When we settle into deep meditation or find ourselves deep in the forest, we may experience a moment of deep silence. Not just silence outside, but silence within, a quieting of the monkey mind. This is the goal of Yoga.
At first, inner silence may be pretty unclear, like a blank spot when nothing was noticed. Without content, it’s just empty.
As that silence becomes more familiar, we’ll notice it has a sense of presence and of being. It Is. We may find that sometimes, as we settle into silence or come out after, there is a … Continue Reading…
Over the years, I’ve explored my family tree and done DNA testing. It’s fascinating to see how a family evolves and what changes things.
For example, my father was born in New Zealand and spent his early years on a cattle ranch. His father developed a health issue, and they chose to migrate back to western Canada where he had met his Australian wife.
Had they not made that choice, my parents would not have met and this form would not have been created. In fact, there are innumerable choices innumerable people made over the years … Continue Reading…
The unfolding of the ParaBrahman stage could be said to be a progression of embodiment.
I’ve touched a little on the 7-layer structure of Divinity. The trick is – the “structure” of Divinity reflects the form that is being used to know it. Divinity doesn’t have a “structure” but is known through a structure.
And yet, the structure of the form comes from Divinity and is not separate from it.
We can say the body reflects the cosmic which reflects the Divine. Or we could say the body mirrors the “structure” of the … Continue Reading…
There is a curious dynamic in being human. Once we know, we know.
For example, a DNA test. They can reveal some fascinating detail about your makeup and origins. But what about the genetic markers you have for diseases such as Alzheimers? What about unknown relatives appearing that your ancestors may have hidden? There can be surprises. These are things that once you know, you cannot stop knowing. Good to know but it’s not always easy.
With knowledge comes responsibility. Even in simple things like crossing the street. Children may dart out into traffic. But … Continue Reading…
We are currently in an upward cycle of time, so evolution is naturally moving things along. But we often get distracted from dharma by the vagaries of karma, ego, and so forth.
What really keeps things moving is the divine. From the perspective of being in the world, we might call this intervention. Sometimes these flows are obvious, like when the divine takes form as an avatar (such as Rama or Krishna) or creates flashy events.
But much more often, interventions are small and subtle. For example, experiences often show up in our lives to help process … Continue Reading…
It’s very curious to consider how the absolute could be found right on the surface in form. Form is relative, changeable. As it is expressed progressively, the surface is seen to be quite a distance from silent being. In fact we typically experience deep silence within but not in the world.
I talked about avatars previously but it’s worth going into this further.
During the Kumbha Mela celebration of 1966, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spoke to the subject of avatars. Here are some excerpts:
“Incarnations [Avatars] are the same water, material, of the Absolute, appearing as a … Continue Reading…
To embody Divinity post-Brahman, there may seem to be two distinct processes.
This is akin to the 2 processes of development in consciousness – Atman and Sattva.
One aspect is becoming where we recognize we gain a deeper relationship with consciousness. This is the Atman part of the equation.
The other is Sattva, the refinement and polish that leads to deeper knowing and experience and embodiment. Together, they are the primary purpose of spiritual techniques.
But as is the way of all creation, this turns out to reflect deeper causal drivers. As above, so below.
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When we come to the divine for the first time, it’s often through form. This can be a very profound experience. It may trigger major heart opening, insight, devotion, and/or deep humility. Yet it may also bring confusion, circumspection, or reconsideration. If we’ve developed an atheist philosophy, for example, that can certainly be disrupted. But even if we’re a person of faith, the divine won’t necessarily show up as expected.
Often people experience representatives of the divine first; what are commonly called angels or devas. (not to be confused with astral beings) But we may also experience the … Continue Reading…
While settling into a deep samadhi or transcendence with a silent mind and very still breath could be called “beyond experience”, the dynamics of consciousness are still very much at play.
Much more deeply, when we transcend the dynamics of consciousness into Brahman, we can move into a placeless place beyond experience, yet still simultaneously use the dynamics of consciousness to experience the world.
Brahman is known only by Brahman. It contains the seeds of consciousness – alertness and liveliness – and can be said to be conscious, but it doesn’t use the dynamics of consciousness to … Continue Reading…
Adyashanti and Susanne Marie in conversation with Rick Archer. I’ve been looking forward to this conversation for some months.
Join Susanne Marie and Adyashanti in an exploration with Rick Archer about an often misunderstood subject. Beyond the traditional landing places that mind creates (commonly discussed in non-dual circles), lies an indescribable landscape of living as pure, direct experiencing. Prior to this opening, the habitual subjective filter creates a veil of separation of which one is not even aware. This is true even within expanded, unified states of consciousness. Once … Continue Reading…
Here and there, I’ve mentioned more to the picture than stages of development in consciousness. That enlightenment is not a goal but the platform for living and further growth.
When we understand the basics, we come to see the same pattern repeating itself in the layers of creation. For example, there is a one into three into 7 process of becoming. We have 7 primary chakras and there are 7 primary layers to creation, for example.
While it depends a little on how you count the colours in a rainbow, the principle holds.
We also … Continue Reading…
I thought it would be interesting to take the qualities mentioned in the song Cosmic Consciousness and relate them to the process.
– shining within
– awake during sleep
– witness the mind from “behind”
– beyond pain
– pleasure arises within
– unshaken by change
– silent being
– life like a song or play
– beyond the sky
– beginning to see the hand of divinity
Key to understand this list – it is subjective descriptions of being consciousness … Continue Reading…