The World is After the Fact – William Samuel

This episode’s reading is an essay by William Samuel titled “The World is After the Fact” from his book The Child Within Us Lives! In it, William Samuel reaches out to the audience laying bare the depth of his understanding and felt experience of Reality. I’ve only scratched the surface of William Samuel’s teachings, so owe it to a listener’s recommendation to include “The World is After the Fact” in The Induction Series.

This is podcast # 3 in The Induction Series. The aim of this series is to focus on “inspired” writings, those that carry the “living word.” Franklin Merrell-Wolff called them “mystic writings” and said that “when the ‘Voice of the Silence’ speaks into the relative world, the Meaning lies between the words, as it were, rather than in the direct content of the words themselves.”

Richard Rose said that “If you are interested in looking for Essence, from the point of the Process Observer you can be stimulated only by writings of inspiration rather than reason or direction” and referred students to his poem “Three Books of the Absolute.” While Rose used the term “inspirational,” clearly these are not necessarily inspirational, uplifting writings like one typically finds collected under that banner.

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Selected Links and Topics from this Episode:

  • Time, Space, Sequentiality
  • Inverted cosmologies
  • “The divine WHAT exists before the image we see.”
  • “We see that matter is neither real nor unreal, and it appears in and as our experience for good reasons to be understood.”
  • Learn more about William Samuel at the official website.
  • Leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment. Our goal is to reach 100 reviews by the end of The Induction Series. We’re now at 42!

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Bernadette Roberts on How it Works – diving into the Unmanifested

This episode’s reading is an essay by Bernadette Roberts titled “How it Works.” In just a few paragraphs, Bernadette dives deep into the paradox of the unmanifested, manifesting, and manifested. It’s from her book The Experience of No-Self. Though Bernadette considered herself a Christian writer and seemed perpetually irritated with anyone trying to take her teaching out of that framework, this short essay clearly speaks to all people, regardless of time and place. If you want to learn more about Bernadette Roberts and her particular style of Christian mysticism, see my review on Spiritualteachers.org.

This is podcast # 2 in The Induction Series. The aim of this series is to focus on “inspired” writings, those that carry the “living word.” Franklin Merrell-Wolff called them “mystic writings” and said that “when the ‘Voice of the Silence’ speaks into the relative world, the Meaning lies between the words, as it were, rather than in the direct content of the words themselves.”

Richard Rose said that “If you are interested in looking for Essence, from the point of the Process Observer you can be stimulated only by writings of inspiration rather than reason or direction” and referred students to his poem “Three Books of the Absolute.” While Rose used the term “inspirational,” clearly these are not necessarily inspirational, uplifting writings like one typically finds collected under that banner.

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If you enjoy The Induction Series, please leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment.  There are currently 39 reviews and once we reach 100 reviews that boosts the visibility of the book.  You don’t have to purchase the book on Amazon to leave a review, and a few minutes of your time will help others seekers find the book.  Just click the link above and leave a few words in a review.  Thank you! 

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Selected Links and Topics from this Episode:

  • The unmanifested, the manifesting, and the manifested
  • All that Is
  • “Completeness can only be known when the manifested falls back into the unmanifested.”
  • Read my review of Bernadette Roberts.
  • Leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment. Our goal is to reach 100 reviews by the end of The Induction Series. We’re now at 39!

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“Transmission” by Bart Marshall: The Induction Series #1

What is Zen transmission? Today’s reading is from Bart Marshall’s essay called “Transmission” published in the book Beyond Mind, Beyond Death. Bart has appeared on this podcast and was featured in my film Closer Than Close, so I’m sure many of you are familiar with his work. It’s a brilliant essay, striking a bell that’s at the heart of true Zen transmission, while also serving as a form of transmission itself.

Bodhidharma spoke of Zen transmission as:

A special transmission outside the scriptures,
Not depending on words and letters;
Directly pointing to the mind
Seeing into one’s true nature and attaining Buddhahood.

The aim of The Induction Series is to focus on such “inspired” writings, those that carry the “living word.” Franklin Merrell-Wolff called them “mystic writings” and said “when the ‘Voice of the Silence’ speaks into the relative world, the Meaning lies between the words, as it were, rather than in the direct content of the words themselves.”

Richard Rose said that “If you are interested in looking for Essence, from the point of the Process Observer you can be stimulated only by writings of inspiration rather than reason or direction” and referred students to his poem “Three Books of the Absolute.” While Rose used the term “inspirational,” clearly these are not necessarily inspirational, uplifting writings like one typically finds collected under that banner.

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The Lecture of Questions – Revisited

The first time I saw Richard Rose, I heard him give his Lecture of Questions. It began with “What do you know for sure? Does a man own a house or does a house on him?” and continued, question after question, challenging my assumptions, beliefs, and hopes about every aspect of life. I was both stunned and inspired. My life was literally never the same afterwards.

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In the thirty years since that lecture, I found other questions that drew me — natural koans is a good name for them. This month’s podcast edition is my own version of Rose’s Lecture of Questions. I kept a few of his originals and added some of my own. Hope you enjoy, are inspired, and challenged by these.

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  • Read Richard Rose’s original Lecture of Questions.
  • I originally delivered this Lecture of Questions at a TAT Foundation weekend retreat. It’s worth checking out their events.
  • Here’s the complete text of this Lecture of Questions:
  • What do you know for sure?
  • Do you have power or are you overpowered? A predator or a victim? Or both?
  • Do you enjoy or are you consumed?
  • Do you really reason … or are you so programmed?
  • Can you learn … that which you really wish to … by yourself alone?
  • What is the difference between knowledge and being?
  • Can you become? How shall you know what you should become?
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  • Who is knowledgeable about good, the item goodness?
  • Is good that which we desire … or that which is in itself good?
  • Do we discover that which is Real or do we create it?
  • Do we actually know that which we are doing? If so, why do we repeatedly regret things that we do?
  • If we decide to create our future through positive thinking or levers of manifestation, should we not first have some understanding of what motivates us?
  • Have you ever watched yourself make a choice? What is the impulse that precedes the decision?
  • From what depths does the final decision bubble up into consciousness, or from what heights does inspiration descend into the mind? What are the depths and heights of our being?
  • Do we ever see the world or ourselves clearly? Or is our view constantly colored and influenced?
  • Which of these is your chief influencer? opinions absorbed from family, friends, or neighbors, advertising that imitates news, news that imitates truth, conscious or unconscious traumas, hereditary conditions, instinct, past lives, planetary forces, or the will of God?
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  • Do animals have consciousness? Do plants? Or molecules?
  • How do we measure consciousness?
  • If we judge someone or something as unconsciousness is that simply a failure of the sensitivity of the measuring instrument?
  • Do animals feel pain? Joy? Love? Do they feel the approach of death?
  • Science periodically announces the discovery of human-like qualities in animals. Is this the truth or are all human qualities simply those of animals?
  • Does a spider plan its web? Does a human plan its life?
  • What is the difference between natural and man-made?
  • Are humans separate from the natural world or an emanation from it?
  • Are humans a parasite on the Earth, its divine guardian, or a visitor?
  • *
  • Are you a unique identity or an assemblage of parts walking in a meatsuit?
  • Do you plan the motion of each footfall?
  • Is there an intelligence of the body? of the digestive system? of the cell? Is there an intelligence of mitochondria within that cell? Of an enzyme within that mitochondria? Of the amino acid that forms the enzyme? what of the carbon (C), hydrogen (H), oxygen (O), and nitrogen (N) elements that form the amino acid? Is there an intelligence of the atoms which form the elements? Of the protons, neutrons, and electrons within the atom? Of the quarks within the protons?
  • Is the mind separate from these excavations into ever more fundamental divisions of particles?
  • Or are the mind and matter inseparably connected?
  • What is the mind?
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  • What is time?
  • Does time pass or is it only you who passes?
  • Which lasted longer: the summer vacations of your youth or this past year?
  • Does the ant or amoeba interpret duration the same as a human or does its time pass more swiftly?
  • If the clock stops, does time stop? If the rotation of the earth stops, does time stop?
  • What is space?
  • Is space interdependent with time?
  • Do space and time exist at all except in reference to us?
  • Does stopping the mind stop time?
  • What is eternity? What is infinity?
  • Can we conceive of an eternity as anything other than a very long span of time?
  • Can we conceive of infinity as anything other than a very large space?
  • What does a lifetime feel like?
  • How will we know when it ends?
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  • What is self? What is other?
  • What is the borderline between self and other? Is it the surface of our skin?
  • If we touch our left hand with the right hand is that left hand an “other?”
  • If we touch our friend’s left hand with our right hand is their left hand an “other”?
  • What is “inside” and “outside” in relation to our self?
  • Where is “inside our self”?
  • Without distance and separation would time exist?
  • Without the senses, would we be imprisoned or freed?
  • *
  • What is the Now?
  • If you are not “being here Now” then where are you?
  • If you think of the past, does that thinking happen in the past? If you think of the future, does that thinking happen in the future? Or is all thought occurring in the Now?
  • If so, then who is it that believes the Now is someplace other than right Now?
  • *
  • What is awareness?
  • Is awareness separate from the mind?
  • Is awareness separate from the body?
  • Have you ever passed out, been knocked out, or anesthetized? What became of awareness?
  • What becomes of awareness when you sleep?
  • Does awareness only exist for you if you are aware of it?
  • If you become aware of awareness are there now two awarenesses within you? If so, which awareness is more real?
  • *
  • What is feeling?
  • What is a feeling of God, the Divine, or something/anything other than our individual self?
  • What is it to know with certainty?
  • Do you remember the certainty with which you held to childhood beliefs in Santa Claus, God, or monsters under the bed?
  • What is intuition?
  • How does one arrive at it? Can it be improved?
  • Is intuition limited by the symbols in which we allow it to be expressed?
  • Are those symbols in turn limited by our pre-conceptions, beliefs, fears, and desires?
  • *
  • What is death?
  • Is all religion and philosophy merely rationalization … to answer constant cellular awareness of death?
  • Or is the belief in life after death an intuitive reading? A reading not completely translatable into limited human symbols?
  • What proof do we have of life after death, for us as an individual?
  • We see a dead body and recognize something is missing. What is it? Where did it go?
  • *
  • What is life?
  • Is it a collection of memories?
  • What fraction of a day do we remember and how accurately?
  • Is life a dream – or an illusion, Or an opportunity?
  • What is a life well-lived?
  • Is this life just one of many?
  • Are we ever-evolving?
  • If so, what is it that is evolving? Is it a soul? A spirit? An individual self?
  • If so, what is the point? What is the ultimate aim of this evolution? Is there an end?
  • What happens after we reach the end?
  • What were we before we were born?
  • *
  • What are death and life?
  • Can we conceive of anything other than endings and beginnings?
  • What is the difference between something and nothing?
  • Between being and non-being?
  • Or is there a third way? That is not a way at all?
  • But a transformation.
  • A revealing.
  • A revelation.
  • Beyond seeming.
  • Beyond dreaming.
  • That is both the roaring of a waterfall,
  • the ringing of a tiny, silver bell,
  • And silence.

Pat The Barber Crowley: the power of intuitive intelligence

The one thing I didn’t ask Pat “The Barber” Crowley in our interview was how he got his nickname. I’ll blame that on the Irish gift for storytelling, in full evidence with Pat Crowley, which mesmerized and transported me to the wild seashores of Ireland and into the heart of Pat’s hunger for Truth.

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Pat the barber Crowley is the author of The Rose and the Stone, which tells the story of his spiritual search and people, like Irish poet and mystic John Moriarty, that he met along the way. As you’ll hear in our interview, Pat Crowley’s story is especially interesting as his spiritual quest occurred amidst the daily demands of family and work in which it would have been easy to find excuses to not make space for the intuition to be heard.

I hope you enjoy this episode. In addition to audio, there is video available for this interview. Check it out below. Please feel free to leave comments or send an email with the contact form.  I always appreciate hearing your thoughts.


 

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  • Growing up in southwest Cork, Ireland.
  • Suffering from the illness of alcoholism, and the ego deflation that resulted from that.
  • Meeting “Spiritual Jim,” who gave Pat The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley and introduced him to the spiritual search.
  • Jim and his friend Con were both enlightened. Pat the barber Crowley also got books on Zen Buddhism from them.
  • “There was a hunger in me.”
  • The First and Last Freedom by J. Krishnamurti — “This really blew me away. This thing of questioning.” “I feel in love with that style of inquiry.”
  • The importance of sticking with self inquiry.
  • Other books I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj, Pointers from Nisargadatta by Ramesh Balsekar.
  • Pat Crowley’s friendship with John Moriarty.
  • The flow of life includes our sorrows.
  • “There’s nothing outside the divine.”
  • Enlightenment is “from the person,” not “for the person.”
  • Interest in Carl Jung and psychology.
  • “What has the body done to anybody?”
  • What is self inquiry? Finding out what I am by finding out what I’m not.
  • Intuition as awareness at large.
  • Intuitive intelligence.
  • “To live vulnerably is to live freely.”
  • Remaining as the witness.
  • “Understanding liberates.”
  • The witness versus witnessing.
  • Life after death. How we never ask what happens before life.
  • “We suffer from the regrettable smallness of the soul.” ~ Carl Jung
  • Reincarnation – Pat doesn’t buy into the idea. “What happens at death is I remain what I’ve always been.”
  • Addiction to the world of the senses. “We’re psychic visitors here.”
  • Though not updated in awhile, you can read more of Pat The Barber Crowley’s writing at his The Rose and the Stone blog. Contact Pat Crowley at: pat.the.barber.crowley.2020 at gmail dot com.

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