Many religious and spiritual traditions describe God with a specific gender. For example, although there are those who worship Mother Mary, Christianity is dominated by a Father God. A lot of modern Hinduism is also directed at male deities like Shiva or forms of Vishnu.
Some modern faiths speak in terms of a Father-Mother God, likening it to a personal choice or a genderless or androgynous divinity.
What this is leaving out is direct experience. When the means to direct experience is lost, traditions devolve into systems of belief. This has happened repeatedly throughout the ages.
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Some old texts speak of rituals that “milk” the soma or they describe “flow soma through the filter” to create the nectar of the gods.
Much of this is gestures that symbolize the real process that takes place right in our body.
Samadhi happens, at first usually in meditation, when we go beyond the mind into pure consciousness. We settle into our true nature. This is often brief and foggy for a while. But at some point, we’ll have clear experiences of the process. We may also notice a wave of happiness when we cross in or out of … Continue Reading…
From a Brahman perspective, the world was never created in the first place. And yet here it is, appearing to the senses. As we shift into ParaBrahman and notice the Divine Shaktis, we can gain the sense of creation as a tapestry of consciousness. It’s created as a kind of after-image of the threads (shaktis) of Divinity. Consciousness tries to mimic Divinity. From that perspective alone, it seems a little pointless. Divinity is fully self-aware and profoundly networked. Why would consciousness try to make an appearance out of that?
Here we can explore the nature of Shiva. Shiva … Continue Reading…
In Self Realization (Cosmic Consciousness), the unbounded consciousness or Self within wakes up to itself through this apparent body-mind. The subject or observer value of consciousness awakens to itself here. The point wakes up to its wholeness.
With the Unity shift, the Self within recognizes itself in the world. The subject wakes up to itself in the objects of experience. I am that, and that, and that.
This develops in stages as we live life and experience everything as mySelf. Gradually, it deepens through the layers of experience, including memory and aspects of creation beyond experience. In other … Continue Reading…
Once we move past our “own” junk post-awakening, it becomes apparent that there is still lots of collective junk to clean up. As this cleaning or healing will improve quality of life for most everyone, it’s worthwhile.
However, I’ve observed that what one person cleans up can differ from someone else. We don’t clean up everything. Instead, we process and resolve those things we have an affinity for.
Say we’ve experienced and healed trauma associated with rejection. Even though healed, we now have an affinity or familiarity with that style of energy. Once we’re well awake, we can … Continue Reading…
Dharma is that which sustains. This gives us a stable platform for life and growth. Life itself is about balance for similar reasons.
When something goes out of balance, the system will seek to restore it. If what is off doesn’t respond, then other things compensate. For example, if we have an injured foot, we’ll lean more on the other one. This will sometimes overtax the healthy side.
We also talk about compensatory behavior. We may have habitual psychological responses to some kinds of events. For example, a partner needing downtime may trigger our fear of abandonment. That … Continue Reading…
Another little milestone. I’m now officially a Canadian publisher under the imprint Davidya Publishing. The point of this is to manage the titles in the international database of published works, get into libraries, get distributed, and so forth.
I’ll be updating bits and pieces on the web site.
Long time readers of this blog know I’m a fan of the music of Denise Hagan. The lyrics speak to the experience and her voice has a deep potency. Last night, I was listening to her music and thought I’d share some of the lyrics to Lady Lavender.
May truth be beside you,
May truth be before you,
May truth be behind you,
as queen of your heart.
May truth be the vision,
in eyes that see,
in ears that hear,
May truth never part…
Further verses explore light and peace.
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Just a short update on the book on higher stages project. The project itself has been going on for several years and is a subsection of a larger work written 10 years ago. It’s been cooking a long time. This has been a slow process as it’s partly been driven by what is unfolding here and in those I know. It’s driven by the lived experience rather than just concepts.
The book has completed the main editing stage and has now moved into formatting. For me, that means tackling InDesign, something I’ve not used since PageMaker days. But … Continue Reading…
When we settle into deep meditation or find ourselves deep in the forest, we may experience a moment of deep silence. Not just silence outside, but silence within, a quieting of the monkey mind. This is the goal of Yoga.
At first, inner silence may be pretty unclear, like a blank spot when nothing was noticed. Without content, it’s just empty.
As that silence becomes more familiar, we’ll notice it has a sense of presence and of being. It Is. We may find that sometimes, as we settle into silence or come out after, there is a … Continue Reading…
There’s a take on purification I realized I’d not covered. Unlike some psychological approaches, we don’t have to dig up every trauma and challenge we’ve ever faced to clear it’s impact. That would make it essentially endless.
The vast majority of our contractions can be handled by samadhi. By stepping deep into pure being, we get a rest deeper than sleep and gradually ground ourselves in presence. With the increased rest and peace, our layers can shed baggage as a matter of course.
We’ll also probably have more robust contractions that have been deeply reinforced or … Continue Reading…
It may seem ridiculous to say this but everything we experience and the movement and energy behind them can be experienced as bliss. By that I mean deep, resonant happiness. Life is like an ice cream store with a nearly infinite choice of flavours. There is nowhere to go to get there. It is right here in who is experiencing.
If you’ve seen Gangaji give satsang, for example, she will guide a person suffering under their experience. Behind everything is always stillness or bliss. It’s deeply nourishing to know this directly, however we come to that experience. … Continue Reading…