I’ve talked previously about the ParaBrahman stage and how pure Divinity can only be known by itself. It is beyond the dynamics of consciousness so cannot be experienced in the old sense of it. But as we live it, it can very much be known.
In the first stage, we could say Divinity moves into the physiology to support this unfolding. This happens as a rising up through the body, somewhat akin to the rise of kundalini to support awakening. Only in this case it is more total. Like being filled up with flowing white light but more … 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.
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Brahman itself is totality, not diversity. The field of diversity is also Brahman but in the sense that diversity is just an appearance of totality.
The title of this article is a reference to the Brahman stage. Over time, it’s become clear how different the shift is for various people.
Each person experiences the stages in their own way. But by the time you get to late Unity, the variations in how the process has unfolded, the dominant laws, and dharma make an increasing difference in the subjective features and emphasis of the experience.
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When I previously wrote an article on the Mahavakya (great sayings), I used an old understanding, informed by a 70’s talk by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (before he was differentiating the Brahman stage) and common English translations. It’s time for an update.
The common translations are “I am That, Thou art That, All this is That, and That alone is.” These are lovely and sound both like realizations of Unity Consciousness and of the stages to it – if we take That to be equivalent to Atman. Or as Brahman where Atman = Brahman.
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It is highly paradoxical to describe anything in Brahman stage. How do you describe a nothing that is simultaneously everything? That nothing is created but it’s all lived?
From a Brahman perspective, the world is uncreated. Rather than a play of sensory data, Brahman can only be known by and as itself.
But the divine post-Brahman stage – that’s another step more so. Beyond consciousness, it takes the divine to know the divine. Even Brahman cannot know pure divinity. The divine is known without a knower as it is pure all-knowing. It is completely self-contained.
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When we first begin the spiritual journey, the key is the culturing of pure consciousness within, our true Self beneath the story and drama of a me.
I recommend an effortless meditation as this brings us most easily to that experience of pure consciousness, also known as samadhi, transcendence, turiya, restful alertness, and so forth.
As that experience is cultured within, we release the barriers to living who we are and culture the ground for spiritual awakening. At some point, a person or event serves as a catalyst for the shift and we become the consciousness we’ve always been.
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One of the challenges of progress on a spiritual path is the falling away of what has unfolded. In other words, our apparent gains can be lost again. Several times.
Yet surrender remains a key part of the process. We have to be willing to release the old so the new can arise. Then what is of value in the old can be restored in the new context. This means nothing is ever really lost but does have to be released periodically. Having vs Holding.
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While awakening is about liberation, it is liberation FROM the person. It is loosing our identification with being an individual ‘me’ that things happen to.
Both before the shift and for awhile afterwards, there can be a fair bit of unpacking of old baggage: old resistance and incomplete experiences.
There is also a forward progression into higher stages in consciousness.
Part of that forward movement is what can be described as a descent of source into our local experience. Adyashanti described a process of head, heart, gut. This continues to the root.
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There is an interesting shift that takes between the style of experience in Unity and the style in Brahman.
In Unity, we progressively become whatever we experience. Perceptions, memory, the whole works – as we experience it, we recognize we are it in the most profound, intimate way. Simply living life, we gradually come to know the entirely of consciousness (Atman) until we know ourselves as both global awareness and all points within that. Of course, some will frame or emphasize this process a little differently – like with being or inclusiveness. The dominant theme though is a growing … Continue Reading…
When I say “Variations in Brahman” I don’t mean variations in Brahman itself but rather in how it is known. How a person shifting into Brahman knows it.
At the high end of Unity consciousness, God Realization unfolds with a distinct variation.
On the one side, you have those who unite with God. This causes the transcending of Atman into Brahman and a distinct “loss” of the intimacy of the Unity stage for a time. Brahman becomes a distinctly different stage. Like the ego in Self Realization, Atman as if falls away.
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How does one describe a quality of divinity that is beyond consciousness, beyond existence, beyond even the subtlest division?
We can use the word Divinity itself. True Divinity. Totality. A profoundly “exquisite delicacy” that is prior to differentiation or distinction as Lorne Hoff put it. It is uncaused and can only be known by collapsing the dynamics of consciousness and merging with it. Brahman is the knower of Brahman.
As the sage Shankara framed it:
“Brahman is real
the world is not real [the half truth]
Brahman is the world”
Put another way:
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As the saying goes, Brahman is the knower of Brahman. And as I’ve noted, consciousness arises in Brahman. But Brahman is also beyond consciousness.
The key here is the distinction between conscious and consciousness. Conscious in this context is that quality of lively alertness. It knows itself.
However, when that lively alertness flows and becomes aware of its nature as consciousness, it creates the dynamic of self-aware consciousness – knower, process of knowing and known (aka subject, process, and object). Self-aware consciousness (Atman) looks in on itself, creating what might be called a virtual space into which … Continue Reading…