For some, unfolding knowledge of the world follows the path of the mechanics of perception. For others like myself, it follows the path of the dynamics of consciousness. The 2 approaches unfold different understanding of the world. There are also variations within each.
On the first path, we discover a version of what Samkhya describes. From the mind arises the 5 senses out of the observer side of consciousness. From the observed arises the corresponding 5 tanmatra or essences. The first comes out of sattva guna, the second from tamas.
As the tamas (inertia) increases, those essences … Continue Reading…
Einstein proposed that gravity is simply the curvature of spacetime. However, as I’ve observed on this blog, space is an effect of consciousness becoming aware of itself – in that recognition is a subtle gap (a-b). As this arises from consciousness curving back on itself, illustrated above, space is inherently curved. It is not a flat plane.
Also, attention flows, perpetually curving in on itself. Gravity, the attractive force, becomes inherent.
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It’s good to consider – why does a world expressed by the Divine have evil? The answer is all about balance.
In the Vedic perspective, there are 3 forces in creation: creation, maintenance, and destruction. Those 3 forces evolve into 3 qualities (gunas) which evolve into the 5 elements, 5 senses and so forth.
The 3 qualities or gunas are:
Sattva: creative, purity, clarity, smooth
Rajas: fire, action, energy, transformation
Tamas: inertia, rigidity, resistance
Without inertia, we would have no form. In fact, nothing would last. As Dharma is that which sustains, tamas is … Continue Reading…
How are past life charges passed forward when we die? I’ve mentioned that our baggage is stored in the mental and emotional (energy) bodies. These fall away after we die so how are these residues retained?
They are sustained as impressions in patterns. The charge itself isn’t stored so much as the pattern that generates it. When we purify at these deep levels, we are most effective because we are clearing the source. This also points to why the light of awakening can roast so much of the past.
I’ve talked before about how the Vijnanamaya Kosha is the … Continue Reading…
In the west, we often spend our time in our heads or devoted to distractions like television or games. Some people and cultures are more OK with emotions but may get caught in the drama more instead. It’s not easy being human.
All of us have experienced illness, death, violence, and abuse in one form or another. How we respond to such experiences makes a big difference in the consequences for us. But our response is natural and often automatic. It’s not something we control – however hard we might try.
This is especially true when we’re young and the … Continue Reading…
There are many ways to describe how the world becomes. Partly this depends on the perspective you have and what is known clearly. The perspective shifts with each stage.
Fundamentally we can say Divinity gives two “qualities” that are key to this process: alertness and liveliness.
Liveliness stirs alertness into awareness and then into flowing as consciousness. Consciousness curves back on itself and the lively radiance leads it to become self-aware. The 3-fold dynamics of consciousness emerges – the observer (a), the process of observation (c), and the observed (b).
Throughout the spiritual process, we find layers and layers of conflict between opposing impulses.
The desire to fall within and stay vs the call to come out into the world and act
Silent presence vs lively flow
Pleasure and escape vs self-care
Fear and the desire for security vs release and letting go
Personal control vs laws of nature
Habit vs conscious action
Appearance vs reality
Our ideals vs what is here
The divine vs the astral vs the physical
These polarities are known as duality. The key to duality is … Continue Reading…
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.”
I’ve written on … Continue Reading…
The recent post Endless lead to questions from a friend. I thought the results were worth sharing.
In later Unity, we can realize how consciousness is both globally aware of itself and aware of itself at every point simultaneously. I illustrated that here.
What part of that is eternal? Both global and point awareness. The second could be called the “soul” value.
As long as a person is in a body, the drop, point, flame, or wave (different ways of seeing & describing the same thing) remains active even if they are experienced as … Continue Reading…
I’ve mentioned healer Kristin Kirk before and a healing session I enjoyed last year.
During a recent talk, she explained some of what she experiences during a healing session and how this has evolved. Her terminology and how she describes the layers is a bit different than you see here but as I’ve mentioned, it depends on how you count and label the colours in the rainbow. 🙂
Be sure to read the Note at the end mentioning how DNA, karma, the spine and astrology are all superimposed.
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There never was a time when I was not,
nor you, nor these rulers of men.
Nor will there ever be a time when all of us shall cease to be.
— Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, verse 12
You don’t end. Who you are beneath the noise of the world is eternal. This body and mind you are experiencing the world through come and go, over and over. But what some have called the soul does not end. It does not become fragmented or fractured.
We first know it as pure being, the sense … Continue Reading…
Awakening can be said to happen through the non-Self being “devoured” by Brahman or through the descent of the divine. It is not something we control or manage. Rather it comes as grace.
We can thus see that spiritual practices are not to create enlightenment. Rather, they are to prepare the ground so the process is as clear and smooth as possible. To use the analogy of farming, we clear the rocks and rubble from the field, sift and till the soil, and add water and fertilizer.
In other words: healing, refinement, sangha and study.
It’s … Continue Reading…