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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…

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…

Styles of Action

The world is as you are. The way we experience life has a lot to do with how we experience who we are. When we’re ego-identified, we’re often in an adversarial relationship with others and the world. They respond in kind. We often don’t even realize we’re doing this until it begins to stop. We have few experiential reference points for anything else. What’s arising has a purpose – perhaps to show you what you’re resisting, to bring an opportunity for resolution, to learn, or to move forward (or all of the above). As we become more conscious, the role … Continue Reading…

Why is there a Dark Side?

It’s good to consider – why does a world expressed by the Divine have evil? The answer is all about balance. In the Vedic perspective, there are 3 forces in creation: creation, maintenance, and destruction. Those 3 forces evolve into 3 qualities (gunas) which evolve into the 5 elements, 5 senses and so forth. The 3 qualities or gunas are: Sattva: creative, purity, clarity, smooth Rajas: fire, action, energy, transformation Tamas: inertia, rigidity, resistance Without inertia, we would have no form. In fact, nothing would last. As Dharma is that which sustains, tamas is required for the world to hang … Continue Reading…

The Value of Experiences

There is a perspective which suggests all of creation is here for That, consciousness, to know itself in more detail. How can you know something if there’s nothing? Creation is expressed to bring out the detail. And each of us are unique perspectives of the whole, each unfolding the details of that point of experience. In that sense we’re here to have experiences. We could say this is our purpose. The key however is how we are with those experiences. When the mind is identified with its content and the objects of experience (before awakening), then our happiness is tossed … Continue Reading…

Cosmic Variation

I’ve spoken a little lately about the Cosmic Body. How all physical bodies are actually one body, expressing itself in a myriad of ways. One example I can use here is this form. I mentioned here in The Experience Followup about the above and how it was expressing through this particular form as a vacuum. I can also observe the very visual style through which I’m shown the structure of creation and the way the divine expresses itself. That’s partly related to specific gifts here rather than a universal way enlightenment unfolds. Thus some articles like what I describe in … Continue Reading…

Ahimsa – Non-Violence

Ahimsa is one of the 5 Yamas or observances, the first limb of Yoga. It means non-injury or non-violence. Other Yamas include non-theft and truthfulness, so they’re sometimes confused with ethics. For example, I was recently asked how I could call myself spiritual if I was not a raw vegan. The arguments they raised were all about the ethical treatment of animals. And while that may be a good reason to become vegan, that’s an ethical choice rather than a spiritual one. They didn’t accept this and apparently felt I was just making excuses. Ethics are rules of conduct or … Continue Reading…

The Role of Kundalini

The ongoing exploration and discussion of ways of modelling the diverse experiences of awakening had a new round recently, based on the article Kundalini: Up, Down, or ? by Peter Holleran. It’s a fascinating overview of various descriptions of awakening and kundalini, noting the variations in interpretation. The long and rather heady article lacks an interpretive model so comes off a little disjointed, as the author notes. But it’s well referenced. I’m adapting my comments on the article as you may find them useful. Plus they touch on some of what I’ve been exploring recently that is not yet written … Continue Reading…

Nothing Seen yet it Remains

“Although the seen has disappeared for one whose purpose is accomplished, still it is not destroyed because it is common to others.”  Yoga Sutra 2v22 In Unity, the seer and seen merge, leaving only the process of experience, the seeing. In Brahman, nothing is happening or ever did. But it still seems to continue appearing to happen because it is common to others. There is also the momentum of karma, as I discussed on The Shadow Drives. As long as there is a body, there is something driving action and world appearances. It takes time for the body to catch … Continue Reading…

Chasing Experiences

One of the hazards of the spiritual journey is chasing experiences: looking for flash or the return of something good experienced before. Thus you see people using techniques to push kundalini, taking hallucinogenic drugs, or talking about experiences they want or want back. This is an easy mistake to make and even advanced students make it. We are here to have experiences. It is our nature or purpose as beings. Creation exists for That to experience itself and we are vehicles of that process. But chasing individual experiences in the future or past – even the good ones – is … Continue Reading…

Auric Modelling

Also in the discussion thread of Skills vs Consciousness is the term Auric Modelling. I didn’t understand why Rose Rosetree was using “modelling” as the term for how the aura is perceived or felt. But as she described, what we present energetically via the aura is what others read sub-consciously. What do we present to others? Is our façade congruent with our energy? Are we really fooling anyone? Well – we can. Charm The trick is, some people can use energy to mask energy. As many do offer inconsistent signals, we naturally favour the strongest impressions we pick up when … Continue Reading…

Skills vs Consciousness

In a discussion over on Rose Rosetree’s blog, the distinction between level of skill and level of consciousness came up. This is an important distinction. It’s one thing for spiritual awakening to unfold. It’s another for us to make skilled use of that. Partly this is in integration and allowing presence to express through us rather than being driven by old habits and resistance. Many are still learning how to be in the world in this new context. But partly this is about purity and clarity. The Sattva side of the equation. It is through clarity that much more becomes … Continue Reading…