The Practice

The discussion in Spirit continues on Tom’s blog. Tom comes back to the question of practice. What role does a practice really have in our path if its really Self waking to Itself? What is spirituality if its just an idea? Tom is beautifully expressing where he is on the path. When you take the inclusive view of Oneness, you see that it is both – there is Self coming to know Itself, we simply need to get out of the way. There is nothing we need to ‘do’. But there is also the individual seeking to discover itSelf. This … Continue Reading…

Egos and Cults

A few days ago, I posted an article about recently published research in the American Journal of Hypertension that demonstrated meditation as a useful tool in lowering blood pressure. Frankly, I’m surprised there is still any question on the subject. To a meditator, this is like asking if food will help you feel full. This was established 30 years ago but doesn’t fit the model nor comfort zone of what the medical establishment knows how to work with. But I digress. The article mentions transcendental meditation as the technique studied. TM is quite commonly studied as its practitioners are widely … Continue Reading…

Spirit

Here is the flow. Tom Stine asked What is Spirituality, Really?. Takuin Minamoto then asked the same question from another angle. 2 sides to the same coin. In one case, it is concluded that Spirituality is just a word, nothing real. In another, if you are breathing, then you are spiritual. Taukin finds the word spirit itself means breath. Breath is spirit. And here’s where we can take the next step… Why does spirit refer to breath? Because spirit can only be experienced when it moves. And the most intimate way it moves is in animating us to life. We … Continue Reading…

Eckhart on Oprah continues

This week was part 7 in the 10 part free web classes with Eckhart Tolle and Oprah. They’re really getting into the core of it now, with this weeks chat on Who you really are. The who, underneath the contents of life. Its also interesting to see how they are pulling no punches, being right up front with peoples illusions. Oprah herself unintentionally illustrated the difference between allowing (“I got it!”) and resistance, with her discomfort at people saying things about her that were untrue. Of course, this is the “her” of the ego and of taking things personally. You … Continue Reading…

Cooling It

Press on a new hyertension meta-study: Ponder This: Meditation Can Lower High Blood Pressure David O’Hara (David O’Hara is a writer and researcher in the field of natural health. He is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz and has traveled extensively. He lives with his wife in the south of Spain.) According to a recent report in the American Journal of Hypertension, meditation really can lower your blood pressure. Of course, its practitioners have known this for years but now their claims have some high-level reinforcement.Many earlier studies also lent support to meditation for blood pressure reduction … Continue Reading…

Intention and reality

Just heard a short introductory teleseminar by Lynne McTaggart on Intention. Quite interesting. There is a short excerpt on the subject here http://www.theintentionworkshops.com Evidently, they recorded it so it may be available for listening later. They also plan to do further ones each week. Next Sunday, they have another on why don’t your intentions work. They are publicizing a 14 hour intensive she’s doing this year in various spots. Aug 8 in Portland, for example. If you listen to the seminar, they offer a big discount for a short time afterwards. Quite interesting points, like we’re all in relationship, there … Continue Reading…

Stages of waking

From a recent discussion on an Adyashanti retreat in comments, here. I would say people often slowly approach waking, not really sure if they are or not, then there is the switch. The change from experiencing the Self to being the Self. Some say its a bang or pop, but that implies some experience. Its not so much an experience as a being. A shift in who and where you “are”. Many people have doubts after the switch as the change can be subtle to some. How long that goes on depends on their clarity and ego grip. As you … Continue Reading…

Flower of Life

If you have read or heard Buckminster Fuller speak of great circles, or heard Nassim Haramein speak of the geometry of hyperspace, you will love this graphic: http://www.energygrid.com/destiny/floweroflife.html NOTE: After a comment about great circles, I looked a little closer and realized this is neither sacred not great circles. Its a 2D mesh of circles, enclosed in a circle. Nice design but it does not express the underlying core intentional structure of experience. Nor the ‘e8’ image you may have seen. They are a nice 2D design rather than defining 3D space. That is the core of Bucky’s “all space … Continue Reading…

Finding a Teacher Pt 3

After speaking about a Teacher, then responding to comments about finding a teacher, I ran into some interesting pages today. Now, certainly, I’ve seen some of those guru-busting sites but they typically have a broad brush that knocks them all down. This site has a more ‘inside’ view. Here is a page on pointers to observe, with a link to some resulting evaluations of teachers. I generally agree but have a caveat I’ll speak of shortly. http://www.energygrid.com/spirit/guide/index.html They also offer some false flags. Keep in mind no person is perfect. Its only a weighting exercise for quality. You yourself must … Continue Reading…

Mental States

In a recent post on Perspectives, I outlined another view of the states of consciousness or awareness we typically occupy at one stage or another. Steve Pavlina outlines Hawkins levels of consciousness from their emotional signatures. These emotional states can easily be placed on the Perspectives continuum. Another way to consider these is from Mental states. Last night, I had a dream where I tried to help someone (they needed a Zed (laughs)) but when I was done, they were not to be found, then I lost the Zed. Goal and expectation dashed, I played the disappointment tape and jumped … Continue Reading…

Truth and Isness

Comments from another discussion: I would agree that the highest truth is who you are. Its hard to say thats the only truth. I tend to see truth as relative to the awareness of the perceiver. Because really truth is structured in the mind. As the perceivers perspective or awareness grows, they become increasingly aware of this highest truth until you “become” who you already are. When you open to that fully, then I would say its no longer a “truth”, it simple is. It is beyond mind, so beyond any ideas of truth or not truth. The very statement … Continue Reading…