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Marriage

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This blog post on “marriage” coincidentally following the post on “love” is short if not sweet. It is, after all, a P-B institution. Marriage sometimes being the ritual outcome of romantic love could hardly be expected to have a wholesome outcome … Continue reading

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Love

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I’ve looked at love From both sides now, From win and lose And still somehow, It’s love’s illusions I recall, I really don’t Know love—at all. Lyrics of “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell For reasons that we will explain … Continue reading

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Letting Go

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The following story illustrates the trap of clinging or failing to “let go.” Two Zen monks were walking along a road and they encountered a beautiful young woman blocked in her path by a rain-swollen stream. The older monk, after … Continue reading

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Law of Attraction

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“Interactions with others do occur, of course, yet there are none that you do not accept or draw to you by your thoughts, attitudes, or emotions. This applies in each area of life. In your terms, it applies both before … Continue reading

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Language

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“The Fall” as described in Genesis is a metaphorical story not about a “fall from grace” or surrendering to “sin” but about the human species’ unconsciousness. Our failure to awaken into the present moment is in fact the act of … Continue reading

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Krishnamurti

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Whatever state I am in therewith to be content.         Phil   4:11 The Simple Reality Project is an example of the art of synthesis, combining separate elements to form a coherent and simple whole. Students of metaphysics must … Continue reading

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Justice and Karma

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And still more often the condemned is the burden bearer for the guiltless and unblamed. You cannot separate the just from the unjust and the good from the wicked; For they stand together before the face of the sun even … Continue reading

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Judgment

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As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world but to save it. John 12: 47  In the article “The Algebra of … Continue reading

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Joy

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Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible. The false self feeds on reactions which produce the nourishment that perpetuates our pain and suffering. The True self is nourished by our response to life and the joy, happiness, … Continue reading

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Islam

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The “religions of the Book” (the Bible), Judaism, Christianity and Islam have a common origin. “From the Creation to the Last Judgment he [Mohammed] uses Jewish ideas.” “To Jewish theology, ethics, and ritual, and Persian eschatology, Mohammed added Arab demonology, … Continue reading

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Irony, The Great

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Hyde noted the irony of Ireland’s copying the nation she most hated.         Richard Kain Many of the words we speak in P-B would have something approaching the opposite meaning in the context of Simple Reality. Similarly, … Continue reading

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Intuition and Intellect

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The heart has its reasons, which reason knows not of. Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)              The following traditional story speaks to the distinction between intuition and the intellect. As God and Satan were walking down the street one day, God bent … Continue reading

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Introversion and Extroversion

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Introvert/ Extrovert Typology The father of modern typology is C. G. Jung and we begin with his description of the most basic and simplest of the typologies. “The introvert’s attitude is an abstracting one; at bottom, he is always intent … Continue reading

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Integration and Disintegration

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One of the possible meanings of the word integration is to make whole. Disintegration, on the other hand, is to cause a whole to separate into its component parts or to cause the destruction of that whole. P-B is imagined … Continue reading

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Insight, The Great

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The Great Insight is the goal in sitting meditation. When the separation occurs between our True self and the false-self illusion of our identity as body, mind and emotion, we understand that we are the observer (the True self) not … Continue reading

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Individuation

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In Simple Reality we would define Jung’s term “individuation” as the creation of consciousness. We will begin by honoring Jung by hearing his more elaborate definition and explanations as expressed by the Jungian analyst, Edward Edinger. “The process whereby a … Continue reading

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Inclusion and Exclusion

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A worldview of Oneness demands that we cease all behaviors that are not inclusive. There is no need or justification for institutional or individual behaviors that do not embrace the diversity and richness of all wholesome human expression. Oneness calls … Continue reading

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Implicate Order

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The Implicate Order is the keystone that directs the energies of the overarching narrative of Simple Reality and sustains the structure of P-A. If the Implicate Order is so foundational to the human story, why isn’t it taught in high … Continue reading

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Impermanence

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Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world: A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, A flash of lightening in a summer storm, A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.         Diamond Sutra … Continue reading

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Illusion

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Homo sapiens is the only species to suffer psychological exile. O. Wilson If we are looking for somewhere to place the blame for our suffering it can be laid at the door of our own mind. “By definition, an illusion … Continue reading

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Identity

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The true nature of anything is the highest it can become.  Aristotle Where we think we are determines who we think we are.  We must be highly motivated, clear and focused in our dialogue about the importance of changing our … Continue reading

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Hypnagogic State

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The hypnagogic state is when “the two evaluative functions of thinking and feeling are slowed up or even suspended for a brief time, sensation and intuition, the perceptive functions, take over and provide us with incredibly penetrating insights.”  The hypnagogic … Continue reading

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Heaven and Hell

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A man’s reach should exceed his grasp or what’s a heaven for?         Robert Browning We all know there are lots of opinions on the subjects of Heaven and Hell and we intend to have some fun … Continue reading

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Health

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Healing is not a process but a revelation; for the revealing of the perfect man always heals.         Ernest Holmes As Ernest Holmes clearly understood, the truth will set us free, free from all forms of enslavement including … Continue reading

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Hate

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Hate is defined as:  Intense or passionate dislike.  A hate group advocates and practices hatred, hostility, or violence.  According to the U.S. FBI, a hate group’s “primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a … Continue reading

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Happiness

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Simply stated, we are happiness and nothing can alter this truth about our natural state of being.         Roy Charles Henry Happiness is our natural state, therefore requires no particular condition. Of the many possible formal definitions, … Continue reading

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Guilt

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Let us not burden remembrances with a heaviness that’s gone.         Shakespeare, The Tempest  Buddha’s all-important and stunning pronouncement that “life is suffering” is not only true but the implications of that insight seem to be beyond … Continue reading

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Good and Bad

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…there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. Hamlet Hamlet said everything that needs to be understood about the subject of good and bad but since some of us are still captivated by our intellects we … Continue reading

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God

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In some parts of the world even talking or writing about God can be dangerous. Some of our behaviors related to the ideas we have about God are pathological not because many of us feel one with God but because … Continue reading

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Gnosticism

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Gnosticism is from the Greek word gnosis, “knowledge.” Gnostic texts such as the Nag Hammadi manuscripts “proclaim a completely good and transcendent God, whose enlightened greatness is utterly unfathomable and essentially indescribable. Yet this divine Other can be experienced [inner … Continue reading

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Gaia

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While working as a consultant for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA in the early 1970s, British biologist James Lovelock conceived of the Earth as a self-regulating system, the “Gaia hypothesis.” Gaia was the name of the Greek Earth Mother … Continue reading

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Freedom

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When we think about freedom we often speak of being free from something. In the literature about metaphysics, liberation is sometimes described as the elimination of ‘thirst’ or the extinction of the ‘fire.’ Therefore, in this article we will seek … Continue reading

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Free Will

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In P-B free will is an illusion because we are unconscious of the basic habitual drives that determine our behavior. So when we think we are exercising our so-called free will and making decisions based on our own self-interest, we … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

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Nothing you ever did or was done to you could ever touch the radiance of who you are. So forgiveness is unnecessary of yourself or anyone else. Eckhard Tolle Peter Russell initiates this rewarding exploration with a provocative definition. The … Continue reading

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Flow

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The term “flow” is associated with the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the author of a book entitled Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. One definition of flow would be: the full absorption of an individual in an activity during which … Continue reading

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Field and Form

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This article is among the more challenging found in this encyclopedia because it is in marked contrast to our conditioned beliefs about the nature of reality. Or as Seth says in Jane Robert’s book entitled The Nature of Personal Reality: … Continue reading

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Feeling and Emotion

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Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. Shakespeare—King Lear Without a clear understanding of the distinction between feeling and emotion (as we define them) it is doubtful if humanity can learn to live on the planet in … Continue reading

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Fear

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And if it is a fear you would dispel, The seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.           Kahlil Gibran The perfect beginning for this article is Einstein’s … Continue reading

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Fall, The

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When Adam fell, he fell asleep.        Ken Wilber The Hindu cosmology (from the Bhagavata Purana IV. iii) would agree with the statement of Ken Wilber quoted above. “Thinking of objects attracts the senses to them. The senses … Continue reading

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Faith

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Verily, I say unto you, if ye have faith, and doubt not, it shall be done. Matthew 21: 21 We can define faith in such a way as to add it to our definition of worldview along with feelings, beliefs, … Continue reading

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Experience and Meaning

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The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Experience is not the best way to understanding, knowledge or meaning, it is the only way. In Chinese, t’ i-jen means … Continue reading

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Evolution

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David Hawkins is clear that Creation, evolution and the creative process are intertwined. They are in short, one thing, they define Oneness. “Creation is the very source and essence of evolution. Evolution is the process by which Creation becomes manifest. … Continue reading

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Evil

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Satan or the Devil is useful as a symbol or metaphor relating to our own behavior. It becomes something much more dangerous when conceived of as actually existing in an anthropomorphic form. This was not always so. “The Devil is … Continue reading

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Evaluation

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P-B is the context which informs the identity of virtually all of humanity individually and collectively. As human beings we have evolved to a point where we have developed a dependency on the intellect and technology—they have become our gods … Continue reading

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Essence

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Sometimes called the True-self the Essence is not a “self” at all but our true nature beyond the “I” and is in truth the “no-self,” the un-manifested. It is the “form” emerging out of the “field” of the Implicate Order … Continue reading

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Esoteric and Exoteric

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Esoteric wisdom is inner or hidden from those who would not understand or want to know. An example would be Jesus’ warning his disciples not to throw “pearls before swine.” Exoteric means external and obvious. Christianity began as an esoteric … Continue reading

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Enneagram

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The Enneagram is a supplemental tool for Self-transformation but used alone will be overwhelmed by the P-B context and identity. Added to the arsenal of the Simple Reality worldview, and the practices of insight meditation and The Point of Power … Continue reading

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Enlightenment

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Enlightenment no matter how it is defined is found only in P-B. Darkness is the absence of light just as fear is the absence of compassion. Neither fear nor darkness exists except in P-B as part of the illusion, as … Continue reading

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Engagement and Pacifism

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Let us create an arbitrary continuum with pacifism on one end and engagement on the other. In the West on the pacifist end we have the Old Testament commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” Eastern religions teach to even avoid killing … Continue reading

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Energy

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Who am I? In answering the Second Great Question we must ultimately arrive at the most profound understanding of our identity as human beings. Anthony Fisichella put it like this: “The physical world is the manifest verbum of an unmanifested … Continue reading

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