Don’t get me wrong. I love me some crystals. I dig tantric sex. There ain’t nothing wrong with Oprah. I love a great massage, new age book, and nag- champa incense. I own around five to six Buddhas. And- I just had an advaita vedanta potluck party at my house. (I will draw the line at the tarot cards and psychic readings. Haven’t seriously done either one of those in lifetimes. ) Got no issues with the new age or Sedona.
But let me tell you my friend, if you’re interested in awakening / blue collar enlightenment and these are the only types of things you’ve been greenlighting lately, you’re in deep doo-doo. You’re gunna need to give yourself PERMISSION to wake up- Give yourself permission to be happy- Give yourself permission to evolve, transcend and ARRIVE- here, now, today. Have you done this? Have you really said to yourself- YES! I want awakening- I give myself permission to awaken! I am worthy of Awakening! Yes? No? Maybe? Hmmm. We might wanna explore this together. Follow me through here… We need to fix your traffic light…
Hey Everybody. Chuck Hillig is a friend and nondual author who also lives in central VA. He came over the other day and we sat down and talked. I recorded it. It’s 30 minutes long. We debated whether or not to drink cheap beer while we were doing this, but figured most were not ready for that type of deep esoteric profound mystical (drunk) work. Click on above image, scroll down a little and watch. My cat Gypsy makes a special teacher guest appearance toward the end. You think your ZEN? Go watch a cat for any amount of time. Cats are ZEN! Enjoy….!
I am a shadow teacher. When I write, speak or teach about awakening you will see, hear, and feel my shadow sitting right next to me. I do not hide it. I am not ashamed of it. I do not attempt to scrub it clean. I welcome it into the room; with all it’s glorious faults, apparent contradictions, blemishes, and rough edges. I don’t do this for you. I don’t do this in the name of drama or entertainment. I don’t do this because I am in truth “perfect or pure” and am trying to relate to you. No. I do this because shadow is not separate from who I am.
But of course, there is more to it/me than this because we all have a shadow, and simply recognizing and embracing the shadow does not mean you will wake up. The trick then- to spiritual awakening- is to recognize and embrace both the shadow and that which casts the shadow: LIGHT. Are you with me?- Embrace both. Welcome them both into awakening. Some of my teachers were shadow teachers and I loved/love them dearly. They were the ones who truly inspired me, truly allowed me to be myself, truly empowered me to embrace my own unique awakening. And I did just that. I welcome you to do it as well. Let’s explore the shadow …
Let’s talk about resolve. Spiritual enlightenment resolve to be precise. You may have noticed a few changes to this website. Changes that are a call to action for both you and me; changes that invite you to participate in the awakening process beyond the armchair, the computer, the ipad or kindle. Personally, I’m feeling the need to unfurl my wings, to expand them . . . and to fly. I’m feeling the need to CHANGE. I hope you are too.
I want to be straight-forward, direct and blunt about these matters, because there is a great learning opportunity here for you: I have resolve. I have always had resolve. I will always have resolve. Resolve is what brought me to awakening. Resolve is what got me up out of the lazy seat and into the hot seat. Resolve saved my ass. Resolve to want happiness, peace, freedom, and wellbeing. Resolve not to settle. Resolve to apply myself. Resolve to be better. Resolve is the most important spiritual element you can bring to the awakening process.
Ya know what ya got when you don’t have resolve?- reluctance, avoidance & indecision. In other words, yep, ya got shit. Yeah, them’s fightin’ words.
I just finished Jed McKennas Theory of Everything. I’m a big Jed fan. Read all his books. Searched for him online (in vain of course) And dreamed many a time of having the anonymous-book selling-mythos-lifestyle that he has somehow conjured up. I even play Tomb Raider. (Just bought my very first Xbox and have been playing the shit out of it) The name of this blog/website is even partially inspired by the title of his second book, Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment. So yeah, I like Jed McKenna. Funny thing however, I don’t think Jed would like me. If we met we would probably bicker and fight over the nuances of explaining, teaching, and being enlightened. And that, in a nutshell is the perfect example of spiritual awakening teachers and their differences- Put them all in the same room and I guarantee a bloody, cursing, knock-down, brawl of a fist-fight in about five minutes. Wouldn’t you just love to see Eckhart Tolle with a black eye? ( Well, I would. )
Self Inquiry or the process of seeing ego is much like pushing a self destruct button. The self that gets destroyed of course (displaced is a better word but for this post we will stick with the apocalyptic analogy) is the little self of mind/ego and the SELF that takes it’s place is the true self of conscious self-awareness. In order for the self-destruct button to REALLY take effect you have to be pushing it during all moments of your waking life, until the wind has been completely taken out of the sails of ego. This process is no fun. You will not thank me while you are going through this process. When you arrive to the other side of this process you might thank me…or not. Much like the movie The Matrix, waking up is more about the truth than candy coated light infused bubbalicious bliss and happiness. Here’s how you self-destruct:
I was gunna write “threesome” instead of “triumvirate” as part of the title for this blog, but this is the internet and I already get enough porn spam in my comment boxes. Yeah, Attainingpie gets porn spam. Things like- “Wow- I can’t believe how relevant this blog post was ! Visit Japan-dual-penetration.com for more great pics!” I’m a polite, gullible, and horny guy so I follow the link. Accck! I thought it would be a Japanese Non-dual Zen site with some -penetrating- koans on the heart of reality. No-sir. Two guys strapped in leather and…oh, well, you get the picture. Just saw some article about the rules of the internet. One of the them said: Nothing is Sacred. Yep. The internet (You may quote me) – It’s a Lamborghini that delivers a twinkie. In my case, I guess … pie.
On to business: Are you a seeker? Long on the path? New to the path? Thinkin’ about this whole Enlightenment thing? The whole non-dual Awakening no-self, realized-Self, who-am-I thing? The REAL Be-Here-Now spiritual experience thing? Well then, may I introduce to you three concepts, that penetrate fully into the heart of reality: Triumph, Failure and Paradox. You’re gunna need all three of these to make the journey. You ready?
Let’s cut to the chase; jump to the finish line; skip the introductions; go straight to the heart of the matter. Let’s say you had six months to live. Here’s a list of 21 things you should do in order to Awaken before those six months are up:
Sit or be with as many awakened people as you possibly can- as many times as you possibly can.
Read their books, watch their videos.
Quit your job.
Eliminate negative or non-supportive people from your life.
Stop doing shit you don’t like to do.
Hey everybody- something different. This is spiritual parable from my book 21 Days. I think the principles of supreme-advaita-non-dual-awakening-realization can be best explained by farting monkeys, unhappy elephants, and over-intellectual butterflies.
This story has made people laugh, cry, and think long – about finding real happiness. It would be an awesome animated cartoon: Please tell your uncle who works at PIXAR about it. Please tell your DIRECTOR friend Steven Spielburg about it. Please tell your ACTOR cousin Jude Law or Jack Black about it. Please tell the SCREENWRITER who lives down the block about it. Please tell that children’s book PUBLISHER who takes his kids to the same school as you do about it. Okay well, at the very least, post this blog on your FACEBOOK page.
PART 1. Enjoy…
One day, Elephant woke up terribly unhappy. This was very strange for Elephant because he was usually a jolly soul; not today, however. Today, he was unhappy, and he couldn’t figure out why. He’d had plenty to eat recently. He wasn’t sick. No one was angry with him. No one he knew had made him sad. Even Hyena, who sometimes irritated him, hadn’t upset him. All he knew was that his heart was heavy and something, from his head to his toes, just didn’t feel right. He decided to ask for help from his friends Monkey and Butterfly.