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No-Self is True-Self

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Heartless

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The chair Marla vacated does not stay empty for long. A fifty-something engineer named Arthur appears and waits for permission to sit down which I give with a slight gesture. That may seem overly formal, but for Arthur it’s actually an improvement. The first time Arthur came to speak with me he sat in a half lotus at my feet, which made me a little buggy. After I coaxed him up into a chair we spent an hour disabusing him of his tendency to equate enlightenment with divinity. It’s still hardwired into his thinking that the teacher must be regarded as an elevated being, so he never sits without permission and always speaks with formality. Arthur doesn’t live in the house but he’s a frequent visitor, especially in spring when the gardens need so much help.

Arthur tells me he wants a technique. Rather, he wants the technique. I really only have one technique and everybody who comes to the house soon learns what it is from other students, but, oddly, nobody seems to practice it until they receive it from me. I’ve laid it out many times and tried to put it in the public domain for the use of whoever wants it, but it has remained strangely proprietary, as if the only way it can work is if it comes directly from me. There’s really not much to it, but I guess there’s not much to closing your eyes and repeating a mantra or counting your breaths either........... See All Chapters
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26. Speculation & Make-Believe

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To re-enter the amusement park is to re-suspend disbelief; to accept the virtual reality of the dreamstate as real reality. For instance, I like to pretend that I’m sane and that I have free will. Might as well, right? I also pretend that I am my character, that my memories are trustworthy, and that time and space and the world are as they seem. Kinda gotta. And frankly, why not? .........

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Pasupatastra!

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Jed McKenna Interview

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Even in the dreamstate my character is almost fully dissolved back into the ocean so, for instance, an outside observer might say that Jed McKenna wrote these books, but from my perspective there is no such distinction...............

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Kill the Buddha

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I always have the feeling that storms are spectacles for my personal entertainment and I feel a pang of guilt if I don’t pay attention to them. It’s no hardship to pay attention to them though, since they provide me such pleasure. I think of storms as boisterous sound and light shows put on by the universe for those who have the sense to appreciate the majesty and grandeur of them. Nothing to do with enlightenment, just something I like............

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10. Omnipotence and Eternity (and Other Great Things)

Marc Allen New World Library ePub

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OMNIPOTENCE AND ETERNITY (AND OTHER GREAT THINGS)

I have omnipotence at my command

and eternity at my disposal.

— ELIPHAS LÉVI

Eliphas Lévi was a writer and magician in France in the 1800s. (Full disclosure: I haven’t read a word of Lévi, other than the phrase that opens this chapter, which was quoted in Moon-child, a novel by Aleister Crowley that I really enjoyed, a magical battle between the forces of light and darkness.) His words touch on and contain the essence of magic. Let’s read them again slowly, and ponder them a bit:

I have omnipotence at my command

and eternity at my disposal.

The phrase in itself is a powerful tool in a magician’s mind. It is an affirmation, a declaration, and a summoning. The words have the power to summon the great forces they bring into focus: omnipotence and eternity.

Omnipotence

Omnipotence — all power. The power of all creation. It is at our command. As Ella Wheeler Wilcox put it:

When spirit rises and commands,

The gods are ready to obey.

What is the source of our omnipotence? Those of us who were raised as Christians were given a simple way to understand it when we were children: God, we were taught, is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent — all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere. Since God is everywhere, God is obviously in every atom of every cell of our bodies. We are part of God.

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COLTSFOOT

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
The recognition of her own strength as a woman as well as a sexual awakening arrive alongside the training of a new horse in Theresa Kishkan’s “Coltsfoot”, after her family moves to a farmhouse and she begins attending middle school.
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3. This Thing You’re Reading

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One problem with this theory-of-everything project is that I never had to reduce my new worldview down to words before, and it’s a pretty weird thing to do. This is not a minor issue. This is paradigm-level stuff and virtually everyone, regardless of other differences, inhabits the same top-level paradigm. How would you describe your reality to someone from another? Can you even think of a story or film that takes place in a different top-level paradigm? I’ve wracked my brain for many long seconds without success.

The paradigm gap between reader and writer is real and wide. I’m expressing theory, but I’m not operating from theory. I’m decompiling the enlightened perspective for the purpose of expression, but this is my living reality. I suppose it’s to be expected that any paradigm other than one’s own must necessarily seem insane, but if that’s where truth leads, then that’s where seekers gotta go............ See All Chapters
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28. The Truman Show

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The movie is a basic parable of the journey of awakening from delusion. At the end of his journey, Truman Burbank escapes through the final door into freedom from the artificial environment – Seahaven – in which he was raised. He steps through the door into a broader reality that is essentially the same world he’s always known, but on a larger scale; same paradigm, same dynamics, same everything really, just one level up. Just like Neo in The Matrix, Truman doesn’t escape from Maya, he just leaps from one turtle to the next.

“So, pretend it’s you opening that door,” I tell John and Claire after the movie when they come to discuss it with me. “Your whole life has been moving toward this; you’ve undergone crisis after crisis, fought battle after battle, destroyed illusion after illusion. You’ve been living in a state of unrelenting emotional upheaval as your world collapsed around you, you’ve made a great journey, and now you’re about to discover the truth of your being. You’re about to leave the only reality you’ve ever known and step into a new, bigger reality you’ve never seen and only recently began to suspect. Okay?”......... See All Chapters
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AN EXCLUDED SORT OF PLACE

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
“An Excluded Sort of Place” by Susan Musgrave introduces the reader to the quirky characters and local colour of life on Haida Gwaii.
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22. Song of Childhood

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1. That Which Cannot Be Simpler

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“How long do you think this will take?”

“We’re unlocking all the mysteries of creation, you can’t find some room in your schedule?”

“But if you’re saying it’s so simple…”

“Fine. Under five minutes......... See All Chapters
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Twelve: The Pit of Death and the Psychopomp

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

The postures we have explored up till now have all dealt with life in its manifold aspects. They taught us new insights about spirit journeys and divining, about healing and metamorphosis, and about celebration. But they had nothing to show us about death. For that, we need to turn to two other postures that instruct us about the final journey awaiting all of us at the end of all the “sound and fury.”

The trip to the Realm of the Spirits of the Dead. It will be recalled (see Chapter 9) that there is a posture where the arms are placed on the chest in such a way that the right arm is up. We called it the Chiltan posture, because the healing spirits that Uzbeki shamanesses call on for help bear this name. In scanning the archeological record, however, I found that there was a parallel series, where instead of the right arm being up, it was the left one. It was known in Central America and in the thirteenth century in New Mexico (pls. 50 and 51), where it appears in two painted tablets, one a man, the other a woman, found hidden in a cave. Traces of it occur in sub-Saharan Africa and Polynesia, and early representations were found in prehistoric Central Europe and Eastern Anatolia (Turkey) (pls. 52a and b).

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Chapter 2. Human Evolution and the Origins and Evolution of Religious Behavior

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

In 1866, the Société de Linguistique of Paris banned all discussion of the origin and evolution of human language and speech. The argument was that nothing could be known about the topic, and thus its treatment was sheer conjecture and idle speculation. No such interdict was ever issued with respect to religion, although the disquisitions on its origins have equally been plagued with “sheer conjecture and idle speculation.” Take the French author Ch. R. de Brosses. He suggested in 1760 that humans first invented fetishism, that is, the worship of inanimate objects and of animals. Egypt, he thought, showed traces of such practices, which had also been reported by casual visitors to the West African coast. Fetishism gave rise to polytheism, and that in turn to monotheism. Subsequent speculation ran along similar totally unsupported and fanciful lines. Gradually, however, ethnography, archeology, prehistory, primatology, and even neurophysiology have greatly added to our knowledge about the cognitive evolution of humans, emboldening even the linguists to take a second look, more than a hundred years after the above quoted Paris decision.1 As we shall see, some of the suggestions that emerged from their renewed consideration of the topic supported the idea that there might possibly be some parallels in the emergence of language and religion. To understand this train of thought, let us take a brief look at the course of human evolution as reconstructed by modern science.

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