Simple Reality – Intro

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This blog is a meditation on the nature of reality and responds to The Three Great Questions: Where am I? Who am I? and Why am I here? It is a tapestry of Oneness in which every thread is interwoven … Continue reading

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Worldview

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How Our Story Influences Our Experience Of Reality Our worldview as individuals or as a collective (nation or global village) is all important. It is that story that determines how the creative energy in each person or collective is expressed. … Continue reading

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Women

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I begin this article with a personal story which demonstrates the role that synchronicity can play in our lives if we are aware of what’s happening. While browsing in the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver I caught sight of a … Continue reading

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Wisdom

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Humanity is fortunate. Spread around the world a few insightful people are awake, that is to say, aware of the distinction between illusion and Simple Reality. As a whole, however, we have been unfortunate in choosing not to acknowledge or … Continue reading

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War

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War … Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.      Matthew … Continue reading

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Violence

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“Physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging or abusing” would be a conventional definition of violence. The British mystic Thomas Troward made the connection between violence and worldview when he said, “Violence is the clashing of individual wills … Continue reading

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Victimology

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Adam blamed Eve Eve blamed the snake The snake didn’t have a leg to stand on. Eventually as the buck is passed around and around we end up in the position of the snake. You have read enough of the … Continue reading

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Vedanta

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He who has learned to see the one Existence everywhere He is my master—be he Brahmin or Chandala (outcaste or untouchable). Shankara This article will not in fact be about Hinduism the religion or the history or evolution of India’s dominant … Continue reading

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Values

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Oh! If I Could Just Become a Legend A value is a principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable. Values are created when we choose our worldview since our worldview determines our identity. In P-A, we will value compassion … Continue reading

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Unconscious, The

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As a surgeon probes deeply into the human body to promote the healing of the physical body, we must come to understand the inner workings of our personal narrative and identity to heal the human psyche. Roy Charles Henry Eckhart … Continue reading

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Truth

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There is no secret Truth, only truths we refuse to acknowledge. Truth undermines the self to which we so desperately cling. The Truth is hot hidden from us. We are hiding from it. Reb Yerachmiel Ben Yisrael   This article is … Continue reading

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True Self and False Self

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By constructing the false-self survival strategy, we are trying desperately to avoid the very thing that we are looking for. By an almost frantic having, doing and knowing and by our identification with the body, emotions and mind, we create … Continue reading

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Transcendence

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We must increase our understanding of where we are going in the paradigm shift and the obstacles to getting there. This article on transcendence will contrast the simplicity (intuitive realization) of paradigm A (P-A) with the complexity (intellectual illusion) of … Continue reading

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Time

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No clock strikes for the happy one. German proverb There are some aspects of Simple Reality that are very hard to reconcile with our sensory experience or what we have been taught. Time is one of those. We begin this … Continue reading

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Thinking

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Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Shakespeare Considering the following insights by radically divergent thinkers will reveal why a profound paradigm shift remains beyond the grasp of most of humanity. “We have free will, but our … Continue reading

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Tao

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“The path of the Taoist Alchemist is to turn the Light of Awareness ‘around’—to bend it inwards so that we can observe our essential nature and drink from the fountain of Vitality and Longevity. With the use of spiritual tools … Continue reading

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Systems

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P-B is a system and must be treated and understood as a whole if we are to shift to a sustainable human community. To attempt piecemeal solutions of parts of a dysfunctional system is futile. That is why a paradigm … Continue reading

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Symbols

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“It is amazing, but now undeniable, that the vocabulary of symbol is to such an extent constant through the world that it must be recognized to represent a single pictorial script, through which realizations of a tremendum experienced through life … Continue reading

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Surrender

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I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11 The simplicity of the profound is never more in evidence than in the two topics of suffering and surrender. They can both be expressed in a … Continue reading

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Suicide

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Can suicide become part of a person’s narrative and/or identity and in some cases support a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts? We see this happening in families in numbers otherwise hard to explain. Marian Hooper (nicknamed Clover), the wife of Henry … Continue reading

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Suffering

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The wound is the place where the light enters you. Rumi Our species will not choose life-enhancing behaviors if we cannot grasp why it would be a better way to live. If we cannot accept Rumi’s wounding as part of … Continue reading

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Spiritual Path

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We would not usually undertake an activity that was new to us without some sort of preparation. We would not endeavor to plant a vegetable garden, make a quilt, or build a shed without a plan or instructions. Is there … Continue reading

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Soul

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The psyche is held to be no more explainable than life. Carl Gustav Jung  “Both the Platonic and Aristotelian notions of the person—the knower of the subject of experience—stress the soul as the locus of identity. St. Augustine ‘the Christian … Continue reading

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Solitude

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Solitude is one of the three elements of the formula for how a life centered in P-A is lived. That formula is:             S + S + S = S             … Continue reading

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Simplicity

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 Simplicity is one of the three elements of the formula for how a life centered in P-A is lived. That formula is:         S + S + S = S                 … Continue reading

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Silence

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Silence is one of the three elements of the formula for how a life centered in P-A is lived. That formula is:             S + S + S = S             … Continue reading

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SIN (Self-Imposed Nonsense)

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For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. Romans 6:14 “The Greek word that we translate as ‘sin’ is amortano. This, as Maurice Nichol has pointed out in his book The … Continue reading

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Shame

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“‘Now what we blush about may be a product of our rearing,’ says physician philosopher Leon R. Kass, ‘but that we are embarrassed and feel shame means that we have a kind of innate concern with looking good to ourselves.’”  … Continue reading

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Shadow, The

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One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Carl Jung We can readily see that Jung’s definition of how to acquire a healthy human identity is in perfect alignment with the Simple … Continue reading

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Sexuality

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This very short riff on sexuality is meant to be nothing more than thought-provoking because a comprehensive treatment of the metaphysics of sexuality would be too lengthy for this encyclopedia. There are not many topics of conversation that would expose … Continue reading

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Senses

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By hearing, one will only learn half truths. Eastern aphorism Since the object of the senses, which is form, including thoughts, has no ultimate reality (is an illusion) and therefore beyond conventional thought and expression, we would best turn to … Continue reading

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Self

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Ego is the self-consciousness which arises when the mental organ identifies itself with the body. The interwoven elements of the tapestry of the self are mutually interdependent and interrelated and a reciprocating dynamic has them all swirling about in an … Continue reading

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Self-Reliance

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We forge the chain and we alone can break it. Vivekananda First we want to distinguish Self-reliance from self-reliance. The former is reliance on the True Self in a context of P-A. It is an acknowledgment of Oneness, the non-dual … Continue reading

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Self-Realization

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The millions are awake enough for physical labor, but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertions, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. … Continue reading

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Self-Esteem

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We will let Nathaniel Brandon, the father of the concept of self-esteem have the floor in this short article. Self-esteem, as we shall see, transcends the science of psychology. Brandon was atypical in his professional discipline in realizing that “self-esteem … Continue reading

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Secret, The Great

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Obscured within the many illusions of P-B is a most marvelous truth which is one of the keys that will unlock the door to the present moment. Where are the answers to the many questions that will reveal the truth … Continue reading

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Scientific Materialism

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Buddha’s fundamental insight was that suffering is caused by craving and aversion, hence we would not want to live in a community that focused on the creation of insatiable desire. Brian Swimme was told in a conversation with an advertising … Continue reading

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Science

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Even if all our scientific questions are answered, our problem is still not touched at all. Ludwig Wittgenstein The shift to Paradigm-A (P-A) requires the redefinition of reality itself as the old reality is transcended and old beliefs, attitudes and … Continue reading

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Schism

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The word schism is often used in a context of conflict or disharmony.  Some schisms or “splits” are profound as in the split between homo sapiens and nature, or between religions or sects within religions.  Belief in the other promotes … Continue reading

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Salvation

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This, then is salvation: When you marvel at the beauty of created things and praise their beautiful Creator. Meister Eckhart      ____________________________________________________________ References and notes are available for all articles. Also find a much more in-depth discussion of Simple … Continue reading

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Saints and Sinners

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Saints and sinners have never existed except in a P-B dictionary. “A person officially recognized, especially by canonization, as being entitled to public veneration and capable of interceding for people on earth.” Interceding from where and when? In heaven, of … Continue reading

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Romanticism

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As Rilke observed, companionship is “the strengthening of two solitudes.”     Romanticism is an artistic and intellectual movement that originated in the late 18th century and stressed strong emotion, imagination, freedom from classical correctness in art forms, and rebellion against social … Continue reading

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Right View

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In the process of attaining an experience of Simple Reality what is the significance of “right view” (which is one of the precepts in the Buddha’s Eightfold Path)? “While belief per se tends not to be a central concern for … Continue reading

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Revolution

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That change that we call revolution is “relative” change in that it occurs within the context of P-B and hence has all the characteristics and limitations of that unconscious and unsustainable narrative. For example, let’s take the women’s movement. After … Continue reading

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Resurrection

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Transcending the common religious interpretation of Jesus’ resurrection it can be seen as the death of the P-B identity and the rebirth within a P-A narrative where death is seen as an illusion. Joseph Campbell puts it this way: “[If] … Continue reading

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Response and Reaction

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For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. St Paul, Romans 7:15 Let’s begin with a look at what’s involved with reaction. In psychological terms “reaction” is called physiological stress response (fight … Continue reading

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Religion

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Your daily life is your temple and your religion. Kahlil Gibran A dictionary definition of religion is a good place to start in our exploration of the relationship between religion and human behavior because it would be how most people … Continue reading

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Related Pairs

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Humanity needs to engage in a profound dialogue as to the nature of reality. To do so within the old context (P-B) with the old language and with intuition being subordinate to intellect would be a waste of time. What … Continue reading

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Reincarnation

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In this article we will chart a path from illusion to Simple Reality, from P-B to P-A. The contrast between what many of us believe regarding reincarnation (if we believe anything about it) and where we end our journey will … Continue reading

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Reductionism

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Charles Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution” will not fare well in this article; but first a short anecdote. In 1954 Jacquetta Hawkes, in a book called Man on Earth, supported the controversial idea that evolution of life on Earth was not … Continue reading

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