Lesson 33: The Discovery of Spirit

How strange it is that the action needed to become more conscious is not movement of any kind but the absence of it. Conscious action is not the gaining of anything. It is the emptying of everything: judgments, beliefs, opinions, expectations, positions, perceptions, projections. 

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Thoughts on Meditation

I maintained a disciplined meditation practice for 10 years from roughly 1979-1990. Over those 10 years, I learned how to "trip the light fandango," have out-of-body experiences, saw all kinds of dazzling lights, and at the end of it all, I realized that meditation was not necessary. But it took those 10 years of practice to learn that.

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"A New Model of the Universe"

In P.D. Ouspensky's 1931 "A New Model of the Universe," the introduction takes the reader back to the author's school days where he borrows a physics book from an older boy. He describes his experience as, "...am reading it greedily and enthusiastically, overcome now by rapture, now by terror, at the mysteries which are opening before me.

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A Beautiful Path

In the previous post, I stated that it is separation from one's inner being that is the ultimate source of depression. In fact, one's inner being is the protection from the constant bombardments of life that provides the individual with clarity, the ability to know and to see.

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Master of Depression

I would like to return to the issue of depression just once more. I promise I'll stop after this.My own personal experiences with depression are vast. I often share that it was a dominant condition in my life until I was around 33 years old (I am 62 now). But once I began to understand the true cause of it (it is different for each individual), I never looked back.

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Thoughts on Human Consciousness

In Itzhak Bentov's 1977 "Stalking the Wild Pendulum," Bentov writes, "We all know the human reality, but what probably most of us don't know about it is that human consciousness can be taught to expand and learn how to interact with the whole spectrum of realities we have described in our diagram. This is the real meaning of the phrase 'expansion of consciousness.'

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Clarifying my Intention

I have had three particular circumstances in my life where an individual gave me a book under very special occasions that would change my life. When I moved to Asheville in 1993, I began teaching “A Course in Miracles” at a local bookstore. It had taken me 7 years to read the book the first time and 4 years to read it the second time...

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The Pretense Thing

I want to explore the pretense issue a little further. I am suggesting that "YOU" are "IT" in "THIS" and that you are pretending you don't know that. Sounds ridiculous. That statement necessitates the fact that something else is going on besides what your sensory experience is picking up. But I want to be open to ridicule in making that suggestion...

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Cause and Effect

Depending on what source of research you choose, it is accurate to say that there are more than 11-12 million people on medication for depression. In its 2011 report, "America's State of Mind," the Medco pharmacy found that use of drugs for psychiatric and behavioral disorders rose 22 percent from 2001...

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