What You Seek is What is Seeking - God is Closer to You than Your Self
Americans are not stupid. The most well financed group in history have pulled off the most sophisticated scam in history and most Americans just have not figured it out yet. The super rich own our government. They have given us good cop (D) and bad…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Keenashe Sep 7, 2011.
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.
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.
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 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 religion has sprouted as the result of…Continue
Posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:00am — 2 Comments
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 November 10, 2013 at 8:03am — 34 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 November 10, 2013 at 8:02am
The nature of consciousness is that it evolves. Everything is comprised of consciousness. Non-local consciousness is the ground of all being. You are an expression of the infinite consciousness that knows no boundaries. That which looks out through your eyes, that which seems like individual consciousness, evolves. It was evolving before it put on the garment of the body you presently inhabit. It evolves in this lifetime. It continues to evolve after the consciousness has left the body. There is no beginning or end to you.
So what is the nature of where we find ourselves, located in time and space? What is this place? It is a story, both real and unreal. Evolution occurs in response to crisis. And from the moment you enter this domain, crying, hungry and helpless, the crisis has begun. And thus so too has the soul begun a new stage in its…Continue
Posted on November 10, 2013 at 8:02am — 24 Comments
The human brain is an organ in the body. The brain creates the ego. The ego thinks it is you. The ego fears its dissolution and seeks to continue. Therefore, throughout history, the egoic mind has created stories about what happens to this (false sense of) self when the body dies, and religion is born. Religion is often one big ego imposing control over numerous smaller egos. If you are on an authentic spiritual journey, much of the time the religious establishment will point you in the direction away from what you are actually seeking.
The hysterical aspect of the egoic mind that wants to know what will happen to it after…Continue
Posted on November 10, 2013 at 8:01am
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…Continue
Posted on November 10, 2013 at 8:01am — 10 Comments
There is a parable about a man who goes searching for the moon. He at last finds a finger, which is pointing up at the moon, and he sucks on that finger for comfort.
But he never looks in the direction that finger is pointing.
Such is the nature of religious belief.
To look directly at the moon however is the nature of direct perception.
Cultivating direct perception is the pathless path of the Mystic.…
Posted on November 10, 2013 at 8:01am
"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 October 19, 2013 at 2:19pm — 4 Comments
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj