This blog has over 1,500 posts. It is packed with concepts. If you come here looking for concepts, you’ll certainly find them.
But if you’re seeking spiritual awakening, it’s good to recognize that our concepts will never meet it. The subject is literally beyond the mind. Words can only point and approximate. Words are symbols for concepts only.
There is an old Vedic saying – updated for today we could say “knowledge in blogs remains in blogs.”
The reality is never what the mind may expect. I can guarantee that however much you may think you know what enlightenment is, it’s not that. It’s a pretty much universal trait to have a doh! moment with awakening. Our concepts never meet it.
On this site, I suggest you consider ideas like working models, subject to change. If you’ve been reading this blog awhile, you know the models I use have evolved, I’ve changed some terminology, and I’ve crossed out a few things I later realized were wrong. Our understanding is always a work in progress.
If this is true, why do I bother? Because these pointers can be very useful for those living it. Having a little context for what is unfolding can be invaluable.
Such models can help put teachings you hear or read into some kind of context. Teachers may seem to contradict themselves or each other. Often this is only due to the stage to which they speak. Reality is different in each stage, just as the reality of a toddler is not the same as a teenager.
It’s also very useful to have a bigger picture of the process so you don’t get stuck feeling “done” or over-estimate anything.
Further, those studying the field need good working models. Many models I’ve seen are limited, distorted by one person’s experience, or confuse experience with being.
I write about Brahman regularly these days because it is prominent. Please don’t begin to think you understand Brahman by reading a few articles about it. For someone in Unity, Brahman is nonsensical. For someone in Brahman, Brahman is an unfolding profundity that takes time to be known.
And please don’t use your estimation of someone’s stage to judge them. We’re all on the same journey. And we’re all a broad mixture of development with some things open, other things to heal, and many experiences yet to be had. Human development is not that black & white. Rating others just makes yourself smaller.
My wish is simply that the articles here help support rather than hinder your journey. But that is up to you.