On Spiritual Materialism

I wasn’t going to write on this until I saw a glaring example on-line. As we grow on the spiritual path and clear some of our shadows, what remains becomes more subtle and elusive. We may emulate seekers around us who are actually spiritual materialists. These are people using spirituality in service of the I-self or me. Kavitha Chinnaiyan‘s book Shakti Rising explores the issue. “…we may take up yoga classes, change the way we behave and who we associate with, and learn to speak the language of spirituality. Although the original intent for liberation was genuine, the I-self stealthily … Continue Reading…

Being in the Flow

Recently, I saw a TED talk on Flow by Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He researches happiness and what makes people feel life is worth living He found that work which brings us into a flow state is most rewarding. This state is beyond culture and education but usually comes when a skill is highly developed and practiced. We don’t have to think about the process but just step into it and go with it. He outlines these common features of Flow: 1 – completely involved in what we’re doing 2 – a sense of ecstasy or joy, outside of everyday reality … Continue Reading…

Remaining Shadows

I found a quote near the end of Kavitha Chinnaiyan‘s book Shakti Rising à propos, considering the discussion over on The Challenges of Teaching. This closely relates to the development of Sattva. “If we have the good fortune of interacting with wise and skilled teachers who have both a strong, compassionate, ethical foundation as well as non-dual insight, we notice that they seem to know what is best for everyone involved, from a universal perspective that is unconditionally loving and impartial. Although it is tempting to assign their abilities to non-dual insight alone, this is usually not the case. Opening … Continue Reading…

The Dasha Mahavidya

The Dasha Mahavidya

I touched on the Mahavidya in The Mahavidya Interview but needed more research to do a proper job. As I mentioned there, the Dasha Mahavidya (10 great knowledge) are from Tantra and are embodied by 10 goddesses. While the gods are embodiments of laws of nature, the goddesses are embodiments of the powers (Shakti) that drive them and all of creation. The first cannot function without the power of the second. These goddesses tend to be portrayed with a destructive or dark emphasis, like in the Wikipedia article on the topic. There also is an emphasis on their names, forms, … Continue Reading…

Perspective

A worthwhile read in the New York Times Sunday Review: Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History. I’d change that to “known history” but he touches on some important points. Things are, for people the world over, getting better. The news media focuses on the lowest common denominator – an identified ego that wants to know what’s wrong and who’s to blame. Then it can feel better about itself and confirm inner fears about the world. However, the author says “That’s because most of the time, quite rightly, we focus on things going wrong.” The “quite rightly” is … Continue Reading…

The Chance Assumption

“What astonishes me, just as it astonishes a child when he becomes aware of his own identity, is the fact of finding myself here, and at this moment, deep in this life and not in any other. What stroke of chance has brought this about?” “The penetration of that particular ovum by that particular spermatozoon, with its implications of the meeting of my parents and before that of their birth and the births of all their forebears, had not one chance in hundreds of millions of coming about. And it was chance, a chance quite unpredictable in the present state … Continue Reading…

Rose Rosetree Links

Over the years, I’ve written a series of articles on Rose Rosetree‘s books and approach to energetic literacy, energy healing, empath skills, and more. I’ve also written articles highlighting Rose’s approach to a topic. As I’ve done with other teachers, here are the main links for easy reference. On Energetic Literacy: (energy reading) Aura Reading – discussion and book review Energy Modalities – energy medicine, energy psychology and energy spirituality Stages of Energetic Literacy (1-5) 15 Stages of Energetic Literacy – with graphic flow chart Auric Modeling – and the issues of charm On Practices: What is Meditation? – styles … Continue Reading…

The Highest Reality

It’s curious to reflect on Vedanta (end of the Veda) at this juncture. The Brahma Sutra is about Unity into Brahman. The Upanishads, assemblies of key verses from the earlier Vedas, explore Self Realization through to the Brahman shift. When you go into Brahman and beyond, you are beyond Veda itself and there is much less that can be said about it. And yet that’s where the real “source of the source” is, where the highest reality is found. The Vedas are among the oldest and most complete texts available to us. It’s a surprise to consider that most of … Continue Reading…

Sharing

Sharing

And now for something completely different… Some people getting the book have wanted a photo with the author as well. They’ve then shared that on social media. Here are a few they’ve also shared with me.   At the book launch in Courtenay. (thanks, Joe) The lineup to get their book signed goes off to the right while I sign Pedro’s book.               With Aaron from Portland. Aaron used to be one of my silent readers that I first met at a retreat.             With Anna from Edmonton. Anna … Continue Reading…

Our Natural Potential Officially Launched!

Our Natural Potential is officially available everywhere today, Wednesday October 11. Those of you who pre-ordered the Kindle version should see it show up on your Kindle. Print and other ebook pre-orders will now ship or become available. And the weirdness with what was available where will settle out. If you have read the book, I would appreciate an on-line review. Book exposure is driven by sales and reviews. I’m assembling a Reviews page so potential readers can see others feedback. If you want to let me know of your review, I’d appreciate that too. Thanks! Davidya

Our Natural Potential Book Launch Event

Our Natural Potential Book Launch Event

On October 11, the official launch date of the book Our Natural Potential, I’ll be holding a small celebration and talk. If you happen to be in the Comox Valley, you are most welcome to join us.If not, the book will be available through most suppliers that day. Have a little treat to celebrate with us. 🙂 The launch event: Courtenay library Oct 11, 2017 6 pm – 7:30 pm 300 6th St., Courtenay, BC in the Reading room. Directions I have more news to come of further developments.

The Ramayana

The Ramayana is an epic story of the life of Rama, a prince in a kingdom of ancient India and an avatar of Vishnu (god in form, sent to restore balance). There are many versions of the epic tale. The original was told by Valmiki using his yogic vision. While Valmiki was visited by Rama, their time together physically was brief. He later wrote this epic poem about Rama’s life and taught it to Rama’s sons, who Rama didn’t then know existed (it’s complicated). To give a sense of the scale of the story, it took 300 episodes to tell … Continue Reading…