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COMPASSION AND EMPATHY

Compassion And Empathy A word is a merely a sound. Words have meaning, however, and if we don’t understand that meaning, we merely make sounds. Compassion: concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others and a wish to help. Empathy: the ability and … Continue reading

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IF WE ARE NOT TOLD THE TRUTH

If We Are Not Told The Truth If we’re not told the truth, what are we being told? If we’re not told the truth, then maybe – consciously or unconsciously – we are being told misunderstandings and untruths. If we … Continue reading

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EXERCISE: CATCHING THAT FIRST MOMENT OF REALITY

Exercise: Catching That First Moment Of Reality This practice is consciousness watching thoughts that come to pass. Play a video of someone you normally do not like. Just watch with an open mind, without any judgement at all. In just … Continue reading

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YOU WILL NEVER FIND PURE CONSCIOUSNESS

You Will Never Find Pure Consciousness Whether we look or not, pure consciousness it is always present. It is just a presence, the real you. It cannot be described, but has qualities of clarity and compassion. Whatever we think of … Continue reading

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WHY DO I WRITE EVERY DAY?

Why Do I Write Every Day? Is there too much on my mind? No; it’s the same as everyone else’s. The mind merely responds to whatever karma presents and, if karma is our teacher, there is much to see. Every … Continue reading

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WHY WE NEED ONE ANOTHER

Why We Need One Another We need one another to put both the Dharma (teachings on ultimate reality) and our mind to the test. There are many reasons to hear others’ views, as these have a part to play in … Continue reading

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LIVING IN OTHERS’ FANTASIES MAKES US STUPID

Living In Others’ Fantasies Makes Us Stupid We are born without any ideas, but have individual tendencies. This is undeniable. These tendencies that have not yet taken shape are coloured by our environment; they are misdirected or exaggerated, and we … Continue reading

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JUDGING AND BEING JUDGEMENTAL

Judging And Being Judgemental Spiritual practice is about knowing the difference. One is momentary;the weighing up of possibilities. The other is mechanical;being predictable and fixated. In being judgemental, we don’t see clearly because, instead of being fresh, pure awareness, we … Continue reading

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TURNING PRIDE INTO WISDOM

Turning Pride Into Wisdom Pride is the wisdom of equality. In the very first moment of recognition, each negative emotion has a quality of wisdom. This needs to be experienced through practice. Recognition comes from equanimity; a trained, clear mind … Continue reading

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BEING WEIRD: CONSCIOUSLY CONTROLLING OUR DESTINY

Being Weird: Consciously Controlling Our Destiny Weird: Late Middle English, originally meaning ‘having the power to control destiny’; unearthly. If we have no control over life, and merely follow collective ideas as our ancestors did, we are born, work, have a family, leave offspring and die. Animals, insects, … Continue reading

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THERE IS NO SECRET ESOTERIC KNOWLEDGE

There Is No Secret Esoteric Knowledge Esoteric teaching is actual, ultimate experiencein realising what we already know. All we have to do is look and see,and let that acknowledgement drop awayto come to rest in non-duality. Reading or listening to … Continue reading

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HATRED FINDS NO HOME

Hatred Finds No Home This says it all. Hatred: intense dislike.Hatred disturbs the mind:we find no peace, and no home. Home: permanent residence.The only thing permanent is our inner reality. Thing: that which has no specific name. Only through the realisationof the true … Continue reading

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IT IS THE WORST OF TIMES, IT IS THE BEST OF TIMES

It Is The Worst Of Times, It Is The Best of Times How is this the worst of times? In diabolical times, people become more divided. The media soothsayers speculate about the future, creating fear, chaos, and confusion, either winding … Continue reading

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WHEN THE TRUTH ISN’T RECOGNISED

When The Truth Isn’t Recognised The truth of our being may not register with everyone. Years ago, my wife and I attended a lecture by the Dalai Lama, and we both fell asleep. It wasn’t that we weren’t interested; it … Continue reading

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INFORMATION > EXPERIENCE > KNOWLEDGE > REALISATION > WISDOM > INSIGHT > COMPASSION

Information > Experience > Knowledge > Realisation > Wisdom > Insight > Compassion If we only acquire information and assume that we know and have compassion, we are mistaken. Many obtain spiritual teachings but have little experience, knowledge, realisation, wisdom, … Continue reading

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HOW TO WIN ANY ARGUMENT

How To Win Any Argument Don’t bother trying. Just listen, and then there is no aftertaste; we remain at peace and have nothing to lose 🙂 If we do engage, we have to work at the other’s level, and this … Continue reading

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RIGHT TIME, RIGHT CONNECTION

Right Time, Right Connection Connection: the relationship between something, and something else. First, we have to be in the right place, mentally. It is through the practice of sitting in stillness that we realise we do not have consciousness; we … Continue reading

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DOES EVIL EXIST TO TEST US?

Does Evil Exist To Test Us? The universe is a place of opposites: dark and light, good and evil, selflessness and selfishness, mirror and reflection, appearances and recognition … when, in fact, none of these are separate. There cannot be … Continue reading

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THE PROBLEM WITH REALISATION

The Problem With Realisation The problem – or complication – with realising the nature of mind (pure consciousness) and that which obscures this is finding the right words for a specific occasion. We can, of course, generalise, but that isn’t … Continue reading

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OUR MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT LIFE

Our Misunderstanding About Life This is so easy to say but so difficult to accept. Life itself is pure spirit, pure consciousness.Unfortunately, we are far too occupied or vacant to notice the experience of this. We prefer to believe in the … Continue reading

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GOODNESS KNOWS WHY

Goodness Knows Why Why does goodness know? Goodness is naturalness, and there is nothing more natural than pure consciousness. It is our natural, essential being – the essence of knowingness itself. It’s where love, empathy and compassion come from, as … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE DEMONS?

What Are Demons? A demon – Mara in Sanskrit – is a troubled mind.  Demonic attacks do not come from outside;they’re a residue in our own mind. When we stop our habitual patterning,we stop feeding the habitual patterning of others. … Continue reading

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OBSCURING THE TRUTH

Obscuring The Truth The truth itself isn’t extremely subtle; it is that which is obscuring the truth that is extremely subtle.  Pure consciousness is what we are; it sees every moment that we think we are seeing, surveying without comment. It has done … Continue reading

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EMPATHETIC ENTITIES

Empathetic Entities  Entity: from late Latin ens, ent- ‘being’ – (intelligent)Being: essence of a person.Essence of person: pure consciousness. Words may stir consciousness, but it is the spacious acknowledgement behind the words that illumines consciousness. There are qualities within a person that express truth without words. … Continue reading

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CAN YOU SEE ANYTHING BETTER?

Can You See Anything Better? We are the pure light of consciousness, the pure light of clarity. It is that which sees and can know. When we forget, ignore, aren’t bothered or become indifferent to this pure light, all that … Continue reading

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WE AREN’T COMPLETE PEOPLE … YET

We Aren’t Complete People … Yet We are partial: existing only in part; incomplete.We are body, mind and consciousness. As long as we don’t recognise consciousness, we will continue to live a limited, materialistic existence within certain boundaries. Becoming aware of consciousness is … Continue reading

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IF CONSCIOUSNESS IS ALWAYS PRESENT …

If Consciousness Is Always Present …  If consciousness is always present, we should always be present, because we are consciousness. Ordinary consciousness can both think and store information,but it becomes bound by that information, forgetting consciousness: it transforms into an ego-information-centre,predictable and lost … Continue reading

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NOT TOO DRY, AND NOT TOO WET

Not Too Dry, And Not Too Wet The Buddha said, “Not too tight, and not too loose.” The following can equally apply; “Not too dry, and not too wet.” There are cycles of expression in the teachings – there are … Continue reading

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WISDOM AND POWER

Wisdom And Power Wisdom is silent awareness. Power is talkative awareness. Wisdom is ultimate power. For power to become ultimate power, it must surrender power. The Buddha had to make this choice; any Buddha has to make this choice. Mara … Continue reading

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THE LORD OF COMPASSION, CHENREZI, IS SO MUCH MORE

The Lord Of Compassion, Chenrezi, Is So Much More Compassion: feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others; from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati ‘suffer with’ (thereby having empathy) From a Buddhist perspective, compassion is practical. The mantra of Chenrezi (also known as Avalokitesvara) is OM MANI PEME HUM. … Continue reading

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CAN TEACHERS HELP?

Can Teachers Help? Only the passing on of transcendent knowledge can help us. Teachers are conduits of this knowledge for us to realise. There are many teachers, but one transcendent knowledge. We are that non-dual, inexpressible knowledge that manifests as … Continue reading

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MEDITATION INCREASES INTELLIGENCE

Meditation Increases Intelligence Intelligence is the ability to see consequences, causes and conditions clearly. Meditation is firstly the practice of concentration, being able to focus without distraction. This discipline enables us to clear the mind, just to perceive and to … Continue reading

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HOW CAN I BECOME PURE?

How Can I Become Pure? We are nothing but purity – pure consciousness – for, without that, we wouldn’t be able to see clearly. We just have to get the picture straight, as it’s a bit wonky at the moment … Continue reading

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IT’S OBVIOUS WHEN POINTED OUT

It’s Obvious When Pointed Out So what is the problem? Our reality – pure consciousness – has been obscured by distractions for millennia. The ancients knew the truth, and this essential teaching has been handed down to us. We have, … Continue reading

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THEY MESS WITH YOUR MIND!

They Mess With Your Mind! Who are they? Thoughts that come from outside. If we believe in those thoughts, we become messed up. Pure consciousness cannot be messed up, because it is uncontaminated being. Here is the good news about … Continue reading

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SUPERIOR POSITION – INFERIOR POSITION

Superior Position – Inferior Position Pure vision and impure vision We are pure vision. It is our natural state. When realised, this is our naked, superior position – our supreme reality. When we do not realise this pure view, we … Continue reading

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WHY DO WE DOUBT OUR ENLIGHTENED REALITY?

Why Do We Doubt Our Enlightened Reality? Why do we doubt our enlightened reality? The answer is that we were – and are – misguided. Our practice is to “Act the part” of being enlightened, becoming familiar with both understanding … Continue reading

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BE AWARE OF CONSEQUENCES

Be Aware Of Consequences Mara activity makes situations worse. Mara: demonic consciousness (Sanskrit). Being aware of consequences, we are no longer be surprised. Mara lies in ambush in all our minds, looking for weaknesses in others and exploiting them. Mara … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL MERIT

Spiritual Merit The more that we engage in spiritual practices of understanding, empathy, compassion, generosity and so forth … the more we attract good fortune. The more selfish we are, the more we attract misfortune. A happy mind or an … Continue reading

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DON’T MISTAKE INFORMATION FOR INTELLIGENCE

Don’t Mistake Information For Intelligence Likewise, don’t mistake teachings on consciousness for realisation. We act on information: intelligence sees the act. We do not become wise through information. We become wise through the experience of testing and, to test, we … Continue reading

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FEELING FLAT OR HEAVY?

Feeling Flat Or Heavy? There is a reason for feeling flat or heavy, and it’s fine. The same goes for every feeling we all experience. In Buddhism, there is an explanation known as the twelve links of causes and karmic … Continue reading

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NO ONE IS ORIGINAL

No One Is Original We are the origin that transcends all. Receiving the transmission on reality, we go out into the world that shows us our place. How do we know we have the transmission? Genuine, interested, empathetic compassion arises.

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LIGHT, COLOURS AND DIRECT SEEING

Lights, Colours And Direct Seeing A conclusion (so far) about Togal When we paint a picture, we start off with pure colours – red, yellow and blue – straight from the tube. Mixing these together for the first time, the … Continue reading

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STARTING WITH PRELIMINARIES OR ADVANCED TEACHINGS?

Starting With Preliminaries Or Advanced Teachings? Do we start at the beginning, or at the end? This up to the individual teacher or student. We usually start at the beginning in order to get to the end, but this is … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS ARE TOUGH

Spiritual Teachings Are Tough They aren’t about feeling good: they are meant to open our insight. Whether pleasant or unpleasant, the eye of wisdom opens to see clearly. The magic of daily life happens through close inspection and gratitude. Compassion … Continue reading

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THERE IS ONE, SIMPLE, UNIVERSAL TRUTH

There Is One, Simple, Universal Truth There is one, simple, universal truth: we are non-duality of pure conscious. Our story starts when we admit that we ignore this truth, and finishes with the realisation of this truth. Until then, we … Continue reading

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FINDING OUR TRUE LINEAGE

Finding Our True Lineage Returning to our inner intention. Being happy. There is a lineage calling within us all: it is our path to enlightenment. This isn’t an organisation or tradition; it’s an inner longing. It isn’t hope; it’s more … Continue reading

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A SYSTEM IS A GOOD BEGINNING

A System Is A Good Beginning A system is a good beginning, but a system can make us passive and ‘samey’. In a system, we feel good and safe. We go through our routines and establish a basis to work … Continue reading

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ENLIGHTENMENT IS NEVER FORGETTING

Enlightenment Is Never Forgetting Once we recognise and realise that we are pure consciousness, that is the beginning of our spiritual path. Now, it is up to us to remember. The more we remember, the less we forget. It’s a … Continue reading

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IT’S BEEN A CRINGEWORTHY LIFE

It’s Been A Cringeworthy Life Cringe: an inward shiver of embarrassment when thinking about our past actions. We follow others. We assumed a posture, but suddenly we don’t believe any of it any more. We remember all those things we did and … Continue reading

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