Guilt

Guilt by Durera Toujours

I’ve previously discussed the importance of truth. How can we expect knowledge and understanding if we distort the truth or favour stories and delusion? There are diplomatic ways of being truthful. We need not use it like a hammer. Use the “sweet truth,” Maharishi Mahesh Yogi used to say. A friend recently sent me an article on trust research. They found a difference between feeling guilty, being “guilt-prone,” and being guilt-free. The article observed that people who are guilt-prone “feel more responsible for others.” “guilt-proneness… captures the anticipation of guilt over wrongdoing, [causing] people to avoid transgressing in the first … Continue Reading…

Mind and Intellect

Wing by AJC1

A reader asked me to speak more on the distinction between our mind and our intellect. Basically, mind is a field that processes sensory input, gives meaning and words to experiences via memory, and contains thoughts and ideas. It is the associator. This experience means this. Intellect is the discriminator. Right and wrong, good and bad, etc. It works behind the mind, discriminating what is valuable to notice, what has meaning, and what we can ignore (most of it). Some experience the intellect as intuition or fine feelings. When it’s clear, it can bring knowingness. Ego, ahamkara or I-sense is … Continue Reading…

Types of Vasanas

Plug by Gideon Tsang

I had a recent insight into Vasanas I wanted to share. Let’s define some terms as we go. The “pain body” is our unresolved emotions. The vasana are more subtle than this. After we’ve resolved a lot of old, previously incomplete emotions, we become more conscious of our deeper drivers behind that. Vasana means unresolved desire or driver. These can express as addictions or latent tendencies. This energy can drive much of our behaviour, seeking resolution. For example, we may fall in love with someone who doesn’t reciprocate. If it’s mild, our interest will fade and we’ll move on. If … Continue Reading…

Knots or Granthi

Knot by Blondinrikard Froberg

Granthi is a term from the Vedas that describes contractions in the physiology. These are places where there’s been a trauma, an unwillingness to experience something, or a grasping. They may be stored at the site of the trauma or contraction or may be placed somewhere else. Granthi means knot but these contractions are also called stresses or impurities. They are essentially incomplete experiences yet to be resolved. Another way of framing them? The seeds of karma or action. We carry quite a load. I was reading an article by Kavitha Chinnaiyan. She described the 3 primary knots in Tantric … Continue Reading…

KXCR Interview

Blue feather

My conversation with Craig Holliday led to an interview with Larry Bloomfield on the Spiritual Unity Today show. They broadcast and live-stream this from KXCR Community Radio in Florence, OR. I came into the interview expecting a conversation on spiritual bypassing. Instead, he wanted to talk about this person and how I got started spirituality. The conversation was broad and basic exploring meditation, East and West views of God, what I’m doing now, and what’s unfolding in the world. I tried to avoid the usual terminology in addressing a general audience. It closes with an extended music track. Davidya

Primary Impurities

Tree Avatar by LastHuckleBerry

Kavitha Chinnaiyan wrote an article on the Tantric model of the 3 primary impurities or Malas. These are very subtle, on the level of the self-sense. 1) Anava mala: the sense of incompleteness 2) Mayiya mala: the sense of separation 3) Karma mala: the sense of doership She describes the first as the primary impurity that leads to the others. It is the root of suffering. In a more purely Vedic model, the sense of separation, of being a distinct person comes first. But we could argue either way. Do we feel incomplete because we feel separate? Or vice versa? … Continue Reading…

Am I Lovable?

photo by 1970 Lincoln Continental

When we have a healthy sense of self-confidence, we’re motivated to take care of ourselves and work towards our goals. However, we can also be motivated to similar things by a desire to prove we’re lovable, that we have value. In the latter case, we don’t fundamentally believe it so we’re looking for it outside of ourselves. Yet love doesn’t come from outside of us so we’re bound to be disappointed. We can’t prove love with success or relationships because we’re bringing something to the table those things can’t meet. This leads to pain and suffering. For example, if we … Continue Reading…

Yoga and Meditation

Meditation on Water by Mario

I’ve described how important transcending was for awakening here. But let’s explore a bigger context. The Yoga Sutra describes 8 “limbs” or approaches to gain Yoga or union and discover our true nature. The first two limbs are the Yama and Niyama, approaches to daily life like non-violence, spiritual study, and honesty. The next five are practiced together to create Raja or Royal Yoga, a path that combines aspects of the other yogas or paths. The result of these 5 is the last limb, Samadhi, when we step into Yoga. Because some of these are done sequentially, the limbs are … Continue Reading…

Darkness vs Evil

Darkness by Goran Has

First, it’s good to remember that the world is structured in layers. The more manifest or physical, the more inertia it has. Inertia has a quality of heaviness and darkness to it. Flow is reduced to a standing vibration. That heaviness is required for physical structure and for it to be sustained in our experience. The key is balance. From a Yuga perspective (the cycles of time), an 80/20 rule holds – 80% light, 20% dark is in balance. You need enough dark for there to be form but not so much that the dark overshadows the light. We’re rising … Continue Reading…

The Big Picture

Totality & Wholeness

I designed the above image to give a little perspective on the stages of growth. 1) When we mature in a human form, if we’ve not been connecting to our source and inner nature, we experience ourselves as an individual person distinct from others. If our identification is stronger, we also identify with our form, role, and possessions. I am Fred the barber who lives in the South Bronx and drive a Chevy. This is who I am. 2) If we take up a decent spiritual practice, we begin to step out of this box here and there. We may … Continue Reading…

Food and Ethics

That Way by Justin Baeder

Yoga and Buddha tell us to do no harm. Gandhi and Martin Luther King spoke of non-violence. But how do we apply this in our daily lives? It can be tricky territory in practice. For example, when we breathe, our body kills the bacteria in the air. When we walk, we step on things we can’t see. Our physical body requires the life-force of other life forms to survive. We might set a standard not to eat mammals, for example. But the line is pretty gray. One of the curious experiences that can arise in Unity stage or a bit … Continue Reading…

Update – Glossary

Blue feather

Recently, I saw a nice glossary and thought it would be a good feature for the site. I got well into it before I realized what I’d gotten my self into. I had not realized how many terms I use on this site. Nor how grumpy WordPress would be.(laughs) Many of the definitions are linked to related articles for further exploration. See the new tab on the top menu. Let me know if you see anything missing or broken. May you find it useful in exploring. Davidya Update: I’ve added a small feature at the bottom of some pages that … Continue Reading…