The Shimmering Dead End
Thoughts on the packaging and sale of nonduality

Archive for October 2009

Dead gurus rule the FToE

October 31, 2009

As far as gurus are concerned, there are a whole lot more dead ones than living. But ashes on the Ganges or in a grave somewhere else, dead gurus project great power into the present nonduality spirituality zeitgeist. Fortunately, there are some good ones among the bad. But even these get deified, their simple lives […]

Deployment of the FToE

October 30, 2009

I’m convinced that the mere suggestion of what it would be like to be God, everything or nothing is the standing wave of the FToE in global culture. This wave has produced ripples in the form of mystical literature, most of which include descriptions of spiritual experience that support the inherent notions of the FToE. […]

Why get so torqued about the FToE?

October 30, 2009

There have been several occasions when I’ve stopped to look at all this and thought, “does it even make sense to delineate a folk theory of enlightenment?” I can’t say I truly know that answer. But my explicit sense has little bearing on my implicit nature, which appears to be compelled to address these issues. […]

A quick introduction to the folk theory of enlightenment

October 29, 2009

The folk theory of enlightenment is very simple to outline. Think of what it would be like to be God, the entire universe, or nothing, and you’ve pretty much got it covered. This system of ideas can be maintained as a feature of spiritual culture entirely by the brain’s automatic imaging capacities, no metaphysical philosophy […]

All the happiness there’s no one there to have

October 27, 2009

Last Saturday, I presented a 45-minute talk called “The Folk Theory of Nondual Enlightenment” at the 2009 Science and Nonduality Conference in San Rafael, CA. Not too long after I arrived, it occurred to me that nonduality spirituality seems to be becoming the new “Secret,” especially now that we’re in the post-sweat lodge of death-era. […]