Avoid the observer trap. See through the ego rather than destroy it. Don’t the experience into claims about reality. Keep practicing and attend to the tasks of daily life.
We can talk about nonduality in ways that prevent misunderstanding and point to the experience of it, beyond all words.
“In this experience, the sense of being a witness or seer of things vanishes completely, and instead you feel yourself to be whatever thing you are beholding. You don’t see the mountain, you are the mountain. You don’t hear a bird, you are birdsong.”
After giving up on churches, we found yoga, meditation, and the power of example (plus John Coltrane.)
Life occasionally backs us into a corner and brings us to our knees. In such moments, we can remember two words: “No resistance.”
You can criticize Tolle’s jargon and spiritual stardom. And yet he usefully describes the difference between living from ego and living from presence.
Every time I finish a piece of writing, I see again the terrifying truth: Reality transcends anything that I could possibly say about it.
The aim of dialogue is not for everyone to finish up and leave the room with the same opinion. Far more important is our shared state of mind. When everyone suspends their assumptions and opinions, we share a common consciousness.
What led me to abandon the notion of original sin was becoming a dad—and listening to Bubba Free John.
Even spiritual teachers with genuine insight can harm you. Keep your crap detector handy.