The Need For The Me-Thing

A (No)Self Portrait

A (No)Self Portrait

LOS ALAMOS, NM — #Encounters #Emptiness

June 18, 2015 11:56 AM

When Jerry first contacted me to do a Skype call, I thought at first he was just going to pitch TM, but after he persisted with a follow up email and particularly his essay, I knew I had to talk to him.

Jerry has “been here a long time (39 years)”—and by “been here” I’m pretty sure he’s talking about at least the Cosmic Consciousness level of TM’s levels of consciousness (just on the other side of the Gateless Gate). 39 years is a long time, so I felt honored he wanted to talk.Read more…

Two New Things

Stand-in Lotus

Stand-in Lotus

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — #Emptiness #Radiance #Technique #Writing

June 5, 2015 11:59 AM

I started two new things recently. I don’t know if they are related. I’ve started writing the book (again) and started meditating (again).

I’ve started writing because it’s time and it feels right, but I’ve started meditating again because I was inspired by some of the testimonials to TM (I’m not affiliated with them or advocating them) and re-realized how a regular meditation practice helps ground a spiritual life. … Read more…

TM’s Levels of Consciousness

Outside Sedona

Outside Sedona

S of FLAGSTAFF, AZ — #Emptiness #Encounters #FourthWall #Intimate #Radiance

June 3, 2015 1:32 PM

I received the following email from Jerry Freeman yesterday:

Hi, Wayne

I’m enjoying your interview with Rick Archer. If you have a little time, you might find some of the information in this interview, about the sequential unfoldment of higher states of consciousness, of interest. I recorded it with Rick in October of 2013:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOcu54z9PHY

The more relevant material begins about 43 minutes into the interview. If you skip the lead-in, you won’t miss anything important.

If you do get a chance to listen, I would be interested in your comments.

Best wishes,

Jerry

I haven’t responded yet, indeed, this post may end up being my response, but I found Transcendental Meditation’s higher levels of consciousness remarkably similar to my experiences, though not being familiar with TM, my vocabulary is naturally different. … Read more…

The Making Of Skillful Sailors

Exploring The Edges

Exploring The Edges

RIM ROAD, AZ — #BATGAP #Emptiness #FourthWall #Intimate #MiracleLog #Radiance #Soul #Technique

May 31, 2015 8:28 AM

I awoke last night with the thought, “Why don’t people share my work?” Like a fool, I had glanced at the Batgap home page before I went to bed and saw my interview had a grand total of six Facebook shares. Even taking into account only being listed for a week, I figured that if people liked my interview as much as the previous guest, I should have at least 25.

Funny how the mind works in the middle of the night. … Read more…

Haters And Caregivers

Living on the Edge (of the Mogollon Rim)

Living on the Edge (of the Mogollon Rim)

RIM ROAD, AZ — #BATGAP #Emptiness #FourthWall #MiracleLog

May 28, 2015 7:30 AM

As to be expected, the attention from the BATGAP interview has brought with it the ire of the haters. Anonymous people calling me names, making fun of the way I look, the way I live, criticizing things I said half a decade ago… even my photography (now that’s just mean). Synchronistically (of course), Trey Ratcliff—one of only about a dozen bloggers I follow and who has a great saying about haters—recently put out a video where around the 10:00 minute mark talks about if you consistently do what you love, then the right people will show up. Then, this morning (more synchronicity (are you seeing the pattern here?)) Seth Godin posts about haters and that we should not take their names down, but take the names of those who are fans, supporters, and sneezers (people who share your work).

Feed the lovers, not the haters.

So to all you who are “lovers”, who are appreciative and share my stuff—and I know how difficult it is to share my work since it is so different than most nondual teachings—I say from the bottom of my heart, Thank-you. I love you.

And on the note of “so different than most nondual teachings,” I have some further thoughts about what I said in the interview about Eckhart Tolle and the need for a caregiver.Read more…

The Usefulness Of Emptiness Practice

The Space Behind Which Makes It Beautiful

The Space Behind Which Makes It Beautiful

OUTSIDE HEBER, AZ — #Emptiness #Radiance #Soul

May 27, 2015 7:20 AM

After uploading yesterday’s post, I hopped into the van and drove into Show Low for supplies. In town, I considered a movie, but nothing tugged at my heart so I continued onward, later making camp in the forest outside Heber, AZ.

Yesterday’s post may seem like I was dissing Emptiness, but I’m not. When you fall through the Gateless Gate, Emptiness becomes apparent, but before you fall through the Gate, the practice of Emptiness can be useful in seeing through the illusion of the false-you (ego, personal self, whatever you call it). … Read more…

The Rare = Valuable Assumption

The Empty (but not very practical) Window

The Empty (but not very practical) Window

APACHE NF, AZ — #BATGAP #Emptiness #FourthWall #Radiance #Soul

May 26, 2015 7:46 AM

Note: I’m going to slip into “teacher/theory mode” for a few posts (sorry), because the BATGAP interview inspired some insights. I’ve gone back and tagged posts relating to the interview, “BATGAP“, for easy reference.

I’ve mentioned previously about why my message comes across so differently than many nondual teachers. Another, more obvious, reason is that I don’t focus exclusively on the Emptiness/Vastness quality. … Read more…

More Unexpected Help When I Needed It

Layers Revealed

Layers Revealed

NEAR ALPINE, AZ — #Emptiness #MiracleLog #BATGAP

May 20, 2015 9:20 AM

A few days ago, Rob at realization.org emailed to tell me that my video How I Awoke To Enlightenment had been selected for their Video of the Day. After watching the video (I was such a so-sure-of-myself noob back then), I found the answer (of course) to a question that had been bothering me for a few days now: Why do I feel so different than the majority of today’s nondual teachers?Read more…

The Threads Of The Tapestry

Individual Threads of the Tapestry

Individual Threads of the Tapestry

NEAR PINETOP, AZ — #Emptiness #FourthWall

May 11, 2015 2:20 PM

“Uncle Dave” posted a comment about a subject that often comes up in nondual circles: How can one have past lives if the self is an illusion? (“… the Absolute mistakenly identifying with one of It’s countless forms. …If this ‘me-thing’ is an illusion, then anything it remembers must also be illusory.”) … Read more…