Maharishi Passes

As the following article states, we have reached the end of an era. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a person who brought meditation and its scientific study to the west in a big way, has passed on at about 91. Funeral rites made major headlines in India and were televised live. The government showered him with rose petals from a helicopter. He was given a silent form of a 21 gun salute. The Shankaracharya blessed the proceedings and many sages were present. I was lucky enough to have had a conversation with him in the mid ’70s, shortly before his popularity caused … Continue Reading…

The 17th Principle

You’ve probably heard of Napoleon Hill. In the early part of the last century he spent 20 years, at Andrew Carnegie’s request, researching how the very successful achieve their success. He wrote a best seller, Think and Grow Rich, back in the late ’30’s. In the book he wrote of 16 principles of success, the foundation of wealth and achievement. He gave detailed instructions for making them part of your life. Many people of both my parents and my own generation have read the book. Many people achieved great success as a result. But many also did not. So he … Continue Reading…

Getting past the ego

In a discussion, I was asked for the best way to get past the ego. My response: Thats a big question. Indeed, the question of the age. But I could ask how does one become a teenager? Or an adult? It is a natural process in human development. The ego develops as a stepping stone in human development to allow the person to separate themselves from the mother, then become an adult. To become self-sufficient. Once that is achieved in normal human development, the ego ceases to be useful. Indeed, it gets in the way of our growth and happiness. … Continue Reading…

Advice

Some good advice I was forwarded. This was not intended for wide distribution, so I will leave the source anonymous. “There have been some questions about people coming from different places lately. There is one person who says she will “help you with your problems”. This is very nice and kind but there are no problems. Belief in problems is mind. Mind is not the Reality. We also heard about people who were channeling ascended masters. “Who” is channeling “who” when all there is is Self flowing within itself? You are the bliss of Silence knowing itself. Anything that increases … Continue Reading…

Ego process

In another discussion, someone commented that they were surprised how hard it was to do what made them happy, what brought them results. How they would forget the simple things that made a difference. I explained: Actually, if you understand the ego, then the behavior begins to make more sense. As part of the natural growing process, we need to gain a sense of separateness from our mother. As a young child, the mind creates the idea of an identity separate from other. We call this the ego. This helps us become independent and self-sufficient. But not understanding human potential, … Continue Reading…

Switchwords

Ran into something interesting today, from a Brazilian contact. Its called Switchwords, basically a seed word to trigger a specific result. Like for finding keys or getting a ride. This is not unlike the idea of a root mantra, but more targeted at need. A one word affirmation, in certain ways. Some people evidently swear by it. Its also worth noting the process of Samyama, outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra. Basically if you combine Self-awareness with open allowing consciousness, then have a specific thought, the result will occur. Much the same way, these are not about trying. The … Continue Reading…

What to Do?

Nirmala talks about What to Do? “The question of what is going on here, what is this experience of doing, can be a rich experience in and of itself. The question can put us more in touch with our experience than any answer can. The question invites a direct sensing of all of these various levels of our experience. As the broom moves across the floor, is it possible to simultaneously experience the emptiness within, the richness and oneness of all things and the personal actions of our particular body? Why do we have to choose one? And what about … Continue Reading…

thoughts on Karma

From another discussion… Karma is a word that has a lot of noise attached to it. There is nothing to believe about karma. It simply means action. And as we all know for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. So its all about balance of energy. The principles of action are very simple but the dynamics get very complex very quickly. Everything that “happens” interplays with everything else. Hence it is described as ‘unfathomable’. You can’t figure it out. But if you follow the basic principles, it will help make things smoother. The function of our mind … Continue Reading…

The Witness

“Your Witness You may not have ever considered this truth – there is always a part of you that watches how your personality lives life. It’s always noticing! You are aware of this witness when you do something like overreacting to what someone says or you are on a diet and you notice yourself opening the fridge door to finish that piece of cake. Part of you knows you shouldn’t but you do it anyway. There is always this witness, the mind of your higher self that notices how you relate to life. Perhaps you have watched yourself engaged in … Continue Reading…

Simple Life

No, I don’t mean the TV show. I’m talking about the satisfying life, well considered. For many of us in North America, we’ve fallen into the cultural trap of consumerism.  Our culture is awash in images of the impossibly thin, rich, and perfect. Our heros have become examples of excess and despair. Sometimes, life throws us a curve. A challenge. And a place where we can stop and smell the roses. Reconsider what is important for us and who we really are. Are we condemed to run the rat race to buy ever more consumer goods, chasing a false God … Continue Reading…

Love Life

“LIKE LIFE? It’s a truth that while you can influence what you experience each day, you cannot control what happens. However, you can control how you relate to what happens. This simple idea can bring you great freedom! When things are not to your liking just accept them as they are, even get to like them because they are part of your life journey – like them as they are. If you are dissatisfied with things as they are and discontented because things are not to your liking, you are in effect standing in your own way. You will continue … Continue Reading…