There is a curious paradox in spiritual practice.
On the one hand, awakening and progress in consciousness happens through grace, through the hand of the Divine. Awakening isn’t an experience or something a person does or has – it’s an awakening from the person. There is nothing we can do directly to make it happen.
And yet, we are not separate from the Divine. The Divine moves though us to prepare the way and organize circumstances that allow grace to happen. This shows up as the opportunity for good practices, teachers, books, and so forth.
As the renowned sage Vasishtha … Continue Reading…
“Nature remembers what we humans have forgotten:
Every cycle must return to stillness, silence, the dark
Every out-breath requires an in-breath
Every outer endeavor turns back inwards to its origins, its center, and begins again;
From death comes new life and from the darkest night, the new dawn is born”
– Karen Clarke
There is a curious dynamic once you shift into the perspective of the body as cosmic, usually in Refined Unity. The cosmic is beyond the fields of karma and stress. There is nothing there to purify. When you experience your body as cosmic, it is seen as pristine and full of light.
And yet all bodies in our universe are part of the cosmic. It includes all forms in all of time and space. Those bodies are expressed into denser layers and carry unresolved experiences, nodes of resistance, and other kinds of crud.
And thus, when we live … Continue Reading…
Shiksha, a Vedic text on Sanskrit grammar, tells us in verse 5 that Sanskrit has 64 letters while nature uses 63. This was said “by Brahman himself”.
In other words, nature uses much the same sounds as Sanskrit to create and manage the world.
But there are some key differences between how humans speak and how the devata of nature use sound. For example, human speech is rather linear. A sequence of sounds constructed into words. And rather ponderously slow. And usually driven from an individual agenda rather than an effort to harmonize.
While a devata starts the process the … Continue Reading…