Choice and Surrender

There is a curious dance in the progression of life between choice and letting go. A key feature of early childhood is separation from mother and establishing a sense of personal self. As we approach spiritual awakening, we learn a new process of surrender, of letting go of those old habits of personal self. This allows the deeper cosmic Self to emerge from behind our constructs. With awakening, the process of surrender deepens into more subtle layers of being. But it also deepens right on the surface. We discover the ego has been laying claim to our thoughts and actions … Continue Reading…

Different Divinities

When someone uses the term Divine or God, it’s important to look for context to see what they’re talking about. This is because Divinity is different in different stages of development. Put another way, there is one Divinity but many, many ways of experiencing. For the average person, the terms come down to concepts and belief. Do you categorize yourself as a Theist, Agnostic or Atheist? These are about belief. What of direct experience? Many people have had glimpses or experiences of something greater. Often, this is seen through the filter of their beliefs or it may cause them to … Continue Reading…

Going Off-line for a Spring Cleanse

From an Ayurvedic perspective, issues that have been building in the physiology come to a head at the change of seasons. Each season has its dominant dosha so when they change in the world, it can amplify imbalances within. As a result, Ayurveda recommends a cleanse in the spring and fall to re-balance the physiology and maintain health. This year, I’m doing the full deal including panchakarma (meaning 5 actions or treatments). As a result, for the first week of April I’ll be off-line and not responding to messages or comments. I’ll catch up after I get back. Meantime, I … Continue Reading…

Invocation

In ancient Indian tradition, a ceremony is performed prior to instruction. This is known as a guru puja. The ceremony recognizes the tradition from which the teaching comes. Such a puja typically has three parts: the lineage, offerings you would make to a guest in your home, and a celebration of the wisdom. It also serves to raise the consciousness of the teacher prior to instruction. At the beginning of the guru puja is an invocation: Apavitrah Pavitro va Sarva Vasthan Gatopi va Yah Smaret Pundari-kaksham Sa Bahya-Bhyantarah Shuchih “Whether pure or impure, whether all places are permeated by purity … Continue Reading…

Dosha Changes

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of medicine. It focuses on maintaining balance of the body-mind as a whole to avoid health issues. It’s often better at handling systemic and chronic conditions than western allopathic medicine is. I’ve spoken before about how we’re born with a certain balance of laws of nature. We all have roughly the same principles but are each a unique combination of emphasis. One may do well at sports and be a natural public speaker who struggles with other languages. Another speaks multiple languages fluently but is uncomfortable with public speaking and only enjoys soccer. Both … Continue Reading…

Purest Divinity

First, lets explore what I mean by pure Divinity here. This is beyond form, beyond vibration, beyond silent being, beyond consciousness, and beyond Brahman. It is Divinity in its purity, unconstrained and uncreated. We can consider our experience of consciousness for comparison. We can explore the layers and dynamics of consciousness and consciousness aware of itself globally and at every point. But pure consciousness is just that: consciousness, quietly alert in its own nature. Pure Divinity is similar but deeper – beyond all forms and phenomena yet bathing everything in its presence. How we come to know it is by … Continue Reading…

Update on Security

Once upon a time on the Internet, you only needed to secure your website if you were selling there. Yet browsing any unsecured website, especially on public WiFi, can easily be snooped. To make your activity more secure, web browsers are increasing their warnings about ANY site that doesn’t have a security certificate. The little “i” beside the web address is soon to go red and add warnings. As a result, I’ve jumped through the hoops to add a security certificate to this site. “https” is now supported and you should see a green lock or similar beside the web … Continue Reading…

Reading Articles

I usually publish articles in the sequence in which they arise. They sometimes tie into each other. And I tend to publish articles in batches. It makes more marketing sense to post one or two at a time and spread them out but that’s not what usually happens. (laughs) Both the blog and the newsletter post the latest article to the top so you can find yourself reading the articles backwards, newest to oldest. You may find it flows better if you start with the oldest. At the bottom of each article, you’ll find a link to the right for … Continue Reading…

The Third Element

As the process of Divinity has unfolded, it’s become clear there is a third element in play. Alertness and Liveliness have been discussed as the core elements of Divinity that give rise to consciousness and thus all experience and form. But just as the dynamics of consciousness unfold the process of experience itself, so too does Divinity reveal a third element. The best word I could come up with is intelligence. In consciousness, this is the devata value, that which structures form and phenomena, and the sense of unfolding experience we call time. In the second stage of Divinity it … Continue Reading…

The Bliss of Sleep

When we settle into bed, we all enjoy at least 2 states of consciousness: sleeping and dreaming. If we have a history of samadhi (yoga) in meditation, that creeps into our sleep time too, with various periods of transcendence (turiya) in sleep. This is especially true after the witness is established and there is a value of awakeness 24/7. Part of our night is spent in the mind and emotional bodies, processing the day’s and life’s experiences. This shows up as dreams, in many combinations. In deep sleep, we settle into the bliss body and are deeply soothed. However, this … Continue Reading…

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

When we’re young, we try to make sense of the world and those around us. As we shift into our teen years, our sense of self and the world shifts markedly. For some, this shift happens quite quickly. For others, more slowly. As we become adults, our worldview is transformed yet again. This is much the same with post-personal shifts. The change in stages can be sudden or slow. But at some point, we realize the change in our sense of self and world-view. Life shows us how markedly we’ve changed and in ways we couldn’t previously have understood. Enlightenment … Continue Reading…

Acceptance is Without Blame

There is a common idea in spiritual circles that enlightenment is “the solution” and it will make all our problems go away. This isn’t necessarily even taught or conscious. It is the mind’s tendency to interpret this way. For example, when I say “life is bliss” or “awakening is becoming infinite peace,” we can naturally assume this will wash away our old life. However, our stage of development is a stage in our humanity, not a step out of it. The person ceases to be the center of our being, but we remain in the field of karma and humanity. … Continue Reading…