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HOW MANY REALITIES ARE THERE?

I’m frequently asked to write about the topic of ‘separate realities’.

For the uninitiated, this is the theory that 100% of our experience is a construct of thought, and therefore we live in entirely separate realities.

I’ve started writing maybe 50 times. And each time it became complicated and academic. Which, while interesting to a nerd like me, is merely a diversion.

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THE END OF THEOCRACY

At the heart of every religion lies an honest recognition that the only ‘salvation’ is the dissolution of the apparent boundaries between the people and God (in whatever way God is understood), until there is no barrier, no division, and the people know they are God. And in this knowing, knowing too is returned to the God it never left.

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THE ESCAPE HATCH

If you are a lover of truth, this one belief will block your exploration more than just about any other:

“There is a teaching, paradigm, or understanding that could help me watch the events and emotions of my life from a safe distance—or even escape them.”

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ARE WE SHARING THE SAME THING?

Let’s go back to the much-used metaphor of many fingers pointing at one moon.

It’s popular, because it allows for any path, any philosophy, any sharing, any mode of life to be an equal and equivalent teaching. It gives rise to platitudes such as:

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WHO KILLED ROMEO?

“Thus, with a kiss, I die.” The famous last words of Romeo, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It’s widely agreed that Shakespeare created the character of Romeo (relying rather heavily on Ovid and Painter). And many actors have donned a costume, and stepped onto a stage, and delivered that line, as if they were Romeo. They’ve done their best to create the belief in the audience that Romeo stands before them, and Romeo dies. The play rolls to its conclusion, the curtain comes down. The actor who plays Romeo leaps to his feet, grasps the hands of his fellow actors

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THE TRUEST FRIEND

The truest friend is the one who holds you to the discomfort when every ounce of you wants to run. The truest friend knows that it’s time to stop running.

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