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…

The Energy Bodies (Koshas)

I first began talking about the energy bodies here in 2009. When I came back to the topic in more detail about a year ago, a definition error crept in I should have caught. Firstly, “energy bodies” refers to what are commonly called Auras. In Sanskrit, the more accurate term is koshas or sheaths. They interpenetrate one another and each more subtle one is a little less distinct and larger. The Buddhist term for them is Skandhas. Here is the list: Annamaya     physical, etheric Pranamaya     energy, emotional Manonmaya     mental, sensory Vijnanamaya     intellect, Buddhi Anandamaya     bliss, celestial, … Continue Reading…

Seer, Sage, or Shanti

There’s a pernicious idea people often have that the awake are supposed to teach. That enlightenment somehow gives you a teaching mission. I’ve seen a number of such people start teaching, then fade away. Or start too soon. Teaching requires a certain set of skills, like an ability to speak to the student on their level. It will probably have shown up in some way already. Most people have other skills instead. Further, you want the awakening to mature and integrate well first. Too soon and you speak from too small a place – even if it does seem boundless. … Continue Reading…

Where is the Soul?

Over the years, I’ve heard many descriptions of where in the body the soul resides. By soul, I mean the spark of our being. Some talk about it as kundalini, coiled in the root chakra and rising with the awakening process. Some as the light in the heart, although that is more the celestial than personal. (I’ve described it there myself) Some refer to the crown chakra. And some the “high heart” at the top of the chest. Recently someone said it’s in the upper belly chakra. To some extent, this is thinking in linear, physical terms. But the soul … Continue Reading…

The Dalai Lama on the Meaning of Life

Today I saw an article on Slate about the Dalai Lama’s visit to New Mexico in April, 1991. Near the end of the article, a waitress asks him “What is the meaning of life?” “In my entire week with the Dalai Lama, every conceivable question had been asked—except this one. People had been afraid to ask the one—the really big—question. There was a brief, stunned silence at the table. The Dalai Lama answered immediately. “The meaning of life is happiness.” He raised his finger, leaning forward, focusing on her as if she were the only person in the world. “Hard … Continue Reading…

6 Stages of Becoming

You may wonder how there can be so many ways of describing the structure of the world. Which one is the “right” one? But as Albert Einstein so beautifully noted, everything is relative to the observer. Speed, direction, and appearance. The point you’re viewing from and your stage of development both effect how you see the world. Add in the multi-layered structure with nuances at different scales and you have almost innumerable perspectives. And that is why there is so many of us – to be able to explore all those ways of seeing wholeness. There is of course lots … Continue Reading…

Q&A, Part 3

It’s rare such back and forth continues. But there was more. This continues from Q&A 2… I have some other writing to come but life has other demands at the moment. … When acting, if there is a sense of things coming “through you” rather than from you, this is the difference between being in the flow/ acting from source vs acting from ego. A good example would be writing something you didn’t know. Creatives talking about the muse is the same. Once awake, it is progressively more like this as we wind down the ego drivers. (to be clear, … Continue Reading…

A Q&A

I’m working on a rather large article, reframing the stages model a bit. But this month has been unusually busy with family, so it’s been sitting for a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, in a non-duality forum, there has been an extended back and forth over the last week or so. In response to a series of questions, I replied with the following comments. I’ve lightly edited them for context… We could say Self is the experiencer rather than the experiencing or content of experience. Thus Self is not an experience, it is what is experiencing. Another word for Self is … Continue Reading…

Spiritual Addiction

We’ve all met addicts of some kind. The drug addict whose need for a fix overshadows even basic human needs. The alcoholic who drowns his life away. The coffee drinker who can’t function without a morning cup. The smoker, the binger, the sweet-tooth, and on and on. In fact, we’ve probably all had addictions of one kind or another. Most addictions begin as a form of escape or avoidance of pain then take on a life of their own. But there is another kind of addiction you may not recognize. Spiritual addiction. Spiritual practice as a form of avoidance. Of … Continue Reading…

Life Purpose in 5 Minutes

Here’s an interesting TEDx talk by Adam Leipzig on “How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVsXO9brK7M He skims over the profundity of some things like Know Thyself, which can make further answers more obvious. But he makes some interesting points. Here’s a few for reference: 151 thousand books on Amazon on life purpose. But if you’re just examining, you’re not living. 5 Steps: 1 – Who you Are  (name) 2 – What you do (love to do – single words) focus down: what is the one thing you feel supremely qualified to teach others. 3 – Who … Continue Reading…

Gratitude for Self

I’ve spoken here a lot about the importance of gratitude. Being thankful for what’s in our lives helps culture an openness and allowing. It also helps enable support. But there’s a deeper aspect of gratitude than just being thankful for the people and things in our life. It’s being grateful for ourselves. This may, like self-love, sound like narcissism. What we’re talking about is something much deeper. For most of us, buried under all our emotional drama is a wounded self, a self that feels alone, unworthy and/or unsafe. For some seekers it is very easy to accept that the … Continue Reading…

Specialness

An interesting discussion in another forum brought together some points discussed here before. I’ve talked about the 3-layer nature of the ego: the mental concept of a me, the emotional/energetic drivers of that, and the core subconscious identity. That core is fear-driven and arises when we lose our sense of connection to divine wholeness. This fear in turn leads to layers of resistance to life. The seeming loss of safety, control and approval are common drivers. These create barriers to ourselves, causing us problems and suffering. On the surface, we have the conceptual ideas about self like “I am this” … Continue Reading…