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

Archive for the ‘Critique’ Category

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 […]

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. […]