Spiritual Friends

Kalyaana Mittataa is a Buddhist term for “spiritual friendship”. It can include student-teacher dyads and peer groups, what one might call one’s spiritual community. This would be a community focused on spiritual development rather than simple social gatherings. But it would also depend on how we come to it. We can come to even a dysfunctional family gathering and use it as a self-reflective experience. Or we can come to a spiritual gathering and gossip about someone out of earshot. From the Buddhist perspective, the key is in developing the noble virtues. Are we exposing ourselves to “good advice, rational … Continue Reading…

The Layers

Recently, friends have been corresponding about “the mystery”. Can reality be known or is it destined to remain something of a mystery, greater than self-knowledge? My position is that we can know it when we are it. As we unfold who we are, we can unfold all the knowledge that comes with that. Taking a Unity perspective, all form arises in the self-referral dynamics of consciousness. If an experience is taking place, even of an emptiness, it is taking place in consciousness. By this I don’t mean because we’re conscious we can have an experience of an “outside” world. I … Continue Reading…

Getting to Purpose

Over on Lori Ann Lothian’s blog Awakened Dreamer, she posted an article on Purpose, Discover the Thing You Were Born For in 5 Easy Steps. I enjoyed the article and ended up writing a long comment I decided to share here. I’ve added some links to articles I’ve written on the subject, with more at the bottom. It is a fascinating explore… I’ve found that we are never not living to purpose. It’s actually not possible to be otherwise. It’s built in to our existence. However, if we’re not conscious of it, we can tend to resist and thrash and … Continue Reading…

Wait For It…

There are many out there promoting goal setting and manifesting your desires. And there is good value in some of that content. But the part you have to be careful of is trying to control the way the results show up. The Bhagavad Gita famously says “You have control over Action alone, never over it’s fruits.” Letting go of control can be very difficult for the ego. But eventually, the ego itself lets go. Then the habits of control fall away over time. Learning to trust nature, that you’ll be fine, can take time. And support may well show up … Continue Reading…

Goal Setting

On her Awakened Dreamer blog, Lori Ann Lothian recently posted an article about goal-setting called The 4 Types of Goal-Setters Pre and Post Awakening: Which One Are You? “Recently someone posted on an enlightenment FB group, the question, “Do you have goals?” If this were any place else, the query would have seemed strange and the answer would be “Of course I have goals.” What happened next were dozens of comments along the lines of “No goals here. No one here to set goals.”  That is like asking, do you breathe? And people say, “No breathing here, no one to … Continue Reading…

InterSpecies Communication

When we communicate with animals and plants, it’s not about about the physical. It’s not the body language and it’s not the words. Other species don’t use English or Spanish and body language can have different meanings, even in different human cultures. For example, a smile may be seen as a threat, a baring of teeth. What matters is how they’re used to communicating now. Energy. What we’re broadcasting. Our feelings and intentions. This is pre-verbal. It’s thus important to settle – partly so we’re quiet enough to hear those signals under the chatter of our mind and partly so … Continue Reading…

Resolving Problems

I’ve written before on very practical ways of solving problems. I’d like to take a more energetic look at the subject because sometimes the problems are showing up due to how we’re being internally. For many of us, we deal with some kinds of problems in one of a few ways. – we attack it – we withdraw or leave – we ignore it and hope it goes away This is built right into our physiology’s adaptive mechanics – fight, flight or freeze. But does a stress response ever resolve anything? And what is the toll on our quality of life … Continue Reading…

Memories Are Made Of

“When you remember a past event, you are actually remembering the last time you remembered it, not the actual event. ” (unknown) As various experiments have shown, our memories tend to evolve over time. The brain is fluid, being changed by every experience. Each time a memory arises, it may be adapted to our more recent experiences, slightly reinterpreted. Over time, we create a body of interpretation rather than an actual history. Some have suggested that memories are stored “in the field” and it’s the synaptic wiring that gives us access to them. The brain is the receiver, as it … Continue Reading…

Correction vs Evolution

The experience of living life after a well-established awakening is quite distinct. Not everyone speaks of this or even notices the change if it came gradually. Only in retrospect or in seeing someone else struggle is the distinction more obvious. One key is in our relationship with nature. We are all supported by nature no matter how roughly we may feel treated or how much we feel unsupported. What changes is the way nature is supporting us. When we’re ego-identified, our life revolves around the fulfillment of wants. We spend our life chasing things – love, money, better job, possessions, … Continue Reading…

Action Required

Reading further in Conversations with Maharishi, Volume 2, a key point is raised. Maharishi notes that vigorous activity strengthens silence. He observes that when we use multiple senses simultaneously, it requires a centre of silence. This is very evolutionary. But activity also adds stress which reduces clarity. Thus, we end up moving at an “ant’s” speed. But it still means that simply living life well is very evolutionary and will eventually lead to spiritual awakening. If we add effortless meditation to the equation, then we reduce stress and increase the connection to silence. This considerably speeds up the process. But … Continue Reading…

True Purpose

I’ve written here a number of times about purpose. Everything from the Vedic idea of dharma (that which sustains) to living life purposefully. In a recent article on Rose Rosetree’s blog, she brought up an issue with purpose that’s become common in New Age circles. Essentially, this is an endless search for an abstract perfect purpose. Why I am truly here. This is an expression of spiritual addiction, living life searching for an ideal but never bringing it into the world. Living in the upper chakras without grounding. The purpose is held in too abstract a way to really grasp … Continue Reading…