This is where I pay my respects to the teachers and mentors, past and present, who have been my personal mindshifters. The Miriam Louisa character came with a tendency towards contrariness and scepticism, which is probably why she gravitated to teachers who displayed like qualities. It was always evident to me that the ‘blink’ required in order to meet life in its naked suchness was not something to be gained in time. Rather, it seemed clear that it was something to do with understanding what sabotages this direct engagement. So my teachers were those who deconstructed the spiritual search – and with it the seeker – inviting one to “see for oneself.” I realised early on that I wouldn’t find any help within traditional spiritual institutions since their version of awakening tends to be a project in time.* Anyway, I’m not a joiner by nature. I’m a solo swimmer – which has had me in trouble in deep water a few times.
Learning to roll onto my back and give in to the current always saved me… and still does.
Fifty years on the neti neti highway:
Only words and conventions can isolate us from the entirely undefinable
something which is everything.
The Wisdom of Insecurity
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When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts
he will see the division between the thinker and thought,
the observer and the observed, the experience and the experiencer.
He will discover that this division is an illusion.
Then only is there pure observation which is insight
without any shadow of the past or of time.
This timeless insight brings about a deep radical mutation in the mind.
Total negation is the essence of the positive.
The Core of the Teaching
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… in the long run, no really subtle, deep and far-reaching problems can be solved in any field whatsoever, except by people who are able to respond in an original and creative way, to the ever-changing and developing fact by which they are confronted.
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Whatever happens, happens to you by you, through you;
you are the creator, enjoyer and destroyer of all you perceive.
I Am That
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However much else we may have understood,
have we in fact even started on the way –
the pathless way that leads no body from no there to no here?
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* However, I can trace the initial tentative steps on my path to the renegade Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa. Reading his book, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism was unarguably a mindshifting experience. I still regard it as one of my “pillow books.”
For those curious about the many and varied ways nondual awareness is being expressed, here are a few sites to explore. There are so many facets to this understanding; it’s good to keep in mind that if the writer/teacher is claiming to inhabit some exclusive, rarified spiritual state, and that eventually you might understand what’s really “real” (via devotion, practice, commitment and cash) don’t waste your time.
I’ve checked these sites and don’t think you’ll find any charlatans. Indeed there are some nuggets of pure gold. Links are listed in no particular order. Please let me know if you find any dead or dysfunctional links, thanks.
Jerry Katz – Nonduality Blog
Hariod Brawn – The Sway of Contentedness
Scott Kiloby – Reflections on the One Life
Robert Wolfe – Living Nonduality
Joan Tollifson – The Simplicity of What Is
Michael A. Rodriguez – Boundless Awareness
Matthew K – Non-Duality America
Matt Licata – A Healing Space
Shanti Einolander and contributors – ONE the Magazine
Ultimate Quest – for those who are motivated to “come to the end of themselves”
Colette Kelso – The Deepest Peace
Fred LaMotte – Uradiance
Alain Joly – The Dawn Within
Tony Cartledge – Serious Doubt
Jeannie Zandi – Living as Love
Jeff Foster – Life Without a Center
Chameli Ardagh – Awakening Women
Miriam Louisa – This Unlit Light
Ameeta – Self Discovering Self
Vince Flammini – Just Rest
Leo Hartong – Awakening to the Dream
Andrew White – Liberation Diaries
Dominic – Vanishing Narrative
Göran Backlund – Uncovering Life
Truthless Truth – The sound of the rain needs no translation
Susan Kahn – Emptiness Teachings
Amrita Skye Blaine – The Heart of the Matter
Pema Deane – The Vibrant Heart
Sat Sangha Salon – An Inquiry in Being
Maury Lee – Enlightenment for No One
Randall Friend – You are Dreaming
Katie Davis – Awake Joy
Bob O’Hearn – The Conscious Process
Roy Townsend – Past Seeking
Peter Francis Dziuban – Consciousness is All
Pamela Wilson – Fellowship of the Heart
Image: Australian artist Phoebe Rathmell – Indra’s Net
[I have inverted the image.]
Indra’s Net – the classic Hindu concept of the interconnectedness and interbeing of all creation, wherein everything reflects and is a reflection of, everything else.
17 thoughts on “mindshifters”
Wow, that is some list there!
Thank you for the link-love.
Love the “MINDSHIFTERS” title.
So good to know you dropped by Matthew – and thanks for your comment. Your place on this page is very well deserved!
Keep up the wonderful work.
~ miriam louisa
wow what a great list… Thanks.. Many thanks.
Thanks.. Many thanks. Great list
Thanks for the double dose of appreciation dear carmelo!
~ miriam louisa
The list is a resource, and a public service.
Kind Regards, dn
May it be of benefit!
Dear miriam louisa: Your wisdom, gentility, and generosity of spirit leaps from these pages straight to my own sacred emptiness–that lovely calm spot, eye of the hurricane, reminding me to slow down, sit, and listen, no matter life’s storms. Thank you for your beautiful blog–and for this amazing list! Blessings, Bella
Dear Bella – thank you for your heart-warming comment! I’m so happy you’ve found resonance here. I’ve visited your website and blog – what a treasure! Your work is so inspiring – I hope readers of this blog will take a look – highly recommended!
With love, and a deep bow
~ miriam louisa
Dear miriam louisa: Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and blog, and also for your kind words. You are a generous and gracious woman, as well as a wonderful writer. Happy Holidays, Bella
Wow! this is good. What a handy resource
Welcome dear Jacqui, and thanks for your generous comment. May this little resource be of benefit!
~ miriam louisa
What a delight to discover this sublimely clear blog about non duality. And thank you for the many new names on this list, too.
Thank you Piers – your generous feedback is appreciated. I hope you’ll visit from time to time!
Thank you, Miriam Louisa. The list is as wide as your open arms; the pic is simply stunning! It says it all, so simply, so uncompromisingly beautiful–life as it is!
Dear Colette – so kind of you to comment, thank you. My list reflects the generosity of all those (including yourself) who have come to the Great Knowing and who have committed to the imperative of sharing… There may be many more, but these are the jewels that have appeared in ‘my’ wee corner of the infinite web. x