We tend to see change as a loss, partly because the ego likes to feel in control. It’s also disturbing tamas, our inertia.
And yet, the cycle of growth requires change: balance, disintegration, growth, integration, and repeat.
Without disintegration, there is no growth, no transformation. Life is inherently change. Our very life depends on the transformation of food, water, and breath.
And if we look around us we see that change is the order of the day. In fact, the world around us is being recreated in every moment. The only reason it doesn’t completely change every time is … Continue Reading…
There is a tendency in spiritual circles to blame things on karma. “It didn’t work out because of my karma.” Or “My karma made this a bad experience.”
But this understanding is poor. Karma means action. While action has consequences, we can’t blame everything on that.
For example, we can’t expect waiting for something to happen will cause action to take place. If we want results, we have to act.
As a friend recently commented, until you’ve done everything you can, you can’t blame lack of results on karma. It’s in God’s hands only after you’ve done all … Continue Reading…
One of the defining factors of being human is our potential to reflect and embody consciousness to quite profound levels. This isn’t exclusive to humans but it might be called one of our greater potentials – to live reality right in form.
Many of the things we’ve often considered “human” can also be discovered in plants and animals, although the expression varies considerably. For example, some cats are very present, some live in their own world, and some are thick as a post. Trees have senses and emotions but experience very differently.
Our path isn’t about “getting enlightened.” It’s better to … Continue Reading…
Refined perception results from polishing the physiology on each level and increasing clarity.
I’ve spoken of how purification helps bring clarity and soma refines the structure of the body. But what causes polishing?
Daily experiences of life. Sometimes, the hardest experiences can burnish the most.
If we’re resisting those experiences, we create noise and sludge that hinder our ability to see. This impedes refined perception. But it doesn’t stop the polishing.
However, we won’t recognize the polishing until we clear those windows of perception.
We can call learning a polishing of the mental “body,” Emotions refine the emotional “body,” … Continue Reading…
Over the years, I’ve explored my family tree and done DNA testing. It’s fascinating to see how a family evolves and what changes things.
For example, my father was born in New Zealand and spent his early years on a cattle ranch. His father developed a health issue, and they chose to migrate back to western Canada where he had met his Australian wife.
Had they not made that choice, my parents would not have met and this form would not have been created. In fact, there are innumerable choices innumerable people made over the years … Continue Reading…
There’s a curious balance on the spiritual path between being human and being divine, between self-effort and flow.
If we do not act, we see no results, no fruit. But if we act with expectation, life is bound to disappoint. Life flows in the whole, not the me.
After awakening, there is often a period of winding down the old. We unwind remaining attachments related to expectations and grasping for results. Slowly, we learn to allow and let life be as it is in the various parts of our life. We let go of the ego’s need for control. We step … Continue Reading…
“You’ll never bump into anything more extraordinary, more amazing, more mysterious than life without your idea about it.”
– Adyashanti, from a recent newsletter
I can add, even your life without your idea about it. 😉
Over on Lori Ann Lothian’s blog Awakened Dreamer, she posted an article on Purpose, Discover the Thing You Were Born For in 5 Easy Steps. I enjoyed the article and ended up writing a long comment I decided to share here. I’ve added some links to articles I’ve written on the subject, with more at the bottom.
It is a fascinating explore… I’ve found that we are never not living to purpose. It’s actually not possible to be otherwise. It’s built in to our existence. However, if we’re not conscious of it, we can tend to resist and … Continue Reading…