068. Richard Sylvester

Due to technical problems, this video only contains still shots of Richard, while Rick’s video is normal.

Richard Sylvester is a humanistic psychologist, therapist and lecturer. For thirty years he engaged with a variety of spiritual practices while also training in psychotherapeutic techniques and teaching counselling. In 2002 Richard met Tony Parsons and as he writes in his first book “That was the end of what I thought had been my life.”

Richard writes “The most common misconception about liberation is that it is something an individual can gain. But actually it is a loss – the loss of the sense that there ever was a separate person who could choose to do something to bring about liberation. In liberation it is seen that thoughts, feelings and perceptions simply arise in Oneness – there is no one to whom they belong.

“The sense of separation makes us take the everyday for granted and clamour for something more exciting to happen. But when separation is seen through, the ordinary becomes transformed into this wonderful play of consciousness, and it is seen that this is already it and this is already sufficient.

“This is a recurring message. It overthrows all authority. It can’t be killed off. It requires nothing. It requires no churches, no philosophical tracts, no scriptures, no history. If everything that had ever been said or written about non-duality were to disappear in a moment, it would simply re-emerge. It would re-emerge because nothing has to be learnt, nothing has to be studied, nothing has to be done, no spiritual purification and no pleasing of God has to take place, for the seeing of liberation to occur. It arises spontaneously. One moment there’s somebody there, the next moment there isn’t. One moment there’s somebody crossing a field, the next moment there’s just crossing a field.”

Richard has written three books about non-duality, ‘I Hope You Die Soon’, ‘The Book Of No One’ and ‘Drink Tea, Eat Cake’.  He gives talks on non-duality in England and abroad. If you would like to know more, please visit www.richardsylvester.com or www.richardsylvester.co.uk.

Interview recorded 5/8/2011.

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Richard Sylvester
  • 00:02:42 – Seeing through the Illusion of Individuality
  • 00:05:16 – The Challenge of Non-Dual Language
  • 00:07:16 – The Ineffability of Non-Duality
  • 00:09:09 – The Joy of Communication
  • 00:11:39 – The Significance of Spiritual Practice and Awakening
  • 00:14:03 – Challenging the Mind and Natural Justice
  • 00:16:38 – The Incidence of Spiritual Realization
  • 00:19:38 – The Loss of Knowledge and the Collapse of the Sense of Self
  • 00:22:37 – Seeing through the Past and Future
  • 00:24:52 – The Illusion of Time
  • 00:27:50 – Transparency and Spiritual Practices
  • 00:30:38 – The Extraordinary in the Ordinary
  • 00:33:40 – The Difficulty of Seeing Through Conditioning
  • 00:36:49 – The Absurdity of Spiritual Practices
  • 00:39:37 – The Power of Stories
  • 00:43:00 – Non-duality and the Madness of the Mind
  • 00:46:08 – Different Perspectives and Levels of Consciousness
  • 00:51:59 – Awakening Without Personhood
  • 00:55:27 – The Sense of Separation
  • 00:59:36 – Rejecting Talk of Paths and Enlightenment
  • 01:05:23 – The intention to be helpful
  • 01:09:34 – Living life as it is now lived
  • 01:12:36 – The Loss of Meaning and Purpose in Life
  • 01:15:17 – The End of a Life
  • 01:17:35 – The Effect of Clarity on Others
  • 01:19:24 – The Power of Resonance and Silent Communication
  • 01:21:33 – Conducting Meetings and Writing Books
  • 01:23:31 – Emphasizing the Miracle
  • 01:25:54 – Open to Possibilities
  • 01:28:00 – Interviews and Discussions