How much does NOW weigh?

This post is in reply to Anonymous’ comment of 7/21 on the “Duh!” post:

“I have sampled a few good books through the years. But Spalding is the only read I have ever found where the adepts demonstrated life like nothing we know about today. Why? What do they know that makes them so different from us? Like a dog with a bone, I always make my way back to Spalding. Of course after reading you, I’m hoping you have something to help satisfy my curiosity about these people.”

Thank you for the comment, Anonymous. For any who may not be familiar, this is a reference to Baird Spalding and his inspirational book, Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East.

I’ve read the book and enjoyed it. If the accounts are true, it seems these masters were adept at manipulating finite phenomena of the mind. However, it should be noted that there is no evidence that Spalding actually made this expedition to the East, nor have any of the other scientists he supposedly traveled with been identified.

That being said, there are two ways this “adeptness” at manipulating phenomena can seem to occur. One is through hypnosis, which is based on the assumption that there are many separate minds, and that the minds of “others” can be controlled or manipulated within that framework. But it is all on a seeming “mental” level—one level of thought supposedly influencing another.

There is an account of a “genuine” adept in this regard, named Marbado the Magician who lived in India around 1900:

Alfred Aiken occasionally referred to this account of Marbado to illustrate how what seems to be daily material, weighty, dense human physical experience really is not that at all, but just a would-be hypnotic state or dream.

Another, different version of “manipulating phenomena” has been described briefly here in a previous post on 12/25/09: “How many dreams or dreamers are there?”

…From the standpoint of Pure Awareness, there is nothing material or physical—and if one were to mention what appears as body, it thus sometimes is called “idea” rather than a physical object. An idea does not need food to in order to be the idea it is—nor do ideas breathe, and so on.

Right now, see the idea Mickey Mouse in thought. It’s just an idea—no breathing there, no food required, no sense of weight or material density, and no physical brain or “mind-activity” there—it’s just a mind-less idea, a thought-image. Nor does that Mickey-idea dream.

Now consider the body that appears to be sitting in front of this computer. See it in thought as it appeared to be doing something “yesterday”—perhaps eating dinner. Now see it in thought doing something “tomorrow.” In both cases it, too, is just a thought-image, exactly like Mickey. Body actually never is other than thought-image, no different—and there’s no brain there, either. To say there is, would be an assumption. A brain is supposedly a physical object—yet an idea, a mere thought-image, cannot contain a physical object. What’s more, that body as it appears to be sitting here right this instant, is the same. There really is no physical, material stuff there—it just seems so—and only to the degree one seems to be sensing, rather than being Pure Awareness.

The basis on which this is said is discussed at length in chapters 13 and 14 in Consciousness Is All. (If you do not have the book, chap. 13 is offered free on this website.)

This is NOT advocating that one should “try to see body as idea” because Awareness Itself is not doing that. It is being Pure Awareness only, with no concern over ideas. To try to de-materialize things is to mistakenly assume there are material things—and there are not! There is only Awareness—and consistently, persistently (and effortlessly!) abiding Here, the would-be physical sense of things will seem to eventually fade. To try to get rid of objects or physicality is starting with objects, not Awareness, and only making more of a “reality” out of them.

The point is, that which we call Awareness, pure Presence, Being, Spirit, is all that is present, and It does not weigh anything. In terms of Its Presence alone, there is no weight, no materiality. Now speaking relatively, to the degree one is “functioning as” this weightless Awareness-as-All, then one’s entire experience seems to be less weighty. What are called things also seem to have less and less weight—the same as ideas do not have weight.

Right now, you can see the idea Mickey Mouse in thought. Mickey can be manipulated and be made to walk on water, or walk on the ceiling, pull $100 bills out of a hat, or do whatever you want because all there is to Mickey, the water, the ceiling, the money, etc. is thought or idea.

The “body” now sitting in front of this computer really is no different from Mickey, although it seems to have a sense of weight due to mistaken identification with it, or AS it, instead of as pure Present-ness. To the extent or degree there is a functioning as pure Present Awareness, there seems to be less of this assumed sense of body. This all seems to be a matter of degree—yet in the pure Present, there really is no degree.

So…it might be said that these “masters” were functioning much more fully as pure Presence, Awareness, rather than entertaining an assumed sense of a weighty material world and body. This isn’t a matter of “knowing” some esoteric knowledge or of thinking something special—it is what one is consciously being.

However, the “way” to doing this is not by starting out on the basis of overcoming a weighty material world—but by “staying busy” as pure weightless Awareness only. From Here, the false sense or assumption that there is a material world seems to fade or dissolve. Pure NOW has no desire to overcome anything or demonstrate anything, for all It “knows” is Pure NOW.

Fun with Duh!

For any who may be unfamiliar, the expression “Duh!” is a popular one (at least in the U.S.), which basically means, “That is SO obvious! How could I have not seen that?” It’s a light-hearted way of poking fun at oneself.

Get to know the expression Duh! Use it freely and often—especially when reading spiritual literature. Make it your best friend.

What does Duh! have to do with spirituality and “the end of seeking”?


It is one of the best false-belief-busters there is. Why?

First of all, who or what is being aware, alive, right here, now? Is being aware something that a personality or thinking intellect personally activates? Do people keep Awareness aware all day long? Of course not. The “job” of being Awareness is entirely up to Awareness, or the Self Itself. Duh!

Go ahead, say it. Loudly. “Duh!”

Say it again, even if there’s a little feeling of hesitation: “It is Awareness Itself that is being aware here, now. DUH!”

Feels good, doesn’t it?

Why is that?

Because it REALLY IS Awareness Itself that is being aware here, now—and to Awareness, this is, well, Duh!

It’s just true. Now there’s no would-be little self trying to oppose Awareness by pretending otherwise; no longer is there also a little self pretending it has to be as aware as Awareness Itself. In Truth, there never was.

If you happen to be familiar with the book about Papaji titled “Wake Up and Roar!” this post is saying a similar thing: Wake up and Duh!–because Awareness Itself actually never has been asleep to Itself.

Now notice the difference between pure Awareness and thinking. What exactly is a thought, anyway? Always, it only would be something one seems to be aware of. No thought ever is aware, or is the same as Awareness Itself.

See for yourself right now, and boost your Duh! proficiency level.

Think a thought. Is that thought ever aware of you? Can that thought ever change places with Awareness, so Awareness no longer is aware, and that thought is aware instead? No—always the thought is just a “thing”—it, itself never is aware, never intelligent. Duh!

How often does it seem we mistakenly identify with, or as, thoughts and let them drive the bus? How aware is that? And actually, not even that is really true, but only how it may seem. Can Awareness Itself ever slip up, and assume It is a mere thought, so It ceases to be aware? Of course not.

Sometimes, when it seems something new and exciting is “discovered” (such as Awareness, non-duality) there can be a tendency to be in awe of It. But is Awareness ever in awe of Itself, Its own simple Presence? No! Then is there another being aware that could be in awe of Awareness or put Awareness up on some kind of spiritual pedestal? No. Duh!

Getting the hang of Duh!? Maybe you already see where this is headed—in which case you may want to skip the rest of Beginner Duh! and move on to Advanced Duh!—or perhaps even the pinnacle—Transcendental Duh!

Or you may want to try one more example, just to be sure you’ve got a solid Duh! foundation.

Notice how the Presence of Awareness never is influenced or changed by thinking, or by anything one says. Nor is Awareness influenced by emotions or sensations or anything else.

Try this: Let thinking try to sweet-talk Awareness. Let thinking tell Awareness It is Magnificent, that Awareness is the ALL, the Infinite, the Supreme, etc. etc. Anything happen? Has Awareness instantly made that thinking fully enlightened? Duh!

Try cash. Offer Awareness $10,000,000 if It will make that thinking, that “you,” more aware and fully enlightened. Any change?

Now try scare tactics. Tell Awareness It is way overrated, that’s It’s cold and insensitive, and that nobody’s really into this Awareness or spiritual stuff anyway. Anything happen differently?

One last attempt. Try playing hard-to-get. Tell Awareness you won’t meditate or “be spiritual” unless Awareness changes and does what that thinking wants. Gee—Awareness still doesn’t budge. Duh!

As Awareness Itself is all the “aware-ing” that is ever going on, is there another self who maybe is not fully deserving of the immediacy of Awareness’ Presence here, now?

Sometimes there can be a feeling that Awareness is so unapproachable that, “It will elude ‘me’ unless ‘I’ do everything just right.” Wait! Is Awareness ever elusive to Its unavoidable Being? In fact, is Awareness ever trying to approach Itself? Is there another, lesser awareness that could do so? No! Duh!

What’s the value of all this? Of course, pure Awareness Itself never talks, never thinks, so It obviously never says Duh! Nor does Awareness become more aware or present thanks to such a silly exercise. Even the very use of Duh! implies a kind of “seeing” or realization of something that wasn’t clear before.

To this Present Awareness which has no history, no “before,” there hasn’t even been so much as a moment before when something wasn’t clear! All there is, is this Awareness that is present NOW.

Sedona Talk Sunday July 18

If you live in the Sedona, AZ area, it would be great if you could join us Sunday afternoon, July 18, from 1:30 to 3:30. I was invited to give a talk at the Unity Church of Sedona, one of the most active spiritual centers in the area. The address is 65 Deer Trail Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336. Tel. 928-282-7181. Or contact Peter here thru the website for more info. Suggested donation is $15. Should be a wonderful afternoon–hope to see you there!