The Paradox of Unity and Spiritual Autonomy

Adya @ SAND17

Adyashanti gave an excellent talk @ SAND17 called The Paradox of Unity and Spiritual Autonomy. I heard this live. A friend sent me the link as it’s now on-line. In the first part, he goes over the early stages of enlightenment (head, heart, gut) and the importance of the awakening heart. He then uses this as the platform to talk about how our old drivers fall away with awakening. How it’s important to go deeper and open the heart so higher drivers can come on-line. Then he talks about some of the paradoxes of Unity – how we can be … Continue Reading…

The Christian Meaning of Enlightenment

In “The Christian Meaning of Enlightenment”, Franciscan priest Richard Rohr gives a Catholic perspective on western faith and the loss of its non-dual perspective. He refers to his teaching as a “Franciscan alternative orthodoxy.” He makes many excellent points though I’d disagree experiencing a “unitive” experience once will do the job. It may certainly change one’s perspective. But actual non-duality is not an experience. It is a lived reality with the resulting seeing he speaks of. For example, he spoke about us not having the software to see – right after making a statement about the exclusive uniqueness of Christianity … Continue Reading…

The Pace of Change

Many people experience the world speeding up. This is partly an effect of our perception of time. As we shift through the decades, our metabolism gradually slows and time seems to go by faster*. This causes the pace of change to seem to increase. However, technology is also speeding up change. Many of us have seen the demise of steno pools, switchboard operators, typists, telex operators, and more. Contacting people in another city has shifted from “snail mail” and “long distance” to nearly instant global communications. Thomas Frey predicted 5 years ago that half of all current jobs will disappear … Continue Reading…

Breaking a Bad Habit

I’ve spoken before in various ways about shifting out of our habitual response to life. We tend to resist what we don’t want, including what is arising from inside ourselves. While this is a subjective trick to avoid experiencing something, it is quite ineffective. Instead of resolving, the issue festers and grows In this TED talk from 2015, Judson Brewer talks about how to break a bad habit by shifting our approach to it. We move out of fighting it into simple curious noticing. On TED In the talk, he emphasizes the role of positive and negative reinforcement and how … Continue Reading…

Adyashanti and Michael Rodriguez on Buddha at the Gas Pump

I quite enjoy Adyashanti’s pragmatic take on the awakening process. I’ve written various articles on his books like Falling into Grace or The End of Your World. Last fall, I posted a conversation Rick Archer had between Adya and Susanne Marie on the post-Self shift. Prior to the Science and Nonduality conference last month, Rick spent time with Michael and Adya, followed by a 3 hour recorded conversation. They explored a wide range of topics including how you can get stuck post-awakening in emotional avoidance, detachment, or meaninglessness. The latter topic came up several times, exploring how to recognize deeper … Continue Reading…

Healing and Awakening for Animals

In another talk, Kristin Kirk speaks about an experience working with two cats. These are clearly exceptional cats with exceptional people. But the story is notable, including the difference between the two cats. On YouTube This isn’t as hard to accept if we understand that everything arises in and of consciousness. We’re in this together so as consciousness rises, everything rises with it. All animals feel and are aware. But some animals are pretty thick and absorbed in their local experience, just as some people are. And some animals have a lot more presence and naturally engage in life in … Continue Reading…

Nonduality & Guides Explained

In a recent video, Kristin Kirk responds to a question about subtle guides. Are my guides Me? On YouTube We have to be careful not to get caught up in concepts of what we’re supposed to experience and instead, look to the reality of what is here now for us. Kristin makes the key point that the experience depends on where you are looking from, then uses good examples. From the trunk of the tree (closer to source), we are one with all beings. From further up into the branches, we are distinct with our own vibration and a specific … Continue Reading…

On Trust

A reader sent me this excellent talk by Brené Brown on The Anatomy of Trust: On YouTube A few notes: Trust is built in small moments – do you avert and betray or connect and build trust. What is trust? Choosing to make something important to you vulnerable to the actions of someone else. Distrust – what I have shared with you that is important to me is not safe with you. Acronym “BRAVING” – when we trust we are braving connection with someone. Trust requires: B – Boundaries – clear boundaries – your boundaries are clear and held, and … Continue Reading…

The Long Time Sun

May the long time sun shine upon you all love surround you and the pure light within you guide your way home In writing another article, I thought of this verse and it seemed appropriate. However, when I looked up its source, I found another curious mis-attribution. The verse is often referred to as an Irish blessing or a Sikh or Kundalini closing prayer. It’s actually from the closing section of the long A Very Cellular Song by The Incredible String Band. The song is a mixture of parts that include an ode to an amoeba (hence the title) that … Continue Reading…

On the Falling Away of Self – Adyashanti and Susanne Marie

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 this filter falls away, life is experienced directly, as itself, without … Continue Reading…