Linda Clair: Proving Australia is a spiritual hot spot

A post at our Discussion Boards led me to investigate the Australian spiritual teacher Linda Clair. linda clairAustralia seems a spiritual hot spot and Linda Clair is one of the more intriguing teachers. Her background is in Zen Buddhist and Vipassana practice, but she is not a formal teacher of either tradition. Instead, she crafted a teaching based on her own realization — with an emphasis of meditation on the body. Continue reading “Linda Clair: Proving Australia is a spiritual hot spot”

Bob Fergeson: The practice of Listening Attention

I’ve known Bob Fergeson for nearly twenty years. For a time we both lived on Richard Rose’s farm, suffering the inspiration and ego-deflation came with being near such a teacher. bob fergesonWe both eventually moved from Rose’s farm — Bob moving to Colorado where he continued his search for truth. Here he is speaking of what happened: Continue reading “Bob Fergeson: The practice of Listening Attention”

Franklin Merrell-Wolff: Words that blaze with Truth

Franklin Merrell-WolffFranklin Merrell-Wolff is at times dense reading. He often seems primarily concerned with reconciling divisions between philosophic schools of thought. Of course, this is a man who considered pure mathematics excellent training for the spiritual life and loved to read Kant. It takes enlightened voices of all ranges to reach the varieties of seekers, so many, I am sure, will enjoy Merrell-Wolff’s style. Continue reading “Franklin Merrell-Wolff: Words that blaze with Truth”

Bernadette Roberts: A Christian Mystic for Our Time

Bernadette RobertsBernadette Roberts passed away in her sleep on November 27, 2017.  What follows is a review written before her passing.

Bernadette Roberts’ path is that of a Christian and if you have any affinity with Christian mysticism you must read her books. Her primary concern is with addressing the passage from what she calls the unitive stage to the no-self stage. While the unitive stage (or stage of being one with God) is well known in Christian literature, that there is a path beyond this stage is virtually unknown. Bernadette Roberts writes from her experience of living in the unitive stage until the self and its experience of being one with God disappeared into a new way of knowing. As she says: Continue reading “Bernadette Roberts: A Christian Mystic for Our Time”

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: The unreality of I Am

sri nisargadatta maharajSri Nisargadatta Maharaj reminds me of Ramana Maharshi. Like Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj is often described as a simple, humble and enlightened man. He was an uneducated shopkeeper when a friend introduced him to his guru. Simply by following his guru’s advice, Nisargadatta discovered his true nature:

My guru, before he died, told me: Believe me, you are the Supreme Reality. Don’t doubt my words, don’t disbelieve me. I am telling you the truth — act on it. Continue reading “Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj: The unreality of I Am”