Eckhart Tolle says that if we feel like dying, we might allow our self to die, by surrendering that "ego" of our mind to reality as it is. Such surrender is found in all the world's religions and mystical traditions, including Christianity.
We are not independent of nature, nor are we the cause of our self, but rather we arise in a deeper Source. That is our true Self.
We often feel alone in the world, separate from an ultimate or absolute. But why?
Does a mystic know God? We usually think a mystic is a person who unites or merges or at-ones with God or Ultimate Reality, and comes to know these intimately. But this is perhaps not quite accurate. Maybe the mystic is not the ego, not the personal identity, not the psychological self, not the particular [...]
When the finite body dies, is that the end of our person, or do we continue on? Yes and no.
Is there "one true church," and if so, who or what is it?
My vision is that we will realize ourselves as One, as Love, as Light, as the Cosmos itself.
A friend asked me what my take was on the problem of evil, or theodicy, so I thought I'd write about it here.
Thinking of God as a male human(s) out in the universe somewhere seems to be a primitive, magical, supernatural, and archaic conception of the Divine, literalizing the pronouns of "He" and "Him," and in the Christian tradition of "Father" and "Son." I've written about this specifically at least once before, but it's worth discussing more.
I think the story of Adam & Eve is a mythological allegory describing humanity's "fall" of consciousness into the dualities of self-awareness, subject/object relationships, and the opposites of existence. This is symbolized in the partaking of the "tree" of knowledge of good and evil, i.e. dualities.