The Balance Point

Wonder is the Beginning of Wisdom

I recently wrote on Balance. Various other points have come up to expand on the topic. In spiritual circles, there can be the tendency to emphasize transcendence and demonize the world. There is an overemphasize on being perfect and pure. But living in the world is not about perfection, it’s about living fullness within and taking that into the fullness of the world. The two come together through balance. On the one polarity we have dissolution. This includes all the processes of purification, normalization, and letting go. On the other, we have growth. This includes openings, insights, and realizations. We’ve … Continue Reading…

Balance

Travails of Sunrise

We can think of light and dark as on a brightness spectrum. And yet curiously they also behave like a loop. Too much purity and we can’t integrate and drift into inertia and shadow. Too much darkness and we fall into the light. Another way we can see this is that the spectrum has infinity at both ends. The smoother path is not at the extremes. Rather than rejecting the darkness, we should seek the balance point. The dancer always risks falling, but it’s the balance that allows the beauty of the dance to unfold. Without dissolution, there is no … Continue Reading…

The Origin of the Senses, Part 2

< Part 1 Part 2 Why 5? But why are there 5 senses? Our senses are mechanisms for awareness to pick up a specific range of qualities. And actually, there is 7 senses but 2 of them are too subtle to express physical sense organs. Our world is structured in a 1 into 3 into 7 process. There are 7 koshas or primary layers of creation. There are 7 chakras or primary energy centers in our physiology, each attuned to one of those layers. And there are 7 primary sensory channels, each attuned to specific qualities, including those layers and … Continue Reading…

The Grief of Loneliness

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When we identify with the content of experience and see ourselves as individuals, we lose touch with the bigger picture of who we are. This affects our entire world-view and sense of self. Infinite I Am is constrained to a me: a me that is separate from others, can be hurt by others, and depends on others for our sense of self. As we’re rooted in wholeness and love, we long for a return to that connection and feel its absence as loss, grief, and loneliness. This isn’t a happy place, so we’ll chase external connection to restore inner connection, … Continue Reading…

Unity vs Duality

Early on, silence and expression can seem opposed. For example, in a meditation practice, we may seek Yoga. Yoga Sutra 1 v2-3: Yoga is the complete settling of the activity of the mind. Then the observer is established in their own nature. Seeking a silent mind, we may rail against the mind’s constant expression. And yet that railing is the mind wanting to control. Or as Yoga puts it, aversion that leads to suffering rather than liberation. In an effortless practice, we allow the mind to do its thing – partly because the practice causes the physiology to settle and … Continue Reading…

The Paradox of Unity and Spiritual Autonomy

Adya @ SAND17

Adyashanti gave an excellent talk @ SAND17 called The Paradox of Unity and Spiritual Autonomy. I heard this live. A friend sent me the link as it’s now on-line. In the first part, he goes over the early stages of enlightenment (head, heart, gut) and the importance of the awakening heart. He then uses this as the platform to talk about how our old drivers fall away with awakening. How it’s important to go deeper and open the heart so higher drivers can come on-line. Then he talks about some of the paradoxes of Unity – how we can be … Continue Reading…

A Calling

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As I wrote about recently, many things in life require action. Life is movement and flow. It requires activity to be sustained. We need to breathe, to eat, to consume, to move to live. If we want to move forward, more is required. We often need to experiment and seek advice for best ways of doing to get a certain result. But if we’re planning to express higher values into life, we need a different approach that’s not driven by action. Spirituality is about being rather than doing. If we come to spiritual teaching as a person wanting results and … Continue Reading…

Higher Love

On articles like Layers of Love, I’ve talked about how deep love can go. This is akin to degrees of bliss. “The seeker of love escapes the chains of birth and death.” ― Rumi I’ve come to see that most intimate relationships are driven by needs and karma. Sometimes, people are enjoying the support of having supported others in the past. Or they’re trying to work things out through relationship. Often both and often with souls they have a long history with. As we clear our backlog and gain inner clarity, the dynamics become more clear. I’ve been surprised how … Continue Reading…

Layers of Love

I’ve written before about the many apparent hearts we have. Each of these can be said to be the heart expressing on a different level of being. We have our physical heart that sustains the flow of nutrients and protection throughout the body. It has a grounded love of life most are unfamiliar with. This relates to Hrit, an energy center above the physical heart and below the left shoulder. This center is said to be where the spark of life turns on and is the energy center of the physical heart. Then we have emotional love, the kind often … Continue Reading…

The Heart – Opening vs Breaking Open

In the past, I’ve written about styles of awakening or Self Realization. There can, for example, be a quiet, gradual shift or a sudden, high contrast change. The roughest style is an ego collapse such as Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie went through. With a decent spiritual practice that connects you with source and cleanses the layers between, you’re far more likely to have something in the smoother part of the spectrum. A distinctive shift can help with initial doubts but mature seekers may have a very gentle shift. In an ideal path, the stage after awakening is to open … Continue Reading…

The Platform for Refinement

One of the key factors missing from a lot of modern spiritual dialog is the role of sattva. Without that progressive shift of energy from tamas (inertia) through rajas (fire of transformation) and into sattva (purity, clarity), there is a major limitation in our style of development. However, it’s important to understand that the development of sattva is cumulative through lifetimes. Some people will be born with well-developed sattva and some will develop it more later through good spiritual practices and such. It’s a spectrum that’s not always clear to us because of karmic shadows and cycles in life that … Continue Reading…

Divinity – The Power and The Glory

Before awakening, we engage in self development. This is a person getting to know its strengths and limitations and moving towards self-actualization. Most people are oblivious to their own cosmic nature. After awakening and throughout the development of the stages of Self Realization (Cosmic Consciousness) and Unity, the focus shifts to infinite and eternal consciousness. This is discovering our deeper nature and its dynamics. It is consciousness getting to know itself in essence, then in forms and phenomena. And yet, just as the person obscured our deeper nature, the screen of consciousness acts as a covering (Chhandas) for what is … Continue Reading…