Types of Pain

Goddess Temple firepit, Indian Springs, Nevada

In the notes for a recent distance healing by Dorothy Rowe, she made a useful observation I wanted to share. She differentiated pain born of karma and pain born of illusion: “Pain born of karma is sharp and drives awareness inward toward the pain’s place of origin, to be thus addressed and eliminated. Pain born of illusion is remembered or anticipated pain. It drives thoughts and action while yet remaining unrealized in the present moment. When recognized and handled with discernment, pain born of karma is a tool for evolution. Pain born of illusion is a tool for creating more … Continue Reading…

Unfathomable Karma

brown goose

The field of action (karma) is unfathomable, partly because of its complexity, but more so because creation is simultaneous – everything happened at once. (And never happened at all.) Part of our purpose is to experience the details of an aspect of that instant. This is done by playing it out incrementally as a sequence of experiences. Thus we experience time and experience unfolding and can digest the details of this perspective of wholeness. I can’t say it’s the Divine that needs this unfolding. For the Divine, all about this possibility was known in that instant of musing. But we … Continue Reading…

Righting a Wrong

Journey

We’re all guilty of mistreating someone at some time or another. Probably of unintentional harm as well. Often, we have little idea of the consequences of our words and actions. For example, how many people have been affected by my on-line writing that I’m unaware of? People may have been moved, offended, confused, or even shamed. But will I know unless they write or comment? Yet I continue to be called to write. It’s important to understand that you have control over your actions alone, not over results. I wrote about that recently on Responsibility. You especially have no control … Continue Reading…

Fast or Slow?

On an article on the Mahamarmas, Dorothy Rowe makes an excellent observation. “The slower path reveals more detail, while the faster path yields greater results. Detail satisfies the mind, results satisfy the heart. Ultimately, Being wants results with a full understanding of details.” I’ve seen people fly though the stages in consciousness. But then they had a lot of catching up to do, to integrate and get the coarser levels caught up to the inner development. In the process, the details are filled in. Others have taken years for the initial awakening to become clear. Life has a much easier … Continue Reading…

The Mahamarmas

lamps in boxwood

I’ve spoken many times about the body’s energy system. I’m not an expert but there are worthwhile observations to make. A set of 7 universal chakras or energy wheels is inserted into the bliss body and serves as a scaffolding for building life-forms. The chakras are progressively more expressed up into the energy body of specific forms. Sub-chakras are also found at various key points. Interconnecting the various chakras are energy tubes known as nadis. The larger chakras also have a spiky array of terminated nadis called chakra databanks that express the emphasis of laws of nature (devata) in that … Continue Reading…

Time is a Perspective

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I’ve spoken before about how the experience of time is an effect of the process of experience. This is the most abstract part of the dynamics of self-aware consciousness and perhaps the least obvious. In any experience we can see there is a subject and an object and we can recognize sensing the object but the process of experience behind sensing is more subtle. Yet when we change the experiencer’s relationship with experiencing, our experience of time changes. The most obvious example is how time seems to slow down when we’re bored and have to wait. Or, how time seems … Continue Reading…

Carrying Your World

Island

Our beliefs, karma, stress, cultural memes, learning, and more add to the scaffolding of our life. They also serve as filters for our experience. An identified ego lays claim to what we do and experience to feel in control. These over-lays become entangled in our self-sense. There are literal threads connecting us energetically to our inner baggage and outer possessions. As we’re here to be observers of unfolding Divinity, anything that is an impediment to that bogs us down and gets in the way. Yet who are we to judge what is an impediment? Many a challenge is exactly what … Continue Reading…

Responsibility

Magic Wand - 4th of July 06 fireworks, altered in Photoshop

The Bhagavad Gita tells us we have control over action alone, not over results. Thus we should focus on doing our best and know this will feed the best results. We allow those results to unfold how it’s best for the whole. It’s not our burden to make things happen like we think they’re supposed to. However, even deeper, we’re not the doer either. We’re the experiencer. Everything happens as an evolutionary movement or a rebalancing. It’s our job to have and digest experiences. From this perceptive, it’s how we’re responding to what is unfolding that is more important than … Continue Reading…

Offer it Back

prayer of the frog

If we’re struggling in some area of life, it may be due to the cycles of time, the collective, or unfolding karma. But it’s also useful to look at how we are with circumstances. If we’re resisting or responding with depression or other heavier emotions, we may be offering a sinkhole to the energy of growth. This is not a suggestion of blame. It’s natural to feel bad when things go poorly. But soon, it’s time to move on. What are we bringing to life? What are we feeding? What is supported now? An early example for me was Maharishi … Continue Reading…

The Power of Belief

Gods grace

Bruce Lipton wrote a book some years ago called The Biology of Belief. He describes how our beliefs influence our physiology, including gene expression. This came out of early research on epigenetics (gene expression). We can describe beliefs as mental structures. They’re a framework on which we hang our stories about the world. The mind likes to have explanations for whatever happens so it can feel comfortable and in control. But how well do these stories and beliefs serve us? We receive a massive amount of information through our senses. Our stories and beliefs become part of a pre-filter to … Continue Reading…

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…

Discrimination

Choices

Discrimination is a curious word. It means the act of distinguishing or making fine distinctions; discernment. But we often use it today to mean treatment based on category rather than merit; for example racial discrimination. I view the latter as ego-driven judgment that separates self and other. This is not discernment. Rick Archer wrote an article on ethics & spiritual teachers as an introduction to his panel at the Science and Nonduality conference this fall. He highlights the importance of discrimination on the spiritual path: in our choice of teachers, in what we accept as truth, in how we live … Continue Reading…