I’ve spoken in several ways about the dynamics of consciousness. Fundamentally, there are three aspects – the observer, the object of observation, and the process of observation. We can even map the enlightenment process to those aspects being realized as Self; the first in Self Realization, the second in Unity, and the third in Refined Unity into Brahman
But we can also notice a fourth aspect – that of global awareness, able to observe the above process. This isn’t really another aspect: it’s the other three united as one lively alertness or fundamental awareness. This carries forward into … Continue Reading…
Just as we’re composed of body, emotions, mind, intellect and ego individually, so too are we structured this way cosmically. Some cultures refer to the cosmic aspects as gods.
The I-sense for an individual person arises from the trinity of mind, intellect and ego. Mind makes the stories of a me and the intellect distinguishes self from other, leading to the I-sense and idea of separate self. In the absence of anything else, we become identified with that I-sense and self-story.
The cosmic I-sense or Self (atman) is the same. In fact, the individual version reflects the cosmic. When we … Continue Reading…
Atman or the Cosmic Self has a three-fold nature. It has a subject or observer aspect, the process of observation, and the object or observed aspect. I illustrated this here.
As consciousness is aware of itself both globally and at every point, it can observe its own dynamics and experience this directly.
“Locally” or personally, we experience this as the ego or I-sense, the intellect, and the mind.
Samkhya describes how Buddhi (intellect) recognizes self as different from other, creating Ahamkara, the I-sense or ego. This arises in early childhood as a baby distinguishes itself from mother.
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One of the curious things I noticed many years ago was how much we agree on the appearance of the world. While there is a huge variation in emphasis and interpretation, we have no problem driving down the street. Other’s reality doesn’t cause the roads to change appearance continually as we go by.
This points to a shared reality. Modern science takes the approach that the physical world is real and we interpret it subjectively with our brains. But when we recognize that the world arises from and within consciousness, this points to a deeper shared reality.
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To embody Divinity post-Brahman, there may seem to be two distinct processes.
This is akin to the 2 processes of development in consciousness – Atman and Sattva.
One aspect is becoming where we recognize we gain a deeper relationship with consciousness. This is the Atman part of the equation.
The other is Sattva, the refinement and polish that leads to deeper knowing and experience and embodiment. Together, they are the primary purpose of spiritual techniques.
But as is the way of all creation, this turns out to reflect deeper causal drivers. As above, so below.
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I’ve written before about our chakras or energy centres. The main 7 are introduced in the bliss body, bringing life to some forms. This means all beings in our universe share the same fundamental 7. And without them, the form remains inert. This is why artificial sentience will never happen although it may be approximated. Technology is missing life force.
The first 7 chakras are mirrored on each side of the body for a total of 21 major and secondary chakras.
The high heart (soul thrill) chakra at the clavicle (between heart and throat) seems unique. It … Continue Reading…
This showed up in my in-box and I thought it useful to explore.
Arjuna asked Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (Ch.13 opening), “What is knowledge?” And Krishna replied, “Knowledge is to know the field and the knower of the field.”*
Knower of the field is the Self, pure consciousness. We become the knower in Self Realization. However, at that point, we often see the world – the body and environment – as separate. We do not yet know the field.
Living in this stage, we see the body acting and the world unfolding without our volition. We are the observer. … Continue Reading…
I heard a talk last Sunday on Palm Sunday and Easter. The talk of the risen Christ reminded me of how some people use the term Ascension. It’s a word I generally avoid as people use it to mean quite a few different things. But in it’s highest meaning, it is the awakening of the body, the physical as cosmic.
While in previous stages of development we have awoken to pure Being and the divine, gradually that awakeness moves forward (down) into all layers of experience. First we become cosmic … Continue Reading…
aka higher states of consciousness or stages thereof
One of the most popular articles on this blog over the years has been on states of consciousness. First as an outline of the 7 states of consciousness model, then a newer version, consolidating the many updates to the prior article.
This article reframes that model a little further to better reflect how people are experiencing the process. I’ve begun making references to this model, so I thought it time for a new Key Post. I’m also working on an book … Continue Reading…