What’s After and Before

What’s After and Before

Recently, there’s been some action here and on some related blogs on Past Lives. In the post on Self Effort, I referred to reading the Yog Vasishta. In the story of Lila, Vasishta touches on the subject of past lives and death in a way I thought illuminating. The gist of the story of Lila is that a holy man has a dream of being a king. His wife asks the goddess Saraswati not to let his spirit leave the house on his death. This is granted. But the spirit lives another long life within that circumstance as a king. … Continue Reading…

Coming Back to Past Lives

In the past, I have written about Deep Memory, Time, and The Past. Over on Tom Stine’s blog, he raised the subject of past lives / reincarnation.  It’s an intriguing subject I’ve skimmed over in some posts like the above. Tom makes an important point that Past Lives are not truth and can be a barrier too it. He also observes that past lives are simply memory. While I agree with the basic point, there is more going on than just random recall. I thought it was time to talk about it more. Firstly, anyone who says they were famous … Continue Reading…

Rules Change

For many people, rules like “make the best of it” or “choose the lesser of 2 evils” are rules to live by. Knowing what went wrong and who was to blame is an important part of life. We call that gossip or the news. Talk shows just add spin. As we begin to look deeper into the nature of life, we hear of new rules that can work better, like “what you put your attention on grows stronger” or the Golden rule. (do unto others as…) We learn of new ways to be, like “follow your bliss”. But what happens … Continue Reading…

Time Comes

It is interesting to see how the media is evolving. In the ’70’s, I used to explore large magazine and book shops, trolling for articles (ideas). Nowadays, while the media corporations consolidate and target lowest common denominator, the ‘Net and MP3 players have meant a shift away from TV, radio, and magazines. Recently when I was traveling, I picked up an issue of Discover magazine (August) in the airport. Seems traveling is the only time I look at magazines now. In an article on The Brain, they talk about theories and research into how the brain processes time. It turns … Continue Reading…

10 steps to Achieving

In Self Effort, I reviewed the value of correct effort in accomplishing our goals. There is an old saying, well begun is half done. This is the key to productive action and rich results. Stepping forward from the correct foot, in the correct direction. But just how do we do this? Step by step, with proper preperation. 1 – Desire: All action starts with a desire, an intention to act. It is the motivator that will gives us energy to carry the action through. Without desire, there is no energy and thus no action. This is the start of all … Continue Reading…

All arises from Self Effort

Presently, I am reading the Yog Vasishta, a long discourse of great renown between Rama and the sage Vasishta. As is common in such books, the story is told by one sage to another about a royal sages conversation with Valmiki who in turn tells the story of the discourse itself. So it’s a story about a story about the story. And the story is told with the use of stories. (laughs) It’s a technique often used by great teachers. Jesus, for example, gave many teachings as parables. It does not require a great mind to learn from, tends to … Continue Reading…

The openings

Received a newsletter today from Nirmala. It had excerpts from several recent eBooks that nicely touch on different stages in the awakening process. On the approach to awakening: “You may think it matters what happens. But what if the only thing that matters is where you are experiencing from, where you are looking from? What if you could experience all of life from a spacious, open perspective where anything can happen and there is room for all of it, where there is no need to pick and choose, to put up barriers or resist any of it, where nothing is … Continue Reading…

LLL Retreat

I’m back from the first retreat but it seems not to have ended. It would be nice to be able to make a list of Main Points, such as Tom has done on his retreat reports. But this one was not like that. There was no lectures or teaching. It was simply a conversation of Self with Itself. Some questions answered to satisfy the mind enough to get it out of the way. But otherwise, this was avoided to prevent activating the mind. I cannot begin to find words to express how powerful it was. The warmth and love and … Continue Reading…

It can be easier

I’m struck by how many of the awakening experiences I’ve recently read that were filled with deep challenges. The link to an interview with Byron Katie over at Suffering is Optional, for example. It lead me to Suzanne Segal’s excerpt from her book “Collision with the Infinite“. What is more notable here is that she had some framework for understanding her experience but rejected it out of hand. This is the trickster, the ego at it’s finest. The ego does not fear death of the body. It can last past that. What it fears deeply is loss of itself, threats … Continue Reading…

How I learned to stop arguing with reality and pick up my children’s socks

The above is the subtitle to a short article by Byron Katie in the latest Shared Vision magazine. The article is called “Suffering is Optional“. “What I came to see was that my suffering wasn’t a result of not having control; it was a result of arguing with reality. I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, … Continue Reading…

The Top Ten Tenets for Creative Living

The Top Ten Tenets for Creative Living 1) Take responsibility for your internal experience 2) Follow your Internal Guidance and express your personal brilliance 3) Manifest your world consciously and with intent 4) Create your personal vision of paradise and spread it among those you love 5) Create community and hold it as a necessary foundation of our future 6) Be grateful for all your experiences and all that is 7) Release attachment including being attached to non-attachment 8 See simplicity as the core of sacred living 9) Express unconditional love 10) Look for the universal Oneness in your life … Continue Reading…

Is God Real?

Is God Real?

Or another question, do you believe in God? At some point, everyone deals with these questions, either through consideration or acceptance of some teaching. Many people have primitive ideas of God they picked up when they were young, like some old man in the sky. If we do try to reconsider the question as adults, we are faced with a barrage of extremes, from Dawkin’s “God Delusion” to some rather odd beliefs indeed. Many people form some sort of compromise. Like the concepts expressed by the author in Rethinking Science. Some become Atheists simply because the ideas of God that … Continue Reading…