Kristin on Release

Finally got a chance to listen to Kristin Kirk‘s talk from last years SAND conference. Called “Dissolving the Substance of the Conditioned Self”, she explores the awareness and release process she adopted. My own process has been similar and thus what I’ve described on this site. But here you can hear a simple refreshing clarity in her words, from her experience. She also has a very refreshing take on how to see your yourself through this process. While her skill level is much higher than most peoples, the process she describes is possible for everyone. And each knot of “substance” … Continue Reading…

Layers of Clearing

In discussions over on Rose Rosetree’s blog, a few points arose I thought worth exploring. For one, awakening doesn’t require you be perfect, totally free of stress or Stuff, etc. It just requires enough, so that sufficient clarity is there for the recognition to take place, then for grace to step in for the final step. I’ve seen teachers give students a nudge so the shift takes place but if the clarity isn’t established, the physiology is not able to sustain it and it becomes more like a passing experience than a sustained shift in being. Non-abiding as Adyashanti would … Continue Reading…

Follow the Feeling

If we sit quietly for a moment, we may well notice the noisy mind blabbing on about something. We then have a few choices. We can pay attention to what’s around us instead. We can listen to the mind. Or we can invest in the mind, take it seriously. Unfortunately, most people do the later. And then they share that with others, spreading it around. The trouble is, a great deal of what comes out of the mind has nothing to do with the content. Hence “noise” or “monkey mind”. The real dynamic is there is an activated, unresolved emotion(s) … Continue Reading…

Sound Healing

There is a profound art to sound that we have not yet rediscovered. Mantra, the study of specific sounds has largely lost the understanding of tone. There are references to it in Sanskrit but it’s clearly not understood. This may partly have been influenced by the paternalization of Sanskrit- the shift to men as the carriers of the language. Indian Ragas, melodies  which are aligned to certain times of the day or for certain effects have shifted to the easier western polyphonic scale and away from natures pure tones. The polyphonic scale calls for tones of equal frequency increments that … Continue Reading…

You Can’t Escape

Life gives us the opportunity to grow in astonishing ways, to overcome vast obstacles, and to heal the most profound traumas. But there are some things you can’t overcome or escape. We come in with a certain biology. Each body will have it’s own qualities, strengths and weaknesses. We can learn to take care of it or not. We can learn to work well with what we have or not. Avoidance or denial will not help. We come in with a certain karmic load or debt. Each of us will have our own challenges and lessons, some more than others. … Continue Reading…