“We all like to imagine that we are open-minded, but our thinking is not open; it is deeply conditioned, and most people remain largely unaware, and some even completely unaware, of that conditioning. Just as a fish is born in water and never notices the water, so we, swimming in a sea of beliefs about who and what we are, do not even notice, let alone examine, those beliefs.”
“This constant juggling with concepts of supreme beings, souls, reincarnation, transcendence, self-realisation and enlightenment only serves as a delaying tactic. All we really know is now. When you lose interest in spiritual dreams, your desire for a pain-free life will diminish.”
“Nobody knows what life is or is not, what 'mind' is or is not, or what consciousness is or is not. Certainly nobody has the slightest idea about the 'purpose' of life, or what it all means (if it means anything at all).”
“Because experience is inconceivable and indeterminate, I find that the only basis on which I can really land is groundlessness, a free fall, landing nowhere - being open, not knowing, not holding on to fixed views, not dwelling anywhere, looking through illusion without trying to grasp Truth, because Truth, by its very nature, can never be grasped. It just IS.”
“All paths lead away from truth.”
“'I don't know' is both the beginning and the end of the circular journey of wisdom. It is its only natural beginning and its only natural end. And when that journey is complete, there is nothing left but to simply live life whatever it may be.”
"In the end, spirituality is really about getting sober. Developing the courage to see life for what it is, without blowing it up with escapist love and airy fairy rhetoric, nor resorting to a nihilistic resignation by declaring that everything is just illusion and therefore meaningless."
"I thought I knew something. It turns out I didn’t. My heart explodes into pieces and they rain down everywhere I look. It doesn’t feel as new agey as it sounds, and that ends up being such an incredible delight. Nothing spiritual I have ever encountered has anything to do with the simple Wow I am talking about. It is this plain old life. Wow!"
"Relax. You will be whatever this moment presents, and you will do whatever you are compelled to do.
We are this unexplainable happening, moving to its unexplainable urges. There’s no way of saying what this is. There’s no way of saying why it’s happening the way it’s happening."
"There is simply life. And what is life? A beautiful dream that I call love even though I have always known love’s got nothing at all to do with it.
All of us are simply being written by life, appearing in the movie, and it’s the most perfect beautiful amazing and exciting and still and moving silent movie imaginable; it is all and everything and nothing.
Life is not about finding anything or changing anything or being anything or knowing anything or gaining anything. What promised future liberation is there, when there is only always ever this?"