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.
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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…

Together, We Are

Over on Managing the Chakras, a point came up in Comments that I thought worth emphasizing.

I’ve written several similar articles about how the devata manage the flow of energy that support our “personal” physiology. How they work together, in relationship.

This same process is gradually moving forward into the world. As more people embody their unique blend of laws of nature and perspective of the whole, they’ll begin to move into complementary groupings that amplify their blend.

In The Second Stage, I talked about new laws of nature being awoken, then joining with existing ones in revived … Continue Reading…

Our History

There’s an old saying in this part of the world – “You can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl.” As is true of many such sayings, there are many variations like boy, city, and so on.

The basic truth is, our history informs our view of the world and the choices we make. This goes right into the cosmic memory that sustains the world allowing it, and us, to unfold.

Clearly, our history runs deep. We have our personal history from this life, our soul’s history through many lives, … Continue Reading…

Consciousness Unfolds

In a recent talk, Lorne Hoff mentioned the Purusha and Prakriti aspects of the dynamics of consciousness. Observer, process of observation, and observed show in both the masculine and feminine, in spirit and in nature.

In Sanskrit, the 3 aspects are known as Rishi, Devata and Chhandas. We can organize this in chart form.

aspect Purusha Prakriti rishi Shiva >< Parvati devata Vishnu >< Lakshmi chhandas Brahma >< Saraswati

It’s best to view this as fundamental principles or laws of nature rather than “Hindu gods”. Due to personalization, how we experience these principles will vary widely. … Continue Reading…

Adyashanti and Francis Bennett

Several people have mentioned this video and I finally had a chance to watch it all. In it, Adyashanti and Francis Bennett speak on a wide range of subjects around awakening, non-duality, the value of experiences, how things have changed in recent years, and emotional maturity.

I’ve written a number of articles on Adya’s books and spent some time with Francis this fall during the SAND conference. He was also on the Sophia panel. Both are very practical spiritual exponents.


@ 53 minutes above, they begin a Q&A that extends into the second part below. … Continue Reading…

Spiritual Friends

Kalyaana Mittataa is a Buddhist term for “spiritual friendship”. It can include student-teacher dyads and peer groups, what one might call one’s spiritual community.

This would be a community focused on spiritual development rather than simple social gatherings. But it would also depend on how we come to it. We can come to even a dysfunctional family gathering and use it as a self-reflective experience. Or we can come to a spiritual gathering and gossip about someone out of earshot.

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The Blood Line

On this site, I emphasize those two aspects of unfolding enlightenment called sattva and atman, clarity and consciousness. It was a prominent theme in my SAND talk. However, from the Ayurvedic source of this, there is Shadbhava – 6 houses.

Half are the 3 aspects we bring into this life from our prior development: Sattva, Atman and Rasa. Rasa means flavour or essence and relates to the style of body we’ll get.

The other half is the blood line. Father, Mother, and nutrition during pregnancy. This means our blood line is also a big player in our growth. … Continue Reading…


Another area where we need discrimination is in the stories we encourage and pass on. If we spend time with gossips, it’s easy to fall into the trap ourselves. I remember taking a step back and re-evaluating some of the joke emails I used to send along. There can be a fine line between humour and attack, between making light of something and putting it down.

Some areas of the internet have become quite nasty, people feeling they can and should say whatever they want. But it’s a mistake to think there are no consequences.

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InterSpecies Communication

When we communicate with animals and plants, it’s not about about the physical. It’s not the body language and it’s not the words. Other species don’t use English or Spanish and body language can have different meanings, even in different human cultures. For example, a smile may be seen as a threat, a baring of teeth.

What matters is how they’re used to communicating now. Energy. What we’re broadcasting. Our feelings and intentions. This is pre-verbal.

It’s thus important to settle – partly so we’re quiet enough to hear those signals under the chatter of … Continue Reading…

Fulfilling Needs

Our body, emotions and mind all have needs of one sort or another.

The need for food, water, and air. For comfort and security. For love, intimacy, and companionship. For a making sense of the world. These needs are often closely intertwined. Safety, for example, is physical, emotional and mental. If we don’t think we’re safe, we won’t feel safe and the body will stay in a guarded state and respond accordingly. One the flip side, if we’re repeatedly threatened, we may feel physically unsafe, and thus emotionally and mentally.

And yet, some people feel inherently safe, even on a … Continue Reading…

Self Sufficiency

Eckhart Tolle speaks of the pain body, what might be called our blob of unresolved experiences or incomplete emotions or karma.

With the dawning of Cosmic Consciousness, we lose our attachment to a me and shift to being cosmic. We can much more effectively shed the remaining pain body and move beyond the construct of suffering. As an infinite, cosmic, eternal being there is a dawning of sufficiency and a deep sense of centredness.

With time, we come to embody peace, freedom, and happiness.

With the unfolding heart and God Consciousness, we become fountains … Continue Reading…