Bottom Up Communities Rise Up!

I read somewhere that, at some point, you begin to be conscious of the Earth through time and in its totality, you see how little things have changed – and you pause. Such is happening to me now, and intensely. I am unable to cry anymore, but I feel an outpouring of the heart intensify and the pain.

The media emphasizes certain stories of human suffering, but this suffering is ongoing for centuries in various corners of the world. Poverty, hunger, disease, infant death, murder, rape, war, growing up parentless or with abusive parents, having fewer natural resources and  wildlife, losing everything to natural disasters, slavery, being of the “wrong” sex, color, race, nationality, or belief system. Even our crops and food is losing nutrition.

Many people barely remember what happened last week, and the media plays on people’s short term memory and emotional reactions with each “Breaking Story.” However, the story broke eons ago and continues across the world. None of this is news, but simple lack of knowledge about our history – or the lack of time to think about it in context. Most of the Earth is in survival mode.

Once I felt the totality of the situation through time in a glimpse of insight, my head dropped. My heart aches for the ones suffering.

Humanity is a honeycomb of echochambers, each preaching to its own choir and each reinforcing the sound of a particular rhetoric – whether true and tested by time, or not. But, as the old adage goes, talk is cheap and rarely sensitive to the big picture. People can argue with each other all day long on social media, but that never moves anything forward.

Children are growing up with increased anxiety and suicides are on the rise. In fact, more and more people are having a hard time just getting out of bed to go to their jobs and take care of responsibilities. Chronic pain conditions, autoimmune diseases, mental illness, and obesity are on the rise and have been  a way of life for many, and in different cultures. Not all cultures view human pain the same way, and some ostracize and punish those in need of help.

So, no breaking news here – only Earth as usual, with small oasis pockets. And yet, our population is growing, the income gap is widening, and our resources are dwindling. Powerful nations are becoming extremely competitive because they know they will fight for resources eventually. Weaker nations are banding together and appealing to humanitarianism.

Unlike the bees in the honeycombs, we do not stand as one for all and all for one. Instead, we characterize others as idiots, deplorable, ignorant, selfish, and go on our merry way as if we are the ones carrying the torch. However, inside, there is fear and insecurity – just as in most others. We fail to see that we are all the same – not on the outside, but as the sparks of One Life that lives us all. That’s not New Age bullshit – this is a core truth that does not require you to buy anything, just learn to meditate proper.

But so few are interested in transceding the illusion of separation – probably because it’s a tough thing to do. And what does it mean anyway? Many just need to live out their lives and balance their karma and reincarnate (these word and concepts existed for a lot longer than any current spiritual thought and are worth thorough study). Unfortunately, karma and reincarnation become clear and cease to evoke fear when you transcend your personality and no longer get emotional.

So, what do we do in the meantime? How do we live our days with the knowledge that war rages in the hearts of men, masking fear. How do we give of ourselves to change the way we value each other and life?

First, more people have to educate themselves about how changing something always changes something else. We can’t just cheer when taxes are lower, we have to ask what programs will be cut. We can’t just cheer that coal miners may start working again, we need to ask at the expense of what – specifically? We can’t just look at other countries and refugees as “others,” but we do need to have untarnished information how our lives will change if we help and what we can do.

We live in a complex world, and the US (aka Divided States) elects presidents based on one-line promises. However, few ask “What will that change affect? Who will it affect?” It is clear that the US is not a democracy because few stop to think about the long-term consequences of any decision, let alone define our role of global responsibility. “America First” = “America Alone” in an increasingly larger and competitive world. 

We need to go back into our local communities and get involved. Offer basic services for trade to help with children, infrastructure, food, medical care, mental health professionals, and other basic living arrangements. Local communities need honest people with integrity to support one another. People need to start making goid decisions about how many children they can support (2 is personally my max). 

Sure, we can just take care of what we have on our plates, but that mindset will eventually lead to further degradation of our society and crash. We must learn to setup networks of help for one another and engage in them with a generous heart. 

Our plight will not get fixed from the top down. Isn’t that clear by now? We must start gathering ourselves, organizing ourselves – one town at a time, and growing into a powerful network that eventually will affect the bottom line of large corporations who truly run our countries. When we refuse to support and buy certain products, we make a statements that hits their bottom line while taking care if each other.

There are atrocities in other nations, but there are also atrocities here. Next time you see a child being hit in public, for example, band together and step in to let the parent know that he or she is done with that – peacefully.

Let’s forget enlightenment for a bit, and just practice opening our hearts. There are a number of Apps to exchange goods and services. For example, the 5 Apps here help others give ir trade stuff so that we cut down on waste. 

Trading services is a bit trickier. Apps do exist, and my next step is to research them thoroughly. I used to manage large scale projects in the software industry and have experienced with this sort of thing. Of course, vetting people and services for safety and quality is key. Maybe I can start a nonprofit that will do bavkground checks and interviews… Who’s up to get this process moving? Does anyone want to try this? Leave a comment if you are into the possibility! 😀

On True and False Spirituality

Spirituality is the practice of learning to be aware of and identifying with the One Life that lives us all. This practice requires pushing through the veil of illusion that tells us we are separate, just as a seedling pushes through toward the sunshine. 

This practice is ongoing, as there are many layers to peel off and shed to approach the identity of I Am That I Am. There are minor Enlightenments along the way, each progressively more challenging to rearranging the very fabric of our being.  

The series of enlightenments are radical remakings of how we perceive ourselves and the apparent others – these are not fleeting experiences. As our perception transforms, so does our entire world view and our relationships to everything. 

Some will come to the point of complete freedom as Spirit (Nirvana), but will postpone That to serve all Beings with a humble and generous heart, and without any need or drive for a specific outcome. The need to live for oneself or to get anything at all from Life dissolves prior to this choice – we always have the freedom to choose. One feels only a profound Love for Life and offers oneself to Its Service in full surrender. That service may take many forms, uniquely tailored to each being.

Spirituality is a deeply personal practice that transforms one into an impersonal force, no longer driven by and free of emotions and mind. Emotions become experiences that simply pass through and don’t stick. The mind is a tool for translating Spirit into expression that can be forged in Matter.

Spirituality puts magic, mediumship, and reliance on metaphysics in context – as coping skills of those who can sense the Astral plane and fear constant change and uncertainty, thus needing to prepare for and control what is happening. However, true spirituality aims to make one fully mature and free of the need to take external directives and clear markers on how to proceed. 

Many use the crutch of tarot cards and other materials to gain insight, which is readily available in meditation and does not require a billion dollar industry. Most spiritual practioners start with metaphysics, but must eventually get through and out of reliance on Astral phenomena – which is a form of illusion and can become a trap.

Spirituality is learning to live with discomfort and uncertainty in a way that surfs the wave of the moment, and responding as Spirit. Each response to life is uniquely tailored to the moment’s need, and not scripted by inspirational quotes and cosmic memes. While we respect the wisdom of our teachers, we also aim to continually cultivate our own.

Spirituality can seem paradoxical to the mind: “Love without restricting the freedom of anyone,” “Surrender to becoming service without attachment to the act of helping,” or “Immerse oneself fully into all aspects of Life having no need to take anything from Life.” In other words, no intention or action can trap you into forging your identity, for you are none other than Spirit unconstrained.

Many practitioners – even those who are advanced – become trapped by feeling that they “deserve something,” which is a need from Life. If one feels like one needs anything at all, then one is still trapped. Some will use their “spiritual status” to justify what they need and get. Eventually, they will need to outgrow that too. Of course you accept from Life what is a gift, but not always each gift from all people. Sometimes you reject gifts because they are given with the intention of personal gain, and such giving does not serve the giver.

You are impersonal and may seem like a foreign entity of some sort, but there is something in you that attracts others (or completely scares them off!). Paradoxically, others feel both love and fear in your presence. What they actually feel is a catalysis to break free and glimpse themselves and their world, thus understanding their potential growth – which can be scary.

Spirituality is not about developing “superpowers” to control Life, but about learning what one needs to learn to Serve Life.

Love, Service, Surrender are capitalized because they are purified of self-absorbed seeking to become complete.

Raw, unfiltered existence requires grit. Even after the Ego is relegated to a tool (like the mind), there are additional layers of various attachments that must be stripped and burned. Why? Because you want to serve the planet from the vantage point of true freedom, which lies beyond what most call enlightenment.

Each transition feels like a form of dying, and then a new birth. This is not an overdramatization – the events of dissolution and reforming are very real. You climb this ladder, pausing only to catch your breath because life in the body is finite, and you must prepare for service while still alive. Dying while alive, over and over, requires nothing short of true grit. The reward? There is none, in the usual sense. But freedom is definitely preferred to illusory traps.

When learning and evolving lacks an agenda for power, control, and the desire to manipulate events, one can never cross the karmic law and will not “fall” to create more chaos after gaining more knowledge. Thus, only the desire to serve the One living being in All is the driver. Of course, there are those who misuse the teachings and feel the high of the dark forces – thus, becoming hooked and addicted. They justify their position, but it is transparent.

It is untrue that all secrets have been revealed. Many remain hidden by Masters of highest awakening because such knowledge without wisdom would ensure the destruction of the human race. They are not Masters in the sense of ownership or control, but they have Mastered safe passage through illusion and the relationship to knowledge and forces at play in our local Universe. No one knows everything! 

Much of what has been revealed is distorted, and now continuously passed through filters on the internet. While memes are fun, and quotes are inspiring, neither will produce a direct positive change in our world without the engagement, active participation, and proper understanding of our evolutionary process. We cannot meditate away people’s karma and all of the accumulated karma of the ages, although some can be lifted from humanity under proper conditions.

Contrary to common belief, a Master must be alive in a body to help others. Once a Master gives up the body, only the energy of his or her essence remains, but not the Living  consciousness that expressed through the body. It is not possible for ascended (dead) Masters to teach from beyond. But living Masters can make themselves available to students across continents. Even then, they are not always available, and the students must be very strong and independent and – always – attentive to the times of teaching and learning.

There are entities all around us, looking to piggy-back on the human experience. We created them over the ages as thought forms in the Astral Plane, and they took on a life of their own. They can pose as guides, angels, Masters, enlightened alien races, demons, and ancient mystics. Of course, we can interact with these entities. But…. they are not the dearly departed enlightened dead, nor are they the higher principles of creation – archangels. Archangels are so beyond our consciousness that personal communication is impossible, but many are too proud to see this truth. People think that angels have time for us, or even the capacity to relate to us as individuals. But they do not. Angels are creative principles – forces at an abstract level, and not personified beings who look like beautiful people with wings. 

There is no Galactic Council on a spaceship. There are no ascension transmissions from Sirius or Pleides or Lyricans. While all these stories are interesting and catch attention, they are grossly misrepresented and are part of the very illusion we deeply wish to transcend.

What’s really at stake is our own ability and desire to evolve. We, in living bodies, must accept and venture forward with this challenge. We do not need to “play” with entities on the Astral Plane to evolve. We are not in a fishbowl being watched by alien races to see how we do. We only need our own connection to Spirit and to World – both ways – for our World to grow and entwine with the Cosmos. We also need living guides who have crossed the charnel ground. Those who think otherwise are simply arrogant and caught in the bramble bushes of self- absorption. Only a tiny fraction of the human race is born enlightened….the rest of us must work hard to drop the pride and arrogance.

A true human Master will foster your growth and independence without interference in your life events. You always choose your next steps, while the Master simply points to the direction for highest evolutionary potential. Even then, the Master must allow your life to unfold and, hence, withhold some information from you.

Entities that claim alien origins and the transmission of messages of guidance are simply flickers in the Astral Plane looking to attract the attention of those who do not believe in the human capacity to independently grow. Why do we need someone in the middle to remind us of trite and cliche statements about self-love and other love – these don’t help us break through our barriers to actually surrender to That! Intellectual understanding is not an effective teacher on how to pull us out of intellectual preoccupation. 

Most channellings are basically repeating the same things over and over – love love love, with no practical steps to bridge the rifts among nations, solve the Earth’s resource problem, or invite others on a path of gritty, uncomfortable overhaul of the individual into the impersonal. Ultimately, how useful and original are these channelings? And how effective are they at getting people to drop their unconscious baggage?

No “transmission” can cause someone wake up and unwind their karma, and any alien cultures are prevented from interfering with our evolution by a wall, which is better left alone to free us from distraction. A true Master can help one see the obstacles and ignite safe passage. Many practitioners go insane when so-called spiritual teachers bring them to the edge of a breakthrough, but cannot buffer the chaotic energies that can arise! And Spirit – the transmission that is always available to everyone – does not come in sporadic waves to incite rapture (as regularly announced by those who claim to be in the know). It is there and everpresent – no newsflash necessary. You can just put your attention on This, with the Intention to surrender your all.

No being on any plane can cause a soul to break free – our souls alone must break free and See our One Soul, out of the  illusion that is the play of physical and metaphysical life. So, why is there so much hype about daily card reading, channelings, and rituals when these things are simple Astral toys?

Sure, it’s much more fun to believe that we can control our reality. But that’s not true beyond what we are allowed by karmic law. People may greatly underestimate this law, which truly does make certain events inevitable. No amount of prayer will change one’s karma – not even full awakening. Awakening and prior karma can and do coexist. Leftover karma must be balanced – by the person alone. Karma is what allows every soul to learn the impact of its actions and no one can outrun that.

I will go on a limb and call New Age “stuff” a set of coping strategies for living in an unpredictable, unstable reality. New Age guidance attempts to make one feel like one has control, when – in fact – the entire point of evolution is to release “control” to Spirit. New Age has become a panoramic joke of jargon and falsehoods, spoken by prideful people avoiding true surrender. If one feels like one has the answer, one knows nothing.

In summary, enlightenment is not an experience, but a gritty run-in with the forces that veil our understanding. Masters are only active while alive in physical bodies. The highest level Masters are unknown and anonymous (and for good reason). Metaphysics does not result in enlightenment. Spirit guides, angels, and alien teachers are posing entities – some benign, others with agendas. Magic – at best – postpones the inevitable and, at worst, generates more karma to unwind later. We alone – the human race – can change our circumstances and our level of awareness by becoming more cohesive as a group force for good, and not separated as a few clairvoyants to serve as middlemen for what is inevitable evolution. 

We have everything we need to do this, including each other, and we must listen to the impersonal living sages, freely sharing the tone of deepening and growth. However, this humble process may be too boring for those who prefer to pretend that they can manipulate their reality and the reality of others – without respect for the evolution of each and collective Soul, and which is impossible to do in a karma-free and clear way that ignites our freedom.

A Bodhisattva Vow vs. Ascension

In Buddhism, a Boddhisattva comes to the brink of full enlightenment, but turns his or her “back” to It to stay and help evolution on Earth. This phenomenon is actually more ancient than Buddhism.

When such a vow is made, there is no selfish gratification or self-importance. Neither is there a need to martyr oneself. The decision is “right” and impersonal, while based on loving compassion – there is barely an identity making the choice to stay, as most of the self has identified with the Spirit of the human race as a whole, and perhaps beyond.

Of course, not everyone needs to or does make a Boddhisattva vow. If Nirvana is embraced, it is done. A good question to ask: Is Nirvana (full Union with Spirit) possible for those who pursued it for purely selfish reasons? I will leave this as a question.

I hear many Ascension followers speak with great enthusiam about “leaving” the current state of the Earth to a better place. Some speak of those who are “less than” them spiritually in inhuman terms – as garbage to be left behind (or imply this without words). Such attitudes sadden me deeply for they are the very opposite of surrendering our being to the Union. How can someone who aims for Union cut off a portion of the human race? Is that not selfishness under the guise of spirituality? Is not each soul part of the same Spirit?

If you are climbing a mountain and are the first to scale a peak, do you not reach your hand to help lift up your companions? Or do you say: “Imma gonna keep goin’. See ya when you get here – if you get here?” Should not each person help to their ability?

As I catch glimpses of posts about ascention, “upgrades,” etc., I wonder how such misinformation has gotten so much traction. The attitude that a “better” life is attainable through escape is a divisive rhetoric and ignites a superiority complex in so-called spiritual aspirants. “Ride this wave, get the upgrade!” It’s pure bullshit – there is no nice way to say it.

We are all together in what sometimes feels like “hell.” Eons of karma accumulated by us immersing deeper into matter, and now journeying back to Spirit. We have created our current conditions here and we are all responsible for this globe and for each other.

The Darkness has promulgated the beliefs that some can be “saved” and can move forward, while others must continue to suffer in darkness (“because they deserve it”). And it sounds good and easy – like some are home-free. But it is not so. We must fight the Darkness that breeds separation, stop spreading bullshit about Arcturians or Tarantulas or whoever, coming to take us away – drivel about Love conquers all, when Love and separation are polar opposites! We – the human race – must grow up, mature, and come together in our intentions to be free of illusion, which is fear.

The Earth needs practical solutions of Heart, Will, and Action to help people as they resolve their karma, not abandoned. Some people are working hard behind the scenes to neutralize the karma, as permitted, to lift some of the agony from others. Some are fighting demonic forces to neutralize these – again, as permitted.

There are no Ascended Masters who are dead. That is impossible. Any Master is living if that Master interacts with people directly or at a distance. Dead does not work!  The level of evolution of these Masters is so advanced that they can only communicate with those who can understand them. They send transmissions within our solar system to all and continuously, which we can choose to accept or not. 

These Masters were once like us, but evolved and stuck around. There are ranks within them, where some can directly interface with people on a daily basis – as much as they can handle. Why not aim to be one of such aids to the great Unity of the human consciousness in Spirit, while maintaining all our uniqueness in the process?

Not many make the Boddhisattva vow because it requires a level of evolution where life is no longer personal and one no longer lives for oneself, just very few still attain Nirvana. There are many more peddling shortcuts and promising timelines that are plain false, and for money! True evolution requires serious stamina and one never rejects or runs away from the whole, no matter the obstacle. 

I am grateful for the living Masters who give so much to all of us, eon after eon. They ask for nothing in return. And, we are always free to choose our path. They were like us, once upon a time. And we become like them, eventually.

More than ever, discernment is needed. More than ever, people who call bullshit are needed. The world cannot be helped by memes alone, but by the sweat and toil of each of us immersed in Spirit and World at the frontlines and behind the scenes. We must fight the spread of disinformation by asking “Is this too easy? Is this divisive?” If yes, you decide what you want to do.

When you are dead, you are no longer of use to this world until you return…Without the body, there is no connection to bring in Spirit to World.

What Is Worth Learning?

I wish I had asked myself this question when I was a teenager, hungry for transformation and grabbing any and every book off the shelf. The short answer is to learn only what you absolutely need to birth something completely new in Life, as aligned to your Life’s expression. But maybe we need to unpack that….

Much of what I learned at the beginning, I had to unlearn. And, over time, I became more selective to attract the knowledge and skills I needed for my next shift. Learning to unlearn is worth learning, without any self-deprecation. 

There is something to the idea of attracting the knowledge you need when you set your intention to fully Live You, and in due time. Maybe it sounds too simple, but most simple things are usually true.

Eventually, I learned that we do not all have the same prescribed curriculum – either academically or in the school of Life. We are unique beings with a unique venture to bring about something new to Life by Being, and not spin endlessly on a common wheel of rehashed and even distorted perspectives. 

The idea that we, at our peak, create new connections as the web of Life, is likely very old – although I don’t know its source. However, too few souls accomplish this and fall into repetition. For example, one cannot become a Master unless one has done something new. This may sound like a Master is a graduate student, working on a Ph.D.  thesis and presenting that thesis to a committee of established Masters. The main difference is that academic theses are highly focused, but the Master-to-be aims to shift Life energies at global scales and with great sensitivity and discernment to true outcomes. There are many actions that cannot be taken on behalf of the human race because they take away from others’ Life learning. And yet, many actions can be taken to help uplift the human race – these cannot be ignored.

Presumably, high school is about absorbing human knowledge and applying basic thought processes in broad brush strokes. Surely, this is a noble enough goal – to get kids on the same page about what is known by the human race, which questions are still unanswered, and the strategies we can use to critically think about the world. If the students are lucky, they will also learn about human interaction and empathy, and walk forward with a greater appreciation for the human race and its rich diversity on a rather small Earth. If students are fortunate, they will be inspired to further cultivate their true expression.

Unfortunately, reasearchers determined that, by the time students reach high school, they are less curious and interested to learn than they were in elementary school. This process of boxing students into classrooms and regimenting them into curriculum ends up either making good academic soldiers or turning out the lights. Some manage to rise despite these limitations. While academic rigor sounds a bit rigid, some welcome the challenges and the puzzles, and also put up with the box. There is no one-size-fits all in terms of how to be taught so that lights are ignited! Given that most of what is taught in school is forgotten, what then is worth learning? Perhaps, that which remains long after school is out.

As I watch students interact and react to their lives, I can see how ill-equipped many are to handle uncertainty, conflict, collaboration, and setbacks. While they strive to define their identities, they could also learn empathy and service – but the latter are considered “useless” or “weak” by most kids. Unless, of course, students have a teacher who can model these qualities and demand self-reflection.

Many feel that being loud and disrespectful to each other will cause them to seem like lions in the serengeti, and competing with one another for looks and social status is the norm. So, the strategies to forming relationships and negotiation – perhaps the most important things to learn – are left to chance in a climate of unpredictable harshness that underlies most school settings, and amidst other students with brains far from fully developed. The most  useful skills worth learning – relationships and interactions – are not explicitly taught, but rather resolved by pure Darwinism. The harshest and the loudest trump the rest without winning anything in the long game.

Skills are important because they are the way we access our relationship to expression. However, it takes time to figure out who we are, and so we pursue all accessible skills at the early stages – critical thinking, problem solving, visualization, representation, abstract reasoning, and hands-on craftsmanship. We try everything with open minds and hearts, and find ourselves drawn to some things more than others. However, too many students shut down to learning too soon, and prematurely decide what they don’t need in life. Most schools do not expressly promote high schools as an exploration, and do not teach how to remain open to possibilities despite ambiguity of long term gain. Remaining open is always valid and is worth learning – without it, our minds shut down the growth pathways that may very well be our unique gifts.

Even if students have the ability to learn in all or most contexts, they may lack the skills to identify and prioritize tasks, and to self-assess. Learning to know what you don’t know may be the most worthy ability yet, for it develops humbleness, topples arrogance, and keeps one from parking on false laurels and plateaus. As our lives progress, we must become more flexible and independent in our explorations. We must question our approach and evaluate our progress, which is always incomplete,  but sometimes good enough. The goal of such introspection is to decide our next move. That is skillful living and worth learning as early as possible.

Finally, we must learn to identify and stand up for truth in our own ways. There is such a thing as a universal truth that is never outdated or out of style. This truth is Character in its purest form. We forge our character in Life’s crucible, tested by Life each step of the way. Character speaks to how we engage Life to foster ongoing unfoldment, while pruning and refining as we progress

So, it seems that the things worth learning are connected to things worth remembering and using throughout life. While these skills have little to do with context, which may or may not be interesting to us, they start in some context and then carry over to every aspect of our life to position us for igniting what is uniquely ours to express.

The future of the human race relies on awakened creativity and a full heart. At every stage of learning, we remove the obstacles of conditioning about status, power, innate intelligence, self-doubt, and outward appearance. We battle these traps to win true freedom to be unique, and not extinguish our fire. 

Thank you to all the teachers and mentors for teaching what is truly worth learning amidst their regular lessons, for the human race is rapidly outgrowing outmoded living strategies and is poised to move forward.

What’s Life Got to Do With It?

I get tired just thinking about the regimens people go through to feel like their lives have value. While balanced  discipline  allows us to see and hear more of Life, regimentation has a completely different feel to it.

The drive behind regimented spiritual practice is, in reality, toxic. The practitioner creates yet another illusion: “If I meditate, do yoga, eat these foods, fast, and cleanse – I will qualify as an advanced being.”

There is no way to say it except straight up – being attached to a routine and restrictions of any kind is just another thing to let go of when one realizes that attachment doesn’t work. Similarly, being attached to living for the day has the exact same effect – it is superficial freedom. Such practitioners acquire a superiority complex, a sense of “beating life at its game” and obsessively conquering what they consider to be human weaknesses – meanwhile immersed in the delusion that they are living Truth. One may get enlightened despite this mindset, but not because of it.

Buddha decided asceticism and zealous regimentation did not work to free him, so he stopped these practices. Doing whatever and avoiding responsibility and commitment does not work either. There is a middle ground, where one studies balance and active listening to their unique Life, answering its call. The yearning to be free, as vague as it may be in the beginning, does evoke a response from Life to invite the relationships that will ultimately interconnect and free us.

In reality, it requires much more discipline to be available to Life in the moment than waking up to a 5 AM alarm to meditate or do yoga. It is much more challenging to respond to the needs of Now, than to react out of habit – to let go when the tendency is to hang on.

Life – the power, energy, and force permeating everything – has everything to do with our evolution. If we pay attention, the very circumstances of our existence are giving us endless opportunities to be free, whether it be feedback, inspiration, change of routine, or support and loving gestures. Life that is open to the unpredictable and new is the toughest training ground for seeing through illusion. A sensitivity to timing develops with intuition of when and how to engage Life’s opportunities.

People nod when someone says change is the norm, but do not actually respond to change in a way that demonstrates this  motto. However, disruption of regimented living is the greatest gift to spiritual practitioners – in proportion to the level of frustration such a change generates. The irritability and anger evoked by change show what is truly lurking behind the controlled facade. Then, there is the opportunity to let go into Life, which is truth – plain and simple.

When I was seeking enlightenment, I didn’t really know what I was seeking. I imagined the state to be something extraordinary – superior knowledge and understanding, freedom from pain, and freedom from suffering. But these were vague goals because I still suffered, felt pain, and knew my ignorance. I wanted to help the world to achieve freedom, having no understanding of what the world needed. And that’s the truth.

When the identification with Soul and Spirit stabilized, I realized that now I had to re-enter the world – Life – as That. There is no running off to secluded places, and there is no donning of white or orange robes to broadcast achievement. Freedom is to be Lived – expressed, not savoured in isolation and separation. Not today. Not anymore. In the past, people ran off to enjoy their bliss, but it is more difficult and requires further evolution to integrate into Life without pomp and fanfair.

It is true that the personality becomes impersonal, and that the embracing of All unconditionally becomes natural. It is true that one can see more clearly through situations, but attachment-based love dissolves and is supplanted by insightful response to need. It is true that one may no longer feel human, but – more than anything – one wants to relate ever more deeply (and not sit on a pedestal). And all this because one knows that one is no different from Life, and not separate from Life. Just as there is the rocky “ascent” to liberation, there is also a necessary reintegration period to establish real and humble relationship from that perspective.

At every transition, there are tests and temptations. Unfortunately, many get stuck there without pushing through. They teach misunderstanding and model disturbance, even if they have many followers. Why would anyone want to be a follower anyway? The whole point is for each person to reach realization, and not to glorify and worship someone else.

Some teachers have announced degrees of enlightenment – stages. Of course, every Ego latches on to those as a grading system to fortify the Ego’s position. In spiritual groups, practitioners actively judge and compare each other to decide who is the most and least evolved,  without realizing that such an activity further distances them from freedom. But the Ego loves to judge and compare, and this very act allows illusion to become more entrenched.

Enlightenment is the exact opposite of feeling superior, extraordinary, entitled, and all-knowing. Instead, such a state is the continuous listening to Life and seeing Life with innocence and clarity. No comparisons, no posturing, and no self-deprecation or self-aggrandizement (which are fundamentally the same). The freedom is the strength to look into the eyes of the unknown and respond with clarity without judgement. The response is one of understanding and acceptance based on experience, rather than preaching wise quotes without having the actual experience of the words. 

It is remarkable that the very process in which we continuously engage – Life – is seen as something to be controlled and overcome, rather than lived. The quality of openness is snuffed out by the should’s. If enlightenment is what you want, then fully engaging everyday  Life – including the seemingly mundane – has everything to do with it. The universe does not know the future because we are all creating it.

All-Consuming Fire Burns Both Wick and Wax

Image: Painting by Nicholas Roerich “Agni Yoga”

At some point, some One walked closer to the Flame. At first, this flame was no more than a flicker in the distance. But as the One approached, the heat was undeniable. Agni.

Despite great discomfort, the One not only approached the fire, but eventually stepped into its heart and chose to stay. There was no turning back after that.

At first, there was pain and confusion, and the One said I am pain. But after some time, the One pronounced I am Flame.

It was the imbalances of the One that crackled in the heat. Spark rose and ash fell. The One remained steadfast, becoming ever more impersonal. Layer after layer of illusion was outshined.

At some point, the One felt as if there was nothing left to burn. The cooling stream of Spirit appeared to quench the Flame. But that was temporary. Rather, this signaled a final and complete identification with the Flame and Spirit. Both Will and Love – the archetypal forces of evolution – are intricately interwoven into the glow, and the emanation is ceaseless and natural.

The One remains at-one as the Flame, which shines without prior cause and never needs fuel. Once One identifies with the Flame, there is only the nature of this fire. There is no person and no human being there. There is no agenda, no emotion, no dissection and analysis of events, and no sentimental nostalgia. There is only the undeniable being and the urge to “go back”, in a downward arc,” to serve all. But, there is a new challenge – the physical body is perceived as confining and inadequate.

Where does One go from here? Must the body be left behind? Must the physical become something else altogether to hold the Flame?

What happens when One outgrows the body? This “agony” is far more pronounced than feeling the initial scorch of the Flame. Rather than feeling like a form of personal suffering, it is perceived as impetus for further change.

How can One serve the earth directly without a body? One cannot. There must be a way to occupy this form and postpone Outshining that too…. One must find this way….

What does being “Spiritual” mean to you?

I read a comment online by someone, referencing “Spiritual people.” I paused at this statement, thinking about what that even means. I recalled a funny skit about being Ultra-Spiritual by JP Sears: “…being ultra-spiritual has nothing to do with being spiritual (air quotes), because nobody actually knows what being spiritual actually is…”.

I asked my husband if he thought he was “Spiritual” and he said he was. I asked him what that meant to him. He had trouble articulating it.

After pondering a bit, I could not feel that there is such a group as “Spiritual people.” There is only us – the human race – all of it, and at various levels of evolution. We do appear to be on a journey together and we call it Life – seen and unseen. If this is Spiritual, then it applies to all of us and there is no separate group.

But there are many groups – online and in person. Bazillion groups. People are always trying to find other people with similar interests and attitudes – to do what…? Well, in some cases to hang out and have fun. Finding those who understand what we go through is calming and healing. There are many Spiritual groups who discuss diverse topics, stimulate their curiosity about life, and we go home happy. Also, asking for or being a sounding board can help us stay sane. Other people are excellent at calling insanity 😀

Groups are good, right? Well, maybe companions on the path is better. What path? The path that helps one realize that they are not the body, not the emotions, not the mind, but something that is indescribable (except maybe in Sanskrit) and is Living everything all at once.

So, I took stock and jotted down what spiritual evolution means to me at this point in time (it changed over time):

  • Identify/be aware of that which lives everything
  • Not living for “myself” (not the same as self-denial or ascetic)
  • Be humble to the vastness of our existence
  • Allow the mind and all the various grades of bodies (physical, vital, emotional, mind) to become aligned with the One Life that lives us all simultaneously
  • Bring that understanding into every thought, word, and action to serve others in whatever way I am able
  • Keep purifying the bodies in the fire, which is stoked brightly by the friction of who I Am and embodying that
  • Learn from my mistakes and do better next time
  • Take full responsibility for my life as it is and work out all that is not yet balanced
  • Learn and intently study how to discern subtle dynamics among people and events, and hone how to meet energy with the appropriate intensity of response 
  • Be open and available to constant change
  • Remain utterly fearless in the face of confusion and Darkness
  • Practice Love in its broad range of possible ways – from nice to flame-throwing stubborn and stuck energy
  • Be utterly comfortable with just how little I still know, and keep learning

I remember reading about how spiritual trials (the fire of purification) are ultimately weathered alone to build our strength and allow us to pass through the crucible. From what? The tangled web of previous experiences and imprints that are no longer valid and illusory, but linger because they have to be faced with clear consciousness. No group or person can help with that…. Burning until the flame goes out and one becomes something else altogether is a very personal act. The pain of that is real and personal, and it is our pain – until it becomes impersonal. I know about being alone with this, but it is very different from loneliness.  

People value and focus on different things. What seems to differentiate us the most is the degree of self-absorption and the resulting entitlement to getting something from life without considering others or the Whole. There is also an underlying anger that percolates through people. 

Anger is not bad when properly channelled. Sometimes it’s great for pushing through being stuck. Eventually anger morphs into a honed sense of what is appropriate vs. inappropriate, and produces just the right response. Anger is personal, the latter is not.

Spiritual teachers can sometimes act quirky and volatile around people – mine did. It took me time to understand that the teacher was responding and helping the confusion by keeping everyone on their toes and far from relaxed and complacent. What appeared as anger to an untrained eye was actually an intelligent and highly detached response that matched the need.

What is your perspective on “spiritual”? I think any definition will be a set of intentions for living, and that is profound….

What Is History, Really?

Is history just a snapshot of our past? Is it story-telling and meaning-making based on the interpretations at the time by evolving hearts and minds? 

There are facts – told or written. And behind the facts are the endless questions about intentions, lessons, and conclusions. We have the five senses, with light and sound – and we participate in it all. We take pictures and see a patchwork of Life unfolding. We create word constructs to wrap our heads around the meaning of our lives. This kind of history is important, but incomplete….

The current practice of writing down, photographing, and “printing” sequences of events and their interpretations from various perspectives are only shadows of the more vast and pervasive process of true History that is continually taking place. This process is nothing short of our Being a part of a dynamic and reconfiguring Cosmos – complete and untouched by the analytical mind. Analysis without intuition reduces insight, just like making a picture thumbnail reduces its resolution.

The holographic-universe analogy, which suggests that every part contains the whole, is useful. In case of holograms, when you take the picture – it doesn’t look like the object at all. 

You need to shine a laser at the film to see the object’s hologram! This is a great article on how holograms are made and includes the above image – a hologram looks like a bunch of overlapping rings until you shine a laser through it to see the 3D object. Also, here is a cool WikiHow article on how to make your own hologram and see it.

If you were to cut a hologram and project laser light through each piece, you still see the whole object – just dimmer….

But this analogy for modeling our Universe eventually fails because physical holograms cannot be broken down indefinitely into smaller pieces and keep the whole picture intact – what is the smallest physical piece of the film that still captures the whole? Physical reality sets definite limits. 

The real Universe as Consciousness is not limited by space and time. Our very Being is that complete record of Life flow, from unity to differentiation, and back to unity. This is true History that can be “read” when illuminated by the Light of Consciousness. We are Living Libraries with full access to the Whole. How can anyone know this? Only through direct experience. 

Simply put, the Life process is a living record – an arrangement that constantly moves and evolves. Life does not come with a “book” because it is a book being written by All. 

My question is – so what? Is it even useful to consider the Living Stream as a record when its very nature is never static? Is it valuable to feel reality unfolding as if spontaneously reading the entire Universe like a book? The answer is a resounding “Yes” because then you realize History is just fully conscious Living that cannot be reduced to words on pages. And the meaning of it All is natural.

The Akashik Records – a shadow of the Whole – do provide some Historic awareness and are claimed to be easily accessible and readable by anyone – a library of “answers.” Some say that anyone could ask any question and get an answer. This is true, but the information obtained depends on the person. Many claim to read the Universe, but if that  information is not obtained by Living as the Whole, it is colored by perception, interpretation, and imagination to varying degrees. 

Imagine if Akashik Records were fully accessible to all people – consider the impact on our world! Imagine accessing all knowing by every Soul, which would birth  profound empathy like wildfire across the human race. We would understand All and relate to All with compassion. We would stop our endless bickering and develop a shared understanding of how things really are, while celebrating uniqueness. We would stop criticizing, separating, and reinventing the wheel. This is not yet our Reality.

    Human actions are highly repetitive, and history – as we call it – repeats itself (even in the way it is constantly rewritten by people to fit specific agendas). We must recognize, on some level, that our history is not truth – it is only a bunch of strewn together points of view, made popular by the preponderant forces of a specific time. We do not agree on what constitutes “mistakes,” so how can we learn from mistakes collectively? We can strive to be true Historians by developing our awareness to the point of embodying the Life process.

    As an aside, it is not possible to build a time machine to go to the “past” because the entire universe reconfigures from one state to the next – and is just present. There is no “matter” to go back to. There are not copies of the universe made from moment to moment. Nevertheless, some people are able to follow the trails and imprints via sensitive intuition to reconstruct evolution. They may not be able to fully communicate that knowledge because much is beyond our everyday experience and words, or concepts. There are also faint trails forming of the future, much like airplane runways – possibilities – some more likely than others.

    History is Alive as us, and becoming more so as we are more conscious of being the Whole. We are a Universe of Universes within Universes, and this knowledge can be grasped in a flash of intuition from moment to moment. Instant recognition is not only possible, it is an eventuality of our potential.

    Let Your Path Be “No-Path”

    I’ve traveled the spiritual path – rocky and steep – until I realized that the “path” was just another Illusion.

    Then, it was clear – there is another way – “No-Path.”

    The entire Universe is already Here. So, you are already Here. 

    What if, instead of working to become,  you live as if you are already Being.

    See Life as permeating All of Space. Allow the Flash of Realization to Burst through your being and clear all channels – instantly. Spontaneously. If you feel afraid, just throw the Fear onto the pyre and dive into the Fire. You will pass through the flame and emerge Whole. 

    Like a Supernova, you can Blaze and Shine Now. The burst blows off much karma and debris – it is powerful.

    Snap your fingers. Set you intention on inviting the identification with Spirit “just like that.” You know intuitively what It Is. 

    Some – not all – can take the “no-path.” You will know if you can by trying to Live as if you are the Whole birthing itself, spontaneously conscious, radiant, and actively engaged. 

    This requires daring Surrender. Without a trace of any doubt. If not in this moment, then catch the next moment, or the next.

    The “no-path” is a completely different intention from believing that you are waiting for something. You are not waiting. You are actively engaging the moment. We are all used to waiting, but it  is not the only way.

    Tonight, go to sleep with the delight of being Life itself in the body – every cell is alive, every atom, every galaxy. You do know need to step through different scales of existence with your  awareness. Instead, invite the spontaneous ignition of realization and let go into That.

    It is a way, and not every-way. It is available. 

    If you ignite this Moment and Realize the Whole in a flash of inspiration, don’t worry – you will still need to integrate what happens. But the work is different, conscious, and with less discomfort. No pain, no gain? Sometimes, but not always….Do you Need pain to believe that you are Real?

    “It’s hard work to reach enlightenment. It takes many lifetimes.” Maybe not for you. Try with utmost persistence, if you wish. Embrace each moment as The  Opportunity to be Free. No-path is not no-work. It is different work.

    Love yourself enough to let go. If you catch the wave, ride it All the Way. 

    Breaking Free from Illusion to Nurture Relationship of Self and Planet