The Hook without bait

The Hook The content of mind is a reflection of the changing nature of phenomena, none of it belongs to the utter simplicity of being, our true essence, which all things are reflected in or upon.     ………………. Wholeness is energy moving through all the patterns and the patterns are nothing but energy.   ………………. Some call the manifestation (the appearance of things and apparent events) ‘the dynamic display of awareness’.  Consider a moving picture (movie) projected upon a white screen (cinema).  The movie gives the impression of some kind of independent life going on.  The observer is not […]

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The Bull

The Bull Q: “You like it strong?” A: “Yeah, strong is good!” ………………. The image of self can appear to take many forms.  Oil paint can appear as many convincing shapes and forms.   Famous paintings imitate 3 dimensions very convincingly but it is only pigment and oil on a 2 dimensional surface. The arrogance of self-centredness is due to belief in something that is not real, something that takes the credit for qualities that it can never have.   This I know first hand…. and through many years of observing so-called people.   To impartially observe the responses of ‘people’ […]

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Shouting down an empty well

Shouting down an empty well – silence is a stern reply All of the functioning of intelligence, through the seeing, hearing, tasting etc. is perfect PRIOR to what the mind translates the sensations into. Consider the fact that intelligence was present as language was learned.  It was present as the brain was forming.  You cannot see the wind.  You see the leaves moving but the wind is invisible.  You cannot see intelligence and yet everything that is seen is intelligence appearing as form, shape, apparent things. You are ‘prior’ to any sense.  I use the words awareness and consciousness in […]

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Investigate!

  ‘I’ for INVESTIGATE “There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” Attributed by some to Herbert Spencer and by others to William Paley.  Does it really matter who said it?   Belief is the foundation of contempt for what is true. Investigate your beliefs and be free of belief. Despite the common belief that thought is powerful and that words have power, it is worth investigating the belief.  The burden of psychological […]

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Basics

 Things are not what they appear to be Question everything. Are you seeking something?   How clear is the seeking?  Is it vague and indistinct?   Do you know exactly what you are seeking? Is there any definite evidence that what you seek actually exists outside of imagination? Where do you think or imagine that this thing you seek could be?  Outside yourself?  Inside yourself?  What is the self?  Do you truly know without a doubt?   Where exactly is ‘self’?  Self is self-evident surely.  The first ‘thing’ that you know must be self.  To be ignorant of self leads to […]

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Where can consciousness hide?

The self-image (persona-mask) is a re-presentation of identity Slavery to the maintenance of self image is unnecessary Consciousness cannot hide itself from awareness.  The entity cannot see, hear or know anything. Consciousness and awareness are not two.   Differentiation (duality) is due to belief in see-er and seen. What everyone is searching for, you already are.   Innately we all know.   That-ness is not particular. In essence everyone is THAT (knowing).  Everything is THAT.  Not two. The majority, the believers, so it seems, believe that there is a process of ‘becoming enlightened’ and with this belief, forefront in their minds, […]

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‘Who am I?’ Who is asking?

‘I’ is  a word.  Belief in ‘I’ as something solid and real is self-centredness. Who am I?   The apparent ‘great question’, held in high regard in spirituality.   It may seem like a profound question to ask oneself but is it? Who is asking the question, if not you (who you think you are), then who? Who will answer, if not you (who you think you are), then who? (or what?)   Does it have to be spelled out for you?  WHO is it that needs to ask ‘Who am I?’  Are you more than one presence?  Is this presence divided […]

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What is it that you really want?

“Trees” The natural state is the innate knowing, which abides with everyone, irrespective of the conditioned mind. The simple question “What conditioning is there, if I don’t think about it?”… is direct and uncompromising. In order to recognise the ‘answer’ to that question, there needs to be a pause of thought.  The ‘mind’ cannot ‘do it’ but a spontaneous intention can.  What is uncovered is an unexpected revelation…..but a pause is necessary in order for the seeing to be naked (non conceptual awareness).   It is possible while thought is ‘active’ but it is rare prior to this investigation. The empty mind is naked awareness […]

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What have you attained?

Wood engraving ‘The Path’ – just an image. ‘You’ may believe you have been ‘on the path’ for decades and you may be very serious about your spiritual practices. Without going into memory and without referring to the ‘habitual story of me’, what exactly have you attained after all that ‘serious endeavour’, after all that ‘time’?  Now, pay close attention to your private and secret responses to the questions. A spiritual pretender will go straight to referring to their spiritual image. Anyone who is genuine will investigate. You didn’t ask for it but the opportunity presents itself.  Excuses from the ‘me’ will […]

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The person on a path

How accurate is your self image? Isn’t it time one investigated the illusion of ‘the spiritual path’? You are not what you think you are. If you are not what you think you are, who or what are you? There is no answer in the mind.  Why are you looking there? In the secret chambers of your imagination, you probably measure yourself against certain ‘ideal ways of being’. Do you ever measure up to any of them?  Where are you measuring such things from?  Who is measuring what? Is there a static point of perfection, which you can use as […]

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