The Divine and The Astral

In February, I wrote an article on Astral vs Divine. The divine I’m referring to here is the expressed divine rather than pure divinity, a much deeper layer beyond polarity. I’m raising the topic again as this confusion continues. As group consciousness rises, the veils that separate these layers have fallen away. Far more people have noticed these values but often not very skillfully or very consciously. This doesn’t mean seeing things necessarily. Rather becoming more conscious or at least semi-conscious of “energies” and “influences”. While it is common for such things to become conscious on a spiritual path due … Continue Reading…

Our Story

The mind very much likes to feel it’s safe and in control. This is driven by our disconnection from source. Feeling separate and alone, we seek safety in a story. Or rather a host of inter-related stories. As life circumstances occur, the mind regurgitates what it considers a related story from memory. We respond, often before the experience is even conscious. This is built on a survival mechanism to make sure we respond more quickly to hazards than the conscious mind can process. Then mind tries to confirm the story, amends it or writes an enhancement. For example, say we’ve had … Continue Reading…

Managing the Chakras

I’ve written before about our chakras or energy centres. The main 7 are introduced in the bliss body, bringing life to some forms. This means all beings in our universe share the same fundamental 7. And without them, the form remains inert. This is why artificial sentience will never happen although it may be approximated. Technology is missing life force. The first 7 chakras are mirrored on each side of the body for a total of 21 major and secondary chakras. The high heart (soul thrill) chakra at the clavicle (between heart and throat) seems unique. It appears to be … Continue Reading…

We’re Growing

If we check the news, we may well see the world appearing to be going down hill. If you follow jyotish trends, you’ll known that the UK, EU and now US have moved into more challenging and unpredictable Rahu periods. However, understanding the larger trends requires taking a bigger perspective. In the late ’60’s, you could probably count the number of awake people you’d heard of on one hand. On long retreats, you had to go to places like India and would spend the vast majority of the day in rounds of yoga and meditation. By the mid-70’s time in … Continue Reading…

A Few Veils

I’ve written before about the 3 Mayas – the appearance of being an individual person, the appearance of the universe, and the appearance of creation. Each of these layers of appearance must be seen through (assuming we have a visual process) to discover the deeper truth behind them. Note here I’m not using the popular definition of Maya as illusion. Illusion implies a mirage. It’s better to understand it as an appearance. This is because it is an appearance of reality. It is not real in and of itself, just as physics tells us the world is not how it … Continue Reading…

Our Gifts

I’ve written several articles about Empath gifts, primarily because of the importance of being aware of them and getting skilled. This is because it can make a huge difference in quality of life, self-understanding, and spiritual growth when we stop taking on others burdens. But it’s also useful to understand that while only 1 in 20 people are an empath, we are all born with gifts. And it can certainly be useful to discover the gifts we have. Plus, even among people with the same gifts, others expression will differ from ours. Not all animal empaths experience the same aspects … Continue Reading…

10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases

A friend sent me a link to this article by Mariana Caplan and I thought it worth sharing. I met Mariana last fall during the Sofia panel. One of the variations we spoke about (off-camera) that might fit into several on the list is the use of drugs for “spiritual experiences.” Such approaches go by many euphemisms like “medicine journey” but they are high-risk ventures, especially when done in remote areas of other countries. I know several people who’s lives where royally messed up by such a trip. A key aspect of depth and integration is clearing the subtle bodies … Continue Reading…

The Empowered Empath

There are spiritual approaches that encourage you to ignore your person, perhaps saying that the body-mind or ego is an illusion. This can indeed be the experience at certain points on the journey. But this is just a phase. To properly integrate spiritual progress and function in the world, avoiding or ignoring our humanity is a mistake. It can lead us to get caught in avoidance routines or fail to recognize when we’re getting deluded. I’ve seen several teachers fall into this trap. The issue is not the ego nor the humanity but our attachment to them. We want to soften … Continue Reading…

Mantra Effects

The world can be said to be composed of 2 things – flow of attention and vibration of the medium (which gets progressively more dense). In our energy physiology that flow of attention curving back on itself shows up as the energy  channels (nadis) and plexuses (chakras) that underlies our physical form. The flow of energy is given vibratory signals and signatures that add qualities and specifics. I spoke about the call and response process in a prior article. I’ve also spoken of chakra databanks. These signals can be read various ways. For example: as light, as movement, as structure. … Continue Reading…

Degrees of Presence

Seems I’m on a scales thing these days… While everything we experience originates in the dynamics of consciousness, how much of that is embodied in form varies widely. For example, simple objects like rocks are largely inert. But some rocks like gemstones can express a surprising amount of presence. Note that this is distinct from the laws of nature or qualities of a stone. A stone can have very distinct, strong qualities. But some rare stones take that to another level. The presence amplifies the qualities and makes it seem almost alive. Also, objects can carry energy from their environments, such … Continue Reading…

15 Stages of Energetic Literacy

Being a consciousness geek, I’m fascinated by ways of mapping developmental progress. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere here, the development of higher stages of human potential is both in consciousness and in clarity. One of the features of clarity is what might be called refined perception or “inner sight”. In the summer of 2014, I wrote an article on the 3 stages of energetic literacy Rose Rosetree had described, supplemented with 2 more she had begun to speak about. Recently, Rose published a new list of 15 Stages – her current working model. Stage 4 in the prior article is bumped … Continue Reading…