The Appearance of the Doers

The deeper you go, the less localized and more universal you get. For example, most experience their body, emotions, and thoughts as local and personal. But as you touch deeper into fine feelings, intuition, and bliss you find them more expansive and less personal. And yet, these more universal values may also feel more intimate as they’re closer to your true Self. We can also look at this another way, through the elements. Earth is very specific, water has a little less distinctive edges, fire even more so. Each is less localized. Ditto the lower 3 chakras. But as you … Continue Reading…

The Source of Grace

There is a curious paradox in spiritual practice. On the one hand, awakening and progress in consciousness happens through grace, through the hand of the Divine. Awakening isn’t an experience or something a person does or has – it’s an awakening from the person. There is nothing we can do directly to make it happen. And yet, we are not separate from the Divine. The Divine moves though us to prepare the way and organize circumstances that allow grace to happen. This shows up as the opportunity for good practices, teachers, books, and so forth. As the renowned sage Vasishtha … Continue Reading…

Every Cycle

“Nature remembers what we humans have forgotten: Every cycle must return to stillness, silence, the dark Every out-breath requires an in-breath Every outer endeavor turns back inwards to its origins, its center, and begins again; From death comes new life and from the darkest night, the new dawn is born” – Karen Clarke  

Cosmic Stress follow-up

There is a curious dynamic once you shift into the perspective of the body as cosmic, usually in Refined Unity. The cosmic is beyond the fields of karma and stress. There is nothing there to purify. When you experience your body as cosmic, it is seen as pristine and full of light. And yet all bodies in our universe are part of the cosmic. It includes all forms in all of time and space. Those bodies are expressed into denser layers and carry unresolved experiences, nodes of resistance, and other kinds of crud. And thus, when we live as the … Continue Reading…

Applied Sanskrit

Shiksha, a Vedic text on Sanskrit grammar, tells us in verse 5 that Sanskrit has 64 letters while nature uses 63. This was said “by Brahman himself”. In other words, nature uses much the same sounds as Sanskrit to create and manage the world. But there are some key differences between how humans speak and how the devata of nature use sound. For example, human speech is rather linear. A sequence of sounds constructed into words. And rather ponderously slow. And usually driven from an individual agenda rather than an effort to harmonize. While a devata starts the process the … Continue Reading…