- The Great Shadows
- Depth of Awakening
- On Spiritual Materialism
- Entrenched Habits
- Being in the Flow
- Remaining Shadows
- How Many Brains?
- The Importance of Actual Yoga
- The Strange Reality of Being Human
- What is Destruction?
- The Dasha Mahavidya
- The Layers of Samadhi
- Changes With Enlightenment
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LG makes a great phone but 0 updates? Sheesh...
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It rather startles me sometimes how throughly the ego prepares its dramatical scripts. Recently, quite separately, a couple of friends of mine have gone through very difficult emotional periods, breaking away from old dramas. After a brief period of growing calm and happiness, plan B steps in. Or should I say pain B. The curtain opens on a … Continue Reading…
So which is it? Yesterday, I ran into one of those little surprises. I’ve read a little about astrophysics lately. Interesting ideas like the Electric Sun. I love good ideas, so am open to new things that may help explain our world. Yesterday, there was something new that made sense, but there was also a little reaction, a resistance. A little tape started to play that … Continue Reading…
Finally had a chance to watch the 9th class of Eckhart on Oprah, this one on Purpose. Here are a few notes.
There is no substitute for finding your purpose. There are 2 purposes:
Outer Purpose: about the future, your work, etc. It is secondary.
Inner Purpose: to be here, now. Same for everyone, always fully with the present moment.
Fulfillment and satisfaction are only found now. Be totally doing it, what you are doing right now. This one step, give it your best. Then the next moment comes at its best. There is always only this one … Continue Reading…
In the ways of curious coincidences, I ran into this film release, the story of a Sufi Dervish.
Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul
“A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from director Nacer Khemir (Wanderers of the Desert) begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar … Continue Reading…
From a Discussion on Shilpan’s guest post. (now offline)
Hans Selye was an early researcher into stress. He defined 2 types – distress and eustress. The second of course a positive stress like falling in love. Both can have similar biological responses but one tends to be a motivator, the other a demotivator, as you observe. Stress has a tendency to trigger the fight or flight (or freeze) response which shuts down digestion and the forebrain, the place where we are more conscious and have more problem solving skills. As you observe, stress thus reduces our ability to deal with … Continue Reading…
When we are kids, our parents read us ‘fairy’ stories about princes and princesses, white knights in unused armor, and happiness everlasting. The stories are a bit skewed by the message that someone or something else will come along and bring us happiness. Happiness and the damsel will be ours when we ride off into the sunset or move into the castle with the automatic garage door opener. Then we grow up and discover that Santa isn’t real. But the shadows of the stories remain as we seek our prince or house with the white picket fence. Or decide it … Continue Reading…
Gratitude is a skill we’ve not been well taught in the west. Perhaps as a child, we were taught to respect our elders, to say thank you, and say grace before dinner. Thanks was a kind of conditional thing, laid on to be polite or ‘nice’ or even because it was simply demanded. We may have come to associate gratitude with subservience.
In the east, people were often raised to choose a personal god or deity that they favor for their expressions of gratitude. The greeting Namaste means ‘I bow to the divine in you’. God is everywhere. But even … Continue Reading…
Recently, Tom Stine returned from a weeks silent retreat and wrote about his experience. It reminded me of my own experiences. I’ve been on retreats as short as 2 days and as long as 6 months. (it really took longer to go deep in the ’70’s) I know some people who lived ‘on retreat’ for many years. I’ve wanted to go on more but there is the old saying about dying the cloth.
To dye a cloth the old way, one would dip the cloth in dye, then hang it in the sun to bleach out. Then redip, … Continue Reading…
Under the world of appearances, consciousness flows. The very stuff of our being moves and shifts in a kaleidoscope of possibility as awareness explores the infinite within Itself. That movement we experience as the shifting expression we call the world, as well as our shifting internal landscapes.
To see the flow, we first have to see through the illusion. Wake up to who we are, then come to discover the reality of what is. Then the flow can be literally seen, like a current and waves flowing through the apparently solid but actually alive world.
Sometimes, I used to get … Continue Reading…
Over at the For Now blog, some notes on “the electric model” as seen in the film Thunderbolts of the Gods. They don’t see the Sun, and all other stars, as an atomic furnace burning itself up and separated by great distances of empty space. They see the sun as electric, a giant anode, interconnected with other stars in a mesh of electric fields, with giant dual filaments crossing millions of light years. Black holes are not holes at all but rather confluences of electrical energy. No weirdness to explain it all – just simple and matching the … Continue Reading…
When I was writing some notes about the recent show with Eckhart on Oprah, I realized I had not posted on this important point. How to tell when a desire arises from ego and when it arises from deeper within, from our purpose. We might say the difference between craving and desire.
Eckhart observed that it takes practice to get to know the difference and that the hallmark of egos desire is that fulfillment of the goal does not satisfy. It arises in a kind of nagging need that has no obvious value, like overeating or overspending. This … Continue Reading…