Paradigm A

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This changeless Reality is pure consciousness… What if we were to synthesize all of the wisdom and effective transformational practices discovered by humanity thus far into one story (Simple Reality), a worldview of Oneness, would the behavior of those who … Continue reading

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Paradox, The Great

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The Great Paradox is so important to understanding Simple Reality that we will repeat it several times in slightly different phrasing. Transcending the illusion of space/time, we arrive at the place that we never left, the eternal Now, and experience … Continue reading

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Paradox

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“In Greek, paradox means literally ‘against opinion;’ that is, a paradox rubs against our accepted notions of reality.”  A paradox could also be defined as a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true. For example, the paradox of change: … Continue reading

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Pairs of Opposites

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I hold his essence and amorphous shape, Till he with Order mingles and combines. Edna St. Vincent Millay Conventional P-B thinking regarding pairs of opposites is of only passing interest.  We begin this article by descending into a more profound … Continue reading

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Pain

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“When you bring ‘me’ into the picture, you are identifying with the pain. That simply adds emphasis to it. If you leave ‘I’ out of the operation, pain is not painful.”   ___________________________________________________________ References and notes are available for this … Continue reading

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Oversoul

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“The spirit infusing all living things, resulting in the perfect realization of an ideal nature. This is a concept in the 19th century transcendentalist philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson and others.” ___________________________________________________________ References and notes are available for this article. … Continue reading

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Out-of-Body Experience

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“An out-of-body experience can arise at any time, even in sleep or dreams. It is often triggered by physical calamity or illness, such as an accident or surgery. In the out-of-body experience, there is location, position, and duration. An almost … Continue reading

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Other, The

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This article on the other and the following article on projection make it clear that projection and the other have a reciprocal relationship. In this article we focus primarily on the illusion of the other as it appears in the … Continue reading

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Oneness

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Talk as much philosophy as you please, worship as many gods as you like, observe all ceremonies, sing devoted praises to any number of divine beings—liberation never comes, even at the end of hundreds of eons, without the realization of … Continue reading

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Nothingness

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Is nothingness the opposite of “thingness?” Let’s find out. Alexander Stern in his article entitled “So is that a Thing?” explores the phenomena of “thingness.” “Speakers and writers of American English have recently taken to identifying a staggering and constantly … Continue reading

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Nonviolence

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“According to Ghandi, nonviolence does not imply a mere abstention from acts of aggression; it is a profound attitude of the heart, involving the whole person in a continuous spiritual exercise.”  That “continuous spiritual exercise” is The Point of Power … Continue reading

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Nonlocality

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There is a field independent of limitations of time and space within which consciousness and creation are connected and share energy and interact. “The important point of this distinction is that if we can conceive of anything as entirely devoid … Continue reading

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New Thought

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“William James considered New Thought to be the one truly original contribution made by Americans to spiritual philosophy. New Thought is truly a do-it-yourself path, built by many uneducated, simple people who pioneered on the frontiers of the American soul. … Continue reading

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Neuroses

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We’re all mad here. The Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland If we all lived in an asylum where everyone was neurotic, those behaviors would seem for the most part normal. We do! A psychologist would define a neurosis as … Continue reading

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Near-Death Experience (NDE)

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The NDE could more accurately be labeled the “Nearest-to-Life Experience (NLE).” We shall see in this article that what is experienced by those who return to life after their escape from the clutches of the grim reaper are pretty much … Continue reading

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Nationalism

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The United States had its beginning as a group of colonies under foreign domination. It was a natural human aspiration to establish independence. The resulting states quickly realized that they needed to operate as one united nation mutually supporting and … Continue reading

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Mythology

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We can make the case for shifting from P-B to P-A as best we can but lest we think we have a choice in the matter, we can disabuse ourselves of that notion. We don’t! The paradigm shift and the … Continue reading

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Mysticism

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The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.    Albert Einstein “Albert Einstein also claimed that mysticism was ‘the sower … Continue reading

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Morality

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“Virtue ethics revolve around the idea of the ‘good life.’ Consider, for instance, Homeric arête (excellence), Socratic self-knowledge, Aristotelian friendship and phronesis (wisely applied knowledge, practical wisdom), Christian faith, hope and love. Plato advised turning our attention to the idea … Continue reading

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Miracles

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We have all read about miracles in scripture, fairy tales and mythology. Miracles in P-A would be fundamentally different. With consciousness taking primacy in the new paradigm the old categories of miracles are not impressive and maybe even pointless. Miracles … Continue reading

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Mind

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The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of hell, and a hell of heaven. John Milton Well, Milton makes the mind sound like an interesting but a scary place. We might as well dive … Continue reading

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Metaphor

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A major problem with religion is the confusion caused by the difference between literal truth and metaphor. If religious myth and metaphorical stories are taken literally then the shift to a more profound worldview, one closer to the true nature … Continue reading

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Meme

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Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene has given the name “meme” to “units of cultural transmission.” To be more specific: “a word coined by Dawkins to describe images, phrases, references, pieces of music, that are themselves replicated and … Continue reading

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Meditation Again

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Given the central role that meditation has in self-transformation we felt the need to offer more detail in support of those of us who are ready to begin or continue an authentic and proven transformation practice. Hand-in-hand with The Point … Continue reading

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Meditation

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All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.          Blaise Pascal In the context of Simple Reality the purpose of meditation is to attain an experience of the present moment. … Continue reading

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Masculine and Feminine

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Historically in most cultures matter and spirit have been classified as two separate categories. An inexorable split in the human psyche has been created as a consequence of viewing reality in this way. Matter is seen, for the most part, … Continue reading

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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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