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

Archive for November 2009

The downer trope of “higher” consciousness

November 17, 2009

An aspirational spirit is one of the greatest gifts of human life, but when the aspiration is for “higher” consciousness, we couldn’t employ a poorer term to describe it. The higher=better metaphor forms the seed crystal for a significant chunk of the folk theory of enlightenment, and it appears to occlude a recognition of nondual […]

The fantasy known as “no ego”

November 5, 2009

Referencing the map for a moment, we can see that the entire constellation of ideas I’m calling the folk theory of enlightenment find their center of gravity in the notion of “no ego.” There are millions of people around the world fervently and sincerely trying to destroy their own sense of themselves as a path […]