The thinking universe: Interconnected consciousness

This article appeared recently in the Huffington post and is a simplified version of the theory put forward by the physicist and consciousness researcher Thomas Campbell in his book My Big Theory of Everything. See Link The idea of the universe as a ‘giant brain’ has been proposed by scientists and science fiction writers – for decades, now physicists say(…)

Greg Goode: Enlightenment and the ‘direct path’

The work of Greg Goode was recently described as ‘a massive turning point’ by a member of the  No-Facebook page. So I decided to take a look…Very recently I have said on this blog that I only believe that true non-dualism is achievable during meditation, well I was wrong based on Greg Goode’s view of(…)

Awakening: Looking at yourself

On the topic of awakening and enlightenment, I felt it may be useful to share something very simple…..Myself and others who use this blog are familiar with this and similar practices. I was ‘awakened’ by a simple meditation in a room with a person who took me through an inward focus exercise. This simple practice(…)

Wasting my Time

  Recently I’ve grown tired of the whole spiritual enterprise.  The seeking seems like only the subtlest and most ‘noble’ of addictions. At least the alcoholic knows he is deluded. The spiritual seeker thinks he is doing something worthwhile. Last year I did a 5-day silent Chan retreat and the only insight I had while(…)

Hubert Benoit: Zen and the Psychology of Transformation

According to Zen ‘the perfect way knows no difficulties except that it refuses all preference’ Several months ago I read Zen and the Psychology of Transformation by the French psychiatrist Dr. Hubert Benoit. Reading this work was for me the second step on my own path towards meaningful self-realisation. This was a book that appeared(…)

In the beginning was the Gift: Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of others.” –Albert Einstein Albert Einstein made a good(…)

Divine Pride: Ken Wilber and the ‘we-ness’ of being

I was recently sent a You-Tube video (above) where Ken Wilber puts forward the concept of ‘Divine Pride’, a movement arising from the first wave of a Divinely ‘called’ spiritually gifted elite. According to Wilber these few individuals are on the cutting edge, understanding that there is only one consciousness, a divine field that exists between humanity,(…)

What is self? A journey with the Christian mystic Bernadette Roberts

With extracts from an article written by Alan Mann ‘Eternity comes clad in the guise of the present moment.’ I was introduced to the work of Bernadette Roberts by Alan Mann, who I met at a Douglas Harding gathering in the UK this summer. Alan’s thoughts on Bernadette Roberts follow a little background information and(…)

The moment I let go of it was the moment

Cathartic is such a fabulous word, according to the dictionary its meaning is: Providing psychological relief through the expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis. For another post on grief and letting go see Joseph Bray’s post For those of us who are orphaned which can be used as a metaphor for letting go in any situation. See(…)

Come with me to the Palace of Nowhere

“Come with me to the Palace of Nowhere, where all the many things are one” A friend recently gave me a copy of the Path to the Palace of Nowhere by James Finley, a student of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, author, and student of Zen. The writing of Thomas Merton asks us the fundamental(…)

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