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All Life is in the Moment

At a certain point in our journey, we’ll begin to experience everything as being now. If we’ve had a very visual journey, we may experience time collapsing into the moment. The nodes of the mesh of our history becoming one point, all moving together. The series of “me”s from our past, all found to be one we. Then the we’s of all people found to be one cosmic person. While each personality can continue to have distinct experiences, they are not separated by time. I suspect this may be where the images of gods with many arms or  heads may … Continue Reading…

The Backlog

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The old texts tell us we have mountains of unresolved experiences (karma) in our catalogue. When we learn how to heal and accept experiences that arise, it can seem like an endless task. And that’s just the “suitcase” we came into this life with. What the heck is the point of doing all this work when we have such an endless backlog? It’s important to understand that the purpose of practices of acceptance and healing are not to fix ourselves. We couldn’t possibly process every unresolved experience from innumerable lives. The point of such practices is to shift how we … Continue Reading…

The Value of Routine

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It can be really hard to break bad habits, especially if they have positive rewards. But there are other habits that are very desirable. Automatically being able to talk, walk, and ride a bicycle, for example. We may not remember, but it took a lot of practice to develop those skills. Now they just run as programs. The interesting angle here is the value of routine. If we don’t have good daily habits, we leave our conscious mind in full control of our day-to-day needs. We have to decide to brush our teeth and make breakfast rather than just doing … Continue Reading…

Judgement vs Discernment (Part 3)

In our culture we often confuse Judgement and Discernment. During Nancy Shipley Rubin‘s workshop, she discussed their distinctions. I wrote the prior article on Our Protectors. This is when we’re in judgement with a closed 3rd chakra. This arises because we’re not getting our needs met. We’re in defence. However, when we fall into judgement, we are separating ourselves internally. Then we have trouble seeing and naming our needs. And because what we put out there comes back, life confirms our judgement and perpetuates what we don’t want. However, if we have fear around judgement, we lose our voice and … Continue Reading…

Possession

It’s a revealing thing that we refer to our belongings as “possessions”. (even “belongings” is revealing) The meaning is what we possess but in many ways, it is they who possess us. The stuff we fulfil our desires with can actually be the greatest barrier to happiness and self-awareness. It is in disengaging from that possession or attachment to our stuff that the reality of who we are and what is real unfolds.* 2:39 When non-possession is steadfast, knowledge comes regarding the questions of existence. This is the last of the 5 Yamas or observances in the Yoga Sutra. This … Continue Reading…

Experience Whatever is Here

“ When a painful story arises, it’s a belief from the past that arises in the moment.  There’s the possibility that rather than tightening up and bracing yourself against what’s here, you could actually embrace it … watch and feel what’s present … allow the sensations to be here. Inquiry is bringing Consciousness – space and tenderness – to the experience. Consciousness has this tremendous ability to move through the story or conditioning … You can let yourself experience whatever is here. Do you recognize that? Space is very tender. Who you are is very tender.” — Neelam This is … Continue Reading…

Q&A, Part 7

Funny – I began pasting the comments here to provide some content while life was too full to write much. But the conversation has continued. These are replies to multiple people.  Still working on the large Stages article. And the ‘Like’ feature has silenced most comments here. Part 6. Back to the beginning. The arena of desires is a fascinating one and can be all about context. On the one hand, there is the teaching for renunciates to give up on all desires of the world. On the other hand, there is the householders life that is full of desires, … Continue Reading…

Q&A, Part 4

At this point in the discussion, I’m replying to several people. I’m not including the questions generally because this is an international discussion and some are using English awkwardly. It would not be appropriate to use or edit their words. Meanwhile, the home front has settled again and I can get back to writing this week. Yeah! This conversation began here Q&A 2   Q&A 3 … In some ways, it can seem like settling into the calm eye of the hurricane when meditating or similar. But in awakening, it’s not like that. You’re not in the hurricane anymore. You are … Continue Reading…

Q&A, Part 2

Afer a short pause the back and forth mentioned in the prior article continued, with some side debate on issues with my approach. Again, edited slightly for context. … As I discussed prior, it depends on what you mean by “ego”, If you mean a personal concept of self, a “me”: that ends with Self Realization. (although aspects may fall away over time). But the individuating principle [Ahamkara] remains. There is still an apparent person here acting in the world. Only now, the ego is not laying claim and saying these are “my” actions and “my” possessions and “my” body. … Continue Reading…

Presence

One of the key qualities of spiritual progress can be a growing sense of presence, of being in the moment rather than in the mind. The mind alone brings us anxiety about the future or regrets about the past. Presence brings us peace. However, while presence can be cultured, it has to be present first. Also called the witness, presence is the growing dominance of a background of simple awareness. We’re becoming less caught in the mind and it’s stories and the emotions and their drama. Presence is the natural consequence of spiritual development. Techniques like meditations that connect us … Continue Reading…

Time and Culture

Awhile back, I made a documentary on how our metabolic rate affects our perception of the passage of time. How fast our body runs determines how fast we see time passing and how quickly events seem to take place. The first part of the film illustrated how different animal species have different default metabolic rates and thus perceive time and action differently. Humans behave in slow motion compared to some creatures and quickly for others. In the second part, I explored how our metabolic rate gradually slows with age, changing our perception of time. For active, growing children, a day … Continue Reading…

Virgin Birth

In The Moment of Grace, we talked of the profound surrender that takes place in the moment of awakening. Here, Adyashanti in Ch.10 of Falling into Grace, brings another look at the shift and how it has been described in history. “You can find common themes throughout many of the worlds religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, as well as those that existed long before modern religious history. One of the more common motifs that appears cross-culturally is that of the virgin birth.” “These stories of virgin birth refer to the birth of that which is born without the coming together … Continue Reading…