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The Microscope On The Amoeba

The Microscope On The Amoeba

Consider an amoeba placed under a microscope. We can adjust the focus to bring a particular plane into sharpness, and in so doing other planes become obscured. The full ‘truth’ of the specimen cannot be seen all at once, but can be approached only in the aggregate of various planes of focus. So it is for the self. To investigate the nature of the self, we might pose these three very different questions, at three particular planes of focus:

  • Who are you?
  • Who are you, really?
  • Who are you, really, really?

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Missing The Main Course

Missing The Main Course

There are many successful people who fear they are missing the meal.

They’ve taken their personhood to a winning place, and yet so often they feel empty, disappointed, anxious, confused, alienated.

They’ve done it all right, they’ve made money and raised healthy kids and kept in decent shape all the while. And now the kids are gone and doing it for themselves, the money is great but it turns out it’s no destination, and the body is slowly dying. Is this all there is? Has something been missed this whole time? And so, again, we might ask ourselves: who are we really, really?

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A Spiritual Inquiry

A Spiritual Inquiry

This is not a religion or an organizing cosmological story, it is a spiritual enquiry.

An enquiry into who or what we are most essentially, if far less obviously - outside the frame that reifies the idea of the self as an individual unit, instead recasting it as a natural manifestation of the timeless substrate from which it arises.

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Psychotherapy Isn't Holistic

Psychotherapy Isn't Holistic

Psychotherapy, for all its enormous use and beauty, is not a spiritual practice

In seeking to understand the situation in which humans so strangely find ourselves, many of us respond with an emphatic assertion of selfhood: 'Why, I am going on here!'

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Sex, Drugs And Mindfulness

Sex, Drugs And Mindfulness

Psychedelics, of course, have come in vogue again, but there are a variety of practices meant to bring contact with the non-dualistic space that cannot be named – various traditions of meditation being the most well known.

Each practice has its own serious-minded devotees and faddish enthusiasts: breathing techniques, yoga, chanting, extreme exercise, immersion in the natural world, certain sex practices. These are all methods that might lead practitioners into undifferentiated experience, where subject and object are one.

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