Possession

It’s a revealing thing that we refer to our belongings as “possessions”. (even “belongings” is revealing) The meaning is what we possess but in many ways, it is they who possess us. The stuff we fulfil our desires with can actually be the greatest barrier to happiness and self-awareness. It is in disengaging from that possession or attachment to our stuff that the reality of who we are and what is real unfolds.* 2:39 When non-possession is steadfast, knowledge comes regarding the questions of existence. This is the last of the 5 Yamas or observances in the Yoga Sutra. This … Continue Reading…

Goals Going Gone

One of the interesting effects I’ve observed with the awakening process is the falling away of goals. Not typically all goals, but the vast majority gradually fade away as no longer relevant. This is a very good thing, due to several factors. For one, when there is a profound sense of peace and freedom, followed by abiding happiness, we lose the need to seek fulfilment outside of ourselves. Also, when the impressions (vasanas) that drive us to desires and seeking fall away, many of the needs-driven goals for possessions or accomplishment drop away. Also over time the shoulds and musts, … Continue Reading…

Magnetize Money vs the Law of Distraction

If you’ve been a fan of the Law of Attraction, you’ve probably read Napoleon Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich. It’s been a big seller since it was first published in the 1930’s and has influenced several generations. Some people have achieved success through his 16 principles. But many people did not. Most people don’t know that because of this, he went on to research and discover a 17th principle, what he called the Cosmic Habitforce. What Mr. Hill was really missing was energetic literacy. The energetic patterns people are carrying that get in the way of the flow. I’ve … Continue Reading…

The Romance of the Astral

There are a number of ways traditions speak of the layers of creation. Some speak, for example, of the “three worlds” – the physical, astral and divine or spirit. On this blog, I favour 7-based models like koshas due to the way I relate to it. But these are just different ways of modelling or describing it, like describing the colours of a rainbow. For the purpose of this article, I’ll keep it simple and stay with the three. The key point here is this: the astral is not the divine. Many people have their first exposures to “spiritual experiences” … Continue Reading…

Spiritual Addiction

We’ve all met addicts of some kind. The drug addict whose need for a fix overshadows even basic human needs. The alcoholic who drowns his life away. The coffee drinker who can’t function without a morning cup. The smoker, the binger, the sweet-tooth, and on and on. In fact, we’ve probably all had addictions of one kind or another. Most addictions begin as a form of escape or avoidance of pain then take on a life of their own. But there is another kind of addiction you may not recognize. Spiritual addiction. Spiritual practice as a form of avoidance. Of … Continue Reading…

Howard or Here

Robert Fulghum is a former minister and school teacher best known as an author. He uses stories to illustrate principles of life and living. His first and most famous book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” was subtitled “Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things.” I’ve quite enjoyed several of his books over the years. (more quotes) In his book Uh-Oh, he’s asked by a reporter if he believes in God. He tells the story of his childhood learning of the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father, which art in heaven, Howard be Thy name.” Given that his grandfather had … Continue Reading…

Feeling is Believing

Recently, I did another workshop on working with your energy centres with Nancy Shipley Rubin. It was part 2 of the “solution field” process we learned last fall. While the workshop covered all chakras, I’ll focus on the 2nd here. It plays a key role in our experience of life and our ability to create what we’re seeking. The second is the main energy centre for our emotional sheath, also called the astral or vital body. It’s also where we tend to carry the most baggage. The related third drives the lower mind and will, that which names and judges. … Continue Reading…

Making a Living through Precession (Bucky Fuller)

In 1927, R. Buckminster Fuller committed himself and his family to working as he saw nature working. He documents this process, and the spiritual experience he had that  started it, in his book Critical Path (1981), along with ideas like global power sharing, the origins of man, and much more. “How do you obtain the money to live with and to acquire the materials and tools  with which to work? The answer was “precession.”” “Precession is the effect of bodies in motion on other bodies in motion.” It operates at 90 degrees (right angle) from the force. For example, the … Continue Reading…

Natural Solutions – part 2

<Part 1 Nature’s Support Nature’s support is what some call synchronicities or coincidences or law of attraction. It’s the effect of devata being able to support what we have our attention on. There are 2 general types of devata relative to us. Those assigned to us and those attracted by the environment we offer them. The second kind have prescribed roles but flexibility where they perform them. They tend to be more experienced and thus more useful to attract. There are others who are assigned to projects. They depart when the job is done. I noticed quite a few on … Continue Reading…

Natural Solutions – part 1 of 2

In another forum, a friend of mine recently spoke about how ~150 robins had settled into his yard for some days, crapping on everything. He loved the birds but there were too many in that small space. He contacted the “Robin King” with a request and shortly afterward, all the robins departed. The discussion brought up the following points: – they don’t always cooperate but often will – the Findhorn approach suggests you also offer a better alternative (over there, later, etc.) – be “humble, natural, and take a direct approach.” Don’t fight them or complain – supervisors have a … Continue Reading…

Question Affirmations

During Nancy’s workshop, she made an interesting suggestion. She suggested you frame affirmations as a question, placing the future in the present. For example, “What will I need to accomplish X?” The question assumes it will be done. It asks not If but How. You’re asking what you need to do from your side to help make it happen. This combines both the intention and the acting steps. Affirmation is closely related to intention and attention, 2 subjects big on this site. They are fundamental principles of the way the world works. If we can tie into that, we can … Continue Reading…

Meeting What You Need

I’ve spoken here a number of times about the importance of allowing, of letting ‘what is’ be there, of letting emotions arise and complete. When we resist the flow of energy, we don’t see what is, our feelings and intuition get blocked and it consumes a lot of our energy. We find ourselves “in our heads” or in a drama of reactivity. When we allow life to be as it is, we move into the flow and find life full of little miracles. We heal our old wounds. Allowing or surrender is also the key to spiritual awakening or enlightenment. … Continue Reading…