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…

Structuring Life

Life can be said to be a 3-parter. There is the form, the life that runs it and the soul that inhabits it. You may recognize the observer, process of observation and object dynamic once again. A general object like a rock has a form that arises through the interplay of the 3 gunas in the universe, in consciousness. Physics studies this. Forms that hold life though are a more direct expression of consciousness, originating from an idea in the cosmic. For example, a human body has the same rules as a rock but also is under the purview of … Continue Reading…

Mapping The Personality

Recently, I’ve been learning how the cosmic devata communicate to create the world and using that to rebalance an area of the cosmic body. We might call this a more directed way of healing although my skills with it are as yet modest. In the specific sub-chakra involved, as the discord was soothed, the devata were willing to step back into their positions and restore balance. Together, there was unison and harmony although some further soothing is yet to come. What became apparent was there was 50 of them in this sub-chakra. That seems to be a standard for chakras. … Continue Reading…