132. The Signposter and Troy of Is

The SignposterIn this interview, Troy of Is (student) and the Signposter (Teacher) engage in an intense dialogical-enquiry with Rick Archer that reveals some essential understandings which construct a foundation for awakening from the hypnotic trance, programmed into the human organism by the cultural-social enterprise. Such an enquiry is related to radical-deconstruction whereby Truth and Reality are revealed when all obstructions and encumbrances (sensory-perceptual, conceptual-linguistic constructions) are extinquished or completely seen-through by means of a total expenditure of energy in sincere dialogue.

Troy-of-IsAny cultural-social enterprise consists of a population of people who have taken on many of the overlapping conceptual-linguistic models or maps of ‘reality’ of which any cultural-social enterprise consists. The Signposter refers to such people as cultural-social agents since they have identified themselves with the assumptions, belief systems, value systems, conclusions, etc., from which a cultural-social enterprise has been constructed and organized as an interrelated system of concepts which make up the content of consciousness. Some examples of a cultural-social enterprise are the various countries, nations, states, cities, particular organizations (corporations, institutions, etc.), tribal communities, and so on which presently exist in the world.

When ‘the Only’ is referred to in this interview, such a term represents God, the Tao, Brahman, Buddha-Nature, or any other name that traditionally has been used to represent the One and Only, undivided, unbounded, unfathomable, and unlimited Great Mystery which is the only Reality there is.

If anyone has any questions for Troy of Is or the Signposter and would like to engage in this never-ending process of inquiry and awakening they have various options:

The Signposter’s book: The Delusion of Being Human

Interview recorded 7/28/2012

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

75 thoughts on “132. The Signposter and Troy of Is

  1. @touvino:
    Awareness & Equanimity is exactly what S N Goenka emphasizes over and over again during his 10 days vipassana courses.

    Vipassana Meditation (as much as it is frowned upon by the “There is no I” crowd) is applied Vedanta & applied Bhagavad Gita if you ask me.

  2. Vairagya –
    Many of the satsang teachers I know did Vipassana early on, or some other form of practice..However one cultivates Awareness in one’s life, it’s usually a necessary first step toward starting the ball rolling..

    The beauty of Sloman’s writing is that it is born of an experience and an understanding that happened to him spontaneously in 1981 and was refined over the years sitting with many different teachers including Osho and B. Katie and Adya..

    He’s not advocating for any particular ‘method’..as he knows that all ‘methods’ are discarded in the end..while Awareness remains..

  3. Thanks so much for posting that Sno – and welcome back..I had been wondering what transpired with Sloman all these years since he wrote Nothing…and I wasn’t disappointed…He seems to still be sweet and loving and clear – a well-integrated man..

  4. Touvino –
    I recommended him to Rick a year ago and he wrote to him but never heard back..maybe we’ll try again..

  5. Snowleopard – Glad to know somebody else didn’t watch the interview. If I were to watch all of each interview I’d never get away from the computer screen. Often I watch a little to get a taste, see if it resonates. It seems most worthwhile to spend time with the really great teachers, i.e. Pamela, Neelam among others.

    I also have a few “guilty pleasure” interviews which I return to from time to time – Sarojini, Hillary Jordan, Joel Rumbalo. They are not really in the main stream here, but I just like them for their “let it all hang loose” approach and general good humor and lack of pretense… Just thought I’d throw that in…

    BTW I turn 68 tomorrow – so the getting older thing resonates also. But since we have infinite time who cares…

  6. The tunes and camaraderie – ahhhhh yes, have been missing that spirit. Happy birthdays guys – just did 63 recently myself.

  7. Larry – you mentioned liking Joel Rumbolo’s interview – He’s a dear friend..although I haven’t seen him ages…he’s retired now and traveling the country in his RV.. We met in Neelam’s satsang many years ago…He was a TM teacher for 30 years as you prolly know, and we instantly hit it off..can’t get much more down to earth and heartfelt than Joel..love him…

  8. Jill – Glad to know that you and Joel are friends. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with someone like him – so heart centured, good natured.

    Ising – Happy 63 from here too!

    Steve – “time is a thing of the past.” I sure get that.
    BTW – does that mean we’re out of time???

  9. Chuckee – Let me be the first to wish you many happy returns.
    Yeah, really, lots of Leos- Jill, are you a Leo too? Somehow I think you’re something other…

  10. Wow, i am not a regular here, just only started
    putting a few comments, but the last comments
    about birthdays…:
    Loads of leo’s on this blog it seems.
    Yesterday 7th was my birthday.

    Happy birthday everyone and all ;-)

  11. Thanks Steve.. same same. :-)
    All in the mighty jungle

    And Chuckee: loved your clip
    ‘Wondering where the lions are’.:

    Eternity, extacy somehow got a hold on me :-)

  12. I enjoyed this interview. Rick very actively dug down into their perspectives. Laughing happened inside when Rick asked Signposter if he could think of a good teacher and there was a long pause and then “no”. I’ve been pondering this teacher thing for a while. Good teaching happens and when it does we point to the one that apparently does it and call them a good teacher. However, this reality cannot be taught. It’s not like math or surfing, a skill that can be learned. To be enlightened if you will is to be seamless with what is. There is no information necessary for that nor can it be taught. It can be modeled. But if the modeling takes place in hierarchical form i.e. “teacher/student” the value of what is communicated is diminished. Therefore I am suspect of anyone that thinks of him or herself as a teacher. But I recognize a good teacher when I experience one.

    I also laughed at Signposters reference to meditation as quietism. Ya know, I like these guys. Because I already like them I am inclined to enjoy perspectives I’d be fault finding if I didn’t. I could babble on but my thumb, pointing up, is talking for me now…

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