The Layers

Recently, friends have been corresponding about “the mystery”. Can reality be known or is it destined to remain something of a mystery, greater than self-knowledge? My position is that we can know it when we are it. As we unfold who we are, we can unfold all the knowledge that comes with that. Taking a Unity perspective, all form arises in the self-referral dynamics of consciousness. If an experience is taking place, even of an emptiness, it is taking place in consciousness. By this I don’t mean because we’re conscious we can have an experience of an “outside” world. I … Continue Reading…

The Seeing Seer (Cognition)

Occasionally on this site I’ve touched on the nature of cognition, a form of experience where all knowledge about the object of perception is known. Not just the surface of the object facing us but the entirety of its form, history, and function. While we might use the example of an apple, cognitions are more typically related to the nature of reality. The subject came up recently in discussion and I thought it worth opening up a bit more. Consider this an evolving update. Let’s look at it from a spectrum of styles of experience.   (the layers referred to) We … Continue Reading…

What is Nonduality?

What is Nonduality?

Recently, this article rolled out and I thought it might be suitable for the SAND web site. I’m giving the stages talk at their conference this fall. They agreed and the article goes live next Wednesday but I’m sharing it with you here first. Today is Guru Purnima, the year’s most auspicious full moon, where one honours one’s spiritual teacher with gratitude. Guru is the remover of darkness. It is also said to be the birthday of the renowned sage Vyasa (meaning to divide or edit). He assembled the various books of the Veda in written form, the way we … Continue Reading…

Memories Change

Our relationship with memories changes as we grow. Just consider now something you remember from when you were about 8 years old. While the idea of the event remains, you are remembering it from how you are now, not how you were then. This changed perspective changes both the context of the memory and some of it’s qualities, like importance. Also, in the remembering and the telling, our self-story about memories tends to change over time. We reinforce what has become important to us and forget those details that are less so. This changes what we remember over time. Our … Continue Reading…

Illustrating Consciousness

Illustrating Consciousness

Last year, I finally got around to posting an illustration of the dynamics of consciousness that takes place both locally and globally. I wanted to take this a bit further and illustrate more. I mentioned that this process takes place both globally and at every point within itself. Here is an illustration of “at every point within itself” Essentially, life fills consciousness. Liveliness stirs every point into a unique perspective of the whole. Interestingly, our own body is similarly made of up large numbers of devata or light beings that manage the same function in all bodies in our creation. … Continue Reading…

Breath as Awareness

Our breath is called the flow of life in various traditions, using terms like prana or chi. This prana is an effect of the flow of Shakti, the feminine principle. Before there is anything, there is 2 principles. Alertness and liveliness. When liveliness stirs alertness, it becomes conscious and begins to flow. Then it becomes conscious of itself and all experience, all creation is born. This liveliness, this flow is Shakti. But because this liveliness and flow is in the nature of consciousness, of observation, it cannot be known as an object in the usual way we experience things. While … Continue Reading…

The Key Unlocks the Door

Veda is a Sanskrit word meaning knowledge. But it’s also a reference to the encoded intelligence that is deep within the roots of consciousness underlying all creations. These blocks of intelligence are progressively experienced by seers through the ages, enlivening them in our creation. This leads to the evolution of creation, both new expressions and integration with existing active laws. We might say they are the blueprints of creation but they are also the blueprint of how it unfolds: structure and sequence. The entire project management spec. As the Manu Smriti (v2.6) put it “Veda is the root and source … Continue Reading…

The 5 Elements

Early cultures the world over described basic elements or fundamental qualities of the physical world. These principles are core to many traditional practices and understanding in health, architecture, event timing, and more. Common to India (Mahabhuta), Greece, and Japan (Godai) are Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. Buddhism  emphasizes the first 4. The 5 elements of China (Wu Xing) are slightly different. I realized in seeing them in chart form that with the 2 unique ones, wood comes between water and fire while metal comes between water and earth. They are leaving off air and space and adding more detail … Continue Reading…

Time is Nested

I’ve spoken before about the dynamics of consciousness. How space arises and how time arises. And I’ve spoken about how space is nested. Essentially, space (not yet the element) arises as an effect of the distance between awareness being aware of itself. And time arises as an effect of the process of experience. A point of focus on a process creates an experience of unfolding. In the graphic above, time is an effect of the arrow, C. Because everything that arises arises in consciousness, everything exists in a bubble of self-awareness. Quickly it becomes obvious that this is nested. Our … Continue Reading…

Cosmic Variation

I’ve spoken a little lately about the Cosmic Body. How all physical bodies are actually one body, expressing itself in a myriad of ways. One example I can use here is this form. I mentioned here in The Experience Followup about the above and how it was expressing through this particular form as a vacuum. I can also observe the very visual style through which I’m shown the structure of creation and the way the divine expresses itself. That’s partly related to specific gifts here rather than a universal way enlightenment unfolds. Thus some articles like what I describe in … Continue Reading…

The Intellect and Intuition

A useful point arose in another forum I thought worth sharing here. Partly, it’s in distinguishing between judgment (mental conditioning) and discrimination. And partly it’s in distinguishing between intellect and intuition. When we use words like intellect and discriminate, many people will immediately associate them with the judging mind. However, the intellect operates at a level more subtle than mind. It is a yes-no distinction, not a valuation or judgment from past conditioning and memory. Where the mind may have rigid ideas that it applies habitually to anything related (including racism, sexism, bigotry, etc), the intellect recognizes distinctions within any … Continue Reading…

What is Space and Time?

From What is Mind? it’s also worth noting the mind’s relationship with time and space. Science suggests that time is a fourth dimension of space but this is inaccurate. Space arises in self-aware consciousness. We can say the boundary condition created by consciousness curving back on itself defines space. As mind is the lively inner edge of that self-aware consciousness, it can be said to be the boundary condition but not the origin of space. That space however is not limited in any way. No dimension or distance is yet defined. As consciousness also becomes self-aware at every point within … Continue Reading…