Types of Self

When people use the English word “self” or any of its variations (myself, himself, etc.), they may refer to one or several things. Most commonly, they’re talking about

the personal self or me. Yet if you ask them who they are, they’ll offer their name and profession: what I’m called and what I do – not what I am.

If you ask them who they experience themselves as being, they’ll probably think the question odd and be unable to answer it clearly. They may drop into stories to explain who they are. But if they explore the question, by default … Continue Reading…

The Omni’s

As we progress through the stages of development in consciousness, we come to know some key qualities of divinity.

With Self Realization (Cosmic Consciousness), we come to know Omnipresence. This is experienced as liberation and feeling ourselves infinite, boundless, and eternal.

If refined perception is developing, we may also come to notice infinities within infinities. I’ve talked about that in ways like Nested Space.

With Unity, we come to know Omniscience, the vastness of available knowledge. We experience this as the “inner guru”. Whatever we put our attention on, we recognize we are it and know it. Later … Continue Reading…

Degrees of Presence

Seems I’m on a scales thing these days…

While everything we experience originates in the dynamics of consciousness, how much of that is embodied in form varies widely.

For example, simple objects like rocks are largely inert. But some rocks like gemstones can express a surprising amount of presence. Note that this is distinct from the laws of nature or qualities of a stone. A stone can have very distinct, strong qualities. But some rare stones take that to another level. The presence amplifies the qualities and makes it seem almost alive.

Also, objects can carry energy from their environments, such … Continue Reading…

Depth of Surrender

In considering a different article, I realized there was a way to describe layers to the process of surrender.

Similar to the process of consciousness unfolding to itself, there is 2 intertwined processes. One is that of purification, the other of release.

They sound kind of synonymous but there’s a distinction. Purification is a cleansing of old fog or crud. Release in this context is a letting go of what’s been held onto, resulting in opening. The two can be tightly intertwined but are a distinct process – one in clearing the old dust, the other in allowing the opening … Continue Reading…

On Knowing

Due to the BATGAP interview and SAND talk, this blog is attracting many new readers. Some are coming in search of concepts that can help them make a better story about enlightenment. This is natural for the mind to want to do, but we have to be a little careful not to buy into this too much.

As I mentioned in the opening of my SAND talk, the point of my work is to support those on the journey, offer a framework for research and place various teachings and texts into some relative context. If you instead use … Continue Reading…

Surrender to Discrimination

Several recent events have reminded me of a key point worth clarifying.

The spiritual path is dominated by surrender. It requires we let go of attachments, of the grasping “me”, of suffering, of whatever binds us to being small. Not by force but by allowing, by releasing the grasping.

This allows us to settle in to who we really are, beneath the noise of a person.

The initial awakening requires only the briefest of surrender for the shift to happen. More advanced stages require progressively more profound surrender, even of our progress to date.

But this surrendering I refer … Continue Reading…

Cosmic Stages

I’ve written before about the stages of childhood development. Using the Alexander model from psychology, we can describe the dominant stages of:

Body & Senses (learning to sense and walk and talk)
Desires & Emotions (the terrible twos)
Mind (school age)
Intellect and Intuition (teens)
Ego (adult)

Each progressively more subtle level becomes dominant in that developmental stage.

These also correspond to the Vedic layers known as the koshas, what are commonly called the auras or energy bodies.

With awakening, we step beyond individual ego and recognize ourselves as Atman or Cosmic … Continue Reading…

Male and Female Paths

Funny how ideas sneak up on you. How the grander picture often emerges in increments.

For example, I’ve long known of higher states of consciousness. More recently, I’ve shown a more complete model, like this:

1 – Cosmic Consciousness (CC) or Self Realization
1a – Refined CC or God Consciousness
2 – Unity Consciousness (UC), Oneness or non-duality
2a – Refined Unity and God Realization
3 – Brahman or Beyond Consciousness
3a – Refined Brahman
3b – Parabrahman or Wholeness

I’ve also spoken about the Continue Reading…

Belief or Experience by example

When you explore spiritual subjects, it’s useful to be alert to where the person is coming from. Do they seem to be speaking from belief or experience? If from experience, what stage do they seem to be speaking from or to? Often, this is a general estimation, just to put the reference in context.

This is not to say belief is faulty. It can be very well informed from close observation. But it can also be held rigid against evidence to the contrary. Our history is full of such … Continue Reading…

Stages of Development in Consciousness

aka higher states of consciousness or stages thereof

One of the most popular articles on this blog over the years has been on states of consciousness. First as an outline of the 7 states of consciousness model, then a newer version, consolidating the many updates to the prior article.

This article reframes that model a little further to better reflect how people are experiencing the process. I’ve begun making references to this model, so I thought it time for a new Key Post. I’m also working on an book … Continue Reading…

Belief or Experience

When talking about God or angels and related topics, the discussion usually revolves around belief. One’s statements are categorized as Theist (believer), Agnostic (dubious), and Atheist (Non-believer).

Militant atheists like Dawkins go so far as to consider believers deluded, as in his book The God Delusion. They fail to recognize that not everyone experiences the world as they do. Other academics have concluded ancient descriptions of divinity were induced by hallucinogenic drugs.

But the entire point is lost in a debate about belief. In other words, it’s all in the head. Because the Atheist … Continue Reading…

Conscience to Consciousness

In human growth and development, we follow a track some suggest reflects our evolution as a species. In the terminology of Loevinger’s Ego stages, we go through Symbiotic, Impulsive (terrible 2’s) and Self-Protective stages as we develop into a little person.

Assuming a reasonable environment meeting our basic needs, we then move into the Conventional stages of development through the school years. These stages are called Conformist, Self-aware, and Conscientious. Most adults stall out at one of these stages. There is nothing calling on them to take it further or there is resistance to … Continue Reading…