Many Paths Home

Path by Tim Green

On this blog, I recommend a specific approach and practices. I’ve seen this as very effective for quality of life, smooth awakening, and a full process including the refined stages. Each of us uniquely combines laws of nature. This is designed specifically to contribute another perspective to the whole. We’re designed to be distinctive variations on a theme. What I recommend will support many paths, but we each have our own journey to take. What will support your journey will also be distinct. Some of us find an obvious line early on. Others need to sample from different approaches, perhaps … Continue Reading…

The Person

Rory by Randen Pederson

There was a time in India when the householders approach had become universal. The sage Shankara revived the path of renunciation for that small percent who are naturally monks. But then the pendulum swung to the other extreme and the householders path became obscured in many teachings. Practices came to emphasize renunciation, even for householders. Inquiry is prominent, for example, even though it is primarily a monk’s approach. This is because close inquiry into reality is difficult when we have worldly responsibilities. We have to pay attention to appearances. 🙂 Extracting oneself from ego identification is key for Self Realization … Continue Reading…

More Cosmic

Cosmic Fractoil by Nikk

On Our Bodies, I spoke of the local bodies, the cosmic, and the Divine. There is more to this that can be explored. First some background… There are 8 prakritis or fundamental values of our nature: the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, space), mind, intellect, and ego. These elements correspond to the koshas or subtle bodies:   Kosha  Experience Dominant element Sense Annamaya food body, physical earth smell Pranamaya energy, emotional water taste Manonmaya mental, sensory fire sight Vijnanamaya intellect, intuition air touch Anandamaya bliss, celestial, causal space hearing Chittamaya  flow, cosmic mind – – Atmamaya cosmic Self, consciousness … Continue Reading…

Ceremonial

PhD

On Getting a PhD, I talked about the backstory here as an example of how ancestral trauma can influence life and perhaps conflict with our own karma and dharma. The seminary moved the graduation date up so I could do a project for them. However, as events unfolded, it became apparent that hadn’t been necessary. It seems the ancestors wanted to manage this on a different timetable. Some of you asked to see photos. As has been very common this year, the graduation was virtual. Davidya

The Consequences of Attachment

Truth or Consequences by Einalem

In the Bhagavad Gita, dharma has dropped and 2 opposing sides have drawn up for battle on the Kurukshetra plains of India. Many of the warriors are siddhas, able to hit their targets without fail. Prince Arjuna, leader of the Pandavas, is offered either Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, or his army to assist him. He chooses Krishna. They ride a chariot out between the 2 battle lines and a deep discussion ensues. Arjuna sees the situation as impossible as it will only end in destruction. Krishna teaches him the value of right action, of restoring dharma, and of Yoga, … Continue Reading…

The Fear of Silence

In the face of fear by Fan D

Occasionally, someone will mention their fear of silence, of self-annihilation, or of spiritual practices. Such dread isn’t a quality of silence. Silence is infinite, eternal and deeply peaceful. Alive silence is also blissful. However, that deep settledness we get in silence gives the body deep rest. That’s an opportunity for healing that can trigger purification. One type of purification is bringing old, incomplete emotions to the surface like fear. This is actually desirable. If we’re willing to allow the emotion to arise, it will quickly peak and be resolved. It was just waiting for a chance to complete. Then we’ll … Continue Reading…

What is Flow?

flOw by Manuel Sagra

This came up in a discussion and I thought it worth sharing. Flow is the movement of primary qualities of nature through the physiology. We could say the movement of consciousness with qualities. When our identification with being a separate individual softens and lets go, nature can move through us. We’re much less in the way of the universal flows of life. This may begin prior to awakening or well after. It depends on when we’re clear enough through the lower koshas for these qualities to flow. This process has been called the liberation of the laws of nature that … Continue Reading…

Our Bodies

Bodies by Toshiyuki IMAI

Like so many things on a spiritual journey, we can experience our body in a vast range of ways. Most people experience their physical body and have an internal experience of thoughts and emotions. Some come to experience energy fields and auras, learning to see or feel them. Some notice their mind is like a field surrounding the entire body. And so forth. This leads to descriptions of 5 koshas, sheaths, or “bodies”; the food (physical), emotional, mental, intellect, and causal. In Brahman stage, you can come to see consciousness itself as a universal kosha. Add the field of creation … Continue Reading…

Some Math

Math bag by Quinn Dombrowski

This article explores some numeric correspondences that have deeper connections. Some of it is speculative. The 7th or crown chakra is composed of 1,000 petals. This chakra runs the opening and some activity of the 6 lower chakras but is mostly out of our awareness, much like many bodily functions. The chakras are managed by a set of 50 devata each, working together to create sutras of light (subtle geometry) and mantra (vibration) to produce experiences and form. There seem to be 50 sounds used by the 50 devata. Our human approximation of these sounds is the Sanskrit alphabet. There … Continue Reading…

Huston’s Yogas

Hindu Wedding Card by Parekh Cards

I’ve been reading Huston Smith’s World Religions for ordination studies. The book is well-written but dominated by recent academic perspectives of the topic. It offers a general overview of the larger faiths, but I wouldn’t base my practices on it. In the Hindu section, Houston outlines the primary Yogas or paths to union.     In brief, these are: – Hatha yoga is the path of the body – Karma yoga is the path of action and perception – Bhakti yoga is the path of devotion – Gyana or jnana yoga is the path of the intellect When I first … Continue Reading…

A Conversation with Georgette Star

Summit

In mid-February, I had an hour’s conversation with Georgette Star for her Client Breakthrough Summit. That conversation was posted May 3 during the Summit. I summarized the stages and offered a perspective of current world events and the core things needed for spiritual growth. It’s remarkable to consider how much what is here has changed since that conversation. Davidya On Vimeo

A Third Conversation with Andrew Hewson

Blue feather

Andrew and I first had a conversation with Dorothy Rowe last fall, then followed up with just the two of us in conversation on the stages of enlightenment. In December Andrew and I had a second conversation. And now, we’ve had another wide-ranging discussion. The focus was primarily of the refinement of perception, healing, and the unfolding of the layers of Divinity (the topic of my 2nd dissertation). On Youtube