I talk a lot here about stages of development in consciousness aka stages of enlightenment. This is to offer context for the various experiences and teachings out there and help us gain a better understanding of the path.
But sometimes, it’s useful to hear it all said a different way. On a recent retreat, Lorne Hoff spoke of Purusha and Prakriti. These are terms used by the Indian philosophy of Samkhya, a dualistic outlook that enumerates how the world comes into being.
In Samkhya, Purusha is the cosmic spirit and Prakriti is nature. Together, they are the origin of the world. This is much like Shiva and Shakti, the Yang and Yin.
As Lorne observed Purusha can be seen as perspective or stage of development and Prakriti can be seen as perception.
Just as knowledge of the world is different in different stages of development, so too is perception different in different perspectives.
As we grow, our perspective changes and with it, our perceptions.
Each stage has its own sense of self and the world, its own sense of reality.