Where is the line between discernment and judgment?

First there is discernment and then comes judgment.  If you hear a caw of a crow, you discern it is a caw.  The discernment is such you automatically know it is not the meow of a cat, a bark of a dog, a crack of thunder in the sky, or any other sound.  These are all different sounds and each can be discerned.  Even if all these other sounds were present in that moment, there is the recognition of that is a caw…which is discerned from a meow, bark, or clap of thunder.

Judgment may then arise.  Judgment is valuation.  Perhaps you don’t like crows, so when you hear a caw of a crow…you grimace in disgust.  Perhaps you like crows, so when you hear a caw of a crow…you hear it and feel pleasure.  Liking or not liking is judgement.  Saying the sound of the caw or the crow itself is good or bad is a judgment. Continue reading Where is the line between discernment and judgment?

What uses do you think the ego has?

The ego doesn’t really exist.  The question could just as well be, “what uses do you think unicorns have?”  The question presupposes that the ego (or unicorns) exist in the first place.  However, the ego is just thought.  It is the thought of a “me”…a doer, thinker, etc.  I have seen through the “me” and when the mind is silent (i.e. no thought), there isn’t even something you could call an ego present.  The ego is a “me”.  There is no “me”. Continue reading What uses do you think the ego has?

Are actions based upon thoughts?

Thought is an addiction people have…and 90% of thought is not needed (for the average person). Now the mind/ego then thinks/feels…if I don’t think, I won’t do anything. But that is BS. Don’t fall for the tricks of the mind. Right now many of your actions are not based upon thought at all. When you need to take a dump…you just go do it. You don’t think about it and how you can fit it into your day.  You don’t say, “at two o’clock, that is the appointed time for a dump.” Continue reading Are actions based upon thoughts?

About not repelling what is – how do you not push things away when you really want to push them away?

If you feel you are resisting or repelling what-is, repelling that feeling is not the answer.  I would suggest delving into the “me” that really wants to push it away.  There really is no end to the clinging and repelling of the “me” – as long as the “me” is believed. The “me” is partially sustained by this clinging (holding on) and repelling. It is the “me” that tries to hold on and tries to repel. Continue reading About not repelling what is – how do you not push things away when you really want to push them away?

Do you condemn all negative emotions?

No, I do not condemn all or even any negative emotions.  Negative emotions are part of the play of life and I do not condemn anything in it.  To condemn something means there is a “me” that disapproves of something else.  There is no “me”…only the Self, so to condemn anything is Self-condemnation…and why do that?  Like a lot of car insurance, reality is no-fault.  There is not anything to blame, find fault with, or condemn.

I have simply said we (as persons) act or react from our understanding and being.  If we understood differently, we would react differently.  Negative emotions (by and large) are based on ignorance and illusion, and with understanding you may find that some or all negative emotions no longer arise. Continue reading Do you condemn all negative emotions?

Isn’t it just allowing the ebb and flow of life to happen? Thoughts, happiness, sadness, etc.?

Yes and no.  I mean “yes” in that everything is allowed, accepted, and perhaps even appreciated.  However, enlightenment or awakening is not just that.  I mean “no” in that thought, by and large, ceases.  I mean “no, in that sadness and most negative emotions may no longer arise.  Suffering ceases. Continue reading Isn’t it just allowing the ebb and flow of life to happen? Thoughts, happiness, sadness, etc.?

Could you talk more about what you mean by “in-joy-ment”?

In-joy-ment is the active finding of joy in what-is.  I find that an easily accessible doorway to joy of the moment is the appreciation of what-is.  Of course, in order to appreciate what-is, you have to have already allowed and accepted what-is.

As is often the case in nonduality and advaita, I noticed a certain dryness.  Some people into nonduality seem to become aloof…disengaged.  I have come to understand this is one of the traps of nondualism. Continue reading Could you talk more about what you mean by “in-joy-ment”?

What else have you learned through in-joy-ment and appreciation?

As I said in a prior blog post, in-joy-ment is the active finding of joy through appreciation for what-is and whatever is happening.  Appreciation is an easily accessible doorway to finding the joy of the moment.  Also, appreciation…embracing and finding value in what-is…goes beyond tolerance.  In a way, you could say there is no need for tolerance if you appreciate it.

In my experience with in-joy-ment and appreciation, I have also learned that there is no need for forgiveness if you appreciate it.  Also, appreciation opens the way to love.  Or said in another way, there is no love unless there is first appreciation for the person or thing as they are. Continue reading What else have you learned through in-joy-ment and appreciation?