Philosophy or Experience?

This came up in a non-spiritual forum and I thought it worth sharing here. I would suggest there’s a big difference between taking on a philosophical position that we’re all one and actually living it. Too much of the first becomes a denial of our experience and a defence of beliefs. It also muddies our understanding. There are a number of texts, old and new, that describe the lived experience but such things are not meant as something to believe but rather serve as a map of the territory. (if you’re in Cleveland, you don’t use a map of Pittsburgh … Continue Reading…

Story Hiccups

Life is funny. Over time, the mind has the tendency to make stories about life, to make sense of the world. Sometimes those stories support us but sometimes, they get in the way of seeing what is actually here. They can also create expectations that give us grief when things don’t work out or people don’t behave as we expect. The biggest story breaker is of course spiritual awakening. In this shift, the story of a me is seen through and we shift from seeing ourselves as an individual person to recognizing we are cosmic being. This destroys the centre … Continue Reading…

Three Levels of I

I’ve written in the past about the 3 “am-egos” or the stages by which our individual identity falls away. The concept of a me, the energetic drivers of that, and the core identity that divides inside from out. Adyashanti called this head, heart, gut. This corresponds to the stages of Cosmic Consciousness, God Consciousness and Unity. In August, Igor Kufayev did 2 satsangs on the Universal identity. I missed the first but it is posted on YouTube. There, he explored the I-sense in 2 forms: the temporal, personal identity and the eternal I Am, recognized with awakening. Universal Identity – … Continue Reading…

Becoming Clarified

In a satsang a couple of weeks ago, Igor Kufayev used the analogy of milk into ghee (clarified butter) to describe the establishment of enlightenment. The first stage is the separation of the cream from milk, the observer from objects of perception in Cosmic Consciousness or Self Realization. The second stage is the churning of the cream into butter. The solidifying of the shift. And finally, the clarifying of butter into ghee. For those unfamiliar, ghee is a healthier form of butter that is simmered and the milk solids carmelized, then skimmed off. Ghee does not need refrigeration. It is … Continue Reading…

The 16 Kalas

One model of the stages of life development or evolution is the 16 Kala model. I’ve heard teachers make reference to it but have never found a complete and reliable source. The below is a compilation of a number of sources and should not be considered complete or well translated. Kala is a curious word. In Sanskrit, its usually used to mean time. However it more broadly means attribute. And more specifically in this context, siddhi or ability. I’ve mentioned Kalas here before as they’re used to “grade” avatars by the abilities they displayed. There is a list of about … Continue Reading…

More Q&A, Part 2

< Part 1 My current perspective is that there are three primary stages or shifts in our relationship with consciousness. I mentioned them prior. Each has various ways of being experienced subjectively. Each has it’s own sub-stages but what we notice and how we experience them varies widely. I started with the 7 states model but have since moved on. Partly because it combines states (waking, dream, etc) with stages (CC, Unity, etc) and partly because it is incomplete. My working model now is derived from the Yog Vasishta. 3 stages and the refined versions of each – the development … Continue Reading…

More Q&A, Part 1

This arose in an interview forum as a response to questions. I thought it useful to share here. Edited slightly for context. Of course there can be Self Realization while karma is still in play. The distinction is that we’re no longer caught by it so we wind down making more. It is simply unfolding while we witness it. Also, as there is always presence, it is processed much more effectively. It can reach a point where the energy is recognized and resolved without having to live it out to some degree. Self Realization alone does not end karma. For … Continue Reading…

The Memory of Awakening

At a recent satsang, Igor Kufayev raised a useful point. Awakening is not a discovery of something new. It is the rediscovery of what you already are. Many people awakening recognize they have always been awake – they had simply not remembered it until then. As Igor observed, this recognition or realization requires memory in consciousness. We remember what we are. This remembering brings with it a knowing that removes all doubt. I’ve noticed that it’s similarly common for people to forget what it was like to not be awake in due course, much as teen forgets what it was … Continue Reading…

Prakasha & Vimarsha

Recently, Igor Kufayev has been speaking of the central Tantric idea of Prakasha & Vimarsha. This is very similar to the idea of the dynamics of Shiva and Shakti in the Vedic canon. It has, however, a slightly different perspective, so it’s important to look at it clearly. None of what I found on-line described it very well. Igor translated Prakasha as Luminance and Vimarsha as the power of self-awareness. Now, using the way Shiva and Shakti are typically used, you would associate consciousness with Shiva and luminance (expression) with Shakti. However, in this case it is the reverse: the … Continue Reading…

What is Mind?

I was discussing the relationship between mind and consciousness in correspondence and posted a summary of that here. I then realized I was talking about cosmic mind and not how most people would relate to it. I added an update but further points kept arising so I’ve unusually decided to replace the original article with this overhauled version. Same points plus much more. “Mind” is a rather curious subject. Like consciousness, it is not a concrete object we can point at. Western science sees mind as a side effect of brain function. But while brain functions influence mind, it’s better … Continue Reading…

Recent Research on the Physiology of Initial Enlightenment

I’ve been writing articles on basic practices that support awakening here for some time. Key among them: on the different types of meditation, the difference between actual meditation and “guided meditation” (hypnosis), and the value of effortless meditation. At a conference last year, 2 long term TM researchers discussed a little history, the differences between types of meditation (as above), one physiological marker for witnessing sleep (a possible sign of cosmic consciousness), and how those results correspond to the markers of high achievers in sports, music, and business. The talk was recently posted online. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gr3mFFNjek

The Value of Darshan

Recently, Rose Rosetree had a 2-part conversation with Jeffrey Chappell on enlightenment. Part of the debate was that they use the term slightly differently. Jeffrey relates more to the awakening of Self Realization. Rose, to enlightenment as being clear of energetic debris, balanced chakras, and the divine shining through – broadly a more established version of it. In the second part of the conversation, Jeffrey brought up the value of entrainment, what is typically known as darshan. I sometimes call it resonance here. After that article, Rose posted another discounting the value of darshan in her experience. Again, part of … Continue Reading…