About the Author
This journey began in the early ’70s when I explored brain research and consciousness. That led to meditation and I started Transcendental Meditation (TM) in ’74. Within the year, I went on a 6-month retreat to broaden my understanding, learn to teach TM, and deepen the practice. After several months of clearing, I began witnessing full-time, then cosmic perception began.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi verified the experiences at the end of the course and said there would be much more. But although he taught that witnessing full-time meant Cosmic Consciousness, I had not yet made that shift from ego to Self (Atman). I was Self-aware but still ego-attached. In the ensuing years, much more opened to perception while I continued to meditate. But the focus shifted to being a householder, raising a family, and pursing a career.
In the mid-2000’s, I left my web application company and a great deal else left too. Spirituality returned to the forefront and I reconnected with several old friends. I was surprised to discover that a few had awoken. Some feedback and darshan (resonance) with Lorne Hoff led to the Self waking up to itself here too. Probably because of the long witnessing, the next couple of stages came quickly. Dozens of others I knew switched as well, broadening my understanding of the process.
In 2011, I earned an MA in Vedic Science, reflecting the interests of this blog and supporting book projects that have been underway since before this blog began.
I shared more of the above story in an interview on Buddha at the Gas Pump in September of 2015.
In October that year I gave a talk on the 7 stages of enlightenment at the Science and Nonduality conference in San Jose, California. You can see this and more on the Media tab above.
This blog reflects the process here. Various subjects arise from research and life itself. Themes will come and go.
About this Web Site
After the awakening happened I felt called to share and began a free blog called in2deep. I’ve long found writing a useful exercise for clarifying what I understand and this medium amplified that. I’ve since found the act of writing can draw out understanding too. I migrated to this hosted site in late 2013 with over 1,180 articles.
When I originally launched the blog, I was active in web development and IT consulting and had a professional on-line presence in the field. My other blog on science and technology, ForNow, reflects this. To separate the two, I wrote here under a nickname that an awake friend had given me, Davidya. I soon included the name inside the body of posts to reduce scripted content theft. Davidya took on a life of it’s own and became the most searched way of finding the blog and the natural new site name.
David-ya turned out to be an old form of the Hebrew David that means beloved of God. Da-vidya also means giver of knowledge in Sanskrit. Other images on this page represent other nicknames I’ve been given over the years. Bear was a prominent one when my sons were growing up. The image on the left is my work. Spirit Bear, the image on the home page that links here, is the work of my son Sam.
On the right sidebar is a blue feather icon. A feather is a symbol for a writer (the original pen) and a blue feather is an ancient symbol for truth because the blue colour is created by an optical illusion.
Articles are written based on current understanding and experience. Thus the content here evolves over time. Older articles don’t become wrong but you’ll see the perspective shift and broaden. This is particularly true as I’ve shifted stages. The writing here is not correct concepts or “truth” but rather ways of seeing the spiritual journey, ourselves, and the world around us. The observations are shared to support your journey but hold them lightly to avoid becoming bound by them.
To understand the concepts I use on the site, see the Key Posts tab for explanatory articles. You can also follow the many links in most articles.
The Isha Upanishad quoted at the very bottom is a short but very potent text, especially when read orally in it’s native Sanskrit. The quote is not a reference to the gold of wealth but rather to that of sattva. One must go beyond the three gunas to see the truth of creation.
Podcast music composed and performed by David Berthiaume. Used with permission.
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