Karma vs Dharma

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There is another way of seeing the dynamics of karma and dharma. To recap, karma is action, energy. It is doing. The devata do and this creates experiences for us, the experiencers. Our experiences are then processed and digested. If we resist or grasp or otherwise get in the way of the smooth flow of action, we create residues of incomplete action. This is often what people call karma. Most people are identified with their sense of personal me. This ego-sense lays claim to doing as mine. It grasps at events to say I am, I did, I think, and … Continue Reading…

Waking it All

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As we’ve been rising out of a dark age, we’re also rising out of a time of constrained spirituality. Spirituality became divorced from the world and separated from the dominant world-view, science. Science came to dismiss the degraded spirituality as myth, while spirituality demonized the world along with success, wealth, and desire. As spirituality is being revived, it’s coming through the filter of masculine dominance. There is a raw focus on Shiva, pure consciousness, the detached observer, and the intellect. While there is great benefit in these values, they’re not complete or balanced. We’ve left out the Divine feminine, the … Continue Reading…

Healing Outside Time

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When you join a webinar with Dorothy Rowe, you work as a collective, structured by the group consciousness of the participants. Your role is to witness the process as best you can. The actual doing is in being, in the process of experience or devata value. Our attention activates dormant or asleep laws in consciousness itself. They’re called forth by attention and intention. They act directly to heal with the skills and intelligence needed. Resources are essentially unlimited if awareness is clear. Putting this another way, the healing capacity is always present but requires our attention and clarity to call … Continue Reading…

Deep Patterns

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In the past, I’ve written about the crud we store in the mind, emotions, and physical body. I’ve spoken about the deeper bliss and intellect bodies as essentially clear. When we release the junk in the coarser bodies that reveals the more subtle ones. This is true but there are dynamics in these deeper bodies that can sustain issues that express in the coarser bodies. The bliss or causal “body” is about space and vibration. It is universal, shared by all. The intellect and fine feelings body is about structure and relationship. This is the field of sacred geometry. The … Continue Reading…

The Balance Point

Wonder is the Beginning of Wisdom

I recently wrote on Balance. Various other points have come up to expand on the topic. In spiritual circles, there can be the tendency to emphasize transcendence and demonize the world. There is an overemphasize on being perfect and pure. But living in the world is not about perfection, it’s about living fullness within and taking that into the fullness of the world. The two come together through balance. On the one polarity we have dissolution. This includes all the processes of purification, normalization, and letting go. On the other, we have growth. This includes openings, insights, and realizations. We’ve … Continue Reading…

Discrimination

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Discrimination is a curious word. It means the act of distinguishing or making fine distinctions; discernment. But we often use it today to mean treatment based on category rather than merit; for example racial discrimination. I view the latter as ego-driven judgment that separates self and other. This is not discernment. Rick Archer wrote an article on ethics & spiritual teachers as an introduction to his panel at the Science and Nonduality conference this fall. He highlights the importance of discrimination on the spiritual path: in our choice of teachers, in what we accept as truth, in how we live … Continue Reading…

Love That Problem

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When a challenge shows up, it can annoy us, disappoint, or trigger fear. It may cause a fight/ flight/ or freeze stress response. This is natural. Just allow this to come up and pass. Don’t try to solve the problem while you’re still reacting. Let things settle out first. If we dwell on our reactions, we’re creating resistance to the circumstance. This does not encourage resolution – of the emotion or the problem. Problem solving means creativity, big picture, and stepping back. I wrote previously about Mark’s approach. It’s always more difficult if we’re constraining ourselves. If we can accept … Continue Reading…

Dorothy Rowe

Golden Dream

In the spring before my BATGAP interview, I watched Dorothy Rowe’s interview. She’s a distance energy healer based in Iowa. A close friend recently gifted me a personal energy healing with her. Waiting for the appointment, I watched some videos which lead into others, then a live webinar, then browsed her knowledge base. I’m impressed at how her offerings have developed and surprised we didn’t connect more a few years ago. She works primarily from pure Being or consciousness. This way, any healing on any level can be supported. As she says in her intro’s, we have control over our … Continue Reading…

Balance

Travails of Sunrise

We can think of light and dark as on a brightness spectrum. And yet curiously they also behave like a loop. Too much purity and we can’t integrate and drift into inertia and shadow. Too much darkness and we fall into the light. Another way we can see this is that the spectrum has infinity at both ends. The smoother path is not at the extremes. Rather than rejecting the darkness, we should seek the balance point. The dancer always risks falling, but it’s the balance that allows the beauty of the dance to unfold. Without dissolution, there is no … Continue Reading…

Getting in Sync

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After we wake up, we gradually wind down old mind patterns and shift into the flow. Smooth actions come naturally and without side effects. However, this also highlights places where we’re still out of sync. Typically, it’s a place where we’re making choices based on mind patterns or emotional reactivity. The second is more obvious and usually easier to heal. Just allow the experience to arise. The emotion surges up in awareness and is completed. The wave washes in and away. But mind patterns are often more subtle. And we can have programs running from even deeper than mind. Some … Continue Reading…

The Value of Routine

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It can be really hard to break bad habits, especially if they have positive rewards. But there are other habits that are very desirable. Automatically being able to talk, walk, and ride a bicycle, for example. We may not remember, but it took a lot of practice to develop those skills. Now they just run as programs. The interesting angle here is the value of routine. If we don’t have good daily habits, we leave our conscious mind in full control of our day-to-day needs. We have to decide to brush our teeth and make breakfast rather than just doing … Continue Reading…

The Depth of Witnessing

Kamal Gad

In previous articles on witnessing, I’ve explored how a sense of detached observer can arise. This may come before awakening, with awakening, or even develop post-awakening as it becomes more established. The degree of sattva v.s. rajas can also influence how distinctive it is and how separate we feel. But we can also look at witnessing from another angle – it’s depth. Witnessing can come on fully with a bang but it also may arise more slowly. It can also come and go until the kundalini stabilizes at makara. If it’s coming on gradually, we may first witness the body. … Continue Reading…