The Person

Rory by Randen Pederson

There was a time in India when the householders approach had become universal. The sage Shankara revived the path of renunciation for that small percent who are naturally monks. But then the pendulum swung to the other extreme and the householders path became obscured in many teachings. Practices came to emphasize renunciation, even for householders. Inquiry is prominent, for example, even though it is primarily a monk’s approach. This is because close inquiry into reality is difficult when we have worldly responsibilities. We have to pay attention to appearances. 🙂 Extracting oneself from ego identification is key for Self Realization … Continue Reading…

More Cosmic

Cosmic Fractoil by Nikk

On Our Bodies, I spoke of the local bodies, the cosmic, and the Divine. There is more to this that can be explored. First some background… There are 8 prakritis or fundamental values of our nature: the 5 elements (earth, water, fire, air, space), mind, intellect, and ego. These elements correspond to the koshas or subtle bodies:   Kosha  Experience Dominant element Sense Annamaya food body, physical earth smell Pranamaya energy, emotional water taste Manonmaya mental, sensory fire sight Vijnanamaya intellect, intuition air touch Anandamaya bliss, celestial, causal space hearing Chittamaya  flow, cosmic mind – – Atmamaya cosmic Self, consciousness … Continue Reading…

What is Flow?

flOw by Manuel Sagra

This came up in a discussion and I thought it worth sharing. Flow is the movement of primary qualities of nature through the physiology. We could say the movement of consciousness with qualities. When our identification with being a separate individual softens and lets go, nature can move through us. We’re much less in the way of the universal flows of life. This may begin prior to awakening or well after. It depends on when we’re clear enough through the lower koshas for these qualities to flow. This process has been called the liberation of the laws of nature that … Continue Reading…

Our Bodies

Bodies by Toshiyuki IMAI

Like so many things on a spiritual journey, we can experience our body in a vast range of ways. Most people experience their physical body and have an internal experience of thoughts and emotions. Some come to experience energy fields and auras, learning to see or feel them. Some notice their mind is like a field surrounding the entire body. And so forth. This leads to descriptions of 5 koshas, sheaths, or “bodies”; the food (physical), emotional, mental, intellect, and causal. In Brahman stage, you can come to see consciousness itself as a universal kosha. Add the field of creation … Continue Reading…

Some Math

Math bag by Quinn Dombrowski

This article explores some numeric correspondences that have deeper connections. Some of it is speculative. The 7th or crown chakra is composed of 1,000 petals. This chakra runs the opening and some activity of the 6 lower chakras but is mostly out of our awareness, much like many bodily functions. The chakras are managed by a set of 50 devata each, working together to create sutras of light (subtle geometry) and mantra (vibration) to produce experiences and form. There seem to be 50 sounds used by the 50 devata. Our human approximation of these sounds is the Sanskrit alphabet. There … Continue Reading…

Huston’s Yogas

Hindu Wedding Card by Parekh Cards

I’ve been reading Huston Smith’s World Religions for ordination studies. The book is well-written but dominated by recent academic perspectives of the topic. It offers a general overview of the larger faiths, but I wouldn’t base my practices on it. In the Hindu section, Houston outlines the primary Yogas or paths to union.     In brief, these are: – Hatha yoga is the path of the body – Karma yoga is the path of action and perception – Bhakti yoga is the path of devotion – Gyana or jnana yoga is the path of the intellect When I first … Continue Reading…

A Conversation with Georgette Star

Summit

In mid-February, I had an hour’s conversation with Georgette Star for her Client Breakthrough Summit. That conversation was posted May 3 during the Summit. I summarized the stages and offered a perspective of current world events and the core things needed for spiritual growth. It’s remarkable to consider how much what is here has changed since that conversation. Davidya On Vimeo

A Third Conversation with Andrew Hewson

Blue feather

Andrew and I first had a conversation with Dorothy Rowe last fall, then followed up with just the two of us in conversation on the stages of enlightenment. In December Andrew and I had a second conversation. And now, we’ve had another wide-ranging discussion. The focus was primarily of the refinement of perception, healing, and the unfolding of the layers of Divinity (the topic of my 2nd dissertation). On Youtube

The Isness of Divinity

Being There by Erich Ferdinand

There are some curious distinctions in the core values of reality. For example, being or the sense of existence. We first may recognize this as a sense of I Am. As we progress spiritually, we can settle into values of pure consciousness beyond the I-sense. There we find a sense of Amness, of our existence without personal identification. And still deeper, we can come to universal consciousness where the sense is of Isness, an impersonal but universal existence. That sense first arises when consciousness becomes aware of itself, it becomes aware of its own existence. “When existence becomes conscious, intelligence … Continue Reading…

The Image of God

Divine Light by Andrew Kudrin

Just like stages in consciousness, there are stages in knowing the Divine. The first stage is the most common, a stage of belief or disbelief. God as an idea we believe in or don’t, often from what we’ve read or been told. A mental concept. Every faith has their own image of the Divine. What does God look like? What is God called? How many names do we give That? Many Westerners carry an odd picture of an old man in a throne in the sky, probably derived from Sunday-school children’s books. That is so limited, it’s good to toss … Continue Reading…

What is Devotion?

Embodied Philosphy

In this conversation, Kavitha Chinnaiyan speaks with Jacob Kyle of Embodied Philosophy on true devotion. You may recognize his voice from my interview. At first I disagreed with her statements about devotion being required for the path until she further defined what she meant. Love of service and love of knowledge are also devotion. Without love for something, why would you pursue it? Devotion from the heart, dedication from the mind. She objects to Bhakti being associated only with Vaishnavas (like followers of Krishna) and Kirtan. She observes these are just 2 forms of expression. You don’t have to choose … Continue Reading…

Client Breakthrough Summit

Summit

Georgette Star MA, D.Min. invited me to speak on the Client Breakthrough Summit, an on-line conference for practitioners, coaches, and healers. The conference is to help practitioners upgrade their knowledge to further support their clients. The conference has 4 tracks, one of which is on understanding the awakening process. Georgette felt I could bring a bigger picture to the subject and can talk about the role healing plays too. It is an interview format. Many people in this arena have a more generalized understanding of spiritual unfoldment. We may think of awakening as a personal goal, an enriched understanding, or … Continue Reading…