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Author Name deliberately omitted, to prevent pre-judging of content We tend to believe that to experience greater contentment, well-being, freedom and so on, we must take the moment and shape it into something we imagine would be better than what’s presently here. However, consider for a moment that nothing whatsoever needs to change about what’s…

Reflections & Musings

Words that come to mind include Tabular Rasa, Unencumbered, Pristine, Raw, Immediate, Blank & Void, De-construction and Un-learning, Un-knowing – just being, formless, unidentified… It is so obvious: This is it. “It” being all “that is”. “That is” referring to what is happening. Beyond the jargon is experience, even though experience implies there is an…

What Is It?

What Is It?

Joan Tollifson, September 30, 2023 “Where are you going?”“I’m on a pilgrimage.”“What’s the purpose of that?”“I don’t know.”“Not knowing is most intimate.” —Zen koan, Book of Serenity, Case 20 The older I get, the more clueless I become, the less I know. More and more, I appreciate the utter simplicity and ungraspable mystery of this…

Everything is it…

Everything is it…

…so You’re Already That Which is Longed for Quote courtesy of Michael & Dan, as they keep talking about that which can’t be known, as it is beyond words, space and time – yet includes it all Talking about what is beyond words is challenging, as it always remains in the abstract: The map is…

The Glorious Uniqueness of Everything

The Glorious Uniqueness of Everything

………….and the importance of sufferingJoan Tollifson, September 24, 2023 My last article was focused on no-thing-ness. But as I see it, the spiritual life is not about erasing our individuality, transcending everyday life, or dismissing our human beingness as “merely a dream.” Yes, the movie of waking life is dream-like in many ways, and yes,…

No-thing-ness

No-thing-ness

Open and Free – Joan Tollison, September 17, 20 Your true nature is open and free, but you cover it up.—Nisargadatta Maharaj We habitually search for special experiences, for certainty and something to grasp. But in holding on to nothing at all, there is an immense openness and freedom.—from www.joantollifson.com For one moment, is it…

Reality Is Simple

Reality Is Simple

…………and infinitely complex. Joan Tollifson, September 3, 2023 Reality is very simple. It’s just this. The sound of rain, the taste of tea, the sensations in the body, the cool breeze on the skin, the sound of the airplane passing overhead. Not those word-labels, but the direct experiencing to which they point. This simple experiencing…

Sources

Sources

When we are talking about sources, what is referred to is concepts about a few key terms frequently used in Radical Nonduality (RN). Jargon is often limited to be grokked by those few, who happen to dabble in similar circles and frequent similar sources of writings, or listen to similar speakers. RN-jargon sounds abstract, and…

About Meditation

About Meditation

The art of not knowing Joan Tollifson, September 10th, 2023 There are many different kinds of meditation. In some sense, it’s best to not know what meditation is—to simply be still and find out! For me, the word points to the simplicity of doing nothing other than being here, present and aware, which is effortlessly…