection that was in fact, never lost.




* To find out Who You Are you need not go somewhere or do anything; just be.


In the doctrine of ONE you become aware of the fact you are aware; you become aware that you are. 


You become watchful, quiet and attentive.


To know the Self, you need just be the Self.


You cannot become what you already are.




* There is no other:


You are not a person. 


Reality is impersonal.


You are reality. 


You are a timeless, dimensionless Being.  You are a centre of perception that momentarily gets caught up in imagining you are a person, a thing, a body, an emotion, a thought, a memory, an association, a perception, a feared future, or a perturbed past. 


You cannot move away from perfection, since you are perfection.  The real you is perfect, whole and complete now. 


You are Universal now.


There is no “up”, there is no “down”; there is no “in” or “out”.  There is no “here” there is no “there”; there is no “above” or “below”.  There is no “high” or” low”, there is no “other”. 


There is no “self” or “not self”.




* There is no path:


No doctrine, no dogma or law, however holy or sacred; however ancient or wise, can ever describe in words the truth of Who “You” Are, who “you” were and who “you” will always be…



“I” am not here to live an ordinary life.


“I” am here to discover the “ONE” Self;

to realize the “ONE” Spirit that dwells within “me”.


Then “I” will live an extraordinary life.


“I” am here to realize the “ONE” spirit of human solidarity and interdependence; to cultivate “ONE” kinship with all life.


What “I’ve” read is not as important as what “I’ve” done.


What “I’ve” done is not as important as who “I’ve” been.


The “ONE” seed of divinity that lies within “me” contains the whole truth.


Am “I” ready to remember?


Am “I” willing to allow?


Am “I” willing to unlearn?


Am “I” willing to be?



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