Lorne and Lucia Retreats

I was recently on another Lorne and Lucia retreat. As usual, the presence of the gathered group was very powerful and helped trigger another opening.

It’s evolved a great deal since I first started going on the retreats about 7 years ago. Many of those who woke back in the day are now very established or have moved into higher stages. This creates a very powerful group, even just sitting around the table at meals. The intensity of presence created by just coming together is remarkable.

I’ve been to retreats where 1,500, 2,000, even 8,000 … Continue Reading…

The Experience

As readers of this blog know, I rarely talk about my own experience because it has little meaning without context. However, I write from experience unless I indicate otherwise. Today the experience came up in another forum, so I thought it only fair to share that here too.

What is the bare experience? Nothing. Beyond consciousness, what can be experienced?

By this I don’t mean it’s all an illusion as that is something that appears to be happening. Nothing has ever happened nor ever did or will. This is only cosmic “memory”, going back over its musings. It neither exists … Continue Reading…

Refined Brahman

Writing about Brahman in an intelligible way is a little fraught. It’s so beyond most peoples frame of reference that words can be entirely misleading. How do you describe something that is nothing, that is beyond consciousness, beyond existence, and is without qualities or form?

And yet for someone in Brahman stage of development, that’s all there (is). To say it is nothing is to completely misrepresent it. To say it is something even more so. To confuse it with the emptiness of early Self Realization is a complete error. This is much deeper … Continue Reading…

Seeing the One through the Many

In a December conference call, Lorne made a few comments I quite enjoyed.

On Self Realization
It’s something that sees itself when we stop looking.

On Unity
Through the appearance of many, the one can become more clear…
ie: multiplicity is not a barrier to oneness – it is the means by which oneness knows itself more fully. Consider the mahavakyas, for example.

[the world] “becomes more pronounced because it’s all consciousness.

This weekend, I will be enjoying another retreat with Lorne and Lucia, on a Kiwi farm on … Continue Reading…

Mantra and the World

As readers of this blog know, I recommend an effortless mantra meditation rather than one using concentration or similar. This is because a mantra is a sound with known effects. If we try to use the mind to manipulate it, we’ll stay in the mind. If we try to use the mind to control the mind, we’ll struggle. But if we let the mantra go where it will, it will naturally settle into deeper layers of the mind. This causes the body to become more restful than deep sleep. It then takes the opportunity to purify which … Continue Reading…

A Second Childhood

The experience varies but for some, awakening can be like a second childhood. Like we’re going back to school and relearning about what life is. Also because it’s a process of progressively deeper surrender. A return to innocent allowing.

As Lorne Hoff puts it, “The secret to Awakening is readiness, openness, simplicity, innocence and clear simple guidance from within, from nature, or from a fully enlightened being.

Jesus is said to have said: “I tell you the truth. You must change and become like little children. If you don’t do this, you will never enter the … Continue Reading…

Brahman Unfolds

Recently, I was on another retreat with Lorne and Lucia. It was a profound exploration, brought about by a young woman who had recently had a clear shift into Brahman. This only a few months after her initial awakening and Unity. Such a thing was at one time astonishingly rare.

Unlike her shift, the Brahman Consciousness (BC) shift can be a two-stage affair not unlike the initial awakening.  First, transcending Atman into a kind of dry phase where we can be more conscious of those aspects of Unity that we’ve lost … Continue Reading…

New Lorne & Lucia Clips

Lorne and Lucia have posted some new, short videos on Youtube.

Give Up, Mind
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBrod19O35E

Let Being Speak
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48GXOnnxL0g

Unbounded Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkXYWZqbyHs

Devotion (Lucia) – the source vs form
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upHW5NgUCEc

If you value such talks, they have a large selection of audio recordings from prior satsangs plus a few videos available via their web site.

To view further videos, see their Youtube channel here. There’s about a dozen others I’ve not displayed here.

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God Realization Plus

I’ve spoken here occasionally about God Realization. I wanted to add some further notes on the subject.

Firstly, it’s good to know that evolution happens both ways – from the outside in and from the inside out. We have a spiritual practice to awaken and Self has a process to wake through us. Put in this context, we go to meet God and God comes out to meet us.

Also, before God Realization, we have to know who we are. Self Realization has to come first. Self awakens to the Self through you. Then God Realization can … Continue Reading…

Deep Retreat

Apologies for the lag in posts. I spent a week on retreat and it’s taking a little time to get caught up.

The retreat with LornLucia (a name symbolic of their unity) was quite distinct from earlier ones. For one, they’ve moved from the prairies to the coast. The retreat was located on an island not far from my home. An area named one of the most pure in the world.

They also offered a part-time extension for the full week. While there was a surface crust of resistance there we began to dissolve, the clarity beneath that was remarkable. … Continue Reading…

Beyond I Am

Another great question, this on the basics of our existence.

“My spiritual journey is driven by one main question I had from the very beginning: How and why did I and this world come to existence? After reading so many books, ok, I can accept that the world is an illusion, so I can take it out of the question. But how about “I”? My admired spiritual teachers all say:

The only thing I know for certain is I AM and I don’t know anything else.

Is this I AM knowledge so strong that it dispels the urge to ask … Continue Reading…

LLL Retreat 5

I’m back. But not really. As is not uncommon, the person who arrived back was not the same person who left. There was a deep enough perspective shift that reality has once again changed. (laughs) And is in the process of going further.

As Lorne suggested, there are states of consciousness. And then within each state are levels of awareness, a progression of clarity and alertness. For example, in waking state, we can have days where we feel lonely and separate. Days where we feel foggy and dull. And days where we feel alive and full. After a … Continue Reading…