Embodiment

Gradually, I’m reading Adyashanti’s book, The Impact of Awakening, a series of excerpts from prior talks. There was a few notable quotes in a recent read. It is of course addressed to the awake. Embodiment “Embodiment is not something that you do; it is something that is a result of how far you take enlightenment and how much of yourself you give to it. The entire cosmos is your body. Let your humanness reflect and manifest the whole.” “The indications of embodiment are peace, love, wisdom and enlightened action. What effect we have on others is a good indication of … Continue Reading…

What do you Create?

In a discussion group, a new member said they had just watched the What the Bleep film and are looking forward to “consciously create my day“. She asked “What are your experiences with this? Have you been surprised, given a sign that was so unbelievably unexpected?” This is what came up. Many people start with small stuff, like “signs” or finding a parking space. Then you can work your way up to the important stuff as your confidence builds. Others dive right in to the big stuff. Thoughts don’t just affect your reality, they ARE your reality or a reflection … Continue Reading…

The Group

Sangha, some call it. Community. The group following a common path. On the second day of the retreat, Thich Nhat Hanh speaks of the importance of this on establishing the path. Indeed, people are far more likely to make deep spiritual progress in a group than alone. I have seen dozens of people awaken in the context of a group, only a few solo. But even those had been in group. Many had been “ripe” for some time. The ego sees itself as separate so encourages independence. But this vision looses sight of our commonality and the deep value of … Continue Reading…

Seeing the Story

One of the key steps in getting out from under the story of the ego is seeing it. If we cannot see that we are living in a story, it will continue to hold us. And it’s never a good story, however good a spin you give it. To escape our cage, first and foremost, touch the silence. Connect with our true Self within. If we do not know who we are, we will not see the choice. Second is inquiry, the inner question of who is having this feeling or experience. This helps us culture the habit of stepping … Continue Reading…

The End of the Person

Earlier, I spoke of “What Remains“, the qualities of person that may appear to continue after one is fully awake.  You have probably heard talk about the process of the dissolution of the ego concept of the “me”, the separate self. How the concepts and beliefs fall away around the time of first awakening, with the ego itself “popping” when we fully surrender just for a moment into who we are. As L&L recently put it, “Being remembering itself is the individual forgetting itself.” In a similar way, with the approach and realization of Unity, the core identity falls away, … Continue Reading…

What Remains?

If you meet an enlightened person, you may notice they have a powerful presence. Perhaps charisma too, but not always. You will also notice they clearly still have a distinct character or personality. Whatever else they may be, they obviously retain something of what life brought them. This is something that catches a lot of people. Enlightenment implies some high perfection – we place the awake on a pedestal. When they behave in a human way or are somehow seen to make a mistake or get sick, they are thought false. Or for the devout, some excuse. But what if … Continue Reading…

Knowledge – Chains or Ladder?

There is an interesting debate that shows up in spiritual circles around teachings. Is knowledge and concepts useful or a barrier to being? As I’ve noted prior, there is a spectrum on this subject around teachers too. On the one side are teachers who have typically spontaneously awoken or learned from same, who teach a minimum of information and focus on the experiential process. An example would be Ramana Maharishi and his lineage. On the other end of the spectrum are teachers from long traditions with a formal framework of knowledge. The Vedic traditions have thousands of volumes going back … Continue Reading…

The Present of Life

Recently, a group of us have been watching Thich Nhat Hanh [roughly pronounced Tik N’yat Hawn] on YouTube. He is a Zen Buddhist monk originally from Vietnam. Rather than taking a passive approach to the conflict there, he became an activist, organizing students to rebuild villages, hospitals and so forth. He speaks at least 7 languages, studied comparative religion at Princeton, and was nominated by Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace prize after he persuaded King to go public against the Vietnam War, an event that galvanized the peace movement in the US. On the first day talk of … Continue Reading…

Forms of Samadhi

First, let’s define what Samadhi means. It is an experience of yoga or union with the Absolute. Oneness. Some definitions use it in terms of practice, but as that is a mental exercise, it cannot describe connection with what is beyond mind. We could say practice leads to samadhi which in turn leads to union. Patanjali defined different forms of samadhi or stages of union. He was an Indian Sage some 2,000 years ago who compiled the concise Yoga Sutras. This short book forms much of the basis of what we know today as meditation, including some misunderstandings of terms … Continue Reading…

Getting Clear

Recently, in a correspondence with a friend of mine, they expressed their struggle with emotion. I shared some ideas they found useful. I drafted them into this post and expanded on it. It’s not that sadness is the incomplete feeling, its that sadness that sticks around is incomplete. The signal has not gotten through. But the sadness is likely not the source. The sadness may be a signal from something deeper – anger, regret, fear. When that is unresolved, it causes discomfort leading to sadness. To illustrate the layers, this quote: “In Depression is Anger, In Anger is Fear, In … Continue Reading…

No Control

In the post Desire and Control, I spoke of the idea that we have to let go of our drive to hold and resist, let go of control. Does no control mean out of control? No, this is being controlled by base emotions. No control means no me, no ego trying to take charge. Out of control is ego thinking it’s in control. The best example I can think of is a dog. A dog is a pack animal. It needs a leader. If it doesn’t feel a sense of leadership or family, it feels it must take charge. But … Continue Reading…

Desire and Control

Desire is a natural quality of being human. It is our drive to act and give attention, our most precious resource. However, desire can come to us in a number of ways. There are basic physical drives like hunger and sex. There are desires born of emotion such as the want of friendship. There are desires born of mind, like to understand an experience. These desires can arise in a number of ways – through our senses, memory, feelings, intuition, and so forth. But broadly, we can say they arise from one of 2 general places: 1) From the Person, … Continue Reading…