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…
The “Truth about Reality” is way beyond the mind so cannot be found though reading or hearing. All we gain through the senses is information from which we build concepts about the world. This is neither truth nor reality. At best, we have a working hypothesis.
Philosophy and spiritual teachings can offer pointers and maps, like a route to deeper truth. But they are not truth in themselves.
Reality can only be known directly, by being.
We can describe experiences of reality, but it’s always through the lens of this physiology. How much of it we embody. But what we … Continue Reading…
There’s a curious balance on the spiritual path between being human and being divine, between self-effort and flow.
If we do not act, we see no results, no fruit. But if we act with expectation, life is bound to disappoint. Life flows in the whole, not the me.
After awakening, there is often a period of winding down the old. We unwind remaining attachments related to expectations and grasping for results. Slowly, we learn to allow and let life be as it is in the various parts of our life. We let go of the ego’s need for control. We step … Continue Reading…
Experiencing Divinity is a profoundly moving and life-changing experience. But there are quite a few layers to it. Our degree of development determines our capacity to experience the Divine.
(and of course there are other variations in how this may unfold)
It does Not require spiritual awakening to have an experience of the divine. People have been having such, in all kinds of ways, throughout the ages. However, these are normally brief perceptual experiences. They are often indirect tastes of some aspect and then they fade.
The shift of makara can be described as … Continue Reading…
Describing post-consciousness stages is profoundly abstract. Even this article has been waiting over a month for it to “gel”. There is the hazard of people making odd concepts from this material. But some do find the pointing very valuable. When it’s the experience, pointing to other aspects brings out nuances that might otherwise not have been discovered.
With the Brahman shift, we move out of stages in consciousness and into an arena of great profundity the mind cannot fully grasp. We don’t know Brahman as an individual or Self (Atman). Brahman is known by itself. It combines opposites in one totality, resolving … Continue Reading…
This showed up in my in-box and I thought it useful to explore.
Arjuna asked Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (Ch.13 opening), “What is knowledge?” And Krishna replied, “Knowledge is to know the field and the knower of the field.”*
Knower of the field is the Self, pure consciousness. We become the knower in Self Realization. However, at that point, we often see the world – the body and environment – as separate. We do not yet know the field.
Living in this stage, we see the body acting and the world unfolding without our volition. We are the observer. … Continue Reading…