Success

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When we’re young, we often feel inspired, full of life, and desire experiences of all sorts. As we move into child-rearing years, our priorities may shift and security & stability become more important. By the time we get to mid-life, our dreams are often forgotten. Failures may have overcome our willingness to take chances. We may just ride our life out, enjoying the moments we can. Perhaps we plan for retirement, not realizing that what we’re bringing to the table is more important than the events around us. If we look at models like Jane Loevinger’s stages of ego development, … Continue Reading…

Feeling Supported

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There is a great curiousness to the human condition. We’re bathed in a sea of love and yet many experience being alone and unsupported. Our body itself is a community on multiple levels and yet we experience being a separate individual. There is profound work in creating and sustaining our life. Yet we’re often unaware of this. Historically, we lost our connection to the Divine in the descending cycle of time. This caused us to grasp at what we still knew of, our sense of personal identity. But disconnection from the whole caused us to fall out of sync with … Continue Reading…

Offer it Back

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If we’re struggling in some area of life, it may be due to the cycles of time, the collective, or unfolding karma. But it’s also useful to look at how we are with circumstances. If we’re resisting or responding with depression or other heavier emotions, we may be offering a sinkhole to the energy of growth. This is not a suggestion of blame. It’s natural to feel bad when things go poorly. But soon, it’s time to move on. What are we bringing to life? What are we feeding? What is supported now? An early example for me was Maharishi … Continue Reading…

Wanting Something Else

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When we don’t know who we are, it’s natural to chase things outside of ourselves. The senses tell us satisfaction comes from the world around us so we follow the senses and chase experiences. But nothing they bring us ever lasts. Real satisfaction comes from stepping into the qualities of our deeper nature. We can have tastes of eternal qualities like love, peace, and happiness, but until we awaken there isn’t the stable platform for them to become ongoing. When their presence becomes ongoing, it addresses deep unmet needs, even those we may not be conscious of. This helps heal … Continue Reading…

The Source of Grace

There is a curious paradox in spiritual practice. On the one hand, awakening and progress in consciousness happens through grace, through the hand of the Divine. Awakening isn’t an experience or something a person does or has – it’s an awakening from the person. There is nothing we can do directly to make it happen. And yet, we are not separate from the Divine. The Divine moves though us to prepare the way and organize circumstances that allow grace to happen. This shows up as the opportunity for good practices, teachers, books, and so forth. As the renowned sage Vasishtha … Continue Reading…

The Great Shadows

While I’ve explored karma in several other posts, I thought it would be useful to take it another step into application. As the saying goes, we come into this life with a suitcase of karma to work through. There will be lots of little bits plus a few big ones. We might call the biggies life lessons or life challenges. They’ll show up in certain areas of our life and not in others. For example, we may have reasonable health and good work but relationship challenges and issues with money. These things seem to be ongoing or show up repeatedly. … Continue Reading…

The Abundance Code

There’s a new movie out for New Age audiences that builds on prior films like The Secret called The Abundance Code. It has the common theme of talking heads surrounding an illustrative back story. As usual, there is the “it’s all about me” approach and the “change your thoughts, change your world” message. But mixed in was a surprising amount of deeper insight. There was talk of letting go and allowing life/ nature to guide you, about allowing oneself to not know, about abundance not for the sake of gathering wealth but for having more experiences, and several even touched … Continue Reading…

True Wealth

I recently read that the ancient Africans measured wealth by how much you could afford to give away. When we step beyond what we need into a little elbow room, we can reach sufficiency. However, a sense of sufficiency doesn’t come from getting ever more. That’s a form of grasping that’s a symptom of a belief in not enough. From that platform, we’ll never reach enough. If it’s never enough, what do we have to give away? One of the insidious forms of “not enough” is the widespread entitlement you see in the west. Advertising media has cultured a sense … Continue Reading…

The Field of Action

People often think of karma as the consequences of our actions. But karma means action and is more equivalent to energy than doing or results. The consequences are technically considered the fruits of karma rather than karma itself. We are reminded we have control over action alone, not over its fruits. If the action does not flow to completion due to encountering resistance, an imbalance may remain or be stored until it can be resolved. If this is ongoing (usual), we develop a growing lag between action and results. Consequences seem disconnected or unrelated to action. We ask why is … Continue Reading…

Salutation to the Dawn

Look to this day, For it is life, The very life of life. In its brief course lie all The realities and verities of existence, The bliss of growth, The glory of action, The splendor of beauty— For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is only a vision, But today, well lived, Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.  — Kalidasa

Self Sufficiency

In our western culture, we pride our independence and self-sufficiency. While aspects of that have eroded with economic stratification, it is still a strong cultural meme. While India today is being strongly influenced by western culture, it has traditionally been more heart-based. You can see this expressed in things like Bollywood movies – a grand spectacle of romance, drama, music and dance. Life as a grand celebration. Compare that to Iron Man or James Bond. To shift deeper into being, there has to be a profound recognition we are not the doers. Our me-self is not “in control.” For some … Continue Reading…

Efforting

There is a subtle but profound difference between simple acting and efforting. Hawkins called this Power vs Force. Our culture celebrates individual effort but does not discriminate between these. The result is many people trying to control and force things, largely leading to frustration, anger, and other forms of suffering. The key is action, but learning to be in the flow or current. Learning to work with nature rather than against her. Sometimes we have to dial up the power, but only to move through. If we instead try to force our way through nature, we push against an obstacle … Continue Reading…