10 Steps to Enlightenment

Kamal Gad

photo in Kamal Gad in India by Binary Half Want to wake up to who you are? Here it is, step by step. With links to more detailed articles. 1) Meditate. Find a way to connect with silence, with your inner Self on a reasonably regular basis. Thats the best way to help with anything that follows. Effortless approaches are usually best.* 2) Yoga. Take care of the temple. Your body is your vehicle of expression so taking reasonable care of it it helps. Yoga Asanas (stretching exercises*). A decent light Diet. Get enough Rest. Get enough Activity. Learn to … Continue Reading…

The Semmelweis Reflex

Semmelweis stamp

On this blog, I often talk about the way the mind works. We are flooded with information all the time, so the mind has to filter through this vast volume of data and choose what to give attention to, then process it into recognizable form. Science tells us the world is quite a different place than what we perceive. What we perceive is a mental construct based on the incoming information, a construct we tune as children until it matches enough with the society in which we function. Conditioning, this is called. If we put consciousness as the source of … Continue Reading…

Clearing

sunrise

In recent examples in the people around me, I am reminded of the process of clearing. The making way that takes place as we move into new territory. One of the hallmarks that we’re on the right path is that it is unforced, unresisted. It flows. There is an underlying ease to it. Thats not to say easy, but ease. There is a release and an opening in the cycle of growth. It is this release aspect that is the clearing. When we reach a new section of the path, it’s not uncommon to need to clear some scrub. While … Continue Reading…

Stroke of Oprah

Recently, I mentioned Jill Bolte Taylor’s “Stroke of Insight” presentation and experience. She has done a 4 part interview with Oprah, available here for viewing or download: http://www.oprah.com/spiritself/oss/guest/oss_guest_jboltetaylor.jhtml The Soul series originates from XM radio so the format is a videotaped radio interview. Upcoming speakers in the Soul series release include Wayne Dyer, Byron Katie, and more. Davidya

Healing the temple

Goddess Temple firepit, Indian Springs, Nevada

I’ve talked in here a bunch about emotional healing. Physical healing is much the same. I have not had a lot of issues there but have had some contact with people who have. I can only offer a few observations that may help a little, should you have a healing journey. First thing is acceptance. As long as you are resisting what is, including the physical distress, healing is compromised. This includes even pain. Pain is the bodies signal that something is wrong. Allowing the signal means it is accepted and it will subside. But as long as you push … Continue Reading…

On Stress

From a Discussion on Shilpan’s guest post. (now offline) Hans Selye was an early researcher into stress. He defined 2 types – distress and eustress. The second of course a positive stress like falling in love. Both can have similar biological responses but one tends to be a motivator, the other a demotivator, as you observe. Stress has a tendency to trigger the fight or flight (or freeze) response which shuts down digestion and the forebrain, the place where we are more conscious and have more problem solving skills. As you observe, stress thus reduces our ability to deal with … Continue Reading…

Pain

Pain, as in physical pain, can be a deeply challenging experience. It can overshadow our experience and quality of life in a number of ways. But the surprise is, you can handle it in much the same way as emotional pain. The saying “what you resist persists” also holds true. It can certainly be difficult to allow and go into the pain. But this acknowledges the signal from the body. It will often stop when its fully allowed, the signal heard. At an introduction to EFT yesterday, Andy Bryce, one of only 2 master practitioners in Canada, talked about some … Continue Reading…

Cooling It

Press on a new hyertension meta-study: Ponder This: Meditation Can Lower High Blood Pressure David O’Hara (David O’Hara is a writer and researcher in the field of natural health. He is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz and has traveled extensively. He lives with his wife in the south of Spain.) According to a recent report in the American Journal of Hypertension, meditation really can lower your blood pressure. Of course, its practitioners have known this for years but now their claims have some high-level reinforcement.Many earlier studies also lent support to meditation for blood pressure reduction … Continue Reading…

Stroke of insight

In the 18 minute clip on the below link, Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor talks at the TED conference about her personal experience of a stroke. She had a blood vessel burst in her left brain causing her to gradually lose functions. Because of her background, she was able to monitor the shift and explore the consequences as a scientist. The experience also gave her a spiritual epiphany. She describes the experience and her discoveries. A remarkable story. http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229 In the clip, she describes (and shows) the 2 hemispheres of the brain. She goes over how the hemispheres differ, that the … Continue Reading…

Dreamhealing

A couple of times on this site, I have mentioned Adam, the Dreamhealer. (on Biology and Whats Up) When I first met him, he was still a teenager, just starting university. I was attending a conference up at SFU and when he came up on the schedule as a ‘healer’, I expected some sort of frail sensitive. I was most surprised to see a fit, handsome young man, a jock even. He was limping slightly, due to an injury he had just sustained kick-boxing. Hadn’t had time to heal himself. My preconceptions about healers were destroyed that evening. He made … 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…