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…

The Faces of Reality talk @ SAND18

SAND18

During the Science and Nonduality conference of October 2018, I spoke on the way we experience reality from the object-side of the dynamics of consciousness. This was a follow-up to the stages of enlightenment talk I gave last year. This year I had a much smaller time slot, just enough to do an overview. (That’s Rick Archer talking under the titles, mentioning our second BATGAP interview.) The talk focused on the koshas or sheathes but instead of starting with the physical body, I took a top down approach that began with consciousness and its origins. After summarizing the 7 koshas, … Continue Reading…

Karma vs Dharma

sunrise under

There is another way of seeing the dynamics of karma and dharma. To recap, karma is action, energy. It is doing. The devata do and this creates experiences for us, the experiencers. Our experiences are then processed and digested. If we resist or grasp or otherwise get in the way of the smooth flow of action, we create residues of incomplete action. This is often what people call karma. Most people are identified with their sense of personal me. This ego-sense lays claim to doing as mine. It grasps at events to say I am, I did, I think, and … Continue Reading…

The Awakening Intellect

On a recent retreat, Lorne Hoff spoke of the role of the intellect in awakening. I thought the point valuable to share. When we first wake up, there is often an unknowing. We step into a place we’ve never been in many lifetimes. It is Self that wakes up to itself, well beyond the mind and any concepts we may have about it. We shift from experiencing ourselves as an egoic me to infinite and eternal being. It is like nothing changes and everything changes, both. It feels perfectly ordinary and normal. We can be surprised how simple the shift … Continue Reading…

The Pace of Change

Many people experience the world speeding up. This is partly an effect of our perception of time. As we shift through the decades, our metabolism gradually slows and time seems to go by faster*. This causes the pace of change to seem to increase. However, technology is also speeding up change. Many of us have seen the demise of steno pools, switchboard operators, typists, telex operators, and more. Contacting people in another city has shifted from “snail mail” and “long distance” to nearly instant global communications. Thomas Frey predicted 5 years ago that half of all current jobs will disappear … Continue Reading…

Balanced Enlightenment

Well-established Self Realization (Cosmic Consciousness) is known as Sat Chit Ananda or Absolute Bliss Consciousness. Why? Because those are the key markers of the state: Established in the absolute, established in Self (consciousness), and established bliss. When the noise of the emotional and mental layers are purified enough, then both consciousness and bliss can shine through in our normal experience. In a lot of the talk you hear today about enlightenment, bliss is missing. This shows there has not been enough clean-up yet or it’s not yet fully established. Sometimes, the shift itself has not happened, even if they’re clearly … Continue Reading…

The Receptors

The mind is powered mainly by the 3rd chakra at the solar plexus. And the mind field or mental body is a field that surrounds the entire body to some distance. Why then do we subjectively experience thoughts as being in the head? Consider where we have our receptors for thinking. We can describe the brain as a receptor or antenna for the mind. The brain is the physical interface for mental energy. Thus we recognize thinking as happening “in the head.” The movement of thoughts is not restricted to the brain though. Thoughts move through the “space” of the … Continue Reading…

The Trinity of Self

Atman or the Cosmic Self has a three-fold nature. It has a subject or observer aspect, the process of observation, and the object or observed aspect. I illustrated this here. As consciousness is aware of itself both globally and at every point, it can observe its own dynamics and experience this directly. “Locally” or personally, we experience this as the ego or I-sense, the intellect, and the mind. Samkhya describes how Buddhi (intellect) recognizes self as different from other, creating Ahamkara, the I-sense or ego. This arises in early childhood as a baby distinguishes itself from mother. Manas or mind … Continue Reading…

Atman and Sattva

One of the curious things about the spiritual journey is that the reality of one stage is not the reality of another. As each stage is a shift in being, it brings its own sense of self and the world. As Maharishi Mahesh Yogi used to say, “Knowledge is different in different states of consciousness.” For example, we can easily compare waking and dreaming states. The reality in each is quite distinct. This also means that terminology that well-suits one stage doesn’t work as well for another. My book editor, for example, steered me away from a few phrasings like … Continue Reading…

Gravity and SpaceTime

Gravity and SpaceTime

Einstein proposed that gravity is simply the curvature of spacetime. However, as I’ve observed on this blog, space is an effect of consciousness becoming aware of itself – in that recognition is a subtle gap (a-b). As this arises from consciousness curving back on itself, illustrated above, space is inherently curved. It is not a flat plane. Also, attention flows, perpetually curving in on itself. Gravity, the attractive force, becomes inherent. Further, because consciousness becomes self-aware at every point and scale, it is nested like Russian dolls and thus space is also nested. These nested spaces cause the effect science … Continue Reading…

Experiencing Brahman

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spoke of how dynamism is afraid of silence and silence is afraid of dynamism. The first we may experience in the approach to awakening when the lively mind is afraid of the empty, silent “void”. If we’re not clear enough, it’s not recognized as ourselves but rather an opposite. Once Self Realization is established that deep inner silence can be nervous about dynamism or liveliness. It wants to stay above the world. Yet moving back in is the flowering of the next stage. By the peak of Unity, there is no separate silence, just values of infinite … Continue Reading…

Where are the Senses?

In our culture, we’re encouraged to think of the senses as part of our body. We can point to the places in our body where we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. However, if our senses are parts of the body, how do we have full sensory experiences during dreams, when our body is asleep? This is because our senses are not in the body, they’re in the mind. When the mind is awake, so are the senses, be we in waking state or dreaming. When the mind sleeps, as in deep sleep, so do the senses. The body includes vehicles for … Continue Reading…