Why I Write A Blog
Life is about getting to the point of why we are here, staying with that point, and seeing how that point refines through experience. We cannot assume that, by just reading or hearing teaching, we get it. We may recognise some truth, but that is incomplete. The complete truth is personal realisation; it’s not a second hand copy. 🙂 Thank goodness.
There have been numerous traditions throughout history, and so there is a slim chance of coming up with something new. The only thing that is new is personal experiences through being still in meditation.
We may hope that there is something more special, but that would be lazy and arrogant, and is a substitute for actually taking our first step. It also means that we don’t understand what’s available.
When we analyse all teachings on an esoteric level, they are the same – non-duality, not me-and-some-story, which is duality. It’s like reading text or hearing teachings and thinking. “Oh I get it!”
Realisation is, we are it, without comment. That is wisdom.
Which path we choose will be up to karma – our tendency of like attracts like – but that can change as we evolve. Thank goodness.
I have been involved in ‘consciousness matters’ for some fifty years; I’m 76 now, and my early life was very confused. It was confused all the while I attended ‘spiritual’ groups. Why? The form seemed more important to others than the essence. The result of realising our essence of pure consciousness is empathy and compassion but, in these groups, there was very little – just dogma, rigidly falling in line, and clothed in elaborations. That is exoteric understanding. We don’t have to learn others’ languages: realisation is beyond words. Elaborations turn spirituality into politics, improving one’s status within an organisation. Have you looked at Buddhist forums? Terrible places! 😀
This is why the Buddha said,
“Do not take my word for it; test it for yourself.”
The essence of this blog in basically the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism – Dzogchen – but expressed within a modern, native culture. We can be town yogis quite happily, and no one knows what we’re up to. 🙂
Our purpose is to recognise consciousness that leads to pure consciousness. That’s what we are. Meditation leads to non-meditation, complete knowledge.
Questions are very welcome because they are our guide.
I question everything that I write.
I have no status, thank goodness, so don’t believe a word.:D
We are all fake, except in pure consciousness.
Realising this creates our path to enlightenment.
Lovely Post. Happy Christmas! 🙂
It’s nice to share one’s confusion.
Happy Christmas to you Larry.
I’d just like to say thank you for all you’ve done here. I came across your blog through Ben Naga’s blog a few years ago and I’ve enjoyed it since.
Years ago I had a life changing experience and my story is the same as so many others. I read hundreds of books over more than 20 years, but I didn’t need the Cloud of Unknowing or Evelyn Underhill; I needed someone to say “Will you just sit down and shut up?” You said that, in your own way. You have a way of simplifying something that we can at times make seem extremely complicated, and that has been very helpful. You showed me that I should stop chasing, so that which I was chasing could catch me.
Yesterday a friend asked “How’s life?” I surprised myself by telling her that I wouldn’t change a thing even if I could, and I see that as a tribute to the great teachers I have, and have had. I count you among them and I hope you’ll be here for years to come. Thank you.
You have a kind heart … 🙂
Our constant teacher.
Once we get the general idea, our reasoning,
experience, reactions, recognition is our teacher.
Our mind is always with us.