Empath and Unity

In a forum I mentioned the distinction between Empath gifts and Unity Consciousness. I was asked to clarify further. I updated the response here.

An empath will experience one or more ways of what it’s like to be another person, depending on their empath gifts. It may be someone’s physical sensations, their emotions, or their thinking tone, etc. They won’t experience all of what that person experiences – just those aspects they have gifts for. And it will only be to the degree of their skill, intention, clarity, and so forth. Mainly they pick … Continue Reading…

Is Brahman God?

A question came came up in correspondence I’d not thought much about – Is Brahman God?

It’s an interesting consideration. We might simply say yes, in the impersonal sense of God.
After all, in God Realization when we merge with the divine, we transcend Atman and become Brahman.

But to say Brahman is God is a bit of a generalization.

To explain, the Vedas describe Brahman in several ways. There is ParamBrahm, the one non-dual totality. But this is total unmanifest nothingness. Myself, I don’t equate that with God although it’s not distinct from God.

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Dance of the Mystery

This Sunday, I heard a talk that put a lot of emphasis on “The Mystery”. This, out of the rising tide of interest in mysticism in New Age and New Thought circles – even in some traditional churches.

At first, my response was that nothing was a mystery. Everything is knowable if we give it our  attention. I have an early teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to thank for that expectation. As he used to say, Knowledge is Structured in Consciousness. If you expand consciousness, you expand the container of knowledge and thus allow it’s growth.

But in chatting with a … Continue Reading…

Progress & Embodiment

Several times recently, the subject of embodiment has come up. That is, not just spiritual awakening or enlightenment but living that in the world.

I’ve spoken before about the masculine and feminine aspects of the stages of enlightenment, of Atman and Sattva.

From Atman comes the flowering of consciousness itself. We have the classic rise of the kundalini Shakti to the crown to join Shiva. But that is essentially just opening the door, the kindergarten of enlightenment. We then bring Shakti and Shiva together down into the … Continue Reading…

The Next Stage

A fun video. I would just make 2 adjustments to the message:
1 – it’s not “about to go”, it’s already happening. It is only that it is an inside out process so it has not shown up on the surface too much yet. What we see is more what has not been resolved being pushed to the surface instead. Are you working to resolve it or are you turning up the drama?

2 – Love is not the next step. The first step is always Know Thyself. Once you know who you are, beyond your mind and ego, … Continue Reading…

Awakening from Awakening

In a conversation About Adyashanti’s book Resurrecting Jesus, Adya and Francis Bennett touch on (at about 18 min) the integration of awakening where it becomes more inclusive of the world, being both fully human and fully divine. Francis used the term “awakening from awakening“. To paraphrase, it’s common that after awakening, we can get a little stuck in the transcendent and deny our humanness and emotion. See the world and body-mind as illusion. Then we come full circle to bring them together in union. The return. Spirit giving itself back into existence.

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Karma Post-Enlightenment

Karma is a curious bird. It means action, what we’d call energy in physics. Yet most people think about it more in terms of our baggage – the karmic consequences that are active in our lives. This is the unresolved energy we carry around, filtering our experience and frustrating our desires.

It’s role post-awakening is also misunderstood. Many assume someone Self Realized is beyond all that. That enlightenment will someone how free us from anything we dislike, like it was some form of escape.

In a way it is. But it doesn’t mean it goes away. We just change our … Continue Reading…

Cosmic Stages

I’ve written before about the stages of childhood development. Using the Alexander model from psychology, we can describe the dominant stages of:

Body & Senses (learning to sense and walk and talk)
Desires & Emotions (the terrible twos)
Mind (school age)
Intellect/ Intuition (teens)
Ego (adult)

Each progressively more subtle level becomes dominant in that developmental stage.

These also correspond to the Vedic layers known as the koshas, what are commonly called the auras or energy bodies.

With awakening, we step beyond individual ego and recognize ourselves as Atman or Cosmic Being.

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Our Natural Potential

For those of you in the Vancouver area, I’ll be giving a talk during the Centre for Spiritual Living‘s Sunday service @ 11am on Sunday, October 26th.

Here’s the blurb:
In this talk, David will give an overview of typical human development, then explore the latest on transpersonal development; what is commonly called spiritual awakening, higher states of consciousness or enlightenment.

In the last decade, these stages have shifted from the mythical and mystical into the world of psychology and biology. Combining science with the understanding from ancient texts, David will outline the stages of this unfolding and what … Continue Reading…

Lorne and Lucia Retreats

I was recently on another Lorne and Lucia retreat. As usual, the presence of the gathered group was very powerful and helped trigger another opening.

It’s evolved a great deal since I first started going on the retreats about 7 years ago. Many of those who woke back in the day are now very established or have moved into higher stages. This creates a very powerful group, even just sitting around the table at meals. The intensity of presence created by just coming together is remarkable.

I’ve been to retreats where 1,500, 2,000, even 8,000 … Continue Reading…

Who Are We?

This came up in discussion on another blog. I thought it useful to raise here.

It’s a curious dynamic. Who we are under the mind, emotions and intellect is bliss. I’ve seen that overtly demonstrated a number of times in satsangs, where a teacher will have the student look under whatever they’re experiencing, then under that, and so forth. They always come to peace or happiness in just a few minutes. And it’s certainly been my experience.

And yet the average person is not just averse to themselves, they’re deeply afraid of experiencing who they “really” are. Their real feelings … Continue Reading…

How Big is the Mind of God?

It’s an interesting question to consider. Can we even comprehend the size of the mind of God? Certainly, we can say infinite, but infinity is usually associated with something like space. What of that which is beyond space and the awareness of it?

Perhaps it would be useful to consider the scale of it a bit.

We live on a planet that’s about 6,370 km around. That means that if you fly a small plane going at 60 km per hour, it would take you about four and a half days to make it all the way around, flying non-stop. … Continue Reading…