The Isness of Divinity

Being There by Erich Ferdinand

There are some curious distinctions in the core values of reality. For example, being or the sense of existence. We first may recognize this as a sense of I Am. As we progress spiritually, we can settle into values of pure consciousness beyond the I-sense. There we find a sense of Amness, of our existence without personal identification. And still deeper, we can come to universal consciousness where the sense is of Isness, an impersonal but universal existence. That sense first arises when consciousness becomes aware of itself, it becomes aware of its own existence. “When existence becomes conscious, intelligence … Continue Reading…

Global Group Meditation Practice

Blue feather

You’ve probably seen messages from groups organizing occasional large-scale group meditation practice. These have moved on-line where everyone practices at a synchronized time to increase collective coherence. They have repeatedly demonstrated the benefits of this for society in research done since the 1970s. Recently, to help with the current crisis, the TM organization started synced practice every day, twice a day, around the globe. This has the potential to enhance both your own practice and to add yours to the collective soothing. Simply start your practice at the times for your area or a nearby time zone. For times in … Continue Reading…

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The Image of God

Divine Light by Andrew Kudrin

Just like stages in consciousness, there are stages in knowing the Divine. The first stage is the most common, a stage of belief or disbelief. God as an idea we believe in or don’t, often from what we’ve read or been told. A mental concept. Every faith has their own image of the Divine. What does God look like? What is God called? How many names do we give That? Many Westerners carry an odd picture of an old man in a throne in the sky, probably derived from Sunday-school children’s books. That is so limited, it’s good to toss … Continue Reading…

A Devotional Practice

Namaste by Pretty Pixels

I’ve been a little remiss here. I write extensively about the importance of transcending. It is a foundational practice to establish true Yoga and develop enlightenment. But I’ve talked much less about the role of devotion. Some people are on a Bhakti or devotional path. But all of us need some of that, in whatever form suits us. This is because of the key role the heart takes in the evolutionary process. Without that, our life is dry and flat – even if we’re able to realize the Self. A constrained heart limits our potential and the stages that can … Continue Reading…

Getting a PhD

Blue feather

This article is presented as a further illustration of what I explored in The Backstory. I’ve long had a powerful drive for advanced education. I thought I’d picked it up from my educated parents, for whom it was like a mantra. But it turned out to be born of trauma, not dharma. It was passed down my father’s line and also inherited by my mother. This conflicted with my personal karma and dharma, which has not been to follow traditional paths (even though I tap into their value). The current planetary cycles triggered the drive again. It surprised me how … Continue Reading…

What is Devotion?

Embodied Philosphy

In this conversation, Kavitha Chinnaiyan speaks with Jacob Kyle of Embodied Philosophy on true devotion. You may recognize his voice from my interview. At first I disagreed with her statements about devotion being required for the path until she further defined what she meant. Love of service and love of knowledge are also devotion. Without love for something, why would you pursue it? Devotion from the heart, dedication from the mind. She objects to Bhakti being associated only with Vaishnavas (like followers of Krishna) and Kirtan. She observes these are just 2 forms of expression. You don’t have to choose … Continue Reading…

The Backstory

Remember When by Normalityrelief

On this blog, I’ve talked about past lives and karma many times. I started remembering prior lives back in the early ’80’s during a period of major challenges (karma). In the Shadbhava article, I talked about the 6 houses or influences we bring into this life: 3 from the bloodline, 3 from prior lives. Yet I hadn’t quite put together that we can carry energetic burdens from both lines. Most discussions on karma relate only to prior lives. Dorothy Rowe talks about ancestral healing of the family baggage passed down, sometimes for generations. You can recognize family “inheritances” through repeating … Continue Reading…

Book Updated

      Recently, I got back into the text of Our Natural Potential to tidy a few typos, update a few small things, and add a glossary. The content is basically the same except for the glossary (and a number in the subtitle). The updates have been posted and will spread through the various outlets over the next day or so. Davidya      

Client Breakthrough Summit

Summit

Georgette Star MA, D.Min. invited me to speak on the Client Breakthrough Summit, an on-line conference for practitioners, coaches, and healers. The conference is to help practitioners upgrade their knowledge to further support their clients. The conference has 4 tracks, one of which is on understanding the awakening process. Georgette felt I could bring a bigger picture to the subject and can talk about the role healing plays too. It is an interview format. Many people in this arena have a more generalized understanding of spiritual unfoldment. We may think of awakening as a personal goal, an enriched understanding, or … Continue Reading…

Respect for the Personal

On articles like The Power of Mantra, I’ve mentioned the personal mode of experiencing the world through the heart. I thought we should take the point a little further. First, when we talk about experiencing angels, gods, and the Divine in form, we want to understand some distinctions. There is the level of belief and of following established rituals. These are usually based on someone’s prior experience, often passed down for hundreds of years. Those who are not “believers” may sensibly dismiss such things as superstition. Yet just because you’ve not been to Marrakesh doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. If … Continue Reading…

LuciaLorn Retreats

I have occasionally written about retreats with Lorn & Lucia Hoff. I’ve been attending them for over a dozen years. Since just before I started this blog, actually. Watching and speaking to people going through stage changes there has heavily informed my writing. They normally held them at a rural lodge where I had my first BATGAP interview. I’ve been low key about them partly because the retreats are limited to about 2 dozen people and typically have a waiting list well in advance. People travel from all over the world to an island off the coast of western Canada. … Continue Reading…

Soma and Agni

Fire by Shan Sheehan

Agni is the cosmic fire described in the ancient Rig Veda. It is the first word of the first verse, the force that causes the world to come into being, the outward stroke. Agni has also been associated with the light of consciousness and the sense of sight. It is the digestive fire. It is sometimes represented by the sun and with the masculine. Soma or nectar is the softener and refiner, it is the ocean of the Divine Mother’s milk that draws us within, the inward stroke. The moon is sometimes called soma, and it’s affiliated with the feminine. … Continue Reading…