The Receptors

The mind is powered mainly by the 3rd chakra at the solar plexus. And the mind field or mental body is a field that surrounds the entire body to some distance. Why then do we subjectively experience thoughts as being in the head?

Consider where we have our receptors for thinking.

We can describe the brain as a receptor or antenna for the mind. The brain is the physical interface for mental energy. Thus we recognize thinking as happening “in the head.” The movement of thoughts is not restricted to the brain though. Thoughts move through the “space” of … Continue Reading…

Styles of Enlightenment

As readers of this blog know, I explore various ways of looking at how enlightenment or spiritual awakening is lived. Here, I don’t mean how the changes are experienced but rather the styles of embodying it. The container we experience those changes through.

In the past, I’ve discussed the distinction between an emphasis on consciousness as I do or an emphasis on energetic embodiment as Rose Rosetree does. But it soon becomes clear there’s several layers to the varieties of lived enlightenment.

Here is a brief list of some of the distinctions that come to mind:

1) Orientation – … Continue Reading…

Our Amazing Senses

If you read about Samkhya in Indian philosophy, you’ll often hear it explained that senses arise out of mind and objects come out of the senses. However, it’s better to understand perception to be coming out of consciousness itself with mind an intermediary that interprets. Mind may well claim a higher role, but this is overstating.

One can note, for example, that in deep yoga when the mind goes silent, it does not take the senses off-line. (although there may be no content to sense) They continue unimpaired. And when the mind is asleep in deep sleep, hearing … Continue Reading…

The 5 Elements

Early cultures the world over described basic elements or fundamental qualities of the physical world. These principles are core to many traditional practices and understanding in health, architecture, event timing, and more.

Common to India (Mahabhuta), Greece, and Japan (Godai) are Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. Buddhism  emphasizes the first 4.

The 5 elements of China (Wu Xing) are slightly different. I realized in seeing them in chart form that with the 2 unique ones, wood comes between water and fire while metal comes between water and earth. They … Continue Reading…