Next Life

Next Life by Woody Allen “In my next life I want to live my life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old people’s home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, and then when you start work, you get a gold watch and a party on your first day. You work for 40 years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You party, drink alcohol, and are generally promiscuous, then you are ready for high school. You then … Continue Reading…

A new lay spirituality

A friend forwarded this to me from the Conversations with God folks. Dalai Lama on a New Spirituality: “I believe deeply that we must find, all of us together, a new spirituality. This new concept ought to be elaborated alongside the religions in such a way that all people of good will could adhere to it. We need a new concept, a lay spirituality. We ought to promote this concept with the help of scientists. It could lead us to set up what we are all looking for — a secular morality.” Dalai Lama Spiritual Leader of Tibetan Buddhism Quoted … Continue Reading…

The evolving I

Tom has a great quote by Ramana Maharishi back on his blog. He talked about the difference between the false ‘I’ thought [idea] and the deeper true ‘I’ of absolute being. At first we seem to be the false ‘I’. Then we wake up from that illusion. The ego, which has been pretending to be I, is shown for what it is. We find ourselves nyeti or neti – not this. Gradually, what we are opens and moves forward. We drown in the ocean of love, then all of our world is lost in infinity. At last, we wake up … Continue Reading…

What Awakes

In a discussion back at Tom’s blog, a fellow with bi-polar was asking about illness relative to spiritual progress. This turns out to be a perfect example of the difference between experience and being. If you are struggling with an issue that will affect the clarity of your awareness, this will affect your ability to be clear on the very subtle, your experience. There might be a condition requiring medication, ongoing physical pain, swirling emotional drama, whatever may confront one in life. But this is not a hindrance to awakening. Awakening is beyond all that. Mental fogginess, fatigue, and other … Continue Reading…

Growing the Group

In the recent post on Groups, I observed the key role of groups in the world. The group trumps the individual. Even without that awareness, we have laws to uphold a standard for example. To uphold the group. As Spock so famously said “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” (laughs) So how does one grow the group? How does one grow the forest? You can treat the forest as a whole with things like big meditative groups. But within that you have to take care of the individual. One of the clearest ways we can … Continue Reading…

Group Think or Group Be

Recent discussions here illuminate something to consider, the role of the group. During the process of awakening, we lose the sense of ego, the pain body, then the whole sense of identity. The whole idea of person ceases to be. Prior to full awakening, we still have a sense of identity so still think of ourselves as individuals. In doing so we lose sight of the group, of our role in our “area cluster”. Rupert Sheldrake is a British scientist exploring human potential, including systematic study of psychic abilities. He has proposed the concept of “Morphic fields”, basically energy fields … Continue Reading…

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…