Now Consciousness: Exploring the World Beyond
by Albert Blackburn
The following was written in the 1940s:
To me, the valuable characteristic of Now Consciousness is the
universal availability for anyone. It can be experienced by rich or poor, in a
palace or a hovel, by an intellectual or a simple person. It is the common
heritage of everyone. Because of its simplicity, it is easily overlooked by the
It is the only approach to the experiencing of reality
that is non-dualistic. Therefore the transformative results are not ego induced.
What is discovered is true and uniquely understood by each in his own way. This
truth becomes an intrinsic part of ones nature and leads to right behavioral
patterns. In this behavioral change, which so subtly comes about, one finds his
or her place in the over-all fabric of life. It is a true uniqueness in which
there is no competition or exploitation of another.
I have found
that it is all too easy to reach conclusions about anything. Any conclusion or
definite answer is a blockage to the ceaseless flow of life which gathers around
itself other mental debris. This effectively brings to an end further insights
into that particular subject. Therefore what I happen to be now observing is
only my individual point of view. My findings may be of interest to others who
are also seeking the true meaning of life.
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The right question contains its own answer.
By discovering what is not true, there is the possibility that
truth can flower in the space of not-knowing.
If we can see in any given moment what the facts are, there is
Truth finds no abiding place in the house of
To believe anything is always to step away from
Now-Consciousness is the perception of reality moment by
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Albert Blackburn wrote from the 40s through
the 80s. He died in 1987. He was a very modern teacher. In fact, he didn't
consider himself a teacher and did not give talks. Rather he held discussions or
dialogues and was invited around the world to do so, and always invited
back. His teacher was J. Krishnamurti, but Blackburn stood alone and
encouraged others to understand not him, but themselves.
To my knowledge, Blackburn's work has not been widely
disseminated in the current Internet era. However, his books are still in print
and his wife Gabriele runs the publishing company, Idylwild Books:
Although you may find Blackburn's books on Amazon and other
online bookstores, they are used copies and overpriced (although worth every
penny!). To pay the regular retail price, visit http://idylwildbooks.com
I also recommend The Light of Krishnamurti, by
Gabriele Blackburn, for the fascinating story of her life,
including her time with Albert. It includes numerous photos of her, Al, and
Krishnamurti, whom they called