Note on the Mirror

1. The world as you perceive it is not real

2. You are not who you imagine yourself to be

3. You are not going to figure it out

4. Trying to hold on to things is futile

5. Whatever is will cease to be

6. Thoughts are not your friends

7. Spirituality is an obstruction

8. Sacred texts are distractions

9. There is no special attainment to pursue

10. There is nobody in control


About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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6 Responses to Note on the Mirror

  1. Christine says:

    Like #7 🙂 My experience as well — suffocating actually…

  2. Sky McCain says:

    I’m in solid agreement with all but one of these points #7.

    It seems to me that anything I know that cannot be qualified by science is spiritual.
    Some people hold that spirituality springs from religion. I disagree.
    Our native spirituality stems from Earth Energy; the vibrations and stabilizing force of our planet. First and foremost, we are all Earthlings.
    I’ve explained myself fully in my book, “Earthen Spirituality”
    I suspect that the “being lived by” rather than “I am living” living as mentioned by Jean Klein is actually the consciousness of Gaia, Earth.
    We are part of a holarchy and Gaia is our next higher structure. I don’t wish to fully explain holarchy at this time.

    • Bob OHearn says:

      Thanks for your comment Sky!

      What I am referring to is the circumstance in which the raft becomes a form of baggage, or when what was meant to serve as medicine becomes instead one’s food. In other words, it can become a subtle or not-so-subtle way to fixate an identity (i.e. “I am a Buddhist” or “I am a Christian”, etc.). All identities, even so-called “spiritual” ones, end up being schemes to confirm one’s enduring and independent existence, if one imputes a substantial reality to them. No identity is true, they are all conceptual designations.

  3. Christine says:

    My own experience is that “spirituality” – in all its forms – has actually been suffocating “me” (my spirit, my expression of Pure Beingness.) Words cannot accurately say what exactly has been suffocated here. But I think you know what I mean… There ends up being a kind of constraint, or containment of that which wants to express *because of* the conformity to an “identity” let’s say. I found this to be true even in the “identity” of “non-duality.” The *idea* or concept of “non-duality” then becomes an obstruction to the freedom of Pure Awareness that is already here, because we are trying to fit it into a mold called “non-duality.” At least this has been my experience…

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