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“The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment” is Good for Nothing!

Friends,

Thus far mobiused has offered cosmic breadcrumbs from other wayfarers such that you might feast as mobiused has feasted. We learned of the cephscope’s capacity for spelunking around our galactic sized noggins with Philip K. Dick, gazed upon some crystals of lucidity from Franklin Merrell-Wolff, and learned to shut up long enough to mutate from Ramana Maharshi and William Burroughs. mobiused offers these breadcrumbs in the spirit of sharing at a spiritual potluck: Oooh, try some of this! if something doesn’t suit your taste, try the next one! The “truth is a pathless land”, so one dude’s delicacy is another girl’s poison. Just don’t let that dissuade you from the feast!

And so mobiused moves down the Smörgåsbord of the sacred and points to Thaddeus Golas. Thaddeus was a self described “Lazy Man” who, by his own admission, wrote his 1972 book to save himself the trouble of talking about it. Now mobiused’s father always says that “A lazy man invented the wheel”, and this good for nothing American sage seems to have invented an even more sublime conveyance – one that can lead to insight and beyond. One of his most useful principles – besides his “lazy” attempt to approach “doing” absolutely nothing – in the context of any quest for self knowledge is the principle of equality. When we have some blissful “verification” that our quest for knowledge is paying off with better health, happiness, less conflict, increased instances of synchronicity or unfathomable experiences of prescience, it is helpful to be reminded that a core message of the Perennial Philosophy is that ALL beings have equal access to the Divine Ground. Spiritual pride, as Milton, ahem, noted, can be quite a hangup, keeping us from making any further progress. His Lazyness writes:

Once you begin to behave in the knowledge that no being is greater or lesser than you, then you are free to change, because you will feel stable no matter what level you are on. You will feel calm and sure of yourself with or without a body, with or without a job, a brain, a book to read, or a book to write.

So too can it sometimes be tempting to doubt the veracity of any progress in the apparently inner world of consciousness, when the apparently outer world of matter grinds on in its bleak way, with scandals, wars, climate change, and people who censor the word vagina. His Lazyness managed to put together some helpful sentences for us to remember when we start to believe that the “real” world is the world of suffering, foolishness, and despair:

Withdrawing awareness from the expansions of others, and keeping attention on the contractions of others, fastens us to the world of matter. It is reassuring to know that this process, which got us incarnated in bodies in the first place, is also happening in our daily lives, and can be reversed very easily, starting now.

And Golas writes perhaps the most compressed and supremely simple way of Nada for those of us who find ourselves getting in our own way when we face an obstacle, physical or otherwise.

It is a nice truth that the way that will relieve your woes on the physical plane will also take you to the highest spiritual realizations. And the way is simple: No resistance.

Surrender to The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment. It’s good for nothing!

 

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Nothing’s Better Than The Silent Treatment

Silence is ever speaking; it is the perennial flow of “language.” It is interrupted by speaking; for words obstruct this mute language. Silence is permanent and benefits the whole of humanity. . . . By silence, eloquence is meant. It is the best language. There is a state when words cease and silence prevails. Ramana Maharshi

Friends, this now broken long summer silence announces and enacts the best of all possible gifts that I could ever have hoped to share in our noospheric spiritual friendship. As the noosphere – the collective, cumulative and emergent effects of attention gradients on the biosphere – proliferates and grows, it seeks tinier and tinier intervals in which to capture our attention. But what is between these momentary captures of attention? A phone chirps, a text arrives, a channel changes. What happens between? Could these intervals disappear, become extinct?

In order to really ask after this question, we need to turn our attention back onto itself and observe the space between thoughts, if there is any. And probably, when we do so, we experience thoughts. These might include “Why am I focusing my attention on my attention?” Whatever the thoughts are, they are not a focus of our attention onto itself. They are not the perception of the mind with the mind, but a story about the mind we tell ourselves while pretending to investigate our mind for the sake of a blog post. To whom do these thoughts come? If our thoughts are, like this blog post, displayed upon a screen, what does the screen itself look like? I am going to shut up soon and say nothing further, and that is the most direct and most loving gift that I can offer.

Give yourself the gift of the silent treatment. Follow each thought as it occurs and watch it disappear into silence. Behold the screen upon which thoughts dance. Behold that silence. Forget about doing Something. Nothing’s better. Much, much better.

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