Is there free will or is there no free will?

Whether in the dreaming or waking world, I hope we can agree that there is a happening and events.  I do not deny the world’s existence (or the existence of dreams…they happen).  Those events are not predetermined and it is not fate and it is not clockwork/mechanical.  There is a will creating what is in the moment…ad-libbing and doing improv.  There is only the eternal now, which is the Self, and even the Self does not know what will happen. Continue reading Is there free will or is there no free will?

What keeps you motivated after awakening?

Motivation is something the ego wants.  Ego needs motivation and drive to do things it doesn’t really want to do.  Motivation is something you need in order to do work.  Ask a child “what is your motivation or drive for playing?”…and you will have a very confused child.  Or you might get the simple reply…”because it is fun.”  What is play, really, but to have fun.  So what is being said is “I’m having fun to have fun.”  It is having fun for its own sake.  This is play…no motivation needed. Continue reading What keeps you motivated after awakening?

Can adopting the belief ”I am enlightened” make someone enlightened?

No.

Enlightenment is sometimes called Liberation. However, enlightenment means realizing that you were never in bondage to begin with.

Now the ego could try to adopt the belief, “I am enlightened” and try to play the part of someone who is not bound…because you (the ego) will still feel that you suffer, have problems, etc. (i.e. in bondage). Continue reading Can adopting the belief ”I am enlightened” make someone enlightened?

Does awakening come all at once or in stages?

As I define spiritual awakening, the seeing through the mirage of ego is a sudden and deep insight that can not be denied.  As such, you either have had the deep, undeniable insight or you have not.  There are no stages when it comes to understanding.  You either understand, or you do not yet understand.

For example, you know that 1 + 1 = 2.  It does not matter how much I might try to convince you that it equals 4, you will not believe me.  Isn’t this so?  When I show you ” 1 + 1 = ” and ask you what does it equal, you will always say 2…wouldn’t you?  Could it equal anything else? Continue reading Does awakening come all at once or in stages?

Who is engaged? Doesn’t engagement involve duality?

Engagement does involve duality.  I do not deny the appearance of duality and I do not say that duality ceases after AwakeningNonduality is not some separate state where there is no other only and duality ceases to exist.  That would just be another form of duality.

Let us say that one night while you are sleeping, you have a dream in which you realize you are dreaming.  This is known as lucid dreaming.  The entire dream comes from your own mind, so you are ultimately the creator of the dream.  So when you realize you are dreaming, you also realize it is not real…it is an illusion.  Also, everyone in the dream…including the dream character you are controlling…was created by you and is an illusion.  This does not mean the dream stops.  The dream can continue and as a lucid dreamer you can really enjoy the dream. Continue reading Who is engaged? Doesn’t engagement involve duality?