- “Self or consciousness does not make the passage to the other shore or cross over. Rather, the crossing is the body and senses acclimating to life without any experience of self or consciousness and all that it implies.” Bernadette Roberts
This is from the mouth of someone who purportedly has first-hand experience of what she speaks of and is not philosophical or conceptual according to her.
This entry in a recent discussion/debate in an internet blog started it all for me. A question that surfaces with some frequency on reading around the topic of awakening/non-duality, including New Age spirituality, and which is very much in the limelight nowadays (and has been so for a long time). It centers on the distinction or dichotomy: knowing/experiencing, or intellectual/experiential, or thinking/feeling (though this last pair seems to overstretch a bit).
Notice, for now, the expressions: ‘first hand experience’… ‘not philosophical or conceptual’ Continue reading