Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense.
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I write to challenge conventional definitions of reality and knowledge. These definitions are prevalent even in the alternative arena, where what appears to be leading-edge and "out of the box" is usually just business as usual from an ontological and epistemological perspective. My aim is to broaden horizons and to invite new perspectives and possibilities — novel maps of reality — rather than just promote my own set of ideologies or worldviews.
This approach will inevitably throw up contradictions between articles: for example, I might write from a non-dual perspective one month and then take a dual perspective another — so each should be assessed on its own. My intention is to inspire readers to float more lightly and consciously through the world of ideas and to really understand the reality-mapping process — seeing how our minds construction the reality we experience, a reality that can soon turn into a prison if we hold on to our beliefs and labels too tightly. It is important, therefore, not to take our own or society's narratives too seriously or too literally. We are much more than our self-definitions and indoctrinations, and if we make the mistake of defining ourselves and others by them, we can easily ossify into hardened fundamentalists (whether religious or scientific). And exposing fundamentalism is one thing I am driven to do.
This is why I will often question my own cherished beliefs and worldviews, so just because I write a critical article on a particular belief set or worldview does not mean that I don't also cherish it myself. Often, I will change my mind completely about a subject once I have written about it because I have taken the time to bring it into the light of consciousness. I think it important for all of us to really realise the limitations of the realitymaps that we take for granted.
Where has my open-mindedness originate? I have had many 'unusual' experiences from ever since I was a small child; I have witnessed many events that cannot be found on the official maps of reality that we are collectively indoctrinated with. Not too many that I doubt my sanity, but enough and consistently enough for me to question my assumptions — to follow the 'glitches in the matrix'. This means that I instinctively question everything. So my alternative perspectives are not the result of woolly or wishful thinking, drug experiences, or a lack of scientific literacy: rather, they are an attempt to map a greater reality that I have experienced and continue to experience. If I had not been graced with challenging experiences like that, I would probably have adopted the scientific realitymap because of my strong rationalism. Fortunately, life has other plans and has always pushed me forward, expelling me from any ideological box that I might have temporarily been seduced into constructing.
On this site, I cover a wide variety of topics and perspectives, and you will see over the years my own evolution reflected in these writings. Sometimes I wish I had more of a narrow focus so that I could really become an expert in one area, but I am constantly drawn back to the bigger picture and more inclusive perspectives. My personal sense of self and my realitymaps have changed considerably over the years, and this raises the temptation to delete old material so that I can present consistency — a sanitised and defined self and reality. But this would be a lie because I feel quite unself-like these days. Sometimes I feel completely empty and yet connected with everything, and at other times I feel this multiplicity of consciousnesses inside me that allow me access to different information and perspectives. The only thing that does not change is my love for animals, which is why I am a long-term supporter of animal rights and the vegan lifestyle.
Regarding typos: I usually get to a stage when I write something where I just can't look or think about the material any more and just have to post it, and move on. Unfortunately, some typos remain. I don't tend to re-read articles, but when I very occasionally do, my fresh eyes see loads of mistakes! Sincere apologies. I am being more patient now and proof reading more, so this problem should now be reduced.
I wish you every happiness, and hope, as Rumi says, that we can meet in that field beyond ideas :)
Somewhere on this beautiful blue-green planet (for now)
We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire. — George Sand (Mauprat)
All time is wasted that is not spent seeking God. — Sukadeva
Since all things are naked, clear and free from obscurations, there is nothing to attain or realize. The nature of things naturally appears and is naturally present in time-transcending awareness … The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions and to all people, experiencing everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralizes onto oneself. — Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche