The Lords Prayer

If you’ve grown up in the west, you’ve probably been exposed to The Lords Prayer – perhaps quite regularly and for many years.

The best known version is this, with only spelling updates from the King James Bible of 1611:

Our father which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
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Q&A, Part 3

It’s rare such back and forth continues. But there was more. This continues from Q&A 2
I have some other writing to come but life has other demands at the moment.

When acting, if there is a sense of things coming “through you” rather than from you, this is the difference between being in the flow/ acting from source vs acting from ego. A good example would be writing something you didn’t know. Creatives talking about the muse is the same. Once awake, it is progressively more like this as we wind … Continue Reading…

Q&A, Part 2

Afer a short pause the back and forth mentioned in the prior article continued, with some side debate on issues with my approach. Again, edited slightly for context.

As I discussed prior, it depends on what you mean by “ego”, If you mean a personal concept of self, a “me”: that ends with Self Realization. (although aspects may fall away over time). But the individuating principle [Ahamkara] remains. There is still an apparent person here acting in the world. Only now, the ego is not laying claim and saying these are “my” actions and “my” … Continue Reading…

A Q&A

I’m working on a rather large article, reframing the stages model a bit. But this month has been unusually busy with family, so it’s been sitting for a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, in a non-duality forum, there has been an extended back and forth over the last week or so. In response to a series of questions, I replied with the following comments. I’ve lightly edited them for context…

We could say Self is the experiencer rather than the experiencing or content of experience. Thus Self is not an experience, it is what is experiencing. Another word for Self is … Continue Reading…

The Value of a Life – Guru Dev

Periodically in history there comes someone who radiates presence so profoundly, they move a generation who go on to change the world. While the changers are celebrated, we can loose sight of the source of that inspiration.

One such rare luminary was Swami Brahmananda Saraswati. He had a presence that could be felt from miles away. His silence alone communicated the truth and drew people within. He left home at age 9 to seek a guru and lived much of his life alone in the forest and mountains. In 1941, he was finally convinced to step forward … Continue Reading…

A Christian Perspective on Awakening

In June 2013, Francis Bennett did a 2 hour talk and Q&A at Morning Star Studios in Fairfield, Iowa. He was long a Trappist monk who explored world faiths and paths and awoke during a mass. He covers a lot of subjects I’ve brought up here recently. An enjoyable watch, even to hear the first 20 min. But they cover many subjects later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr4nPg7Fh6w

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Spirituality and Religion

Many people are already aware of the difference between spirituality and religion. They realize that having a belief system — a set of thoughts that you regard as the absolute truth — does not make you spiritual no matter what the nature of those beliefs. In fact, the more you make your thoughts (beliefs) into your identity, the more cut off you are from the spiritual dimension within yourself.”
— Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Religion is for those who don’t want to go to hell, and spirituality is for those who have already been there.
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Intention in Meditation

The foundation of Yoga, indeed the foundation of spiritual practice is mantra meditation. Why? Because it’s the most reliable way for regular contact with source, with our own pure being.

As regular readers know, I recommend an effortless meditation, not a concentration or contemplation approach. While these other options may be useful for other reasons, for the core practice you want to dive right in.

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Foundations

In a recent article on Energy Modalities, I spoke of a classification of healing techniques based on how they access our energy system – through the body, the mind, or the energy itself. I added a note about stages of energetic literacy – the degree of detail required to be able to work on fine energetic levels directly.

I wanted to clarify this understanding from the foundational structure of the form of our personal existence – the foundations of our mind, emotions and body. Our energetic DNA we might say. Consider this a first draft while the understanding … Continue Reading…

Global News

While the media is full of current events, they are often oblivious to the larger trends underway.

One item they miss is that thousands of people are awakening spiritually. This is astonishing news. The more that awaken, the easier it gets for others to switch. That is leading to exponential growth patterns. However, because this is an internal process spread around the world, tracking actual numbers is difficult. But the evidence is clear – people waking more and more easily plus the occasional person is moving clearly into advanced stages in record time.

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Spiritual Addiction

We’ve all met addicts of some kind. The drug addict whose need for a fix overshadows even basic human needs. The alcoholic who drowns his life away. The coffee drinker who can’t function without a morning cup. The smoker, the binger, the sweet-tooth, and on and on. In fact, we’ve probably all had addictions of one kind or another. Most addictions begin as a form of escape or avoidance of pain then take on a life of their own.

But there is another kind of addiction you may not recognize. Spiritual addiction. Spiritual practice as a form of avoidance. Of … Continue Reading…

Purifying Presence

In another forum, I made a comment people wanted to explore more. I thought readers here would also be interested. I’ve edited the reply for this blog.

“That kind of presence tends to cause others to purify.”

What I mean by this is that someone with a strong presence (of source, divine) and/or a lot of purity (sattva) can cause those around them to start purifying or releasing crud. This is much like we might purify energetically by sitting to meditate, only this person is radiating presence in activity. It’s called darshan in Sanskrit.

There are … Continue Reading…