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Early in January 1970, I found myself arriving at the New Delhi airport…

Jack Forem embodies a wonderful conversation with the idea of living a life of questing, of exploring and living into the question as a way of being.

He’s an author, ghostwriter, spiritual teacher, husband, friend, and infinitely more.

But I know him as I know him and it’s in this vein that I invite you into a conversation with the two of us.

“Your universality will have its own individuality,” Jack Forem

But first, stories…

All of us have stories that precede the meeting of others, as you and I know each other from this point in time, a point where our stories and history precede our relationship.

Who you were, who I once was, no longer is; yet it carries in our memory as if it’s so. [click to continue…]

To get an idea of what we don’t know, while also being turned on to the possibility of knowing, I suggest reading this article from the BBC.

It cuts through the false ‘knowing’ that is often presented about consciousness by pointing at the ideas around it, as ideas and potential areas to further investigate consciousness and the quantum.

Whatever that might mean!

These ideas are speculative, and it may turn out that quantum physics has no fundamental role either for or in the workings of the mind.

Click here to continue reading the article on The Strange Link Between The Human Mind and Quantum Physics.

The Big But…

There’s a definition of consciousness that I’ve been taught, and it feels like the clearest definition I have found even though it falls completely short of what I want to know about consciousness.

Consciousness is cognizant and luminance; awareness and illumination itself.

It’s a great base to begin with and it feels as real as we can know from what we know until we know what we know from going in and doing the work of introspection, calming the mind, sharpening the focus, and asking the questions as we explore the nature of consciousness.

All of the ideas in this issue are shared here to assist you and myself in knowing the questions for ourself as an experience. 

To curiosity and desire to awaken,
Emeric Damian Thorpe

 

You are of course!

And while, I prefer to know and discuss your journey, the script was flipped a few months ago, when a former client of mind, Jane Ellen asked to interview me for her Glistening Particle podcast.

It was a pleasure, and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Episode 22: Emeric the mirror

We discussed:

The journey into the radical experience of being alive, of experiencing more of life itself, of the discovery of a dream, of a life to explore, of a masterpiece to create, of being a movement toward an understanding of our existence, a play in the world that gives us the opportunity to express the fullness of our desires, to be free to play and tease out the experience of life as we desire.

You are the guardian of your story, and both of it and in it.

What story would you love to live?

With curiosity,
Emeric

Following every thought, every feeling…

If you sit on the bank of a river after a storm, you see the stream going by, carrying a great deal of debris. Similarly, you have to watch the movement of yourself, following every thought, every feeling, every intention, every motive, just watch it.

That watching is also listening; it is being aware with your eyes, with your ears, with your insight, of all the values that human beings have created, and by which you are conditioned, and it is only this state of total awareness that will end all seeking.

J. Krishnamurti

The Collected Works, Vol. XV,242,Choiceless Awareness

The thought thunk its self.

You thought the thought.

The thought came and you cultivated the thinking around it.

The thought flowed in and out.

A thought came.

Thought…

Not all thinking is the same kind of thinking and not all thoughts are of the same thought stuff.

Thoughts are thoughts, they’re not.

A thought is its own thought, separate from the others.

Thoughts…

Most people desire freedom, freedom from the judgement of their peers, even peers who love them, and freedom from their own judgement.

But rarely do they have someone who can create a space to explore and acknowledge that desire, and if they don’t have the opportunity to meet someone or experience a conversation that creates that opportunity they will keep flowing along as they always have, until they don’t.

It’s like the sensation of losing yourself to the environment you are in, or like becoming for a moment, like those you are near in proximity even though you aren’t so similar in their ways, like floating in the grays; kind of like staying in a relationship with someone even when you know you shouldn’t, even when you know you don’t want to, but can’t quite figure out why.

Most of us stay in relationships with our prejudice for too long, even when we wish we wouldn’t.

But when someone speaks a truth to us, a truth that we already glimmer as so, that person naturally becomes an ally to our own seeking.

When we stop making ourselves wrong for our idiocy of thought, and allow for the ideas to exist as a momentary passing, seeing that we are not our thinking rather we are our being, we free something within ourselves that lets go of the separateness, which allows for an embrace of it all, all of life.

Most people are isolated and alone and terrified of being humiliated, myself included.

They have friends, families, and this and that, but they’re disconnected from themselves and to do anything that might ostracize them from the thin threads of what little they have, is frightening.

So we all grasp.

It’s comforting to know there are others who are free falling into the truth and that dose of camaraderie can be potent.

When I said I’ve had fabulous results, I mean I’ve had fabulous results with failures as successes and successes that are failures and vice versa.

It’s been fabulous because I know my own experience of being compassionate and simultaneously vitriolic, even when I didn’t want to be.

The results are not mine to be attached too.

And I’m not controlling for other’s experiences.

And that frees me to be inappropriate and disliked or loved.

And that frees them to be free to look for themselves.

And that transforms people.

I have so many stories. I could go on for pages to explore the nuances.

If there is a specific question beyond this let me know.

Love,
Emeric