Finding a Teacher Pt 3

After speaking about a Teacher, then responding to comments about finding a teacher, I ran into some interesting pages today. Now, certainly, I’ve seen some of those guru-busting sites but they typically have a broad brush that knocks them all down. This site has a more ‘inside’ view. Here is a page on pointers to observe, with a link to some resulting evaluations of teachers. I generally agree but have a caveat I’ll speak of shortly. http://www.energygrid.com/spirit/guide/index.html They also offer some false flags. Keep in mind no person is perfect. Its only a weighting exercise for quality. You yourself must … Continue Reading…

Mental States

In a recent post on Perspectives, I outlined another view of the states of consciousness or awareness we typically occupy at one stage or another. Steve Pavlina outlines Hawkins levels of consciousness from their emotional signatures. These emotional states can easily be placed on the Perspectives continuum. Another way to consider these is from Mental states. Last night, I had a dream where I tried to help someone (they needed a Zed (laughs)) but when I was done, they were not to be found, then I lost the Zed. Goal and expectation dashed, I played the disappointment tape and jumped … Continue Reading…

Layers of Awakening

In a recent post, More Eckhart, Tom commented about the sequence of ego loss and Adyashanti observing awakening as a two-step process. I thought it would be good to comment further on this. Awakening is basically a process of opening. Of the release of resistances. As commented elsewhere, everything is either fullness, or resistance to fullness. So the process of being fullness is a process of letting go of resistances. Part of that process is making a connection to or experiencing the experienceless silence of being. Getting to know who we really are. The other part is opening up to … Continue Reading…

Perspectives Overview

When I hear many speakers talk about higher awareness or expanded perception, they often talk about several different states but don’t differentiate them. The result for many people is a muddling together of ideas of Oneness, waking, self-actualization, and God realization. Kind of lumping it together with no context for the process. Human growth and development is a process. A path. A continuum. A process of opening. While there are certain markers or apparent stages, any division of the path is arbitrary, just as we might measure a road in miles, kilometers, or chains. But without some sort of gauge, … Continue Reading…

Flow vs resistance

Recently, in the post “Be Here Now“, I wrote about how everything is either Flow or Resistance to Flow. Then I heard a CD of Marc Allen talking about the principle of Partnership, and its opposite in Dominance. How he saw our view of history and our culture as dominated by dominance, ignoring the “Chalice” aspect, much as David Hawkins spoke of in his book Power vs Force.  Essentially the difference between the egos desire for control vs the hearts desire for relationship and Oneness. Marc outlined the many ways a partnership approach enhances all life, including in business. And … Continue Reading…

The teacher

From a discussion about a group of spiritual teachers: We may see enlightenment as a goal or end point, but its not. It is a process, like all other human development. There are certain key “steps” but each takes a period of integration, of settling in. Indeed, waking up puts us back in spiritual kindergarten. It is only the beginning. Because of the lack of clarity around the subject in our culture, there are several places we can get sidetracked. Powerful spiritual experiences can strengthen the ego or give one an idea that they are enlightened because of experiences. But … Continue Reading…

Be Here Now

Back in the ’60’s, one of the “mantras”, along with ‘peace, man’, was ‘Be Here Now’. But most of us didn’t really ‘get it’. The agenda was anti-: anti-war, anti-establishment. It was the ego talking. When Maharishi first came to North America, he spoke about enlightenment and God realization but found people wanted to hear about sleeping better, basically the opposite state. (laughs) Gradually, more people came out with the message, including more westerners. Neelam and Gangaji talk of being present. Eckhart Tolle talks about being with what is. Being. There is only now. And so forth. This is about … Continue Reading…

Eckhart episode list

In the post on Eckhart on Oprah, I talked a little about the shows and how to get them for seeing on your time. Here is an episode list: The 10 sections/ chapters are: Monday, March 3rd:  The Flowering of Human Consciousness Monday, March 10th:  Ego: The Current State of Humanity Monday, March 17th: The Core of Ego Monday, March 24th: Role Playing: The Many Faces of the Ego Monday, March 31st: The Pain-Body Monday, April 7th: Breaking Free Monday, April 14th: Finding Who You Truly Are Monday, April 21: The Discovery of Inner Space Monday, April 28th: Your Inner … Continue Reading…

Eckhart on Oprah

As you have undoubtedly heard, Oprah has created a little history. Breaking out of her book club mold of recommending fiction and memoirs, she recommended a self-help book, Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. Then she decided to develop a free 10 part online course, reviewing each chapter with Tolle. Tolle doesn’t usually do TV as its too short a format to explain it properly. Over 700,000 people registered. “Monday night’s webcast was one of the largest single online events in the history of the Internet. More than 500,000 people simultaneously logged on to watch Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle live, … Continue Reading…

Busting Loose

Every so often, a gem shows up. Last year, 3 friends (2 of them awake) recommended the book “Busting Loose from the Money Game” by Robert Scheinfeld. Finally got a chance to finish it recently. It covers so much more than just the ‘money game’. In fact, he talks about transcending the ‘human game’. The subtitle says it nicely: “Mind-blowing strategies for changing the rules of the game you can’t win” The book is based on current thought around consciousness, the Field, and overcoming our illusions. He talks about how to bust your illusion “eggs” that suck up your power. … Continue Reading…

Whats up?

From a discussion on Adam, the Dreamhealer and unexplained phenomenon. As Adam has observed, in our culture we focus on the physical, the surface values of our experience. Less physical things like electricity and magnetism are somewhat mysterious. Many people are only vaguely aware that they have thoughts, and feelings are often these apparently random events that wash over us. We have no context for subtler values of anything. Physics however tells us there is a whole host of subtler values, many with different laws of nature operating. If we do a systematic study on the subjective side of the … Continue Reading…

Getting past the ego

In a discussion, I was asked for the best way to get past the ego. My response: Thats a big question. Indeed, the question of the age. But I could ask how does one become a teenager? Or an adult? It is a natural process in human development. The ego develops as a stepping stone in human development to allow the person to separate themselves from the mother, then become an adult. To become self-sufficient. Once that is achieved in normal human development, the ego ceases to be useful. Indeed, it gets in the way of our growth and happiness. … Continue Reading…