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Only the mind can conceive of stages for that which is of no-mind!!

What actually happens is that depending upon the stability of the stillness / release / dissolution of mind, varying depths of access to Being are available at different moments in different “vessels” or “conduits” of the One-Self, whom we believe to be different people 🙂 These varying depths of being-ness are all accessible simultaneously in the Now (as multi-dimensional being-ness), but with the mental belief in linear time, it appears that there is some kind of “spiritual progress” and transformation happening “over time,” or that there are different people at different stages of realization. (The mind loves comparisons, standards, progress and milestones, and so… the measurement and marking of these only indicate that the mind is still happily in play.)

Below I venture to share, roughly, states of being that can give the impression of “stages” and their progression, to the measuring mind. All the states can be variably accessed in the same person at different times, while some sustain being in Self at all times. As always, words are entirely insufficient (and in-and-of-themselves even inaccurate), and only act as a pointer to the essence beyond.  Continue Reading »

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The celebrity connects with the thoughts, emotions and stories of the people. There is excitement, sensationalism, fandom, following… oh, and autographs and photographs 🙂

The Truth seer / speaker has no fans or followers, as they speak not to thought, emotion or story, only to the stillness and nothingness beyond, in Self and Love. A Truth seer has no followership, only fellowship. Profound, subtle, quiet, often entirely invisible to common perception.

If you must have an autograph or photograph with someone for display, you can be sure they’re a celebrity, no matter who they are, and even if they have a long beard and robes and you believe you are “sharing the light” 🙂

When we are One with all that is, the paradox is that “your pain is my pain” calls not for solving your pain, but for dis-solving mine!

How so?

When we are One with all that is, we simultaneously realize that the entire play underlying The One ‘differentiated as many’ is to lovingly allow unique experiences through which to recognize and realize Oneness. In truly, lovingly, unconditionally honoring the sovereignty in (and wish for) differentiated experience, it isn’t for (an identity of) “me” to take on another’s unique experience — however ‘good’ or ‘bad’ — and make it mine (in the name of empathy or compassion or unity as solidarity), and then make a mission out of it in any way — whether as fan or savior. It is only for me to allow for every kind of experience, and be there, in Love, should it arise within my physical field of experience. If I’m triggered into sensational excitement or suffering in response to another’s unique experience (‘good’ or ‘bad’), it is an opportunity for me to see that I am identified (attached) with them / that experience in some way, and use it as a clue, a window to look within. The more I look within, the more I see that whatever I experience in vicarious response to another’s experience reveals what is alive within me as attachments. The more I dissolve these within, in Love, the more they dissolve without, in ‘reality.’  Continue Reading »

The villain of our story can only become the hero, when we release them from that role  🙂 More accurately, they can simply be… what they are! Even more accurately, freed from enrollment in our story, we can experience them simply as they are — nothing, and so, all possibility!

True celibacy is the state of spontaneous cessation (dissolution, not repression) of all sexual urge or impulse or need arising in the body or mind, without (mandating) exclusion of physical union. This means that all conditioning, reactivity, emotional uprising and attachment have dissolved at the level of physical body. The “abstinence” in the celibate is of these things; it has nothing to do whatsoever with whether actual physical union is experienced or not.

Actually, to the contrary, it is the true celibate who can cease sex and begin lovemaking, the act of sacred physical union from the Heart center!! Lovemaking happens when the physical act transcends all need and is purely an inspired giving-receiving of Love in the physical. Continue Reading »

Repressing and recycling

Repressing and recycling feelings and emotions are two sides of the same coin.

Most of us recognize what repression is. Recycling is when we believe we are harmlessly “venting,” “sharing” or “expressing” feelings and emotions, but we’re only passing them through the mind, and then talking out loud our thoughts (reactions) about these emotions.

Both recycling and repressing lead to the same thing — stuckness, and eventually stagnation, in which hardened emotion turns into mental and physical conditions. The key is to let emotion flow as pure energy, in and out.  Continue Reading »

Vedanta literally means, anta (end) of veda (knowledge)!

(Read ‘end’ in both its meanings, should you insist on goals :-))

The end of knowledge is the birth of realization. The Self cannot be known as knowledge; what can be known as knowledge is what is not-Self: neti, neti. So, I often write about the ego/identity and its thoughts, emotions, stories — that which is not Self. Know (simply see) what you’re not, and you’ll gently and easily fall into what you are.

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The Self is nothing (and so, its field of Love is everything), and there’s not much to write about nothing (or everything) 🙂 cidānandarūpaḥ śivo’ham śivo’ham: I am (shiva) — nothingness, nothing but eternal consciousness, the unified field of Love. (Atmashatkam, Adi Shankaracharya.)