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

Archive for the ‘Punditry’ Category

Making the mountain an inner forest may ease your way

April 2, 2011

“[We’re] already in the state of awakening; we just have to discover that.” ~Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche I’ve found there to be two main schools of thought which attempt to describe the realization of nondual, or primordial consciousness: the ‘glorious mountaintop’ school and the ‘chop wood, carry water’ school. These denote the metaphor systems employed to […]

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 […]

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. […]