I’ve been very inactive on this site over the past year or so, mostly due to the arrival of our daughter, Mirabelle Soleil, and our move into an electricity-free yurt. This year, we’re moving into a ‘small house’ of about 300 sq. ft., and although we still won’t have running water/indoor plumbing, we should have more access to the internet. So I’m aiming to begin writing here again.
Looking over the current content of this site, there is a massive amount of material approaching non-dualism from a very non-dogmatic context. This has proven useful for countless readers who have shared their stories with me (thank you!). However, I’ve also been learning, through my own one-on-one teaching, that there are other useful approaches. One of my favorites has always been the approach inspired by ancient Hindu teachings. Rebecca and I have spent the last year exploring and refining this new approach, and I’d like to share it with my readers. I’ll be deviating slightly from my usual methods of writing, and will be writing articles based on the morning talks that Rebecca and I shared during our explorations. I’ll present them in the order that they occurred, and you’ll be able to join us in our journey. In effect, this will be a series of articles, and I’ll file them all under a new category called “Playing Hide and Seek”.
I can’t stress enough that what I’ll be sharing is only a model. If anyone uses the material presented and tries to take it as presented facts, the power of these insights will be lost. A model is a sort of crutch, an imagined fabrication laid over reality. If not well designed, it will keep us tangled in illusion. If thoughtfully designed, and if it is understood to be only a model, it will have the ability to shake us loose, to turn our usual world-view inside-out, and turn our gaze in the direction of our own direct experience of reality. The model I’ll be sharing is an ancient one, told and re-told over many centuries.
Our influences during this time were a number of books: The Paradox of Intention, a scholarly work by Marvin C. Shaw; Busting Loose from the Business Game, by Robert Scheinfeld; and most importantly, the poems of Hafiz, as translated by Daniel Ladinsky in The Gift.
I’ll have some real internet time about once per week, so I’ll attempt to post an article each week during that time, with the first one on the subject of Love, coming next week. I’ll look forward to hearing if readers find this new approach of value!