Layers of Fear

Mushroom in Egg Cup

We associate fear with alarm over safety, anxiety, and resistance. Oddly, reverence for God is also associated with fear. But that would be related to God being unknown, unpredictable, and potentially vengeful. For example, some Christians may not understand karma and attribute difficulties to God. The Divine is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, the Divine is love incarnate. For a while, I’ve associated fear with the root chakra. But recently, I realized fear can be associated with any or all of the chakras. Essentially resistance on any level is fear. Here’s a rough list: 1: Root: fear around … Continue Reading…

The Healing Algorithm

I often get questions about energy healing as I regularly mention its importance. My process is largely self-learned and informal, adapting to what is arising. I’ve not developed a specific formula. Essentially, I notice a sensation or emotion arising in day-to-day life that has a flavour of resistance, allow it to be expressed and it resolves. With a little practice, this becomes mostly automatic. We shift from repressing to releasing. I don’t go looking for contraction, I just notice them when life events bring them up. If you have not yet woken, you may also notice a flavour of grasping … Continue Reading…

The Power of Loss

moon over death valley

Our response to a major loss can be considerable grief. So much so that unresolved grief often follows us forward into future lifetimes until we can resolve it. We might call this the shadow of our past. As a repressed feeling of loss, it adds fear of loss to our filters through which we perceive and choose. This adds a resistance to growth experiences, including awakening. This is because the ego often sees awakening as a loss of its control and dominance. For example, when we graduate from high school, we may celebrate the accomplishment and the beginning of a … Continue Reading…

Dumping vs Repressing

hanging pots

While I often write about repressing our emotions, there is another style of dealing with overwhelm. In the past I’ve called it spewing. This is venting it out on others and the environment.  Just as repressing doesn’t resolve it, “sharing” it doesn’t help either. What we repress leaks out too, especially through the lower chakras. Suppression is not a great idea but spewing can be worse. The first is more common in the west but some cultures favour the latter. For one, spewing on others causes further consequences in obvious and less obvious ways. How others react or poisoning a … Continue Reading…

On Animals

In a recent discussion, animals came up and I thought it worth touching on a few points. DNA tells us that animals are built of the same stuff as we are. We also share a lot of the same DNA blueprint. Similarly, animals have souls, chakras, feel pain & emotions, have thoughts, and have many of the features we attribute to humans. Yet most animals live in the flow of life. Humans are distinct because we have the gift of perception of free will plus the higher intellect. This gives us the opportunity to understand and change the world but … Continue Reading…

Success

dylan drums

When we’re young, we often feel inspired, full of life, and desire experiences of all sorts. As we move into child-rearing years, our priorities may shift and security & stability become more important. By the time we get to mid-life, our dreams are often forgotten. Failures may have overcome our willingness to take chances. We may just ride our life out, enjoying the moments we can. Perhaps we plan for retirement, not realizing that what we’re bringing to the table is more important than the events around us. If we look at models like Jane Loevinger’s stages of ego development, … Continue Reading…

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…

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…

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…

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…