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…

Belonging

While we may emphasize our independence in the west, humans are social animals. We relate to ourselves and others through our community interactions, where we feel connected. This brings us meaning, purpose, and value. That need to be part of a pack or tribe is behind many drivers: the identification with our work roles, the drive for close relationships, our social life – our personal tribe. When you meet someone, they will usually describe themselves in terms of their roles in their tribes. Their work, their parenting, their social groups. Where they belong and thus what brings them meaning. It … Continue Reading…

An Intellectual Approach to Consciousness

Yesterday, I posted an article on David Chalmers talk at TED on the Hard Problem of Consciousness. Waiting in my browser was an interview with Bernardo Kastrup. Turns out Chalmers was one of the influences that had him take a hard, discriminating look at his own experience. Quite enjoyed the interview. Though you may find it a little heady at times, it does nicely debunk a number of materialist tenants. It points to the primacy of consciousness by following the logic. A few points I can add to the discussion: What is the cut-off point between sentience and non-sentience? The … Continue Reading…

Theft

In our culture, we take a dim view of theft. Stealing from another is unjust but because many also identify with their possessions as an aspect of themselves, they feel violated and fearful as a result of theft. Although there is other factors, most people are driven to steal through addiction or not having a place in the community. Disenfranchised, they are also easily exploited. But when you steal, energetically you steal from yourself. The typical karmic balance to theft is loss, so a thief will tend to feel less and less supported. But as is all too human, the … Continue Reading…

Possession

It’s a revealing thing that we refer to our belongings as “possessions”. (even “belongings” is revealing) The meaning is what we possess but in many ways, it is they who possess us. The stuff we fulfil our desires with can actually be the greatest barrier to happiness and self-awareness. It is in disengaging from that possession or attachment to our stuff that the reality of who we are and what is real unfolds.* 2:39 When non-possession is steadfast, knowledge comes regarding the questions of existence. This is the last of the 5 Yamas or observances in the Yoga Sutra. This … Continue Reading…

Refined Brahman

Writing about Brahman in an intelligible way is a little fraught. It’s so beyond most peoples frame of reference that words can be entirely misleading. How do you describe something that is nothing, that is beyond consciousness, beyond existence, and is without qualities or form? And yet for someone in Brahman stage of development, that’s all there (is). To say it is nothing is to completely misrepresent it. To say it is something even more so. To confuse it with the emptiness of early Self Realization is a complete error. This is much deeper than an empty infinity. Maharishi Mahesh … Continue Reading…

Healing Everything – Part 3 of 3

< Part 2 – Prep – More Specific Issues Much of the above helps us improve the general tone of our lives but some knots or blocks are more pernicious. After our practice, we step back into the world and the old habits re-engage, reinforcing the momentum of the past. These are the sprouted seeds of karma. Rose recently listed 15 ways we may store issues in our mental and emotional energy that will affect our health, clarity, and quality of life. The list has been growing. The types of dross or Stuff I’ll go over includes that and a … Continue Reading…

Healing Everything – Part 2 of 3

< Part 1 – Intro – Preparation As long as a lot of this is unconscious, we’re not going to understand the mechanics and so can’t act directly on them. We’ll just continue to react from them. Thus, we need three things: 1 – energetic literacy (making it conscious and clear) 2 – some context for what we’re experiencing (understanding) 3 – techniques to address specific issues (skills) This article is a summary to point to resources for all three. The most important part to understand is the need for energetic literacy. Direct experience will bring some understanding and skills … Continue Reading…

Healing Everything – Part 1 of 3

Part 1 – Intro Everything can be healed, if we know the actual cause and understand it’s mechanics. However, that cause may be masked under layers of other unresolved debris making it very difficult to access. Getting to know the subtler layers of our being with energetic literacy is a major first step. When we think of healing, our society will point to doctors of medicine. Allopathic medicine is very valuable for broken bones, cuts, and infections and such. But it doesn’t do as good a job with issues of imbalance that lead to chronic background conditions. And it ignores … Continue Reading…

Kundalini is Not Causal

In articles here I’ve discussed the role of kundalini Shakti in the awakening process. However, it’s important to understand that kundalini does not cause an awakening. An awakening takes place when Self recognizes itself through this form, when the observer observes itself and recognizes itself, here. Generally speaking, a certain degree of dross must be cleared from the energy physiology for awakening to arise and be experienced clearly. But often much more is required after the shift to deepen the experience and develop further. To some extent the process itself creates the clearing, but often various techniques might be adopted … Continue Reading…