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…

Permanent Awakening

I’ve spoken before about some of the variations around the initial spiritual awakening of Self Realization. For some, there can be experiences as if a shift has happened but no actual shift. A taste as it were. There can be the actual shift that then gets over-shadowed for a time – what Adyashanti called non-abiding. And there can be a true, clear, abiding shift. But that isn’t the end of the story of liberation, in spite of how some speak of it. Until our energetic (karma) baggage is resolved, there can still be unresolved drives that have the potential to … Continue Reading…

Styles of Enlightenment

As readers of this blog know, I explore various ways of looking at how enlightenment or spiritual awakening is lived. Here, I don’t mean how the changes are experienced but rather the styles of embodying it. The container we experience those changes through. In the past, I’ve discussed the distinction between an emphasis on consciousness as I do or an emphasis on energetic embodiment as Rose Rosetree does. But it soon becomes clear there’s several layers to the varieties of lived enlightenment. Here is a brief list of some of the distinctions that come to mind: 1) Orientation – Householder … Continue Reading…

Skipping Stages

Working on the Stages book, I added a section on people who seem to skip stages. Here is part of that, edited for context. Sometimes people can seem to skip past some of the stages. For one, there has to be enough clarity for the refinement process to be noticed between the major stages. Sometimes, the shifts can happen quickly, one after the other. Like the witness coming on-line then awakening. If there is little separation, they may not be experienced as distinct. But usually there is some time between the major stages. Simply from the needs of integration, this … Continue Reading…

The Cause – Apparent vs Actual

Recently, I listened to a talk on jyotish (Vedic astrology). They spoke of the way Jain’s view karma. Jainism is an Indian faith based on non-violence and transmigration of souls in an eternal universe. While their philosophy of karma is very like the Vedic view, there are a few variations in emphasis worth noting. This exploration is my perspective on the points rather than a Jain view. Firstly, they describe the apparent vs actual cause of circumstances. Nimitta Karan is the apparent external cause of circumstances. When events arise in our life, the mind doesn’t just note what happened. It … Continue Reading…