Our eyes are amazing! They have approximately 1 billion parts – who knew?? Each eye has about 137 million photoreceptors – the better to see you with, my dear! Yes, eyes are about vision, but also so much more. As we make eye contact with another, we exchange information, energy and our light. Feel this next time you are … More Presence – Make Contact!
Light and shadow are two seemingly opposing characteristics. Our tendency is to embrace and emulate the light, while judging, shaming and denying the shadow aspect. Do we deny night and day, masculine and feminine, hot and cold, happy and sad? Of course not, they are essential aspects of our livingness, as are our light and … More Light and Shadow
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.
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
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
Alignment can feel vertical: a connecting of the refined aspects of Being, one level after another. Or vertical alignment can be experienced as a stretch into the heights of Being, of Awareness, of grace or beauty. This vertical ascent provides perspective, detachment, and clarity, as well as higher vibrations of Being and states of meditation. … More Intermediate: Alignment 1
Long spaces, the velvet of Presence, and experiences of the extraordinary pervade this meditation. With these, the extraordinary becomes normal, and the profound is increasingly recognized in and as common. Enjoy the experiences Awareness-Being. Downloadable podcast: Intermediate: Limitlessness
Sitting by a swift flowing river in meditation has been a meditation training for many millennia. Ultimately, the training is not about the roar of the water or its splash but of the river itself. The river is expressing its nature. Meditation, in time, allows one to also experience the inner beingness that one’s outer … More 3c: The flow of Presence and Awareness
“To see the world through vajra eyes” is one way to understand Namaste. Namaste is an honoring of everyone and everything. It is to “be” with that which is presenting itself through whoever is before us. Namaste is a bow, a leaning in to the energy field of the person or tree or animal that … More Intermediate: Namaste
Volumes have been written about meditation over centuries and even more has been taught orally. Meditation is one of the oldest skills passed down from one to another. Like women passing on the wisdom of mothering, or the village passing along the skills of weaving or fire making or herbs for health, the wisdom and … More A few articles on aspects of meditation
We are dimensional beings. Antahkarana is the vibrational continuous nature of the dimensionality of Awareness-Being. Awareness is this simple, as is Moment, Being, Presence (or Sanskrit or Tibetan words for the same). Intuition is as aspect of this dimensionality. It is knowing in an additional dimensional way, which is why it tends to be dismissed … More Continuous dimensionality: the Antahkarana
We are what we seek. It is human to seek it outside of ourselves, just as one seeks water or food or warmth. In fact, because that is the method used most of the day to satisfy such needs or desires, we use that method for Wholeness too. Yet, authenticity, truth of being, the purity … More Generative: we are.
Meditation brings the continuity of awareness forefront for any practitioner. As that happens, one realizes that several seeming polarities or dichotomies or paradoxes simply are not. Opposites are never really opposites, separate or separated is actually impossible energetically, psychically, telepathically. Little by little, meditation erodes the walls that, due to cultural or societal programming, have … More 6a. Heart-Mind
Within us principles are expressing. Learning to notice them, to come inside to experience them, makes those principles available to our consciousness. The lungs, like the breath, provide opportunity to notice such principles. One principle is opening requires a softening, a yielding. Examples of this abound. The softening of a bud allows the new leaf … More 4b. The master teachers within
To the human eye, a plant seems to grow sequentially: seed, roots, stalk, leaves, bud, and blossom. But, to the plant, a simultaneous unfolding of inner qualities and potential is occurring. And, because the qualities and potential are innate, the plant does not think about its maturing. For the onlooking human, the plant has stages … More Intermediate: Time and space
The image of Theotokos is part of a world treasury of image, myth, legend, and oral tradition. The wisdom of the world contains few primary themes which are intended to report fundamental causative principles related to being human and to the purpose of the human kingdom. As such, the annual repetition of the stories and … More You are an incarnation of Light.
At some point, one’s training in meditation really does permeate one, and the results of one’s practice become integrated into one’s way of living. Then one is experiencing that meditation is the heart of one’s Being, that stability is as simple as one’s smile, as immediate as one’s breath, and as tangible as the beat … More The Heart of One’s Being
To perceive the light in others as well as in circumstances and events requires standing within in one’s authenticity. Luminous perception results. In that mode of integrity one can ask oneself, “Is this necessary?” Is this thought, this word, this purchase, this activity, this emotion or reaction, this judgement, this patience, this kindness: is this … More 10b. Your Presence is Necessary
Many spiritual traditions of the world overlap in their teaching and, thus, have similar imagery. Different names are used according to the language of the culture. Different genders might also be used or different qualities emphasized,yet the Beingness and the inner qualities of Presence being conveyed are basically the same. For example, Venus and Kwan … More Kwan Yin and Venus-Sophia
We are a field of Presence and Being. This, like the vibration of an emotion or the energy of a thought, can be felt. Our field is palpable – when and if – we take note of it. I love the image used for this meditation because, like the transparent Buddha who pervades his field … More Field of Presence
“Our lungs lead us to our heart. Our heart has opened our mind.” The first number of steps in The Practice of Living Awareness have led to discoveries of qualities of Being that are innate: lightness of being (smile) clarity and light (tip of the nose) perspective and relation (tip of the nose) flow, ease, … More 6a: We discover Heart-Mind.
Life can be messy. The toilet backs up, the kids are tired, the boss had too much coffee, the rain slowed down everything. And that’s the small stuff. We could live in a war zone, have serious life transformations going on due to terminal illness of a loved one or our self, a tornado or … More 1b: Smile: Life can be messy
The new round of The Practice of Living Awareness begins with the only thing possible: a smile. Smiling is a choice, and awareness is too. That’s the curious thing about being human: that happiness is the choice of how we interact with a moment, and that awareness is the choice of being Aware. The power … More Step 1a: Smile with Awareness
“When one is living from pure Being, one is pure radiance. When a human being is living from the fullness of the heart, that person is pure compassion. When a human being is living from the full range of skills, acumen, creative abilities that are innate and available, that person is unstoppable in the processes … More Nebula Sameness
Only meditation can provide the direct experience of Being. Meditation offers the trained mind an enhanced and expanded experience of reality, along with the relativity of any moment. One learns to meditate to develop more self-awareness, or to calm the nerves, or address pain. While those benefits are important and often necessary, the luminous perception … More Trust Being
A meditation practice has one true goal: Awareness. If the practice is bringing forward results, these might be some of them: more clarity in a general sense. We might or might not act upon the clarity, but it arises more easily and frequently. more honesty with oneself. Again, we might choose to stay with habits … More Simple Awareness
This is the final Toroidal Flow meditation, and Friday there is no live meditation due to me teaching a meditation retreat at Spirit Fire. We have Step 14: Living Awareness to follow, next week. The Toroidal Flow of the subtle energetic system is a vital component to one’s living awareness and to one’s meditation practice. … More Presence is Awareness
Step 13 of The Practice is Toroidal Flow. But what is that? Essentially, it is the experience of the dynamic Presence that a human being is as well as the tactile experience of the ongoing flow of energies that comprise this incarnated existence. To abide within the ongoing toroidal flow of energies that one is … More Dynamic Presence
Is it crazy to be happy or crazy that we are not? Humanity is at a turning point – joy and shared abundance or the way things are. This man with pigeons on his shoulders is living from the inside out. Something, in this life or in previous ones, helped him let go and, instead, … More Harmony from the inside out
We sit in long spans of meditational presence knowing that it serves existence not only ourselves. This is the way of now – related, interconnected, vibrantly interdependent as one whole. The whole is human consciousness. This is one shared composite of all that we bring of awareness, sorrow, fear, love, worry, and joy to it. … More Abiding as Presence positively effects humanity
Light is a result in a meditative practice. It is that because light is innate. Furthermore, light is a choice – as in lightness of being. Everything in a meditation practice steers the practitioner inside. With that reorientation one experiences the light that is within. The more one abides in this inner light, trains oneself … More Presence Supreme (Step 10b)
and light be your bed.” Each meditation sitting is an embrace. The first experiences of meditation’s embrace are those of taming and training the mind-emotion feedback loop. Meditation is a form of wooing the mind to open, to soften, and to allow the unknown to be the delight and adventure that it is. With openness … More “Let breath be your lover…
A balanced life? Yes, it is possible. Asana provides many obvious as well as subtle results in one’s life, meditation practice, and in how to live within a physical dimensional existence. Asana brings us to the moment, in our body, in our state of emotions, in our state of mind. Non-distracted from these, one can … More Integrity: inner balance
You and I are Christ-consciousness (“the hands and feet of Christ”). You and I are buddha-nature (already completely enlightened). We are the saints and the sages of the human race – because everyone is capable of great compassion and supernal wisdom. We are this human Beingness. The world needs everyone to live human Beingness. Generosity, … More Compassion: the world needs your essence
Heart-mind is one. It is one broad spectrum of relatedness that includes and makes thinking, creativity, associations, and ease possible. Separated – or brainwashed and acculturated to believe that heart and mind are separate – the problems of separateness result: violence, judgement, animosity, negation and limitation. Heart-mind are provide a limitlessness of responses, possibilities, creative … More The truth of it
Touch your heart. Now think of being angry. Nadda, right? Keep your fingers on your heart. Consider being impatient, or petty, or argumentative. Not happening, and actually feels unintelligent, right? In this moment, if you did the experiment, you just proved to yourself that heart-mind is a unified field of creative awareness that gives a … More Already here
There is no density. All is energy in various dimensions of vibration. The slower moving frequencies create a seeming densification, but it is only seeming. Humanity is being called to its ability to perceive and, thereby, undo the seeming and the projected and the fear of the unknown. None of that is real. And, truth … More Energy, Vibration, Truth of Being
Have you ever held a new born baby? Have you ever massage or caressed that soft, vulnerable, precious new life? The newness is tactile, as is the purity. This is what is being cultivated with the current phase of the Intermediate practice of Living Awareness. “Our inside creates our outside.” Therefore, if one’s inside state … More New born
It is that simple. Awareness is one’s choice. Smiling, letting go, letting be, rejoicing, celebrating, appreciating, understanding all are one’s choice. Patience, contentment, ease, composure also are one’s choice. Similarly, so distraction, rudeness, impatience, agitation, aggravation, denial, and heedlessness are too. Life is one’s choice. And giving one’s self this truth – Awareness is one’s … More “We smile, and take a long-slow-deep breath …”
How do we accomplish being fully present? Through training and simple realizations. The training is to be here now, to feel the tactile sensations in the body as it breathes, and to realize that this makes our life possible. This level of noticing, this level of appreciation, then become how we engage a conversation with … More Fully present
What is the reason to meditate? Transformation. What is the purpose of meditation? Transformation on personal, local, and global scales. This purpose is effected by the energetic and telepathic relatedness of Life-Awareness. Your meditation matters. Is there a greater purpose to meditation? Well, is there anything greater than world transformation? If so, that would be … More A Greater Purpose