Perspectives on Awakening

From the perspective of a person waking up, there is a falling away of a sense of individuality and a “waking” to our cosmic or universal Self. Hence it is called Self Realization or Cosmic Consciousness. This is not just a recognition or an experience but a shift in being, a shift in where we experience the world from. But for a person, there is nothing they can do to create this event. They can do practices to help smooth the process and prepare the ground. But awakening is a surrender, a letting go, a non-doing. Sometimes it happens with … Continue Reading…

Liberating the Person

While awakening is about liberation, it is liberation FROM the person. It is loosing our identification with being an individual ‘me’ that things happen to. Both before the shift and for awhile afterwards, there can be a fair bit of unpacking of old baggage: old resistance and incomplete experiences. There is also a forward progression into higher stages in consciousness. Part of that forward movement is what can be described as a descent of source into our local experience. Adyashanti described a process of head, heart, gut. This continues to the root. The effect of this process is the purification … Continue Reading…

Clarity and Release

Clarity and release are the 2 key aspects of spiritual growth. The first helps us move forward, the second clears the obstacles to that. Release brings clarity, clarity brings release. Traditionally, the “way” is divided into several “paths“. Yoga speaks of the means to Union, essentially ways of pacifying the mind. From that perspective, if you settle the mind, you will discover your own nature under the noise. However, this isn’t something we do just once or twice. We want to come home repeatedly so it becomes familiar. Not just as a place to visit for peace but recognizing it … Continue Reading…

Sofia Panel Discussion

During the Science and Nonduality pre-conference, Rick Archer organized a large panel discussion at Sofia University. From the left: Laurie Moore, Susanne Marie, Mariana Caplan, Dana Sawyer, Francis Bennett, Craig Holliday (speaking), Kristin Kirk, Rick Archer (moderator), Clare Blanchflower, myself, Chuck Hillig, David Ellzey, Kiran, and Jeffery Martin (host). Canela Michelle Meyers arrived during the afternoon session. She was seated on the left. Most of the group are prior BATGAP interviewees and many where speaking at SAND. The panel was too large and long to do at SAND itself so Jeffery offered us Sofia in nearby Palo Alto. For links … Continue Reading…

Our Natural Potential talk @ SAND15

In October, I gave a Stages in Consciousness talk at the Science and Nonduality conference. Here is the talk synopsis. I was introduced by Rick Archer of Buddha at the Gas Pump fame. His talk had preceded mine and, on agreement, ran partly into the break between our talks. This meant people where still transitioning in and out as my talk began. My opening reference to Rick’s style is because he read his large talk to cover the content while mine was unrehearsed. I had a lot to cover so also rolled quickly. There where 8 concurrent tracks at the … Continue Reading…

Why Creation?

This question and some related ones came up in a discussion forum and I thought it worth sharing here. Edited a bit for content. The question of why the divine would create is one answered by experience also. It doesn’t make a lot of sense until the process is intimate to you. In essence we could say though that Consciousness knows itself globally but the vastness of the details (of divine intelligence) cannot be known without exploring them. So consciousness becomes aware at every point within itself. You are one of those points. Each of those points of awareness can … Continue Reading…

Can Lower Life Forms Become Enlightened?

This is from a debate over the title subject. A little more speculative than usual. Edited for context. It’s an interesting consideration. We tend to take a human-centric view of it, seeing ourselves at the top of the food chain and having the necessary equipment to sustain enlightenment. The way I describe the unfolding of stages of enlightenment is for humans. And for humans in the current age. In a golden age, most everyone experiences life as-if enlightened, but it’s the group consciousness that is sustaining that so eventually when the actual numbers drop, the age ends. Some describe a … Continue Reading…

Surrender to Discrimination

Several recent events have reminded me of a key point worth clarifying. The spiritual path is dominated by surrender. It requires we let go of attachments, of the grasping “me”, of suffering, of whatever binds us to being small. Not by force but by allowing, by releasing the grasping. This allows us to settle in to who we really are, beneath the noise of a person. The initial awakening requires only the briefest of surrender for the shift to happen. More advanced stages require progressively more profound surrender, even of our progress to date. But this surrendering I refer to … Continue Reading…

The Third Aspect

I’ve spoken a fair bit about the dynamics of consciousness and the Shiva and Shakti or male and female aspects of unfolding enlightenment. But as I’ve also frequently described, self-aware consciousness has 3 aspects – the observer, the process of observation and the object. There is a third aspect. From a somewhat Christian perspective, we might say father, mother, and child. R. Buckminster Fuller spoke of action, reaction, and resultant. The third aspect here is the effect or consequence. The consequence of the interaction of Shiva and Shakti is creation. The consequence of them awakening within is fully embodied enlightenment … 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…

Stages of Development in Consciousness

aka higher states of consciousness or stages thereof One of the most popular articles on this blog over the years has been on states of consciousness. First as an outline of the 7 states of consciousness model, then a newer version, consolidating the many updates to the prior article. This article reframes that model a little further to better reflect how people are experiencing the process. I’ve begun making references to this model, so I thought it time for a new Key Post. I’m also working on a book that goes into this in much more detail. Psychology has begun … Continue Reading…