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…

Gossip

Another area where we need discrimination is in the stories we encourage and pass on. If we spend time with gossips, it’s easy to fall into the trap ourselves. I remember taking a step back and re-evaluating some of the joke emails I used to send along. There can be a fine line between humour and attack, between making light of something and putting it down. Some areas of the internet have become quite nasty, people feeling they can and should say whatever they want. But it’s a mistake to think there are no consequences. You see that same habit … Continue Reading…

Getting to Purpose

Over on Lori Ann Lothian’s blog Awakened Dreamer, she posted an article on Purpose, Discover the Thing You Were Born For in 5 Easy Steps. I enjoyed the article and ended up writing a long comment I decided to share here. I’ve added some links to articles I’ve written on the subject, with more at the bottom. It is a fascinating explore… I’ve found that we are never not living to purpose. It’s actually not possible to be otherwise. It’s built in to our existence. However, if we’re not conscious of it, we can tend to resist and thrash and … Continue Reading…

Beyond Good and Bad

Most of us carry around large loads of energetic debris, also known as karma. Karma means action, in this case what physics might call potential energy. Only this energy is “loaded”. It has an agenda. It is seeking to return to balance and resolve it’s polarity. It has a direction it wishes to take, based on the energy that threw it out of balance in the first place. When it becomes active, we have experiences and events in our life, be they physical, emotional, or mental. You may also have noticed that such events don’t tend to be neutral but … Continue Reading…

Dignity

In another forum, the subject of dignity came up. One person attributed it to the ego, saying it was something we’d lose with awakening. However, if we consider dignity in the sense of self respect, I would suggest this is not lost. Rather, it evolves. Dignity is certainty typically co-opted by the ego. It becomes about a me and what I expect. In the west, this is often associated with wealth and fame. But someone wealthy and famous who acts out in self-destructive ways is not expressing self-worth. Rather, they are illustrating a lack of it. The media is full … Continue Reading…

Two Billion

Periodically on this blog, I’ve mentioned that there are groups today doing Yagyas of unprecedented size in the modern age. Yagyas are an ancient science of procedures used to create specific effects. The greater the repetitions of the procedure or size, properly done, the greater the effect. At the beginning of June this year, an over 50 year project to do a “Lalita Sahasranama Maha Maha Yajnam” will compete in Georgia, USA. That setting was chosen to help ease the pain of women. “The Maha Maha Yajnam is being performed to celebrate the completion of 2 billion recitations of the … Continue Reading…

The Origin of Meaning

“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” – Joseph Campbell We’re meaning-makers. We don’t find meaning in life by looking for it. We find it by creating it. And that comes from having life experiences and recognizing what is important for us. What has meaning for us. For one person, being in nature will have the most meaning. For another, organizing information. For another, creating the ultimate music. And so forth. This doesn’t mean the world is just … Continue Reading…

The Value of Activity

In the Indian philosophy known as Samkhya, they observe that not only do we have 5 senses but we also have 5 “organs of action”. We are not just sensing beings of consciousness but have physical bodies that exist and function in the field of karma, action, energy. Our bodies are designed to be doers of activity. Yet with the advent of the automobile, television and the Internet, many of us have become couch potatoes. We have sedentary jobs and live increasingly high-stress sedentary lifestyles. The top diseases are a list of western illnesses of affluence, of excess. And we’re … Continue Reading…

The Energetics of Attraction (Part 1)

Over the years, I’ve written a variety of articles on intention, the law of attraction, sufficiency, and related subjects. This has included the series on success, gaining cooperation from the environment, magnetizing money, and a detailed step-by-step review of getting results. In all of this, it’s about becoming more conscious of how we use our energy and attention, clearing the obstacles, and living the life that is here. A week ago, I took another workshop with Nancy Shipley Rubin. The theme of this one was Cultivating Light. She does a twice-annual tour of Hawaii and N. America’s west coast. She … Continue Reading…

Theft

In our culture, we take a dim view of theft. Stealing from another is unjust but because many also identify with their possessions as an aspect of themselves, they feel violated and fearful as a result of theft. Although there is other factors, most people are driven to steal through addiction or not having a place in the community. Disenfranchised, they are also easily exploited. But when you steal, energetically you steal from yourself. The typical karmic balance to theft is loss, so a thief will tend to feel less and less supported. But as is all too human, the … Continue Reading…