God is Closer to You than Your Self
The newer popular alternatives to religion, that come in the form of new age spirituality such as "The Secret" are just as loony as the promise of heaven for the believer, and a lake of hellfire for the nonbeliever. This ever so intoxicating form of…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Rose Apr 28, 2012.
The recognition that essentially you are the world, that there is no subject/object split, that there is no separation between you and "all that is" - this realization, even at the conceptual level, changes consciousness.The part is not separate…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Allen Bell Oct 17, 2013.
BY ERIC ALLEN BELL: If there is a so-called "Anti-Christ", his greatest deception was to lead people to believe he exists in the future. In fact he lives in the past. And his name is Father…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregory Mark Peeper Oct 28, 2013.
Organized religion has contributed greatly to an overall global atmosphere of fear - the fear of others, the fear of a great lake of hell fire that awaits the nonbeliever. It holds back our collective consciousness and it holds down our collective…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Allen Bell Sep 13, 2011.
If a book guides you, my feeling is that such a book would not be as reliable a guide as love. Best to follow the heart, even foolishly at times, if one is to be a real human being. My heart tells me that the world is in a desperate state of crisis…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Vincent Alston Apr 14, 2012.
Over a long enough period of time, the survival rate for your body is zero. Contained within the body is the brain and one of the functions of the brain is the ego. The ego is the self concept of the brain-body organism and it does not like what was just said one bit.
And there are different states of consciousness than just ego. The ego is like a dog you bring with you on a journey. Untrained, it will run off, bite others and come back to bite you. But trained and disciplined it knows its place. It can sense things, warn you of danger, protect you. As the saying goes, "Ego is an excellent servant and a horrible master". …Continue
Posted on April 8, 2015 at 3:24am — 97 Comments
One's own existence seems self-evident....
And yet there really isn't any proof -
not objective proof anyway -
that you exist.
Posted on April 8, 2015 at 3:23am — 43 Comments
When it comes to the subject of Enlightenment I am no authority. I do not possess special knowledge nor do I profess to speak to you now from some elevated state. On all matters Divine there is but one authority and that is The Great Mystery.
Enlightenment is often said to be a state of conscious communion with Divine Source.
According to some spiritual traditions this state is something of a finish line. One's existence is seen to be a cycle of birth, death and rebirth as one's soul perfects their karma and eventually reaches a state of Nirvana or pure…Continue
Posted on April 8, 2015 at 3:23am — 13 Comments
With each passing day, as I look inward and as I take in what is going on with the world outside, my heart opens. And the more it opens the more I understand why I have kept it shut for so long. The more my heart opens, the more I understand why the world has closed its heart.
I find it harder and harder to criticize the world from a place of anger or disappointment. The screwed up world and the screwed up self are not only reflections of each other, they are one in the same. I am the suffering and the beauty and everything in between - not as some new philosophy but as a felt experience, moment by…Continue
Posted on April 8, 2015 at 3:23am
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In order to answer the question, "What happens when I die?" I feel it is important to take a look at something a bit less speculative and that is the question of what happens when we live.
There is no way to understand death if you don't know what life is. What happens between the moment you take your first breath and the moment you draw your very last?
Who is it that is looking out through your eyes?
Is it not the same quality of awareness that existed right before you read these words? Is that quality of awareness not the same quality that existed yesterday and the day before?
And that awareness, the pure state of awareness was there before you could form words or even knew your name. It is independent of personal history, of labels, of…
Posted on March 15, 2015 at 4:48pm — 8 Comments
If you consider yourself to be on any kind of spiritual path, you very likely have had a tendency to be too hard on yourself. You try not to think negative thoughts, to avoid judging others, to avoid "sin". One definition of the word "sin" is "separation from God". We want to avoid our dark side and become more of "how we are supposed to be". This way of thinking occurs probably not as the result of religion, but rather religion has sprouted as the result…Continue
Posted on March 15, 2015 at 4:47pm — 24 Comments
"Meditation on Being"
By Eric Allen Bell
Being is what you are. Nothing you do will make you more or less than that.
Whether you are a criminal or a saint, your state of Being is unchanged and eternal.
Only the awareness changes.
Nothing you do in the world will change your state of Being.
Whether you are a good spouse, devoutly religious, a high achiever or a dope fiend - there is nothing to be done to make you better or worse at the level of Being.
Building temples does not bring about salvation when…
Posted on March 15, 2015 at 4:47pm — 4 Comments
Have you ever felt caged inside your body, longing to be free? Who is that which has such a desire? If you are only your flesh and bones, then who or what is it that longs to break free of all of it?
Is it just a chemical reaction in the brain, buzzing inside your head - a frustration, an agitation, a scratching at the inside of a prison wall? Who is scratching? Who are you, if you are not the prison itself but the one who feels trapped within it?
There are men with letters after their names, resigned to a certain cynicism, who will tell you that consciousness is merely a projection of the brain, merely the result of neurological activity. And yet…Continue
Posted on October 27, 2014 at 2:28am — 4 Comments
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~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj