Inducing Independence

A few mornings ago, while out on my weekly walk in nature, I noticed something interesting yet heartbreaking. A woman was attempting to teach her young son independence. Her behavior was innocent, but I’ve seen this picture before: Little boy crying and his mother slowly backing away in a noble attempt to impart resilience, mental… Read More

The Research Requirement

Research. We seem to crave it. We seem to require it for validation. In fact, absent of research, we’re taught to turn away from even the most intriguing ideas, concepts, or models. But here’s the thing regarding research we tend to overlook: Research merely tells us how something seems to work. It does not tell us how… Read More

Silencing Ego

This week, a short but essential post. Consider these two complementary spiritual edicts, both of which I’ve mentioned before: 1. The only true teacher is stillness. 2. The ego is not an entity; it’s an activity or agency of Consciousness. Now, a direct question: When will you learn that any activity (even a so-called productive… Read More

The Seamless Nature of Experience

Just for a second, if possible, be open to what I’m about to say. Because when it comes to perception, or the nature of experience and its implications in the world of form, this post might surprise you. It might challenge your belief system or what you know to be true. You might even think… Read More

Are You Struggling?

Struggling? We all do, however . . . Before you take the plunge into exploring thought in order to fix or cope with your struggle, consider this question: Is the substance of thought different than the infinite and eternal space in which thought appears and disappears? If yes, take the plunge. If no, rather than explore what appears… Read More

The Case Against Oneness 

The other day, a reader asked me the following question: “Why, Garret, did the early spiritual teachers call the study of true nature Non-duality as opposed to Oneness?” Cool question. And it turns out there’s a fairly obvious reason, and one that’s not so obvious. Both reasons are informative and important to consider. Let’s start… Read More

Father, Son, and Everyone

As a young man, I marveled that throughout the seemingly thousands of times my father criticized me, he always appeared to be talking about himself. For a good part of my life, I also wondered why. Now I know: The world we see is a reflection of the limitations inherent in us. But this is… Read More

Free Will and Sydney Banks

Note: Sydney Banks, for those of you who don’t know, is the teacher whose early work inspired much of my teaching, including what you read here each week. The post that follows stems from some confusion around Syd’s work regarding free will, and how I see this important concept. I hope you find it helpful.… Read More

Where Thoughts Appear

This week, let’s begin with perhaps an unusual question: Where, or within what, do your thoughts—and while we’re at it, your sensations and perceptions—appear? If you say within the physical or personal you (your mind, gut, or simply your body), fair enough, but how do you know this to be true? Have you ever found… Read More

Don’t Chase

Ever notice that so-called good things—Love, Peace, Happiness—tend to come to you or fall into your lap, while the chase for them tends to leave you barren, frustrated, and exhausted? There’s good reason for this. In fact, many years ago, when I was an ice hockey forward (whose role was to score), my father used to leave… Read More