Category Archives: Beyond

clever thoughts, essays, off-topic tangents and sometimes I just don’t know where to put stuff..

Fun Questions

The most essential question: 1.       Is there enough joy, love and peace in your life? Some others: 2.       In your most quiet moments, when you are quiet and there are no distractions, do you feel the unease within you? Is it obvious or is it subtle? Is it a lurching away from what is? 3.      What if happiness is your natural state, and all unhappiness is the pursuit of happiness? Is everything that you do, feel, think, and say an attempt to pursue happiness? Read more [...]

Awakening and Science: Research in Consciousness

How can the flux of ions and electrical currents in little specks of jelly the neurons in my brain generate the whole subjective world of sensations like red, warmth, cold or pain?” -Dr. V. S. Ramachandran photo credit: Patrick Hoesly Here, I list some interesting research into consciousness. The illusion of free will Benjamin Libet and others have done some experiments which show free will may be an illusion. You are asked to wriggle your finger when you want to while a PET scan is Read more [...]

Remembrance: Kantilal

Kantilal Chokshi, my uncle, passed away on Wednesday June 23rd, just a few days after his 71st birthday. He loved me as a son when I was growing up. He had many challenges in his life, including health and financial problems, but he handled them with dignity and courage, and I will remember him as someone who was always very loving, jovial and generous. A few years ago he had told me he was at peace, despite his health issues. He was happy that his children had grown up to be very capable and Read more [...]

Three Stages

To free the mind from all conditioning, you must see the totality of it without thought. This is not a conundrum; experiment with it and you will see. Do you ever see anything without thought? Have you ever listened, looked, without bringing in this whole process of reaction? You will say that it is impossible to see without thought; you will say no mind can be unconditioned. When you say that, you have already blocked yourself by thought, for the fact is you do not know. –Krishnamurti The Sufis Read more [...]

World Trends

I wrote this article about the inevitable collapse of world economies in mid-2009. However, as the US government stimulus took effect, there was increasing optimism and an article like this seemed untimely. Here it is now, slightly updated. I am not an economist and I have little interest in statistics. This is an instinctive view. The most rigid structures, the most impervious to change will collapse first. ECKHART TOLLE, A New Earth A compassionate perspective--For ten thousand years, Read more [...]

When you stop running

I was flipping through Geneen Roth’s “Women Food and God” and was struck by a story she tells of running away. She was at a meditation retreat in the desert and couldn’t stand it and was frantically trying to rent a helicopter to get her out. I fully resemble that story—a few years ago I was at a Vipassana meditation retreat, a ten-day, silent, simple-food, meditate-five-hours-a-day kind of thing. On the very first morning, in the very first meditation session, after less than three Read more [...]

Releasing gets easier and easier and easier …

If you’re like most people, you will resist letting go in one way or another. You might see the value of it right away. Perhaps you read about it here or you know about the Sedona Method or M2method or Byron Katie or EFT or through some sort of meditation. If you’re like me, you probably, said, well there’s probably something to this, but I don’t understand it. I’ll think about it later. I need to know more. Some people even feel anger when they first encounter a release method. Our Read more [...]

A Chinese Finger Trap

Lisa of Mommy Mystic does a fabulous interview with Karen Miller. Karen suggests that the ego’s deft ability to fool ourselves is a good reason to seek out a teacher.  A good teacher can keep us honest. It’s an excellent point. But many of us do not resonate with spiritual traditions or gurus. There is a great deal of wisdom in the traditions of Advaita, Yoga, Zen, Dogzchen, Tao, Buddhism, Gnostics, Kaballah, Sufism and others, but I don’t lean towards ashrams and gurus and traditions, Read more [...]