The true “soulmate” (sometimes termed the twin soul or twin flame) is a manifest reflection of the “soul mating itSelf” 🙂 Self meeting/mating Self. When Self realization is imminent, it is possible for a reflection of this realization to show up in the mirror of the manifest. Often, this reflection will arrive “just in time” to turn One unto OneSelf, so as to see with utter, unmitigated, uncompromising, ruthless directness: Not this, Not that (Neti Neti)… until all egoic identity is stripped away in nakedness, and there is realization and liberation.

Because it is a reflection in Self, it is exalting. It is Peace, It is Bliss; It is Creativity. Because it is simultaneously the magnification of every egoic identity, it is activating, explosive and destructive; it is the end of all time. It is Krishna; it is Kali!  Continue Reading »



The chakra (energy center) at our throats is called Vishuddhi. The word shuddh means pure, and so vishuddhi has something to do with purification — the alchemy of the conditioned to re/turn it into the essential.

The allegory of Shiva holding the blue poison in his throat as that is what first arose at the Gods’ attempt at samudra manthan — churning the ocean to extract amrita (nectar) — is symbolic of the realization that before we can access the nectar, before we can speak Truth, we must purify (alchemize) the “poison” (illusion) of story and experience. (The term “before” must not be read as conditionality; it can well imply “simultaneous” when in total awareness.) We must practice holding this poison in active stillness, as Shiva — as the void, as the emptiness, as Silence. Not as repression, but in active observation within the expansive, all-embracing emptiness of Self. (If one is shooting off arising and passing thoughts and intellectualized philosophy as “truth” or “honesty,” one can be sure this is the unexamined, unprocessed poison of mental/emotional conditioning spouting forth.)

Sound is everything. It is the beginning of Creation, the movement of the unmanifest as the manifest. So whether we say, Om, or “before God there was the Word,” or Big Bang, or simply that a baby is “here” if it cries upon birth, we’re pointing to the same essential awareness. And there’s also the saying, “finding one’s voice in the world,” as a stand-in for Self actualization.
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Seeing the ego for what it is, is never about rejecting it or getting rid of it, for only the ego would reject anything, including itself 🙂 Love allows everything. Love recognizes everything as its emanation, including the mirage that is the ego. Seeing the ego is about seeing through all its shenanigans, and allowing them to just be, offering them nothing but Presence — total, unconditional acceptance, with zero engagement or validation. 🙂 Just as a loving Parent sees through the little one’s obvious mischief, and has a good laugh! And in such Light/ness, the ego and its finite expressions are naturally embraced and integrated ‘back’ into the infinite Self… allowed to dissolve, like every wave unfailingly does, ‘back’ into the Ocean.

Time and suffering

Time and suffering are the same thing. All suffering is rooted in time. Take away time, take away past and future, and there is no suffering. To live beyond time is to be solely in the Now: to never use hi/story of even a moment ago, or projection or expectation of even a moment later, as shields to not show up fully and wholly in the Now.

In any space or in one-on-one relating, discerning the subtleties between the following states assists in discerning between attachment (ego/mind) and alignment (Self/Love). If you are highly attuned and sensitive to body/vibrations, you’ll notice a slight-to-significant stress/ fatigue/ energy depletion/ withdrawal effect arising from the former state in each case:

Excitement and Enthusiasm
Giddiness and Joy
Intoxication and Delight  Continue Reading »

Inherent reward

Let every award/ recognition/ ‘achievement’ be just another lovely reflection/ celebration of the inherent reward in living (‘doing’) what we love. If the award obscures the everyday reward of the Love (work) itself, then we’ve got an end-seeking that invariably veils, distorts and corrupts our Love (work). Then we’re posing, peddling and pandering to the illusory world rather than being and living the Love (work) itself.

The Sadhaarani Geeti of Dhrupad Music (like most essential aspects of Dhrupad), is a powerful metaphor for (and aspect/expression of) a Self realized life. While the word ‘sadhaarani’ may be translated as ‘ordinary’ or ‘usual,’ the essence of the word here is ‘natural.’ ‘Natural’ implies free of affectation, embellishment, stylization, habit patterns… and free also of meaning-making and imposed/contrived personal emotional content, even. Where ‘natural’ is pure, sattvik, devoid of personalization/ego. And so, ‘natural’ not in the commonly held your-truth-my-truth-sense, but as unique expression of universal Truth. As such, the ‘Dhruva’ (North Star) portion of the word Dhru(va)pad(a) stands for the universality of the singing, easily confused as ‘fixedness’ or ‘regimentation’ when one cannot yet see how the way at once contains within it, the uniqueness of each voice. Once one discerns the difference between ‘unique’ and ‘personal’ (that in which there is active a personality/ego), there is immediate clarity on what Sadhaarani Geeti (natural singing) is, and how it is the sounded aspect/expression of Sadhaarani Jeevan (natural living). The Sadhaarani Geeti way (tantra) allows the body to be realized as an instrument (yantra) for generating pure/ Love vibration (mantra)… in a state of Yog (Union) with All That Is.