Category: Beautiful Sleepwalkers

If the world isn’t real, why should I stay?

Reader Q&A. If you've got a ticket to Nirvana, why should you stick around 'till the curtain closes? A reader observes that people are unreal, that suffering is inherent in life, and all he wants to do is get to that state we call Nirvana. How do we approach this duality of Real/Unreal and Existence/Nirvana? Let's look.

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Getting to the root of a spiritual crisis

Spirituality can fuq you up. Spiritual pursuit, meditation and practices can illuminate a few corridors, while leaving you blind to everything else. Sometimes spirituality is the worst thing that can happen to you. How can you tell if you're having a spiritual problem, or a problem with spirituality?

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Will enlightenment make you happy?

Enlightenment does not happen to improve life. To an unenlightened person who is inclined toward happiness, life can be glorious. To people who tend toward negative emotions or feelings of low esteem or loneliness or persistent feelings of lack, for those people enlightenment might "improve" their negative state. Enlightenment is not required to live a happy life, filled with awe.

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Recommendations: One More Bump Should Do The Trick

Full awakening is life altering. Seeing through the illusion of self is life altering. If you are looking for more practices, books, retreats and methods I can only surmise that you have not in fact seen through the illusion of self. I'm not negating your experience. It may have felt very profound. I am only suggesting that you have seen through the illusion of self either momentarily, then returning to separate self consciousness or you have had this experience in some kind of partial or intellectual way.

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Fist Full of Dollars

One tends to chase after experiences such as bliss and oneness with what we will, for convenience, call God. But these experiences come and go, they are not the prize, and are often just a big distraction. They can even be a trap, because one gets overly fascinated and focused on having these experiences, when really they are just things that happen along the way...you are supposed to keep moving forward and expanding.

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Inner Dialogue vs Outer Diaologue

Normal is not the same as sane. What makes you different from the crazy homeless lady, dressed in rags, talking nonsense day after day? She’s having an animated dialogue with herself, and if you actually stop to listen to what she is saying, it’s usually rather unpleasant. We are all grateful not to be so afflicted, but how different are you, really? From my perspective, not much.

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Demystification of Enlightenment

When a secular person goes through an intense enlightenment process, it is natural to look around and try to find others who have gone through this, to look for context. And what you often find is one of two things: a religious context or a new age ascension context

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The Door That Death Opens

A reader asks a poignant question about life, love and death after losing his father. Life and death are bound together. You can easily grasp this intellectually. But look deeper. We focus on the Life part and exclude Death as long as we can, we trick ourselves into believing that Death comes at the end of a life…not with life, in every moment.

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