Intermediate: the Vibration of Presence

We are beings of vibration. Everything about us is constantly chiming into and through existence. Likewise, vibrations from all sources are pouring through us. We are strings being played, and we also are the player. Meditation provides a further refinement of our vibrations and the ability to understand, thus work with, them. We begin a … More Intermediate: the Vibration of Presence

Intermediate: Creating the habit of Awareness

Changing one habit for another is an ongoing human endeavor. The goal is to have the new habit be a better one, better determined by the benefits it provides. Transforming habitual patterns for in-the-moment Awareness and recognition is a process that can be powerful unto itself, however, the results are where the lasting benefits lie. … More Intermediate: Creating the habit of Awareness

Generative: See through and perceive truly

Generative meditation requires a shift of mind and perception. The practice of such a shift in meditation fosters the equal shift in one’s common daily life. In this way, the habit of a dualistic mind and self-identifying with a limited sense of self are slowly eroded and transformed. Greater Reality dawns including the reality that … More Generative: See through and perceive truly

Intermediate: Supporting presence

In Wild Awakenings, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche writes, “Pointing out may also be understood as being introduced to the reality of mind’s nature. …. In all of the Buddha’s instructions from beginning to end, the basic techniques are shamatha and vipashyana.” … “Shamatha is sometimes translated as ‘tranquility’ or ‘calm abiding’ … In (the) context … More Intermediate: Supporting presence

Intermediate: sustaining the quality

Meditation is such a science, and the components of meditation are revealed through the insights born from experiencing the ripening one’s practice. Through the diligent practice of meditative techniques, consistency of application, and the enriching experiences of the results of doing so does one’s meditation practice evolve and mature. As a teacher of meditation for … More Intermediate: sustaining the quality

Generative: All phenomena are insubstantial by nature.

Three components of meditation are active in both Generative Stage practice and in a meditator’s intention to benefit the world. They are: the ability to focus one’s mind in a tranquil and steady acute manner, the quality of energy that one chooses to work with or that is being generated by the meditative act/focus, and … More Generative: All phenomena are insubstantial by nature.

Intermediate: Shamatha – Alert Openness

Each moment is the experience of myriad energies collecting, combining, demonstrating, and always present. For example, the experience of craving is actually a hint of the energy quality of voidness. We experience a desire for something because the energy quality of voidness is unfamiliar, therefore it is experienced as a lack or as discontent. Yet, … More Intermediate: Shamatha – Alert Openness

Intermediate: Shamatha and recognizing energy

This round of the Intermediate practice will engage the practice of recognizing energies as they arise and as they present through out one’s day. In truth, energy has always been a core facet of the Intermediate practice. Yet, becoming ever more clear  about all being energy empowers one’s clarity in meditation and refines one’s livingness … More Intermediate: Shamatha and recognizing energy

Intermediate: States of meditation

And advancing practice of meditation requires more of the practitioner but also bears appropriate results. If the preliminary practices are understood and ingrained in the meditator, then the habits of meditation begin to take over and lead to a ripening of meditative states. The states, themselves, will depend on what aspects of meditation have come … More Intermediate: States of meditation

14b: Chakra lights

The joy of the final step of The Practice Entry level is that we can meditate with any aspect of our practice. The chakras (or centers) and the central channel comprise this meditation. Such a meditation as this could be done daily for a year and would not be time wasted. Each of the sacred … More 14b: Chakra lights

Intermediate: Living as a Wheel of Radiance

With the Intermediate practice, we work with energy, inside and all around us, in a variety of ways. Some include: the energy of gratitude, wonder, and gladness. These lead to the experience of less personalization, less drama, less stress, and more appreciation for people, events, and circumstances in our life. These are perfect in the … More Intermediate: Living as a Wheel of Radiance

Common Presence

The divine feminine principle is the principle of substantiality: matter. As we hold ourselves accountable for this principle, we hold ourselves responsible for and in the joy of bringing forward the greatest light. Substantiality and matter have one purpose: to express the highest potential, the greatest vibration, the livingness of Awareness itself. We are all … More Common Presence

13a: Interior Dimensionality: toroidal flow

Our insides create our outsides. In other words, the condition of our inner well-being will create our outer life. If one’s inner anatomy and mindset are in turmoil, cluttered, or out of balance, then one’s life will be the same. Yet, as we cultivate simplicity, rhythm, and the assent of our spiritual nature, our outer … More 13a: Interior Dimensionality: toroidal flow

The light of avatars

Humanity has been blessed by a number of avatars through its history. Each spiritual tradition holds the stories of blessed ones coming, teaching, and then leaving the physical form with the promise to be present nonetheless. Most of the world’s traditions speak of the blessed one birthing into human existence. With some, it is a … More The light of avatars

12c: Jewel-like radiance

Each of the seven centers (chakras) along the central channel has an tremendous untapped potential. We live our chakras every day, but rarely from their refined vibrational capacity. Fulfilling appetites and distractions are a primary way that the sacral center is lived. The sense of person-ness occupies the solar plexus; and manipulating time and facts … More 12c: Jewel-like radiance

Intermediate: Guidance: from the shining star, or the heart, or the voice of the divine

Animals are guided by the sun, stars, moon, the Milky Way galaxy, as well as lei lines and topography. Plants are directed to grow by the sun and its cycles. And, we human beings are guided too. We are guided by angels, intuition, by prayer and contemplation, by signs and omens, and by our hearts … More Intermediate: Guidance: from the shining star, or the heart, or the voice of the divine

Solstice: the spiral journey of the light within

Today, girls is process wearing crowns and halos of candles. They will also walk carrying a single lighted candle representing the inner light. The candle represents that darkness is destroyed by light of even a small candle. The innocent youth that carries the candle represents a greater strength than might; it is the strength of … More Solstice: the spiral journey of the light within

Generative: Emptiness

We train in meditation. Like any other skill, meditation takes time, effort, diligence, and aspiration in order for the potential results of such time, effort, and aspiration  come forward. Eventually, those results do come forward, flawlessly. And, they can because the results were already in the practitioner. One day someone watched a small river roll … More Generative: Emptiness

12a. Fullness

Last week, we breathed down through the middle of us, through the heart center, down to the root center and the ground of Being.  With practice, that process can foster a sense of stature within oneself: a feeling of being bright, open, and confident meditatively and in life situations. Once at the root center (the … More 12a. Fullness

Heroes of the Heart: an intermediate meditation

The world’s spiritual traditions have produced many spiritual myths and allegories. They all have the purpose of orienting humanity to the mythic and grand qualities within. The stories have common themes, such as a journey and a quest, challenges or dangers along the way, as well as the transformation of the characters precisely because of … More Heroes of the Heart: an intermediate meditation

A mythic journey of trust – an Intermediate meditation

Each year during the holiday season, we take up the mythic story of the journey of Mary and Joseph going up to Bethlehem and the birth of the Christ-child. We do so for the human and spiritual symbolism represented by every character and feature of this tale. I was brought up Catholic, enjoyed it very … More A mythic journey of trust – an Intermediate meditation

11a. Indestructible

The ground is underneath our feet. It is there all the time. The ground of being is like this: already present, there all the time.  This inner presence is always inside. Thus, if one has practiced one’s practice – off the cushion in one’s life as well as on the cushion faithfully – then the … More 11a. Indestructible

10c: Lighted Presence

Vipassana means pure perception or penetrating insight or clear perception. When one lives from the natural light of awareness, one is living vipassana. In other words, with the light of awareness functioning, perception no longer is based on outer appearances or sensations, on beliefs or preferences. One perceives the essence and energy of an event, … More 10c: Lighted Presence