Stepping towards Self

Stepping towards Self

In what I originally studied of the path, the teaching was to connect with the source within. With repeated immersion in silence, it would eventually become full time. That was “Cosmic Consciousness” (CC), often called self-realization or first awakening. One of the “symptoms” of CC was witnessing, the experience of being an independent observer of your life, body, and mind. Including being awake inside even in deep sleep. What was not clear was that there could be decades of witnessing before the switch to CC. It was also not entirely clear what marked the change, what the specific shift was. … Continue Reading…

Who Perceives?

Who Perceives?

As I have touched on a number of times here, most of us see the world inside out. We see ourselves as separate and the world ‘out there’. More deeply, the world is actually ‘in here’. The world originates in our awareness and is projected “out”, with the senses providing a local feedback loop. Photo by gin_able But there is more to this than meets the eye. Ideas like Law of Attraction and The Secret take a flavour of this and tell us that the world is a reflection of our inner thoughts. If we come to see this clearly, … Continue Reading…

Back Again

Back Again

Photo by gin_able Recently I’ve written about death and rebirth in Coming Back to Past Lives and What’s After and Before. Meanwhile, over on Tom Stine’s blog, he wrote a third post around this subject, this one quoting I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj. Nisargadatta goes into the raw simplicity of it, describing how memory and unfulfilled desires move one forward into rebirth. But he observes that the person is not reborn but rather dies for good. This raises a couple of interesting points, some of which were explored in comments there. As Robert observed, many terms like soul and … Continue Reading…

The Art of Listening

When you want to really “get” deep concepts, there is a deeper way to listen, a deeper value to listen from. Most of our lives we spend in the mind, listening with a judge, rating what we hear as good or bad, right or wrong, black or white. If we’re deciding what kind of apple or soap to buy, this can be useful. But if we are listening to or reading a spiritual teacher, this kind of thinking will quite simply get in the way. When the speaker is speaking of the depths of being but we are listening with … Continue Reading…

Confidence

A few times recently, people have asked about or commented on my apparent confidence in statements I make here. Some of the terminology I’ve come to use is unique, so I may sound like yet another voice with yet another truth. This is not the intention and I want to be clear where I am coming from. I don’t expect you to believe any of this. I am simply sharing some insights in the hope it may bring some light for you and open you a little more to your own truth. “Rule #1. Don’t believe me. But learn to … Continue Reading…

On the Origin of Experience and Form, Part 4

On the Origin of Experience and Form, Part 4

<<Part 3 The vibration in its fundamental form is the well known “primordial sound”: Aum or Om. It is the liveliness of awareness expressed in movement and sound. A specific intention has specific qualities which are expressed in tones. The vibration or sound elicits a form. Basic ones are geometric, like the Platonic solids or Buckminster Fuller’s all-space filling geometry. At this level there is a direct relationship between the name or sound and the form or expression. Languages like Sanskrit and some suggest Hebrew have a correspondence between the sound of the word, the form it expresses, and the … Continue Reading…

Innate vs Illusion

Innate vs Illusion

I have spoken here about how we live in a dream within a dream within a dream. The dream of the person in the dream of the universe, in the dream of God or creation. Photo by zenera When we ask the question ‘What is Real?’ and look deeply enough, what remains when all the illusions are seen through is silence. Alert, lively silence. The fullness of emptiness. But what about this life? This person here? That’s the interesting part. The dream is called Maya but Maya does not mean illusion. Its root is Ma, to build. We can think … Continue Reading…

This Journey

This Journey

Photo by scottwills There is some further clarity I can bring to the recent series of posts on The Journey. Earlier, I did a 3 part-er on Finding a Teacher. There is a kind of spectrum of approach from which to choose. You may find a certain teaching style is something you need at certain stages of  growth. Note that this is a spectrum of intellectual process. Heart based teachers would branch differently. As someone like Takuin observes, there is no need for a teacher, teaching, system, or process. One can simply look and question how you are perceiving it … Continue Reading…

What’s After and Before

What’s After and Before

Photo by Giampaolo Macorig Recently, there’s been some action here and on some related blogs on Past Lives. In the post on Self Effort, I referred to reading the Yog Vasishta. In the story of Lila, Vasishta touches on the subject of past lives and death in a way I thought illuminating. The gist of the story of Lila is that a holy man has a dream of being a king. His wife asks the goddess Saraswati not to let his spirit leave the house on his death. This is granted. But the spirit lives another long life within that … Continue Reading…

Coming Back to Past Lives

In the past, I have written about Deep Memory, Time, and The Past. Over on Tom Stine’s blog, he raised the subject of past lives / reincarnation.  It’s an intriguing subject I’ve skimmed over in some posts like the above. Tom makes an important point that Past Lives are not truth and can be a barrier too it. He also observes that past lives are simply memory. While I agree with the basic point, there is more going on than just random recall. I thought it was time to talk about it more. Firstly, anyone who says they were famous … Continue Reading…

Rules Change

For many people, rules like “make the best of it” or “choose the lesser of 2 evils” are rules to live by. Knowing what went wrong and who was to blame is an important part of life. We call that gossip or the news. Talk shows just add spin. As we begin to look deeper into the nature of life, we hear of new rules that can work better, like “what you put your attention on grows stronger” or the Golden rule. (do unto others as…) We learn of new ways to be, like “follow your bliss”. But what happens … Continue Reading…

Time Comes

It is interesting to see how the media is evolving. In the ’70’s, I used to explore large magazine and book shops, trolling for articles (ideas). Nowadays, while the media corporations consolidate and target lowest common denominator, the ‘Net and MP3 players have meant a shift away from TV, radio, and magazines. Recently when I was traveling, I picked up an issue of Discover magazine (August) in the airport. Seems traveling is the only time I look at magazines now. In an article on The Brain, they talk about theories and research into how the brain processes time. It turns … Continue Reading…