In Yoga, the key is settling the mind. Then the Self “behind” the noisy mind can shine through.
Yoga Sutra 1 v2-3:
Yoga is the complete settling of the activity of the mind.
Then the observer is established in their own nature.
This state of quiet mind or yoga is known by many names like Samadhi, transcendence, or Turiya.
Many techniques today try to force or control the mind to settle. But as this is not arising naturally, it is difficult to achieve. When it happens, a rare clear transcending may be seen … Continue Reading…
There are several factors that influence how we move forward through the stages of development.
– Preparation of the vehicle so it’s able to sustain new depth
– Purification and refinement to allow higher clarity of more abstract values
– Integration of what has opened so far
– Cooperation with the process due to right understanding and OKness
All of these are closely interrelated
But a big one I’m seeing is the embodiment of the current stage.
For example, if there has been a long spiritual practice and depth of presence but we’re … Continue Reading…
Over the years, I’ve written a series of articles on Rose Rosetree‘s books and approach to energetic literacy, energy healing, empath skills, and more. I’ve also written articles highlighting Rose’s approach to a topic. As I’ve done with other teachers, here are the main links for easy reference.
On Energetic Literacy: (energy reading)
Aura Reading – discussion and book review
Energy Modalities – energy medicine, energy psychology and energy spirituality
Stages of Energetic Literacy (1-5)
15 Stages of Energetic Literacy – with graphic flow chart
Auric Modeling – and the issues … Continue Reading…
I’ve been asked about recent events on Rose Rosetree‘s blog so it seems I need to speak to this.
Back in the spring of 2013, I wrote my first article on Rose’s work. The Rose List discussed her curious Enlightenment Life List. Curious because it includes both people I’d agree were enlightened and surprises like famous people who probably didn’t consider themselves so. It would be hard for someone clearly awake not to know they were. As I said at the time, I’d keep an open mind and explore her work further.
I went on … Continue Reading…
On Friday, October 20, 2017, I again spoke at the Science and Nonduality conference in San Jose, CA. The talk explains that Nonduality is not a concept or an experience but is lived directly. It is a way of being. This is explained through the nature of consciousness and the 7 stages of enlightenment model from the Ramayana.
Once again, professional recording was unavailable, so Rick Archer graciously brought his camera gear, introduced me, and recorded the talk. A headset mic was also not available but sound levels are decent. The talk is about 20 … 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…
On How Many Hearts?, a commenter asked why some teachers talk about the Self being in the center of the head and others in the heart. I thought the response was worth sharing. I’ve added more.
The Self or Atman aka self-interacting consciousness is universal and thus is located everywhere, infusing everything. It is the essential medium of all we experience, including what is experiencing, the process of experience and what we experience. Form, emotion, thought, or sensation and what is noticing these – it’s all consciousness. And yet, at its highest, we recognize that Atman is aware … Continue Reading…
Sometimes there can be a moment, an opportunity to shift. These can happen at any time but are most rich in places where there is an intensity of alertness. A gathering of the awake on a retreat is an optimum place for intensity of attention and awakeness.
If a recognition happens, the question then becomes – can this be sustained by this physiology out in the world beyond that circumstance? Is there enough sustained clarity to support the shift?
Was the recognition clear enough to know That unmistakably? Mind will grasp any doubt and run with it.
Was the surrender … Continue Reading…
There is irony in the modern idea that consciousness is an accidental side effect of brain complexity.
Actually, it’s the other way around. The impression we are a body comes from identification with the appearance of it. We could refer to the body as a side effect of the dynamics of consciousness.
Our first liberation in Self Realization is liberation from that identification with the body-mind, with the idea of a local me.
The second liberation is that of the heart and senses in God Consciousness.
The third liberation in Unity is a deeper freedom from the local … Continue Reading…
There is a curious dynamic in being human. Once we know, we know.
For example, a DNA test. They can reveal some fascinating detail about your makeup and origins. But what about the genetic markers you have for diseases such as Alzheimers? What about unknown relatives appearing that your ancestors may have hidden? There can be surprises. These are things that once you know, you cannot stop knowing. Good to know but it’s not always easy.
With knowledge comes responsibility. Even in simple things like crossing the street. Children may dart out into traffic. … Continue Reading…
In some teachings, the kundalini or energy process dominates. It is seen that awakening kundalini opens and rises, leading to awakening. They may prescribe techniques to encourage or even push the energy along. This can be quite hazardous and can make the process much rougher.
However, the deeper problem with a kundalini emphasis is that kundalini is not causal. It is the energetic process that results from the process in consciousness and will unfold in the body naturally when it is ready.
I explored some of the variations in the energy process here.
In a similar way, some teachings … Continue Reading…
This post is more speculative as it’s something newly unfolding that is incomplete and I don’t know of other references yet.
As a being, we experience life from here. Our point from which we view the world is stable. Even if we “astral travel” or move within dreams or consciousness or become infinite, we still come back to this point, these senses in this body. We could say our experience is tethered here.
From a perspective of universal consciousness, Self is aware of itself both globally and at every point within itself. When we’re awake, we … Continue Reading…