Selected articles

There are more than 9,000 published articles on this site, written over about two decades. (In addition to four thousand unpublished articles.)

See below for a selection of the more recent articles.

To find more articles, use the search function on the top right or explore using the tags.

INTRODUCTORY ARTICLES

The following articles can serve as an introduction to some of the central themes here.

The practice I mostly use these days: Befriend & Awaken: The essence of many healing and awakening traditions

A brief story of the initial awakening shift in my life: Why the spontaneous awakening shift?

Something about our nature: Talking about the inevitability of what we are | What are we in our own first-person experience?

Small and big interpretation of awakening: Why don’t awakening teachers more often differentiate between small and big interpretations of awakening?

A few words on basic meditation: Basic meditation: Notice and allow what’s here, and notice it’s already noticed and allowed

A brief autobiography: A brief personal history

CHRONOLOGICAL SELECTION OF ARTICLES

In addition to articles tagged as essential articles, have selected a few recent ones here:

My nature is all I know and all I have ever known

“I don’t know anything for certain”

My intuition lights things up

Perception of the physical when we notice our nature

Perception of doership when we notice our nature

Perception of time when we notice our nature

Perception of movement when we notice our nature

Perception of distance when we notice our nature

This human self is connected with my world in a special way

Our nature: From conceptual understanding to noticing to finding ourselves as it, and living from it 

Some aspects of what I am: Capacity, oneness, human self, etc.

The logic of awakening & the inevitability of what we are and how it plays itself out

We are as rich as the world

Grounding speculations in what’s here and now

Noticing our nature vs our nature noticing itself

Why I am drawn to a psychological interpretation of awakening

Would it hold up in a court of law?

Paradoxes: Awakening shifts and how initial paradoxes may appear different when we are more familiar with the terrain

Some aspects of what we are – oneness, love, bliss, capacity, and so on

This human self is happening on its own

Exploring the world like a dream

A memory from between lives

Out-of-body experience as a child

How does God see us?

The background becomes the foreground in an awakening shift, and this shapes how we see ourselves, others, and reality

When awakening shifts happen without preparation: some upsides and downsides

What are we in our own first-person experience?

Here be dragons

The body as capacity, space, and consciousness

Tension & Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) – a brief overview

Befriend & Awaken: The essence of many healing and awakening traditions

Wolfwalkers & our relationship with the wild in nature and ourselves

An I Ching experience

The loops of consciousness creating a sense of separation within oneness

We cannot escape the dream, but we can learn to recognize and find appreciation for it

We are something, nothing, everything, and between nothing and something

The different types of validity in different stories

What is omniscient and omnipresent? Turning the story around and see what we find

Basic meditation: Notice and allow what’s here, and notice it’s already noticed and allowed

How do we know what’s true? (part one)

What awakens? What holds a belief?

Spiritual fantasies

Awakening described in five levels of difficulty

Byron Katie: What’s called bliss and what’s called ordinary mind are equal

Monkeys are Buddhas too

Why is (what we discover through) awakening difficult to put into words?

“I am picking up feelings that aren’t mine”

This human self is happening on its own

Each being is a world

Why do we tend to be identified with the head area?

Putin as a mirror

Two of us – perceiving ourselves as observer and observed

The transformations of awakening

There is an inner desert into which each one of us must one day go

A few quotes from Ramana Maharshi

Travel as an eagle

Finding what seems most as an I or me

Why do we find nature beautiful?

Demystifying and pointing out the mystery as needed

The no-thing that allows all things

Happy because he doesn’t have thoughts saying blindness and cancer is wrong

Phases in the awakening process, and maturing in spirituality

Adyashanti: There is only watching and/or observing

Why don’t awakening teachers differentiate between small and big interpretations of awakening?

The gifts of impermanence

Everything & nothing comes from somewhere else

Adyashanti: If we’re not trying to control so much, a lot of the meditative experience is actually naturally occurring

“I am picking up emotions that aren’t mine!”

Adyashanti: When you welcome all of experience into your awareness, a certain type of stillness starts to emerge organically

The same principles used in magic tricks apply to how we unawake ourselves

Meister Eckhart: We are all meant to be mothers of God

Jung: The God I experienced is more than love, he is also hate

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Jesus comes in the form of the beggar

Fascinated by mysteries in the world, and the mystery of existence

What we are to ourselves vs what reality is

Aspects of what we are

Who or what is unawake? Or has emotional issues?

The different parts of us have real needs, and we are the one in position to give them what they need

Who or what is awake?

Waking up issues: medicines for a condition

Ground of being as other vs what we are

As what I am, all is subject and object

Awakening doesn’t require any spirituality or religion, and is compatible with (philosophical) materialism

From the point of view of our system, knowing and not doing is the same as not knowing

Notice what seems the least like my nature

Awakening & reversals: figure-ground and subject-object reversals

The dark night of embodiment

Tracing to what’s more essential

We are familiar with what we are, we just may not recognize it *as* what we are (awakening)

Befriending life… through befriending our contractions

I am in you and you in me?

What is consciousness?

The mundane side of awakening

More pervasive emotional issues tend to be felt all over the body

Objectifying ourselves and others

Enlightenment is a destructive process

If investigated, ordinary insights can lead us to notice what we are

Essential doubt

How it works: Basic meditation

Own dialog: The inner victim & victimizer

Lao Tzu: kindhearted as a grandmother

Finding the one

Talking about awakening: a more sober and grounded approach

Our mental activity is a kind of dream

Adyashanti: All ideas of what should or shouldn’t have happened are just dreams

Adyashanti: Experiencing many dimensions of being allows you to be more fluid

Adyashanti: When we use the word consciousness, it gives the impression that we are talking about something other than us

The experience of no-self

Thoughts as an evolutionary experiment

The grey zone of awakening

Is awakening inherently better than not being awake?

Two forms of completely ordinary insanity

If I don’t love something, what am I actually not loving?

How spiritual practices become ongoing

A pragmatic view on free will

Do we live in a simulation?

A tantric approach to spirituality

Our three-part nature

In the world and not of it

Awakening is a habit

When realization appears as philosophizing

Spiritual pointers & practices are medicine for specific conditions

Gospel of Thomas, verse 22

Oneness = pragmatic love

The importance of love: From relationships to finding ourselves as love

What we find in awakening is already familiar

Spiritual practices mimic awakening

Awakening is not incompatible with “ego” dynamics

The value in a memory of awakening

Underestimating & overestimating awakening

What does awakening feel like?

Looking for what we are

Healing from within awakening

A relatively simple and pragmatic view on awakening

Some ways to look at reincarnation

How we interpret the behavior of others

What does the Buddhist emptiness mean?

Projections and how I (Imagine I) know others & the world

Projections and the larger context

Talking about the inevitability of what we are

A YES to the world

How does God speak to us through nature?

Tools for emotional emergencies

Recovering from Covid 19: post-viral fatigue pointers from someone with CFS

My own story: before and after awakening and the awakening itself

The essence of spirituality doesn’t require anything esoteric

The banality of evil and our ecological crisis

Only Lovers Left Alive: a dialog with someone who has lived for centuries

Dialog with someone who has lived innumerable lives in many places in the cosmos

ARTICLES ON SELECTED TOPICS

[in progress]

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Why the spontaneous awakening shift?

AWAKENING

ONENESS / SEPARATION

The loops of consciousness creating a sense of separation within oneness

WHO & WHAT WE ARE

SMALL AND BIG INTERPRETATIONS OF AWAKENING

Why don’t awakening teachers more often differentiate between small and big interpretations of awakening?

DARK NIGHTS

AWAKENING MISCONCEPTIONS / SPIRITUAL FANTASIES

Spiritual fantasies

BEFRIEND & AWAKEN

Befriend & Awaken: The essence of many healing and awakening traditions

BASIC MEDITATION

Basic meditation: Notice and allow what’s here, and notice it’s already noticed and allowed

INQUIRY

HEART-CENTERED PRACTICES

HEALTH

TENSION & TRAUMA RELEASE EXERCISES

Tension & Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) – a brief overview

SOCIETY / CONSPIRACY THEORIES

SCIENCE / BIAS / TRUTH

PSYCHOLOGY / EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY

ECOPSYCHOLOGY / ECOSPIRITUALITY / UNIVERSE STORY

Wolfwalkers & our relationship with the wild in nature and ourselves

LIFE / PSYCHOLOGY 101

DIALOG

Only Lovers Left Alive: a dialog with someone who has lived for centuries

Dialog with someone who has lived innumerable lives in many places in the cosmos

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