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 (In addition to four thousand unpublished articles.)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.
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
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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?
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
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