Kristin on Release

Finally got a chance to listen to Kristin Kirk‘s talk from last years SAND conference. Called “Dissolving the Substance of the Conditioned Self”, she explores the awareness and release process she adopted. My own process has been similar and thus what I’ve described on this site. But here you can hear a simple refreshing clarity in her words, from her experience. She also has a very refreshing take on how to see your yourself through this process. While her skill level is much higher than most peoples, the process she describes is possible for everyone. And each knot of “substance” … Continue Reading…

Merciful God

[Maharishi asks himself this question] “How do you know that God has been merciful in creating Man? “God has created eternal bliss in the innermost area of Man’s personality.  In the innermost region of Man, He has filled that with infinite happiness, infinite energy, infinite intelligence.  In the outer aspect of Man’s personality, He has created the desire to go that way – the desire to go to more happiness, more energy, more intelligence.  This nature of the outside life, to flow in the direction of more and more and more and more, this is the nature.  So Man’s outer … Continue Reading…

On Karma, Bliss, and Love

This came up in another non-spiritual forum. I was asked some questions about Yoga. This was the result. You’re wise to focus on results rather than concepts. Too much of philosophy and religion is about concepts and beliefs and who’s right rather than how we’re actually living. The point is to support a better life. I would suggest it’s not so much that we achieve understanding of the true nature of karma but rather that through transcendence/ samadhi, we detach our identification with our sense of personal “me” and experiences. This has the effect of us detaching from the flow … Continue Reading…

Beyond Good and Bad

Most of us carry around large loads of energetic debris, also known as karma. Karma means action, in this case what physics might call potential energy. Only this energy is “loaded”. It has an agenda. It is seeking to return to balance and resolve it’s polarity. It has a direction it wishes to take, based on the energy that threw it out of balance in the first place. When it becomes active, we have experiences and events in our life, be they physical, emotional, or mental. You may also have noticed that such events don’t tend to be neutral but … Continue Reading…

How Does it Feel?

While many people are averse to noticing how they really feel, this is actually related to emotional noise rather then our deeper feeling values. This noise is about unresolved anger, fear, insecurity, and so forth. We could call it emotional inflammation. If we can learn to resolve some of that drama, we can discover the rich feelings beneath that. These feelings are also called things like intuition, the still small voice, our compass, and so forth. Whenever we’re facing difficult or big decisions in life, we can struggle with expectations or doubts or fears. But if we can settle some, … Continue Reading…

Dignity

In another forum, the subject of dignity came up. One person attributed it to the ego, saying it was something we’d lose with awakening. However, if we consider dignity in the sense of self respect, I would suggest this is not lost. Rather, it evolves. Dignity is certainty typically co-opted by the ego. It becomes about a me and what I expect. In the west, this is often associated with wealth and fame. But someone wealthy and famous who acts out in self-destructive ways is not expressing self-worth. Rather, they are illustrating a lack of it. The media is full … Continue Reading…

The 4 Paths

In a recent interview on Buddha at the Gas Pump, Rick spoke with Karunamayi. She touched on the need for patience and tolerance, blossoming from spiritual maturity. She also spoke of how everything will be OK because the Divine is in charge, not the negativity. And she spoke of 4 paths. The path of meditation (sometimes called Raja or Ashtanga), of Karma or service (Seva), Bhakti or devotion, and Gyana or knowledge. I’ve spoken of these 4 paths prior as Karma (also described as the path of perception), Bhakti, Gyana, and Hatha, the path of the body (what some people … Continue Reading…

Rays of the Absolute

Neti Neti Films has recently released a labour of love. Rays of the Absolute is a documentary with archival footage of Nisargadatta and more recent meetings with some of his core students. Shot in 2007, it took 7.5 years going through “mounds of material” to put this together. It is only available on-line. “Nisargadatta did not leave an ashram; he did not leave any teachings, nor successors. This movie is homage to him; a look at his unintended legacy from people that have been inspired by him more then words can express.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugK51abLMtI Rays in Sanskrit are sutras, sutras that … Continue Reading…

The Risen Christ

I heard a talk last Sunday on Palm Sunday and Easter. The talk of the risen Christ reminded me of how some people use the term Ascension. It’s a word I generally avoid as people use it to mean quite a few different things. But in it’s highest meaning, it is the awakening of the body, the physical as cosmic. While in previous stages of development we have awoken to pure Being and the divine, gradually that awakeness moves forward (down) into all layers of experience. First we become cosmic on the level of consciousness, then, with the shift to … Continue Reading…

Resolving Problems

I’ve written before on very practical ways of solving problems. I’d like to take a more energetic look at the subject because sometimes the problems are showing up due to how we’re being internally. For many of us, we deal with some kinds of problems in one of a few ways. – we attack it – we withdraw or leave – we ignore it and hope it goes away This is built right into our physiology’s adaptive mechanics – fight, flight or freeze. But does a stress response ever resolve anything? And what is the toll on our quality of life … Continue Reading…

Four Kinds of Happiness

In a recent article on Huffington Post, they mention: “In his book Learned Optimism, Martin Seligman, a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology and resilience who studies emotionally successful lives, identifies three distinct kinds of happiness. He speaks about pleasure, the kind of enjoyment found in choosing good food and any kind of entertainment. The second kind is engagement — when we are so caught up in an activity such as sports or playing music that we lose ourselves in it. The third kind of happiness is exemplified by service or higher values, that which gives life meaning. … Continue Reading…

Correction vs Evolution

The experience of living life after a well-established awakening is quite distinct. Not everyone speaks of this or even notices the change if it came gradually. Only in retrospect or in seeing someone else struggle is the distinction more obvious. One key is in our relationship with nature. We are all supported by nature no matter how roughly we may feel treated or how much we feel unsupported. What changes is the way nature is supporting us. When we’re ego-identified, our life revolves around the fulfillment of wants. We spend our life chasing things – love, money, better job, possessions, … Continue Reading…