Clarity and Release

Clarity and Release

Clarity and release are the 2 key aspects of spiritual growth. The first helps us move forward, the second clears the obstacles to that. Release brings clarity, clarity brings release.

Traditionally, the “way” is divided into several “paths“. Yoga speaks of the means to Union, essentially ways of pacifying the mind. From that perspective, if you settle the mind, you will discover your own nature under the noise.

However, this isn’t something we do just once or twice. We want to come home repeatedly so it becomes familiar. Not just as a place to visit for peace but recognizing it as who we are. We want more than just nice experiences of coming home – that leaves us just memory. This is something we want to live.

We also want to clear out the unresolved dreck or it will continue to kick up noise and re-obscure who we are. Not to mention reduce quality of life.

With enough clarity and release, we have the ground for spiritual awakening, smooth and balanced energy, and a solid connection with the divine. Then we have the platform for real quality of life. As a bonus, any progress we make towards this is carried forward into future lives.

From what I’ve seen, there are 3 key ways to culture clarity and release.

1) The Consciousness approach:
Effortless meditation. This is a practice that cultures turiya, the fourth state of consciousness also known as restful alertness or samadhi. Through a simple practice, the mind settles down and we briefly and regularly touch our own nature (clear or not). An effect of settling the mind is the body settling into a deeply restful state, deeper than sleep. This allows shedding deep resistance and resolving our old baggage and stress. Together, the release and the samadhi cultures clarity.

2) The Healing approach:
Using stage 3 (or better) energetic literacy and techniques to target specific resistance for release. In this approach, we or a trained healer reads the energy and resolves specific issues of various types. This has the advantage of removing more specific issues that simple rest may not get to. We get more specific support for our unique needs.

Note that I don’t mean pouring random energy into an area where we feel some resistance. While that may help ease some constraint, it’s too general for the deeper clarity we’re talking about here.

3) Devotional Surrender:
A deep, open relationship with the divine can culture profound surrender and growing clarity. But early on, this approach is suitable only for those with a Bhakti temperament. Making a mood or going through religious ceremony or prayer is hollow if there isn’t an open heart. It also requires enough clarity to recognize the divine. Even devotees usually need some of the above first. Then they can have an experiential relationship with the divine, not a conceptual one. That’s what will bring results.

Later on the journey, devotion can arise at key points and then more fully. The form of the devotion may not show up in a prescribed sort of way. No boundaries, right?

4) Darshan: [Update]
Resonance – spending time with the awake (the more live the better) is also a potent technique. But like devotion, it’s best to culture the ground first. Transcendence is faster. When we get close to waking, darshan can be a catalyst for the shift. Thereafter, it helps support growth – especially after Unity. Go together, speak together

As a general recommendation, I suggest the first, supplemented by some targeted healing from the second. Someone like Kristin Kirk emphasizes the second. As I noted up top, release brings clarity, clarity brings release.

Other approaches like inquiry or mindfulness emphasize consciousness and require a certain degree of presence already developed to be effective. Even with presence, they tend to be slower because they’re less direct. And because they don’t culture the feminine, they tend to a more dry unfolding with less of the potential richness. There is also a tendency to stall out due to lack of cultured clarity. Where is the talk of the divine in neo-advaita circles?

Not that these are not useful techniques. You should go with what works for you. Just make sure you’re culturing the deep connection to source and release. Myself, I found that both arise naturally in the process and needn’t be cultured as a technique.

Of course, there are secondary things like culturing gratitude and yoga asanas that can be valuable. But these are support roles. The core needs to culture clarity and release.

By learning a right meditation and some good healing techniques, it’s amazing the skills that develop and the growth that can unfold. A life beyond imagining. As Denise Hagan sings “If you could see what I see, well you’d never lose your smile.”

Last Updated on December 13, 2019 by Davidya

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  1. michael

    Hi David!

    I would say it depends with inquiry if you do not get to the feminine or not. If we do it too mental….yes it becomes too dry. but if we do it like Scott Kiloby and we allow ourselves to feel then we start to open up to the feminine, as feeling is a feminine quality. And if we allow ourselves to really feel it will open up the feminine side within us. (from what i have seen). And then the masculine (thinking) and feminine (feeling) can balance and “merge”.


    1. Hi Michael
      My reference to inquiry was in how it’s typically taught and used in non-duality circles, as an inquiry into self and reality. And yes, thats very much a mental process. If there isn’t enough presence, it remains only a mental process because there is only the mind to inquire. If there is enough presence, then you can notice what is noticing, deeper than the mind. But then you can get caught in trying to manipulate experience.

      Various techniques for culturing the feelings and heart can certainly help with release. You’ve mentioned Michael Brown and Scott as examples prior.

      However, the key point here is touching source and the deep clarity of sattva from the bliss kosha. I would place techniques for the heart and mind as secondary, supportive things. They may have great value for this or that individual. But if we’re not culturing source, this isn’t going as deep.

      Just consider the Kosha model. What I mentioned as secondary techniques are good for the surface 3 layers. But there are 7 koshas. If we’re not culturing the works, the others remain shadowed. How deep is that clarity then?

  2. Jim

    Thank you again for a fascinating topic 🙂

    Yes, my experience has been that the technique for turiya and some siddhis sprinkled in are enough – more than enough, actually – lol. Then, turn outward in the world, act, listen and watch carefully. Life is collectively the best teacher ever – It doesn’t get any more authentic.

    Spiritual therapy can be appropriate also, and it is wonderful that there are so many offering their services. Sharing our experiences, and learning to use new techniques is a very liberating thing to do. However our journey is ultimately about us and our individual lives, and even the best human teacher can only take us so far. Only one face looks back at us in the mirror.:-)

    Then it is up to each of us to flower, and express the transcendent and infinite nature of life, uniquely, naturally. If each of us were to take the greatest teacher we can think of, know that each of us is that, and more. The teacher does not sit at the end of the road, rather he or she lines the royal path that each of us walks continuously, on the journey to ourselves, and beyond.

    1. Well put, Jim.

      It’s worth noting that my own process has also been almost entirely the first also. I didn’t meet decent energy healers until much more recently.

      But because inner vision and processes arose, I did some of the second on myself. Some of the was a little sloppy or clumsy early on and matured over time with more clarity.

      Not everyone has that ability yet though. Then it may be useful to use a good healer or study techniques that give you such abilities. I see people getting great results that way, so I suggest this now.

      1. It’s also worth mentioning that I see a lot of people who have been meditating a long time and have become a bit stuck.

        Sometimes this is due to a subtle wrong approach, like errors in the practice. (effort, daydreaming, etc)

        But sometimes it’s because they have something big to clear that a good healer can help with. Obstacle removed, they can make more progress.

  3. michael

    I agree 100% with you!
    I would not put them in hierarchy though. Connect with source and learn to see the triggers we get in life so that we can resolve the baggage. In my view they go together and make a wonderful team 😉

    Because what i see is that most people get stuck with meditation (as you wrote) and when they switch to doing some emotional work they come back to meditation and are suprised how deep they can go and how “source shows finally up”.
    … have them together.

    1. Hi Michael
      I put connect with source first simply because it’s the foundation of everything else. I’ve seen some get excellent results with good approaches with the second. But I’ve also seen how that missing connection can lead to astral entanglement and related issues.

      Without the direct experience of who we are, we are the rudderless ship. 🙂

      But yes – the second paragraph describes what I’ve seen a lot of.

  4. michael

    Ohhh just forgot: Scott mentions that if people continously do the “undoing” they will awaken. He sees a direct correlation between this work and awakening in his clients but says that most people are not willing to do this work….even a lot awake people he has met and worked with do not want to do this work.

    Hey David something else: would it be possible for you to install an correction button? so that if one (i 😉 forget something or see a mistake etc. can correct it? What do you think?

    1. Agreed on willingness to do the work. If we’re not willing to deal with our stuff, it ain’t gonna happen.

      But just as meditators can get stuck in a rut, so too with healers. If there isn’t also a way to connect with source, there is a greater tendency to get caught by or be unwilling to face the baggage. So again – both.

      I’m also talking in terms of long term development – not just waking up. The higher stages go vastly deeper. That is better supported with the combo.

  5. Jim

    Good comments about being willing to ‘do the work’. As many have said, it is simply a way to confront our stories while recognizing they are just that, and going beyond the deepest of them.

    It can be quite a movie, though the price of admission is relinquishing it all. Not only that, but the continual embrace of our new reality is essential too – not a journey for the sentimental.

    On the other hand, this is a journey of consciousness, through life, our life, and so despite all the loss and reconciliation, there is ever more abundance discovered too. We enjoy the deep satisfaction of solving even the most difficult of problems, and learn spontaneously the knowledge of the ages, bringing it alive.

    And the more we take on, the more we can take on, a sign that the path is suitable for us. Doing the work, no matter how difficult it appears in the moment, *always* leads to greater rewards as we continue. It also becomes easier, so that as larger and larger obstacles are confronted, our strength and courage are there to match, guaranteed.

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