If the illusion is seen as an illusion, then why does it not end immediately?

If you see a mirage and recognize it is not water, why does the mirage not disappear?  If you see a magician’s trick and have come to know how it is done, why does it still look like he is pulling a rabbit from the hat?

It is a fallacy and misunderstanding to think that just because the illusion is seen as an illusion (i.e. recognized as an illusion), that it will for some reason end right then and there.  No longer perceived.  The illusion is called as such because of our incorrect understand and ignorance.  A mirage is just hot air refracting light, but the misunderstanding and ignorance would be to think it is water.  A magic trick is done through misdirection, sleight of hand, and props, but the misunderstanding and ignorance would to be think it really was magic and he materialized a rabbit. Continue reading If the illusion is seen as an illusion, then why does it not end immediately?

Isn’t saying the nature of the ego is illusory & there are no separate people a denial of human life?

I have never denied human life or the existence of the world.  I only deny that separation and otherness exists (outside of thought and the mind).  The nature of the ego is illusory; the ego is a creation of thought and memory that is believed.  It is an ongoing story we tell ourselves.  This does not deny human life.  Human life is not confirmed or denied by the ego.  Egoically we would like to think so.  From an egoic point of view, there is no human life without a “me”. Continue reading Isn’t saying the nature of the ego is illusory & there are no separate people a denial of human life?

“Problems are really fictions of the mind”…isn’t this spiritual bypassing?

Not at all.  Spiritual bypassing is the tendency to use spiritual ideas and practices to sidestep or avoid dealing
 with uncomfortable feelings and psychological wounds.  Spiritual bypassing causes us to withdraw from ourselves and others, hiding behind a kind of spiritual veil of metaphysical beliefs and practices.  Spiritual bypassing means putting up the facade of inner peace while inwardly in turmoil and conflict.  Spiritual bypassing is a form of escapism. Continue reading “Problems are really fictions of the mind”…isn’t this spiritual bypassing?

How can one be happy in life even when they didn’t get what they want?

Even if you get what you want, you won’t be happy.

If it was a car, a job, a spouse, or whatever…you will fear and worry about losing what you got and so you will never truly be happy even when you get it. There will always be the anxiety of “what if I lose it?”  Happiness does not come from getting the things you want. Continue reading How can one be happy in life even when they didn’t get what they want?

Do we choose our thoughts?

Yes and no.

You can choose to reminisce about your childhood or past trips.  You can choose to imagine and dream about what you want to do in the future and plan trips.  There is no doubt that we do choose some of our thoughts.  However, there are times when we don’t choose our thoughts and they just happen.  Many are plagued by fear, worry, guilt, shame, etc…and no one chooses to put themselves through that kind of suffering.  They can’t help it, the thoughts just arise. Continue reading Do we choose our thoughts?

Once there is Realization, can it be lost?

Once an apple falls from a tree, does it ever return?  Once the bottom of a bucket falls out and all the water goes with it, does the water ever return to the bottomless bucket? Continue reading Once there is Realization, can it be lost?

What is the difference between accepting what is and resignation?

Resignation is giving up, quitting, stepping down, standing down, or otherwise conceding defeat.  Accepting what is means allowing what is to be and then working with what is.  Accepting what is does not mean you are giving up trying to change it.  Accepting what is does not mean quitting or conceding defeat. Continue reading What is the difference between accepting what is and resignation?

What advice would you give someone seeking the Self?

I would immediately ask, “where are you looking?”  And then follow that up with, “what is looking?”

Looking anywhere or anywhen else than here and now would be pointless.  The Self is here in this very moment.  The whole idea of seeking means to look somewhere else and find in the future.  When you seek your keys, you look for it everywhere but where you are.  You wouldn’t think to see if they are in your pocket.  When you seek your keys, you expect to find them in the future…but not now.  In this way, seeking is an egoic way of delaying finding…or more accurately, realizing what-is right here and right now. Continue reading What advice would you give someone seeking the Self?

Isn’t it enough to accept and not to identify with suffering?

To accept and not identify with suffering means just suffering and being OK with it.  While this might dull the hurting and make it bearable, why suffer at all?  This question comes from the standpoint of someone who still suffers.  My question is why suffer at all?  Suffering is optional…because we do it to ourselves.  It is mentally created and if we stop creating it, we cease suffering. Continue reading Isn’t it enough to accept and not to identify with suffering?

The Self has always been free. The Self is always awake. Right?

This is really a nasty question.  If I say “yes”, then you will think there is nothing to realize and remain stuck in suffering.  If I say “no”, that is not correct and limitations on the Self could be inferred.

You see…it is not as simple as saying “the Self has always been free.”  While true, the question is do you feel free?  Also, are you free from suffering?  If you do not feel free and are not free of suffering, then you are not awake and are not free.  However, it is a figment of your imagination.  An illusion of the mind.  You are hypnotized…and hence asleep…within a prison of your own thoughts.  As long as the illusion is attached to and believed…it is a delusion of being trapped and that delusion has effects. Continue reading The Self has always been free. The Self is always awake. Right?