Gathering the Means

Growth

On the recent Action and Support post, I talked about Natures Support. Rick Archer reminded me of an old Vedic saying: the means gather around sattva. Let’s discuss. The means here is the ability to get things done effectively. The ability to solve problems and fulfill desires. While we all have levels of skills and abilities, if we don’t have support from the environment to get things done, we’ll struggle and thrash. For example, no matter how great a runner you are, if nature turns the track into mud you won’t do well. We also see this when people move … Continue Reading…

Action and Bliss

Turtle.

Another conversation brought out further points around action.  They mentioned the “Law of Reversed Effort” in this short article*. “The harder we try the less we shall succeed.” “The harder we try with the conscious will to do something, the less we shall succeed. Proficiency and the results of proficiency come only to those who have learned the paradoxical art of doing and not doing, or combining relaxation with activity, of letting go as a person in order that the immanent and transcendent unknown quantity may take hold. We cannot make ourselves understand; the most we can do is to … Continue Reading…

Ways of Seeing, Modes of Living

stairs

The world around us can be perceived through several distinct lenses. Our past experiences certainly are a major influence, not to mention our dominant sense, our culture (group consciousness), our stage of development, and so forth. Through an appropriate spiritual practice that brings transcendence (Samadhi, Turiya), we not only touch into consciousness (presence) but we refine the physiology and our senses of perception. Refinement takes place through purification of the subtle layers of our physiology and a shift in the overall tone or dominant guna we carry. This combination refines our perceptual abilities. Each of us comes into this life … Continue Reading…

Chitheads Interview

Chitheads

On December 11, I chatted with Jacob Kyle on the Chitheads* podcast from Embodied Philosophy. He suggested we’d chat for about 45 minutes but we went an hour and a half. Even there, we skimmed a lot of the territory he wanted to cover.   They list these topics: – Davidya’s continual journey of awakening – 7 stages of consciousness – Awakening inside and outside of a tradition – Chasing experience – “Feeling value” and its role in the process of awakening – Personal and impersonal – changing focus – Ethics and awakening – three folds of the ego – Rising … Continue Reading…

Grace

stork

Grace is an important element of the spiritual journey. Around the world, we see grace in one of two ways. The first type of grace is unexpected gifts or unmerited favour of the Divine. Peter Wehner described it as “unconditional love given to the undeserving.” For example, there is no manifest “cause” of awakening. It happens when the Divine gifts it. It is not personally earned but rather is given to move things along in the whole. In that sense, grace isn’t personal. Bono, the lead singer of U2, said “Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, … Continue Reading…

The Soul Song

Concerto in G minor

Every cell, every organ and system, every object in your environment, everything arises in a nested space with a specific vibration or “song.” These nested spaces are created by flowing awareness curving back on itself. Globally, this means becoming self-aware. Yet consciousness continues to flow and continues to curve back on itself in smaller and smaller loops, increasing in density until the space within the loops manifests as actual space. This continues in increasing density until it expresses as form. (There are various perspectives of this process.) “Curving Back on Myself, I Create Again and Again.” – Krishna, in the … Continue Reading…

The Home of Knowledge

St. Francis of Xavier Cathedral

A lot of what we call knowledge today is information. Information can be very useful data but it describes details rather than reality itself. True knowledge is embedded in the layers of reality, be it the subtle structures that underlay all forms and phenomena, the field of becoming that accepts only truth (ritam and resolute intellect), the dynamics of consciousness, or the intelligence of Divinity. In many spiritual circles, there is an emphasis on alertness, on the quality of consciousness that makes us aware. This is the Purusha value, the witness. This wakes up to itself as consciousness so there … Continue Reading…

Dominant Sensing

park sunset

Over the years, I’ve written about our Dominant Sense, the sense that dominates our way of relating to the world and our typical style of spiritual experiences. I’ve also written how we actually have 7 primary senses and explored the origin of our sensing. Reading this blog, you may have noticed that the author is visual. I often have visual experiences and use visual language like “lit up” or “seeing” to describe knowing.   Visual people are more mind-oriented and conceptual because sight and mind are driven by the same energy, the gut chakra. Visual experiences may seem fancier and … Continue Reading…

Perspectives of the World

reflection

As we grow spiritually, there are several processes underway. One is the removal of veils on consciousness. This is the process of purification of the means of experiencing. In Sanskrit this masking is known as Chhandas, covering. Curving back on itself repeatedly, consciousness can become so concentrated, it becomes dense and gains a surface appearance. We may then confuse this appearance with reality, especially if we become identified with it. Yet once we directly experience what is behind our experiences, we start to see through the veils. Often the shadows originate in some misunderstanding about the world. This causes us … Continue Reading…

Curving Back

mind spiral

I’ve talked regularly of how consciousness curves back on itself, becomes self-aware, and expresses. In my talk at this years Science and Nonduality Conference, I spoke of how the layers of expression unfold from that self-interacting consciousness. But there’s another detail I also (awkwardly) touched on there.  Consciousness folds back on itself over and over. That flow of consciousness curving back on itself continues, and it folds back on itself over and over. Each folding creates a smaller and smaller infinity and density until qualities of consciousness manifest. – On the level of the bliss body, Space manifests and vibration … Continue Reading…

Healing Hazards

morning glory

Recently, Dorothy Rowe made a video called The Three Greatest Dangers of Energy Healing. I know some of you are following her work but I wanted to point out this insightful video. The issues revolve around correct understanding of the healing process so we don’t mis-credit its source or misunderstand what we’re doing. These misunderstandings can lead to side-effects and problems with healing due to an incorrect relationship with the process. The fix is easy but needs to be conscious. I’ll let her explain. On YouTube Davidya

The Association of Professional Spiritual Teachers (now ASI)

APST Panel

Through the cycle of descending ages, most spiritual traditions came to overemphasize the masculine – both in approach and in domination by men. This has led to drier, more austere forms of spirituality and issues with repression. Those traditions cultured well-prepared teachers though. Teaching did not begin until they were trained and deemed ready by their mentors. Rising consciousness is bringing a gradual restoration of the feminine. This means healing emotions, relationships, and raising women into leadership roles. It also leads to a much richer unfolding when both our masculine and feminine aspects are supported. Today we see many independent … Continue Reading…