Astral vs Divine

Most people are oblivious to anything but the physical because of the unresolved charges in their emotional and mental arenas. This baggage creates both static noise and aversion. This is what Eckhart Tolle called the pain body. Yet the astral and divine are very much a part of ourselves and ever with us. If we leave them in a mess, we find messes. While I usually use the “7 worlds model” aka the koshas, it can be easier to classify and understand some things with the simpler 3 worlds model: Physical, astral, and divine. We can also call this earth, … Continue Reading…

The Value of Activity

In the Indian philosophy known as Samkhya, they observe that not only do we have 5 senses but we also have 5 “organs of action”. We are not just sensing beings of consciousness but have physical bodies that exist and function in the field of karma, action, energy. Our bodies are designed to be doers of activity. Yet with the advent of the automobile, television and the Internet, many of us have become couch potatoes. We have sedentary jobs and live increasingly high-stress sedentary lifestyles. The top diseases are a list of western illnesses of affluence, of excess. And we’re … Continue Reading…

Food and Addiction

I’ve occasionally explored subjects like craving and food here. Several articles have come up recently on the topic I thought interesting. Firstly, in North America, research lead to an anti-fat movement in the 1960’s. We shifted to margarine and low-fat foods. Unfortunately, low-fat meant low taste, so food producers replaced fat with sugar and salt and foods became increasingly processed. (we won’t go into artificial sweeteners) After millions spent on research, they discovered the “bliss point” – the optimum level of sugar that triggered peoples pleasure centre. Sugar became the #2 ingredient in many foods. Unfortunately, the high sugar content … Continue Reading…

Diet and Liberation

Over on Takuin’s blog, he summarizes the results of a months fast. In the discussion, the question of diet and liberation came up. Many people consider a “pure” lifestyle to be necessary for liberation, with features such as sexual abstinence and a vegetarian diet. I touched on sex in a prior post. What it comes down is that such choices are a very personal thing. They depend on who you are and what may be presenting barriers to your progress. What follows is a mixture of that discussion and some further points on the subject. Ayurveda talks about body types. … Continue Reading…

Sex and Spirituality

In a discussion on the Self Realization post, one commenter raised the question of celibacy and the spiritual path, suggesting abstinence and many years of continual celibacy were necessary for enlightenment. Until recent times, there have been fewer awake and much of the old understandings had become lopsided. In many camps, it has been thought that much force of mind and concentration is necessary to control the mind. That we must give up our possessions and become monks if we are to achieve true spiritual progress. And that complete celibacy is necessary to accomplish the spiritual goals. For example, the … Continue Reading…

Fatigue

Making progress on our spiritual journey involves many factors, often out of our control. Indeed, even the idea that we have control is a barrier. (laughs) Please note that there is nothing wrong. There is no blame here. Just suggestions to make it better. As we are consciousness and the world is formed in consciousness, our ability to experience that clearly depends on our mirror or vehicle, our mind, emotions, and physiology. I’ve talked here before about our beliefs and illusions and about clearing the emotional field. I’ve also touched on healing the body. In this article, I’d like to … Continue Reading…

How to Listen

Recently, the art of correct listening has come up several times here and elsewhere. As Nirmala observed, a spiritual teachers job is to point the student at what is already present. The student’s job on the other hand is to listen correctly. Indeed, the entire story of our life can be told from where we are listening. Where we are listening from is another way of saying the perspective we bring to what is occurring. In a way, we could say we are a layered being. We have various levels of function. If our attention is working from a given … Continue Reading…