The Force

In the Star Wars films there is a fictional force that “binds everything together and maintains balance.”

“The act of living generates a force field, an energy. That energy surrounds us; when we die, that energy joins with all the other energy. There is a giant mass of energy in the universe that has a good side and a bad side. We are part of the Force because we generate the power that makes the Force live. When we die, we become part of that Force, so we never really die; we continue as part of the Force.”
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Being and Non-Being Blue

On my About page, I make brief mention of the blue feather icon. The feather is not actually blue but rather the blue is an optical effect, a visual illusion.

Turns out, the Morpho butterfly, common in butterfly exhibitions due to it’s vivid colour, uses a similar trick.

In another angle on blue, it took 3 decades to figure out how to make blue LED lights (I don’t mean blue tinted covers). That discovery netted a Nobel prize. By producing the final primary colour, we could make LED & LCD … Continue Reading…

Death is But a Dream

Death is But a Dream is the title of a new film expected to be released late next year. Scientists in Buffalo have been doing formal research on late life dreams and their correlation with death.

“End of life dreams & visions tend to consist of seeing deceased relatives and pets. Often times these visions have themes of travel or preparing to travel somewhere with a loved one.”
 
“Nurses are able to predict someones death based on what the individual is dreaming of.”

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A Case Study

I’ve talked before about winding down the shadow, teaching prematurely, and having peer support. Issues with these are important to recognize in others and groups so we don’t get caught up in their junk (as much) or amplify our own. I’ve also touched on cultish teachers and some of the symptoms of problems.

I gave an example recently in Ken Wilber. He cofounded What is Enlightenment? magazine and the Integral Institute with Andrew Cohen. Cohen has become a useful case study in what can go wrong.

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Spiritual Corruption

The personal ego is a self-serving mechanism by its very nature, designed to protect our perceived individuality. Curiously, it will even place protecting itself above protecting the organism when convinced to do so. Soldiers on the front lines, for example.

This makes waking up rather challenging as the ego can be quite convoluted in its attempts to justify, protect, and mask itself. It lays claim to everything it knows, creating self-justifying stories of great complexity. For example, it will use memories of spiritual experiences to call a part of itself ‘spiritual being’. Then it plays that off the ‘personal me’ and … Continue Reading…

The Abundance Code

There’s a new movie out for New Age audiences that builds on prior films like The Secret called The Abundance Code. It has the common theme of talking heads surrounding an illustrative back story.

As usual, there is the “it’s all about me” approach and the “change your thoughts, change your world” message. But mixed in was a surprising amount of deeper insight. There was talk of letting go and allowing life/ nature to guide you, about allowing oneself to not know, about abundance not for the sake of gathering wealth but for having more experiences, and several even touched … Continue Reading…

The Hero’s Journey

Recently I watched the film Finding Joe, an overview of the Hero’s Journey. This journey is a summation of the worlds great myths, as presented by the late Joseph Campbell. The Star Wars film series was developed using this model and you can certainly see the influence on many of today’s blockbusters.

The Hero’s Journey is the spiritual quest.

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons … Continue Reading…

How Does it Feel?

While many people are averse to noticing how they really feel, this is actually related to emotional noise rather then our deeper feeling values. This noise is about unresolved anger, fear, insecurity, and so forth. We could call it emotional inflammation. If we can learn to resolve some of that drama, we can discover the rich feelings beneath that.

These feelings are also called things like intuition, the still small voice, our compass, and so forth.

Whenever we’re facing difficult or big decisions in life, we can struggle with expectations or doubts or fears. But if we can … Continue Reading…

Rays of the Absolute

Neti Neti Films has recently released a labour of love. Rays of the Absolute is a documentary with archival footage of Nisargadatta and more recent meetings with some of his core students. Shot in 2007, it took 7.5 years going through “mounds of material” to put this together. It is only available on-line.

“Nisargadatta did not leave an ashram; he did not leave any teachings, nor successors. This movie is homage to him; a look at his unintended legacy from people that have been inspired by him more then words can express.”

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It’s A Beautiful World

When I was in grad school a few years ago, I saw a late edit of a film by Richard Beymer called It’s A Beautiful World. It was a sort of Making Of film, following the famous film-maker David Lynch on a tour of India. David was following in the footsteps of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, somewhat like the backstory in the film Awake on Yogananda. But it differs markedly in content.

They begin with the “cave” Maharishi retired to for a couple of years after his master Swami Brahmananda Saraswati (Shankaracharya of the North) had passed in the … Continue Reading…

Awake – The Story of Yogananda

Awake – The Story of Yogananda

Last month, I attempted to see the film Awake movieAwake – The Story of Yogananda but the show turned out to have been sold out for 2 weeks. Happily, they brought it back for a few more showings.

Yogananda was the swami who wrote the very well-read book Autobiography of a Yogi and founded the Self Realization Fellowship (SRF). He came to the US in the 1920’s and was a pioneer of eastern ideas in the west. He spoke of Realization, … Continue Reading…

The Next Stage

A fun video. I would just make 2 adjustments to the message:
1 – it’s not “about to go”, it’s already happening. It is only that it is an inside out process so it has not shown up on the surface too much yet. What we see is more what has not been resolved being pushed to the surface instead. Are you working to resolve it or are you turning up the drama?

2 – Love is not the next step. The first step is always Know Thyself. Once you know who you are, beyond your mind and ego, … Continue Reading…