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Meditation

Script: Though the word meditation has come to us from the East, it is a practice familiar to all mystics, the manner in which they have sought and found the Pure Essence.

What Meditation Is
Seeking the Seer, Being the Seer

Script: I like these descriptions. They fit perfectly with the idea of the flow and going to the center of it.
*KauU* Seeking the Source:

It is not things seen which we should want to know: we should know the seer.

It is not sounds which we should want to know: we should know the hearer.

It is not mind which we should want to know: WE SHOULD KNOW THE THINKER.

*FWG* Meditation:

What you call meditation is nothing more than being with your Self- and thus, ultimately, being your Self.

*ND* Meditation is Spiritual Tuning:

Edgar Cayce: "[Meditation] is the attuning of the mental body and the physical body to its spiritual source."

*IAD* Meditation- Feeling God:

Meditation really means- feeling- the Active Presence of God... Therefore, consciously remove from the feeling and attention every disturbing thing, enter into your meditation to feel the "Presence of God."

Attention & Awareness

*DY* Meditation & Skylike Awareness:

The Quintessential Instructions of Mind; The Buddha No Further Than One's Palm:

Arising clouds of mental analysis create a distinction between the subject and object of mediation.

Relax into the primordial sphere.

The real sky is (knowing) that samsara and nirvana are merely an illusory display.

Although there are multifarious displays, view them with one taste.

Sky-like awareness is naked, vivid awareness free from conception.

Whether going or staying, eating or sleeping, one is continuously familiar with the state, and all is the path.

Samsara is mere conceptualization.

Free from all conceptualization, whatever arises manifests as completely perfect.

Without exception, the qualities of the paths and grounds: clairvoyance, compassion, etc., are self-arising.

May all sentient beings come to see the compassionate activity of one's own awareness; the supreme teacher, and diamond-essence.

*AoaY* No Distraction Must Take You:

A yogi must be able to pass into, and continue in, the superconsciousness, regardless of multitudinous distractions. Whether in the buzz of insects or the pervasive glare of daylight, the testimony of the senses must be barred. Sound and sight come then indeed, but to worlds fairer than the banished Eden.

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One restless movement of my body, or my slight lapse into absent-mindedness, sufficed to put an abrupt period to Master's exposition.

"You are not here."

"You were fully with me. In your mental background you were creating three institutions. One was a sylvan retreat on a plain, another on a hilltop, a third by the ocean."

Those vaguely formulated thoughts had indeed been present almost subconsciously.

"Your architectural dreams will materialize later. Now is the time for study!"

Since early youth I had had enigmatic glimpses of three buildings, each in a different setting.

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The silence habitual to Sri Yukteswar was caused by his deep perceptions of the Infinite. "In shallow men the fish of little thoughts cause much commotion. In oceanic minds the whales of inspiration make hardly ruffle."

The Infinite properly manifests through physical and mental soundness.

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The breath and the restless mind, I saw, were like storms which lashed the ocean of light into waves of material forms -- earth, sky, human beings, animals, birds, trees. No perception of the Infinite as One Light could be had except by calming those storms. As often as I silenced the two natural tumults, I beheld the multitudinous waves of creation melt into one lucent sea.

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Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevent all men from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit.

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The goal of yoga: self-control.

*C&HEF* Meditation:

Meditation is a conscious effort to withdraw our focus of attention from the immediate physical and emotional distractions which we all experience in daily life and to center it within. Through such centering we gain a sense of unity with higher dimensions of the self, and this becomes a great source of strength and peace.

*EtS-DM* Meditation:

Meditation, rightly practiced, means to withdraw all of our attention form the world, in order to immerse ourselves in the Divine Presence.

*EtS-RS* Focus:

(NOTE: Focus!) Christ has said, "If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of Light."

*JoA* Pure Awareness:

In pure awareness, your image of yourself was lost. You were not clinging to anything. There was no demarcation between you-sun-ocean-sand. You had transcended the separation that thought creates. In these moments the universe is seen through innocent eyes. It all begins anew.

That thou mayest have pleasure in everything,

seek pleasure in nothing.

That thou mayest know everything,

seek to know nothing.

That thou mayest possess all things, seek to possess nothing.

That thou mayest be everything,

seek to be nothing.

-St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel

*TB* Meditation:

The whole of meditation practice can be essentialized into three crucial points: bring your mind home, release, and relax. Bringing your mind home is turning it inward to rest in the nature of mind. You will find all your negativity disarmed, your aggression dissolved, and your confusion evaporating slowly, like mist into the vast and stainless sky of your absolute nature (by enlarging context?). All effort and struggle come from not being spacious. You must come to rest in pure awareness. What should we "do" with the mind in meditation? Nothing, just leave it as it is. The mind is spontaneously blissful, just as water, when not agitated, is by nature transparent and clear. When you experience bliss, it's a sign that desire has temporarily dissolved.

*JoA* The Goal of Meditation:

The absence of identity with personal ego means that the being is free, is pure compassion, pure love, pure awareness. For such a being, everything is in the moment. There is a richness in which past, present, and future all co-exist. You cannot say of a moment of full awareness that something is not present, nor can you say that something stands out. You can focus on one thing or another, or on the emptiness of the form, or on the many planes within the form. The focus of a totally free being is guided by the need of the moment, by the karma of the individual he or she is with. For such a being, life is a constant unfolding. No need to think about what to do. It's all intuitive. It's as simple as the innocence and freshness that a young child experiences. Only in this silence- the silence that lies behind thought- can one hear the symphony of the universe, can one hear the whisper of the Word, can one approach the inner temple wherein dwells the soul.

*R* The Prayer State of Consciousness:

Prayer is an illusion of sleep which diminishes the impression of the outer world and renders the mind more receptive to suggestion from within. The mind in prayer is in a state of relaxation and receptivity akin to the feeling attained just before dropping off to sleep.

Prayer is not so much what you ask for, as how you prepare for its reception.

*WtK* Meditation:

All meditation is nothing more nor less than a pondering over or reflecting upon any subject to which you direct your mind's attention... As you hold the subject firmly before your mind's eye, light will pour in, enabling you to see it from many angles.

*LotSB* Meditation is Awareness, Not Sleeping:

Instead of falling into the sleep of oblivion that steals away the precious moments, you abide in that beautiful awareness that keeps the instant flaming, alive with joy and peace.

*FWG* Awareness is Meditation:

Awareness turns everything into a meditation...

Awareness is moving to the level of the Unobserved Observer. You are watching yourself. And then you are watching yourself watch yourself... Finally, there is no one watching you watch yourself. You have become the Unobserved Observer.

That is Full Awareness.

*PAP* A Singular Focus:

Psychism methods are the power to concentrate one's thoughts on a single object without being distracted by outside stimuli; the practice of rhythmic breathing; nervous and muscular relaxation; and finally, the ability to suspend thought completely.

*MoM* Practice Mindfulness Always:

If one really wants to keep one's consciousness alive... then one must practice right now in one's daily life, not only during meditation sessions.

*JoA* Concentration:

Concentration is the root skill in all meditation practices.

Focus on a flame. As you look at the flame, countless thoughts will float by about the candle, the flame, meditation, sounds you hear, feelings in your body, and so forth. In each case you notice the thought, let it go, and merely come back to an awareness of the candle flame. By gently but firmly trying to keep your attention focused on the candle flame, you begin to see your thoughts and senses grabbing at your awareness. You become aware of the process of attachment.

Stillness & Silence, The Now

*E* Union & Stilling the Mind:

YOGA is the Science of Union. The union of the Waking State of Consciousness with its most expanded state.

"Stilling the movements of the mind leads to Union."

When the surface of the lake is still, it reflects the full moon above it perfectly. When the water is troubled, the one moon appears as many.

The peak experience naturally occurs in moments of intense absorption through intense enjoyment or focus, all the subsidiary, random, chaotic movements of the mind still and consciousness experiences itself.

What is required to still the mind is an object of attention that charms the mind. The one universal requirement of the practice of Ascension must be that it is increasingly effortless.

Desires lead outward into activity, whereas consciousness moving inward causes the mind to become stable and still.

By stabilizing the mind in Ascent Consciousness, we learn to entertain only one thought or desire at a time. Since we do not undermine the desire with contradictory thoughts and desires, it receives full support.

The experience of life Now is the goal of Yoga; Union is the result of burning away all the dross of limited and limiting belief and experience.

Stillness is the natural by product of the experience of the present instant of time. Union is found to be the natural experience.

The impressions of diversity naturally begin to fade; the intensity of their grip on the mind decreases. This process culminates with full appreciation of Originless Ascendant Consciousness.

*HU* Silencing the Mind:

One of the most intractable obstacles he had to overcome to accomplish his goal was to learn how to silence the endless chatter of words and thoughts that flow unceasingly through the normal human mind. It is necessary. To plumb the subtler and more implicate regions of the psyche does indeed require a Bohmian shift of attention. To discover the "new country within us" we must first learn how "to leave the old one behind."

*MotFE* Becoming One With Harmony:

They have found a shorter method or an easier way; that the instant you become silent you are one with harmony or accord. Thus, from that very moment you begin to progress; the attitude of thought changes from turmoil to harmony; strife is not evident; consequently you have raised your body's vibration to the vibration where strife does not exist.

If one is able to accomplish that condition, all can but all need not take the long and arduous way. Once a fact is revealed one needs but to accept that fact. As they say, it is not necessary to follow the teacher step by step, because they have cleared the way.

*MWT* Silent Ecstasy:

"The ecstatic man is the most dynamic, the most silent and the most undemonstrative of all men."

*MotFE* Silence is Power, Contacting God:

"Silence is Power, for when we reach the place of silence in the mind, we have reached the place of power- the place where all is one, the one power- God. Diffused power is noise. Concentrated power is silence. When, through concentration (drawing to a center), we have brought all of our forces into one point of force, we have contacted God in silence, we are one with Him and hence one with all power.This is the heritage of man. There is but one way to be one with the power of God and that is consciously to contact God. This cannot be done in the without, for God manifests from within.

"Man will learn to let go of his self-delusions and vanities. He will realize his ignorance and littleness. Then will he be prepared to learn. He will realize that the proud cannot be taught.

"He will know that he consciously contacts His power at all times- when he eats, when he runs, when he breathes, or when he does the great work before him.

"God does not hear us through our loud and vain repetitions nor our much speaking. The one who makes the connection with the Father in secret will feel the power flowing through him as the fulfillment of every desire. God does not speak in the fire, the earthquake, or the great wind, but in The still, small voice deep in our own souls."

*E* Easy Thought-Awareness & Thought-Control in Perfect Silence:

All of thought becomes a faint vibration in the stable field of perfected Silence. One learns to intercept unwanted thoughts closer and closer to their inception and turn them back to the Self before they can produce undesirable effects. Power is greater and greater as one approaches the Ascendant; the ability to experience thought exactly there opens the doorway to instantaneous and complete fulfillment of desire.

After Perpetual Consciousness is established, every thought is purely witnessed.

(NOTE: This supports my bounce theory! But there's no bounce.) Thought is the result of the energy of life colliding or resonating with previous impressions. This movement is itself nothing other than consciousness vibrating.

*FT* Silent Mind:

When the mind settles into silence, the body stills. Deeper rest than sleep results. We stop regretting the past, we stop worrying about the future, and we begin to be Here and Now. Then the full power of the mind is available at every moment. When we're not stressed out, our body produces immune-stimulating agents, anti-cancer drugs, or anti-aging hormones. Even the slightest expectation slows down the innocent inward movement of the mind. One must be without expectations.

*HTKHW* Enter A Meditative State:

Create moments in life when we can withdraw into ourselves in silence and solitude. In these moments, we should not give ourselves up to our own concerns. Instead, allow what we have experienced – what the outer world has told us – to linger on in utter stillness. In these quite moments, every flower, every animal, and every action will disclose mysteries undreamed of.

We must find the strength to view ourselves as we would view strangers.

It is as though we spent the whole day somewhere and saw everything, small and large, at close range, and then in the evening climbed a neighboring hill and enjoyed an overview of the whole place at once. Then the various parts of the town and their relationships to each other would appear very different from when we stood among them.

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*MoM* Being Focused in the Present Moment:

While washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing the dishes... There's no way I can be tossed around mindlessly like a bottle slapped here and there on the waves...

If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not... alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink...

The Sutra of Mindfulness says, "When walking, the practitioner must be conscious that he is walking. When sitting, the practitioner must be conscious that he is sitting." ...We must be conscious of each breath, each movement, every thought and feeling, everything which has any relation to ourselves.

*MoM* Resting in True Mind:

Once you are able to quiet your mind, once your feelings and thoughts no longer disturb you, at that point your mind will begin to dwell in mind...

True mind is our real self, is the Buddha: the pure oneness which cannot be cut up by the illusory divisions of separate selves.

*MoM* Life is Mindfulness:

The Buddha once said that the problem of life and death is itself the problem of mindfulness. Whether or not one is alive depends on whether one is mindful.

*WAT* Sinking Consciousness:

When the ship of consciousness sinks,

it becomes the blue vault of the sky

with the sun inside it.

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*BWT* Prayer Isn't Asking, It's Silence:

Prayer is then no longer words or thoughts; prayer is no longer asking God to do something or expecting something of God: prayer now has a whole new meaning. It is a state of silence in which you become receptive to the word of God. The mind is still; the spiritual faculty is alert; and in the silence the grace of God is received.

*GoE* Release to Communications in the Now:

Whenever a mind is simple and receives a divine wisdom, old things pass away, -means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs past and future into the present hour.

Not Ecstatic But Simple

*LotSB* Meditation Isn't Ecstatic, It's Simple, Normal:

Do not look for anything, for there should be no sensation, no ecstasy. It should be an experience of extreme simplicity, natural and divinely normal.

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If you could only know how simple, how tender, how radiant is the feeling of oneness with your indwelling Spirit!

*TBD* Perfection Requires No Understanding, No Practice:

From The Detailed Identification:

"Why do you say, ‘I don't understand the nature of mind?'

As here there is nothing to meditate upon...

Why do you say, ‘Practice is not effective?'

Since it is natural, spontaneous, free of cause and condition."

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"When you seek the meditator and do not find it,

Then the end of meditations has been reached."

Purpose of Meditation
Knowing the Center of All Being

*IAD* The Great Central Sun:

The more one is conscious of [The Great Central Sun Magnet] working, the more powerfully It acts in his own sphere.

*CPitI* The Supreme Center is the Center of All:

The reverence which the vision of this Supreme Center of all Being cannot fail to inspire is coupled with a sense of feeling quite at home with It. This is because as the Center of all Being, it is the center of our own being also... It is recognizing Itself from our own center of consciousness...

The more we habituate ourselves to live in that Center of the Innermost where conditions do not exist, the more we shall find ourselves gaining control over outward conditions, because the stream of conditioned life flows out from the Center of Unconditional Life.

*SC* The Purpose of Meditation:

John: "Meditation is the attempt to expand from subjective memory, which is the perimeters of defined personality, or the ego itself, into higher dimensions and perimeters of the self. It is simply an exercise of facilitating memory to gain access to these higher dimensions and recall the natural order of things that you are already within the center of...

"Breath is the measurement of conscious control over the autonomic functions of the physical body, since it is an autonomic response to which you have quick and easy access."

*MaiU* The Pure Mind in Meditation:

Words cannot describe the joy of the soul whose impurities are cleansed in deep contemplation- who is one with his Atman, his own Spirit. Only those who feel this joy know what it is.

*DA* Meditation & Effective Action:

In truth, all effective action has its source in deep meditation.

*LotSB* Seek Freedom, Not Soothing:

"Retreat always upon the Invisible Heart, upon the Celestial Love, and that not to be soothed merely, but to be replenished, not to be compensated, but to receive power to make all things new." -Emerson, From a Letter

*LotSB* Gentleness Lets In Silent Power:

The more tender, the more open, the gentler you can be in your quiet time of acceptance, of stillness, the greater will be the power pressed through your silences.

*SL* Meditation is Essential:

Another absolutely essential thing is daily meditation- a quiet half-hour in the morning, before the turmoil of the day begins, during which we deliberately draw ourselves away from the lower nature, recognize it as an instrument and not our Self, center ourselves in the highest consciousness we can dream, and feel it as our real Self.

Depth of Meditation

*PU* Following AUM & Perceptions of Light:

OM, or AUM, has three sounds. He who rests on the first his meditation is illumined thereby and after death returns speedily to this world of men led by the harmonies of the Rig Veda. Remaining here in steadiness, purity, and truth he attains greatness.

And if he rests his mind in meditation on the first two sounds, he is led by the harmonies of the Yajur Veda to the region of the moon. After enjoying their heavenly joys, he returns to earth again.

But if, with the three sounds of the eternal OM, he places his mind in meditation upon the Supreme Spirit, he comes to the regions of light of the sun. There he becomes free from all evil, even as a snake sheds its old skin, and with the harmonies of the Sama Veda he goes to the heaven of Brahma wherefrom he can behold the Spirit that dwells in the city of the human body and which is above the highest life...

‘The three sounds not in union lead again to life that dies; but the wise who merge them into a harmony of union in outer, inner and middle actions becomes steady: he trembles no more.' (NOTE: This is all about how deep you go, how deep you follow the sound in, how long you can hold your attention on it)

*THAS* Only Purity Can Come Close:

Come closer, come closer, so softly, on tiptoe... Let me draw you nearer, in slow motion lest we disturb anyone, lest we raise any dust... Only purity can come close to me, and we do not want any ripple of impurity to trip you.

*TYSD* Errors in Meditation:

From The Supreme Path of Discipleship: The Precepts of the Gurus- The Ten Resemblances Wherein One May Err:

3) Cessation of thought-processes may be mistaken for the quiescence of infinite mind, which is the true goal.

4) Sense perceptions [or phenomena] may be mistaken for revelations [or glimpses] or Reality.

5) A mere glimpse of Reality may be mistaken for complete realization.

The Effects of Meditation & Ascension

*E* The Ascendant Cleaves Attachment, Brings Stability:

The supreme detachment occurs when awareness of the ascendant cuts asunder all attachment to even the fundamental forces of nature, the gunas. (NOTE: The relative, created)

There is no potential for attachment to the gunas, because there is no experience of anything other than the Infinite Silence of the Ascendant. When, by repeated experience of the Ascendant, the stress in the central nervous system is sufficiently dissolved that one does not lose the awareness of the Ascendant even in the midst of dynamic activity, one has established Perpetual Consciousness, the first level of enlightenment. One is permanently withdrawn from the gunas of nature. Life continues very much as before on the outside, but the individual is separate on the inside from attachment to action or desire.

From the Ascendant, the Supreme Being wipes away the deep impressions that set in motion the fundamental tendencies which lead to the fruition of unenlightened action. (NOTE: puts in proper order.)

"Fundamental tendencies" consist of ignorance, ego, desire, aversion and obstinacy.

The perfect orderliness contained in the Absolute disallows the continuance of any disorder.

Past impression and future impressions are stresses in the nervous system. Only present impressions of Ascendant Consciousness dissolved the stress of the past; only the continual experience of the Now prevents the formation of new stresses. (NOTE: Will can only separate in the now!)

It is the tightly bound areas inside that lead to dysfunctional life in every way. The impressions born of this level melt away all the past impressions of limitation, pain and suffering, and they prevent the formation of new impressions of limitation, pain and suffering.

(NOTE: e!) Because of the weight of the bliss of the experience of the present is so great, no other experience can begin to challenge it. The stresses of ignorance only seem significant in the absence of the experience of the Self.

One drop of experience is worth an ocean of analysis. One moment of Eternity is worth a Universe of Time.

To the enlightened, any change in the relative Universe, the domain of the Seen, does not and can not overshadow the bliss of continual contact with the Ascendant. This is why the enlightened do not overmuch grieve or rejoice in the changes of the relative Universe.

Healing attachment without the experience of the Ascendant is all but impossible.

When one is permanently established in the Eternal Now, there remains no question of loss or gain of any kind whatsoever.

*E* The Breath, Body Changes, & Sensations While Experiencing the Ascendant:

When thought is experiencing Absolute, Unbounded Being, awareness of the body ceases. (If there is still some faint mental activity, there can be the experience of feeling bodies, or of floating in space, or feeling that the body is huge.) Respiration falls and the heart slows. In the state of complete Ascendance, the body's activity stills completely.

The breath is mentioned here as the root cause of all physiological afflictions, for it is exactly derangement in the breath that creates all bodily disease and abnormality.

Consciousness can also be purified and its obstacles removed through mastery of breathing exercises. Such techniques are in general slower and more difficult.

Even during the very first days of the practice, it is common to experience a physiological reduction about twice that of sleep.

When the mind experiences Ascendant Consciousness, the body encounters its deepest possible state of rest. That is the beginning of the cessation of the breathing process.

Decrease of the rate of breathing is the natural by product of the awareness being established in the Absolute, it is not the path to that goal.

Even in the first few days of practice, it is common to experience very deep rest -- typically about twice as deep as the deepest sleep at night. Ant his occurs within just the fifteen or twenty minutes that are normally spent Ascending. Because of this very deep rest, stress starts dissolving from the nervous system; as the body becomes less and less stressed, the over all physiological rate drops. Stress and tension quickly vanish.

The breath drops during the practice of Ascension because less effort is required to think at subtler levels in the mind.

As the modification of outer and inner breathing still, the volume becomes unobservable, the duration becomes long and the frequency becomes rare.

Less and less oxygen is consumed, meaning the metabolic rate is dropping.

As one slips more and more fully into the Absolute, the necessity for breathing decreases and eventually stills completely as long as one remains in the pure experience of the Fourth State of Consciousness.

It is quite literally breathtaking. In this state, the body functions with absolute perfection.

Any motion of breath is so long and shallow that it is beyond observation.

*FT* Ascension's Effects on the Body:

Ascension lowers the metabolic rate, and food raises it. Ascension is much deeper than sleep- about twice as deep as measured by oxygen consumption, CO2 elimination, basal skin resistence, blood pressure, and heart and breath rate. Fatigue toxins like lactic acid and plasma cortisol drop more in 20 minutes of ascension than they do in eight hours of sleep at night. During ascension's stillness, the brain waves become completely orderly.

Each experience of ascension is different.

A master of Ascension can stop his heart and breath and translate his body at will. He masters the aging process and gain immortality. The whole mind turns toward the ascendant.

*C&HEF* The Effects of Meditation:

In many cases, meditation gives a sense of self-mastery, so that a person feels able to change old habit patterns.

Meditation has a therapeutic effect. The sense of being part of a greater whole helps us to free ourselves from the common delusion that we are the center of everything, and from being preoccupied with ourselves. This feeling of wholeness also abates our tendency to concentrate on our illness – a tendency which only reinforces the disease process.

Meditation can lead to an indestructible conviction that we can be whole, because we participate in the wholeness of the universe itself. When we are centered, there is not feeling of being caught in the disorder that may be around us, and thus we can experience real peace. This builds an inner core of steadiness which can keep us serene and in balance even in the face of life's difficulties.

*EtS-DM* Meditation & God's Presence:

The body becomes still, the breath slows down, and the mind becomes interiorized to such an extent that everything else – thoughts, emotions, and sensations – recedes into the background. We enter into a state of great peace. That peace is the first sign of God's presence.

Your consciousness expands beyond the body. You behold a world of great joy – such intoxicating bliss, such overwhelming love of God. And you say, "Oh my God, if only people knew what You are. If just once they knew the joy! You are the Love that is expressed through all human forms of love. Why can't they know?"

*JoA* Why Meditate?:

Why meditate? To live in the moment. To dwell in the harmony of things. To awaken.

The goal of meditation is to free your awareness from its identification with your senses and thoughts. So freed, your awareness permeates everything but clings to nothing.

*JoA* You Are Awareness:

"You" are not your ears hearing the clock. You are awareness attending to your ears hearing. Your awareness is different from both your thoughts and your senses. You can be free to put your awareness where you will, instead of it being grabbed, pushed, and pulled by each sense impression and thought. Meditation frees your awareness. A being whose awareness is totally free, who does not cling to anything, is liberated.

*WoLi* Meditation, EEGs, & Physiological Effects:

The most noteworthy finding of studies of Transcendental Meditation seemed to show up in the EEG measuring of brain-wave patterns. In ordinary waking consciousness, brain waves are random and chaotic, and most commonly in the beta frequency. The two hemispheres of the brain may radiate wavelengths, and there may be further differences from the front to the back of the brain as well.

Meditation changes this dramatically. Immediately upon beginning, the meditation subjects showed increased alpha waves which began at the back of the brain and moved forward. After a few minutes, the alpha waves increased in amplitude. The back and the front of the brain became synchronized in phase as did the left and right hemispheres. This resonance continued and in many cases theta appeared especially in those more experienced with the practice. In the most advanced meditators, alpha was found to occur more frequently in a normal, waking state, and with greater amplitude, and even occurred during normal waking states.

Meditation has physiological effects as well. Oxygen intake decreased 16-18%, heart rate decreased 25% and blood pressure was lowered, all of which are controlled by the autonomic nervous system, controller of involuntary processes.

The effects of the decreases are basically that the body enters a state of deep rest- far deeper than what it receives in sleep. This rest then allows for greater alertness in waking consciousness.

*E* Consciousness Without Thought Relaxes:

The Ascendant State of Consciousness is characterized by expanded awareness and deeper rest than that of sleep — the mind requires less energy to experience consciousness without thought; this causes the body to settle down to deep relaxation.

Even thoughts are witnessed. Even thoughts are separate from the Absolute Silence of the Seer who knows Reality.

*JoA* Meditation's Changing Force:

As you advance in meditation, you begin to feel a spiritual pull from within. It is profound and it is scary.

Meditation changes your desires in the course of fulfilling them.

The quietness meditation brings your life is like pulling back from the movie.

This clarity allows you to see the factors that determine your choices from moment to moment.

Your own quiet changes are the most convincing statement.

*AoaY* Guided By the Joy of Meditation:

Whenever the joy of meditation has returned subconsciously during my active hours, I have been subtly directed to adopt the right course in everything.

*JoA* Experiences From Meditation:

With quietness can come waves of bliss and rapture. You may feel yourself leaving your body and rising into realms above your head; your mouth may be filled with strange tastes. Your body may tingle or shake. You somehow know things though you can't explain how.

Even the beginnings of an inner quiet and calm allow you to see much more. You get a new sense of how you create and control your universe. You stop reacting to events simply with blind patterns and habits of thought. Your life becomes more creative. Other powers follow this new creativity as your meditation deepens. They become more and more dramatic, and can include psychic powers, astral travel, and even powers on other planes.

*JoA* Results of Meditation: Lightness:

In this new space we have a lightness, an ease in carrying out our daily lives, an ability to keep a certain sense of humor about our predicaments.

We begin to feel a little bit like gods on earth, for where we see sadness and suffering around us, we are able to empathize and still feel lightness and joy. It's as if the world is made for our delight, and even our own troubles become a source of amusement. When we look one another in the eye there is clarity and honesty. We have a certain degree of inner peace.

Yet I see that this stage is but a preparation for the ultimate climb that leads in the end to total liberation. This stage has a danger: It is too comfortable.

*JoA* Peak, Then Return:

After one arrives at the summit, after going through the total transformation of being, after becoming free of fear, doubt, confusion, and self-consciousness, there is yet one more step to the completion of that journey: the return to the valley below, to the every-day world. Who it is that returns is not who began the climb in the first place. The being that comes back is quietness itself, is compassion and wisdom, is the truth of the ages. Whatever humble or elevated position that being holds within the community, he or she becomes a light for others on the way, a statement of the freedom that comes from having touched the top of the mountain.

*TB* Making It Permanent:

Gradually, the barrier between meditation and everyday life will crumble, the contrast between them will dissolve, and you will find yourself increasingly in your natural pure presence, without distraction. To integrate meditation in action is the whole ground and point of purpose of meditation. Do not come out of meditation too swiftly, be careful like a man who's fractured his skull, afraid someone will touch him. You put enlightenment into action and practice it in everyday life by eating and sleeping- you must eat when you eat and sleep when you sleep. Be completely present in all your actions. As our mind opens more and more to the extraordinary, vast, and hitherto unsuspected existence of the nature of mind, we begin to glimpse a completely different dimension.

*THAS* Being Conscious of Wholeness:

Deva of Abutilon: Our wholeness, our particular perfect balance, can suddenly come into focus for you and lo, a divine breath pervades your being and all is well.

*ABTM* Meditation Releases Stress:

There is one mind-body technique that goes directly to the root of the stress response by releasing the remembered stresses that trigger new stress: meditation...

TM subjects went into a state of rest twice as deep as deep sleep. Moreover, they did so very quickly, usually within ten minutes after shutting their eyes, compared to the four to six hours it takes us to reach our deepest relaxation in sleep...

TM meditators visited doctors and entered hospitals only half as often as did those in the control group. Across-the-board reductions were seen in thirteen major health catagories, including more than 80 percent less heart disease and more than 50 percent less cancer than in the controls.

*SC* Calming the Body:

Tom MacPherson: "The physical body basically needs positive reinforcement that everything is all right. It is the body that experiences mortality, not the mind or the spirit. Once you calm the body, or meet its basic needs through meditation, the mind can then access higher memory, or the spirit, which is your inner guide."

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*MoM* Non-Distinction: Becoming:

When reality is perceived in its nature of ultimate perfection, the practitioner has reached a level of wisdom called non-discrimination mind- a wondrous communion in which there is no longer any distinction made between subject and object... (NOTE: becoming!) I look into the eyes of the child in the photograph, and look at the child's expression and features closely. I feel a deep link between myself and each child, which allows me to enter a special communion with them...

When your mind is liberated your heart floods with compassion.

The Effects of Group Meditation

*MotFE* Groups in Samadhi:

The greater the number of persons in a group, the greater the influence. The greater the influence the greater the impetus always. Therefore, it is said that if a group of one hundred would sit in Samadhi, or complete silence, that influence created would suffice for thousands. Therefore, thousands would be elevated to a greater enlightenment by that one hundred.

*WoLi* Meditating for Peace:

The International Meditation Society believe that the brain wave vibrations created by meditation can positively influence the world of non-meditators. The more meditators they have, the more likely this rhythm entrainment is to occur. They have even put this assumption to a test in Atlanta, Georgia, where every night at a certain hour, meditators agreed to meditate. It was shown that there was a remarkable reduction in crime during that hour.

Fresh Reaction To Stimulus

*WoLi* Meditation & Newly Reacting To Stimulus:

It is interesting to note that while meditators do enter a state of deep rest, the attention/awareness increases rather than decreases. When a sound was produced periodically to a nonmeditator, the brain waves showed a gradual acclimation to the noise- less and less reaction until it was effectively "tuned out." The meditator, on the other hand, while meditating, reacted freshly to the sound each time it was made.

Returning From The Ascendant

*E* Returning from the Ascendant:

As soon as awareness returns from the Absolute, individual existence wakes up again due to previous impression. The individual remembers that he/she is an individual, experiences bliss, and then gradually moves outward, back to the surface level of thinking.

This naturally changes the dominance of impressions – it re-orders them, lessens the significance of painful ones and increases the significance of joyful ones.

The Measure of Spiritual Advancement

*AoaY* The Measure of Spiritual Advancement:

"Spiritual advancement is not measured by one's outward powers, but only by the depth of his bliss in meditation."

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The test of a master is a man's ability to enter at will the breathless state, and to maintain unbroken samadhi.

*JoA* Each Has a Unique Journey:

There is no experience, no symptom, no sign of spiritual growth that is absolutely necessary. Each of us has a unique predicament that stretches back over many lifetimes.

Meditation & Kundalini

*LWK* Meditation Strengthens the Will & Attention:

Active mediation, moderately done without overstraining the brain, strengthens the will and adds to one's power to keep a grip on the mind when it is applied to a task.

The aim of meditation is to increase the power of attention to a point where the conscious center in the brain is pressed to a greater and more sustained activity under the direction of the will. The ultimate effort of the constant exercise of the conscious center is the activation of the silent paranormal chamber and the arousal of kundalini. With the start of this new activity the normal strength and pattern of bio-energy become insufficient to feed the brain.

*LWK* Pushed The Concentration Meditation Too Far Again, the Fire Returns:

I had woefully blundered again. My head reeled, my ears buzzed with a harsh, discordant noise, and in place of the usual resplendent glow in my head a wide column of fire was mounting up, shooting out forked tongues of flame in every direction. I had overdone the practice of meditation and strained my already over-stimulated nervous system to a dangerous limit.

I suffered again on this occasion for more than three months.

I had now grown extremely weak, almost exhausted, with spindle legs and emaciated arms, a skeleton with gleaming eyes. For more than a month I had starved myself.

The condition of my brain was deteriorating, and the convulsive movements of my limbs, coupled with intensely painful sensations along the path of nerves. I felt myself sinking and even the will to live, which has sustained me so far, appeared ready to give up the struggle as hopeless and to let the body drift to its doom.

I was slightly delirious at times.

During the first week the quantity devoured must have been six times the normal amount. It was atrocious. The food disappeared in my stomach as if it had evaporated, no doubt sucked up greedily by the hungry cells of the body.

*LWK* Learning the Sinking Meditation:

Profiting by the awful experience I had undergone previously, I made absolutely no attempt to meditate as before. What I did now was quite different. Without any effort and sometimes even without my knowing it, I sank deeper and deeper within myself, engulfed more and more by the lustrous waves of consciousness, which appeared to grow in size and extent the more I allowed myself to sink without resistance into the sea of consciousness. The glowing circle of awareness around my head made me constantly conscious of breathing, moving, and acting surrounded by an extremely subtle, invisible, conscious void. My own confined consciousness was now in direct touch with its own substance on all sides, like a sentient dewdrop floating intact in an ocean of pure being.

Meditation Experiences

*LWK* Experience of Deep Concentration:

I sat steadily, my thoughts centered on the shining lotus, intent on keeping my attention from wandering. The intensity of concentration interrupted my breathing; gradually it slowed down to such an extent that at times it was barely perceptible. For several minutes at a time I lost touch with my body and surroundings. During such intervals I feel as if I were poised in midair.

*LWK* Intense Meditation:

When I closed my eyes in mediation I felt a vast glowing circle of awareness round me. As usual, I focused my attention on the crown of my head and concentrated on the light, which I perceived there. After only a few days this bore fruit and I became witness to a blissful experience.

I increased the period of meditation completely overpowered by the wonder and glory of the vision which carried me to a supersensory plane where, caressed by lustrous waves of indescribable rapture, I found myself immersed in the boundless oceans of unconditioned being.

It seemed on every such occasion as if I or the invisible cognitive self in me, leaving its safe anchorage in the flesh, was carried by the strong outgoing tide of a lustrous consciousness towards an existence of such immensity and power as made everything I could conceive of on earth tame and trite in comparison: an existence where, untroubled by an idea of bondage or limitation, I found myself lost in an amazing immaterial universe so stupendous in extent, so sublime and marvelous in nature.

I had distinctly felt an incomparably blissful sensation in all my nerves, moving from the tips of fingers and toes and other parts of the trunk and limbs towards the spine, where, concentrated and intensified, it mounted upwards with a still more exquisitely pleasant feeling to pour into the upper region of the brain, a rapturous and exhilerating stream.

At the moment of the union of Shakti with Shiva, the ambrosial current flows into the seventh center or into one of the lower centers on the spinal axis and is always accompanied by a most exquisite rapture impossible to describe, exceeding many times in intensity that most pleasurable of bodily sensations, the orgasm.

*AoaY* Deep Deep Meditation:

Immersed one day in samadhi on the bank of the Kaveri River, Sadasiva was seen to be carried away by a sudden flood. Weeks later he was found buried deep beneath a mound of earth. As the villagers shovels struck his body, the saint rose and walked briskly away.

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The Blissful Mother soon entered the immobile ecstatic state. Her beautiful eyes glanced heavenward and, half-opened, became stilled, gazing into the near-far inner Elysium.

For days together she often stays in the divine trance, scarcely breathing, her eyes unwinking.

Refreshed by her dip in the Infinite, Ananda Moyi Ma was now focusing her consciousness on the material world.

"My consciousness has never associated itself with this temporary body. Before I came on this earth, ‘I was the same.' As a little girl, ‘I was the same.' I grew into womanhood, but still ‘I was the same.'"

Ananda Moyi Ma sank into a deep meditative state. Her form was statue-still. The dark pools of her eyes appeared lifeless and glassy. This expression is often present when saints remove their consciousness from the physical body.

*JoNDE-RW* Mystical Experiences in Space:

Russell Schweickert had a transforming experience during his orbital flight, followed by a second experience that occurred during a mission outside his space vehicle. He had recognized his identity with Earth while viewing it from within his space vehicle.

"You're no longer inside something with a window, looking out at a picture. Now you're out there and there are no frames, there are no limits, there are no boundaries…And there's not a sound. There's a silence the depth of which you've never experienced before, and that silence contrasts so markedly with the scenery you're seeing and the speed with which you know you're moving." (White, 1987, p.12)

*GB* Pt3: Healing With The Full Silence:

Beginning in late 1994 I began to become aware of moments when my mind was unusually quiet. Most often in the evening before I went to bed. All thinking would be gone and I would simply remain aware. It seemed the room was "full" of this silence no matter what was going on. There was only contentment. No questions, nothing to say.

As time went on these moments seemed to last longer and be full of energy; a subtle type of power. My body would feel full of life or energy and it would "spill" over into the room or space around me. Whenever I felt this fullness I would try to give it away to my wife or son who is five years old. I just began to lay my hands on them while they were sleeping and would concentrate on my breath. It was a unique way for me to express love. My family had no knowledge of this. The first time I tried it on my wife she was very sick and had called into work to say she would not be in (first time in years). The next day she called me at work to say she awakened feeling so well that she just had to go to work. She said it was the best night of sleep she ever had. I would have said nothing but two days later she kept speaking about it. I confessed.

February of 1995, I entered this state for almost five days straight. The only thing I said to my wife about it was, "I am learning to walk again". It is as if a light is turned on in the body. One day after coming out of it I wrote this summary:

• Mental and physical repose no matter what I am doing.

• Sense of fullness, not energetic but potent or full of capacity.

• The mind is silent or thoughts are observed from a prior position. Thoughts do not have their usual power todefine experience or launch emotions.

• Ignorance and mystery are enjoyed and surrendered into.

• Nondifferentiation between self and universe. One total flowing.

• Psychic feeling of being connected to others. Desire to share energy with others via prayer or by touch.

I wonder how others cannot see or feel this presence. It is so large!

Attraction: Others seem to want to speak to me and I am able to really listen(it is as if others come to just bathe in the energy).

*OwtL* The Light in Meditation:

A Yoga instructor in Calcutta... Had told [Shirley MacLaine] that there was a center in her mind that was her "nucleus, the center of your universe." Once she had found this nucleus, he had said, pain, fear, sorrow- nothing could touch her.

"It will look like a tiny sun," he had instructed her. "The sun is the center of every solar system and the reason for all life on all planets in all universes. So it is with yours."

Shirley closed her eyes, searched for the center of her mind.

Then the room "left" her. The cold room and the wind outside began to leave her conscious mind.

"Slowly in the center of my mind's eye a tiny round ball appeared," she writes. "I stared and stared at it. Then I felt I became the orange ball."

The center of her own private universe began to grow and to generate heat. The heat spread down through her neck and arms and finally stopped in her stomach. She felt drops of perspiration on her midriff and forehead.

The light continued to grow brighter and brighter until she sat up on the cot with a start and opened her eyes, fully expecting to find that someone had turned on a light.

Dripping with perspiration, she was stunned to find the room dark.

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Deon Frey of Chicago had survived a near-death experience in which her Soul Body had become One with the Light. Then, during meditation sometime later, she found that she had managed to summon the heavenly light while she was on the Earth plane and very much in her physical body.

"I remember being in meditation for quite some time and sitting in my room this night when all of a sudden the whole room was filled with light, as if the sun were shining brightly," she said.

"The light seemed to be emanating from one corner of the room, and it seemed as though I could almost make out a form.

"The color of the light was indescribable. It had edges of violet hue, but it was crystal white- or mother of pearl- and so bright that it almost blinded me.

"Once again, I had a feeling of Oneness with it, a unity. It was like being one with everything all at once. It was like a feeling of love that one really cant understand on the Earth plane, because it's such a spiritual envelopment...

"Although I heard no voice, I was filled with a knowing quality. I just knew things.

*R* A Meditation on the Perfect State:

Once in an idle interval at sea I meditated on ‘the perfect state,' and wondered what I would be, were I of too pure eyes to behold iniquity, if to me all things were pure and were I without condemnation. As I became lost in this fiery brooding, I found myself lifted above the dark environment of the senses. So intense was feeling I felt myself a being of fire dwelling in a body of air. Voices as from a heavenly chorus, with the exaltation of those who had been conquerors in a conflict with death, were singing, ‘He is risen- He is risen,' and intuitively I knew they meant me...

The high purpose with which I had for that moment identified myself drew the companionship of high things.

*EJ* The Heat of God's Love:

Hildegard of Bingen: "A fiery light, flashing intensely, came from the open vault of heaven and poured through my whole brain. Like a flame that is hot without burning it kindled all my heart and all my breast, just as the sun warms anything on which its rays fall."

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When the Sufi shaykh is meditating, his breathing slows to such a point that he is said to be able to repeat the dhikr twenty-one times on a single breath. The first result of these prayers is that the heart catches fire. The Sufi becomes a living flame.

The holy Sufi Shaykh Sharafuddin ad-Daghestani, meditating one winter in seclusion, the ice thick on his beard, attained such a state of pure love of God that- his body on fire- he raced outside, throwing off his clothes, and dove into the ice-cold waters of a nearby river. His followers heard the sound of steam rising from the river.

Nirvana - Pure Potential

*TYSD* The Meaning of Nirvana:

The Sanskrit word Nirvana literally means ‘going out' or ‘blowing out', like the going out of a fire, or like the blowing out of the flame of a candle. It also means ‘cooling', or ‘becoming cool', with respect to sensuous existence... The great scholars of Buddhist India... translated [the term Nirvana] into the Tibetan as ‘The Sorrowless State.'... Having discarded, or gone out from, the cocoon woven by karmic desire for sensuousness, he has attained Freedom...

Nirvana is indescribable, because no concepts of the finite mind can be applied to That which transcends finite mind...

The Buddha Himself has referred to Nirvana as the ‘Unbecome, Unborn, Unmade, Unformed', whereby ‘there is escape from that which is become, born, made, and formed'.

 

The Seven States

Script: This is one of the best, most powerful ways of looking at it, one of my favorites!

Ascendant Consciousness

*E* Ascendant Consciousness [Satori, Samadhi, Pure Consciousness]:

Ascendant Consciousness is the experience of the conscious mind settling down into its own essential nature.

Ascent Consciousness is called satori in Japan, Samadhi in India, the One or the Absolute or the Transcendent or the Infinite or Unbounded Awareness or Pure Consciousness in English.

Ascendant Consciousness is the eternally non-changing, omnipresent Infinite Absolute.

In this state, the individual experiences who he or she really is, free from the limiting and restricting past. Freedom is born in the experience of Now. This is the birth of joy, of life, of Truth, of permanent stability, of human life as it was designed to be lived.

This experience of the Absolute could be described as being hazy, for all stress has not yet dissolved.

*FT* Emotions & Ascension:

Our emotions are centered in the right hemisphere. It is the emotions that most cause us to Ascend. Anger shuts down the brain and the internal organs so more blood can go to the muscles. The internal organs remain shut down until they fail. Love is the most powerful way to ascend. Similar in strength to love is gratitude, and close to that is appreciation. The latter is easiest- simply shift your mind towards appreciation instead of criticism. (right is release?)

*FT* Left-Brain Ascension:

The left brain is logical, verbal, analytical, mathematical, rational. Thoughts that cause ascention here are awe-inspiring wonder. (left is contemplating eternity) For the left brain, we use our personal Ultimate Thought. That draws the rational mind out of boundaries and toward the ascendant.

We can ascend by putting our attention on the objective, on everything external: body, world, universe. All these things, including the mind and emotions are external to one's Self, which is the same as the ascendant. It is infinite, unbounded, never changing, never dying, established in eternity.

Perpetual Consciousness

*E* Perpetual Consciousness:

If the individual becomes more and more familiar with the Ascendant through repeated experience of it, the mind, heart and body are naturally purified, soothed, calmed, gladdened, brightened and gratified.

Clarity is complete in the full experience of the Ascendant, but the nervous system is not sufficiently refined to hold onto it permanently. The experience becomes permanent. That is known as Perpetual consciousness.

In Perpetual Consciousness, the knower's relationship with the Supreme is remembered.

Perpetual Consciousness is the primary goal of human life.

Perpetual Consciousness is perfect duality- there is no connection left with the Seen, for the Infinite inside is eternally separate from the finite experienced outside.

Rationality, there can be no connection whatever between the Infinite and the finite.

It is not until the Seer or knower is established in the Absolute that all thoughts, words and actions are purely witnessed. This is Perpetual Consciousness.

*FT* Perpetual Consciousness:

As the mind becomes saturated with the ascendant, one feels Perpetual Consciousness. The waves on the surface of the sea dont bother you so much any more, because you're grounded in infinite stability. The Peace and love grow so strong that outer experiences cant shake you at all. Perpetual Consciousness is actually the normal functioning of mind and body. The levels are sleeping, dreaming, waking, ascendant, perpetual, exalted, and unified. First is perpetual consciousness, then is exalted consciousness.

Exalted Consciousness

*E* Exalted Consciousness:

The heart, increasingly soothed and gladdened by the experience of the Infinite within, rises in larger and ever larger waves of bliss, love, appreciation and gratitude. This naturally begins a process of deepening or refining sensual experienced that leads to the perception of the celestial in everything – this is known as Exalted Consciousness.

Exalted Consciousness is so very fulfilling, that is it quite possible to remain caught by it and not rise to the ultimate level of Unified Consciousness. It is primarily just a matter of time; the celestial light will melt into the Infinite and the purpose of human existence will be fulfilled.

It is possible to remain in the Sixth State, Exalted Consciousness, for quite a long time, following the Lunar Path, the Path of the Gods. Everything is so beautiful, so glorious, so wonderful, and so extraordinary, it is hard to imagine or even desire more. But any duality, even the slightest, is not the ultimate reality of Unified Consciousness.

To develop these perfections before Perpetual Consciousness is gained is possible but is not in any way desirable, for one can be completely overshadowed by the wonder of the celestial and not reach the Ascendant at all.

*FT* Exalted Consciousness:

When I feel love the most, I notice the surface less and experience the subtle more. With ever increasing waves of love, we appreciate deeper and deeper values of a thing. In every moment, we perceive the pure energy that fills everything. The senses are no longer restricted to the narrow band of wavelengths we normally perceive. When we deeply appreciate music or art, our senses tend to slip inward and float towards the celestial. The senses are still reporting boundaries, however.

1: Every few minutes, there was a cracking noise inside my skull, like an electrical discharge; there was a high-pitched ringing in my ears; the exact center of the top of my head was hot and growing hotter. This is my ears tuning into the cosmic hum, the universal vibration of all matter. It's high-pitched hum, or it may seem like a waterfall, or a crowd, rainstorm, or ocean waves. Sometimes it's like a big bass drum beating or tinkling bells.

2: As soon as I saw Nanda, the fire filling everything leaped upward in intensity as did the high-pitched sound of OM. The surface boundaries of everything became hard to diminish. It feels as if the ascendant is trying to burn through everything, like everything I've ever seen or known is only an eggshell; reality is about to break out from the inside.

Unified Consciousness

*E* Unified Consciousness:

In time, this movement of extreme joy and love brightens the objective world so much that the Infinite Light of the Absolute shines forth clearly in every object; the recognition that the Ascendant perceived everywhere outside is the same as the Ascendant experienced inside is known as Unified Consciousness.

The ultimate fulfillment of human evolution is Unified Consciousness.

The supreme value of detachment occurs in Unified Consciousness, when even the outermost field of activity is also experienced as being Infinite. Everything everywhere always is experienced as being nothing other than the Ascendant. One is permanently freed from all previous beliefs, experiences of limitations. Life is experienced in its full, Infinite value on both the inside and the outside.

This sutra defines Unified Consciousness as the complete cessation or abandonment of all that is known.

One is no longer bound to anything of the Universe. The whole range of creation is perceived as being Infinite. The boundaries do not cease to exist, but they are no longer the dominant feature of Awareness.

How is Unified Consciousness structured? By making permanent the act of discerning what is and what is not Real.

One gradually learns to discriminate more and more effectively between the thoughts and experiences which lead to greater and greater happiness and eventually to liberation and those which lead to greater and greater bondage and ignorance.

The Absolute perceived in everyone and everything is Unified Consciousness.

Unified Consciousness is not typically gained by focusing on thoughts.

Unified Consciousness is not hard to do.

When one has mastered the full appreciation of the difference between the Eternal Now and the changing manifestations of time, one rises to discriminative knowledge in Unified Consciousness - one learns to distinguish in all places and times between the temporal and the Eternal.

As Unified Consciousness develops, one realizes more and more clearly that one Self shines through all beings, in al places and times, regardless of outer appearances to the contrary. One ceases to judge anyone or anything by its external appearance; instead one looks within to the perfection of the Ascendant shining clearly inside them all.

The limit of the growth of consciousness? The experience of Eternity in all things everywhere at all times simultaneously. This is the ultimate development of Unified Consciousness, called in other texts, Brahman.

In Unified Consciousness, one perceives the Infinite in the external world, but only in one object at a time. One has unified the Ascendant self on the inside with the Ascendant perceived everywhere outside.

The primary focus of Infinite Awareness gradually expands to take in the secondary objects of perception and then the tertiary objects of perception and then continues until the entire creation with all its myriad parts has been absorbed by the Ascendant. This is why Brahman is called "the Devourer" in the Upanishads -- it eats all the boundaries, eventually producing the pure experience of the Ascendant in everything, everywhere, always, simultaneously.

If there is still some faint projection of old beliefs, the full knowledge of their essential Unity with the Ascendant will not be there; this describes Exalted Consciousness and Perpetual Consciousness. And if the consciousness is not clear at all, the objects' essential reality will be almost entirely unknown; this is known as the Waking State.

Recognition of the essential nature of the mind is at once extraordinary and Absolute Bliss The whole of the Universe of becoming is seen as an expression of Being; this is Unified Consciousness.

In the Seventh State, all separate movements are eternally still, for all movements are perceived as being nothing other than the fluctuations of Silence.

*FT* Unified Consciousness:

The fifth state is the first stage of enlightenment and the death of ignorance. The sixth state is the second stage of enlightenment. Unified Consciousness is the seventh state, the third stage of enlightenment, and the beginning of the truly human life.

The Seven States

*E* The Paths of the Different States:

So it could be said that adopting relative boundaries for the sake of Eternal Freedom is the path to Perpetual Consciousness, study of the Self is the path to Exalted Consciousness, and surrender to the Supreme Being is the path to Unified Consciousness.

In the Fourth State of Ascendant Consciousness, the individual Self simply Is, experiencing the Infinite, with no motion of thought or belief rippling its perfect Silence.

Holding an object in attention become the primary tool for the development of consciousness beyond Perpetual Consciousness, for it is precisely by understanding the full range of meaning of the senses and the process of knowing that one experiences Exalted Consciousness, and it is by understanding the full range of meaning of the known that one rises to complete consciousness in Unified Consciousness. (NOTE: I was winding, rolling in the ecstasy trance.)

It is precisely the ability to move the Absolute into the process of knowing that structures Exalted Consciousness and the ability to move the Absolute into the known that structures Unified Consciousness. The use of the full range of the senses is called Exalted Consciousness.

*E* The Knower, the Known, & Meaning:

When the movements subside completely, the mind is like a transparent crystal. The knower, the process of knowing and the known are adorned with the stability of the Ascendant.

In the Fifth State, Perpetual Consciousness, the knower has realized his/her self to be one with the Infinite. In the Sixth State, Exalted Consciousness, the process of knowing rises to perception of the Infinite. In the Seventh State, all the objects in creation are perceived as being Infinite.

Memory is completely purified. The True Form of the Self is experienced as if it were a void and all meaning shines forth clearly.

When memory is purified, one no longer judges objects by past impressions: everything is seen as it really is.

This is not the highest stage of growth to full realization of Ascendant Consciousness – when the mind has fully reached its Source, there is not perception whatsoever of other meanings. But it is a distinct state of progress – the knower is beginning to separate from his/her identification of the Self with meaning.

The knower, known and process of knowing must first separate their illusory union in order to unite in the Ascendant.

In the third stage, bliss is discovered as the essential reality of all perceptions; this reveals the true purpose of all objects, to expand joy.

In the fourth stage, the experience is that of the Self expanding closer and closer to its true Nature – awareness is less and less identified with even the subtlety of objects and more and more with Infinite. Absolute Silence. Yet still persisting is awareness of the I as separate from the Universal Self.

The movement into the heart of the Ascendant is in fact one seamless and direct dive.

During the pure experience of Ascendant consciousness, one no longer remembers anything of a lesser evolved state. The knower, the known and the process of knowing have all united.

 

The Paths To Higher Consciousness

There Is No Path
You Are What You Seek

*TYSD* The "Path" Is Merely Figurative:

From The Supreme Path of Discipleship: The Precepts of the Gurus- The Ten Figurative Expression:

2) As there is neither any traversing nor any traverser of the Path, the expression ‘Path' is merely figurative.

*CH* Seeking What's Innately There:

"This fundamental and universal consciousness you and all beings possess fully at every moment. It is your simple and bare awareness in this moment before you manipulate it, name it, judge it... It is always the case prior to your attempts to grasp it. And therefore, ultimately, there is no path to this primary, basic, and ultimate consciousness. There is no way to walk to your own feet. Rather, the various tradiations provide ways to exhaust the seeking mind... and to exhaust the ‘great search' for Spirit so that Spirit itself may shine forth of its own accord." -Ken Wilber

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Ramana teaches: You speak of various paths as if you were somewhere and the Self were somewhere else and you had to go and attain it. But in fact the Self is here and now and you are it always... Any spiritual Path we follow is an illusion, because, as a path, it purports to lead us away from where we are.

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By seeking our True Nature, we are creating an illusory duality between the one who seeks and the object that is sought.

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"We investigate Its presence and Its existence as if It were a stranger, projected into our imaginary ‘place' from some depth or height." -Plotinus

...Thus the One is here and now, not a stranger, not even an other, but the very nature of what we are.

...Plotinus explains: You do not really go away from It, for It is there; you do not ‘go' anywhere, but remain present to It yet turn your back on It." As Ramana Maharishi teaches, Enlightenment is simply to admit that we are already Enlightened, already the One.

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Fundamentally, nothing evolves, because the essential nature of all beings and phenomena is already the radiance of Ultimate Consciousness, or Turiya. Seekers often used to complain to Ramana Maharishi... "I long to experience the ultimate Self." And Ramana would respond with a question: "Are there really two selves? Is Consciousness two?"

*TYSD* The Path is Ever-Open To You:

From The Supreme Path of Discipleship: The Precepts of the Gurus- The Ten Great Joyful Realizations:

10) It is great joy to realize that the Path to Freedom which all the Buddhas have trodden is ever-existent, ever unchanged, and ever open to those who are ready to enter upon it.

*CH* All Are Already Buddhas:

Buddhahood is a flow of ultimate power. The compassionate vow to save all living beings can be fulfilled gradually, moment by moment or lifetime by lifetime... But this vow can be fulfilled instantaneously by a Buddha, who sees all beings as already Buddhas.

*CH* It Only Takes the Realization:

Ramana once remarked: Realization consists only in getting rid of the false idea that one is not realized... Our daily consciousness is intrinsically Ultimate Consciousness.

Script: The following is true, but in the following personification, a will is imagined, added, and that rightly will cause unease to individuals. It is a pure flowing love. It is human nature to personify things in order to identify with them, but we must be careful with this.
*IL* All Roads Lead to God (The Misattributed Pure Essence):

In due season you shall learn that whatever you do, or like, or desire, it is I leading you through all the fallacies and illusions of the personality, that you may finally awaken to their unreality and then turn to Me as the one and only Reality...

I AM that innermost part of you that sits within, and calmly waits and watches, knowing neither time nor space; for I AM the Eternal and fill all space.

I watch and wait for you to be done with your petty human follies and weaknesses, with your vain longings, ambitions and regrets, knowing that will come in time and then you will turn to Me, weary, discouraged, empty and humble, and ask Me to take the lead, not realizing that I have been leading you all the time...

I have been within always, deep within your heart...

It was I Who urged you on by the glimpse of Me in the dim distance.

It was I Who lured you by a vision of Me in some bewitching face, or beautiful body, or intoxicating pleasure, or over-powering ambition.

It was I Who appeared before you within the garb of Sin, or Weakness, or Greed, or Sophistry, and drove you back into the arms of Conscience, leaving you to struggle in its shadowy grasp; until you awakened to its impotence, rose up in disgust, and in the inspiration of a new vision tore off My mask. (NOTE: I, the Pure Essence, literally)

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For I bring to you everything that, by its outer seeming, can attract or lure your human mind onward in its earthly search, in order to teach you of the illusories of all outer appearance of material things to the human mind, and of the fallibility of all human understanding; so that you will turn finally within to Me and My Wisdom, as the One and Only Interpreter and Guide.

All Paths Are Equal

*ER* Forms of Worship:

God's voice:

...I have given each being a separate and unique way

of seeing and knowing and saying that knowledge...

Ways of worship are not to be ranked as better

or worse than one another.

Hindus do Hindu things.

The Dravidian Muslims in India do what they do.

It's all praise, and it's all right.

It's not me that's glorified in acts of worship.

It's the worshippers! I don't hear the words

they say. I look inside at the humility...

I want burning, burning.

Be friends

with your burning. Burn up your thinking

and your forms of expression!

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"...Say whatever

and however your loving tells you to. Your sweet blasphemy

is the truest devotion...

Loosen your tongue and don't worry what comes out.

It's all the light of the spirit."

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There are many

who don't say Inshallah, and yet their whole soul

resonates with it all the time!

*EJ* Be Yourself:

"To be nobody but yourself," wrote E.E.Cummings, "in a world that is doing its best night and day to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being ever fights and never stop fighting."

*SL* All Humanity-Serving Activity is Divine:

Everything that serves humanity and helps in the activities of the world is rightly seen as a divine activity... The clerk behind his counter and the doctor in the hospital are quite as much engaged in a divine activity as any preacher in his church. Until that is realized... it is we who are hopelessly profane in attitude, we who are blind to the beatific vision which is the sight of the one life in everything, and all things as expressions of that life.

*TYSD* All Paths Lead to God:

The Vedanta: ‘As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their waters in the great sea, O Lord, similarly the different Faiths which men follow through different tendencies [or temperaments], various though they may appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.'

*BDL* The Truth Exists In All Paths:

S: You should never rely on one path as being the way, the ultimate. For in all paths there lies truth and in all paths there lies falsehood. You must spend your life sifting through them to find what is your truth- to discover what you know to be truth for yourself.

*E* Memory is the Quickest Path:

Memory is the best movement of the mind, for if one moves effortlessly to the Ascendant once and perfectly remembers the path, one can again move there effortlessly at will.

*AoaY* Do Not Mistake the Technique for the Goal:

Love God more than mediation. "Do no mistake the technique for the Goal."

*AoaY* The Path Doesnt Matter:

Leo Tolstoy wrote a delightful story, The Three Hermits. His friend Nicholas Roerich has summarized the tale, as follows:

"On an island there lived three old hermits. They were so simple that the only prayer they used was: ‘We are three; Thou art Three – have mercy on us!' Great miracles were manifested during this naïve prayer."

"The local bishop came to hear about the three hermits and their inadmissible prayer, and decided to visit them in order to teach them the canonical invocations. He arrived on the island, told the hermits that their heavenly petition was undignified, and taught them many of the customary prayers. The bishop then left on a boat. He saw, following the ship, a radiant light. As it approached, he discerned the three hermits, who were holding hands and running upon the waves in an effort to overtake the vessel."

"We have forgotten the prayers you taught us," they cried as they reached the bishop, "and have hastened to ask you to repeat them." The awed bishop shook his head.

"Dear one," he replied humbly, "continue to live with your old prayer!"

*HTO* It Does Not Matter How:

A journey into higher consciousness has effects that are independant of the way it is attained. What happens to an individual during a NDE is not unique to the moment of apparent imminent death. It is just that coming close to death is one of the very reliable triggers that sets off this kind of experience.

Self-Mastery & Non-Attachment

*IAD* The Greatest Service- Self-Mastery:

"Your greatest service, I assure you, is to gain the Mastery and Freedom for yourself...

"Never feel sad or distressed if another of God's Children is not ready to accept the Light, for if he does not come to the Light of his own choosing, it is rarely but a temporary step." -Jesus

*FWG* Addictions, Preferences, No Preferences:

Neale: "If you require a certain result in order to be happy, you have an Addiction. If you simply desire a certain result, you have a Preference. If you have no Preference whatsoever, you have Acceptance. You have achieved mastery." (NOTE: All addiction is based on short-sightedness, on illusion.)

*BG* Nonattachment to Results:

Abandoning all attachment to the results of his activities, ever satisfied and independent, he performs no fruitive action, although engages in all kinds of undertakings. (NOTE: Because he has all, what is there to gain?)

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Be steadful in your duty, O Arjuna, and abandon all attachment to success or failure. Such evenness of mind is called yoga.

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Sacrifice, charity and penance are never to be given up; they must be performed by all intelligent men. They are purifying even for the great souls. All these activities should be performed without any expectation of result. They should be perfected as a matter of duty.

*BG* Nonattachments To Senses:

When a man gives up all varieties of sense desire which arise of invention, and when his mind finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness.

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One who is able to withdraw his senses from sense objects, as the tortoise draws his limbs within the shell, is to be understood as truly situated in knowledge. (NOTE: Withdrawing of the depth field)

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The senses are so strong and impetuous, O Arjuna, that they forcibly carry away the mind even of a man of discrimination who is endeavoring to control them.

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One who restrains his senses and fixes his consciousness upon Me is known as a man of steady intelligence.

*BG* Becoming & Acting Without Attachment:

A person in divine consciousness, although engaged in seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, eating, moving about, sleeping, breathing, speaking, evacuating, receiving and opening or closing his eyes, always knows within himself that he actually does nothing at all. Because while performing all these activities, he always knows that only the material senses are engaged with their objects and that he is aloof from them. (NOTE: Becoming but with self-knowledge, becoming without attachment)

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The yogis, abandoning attachment, act with body, mind, intelligence, and even with the senses, only for the purpose of purification.

*EJ* Attachments Weight You Down:

Yet God's goodness was so palpable that I was filled with tremendous joy. My heart melted. I knew that Heaven was real. I felt my body lifted up. I was surrounded by light. Some of this light was inside me, so that I became not only lighter in weight but also filled with light. But, along with this, I became aware of a hard, rocklike lump inside of me that held me down. It was the sin and evil in me.

*ND* Developing to Know Oneself:

Edgar Cayce: "As [the soul or entity]'s development goes through the various experiences takes on more and more [of] that ability of knowing itself to be itself."

*TYSD* If There's No Attachment, Why Not?:

From The Supreme Path of Discipleship: The Precepts of the Gurus- The Ten Equal Things:

3) For him who is freed from attachment to worldly luxuries, it is the same whether he practice asceticism or not...

5) For him who hath attained the mastery of his mind, it is the same whether he partake of the pleasures of the world or not.

*SL* Letting Go of Decisions When Made:

When an action has been done with our best judgement and strength and with pure intent, then we should let it go, metaphorically, and feel no anxiety about its results.

*KaU* The Slow & Rapid Journey:

He who has not right understanding, is careless and never pure, reaches not the End of the journey; but wanders on from death to death.

But he who has understanding, is careful and ever pure, reaches the End of the journey, from which he never returns. (NOTE: Until he is ready to)

...When all desires that cling to the heart are surrendered, then a mortal becomes immortal, and even in this world he is one with Brahman.

*AoaY* Internal Conviction:

"Words are only shells," he said. "Win conviction of God's presence through your own joyous contact in meditation."

*JoA* Meditation Not Necessary:

There are ways to perceive yourself and the world, right from the outset, that catapult you into the meditative state without the necessity of practices.

*TB* Nonattachment in Dzogchen Meditation:

Even in the greatest yogin, sorrow and joy still arise just as before. The difference between as ordinary person and the yogin is how they view their emotions and react to them. An ordinary person will instinctively accept or reject them, and so arouse the attachment or aversion that will result in accumulation of negative karma. A yogin, however, perceives everything that rises in its natural, pristine state, without allowing grasping to enter his or her perception.

Dilgo Rinpoche is completely awake to the splendor and beauty of the flowers, and relishes their colors, shapes, and scents. But there is no trace of clinging nor any "afterthought" in his mind. "You should be like a little child going into a beautifully decorated temple." The confidence, the contentment, the spacious serenity, the strength, the profound humor, and the certainty that arise from directly realizing the View of Rigpa is the greatest treasure of life, the ultimate happiness, which once attained, nothing can destroy, not even death.

*JoA* No Resistance, No Needs:

My obsessions with sexuality, achievement, love, and dependency, haven't all gone away. What has gone is my preoccupation and my identification with them. Now they are merely quaint and fascinating. These feelings now simply arise and pass away, without my resisting or clinging to them. More and more I am just awareness.

I am involved with it all, yet I cling to none of it. It is what it is.

Enlightened beings have always said that clinging to any experience or possession that is in time causes suffering, for everything changes. Both pleasure and pain are in time. To fully escape suffering, you must seek what lies beyond the polarities of pleasure and pain, beyond time.

Form is always changing. Time, change, flow. Going to hold on? Where?

*JoA* Release All Thoughts as they Come:

Now as you sit comfortably, you mind wanders. It turns to fantasies, memories. You think, what is this about, this meditation? What am I doing? If you don't hold on to any of these thoughts, but just let them keep flowing by, you are already in the act of meditation. This is it. You're doing it. But one of these thoughts may grab at you and lead you off into plans, fantasies, memories, or problem solving. Then you're just thinking, not meditating.

Thoughts should not be treated as obstacles or hindrances. They are just another object of mindfulness, another object of meditation.

Suzuki Roshi in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind writes: "Do not try to stop thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. Many sensations come, many thoughts or images arise but they are just waves from your own mind. Nothing comes from outside your mind.

*E* Knowledge of Thoughts Not Necessary:

It is perfectly possible to experience the Absolute and even live the Absolute permanently without knowing much or anything about the mechanics of how and why thoughts move through the mind.

*JoA* Don't Resist Fear:

It is not that you must be free from fear. The moment you try to free yourself from fear, you create a resistance against fear. Resistance, in any form, does not end fear. What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it, not how to resist it through courage and so on.

-Krishnamurti

*JoA* Facing Weaknesses:

As your connection with the spirit deepens, you might even choose to seek out those things that bring your attachments to the surface, so that you might confront them and free your awareness from them.

These confrontations are difficult and your motives to confront them must come from deep within.

*TB* Meditation & Attachment:

Traditionally, it's not the negative experiences that bring obstacles, but the positive ones. When you become attached to an experience, then that attachment has to be cut through. We have to be free of attachment to the good experiences and free of aversion to the bad ones. The waves are the very nature of the ocean. Your thoughts are the family of your mind. before them, be like an old wise man, watching a child play. When you become more agreeable, your thoughts and emotions do as well. We perceive the stream of thoughts as continuous but this is not the case- there is a gap between each thought. As the ego and the hopes and fears which keep it alive begin to dissolve, you are coming closer to the infinite generous "wisdom of egolessness." When you live in that wisdom home, you'll no longer find a barrier between you and I, this and that, inside and outside; you'll have come at last to your true home, the state of non-duality.

"Though different forms are perceived and thoughts arise, they are empty, yet in the emptiness, one perceives forms and thoughts" -Dudjom Rinpoche.

Emotional Self-Mastery

Script: The following bit is really good. Take responsibility for your blocks, see them, open to them, and let the flow clear them out.
*IAD* Discord- Master Yourself:

People resist persons, places, conditions and things because they have not mastered themselves...

The moment there is something discordant, it is the prompter warning you to get busy on yourself...

If you refuse to recognize that you are the creators of your own disturbance, how can you ever correct it or be free from it?..

Let the "I AM Presence" flow until It washes everything clean...

If you will stop the discord, the "Stream of the ‘I AM Presence'" automatically cleanses away all impurities...

Either from a sense of false pride or something, humanity will not face the Truth that the cause is within themselves. The habit of always blaming the other fellow for what has happened to you is the thing that blinds you to the Truth and prevents Self-correction.

*IAD* Discord & Body:

Until the child is old enough to begin to register the discord about it, its body is beautiful and expresses Perfection. This Perfection of form would always be maintained if there did not enter into the consciousness of the child the discord of the outer world.

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"It is only by a lack of acknowledgement and acceptance of the Full Power of this Mighty Presence that individuals allow human concepts and creations to disturb them." -Jesus.

** Love Clearly:

(NOTE: Learn to love clearly.)

*LotSB* The Enemy is Negative Thought:

In times of fierce antagonism realize that the enemy is angry thought; fill yourself, without the thought of any person, with a sense of infinite love and eternal peace, for thus are all negative things confounded and a table will be set before thee in the presence of thine enemies.

*SL* The Distress of Our Changing Emotions:

One of the most distressing difficulties aspirants have to face arises from the ebb and flow of their feelings, the changes in the emotional atmosphere through which they see the external world as well as their own character with its powers and its weaknesses... And the worst of it is that they are unable to trace these effects to definite causes...

It is this very uncertainty which gives the poignancy to our distress. The understood is always the manageable... it is the uncertainty of out emotional moods that terrifies us...

These alterations of happiness and depression are primarily manifestations of that law of periodicity, or law of rhythm, which guides the universe...

When we find ourselves cold and indifferent, caring for nothing that had attracted us, then, knowing the law, we can quietly say, "This also will pass in its turn; light and life must come back, and the old love will again glow warmly."... We learn in happiness to remember sorrow and in sorrow to remember happiness, till neither one nor the other can shake the steady foothold of the soul...

The way in which we face and live through this trial of inner darkness and deadness is one of the surest tests of spiritual evolution.

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From Thomas a Kempis's Imitation of Christ:

"I never found any so religious and devout, that he had not sometimes a withdrawing of grace or felt not some decrease of zeal."

*IAD* Express and Release:

Of the two undesirable conditions, it is far better that one explode and get a thing off his mind than to hold the feeling within of resentment... From My standpoint, I see what is registering in your feelings, and therefore on the Inner Atmosphere...

It is most important to do something to keep yourselves from harboring a feeling against persons, places, things or conditions, for these build and record on the Inner Atmosphere...

It is always the feeling that makes the Inner record. (NOTE: That records memories)

*FWG* You Give Meaning:

You determine what something means! You give it its meaning. Until you decide what something means, it has no meaning at all...

Out of your state of beingness will meaning spring.

Oneness & Selflessness

*LotSB* Less Self, More God:

Selflessness is a more-of-God-ness.

*CWG3* Becoming a HEB:

Act as if you were all One. Just start acting that way tomorrow. See everyone as "you," just having a difficult time. See everyone as "you," just wanting a fair chance. See everyone as "you," just having different experience...

Then, start acting as if "there's enough." If you had "enough" money, "enough" love, "enough" time, what would you do differently? Would you share more openly, freely, equitably?

*IAD* No Selfishness in "I AM":

It is impossible to have a selfish desire or intent when reaching to the "Master I AM Presence" for Love, Wisdom, Power and Illumination.

*BG* Knowing the Supreme Soul:

"The Supreme Lord is the Soul of all souls, therefore one who depends solely and wholly on the Supreme Soul without personal consideration, or in other words one who is fully Krishna conscious, is... full of self-knowledge."

*WO* Self-Seeking:

Are you sure, My child, there is nothing of self, seeking for self, in this work you claim to be doing for Humanity? (NOTE: Of course there is, being a part of Humanity)

Are you sure you, personally, are not taking the credit for the help your students and followers are getting through you...

When you meet one who has come into a higher realization of God than you, does only the purest, brotherly love go out from you to that Soul?

When one of your own pupils, through your aid, awakens to the presence of Me within, and quickly attains to an even greater consciousness of My Powers than have you, do you sincerely rejoice with great rejoicing, and praise God for His Blessings to that one?...

So long as one selfish desire or instinct remains, it is sure to taint your work.

*WtK* Living Unselfishly, Impersonally:

"How would you like to live in a world in which there were no misunderstandings, no unpleasant personal remarks, none of the thousand and one situations which cause inharmony and personal dislikes? In other words, how would you like to live in a world where people were impersonal, living above personal consciousness? Would it not be a heavenly world? (NOTE: impersonal = unselfish)

"...Possibly freedom from personal consciousness is the passport that you need in order to enter this world...

"In the great universal consciousness you know yourself and others not according to your personal limitations but according to Truth, according to the philosophy of perfection...

"You will find that your impersonal attitude toward yourself and others will cause them to take a similar attitude toward you...

"The more you practice seeing perfection instead of personal limitation the sooner will you enter the impersonal world."

*K* Selfless & One with:

Only those who are bound to nothing for themselves can be bound to everyone in the name of the One Life.

*WtK* Selfless Love:

Selfless love is the highest vibration known to man...

[Broadcasting and receiving] this is done instantaneously.

*ER* Lovers are in One Another:

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.

They're in each other all along.

*EK* Why Empty Mind is Necessary:

Forget yourself totally... If you think of yourself as something, then God cannot clothe himself in you, for God is infinite.

Renunciation

Script: Realize the important distinction here: it is a surrender to your truest self, your strongest, purest self, and a renunciation of the smallness of your petty desires.
*AoaY* Renunciation of Nothing, Embracing ALL:

"You have renounced riches and comforts to seek God and teach us wisdom!"

"You are reversing the case! I have left a few paltry rupees, a few petty pleasures, for a cosmic empire of endless bliss. How then have I denied myself anything? The shortsighted worldly folk are verily the real renunciates! They relinquish an unparalleled divine possession for a poor handful of earthly toys!"

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"Liberation is dependent on inner, rather than outer, renunciations."

*BG* Nature of Renunciation:

Prescribed duties should never be renounced... It is not possible for an embodied soul to give up all acitivities. But he who renounces the results of activity is actually renounced.

*BG* Action Needs to be Otherwise Engaged:

Unless one is engaged in the devotional service of the Lord, mere renunciation of activities cannot make one happy.

Script: Renunciating bliss? Why would you do that? Is this to stay behind until all else are enlightened? Strange to be coming from Leadbeater, though.
*DP* Renouncing Bliss Only If You Already Have It:

The general rule is that no one is in a position to renounce the bliss of heaven until he has experienced it during earth-life- until he is sufficiently developed to be able to raise his consciousness to that plane, and bring back with him a clear and full memory of that glory which so far transcends terrestrial conception...

The enjoyment of heavenly bliss on the rupa levels, though it belongs to the ego, belongs to him only as manifested through his personality... And so before the renunciation of all this can take place, that personality must realize clearly what it is that is being given up.

*EK* No Renunciation Necessary:

"The kabbalist yearns to... regain cosmic consciousness, without renouncing the world."

-Daniel Matt

*B* Release Concern for Things:

Now there are certain people who abandon things out of love, yet still are concerned about the things they have abandoned as if they were important. People, however, who truly know that, even if they give up themselves and everything else, all this is just nothing- ah, people who live in this way truly possess all things.

*E* Renunciation:

It is not that there is anything wrong with possessions! It is the attachment to possessions, the desire to hold them close from fear, that keeps life bound to the Waking State.

*PAP* Stages of Renunciation, Little Deaths of Individuality:

Each stage might well be compared to a new death, because its development takes from us some part of our affections. This must go on until the last renunciation comes, when we take the great decisive leap into the unknown, and the conscious being loses the last vestige of his personality.

*LWK* Too Much Ascetism, Little Joy:

My father seldom evinced any desire for the company of his former friends and even relatives.

I was not at all happy either at the extreme degree of asceticism which he imposed upon himself or the utterly isolated life which he led. I never saw him bubbling with joy or beaming with happiness at the unbounded wonder and ecstasy of the inner world. He never experienced the beatitude of liberated consciousness. He had done all that was humanly possible to conform to the disciplines which tradition prescribed for inner transformation. He went too far in his efforts at self-denial and consequently was denied the praise which was otherwise due to him.

My father's extreme of asceticism which in all probability was the cause of hindrance to his harmonious transformation.

*CWG2* Worldly Pleasures:

Disdain for life or any of its joys- even the most basic, physical ones- is disdain for Me, the Creator.

*HTKHW* Free of Desire, We Can Release to Sensation:

We should purify and ennoble the body to such an extent that our physical organs no longer compel us to do anything that is not in the service of our soul and spirit.

We must reach the point in our development where we can surrender to our sense nature because it has been so purified that it no longer has the power to drag us down. We should no longer need to restrain our passions because these follow the right course on their own.

*MotFE* Asceticism- Hypnotic & Purposeful:

You may see a Yogi living an ascetic life for a certain time for a certain purpose only but then, they never allow asceticism to become hypnotic. Yogi means living for a great experiment. Many of the so-called "holy men" of India live a complete ascetic life but usually they are beggars and not Masters. A great many of them are as dirty and as filthy as anything you can imagine. They are leeches on humanity and nothing else. But they are not the Masters. Just because a man goes about saying mantrams, or sitting in Samadhi, he is not thereby a Master.

*EIM-S* Renunciation:

Junayd was asked about renunciation and said: "That the hands are free of possession and the hearts are free of craving."

Abu Yazid: "The first day I renounced this world and what it contains. The second day I renounced the world to come and what it contains. The third day I renounced everything other than God. When the fourth day arrived, nothing remained for me other than God. I understood.

Surrender

Script: Realize the important distinction here: it is a surrender to your truest self, your strongest, purest self, and a renunciation of the smallness of your petty desires.
*IL* All By Surrender:

But know, Beloved, that this cannot be until you have come to Me in complete and utter surrender, until you have given yourself, your substance, your affairs, your Life into My keeping, putting all care and responsibility upon Me, resting and trusting in Me absolutely.

*IL* Serve All By Serving God:

Yes, all you who seek to serve Me, no matter what your gifts, will I make to be a vital force for good in the community, altering the mode of life of many, inspiring and molding their ambitions and aspirations.

*E* Surrender:

Subtlety and inward focus must also join intensity to create extraordinary and wonderful results.

Or by surrender to the supreme Being

If one can sincerely surrender one's self-created fantasies of limitation, fear, sickness, unhappiness and death to the Supreme Being, consciousness naturally expands to the Ascendant. Surrender and zeal are opposites. The one is the ultimate of passivity; the other, the ultimate of activity. It matters not which direction an individual travels, still the goal can be reached.

The primary means of stabilizing Unified Consciousness is surrender.

At any time, one can permanently renounce all the false, ego-created beliefs and judgments about the limited and limiting nature of individual life and return permanently to perfect harmony with Natural Law. When this happens, one is said to have surrendered to the Ascendant, for there is no longer an individual basis for thought or action; everything is structured from Universality.

The first time that surrender become truly significant or consistent is in the state of permanently established Ascendant Consciousness.

(NOTE: Kundalini Trance!) Before this time, to what is one surrendering? A belief? A dream? An occasional, fleeting experience of light? Surrender become significant when it is a continual, every-moment repeated experience. And this can only be possible when one sees the Supreme Being in everything.

When one's consciousness never wavers from the continual perception of the Supreme Being, surrender becomes a practical reality, and Ascendant Consciousness is perfected. This is Unified Consciousness.

*BWT* The Things You Hold On To:

[Complete surrender] really means surrendering yourself to the influence of purity, harmony, and Grace in every area of life, and not saying, "I want to save out this part of my life for myself," because that is the barrier for many... We are holding out an area in which we really do not want God to interfere. "Give me health. Ah, yes, do that, but please let me alone over here. I am having a very, very good time."

Detachment

Script: This would be a good example to show the importance of understanding the essentials and how specific terminology can have such a great range of meaning. Also mention the judgement of Deepak Chopra.
*BMS* Interesting Thoughts About Detachment:

Some people call it "detachment," but I do not like that word because of associations with a pathological form of detachment that I am not talking about here. The pathological form is "I do not care about anything and so nothing can hurt me." (NOTE: No, no! That is healthy. If someone didn't care really, would they "kill" as you imagine? There are two ways of being dead to the world. There is the Nine Inch Nails sense "I hurt myself today to see if I still feel" where one is deeply affected by the world and so has detached from their feeling, and there is the opposite: being so immersed in feeling from within that you cant be hurt by anything outside you. In the former sense, detachment means being broken off from your own feelings. In the latter, detachment means being unattached to outside things.)

*LotSB* Experience is Good, Better With Standing Back First:

Much has been said of the necessity to get into the thick of life, to "know it in the raw." But that one is fortunate indeed who can stand away from it with such detachment that he can see the weaving pattern; he can escape many knots and tangles; and, too, his critical faculty becomes kinder.

*LotSB* The Big Noisy Procession of Life:

Those you see about you are ensnared by the noise, the color, the interest of other souls like yourself; they gather together to do away with this loneliness...It is as if in a multitude of marching men going with bands, banners and tumult, interested vitally, emotionally in comradeship with one idea to achieve, you turned about right-face and walked back; this is why the road to God is so difficult.

Non-Resistance

*TYSD* Non-Resistance By Knowing A Thing's Illusory Nature:

From The Supreme Path of Discipleship: The Precepts of the Gurus- The Ten Unnecessary Things:

6) If the non-reality [or illusory nature] of obscuring passions be realized, no need is there to seek their antidote.

7) If all phenomena be known to be illusory, no need is there to seek or to reject anything.

** Resistance Harmonizes With!!:

(NOTE: When there is the sound of a squeaky wheelbarrow passing by, nonresistance lets the sound pass through without any intersection. Resistance focuses attention, YOU, on that sound. You become present there, and it vibrates you, rocks you, annoys you. It appears to you on the level of attention, which is WHERE you can be affected.)

Devotion

Script: Devotion is attention always on God, seeing God in all things.
*SL* Devotion Makes You Into the Object of Devotion:

Devotion changes devotees into the likeness of the one they love...

Devotion prevents making new karma, and when the old karma is exhausted the devotee is free...

We are righteous when our face is turned to righteousness...

Devotees see the Self in all; all forms around them bear the impress of the Beloved. How then can they hate or despise or repel anyone when the face they love smiles at them behind every mask?

*TYSD* Learning From All Things:

From The Supreme Path of Discipleship: The Precepts of the Gurus- The Twelve Indispensable Things:

8) An art of living which will enable one to utilize each activity [of body, speech, and mind] as an aid on the Path is indispensable.

*JoA* Devotion:

Devotion balances the more impersonal wisdom that comes from most kinds of meditation. It allows us to cultivate our humanity while we transform our consciousness. This outflowing of the heart toward the object of our devotion facilitates most other methods as well, through the flow of loving energy.

Imagine a being standing before you, a being in whom you feel the wisdom that comes from an intimate harmony with the universe.

Despite all of the impurities to which you cling, despite all your feelings of unworthiness, such a being loves you unconditionally. To sit before such a being, or to imagine such a being sitting in your heart, to be with that being and return the love, to see yourself reflected in such compassionate, unjudging eyes, to open more and more, as if to a beloved, to carry on imaginary conversations with such a being, opens you to compassion, tranquility, warmth, patience, to all the qualities of a free being.

Realize All Are One

*TBD* All Things Are Mind. Knowing This, You Are Freed:

From The Detailed Identification:

"Perceptions arise from the mind;

Rising from the mind, they are freed in the mind."

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"All appearances understood as mind,

Seeing all without any grasping, one awakens.

One does not err by perceiving, one errs by clinging;

But knowing clinging itself as mind, it frees itself...

Apparent inanimate objects of environment are mind.

Apparent animate six kinds of beings are mind.

Apparent happiness of higher humans and gods are mind.

Apparent horrid-stat sufferings are mind...

Mind-reality ceaselessly dawns as all appearance.

Dawning, nondual like water and waves of oceans,

It is liberated in the experiential reality of mind...

Objectively nothing exists outside the unity of mind.

That unity is groundless and rootlessly free...

Though free of intrinsic reality, experiences are perceived."

*IAD* Our Simple Duties:

Everyone, especially students, must realize that they have only one thing to do, and that is to feel, see, and be Perfection in their own worlds.

*TYSD* Compassion For All:

From ‘The Voice of the Silence':

‘Compassion speaketh and saith: "Can there be bliss when all that live must suffer? Shalt thou be saved and hear the whole world cry?"'

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From The Nirvanic Path: The Yoga of the Great Symbol:

90) After having attained Liberation, there cometh infinite compassion for all those sentient beings who have not as yet recognized the true nature of their own mind.

*WtK* How to Enter the Kingdom of God:

If in your brain consciousness you are wholly in the consciousness of your Christ Self- can say with Jesus and know it as He knew it, "I and my Father are One" and "all that the Father hath is mine,"- then you are actually established in the Spiritual consciousness of the Kingdom, beyond the Causal realm. While if you are now looking to, waiting upon and serving faithfully the Christ within or any other Master or Teacher, then you are on the plane of consciousness of all disciples, the soul plane of the Kingdom.

*B* Becoming One With God:

You can always know God. How should you do this? Without image, without mediation, and without likeness. If I am to know God in such an unmediated way... God must simply become me and I must become God- so completely one that this "he" and this "I" share one "is" and in this "isness" do one work eternally.

*MotFE* The One Infinite Whole, Feeling Separated or Unified With the Whole:

"We must know definitely that we are one with, in, and of, and amalgamated with, Principle; and that we can not be separated or apart from God, Principle. All we need know is that God is within as well as all about us and that we are completely included in God; that we are consciously within the presence of God and are present in God and in command with full power. Thus we need not pause, we need not ponder; we take the path directly to God within.

"This must be a true resurrection in our consciousness- an uplifting of our dead senses into a higher vibration of life, truth, and love. We remove materiality completely from our consciousness, that heavy weight of thought that has separated the life within from the life without; and which has held the life form in death and denied it life because we have not recognized its right to life.'Awake from your delusion! Awake now and here.'"

It's Effortless, Go Now

Script: The idea of it being effortless is a great one. What's more effort than the struggle?
*R* No Effort:

As you capture the feeling of the state sought, you are releived of all effort to make it so, for it is already so.

** Straight to God:

(NOTE: The path is free- 1000 years turned towards darkness can turn in 1 second to God. There is no distance, only direction)

*CWG3* Return To God At Any Time:

You may return to Me whenever you wish. Now, while you are with the body, or after you have left it. You may return to the One and experience the loss of your individual Self whenever it pleases you.

*BG* Straight to the Source:

Give up all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me.

*HoL* Changing To The Easy Path:

You realize you have the power to change the things you don't like and enhance the things you do like about y°ú∞

ß|Äakes a lot oê @urage, personal search, work and honesty. It is not an easy path but it is unquestionably a worthwhile one. (NOTE: In fact, that is the easy path. What's more difficult than constantly resisting, fighting yourself, denying truth, censoring thoughts and feeling afraid? That takes a lot of work. The easy path is releasing to the truth. Overcoming habit is the only difficulty.)

*E* It is Effortless:

Any effort during Ascension only serves to keep the awareness on the gross and tires in the mind.

*GoE* Go Directly to God:

Let me admonish you, first of all, to go alone; to refuse the good models, even those which are sacred in the imagination of men, and dare to love God without mediator or veil.

A Way of Living
Spirituality Through Physical Life

*SC* Meaning is in the Journey, Not the Goal:

"The meaning of life- like the meaning of a journey- lies not in the arrival at a certain place, but in the progress toward it; in the movement itself and in the gradual unfoldment of events, conditions, and experiences." -Anagarika Govinda

*FWG* Life & Comfort:

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

*ABTM* Bodily Spirituality:

When I first met His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who brought TM to the West, he made a deep impression on me with one overriding point: Spirituality is not meant to be separate from the body. Sickness and aging represent the body's inability to reach its natural goal, which is to join the mind in perfection and fulfillment...

Spirituality must also be sensuous, because a spiritual person is one who lives fully in the present moment, which means living fully in the body... (NOTE: important!)

Prejudice against the body runs contrary to the way that Nature fashioned us. Nature balanced mind, body, and spirit as co-creators of our personal reality.

*ND* Prayer Without Ceasing:

It could truly be said of him that he prayed "without ceasing." I think this was how he nurtured the illumination he had had, so that it remained a firm foundation for the more complex experiences that came after, experiences which kept his whole being in tune with the Infinite Benevolence he sought to serve.

*LotSB* God, Your Golden Companion, Doer of Your Deeds:

BE LIKE A CHILD; look at thy two feet and say, Lord, walk these for me. Talk to him as to thy friend and nurse. Be in sweet common friendship with him. Call him in thy bath, in thy daily tasks, in thy going from one room to another. Say, Nay, I will not go alone. Come, be thou with me, lead thou the way. Behold, he will answer then, and come running like laughter and golden hope into thy heart, and with understanding love will he walk with thee from room to room. And, too, will he stand beside thee when thou faceth thy friends and visitors, and he will place a hand in thine and will watch thy heart and the issues therefrom so that thou canst talk in perfect safety knowing that thy word will be food and drink and life to all in thy presence.

Free Spontaneous Spirituality

*CH* Spontaneous Worship, Ecstasy Is Total Spontaneity:

Free from any need for ritual pratice, all movements become spontaneous worship, as human forms and various Divine Forms are seen to appear and disappear in the single continuum of Consciousness.

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Rebbe Nachman:.. "Whoever repeats himself displeases God and moves away from Him."

...When we are immersed in Divine Presence, our individuality remains, but it is released from its repetitive or confining nature. We become flames in the dancing fire of holy ecstasy.

*LotSB* Be Spontaneous- You Cant Plan Spirituality:

Those who plan too well, like certain generals, never achieve in the hour of crisis. Those who plan too well are those who become in love with their own system.

Those who are creative, open, released, free, growing and alive will, in times of crisis, receive the great flashes of inspiration which save nations... If you approach the spiritual growth by planning, you will delay your progress. But if you approach it in the true way you will find no obstruction. (NOTE: Bjork: "I thought I could organize freedom. How Scandinavian of me.")

*ER* Being Without Habit:

Escape the poison of your impulses.

The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do.

*THAS* Overt Spirituality Not the Only Way:

I was to discover that many so-called unspiritual people were far more attuned than I was.

Change & Resistance

*TDA* Change & Resistance:

Dr. Peebles: "Each and every experience of life is an episode of movement...

"Relationships, this is the nature of all things. It is the turning that is the revelation, the discovery, the doorway and the window to the greater power- in any context, in any definition.. The greater you discover of life and of yourself, the greater you discover God. To experience change in your life is to grow, to go beyond what was safe once upon a time...

"This is the greatest joy of the divine experience to the universe- to be aware, to be conscious, to be participating with that change. On the contrary, the greatest pain in the universe is to resist the very same...

"More so erroneous than that being who's being gravely judged are those who are judging, who are staying in a solid place, without change, with only very subtle metamorphosis. These are the ones who will have less love later on...

"To avoid that passion... to resist the will... is to reside only in the mind as if it in turn were the source... It is not. It is an extension, an amplification, a beautification of the divine- but it is not the source...

"The source is in the will... the heart...

"Life is a joy only as you surrender to the delightful opportunities for growth."

*LotSB* The Feelings in the Heart:

All rests in the feelings and emotions of the heart; they are great, living currents- hot waters and cold waters, boiling, liquid emotions or iced and frozen secret feeling.

*ABTM* Acceptance & Resistance:

There are basically two ways to cope with uncertainty- acceptance and resistance. Acceptance means that you allow events to unfold around you and react to them spontaneously, without suppression. Resistance means that you try to change events from what they really are and react to them with familiar, safe responses...

Resistance gives rise to a telltale behavior pattern- control...

Self-knowledge is an anchor that makes unpredictability tolerable.

*SL* The Self is Changeless:

The Self does not change; that which changes is not our Self, but is part of the transitory surroundings in which the Self is clothed and amid which it moves. This wave that sweeps over us is not the Self, but is only a passing manifestation of the not-Self. "Let it toss and swirl and foam; it is not I." Let consciousness realize this, if only for a moment, and the force of the wave is spent... Withdrawing from the emotion, we no longer feel it as a part of ourselves; thus ceasing to pour our life into it as self-expression, we break off the connection which enabled it to become a channel of pain...

*FWG* Acceptance, then Change:

Accepting something does not mean refusing to change it. In fact, the opposite is true. You cannot change that which you do not accept- in yourself especially, and outside of yourself as well.

Accepting everything, therefore, as the divine manifestation of the divinity within you. Then you declare yourself to be its creator, and only then can you "uncreate" it. Only then can you recognize... the power within you to create something new...

In order to change something, you must first accept that it is there. In order to love something, you must do the same thing.

You cannot love the part of yourself that you claim is not there that you disown. You have disowned many parts of yourself that you do not wish to claim. In disclaiming those parts of yourself, you have made it impossible to totally love yourself- and thus, to totally love another...

You give something your blessing when you give it your best energies, your highest thoughts.

Neil: "I should give my best energies, my highest thoughts, to things I hate? Like war? Violence? Greed?..."

It is precisely your best energies and your highest thoughts which those things need if they are to be changed... You change nothing by condemning it. Indeed, you literally condemn it to be repeated.

** Believing in One's Limitations:

(NOTE: When one believes that there are limits to what can be known, they don't even bother seeking knowledge. This one cant conceive of a person beyond what they are used to in their everyday lives. To them all such mystics, prophets, geniuses are mere fairy tales. The knowledge gained in the past is all there is to know, and he we sit, as intelligent as we will ever be, just sitting around living life, because there's nothing left to know, to invent, to do. Now that's arrogance.)

*CPitI* New Departures:

This is what is meant by taking an initiative. It is making a New Departure: not merely recombining the old things into fresh groupings still subject to the old laws, but introducing an entirely new element which will bring its own New Law along with it.

Love Only the Permanent

*ER* Love Only the Permanent:

Be those who mix with God

as honey blends with milk, and say,

"Anything that comes and goes,

rises and sets,

is not what I love."

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This we have now

is not imagination.

This is not grief or joy.

Not a judging state,

or an elation,

or sadness.

Those come and go.

This is the presence

that doesn't.

*ER* Lovers Love Love:

A lover's food is the love of bread,

not the bread.

*BG* Enjoying the Pleasure Within.

A liberated person is not attracted to material sense pleasure, but it always in trance, enjoying the pleasure within. In this way, the self-realized person enjoys unlimited happiness, for he concentrates on the Supreme.

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One whose happiness is within, who is active within, who rejoices within and is illumined within, is actually the perfect mystic. He is liberated in the Supreme, and ultimately he attains the Supreme.

*FWG* Loving Yourself:

How can you love Me if you cannot be allowed to love the essence of Who You Are? (NOTE: Who do you think the essence of Who You Are is?)

...Honesty is the highest form of love.

*FWG* Find Who You Are & Be The Source of Others Finding Who They Are:

You seek to experience Who You Are through others, rather than allowing others to experience Who They Are through you...

This is how you will know a Master when you see one: the Master is one who sees you.

The Master gives you back to your Self.

*WtK* The Way of Love:

The Kingdom of God, you now know, is a state or realm of consciousness...

The way into that consciousness is the way of Love... Love gradually expands and prepares the consciousness of the human mind so that the Light of Divine Mind penetrates through and illumines it, thus enabling it to see with His eyes and to know with His understanding.

Study

*MotFE* Study Before Action:

Ghandi studied the situation of non-violence for twenty years before he began his work, becoming a very deep student of it.

*JoA* Contemplation:

Reading scripture, praying, and communing with nature are all forms of contemplation.

To let your mind float around an idea or image in a relaxed but focused way is the most familiar kind of contemplation.

Knowing the Truth

*KaU* The Spirit, Body, & Senses:

Know the Atman as Lord of a chariot; and the body as the chariot itself. Know that reason is the charioteer; and the mind indeed is the reins.

The horses, they say, are the senses; and their paths are the objects of sense. When the soul becomes one with the mind and the senses he is called ‘one who has joys and sorrows'.

...When the wise knows that it is through the great and omnipresent Spirit in us that we are conscious in waking or in dreaming, then he goes beyond sorrow.

*MuU* Knowing & Becoming God:

The wise become free from name and form and enter into the radiance of the Supreme Spirit who is greater than all greatness.

In truth who knows God becomes God.

*KaU* Perceiving Brahman:

In the faith of ‘He is' his existence must be perceived, and he must be perceived in his essence. When he is perceived as ‘He is', then shines forth the revelation of his essence.

*ABTM* It's All in Your Mind:

"Dont we live in the same objective world?" a disciple once queried his guru. "Yes," his master replied, "but you see yourself in the world, I see the world in myself. This minor perceptual shift makes all the difference between freedom and bondage."

Experience, Not Blind Belief

*TYSD* Spirituality Should Be Experienced & Known, Not Read About & Believed:

That form of purely intellectual, rather than gnostic (i.e. knowing), comprehension of religious teachings, which nowadays leads to the worldly dignity of a doctor of divinity, a bishop, or a pope, has never been regarded by the Wise Men of the East as sufficient to entitle its possessor to become a teacher of religion. Simply to believe a religion to be true, and not to know it to be true through having tested it by the scientific methods of yoga, results in the blind leading the blind, as both the Buddha and the Great Syrian Sage have declared.

Herein is discernable one of the fundamental differences separating religions which are based essentially upon professions of faith and written scriptures declared to be infallible and all sufficient for mankind's salvation, and the secret doctrines which are dependent upon realization of Truth rather than upon scientifically untested belief...

The rationalistic questioning and scientific testing of that which the orthodox church and priest declare to be true, without knowing whether it be true or not, have been, until quite recently, fraught with serious consequences.

*LotSB* Feeling Makes It Real:

This awareness of God must be fiery; you must be ablaze with it, for then it will be felt and the picture of this glory will be translated now, this minute, into a welling up of faith and power.

Answers from Within

*ND* Always Look Within For Answers:

Edgar Cayce: "We would not from here counsel anyone to be guided by influences from without. For the kingdom is from within!

"If these come as inspirational writings from within, and not as guidance from others- that is different"

*FWG* The Bliss of Self-Revelation:

Even you have been revealed to your Self. And that revelation, which has been given you, lies deep within your soul.

Once you get a glimpse of that, once you have even a momentary experience of it, you will be very clear that nothing outside of yourself can compare with what is within you; that no feeling you get from any exterior stimulation or source is anything like the total bliss of communion within.

Script: This would be a good point to end the book on; The next thing to do is to put this book in a sack with everything else you have been told and throw it away. Now look within to your heart. Listen to that and trust nothing else, for nothing will be as perfectly directed to you as the true voice that comes from within.
*IL* Look Within, Not to Outside Authority:

While all these books, teachings and religions were originally inspired by Me, and have done and are still doing their part in quickening the hearts of many, yet for you it is now meant that you cease looking to any other authority, and instead confine your study to My Book of Life, guided and instructed by Me within, by Me alone...

You will likewise realize that the ancient religions were given to My peoples of long ages past, and that the religions of other races are for My peoples of those races, and that none of these are for you...

All authority, teachings and religions, coming from any outer source, no matter how lofty or sacred, can no longer have any influence with you, except as they become a means of turning you within to Me...

Just to the extent you hold to things that are past, do you still live in the past, and can have naught to do with Me, Who dwell in the ever-present NOW, the Eternal.

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You need no mediator between you and Me, for we are One already.

*GHL* Seeking Within:

"When you come to us we would not keep you, so to speak, but pass you on in consciousness to the One of whom we are even conscious, who is our life and the light of the world. This is the basic teaching of the devas, guiding each of us to our inner core, to the divinity within, from which we go out in harmony with all of life." -Dorothy Maclean

*B* Inward or Outward Sources:

What is spoken forth externally and penetrates into you, that is something ordinary. But that word which is spoken inwardly is what we have been discussing. "Pronounce the word" -that means that you should become inwardly one with what is in you.

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If the soul turns outward to other objects, it will die, and God also will die for the soul. Of course, God does not die to himself, but he rather continues to live in himself...

Ah, if the soul would dwell only inwardly, it would then have all things present.

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The more people are free of all things and turn to themselves, the more they will know in themselves all things clearly with their reason, without any hindrance from outside.

*tSD* Acting From Within:

This state will last till man's spiritual intuitions are fully opened, which will not happen before we fairly cast off our thick coats of matter; until we begin acting from within, instead of ever following impulses from without.

*GHL* It Takes Love & Belief to Commune:

"To one puzzled interlocutor he said: 'The secrets are in the plants. To elicit them you have to love them enough.'

‘"But why do so few people have your power?' the man persisted. ‘Who besides you can do these things?'

"‘Everyone can,' said Carver, ‘if only they believe it.'" -Peter Tomkins & Christopher Bird

*GHL* The Best Time to Commune:

"He would rise at four o'clock to walk in the woods before the start of the working day and bring back countless plants with which to illustrate his lectures. Explaining this habit to friends, Carver said, ‘Nature is the greatest teacher and I learn from her best when others are asleep. In the still dark hours before sunrise God tells me of the plans I am to fulfill.'" -Peter Tomkins & Christopher Bird

*TDA* Contacting Your Higher Self, Making Change:

Dr. Peebles: "I know it's more fun to think that it is Linda who is speaking and that your soul is somewhere else; thereby, there's some invisible hope that you are a larger being. And of course it is true that you are a larger being in your divine reality and source in God.

"However, to become cognitive and active and participatory in your relationship to that greater divine being that you are, it is to see how you are doing everything you can do right now. That all the choices you are making... are based on all your experience of your soul...

"So, to come in contact with your higher self is to pay more attention to your own public and private personalities... each what you do, and what you don't do... and that is your soul...

"To contact your higher self is to love you as you are right now...

"You will discover not only forgiveness, but, beyond that, loving allowance. For if you forgive, you will have had to judge in the first place, wont you? And to allow, you don't even start to judge. And when we say judge, we are speaking of condemnation...

"To effectively transform yourself... you... stand tall and say, ‘All right, this is me! This is it!' and take responsibility for it."

Self-Awareness

*UR2* Know Yourself or You Know No One:

To the extent that you do not know yourself, you do not know your husband, or wife, or mother and father. To the extent that you do not know yourself, you do not know what God is... Do not overlay the personal daily aspects of your life with preconceived ideas about who you are, what you are, where you are, why you are. Become aware of the original nature of any given moment as it exists for you.

*DEVF2* Touching the Larger You:

Within the patterns of human experience, then, lies evidence of man's greater ability: He rubs shoulders with his own deeper understanding whenever he remembers, say, a precognitive dream, an out-of-body- whenever he feels the intrusion or infusion of knowledge into his mind from other than physical sources...

If man paid more attention to his own subjective behavior, to those feelings of identification with nature that persistently arise, then half of the dictates of both the evolutionists and the creationists would automatically fall away, for they would appear nonsensical.

Remembering

*CWG3* Remembering:

In those moments which you experience yourself being "revealed" to yourself... when you are greeted by crystal clarity- what has happened is that you have simply slipped into "remembering." You are remembering what you have already created. And these rememberings can be very powerful. They can produce a personal epiphany...

Your reality has shifted. It has become something else. It has expanded, grown. And it cannot be shrunk again...

"Is there any way to ‘keep remembering?'"

Yes. Act out your knowingness in every moment. Keep acting on what you know, rather than what the world of illusion is showing you...

And there is another way to remember.

Cause another to remember. That which you wish for yourself, give to another.

Embrace Ideals

*FWG* Embrace the Future You:

Do not be who you thought you were, be who you wish you were.

The Desire To Move Forward

*SL* Lacking the Desire To Actually Do These Things:

We have the knowledge, we recognize the expediency of putting these methods into practice, but the impulse to do so is lacking... It is not that the external obstacles are insurmountable, but that the one within lies supine and has no mind to climb over them...

The problem resolves itself into two questions: Why do I not want that which I as a rational being see is desirable and productive of happiness? What can I do to make myself want that which I know to be the best for myself and for the world?

Release, Trusting & Letting Go

*B* Letting Go, Letting Be:

Wrote Jung: "The art of letting things happen, acting through nonaction, letting go of oneself, as taught by Meister Eckhart, became for me the key opening the door to the way. We must be able to let things happen in the psyche. For us, this actually is an art of which few people know anything. Consciousness is forever interfering."

*WO* Trust, Let Go and You Will Never Fail:

It is all a matter of trusting, dear friend, of trusting the God within you. If you have failed in the past, no matter how hard you tried, it is because you did not trust enough... (NOTE: The mental law itself assures this)

THE ONLY THING THAT PREVENTS YOUR GOOD FROM COMING INTO NATURAL AND CONTINUOUS EXPRESSION IS YOUR LACK OF REAL FAITH AND TRUST IN THE GOD WITHIN YOU...

It is just that state of mind He desires to bring you, where you actually let go, giving the load you are carrying over to Him.

*IAD* Letting Go:

In order for an individual to consciously let go of a thing, he must have something that he feels is stronger to which he can anchor.

*ER* Release is Honoring Yourself:

Now, your waterbead lets go

and drops into the ocean,

where it came from

It no longer has the form it had,

but it's still water.

The essence is the same.

This giving up is not a repenting.

It's a deep honoring of yourself.

Script: This is the essence of the ecstasy trance. You might think this dying morbid, but quite the contrary. It is a complete release to the moment of everything that went before. It is only in this death that you can truly live, and this death must be moment to moment, for in your first moment of true living your soul will be filled with discovery and ecstasy but you must release that, and release what you next feel and discover, too! Release or it will be like a fading light! You can be fooled into trying to contain this light in any form in the world. But the longer you look for it there, the less it is. This is the essence of human experience and the ecstasy of being.
*ER* Release into Love & Silence:

Inside this new love, die.

Your way begins on the other side...

Your old life was a frantic running

from silence.

The speechless full moon

comes out now.

*CWG3* Clinging:

All of life is motion...

Remaining the same, or seeking to, moves against the laws of life.

*HoL* Patience is Faith:

Having patience is a direct statement of faith in the Divine plan.

*FWG* Mental Science, Need, Attachments & Trust:

Neale: "How can I learn to trust?"

By not having to...

If I don't want or need anything from you, do I have to trust you for anything?..

Neale: "Whatever you need is already yours... Even before you ask, I will have answered."... (NOTE: Mental Science)

That is why faith is so powerful. If you have faith that all your needs will always be met, then, technically, you have no needs at all. And this is the truth, of course, and it will become your experience, and so your faith will be "justified"...

The true Master lives outside the space of expectation. He expects nothing and desires nothing more than what "shows up"...

He already knows he has everything. And so he happily accepts whatever part of Everything it is that shows up in any particular moment.

He knows that it is all perfect, that life is perfection playing itself out...

It is your very preferring of whatever is occurring that renders that occurrence perfect...

A Master always prefers what occurs. (NOTE: Having no attachments)

You Cant Make Mistakes

*VftA* Cant Make Mistakes:

Michael: "As long as you are willing to learn from your mistakes, you cant make any."

*SL* The Welcome Lesson of Pain:

The pain is welcome as pointing to a failure and as bearing the lesson to avoid that from which it sprang.

You Cant Fail

*TDA* You Cannot Fail:

"Celebrate, celebrate- for you are eternal. You cannot fail, and all of the challenges of Earth are nothing but schoolbooks in a big school called Planet Earth, where you are guaranteed graduation... eventually." -Dr. Peebles

*SL* Growth, Success is Certain, It Can Only Be Delayed:

Let no one be discouraged that this change is a matter of growth and cannot be accomplished in a moment... Growth is certain; it cannot be ultimately prevented.

*SL* Nothing Can Keep You From the Spiritual Life:

A complaint which we hear continually from thoughtful and earnest-minded people, a complaint against the circumstances of their lives, is perhaps one of the most fatal: "If my circumstances were different from what they are, how much more I could do; if only I were not so surrounded by business, so tied by anxieties and cares, so occupied with the work of the world, then I would be able to live a more spiritual life."

Now that is not true. No circumstances can ever make or mar the unfolding of the spiritual life. Spirituality does not depend upon the environment; it depends upon one's attitude towards life.

*SL* Seeing Progress in Everything:

Greatest of all is that knowledge of the human soul which makes daily service the path of progress and finds in the lowest work the steps that lead to the highest achievement.

*R* Seeking Outside What's Inside:

You are already that which you want to be, and your refusal to believe this is the only reason you do not see it. To seek on the outside for that which you do not feel you are is to seek in vain, for we never find that which we want; we find only that which we are.

*SC* You Choose How To Remember Your Being God:

Tom MacPherson: "Remember that you are God. That is your only purpose- although you may choose to go about remembering it in a unique way, in terms of occupation, talent, diet, prayer, meditation, and religion."

 

How To Meditate

Being in the Meditative State

*CWG3* Meditation:

In meditation you place yourself in a state of readiness to experience total awareness while your body is in a wakened state...

Sitting meditation is not the only kind of meditation there is. There is also stopping meditation. Walking meditation. Doing meditation. Sexual meditation...

When you walk in this state, you breathe in every flower, you fly with every bird, you feel every crunch beneath your feet. You find beauty and wisdom... (NOTE: LSD- becoming totally present)

When you are in readiness, you are in wakefulness. A smile can take you there. A simple smile. Just stop everything for one moment, and smile. At nothing. Just because it feels good. Just because your heart knows a secret...

Breathe. That is another tool. Breathe long and deep. Breathe slowly and gently...

And what is it of which you eventually become totally aware? You eventually become totally aware of Who You Are...

The silences hold the secrets. And so the sweetest sound is the sound of silence. This is the song of the soul.

How To Meditate

*FWG* The Blue-Flickering-You Meditation:

Start with the flickering of a candle. Look at the candle, look at the flame, see what you notice about it, stare deeply into it. Be with the flame. Don't think about it. Be with it...

Now, when it feels like you want to close your eyes, just close them...

Begin listening to your breathing... Listening to your Self stops you from listening to everything else...

Now, focus your inner vision... Focus this insight on the space in the middle of your forehead, just above your eyes...

As the thoughts pop in, just step back and observe that this is happening. Do not think about it, just notice it...

Nothing to want, nothing to do, nothing to be, except exactly what you are being right now...

You may see what will look like a flickering blue flame, or a dancing light. It may appear in flashes at first, then steady itself in your sight...

[This blue flame] is you. It is the center of your soul. It is that which surrounds you, moves through you, is you. Say hello to your soul...

If you merge with it, if you become One with it, you will know a sublime fullness of joy that you will call bliss... And this is when you will discover that you need nothing and no one outside of yourself.

*R* Looking Into an Object:

You may find gazing fixedly into an object very helpful. Do not look at its surface but into and beyond any plain object such as a wall, a carpet, or any other object which possesses depth... Imagine then that in this depth you are seeing and hearing what you want to see and hear until your attention is exclusively occupied by the imagined state.

At the end of your meditation... you feel as though you had returned from a great distance. The visible world which you had shut out returns to consciousness and by its very presence informs you that you have been self-deceived into believing that the object of your contemplation was real. But, if you know that consciousness is the one and only reality, you will remain faithful to your vision.

Breathing

*HoL* Breathing & Release:

What you breathe in is the future and what you breathe out is the past. Let the past go. Breathe in the future, and all that you wish to create. Breathe out the past, and all those false limitations you place upon yourself.

*TYSD* Thought & Breathing:

From The Nirvanic Path: The Yoga of the Great Symbol:

44) Mind, so difficult to control, because of its inability normally to function apart from the breathing-process which causeth it to shift constantly from one thought to another...

*ER* Breathing into the Stream of Life:

You breathe; new shapes appear,

and the music of a desire as widespread

as Spring begins to move

like a great wagon.

*TTC* What Pranayama Means:

Yogic breath control (pranayama, from prana [vital breath] and ayama [lengthening, extension]). Pranayama is the rhythmically restrained drawing in and out of the breath.

*MoM* Sinking into Peace:

While sitting still and breathing slowly, think of yourself as a pebble which is falling through a clear stream. While sinking, there is no intention to guide your movement. Sink toward the spot of rest on the gentle sand of the riverbed. (NOTE: ecstasy trance)

*MoM* The Importance of the Breath:

Our breath is the bridge from our body to our mind, the element which... makes possible oneness of body and mind.

*TB* Watching The Breath:

Rest your attention, lightly and mindfully, on the breath. The breath (prana) is said to be the vehicle of the mind, because it is the prana that makes the mind move. Every time you breathe our you are letting go and releasing your grasping. Every time you breath out and before you breath in, you find there is a natural gap, as the grasping dissolves. Rest in that gap, in the open space. When you breathe in, then, don't focus on the inbreath, but go on resting the mind in that gap. Rather than watching the breath, identify with it, as if you were becoming it. This very simple mindfulness filters your thoughts and emotions. Then, as if you were shedding an old skin, something is peeled off and freed.

OM, The Sound of God

*CH* The Divine Sound of God:

For the Sufi practitioner, this primal Divine Sound can be experienced through the subtle and sacred vibration of the Arabic word Allah-Hu... Constant awareness of this mystic Sound is the contemplative practice into which Bawa initiates his spiritual children... As listening to the Resonance of God, which is always occuring.

*SU* OM Reveals the Mystery of God:

Even as fire is not seen in wood and yet by power it comes to light as fire, so Brahman in the universe and in the soul is revealed by the power of OM.

The soul is the wood below that can burn and be fire, and OM is the whirling friction-rod above. Prayer is the power that makes OM turn round and then the mystery of God comes to light. (NOTE: Alpha rotation? Or metaphor simply?)

*MaiU* Through Sound or Silence:

There are two ways of contemplation of Brahman: in sound and in silence. By sound we go to silence. The sound of Brahman is OM. With OM we go to the End: the silence of Brahman. The End is immortality, union and peace.

...At the end of OM there is silence. It is a silence of joy. It is the end of the journey where fear and sorrow are no more: steady, motionless, never-falling, ever-lasting, immortal.

*JoA* Mantra:

A word, a name of God, or a spiritual phrase that is repeated over and over again is known as a mantra. The use of mantra sets up one thought, one wave, that repeats over and over again, dislodging your attachment to all other thoughts.

It's a blissful moment when you notice that happening: Instead of doing mantra, the mantra is doing you.

Dedication

*C&HEF* How To Meditate:

There are many different meditation techniques which achieve the same results. The important element is regularity, for without this there can be little long-term effect. Habitual practice builds up confidence and establishes a harmonious link between all the levels of consciousness which we have described. If practiced daily, meditation can alter habits which create tension and can make a definite change in the personality and health of the individual. This is reflected in the chakras, as their rhythm will alter and new energy will flow in, thus helping to break destructive habit patterns. The chakras will begin to function together in harmony, and this in turn brings additional energy into the whole system. Even if one is tired when sitting down to mediate at the end of the day, one feels not only relaxed but energized afterwards.

*DY* Intense Meditation:

The intensive meditation practice extended to ten hours a day, and my mind became stronger.

*LWK* Dedication to Meditation:

I selected a corner in one of the two small rooms at our disposal for my practice and went to it every day with the first glimmer of dawn, for meditation.

Beginning with a small duration, I extended the period gradually until in the course of a few years I was able to sit in the same posture, erect and steady, with my mind well under control and bent firmly on the object contemplated for hours without any sign of fatigue or restlessness.

I persisted, adhering tenaciously to my decision, each failure spurring me on to a more powerful effort.

*JoA* Faith and Persistence:

A young lad was sent to school. He began his lessons with the other children, and the first lesson the teacher set him was the straight line, the figure "one." But whereas the others went on progressing, this child continued writing the same figure. After two or three days the teacher came up to him and said, "Have you finished your lesson?" He said, "No, I'm still writing ‘one.'" He went on doing the same thing, and when at the end of the week the teacher asked him again he said, "I have not yet finished it." The teacher thought he was an idiot and should be sent away, as he could not or did not want to learn. At home the child continued with the same exercise and the parents also became tired and disgusted. He simply said, "I have not yet learned it, I am learning it. When I have finished I shall take the other lessons." The parents said, "The other children are going on further, school has given you up, and you do not show any progress; we are tired of you." And the lad thought with sad heart that as he had displeased his parents too he had better leave home. So he went into the wilderness and lived on fruits and nuts. After a long time he returned to his old school. And when he saw the teacher he said to him, "I think I have learned it. See if I have. Shall I write on this wall?" And when he made his sign the wall split in two.

-Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan

*JoA* Meditation Support System:

Find other people with whom to share your interest in meditation. They can become your support system.

*JoA* Discipline- Stick To It:

You need discipline to persist when the going gets rough or uncertain, faith to stick it out- to the end.

*JoA* The Purpose of Monasteries:

At a lecture one of the brothers said, "Here at the monastery, we take away all freedom of choice about matters such as clothing, food, and what to do with time. This frees us to go within."

They renew themselves and return to the world.

Desire

*EtS-DM* Desire For God:

Yearning for God is the first step toward communion with Him. In time, you become conscious of that blissful presence of god – not only while you are meditating, but throughout all your activities as well.

Body Health & Position

*JoA* Body Factors in Meditation:

Body, posture, and health determine, in part, the quality of meditation.

When you first start to do a sitting meditation, find any comfortable position with your back straight. A straight back keeps you alert.

The advantage of sitting in the half lotus is that it is a very stable position.

*JoA* Diet & Meditation:

Diet is important to your practice. Within certain limits the food you eat affects the quietness of your mind. Let your diet change gently and naturally.Your attachments are more important than whether you eat or abstain from certain foods.

As you come to feel lighter, for example, red meats may seem to heavy for you. Slowly your diet may shift away from meat, toward chicken, fish, eggs, and finally perhaps just fruits, grains, and vegetables.

*TB* Meditation Technique:

The most essential point of posture is to keep the back straight, like an arrow. The prana will then flow easily through the subtle channels of the body, and your mind will find its true state of rest. Sit with your legs crossed, and keep the eyes open. Your gaze will grow more peaceful and tranquil. When your mind is wild, lower your gaze. When you are tired, raise it. Do not focus on anything in particular; instead turn back into yourself slightly and let your gaze become more expansive and pervasive. Direct the compassion that radiates from your meditation softly and gently through your eyes, so that your gaze becomes the very gaze of compassion itself. Keep the mouth slightly open and breathe through the mouth.

Location

*JoA* Where to Meditate:

It helps to have a physical space to work in- a room or corner set aside for meditation. All you do there is meditate, study holy books, or chant.

Don't use it for any other purpose. If you keep its use pure, the space fills with a vibration that smooths your way for meditation.

Find a quiet place, free of distractions.

*JoA* Meditating Anywhere:

The stronger your meditation, the less your surroundings distract you. Eventually, you will be able to meditate anywhere, anytime.

*JoA* Many Ways to Meditate:

People can meditate while dancing and chanting the names of God, while making a cup of tea, or during practically any activity. It is not what you do with you body but what you do with your mind that counts in meditation.

*AoaY* Bodiless to Embodied God-Contact:

In the initial states of God-contact the devotee's consciousness merges with the Cosmic Spirit; his life force is withdrawn from the body, which appears "dead," or motionless and rigid. The yogi is fully aware of his bodily condition of suspended animation. As he progresses to higher spiritual states however, he communes with God without body fixation, and in his ordinary waking consciousness, even in the midst of exacting worldly duties.

When To Meditate

*JoA* When to Meditate:

If you've just eaten a large meal, you may become drowsy. If you're hungry, that too may interfere with your meditation. Most serious meditators practice at least twice a day, in the morning after awakening and some time during the evening.

Be regular.

In the beginning, twenty or thirty minutes is a good length for each meditation session.

As you continue practicing, your sense of when the session is through will become increasingly accurate.

Don't stop meditating at the first impulse to get up and do something else- meditation is the time to let all such thoughts come and go, without attachment.

Visualization

*JoA* Visualization:

In directed visualizations you bring to mind a mental image on which you meditate. Visualization resembles our familiar habits of fantasies, daydreams, and imaginings but brings discipline to them.

Mindfulness

*JoA* Mindfulness:

In mindfulness you are aware of what happens in each moment. When you develop mindfulness and concentration together, you achieve a balance of mind.

MEDITATION ON THE MIND

It is helpful to make a mental note of "thinking, thinking" every time a thought arises. The thought is the thinker. There is no one behind it. The thought is thinking itself. It comes uninvited. As soon as you are mindful of a thought, it disappears. Some people may find it helpful to label the thinking process in a more precise way, to note different kinds of thoughts, whether "planning" or "imagining" or "remembering." This sharpens the focus of attention. When they are noticed with precision and balance they have no power to disturb the mind.

*TB* Mindfulness:

Bringing the mind back home is first achieved through the practice of mindfulness. Remain aware of every movement of your hands. Peacefully Remaining or Calm Abiding accomplishes three things: the fragmented aspects of ourselves which have been at war dissolve and are friends. Second, it diffuses our negativity, aggression, and turbulent emotions. It is important to view your emotions and thoughts with an acceptance and generosity that are as open and spacious as possible. Third, this practice unveils and reveals your essential Good Heart, because it dissolves and removes the unkindness in you.

*DEVF2* Everything Is Alive, Learn To Understand Yourself First:

Each spoon that you touch, each flower that you rearrange, each syllable that you speak, each room you attend to, automatically brings you in touch with your natural feeling for the universe- for each object, however homey or mundane, is alive with changes and comprehension.

I do not, therefore, want you to concentrate your efforts in memorizing methods of perceiving other realities, but to realize that such insights are everywhere within your grasp... it is far more important to read your own thoughts than it is to learn to read the thoughts of others, for when your own feelings are known to you, you easily see that all other feelings are also reflected in your own. When you look away from the world you are looking at it more closely... Your life is one dream that you are remembering.

You are remembering and creating it at once, watching it grow from the attention of your own love and knowledge, and as you seem to stand at its center, so you stand at the center of all of your dreams, which then spin themselves seemingly outward.

Sensory Deprivation

*APitL* Sensory Deprivation:

I am amazed by the deep emotions that emerge through sensory deprivation. Lack of physical stimulation allows the spiritual and the human mind to release things that are troubling.

*DY* Retreats Into Darkness:

After two days or three days in the dark, you lose your sense of day and night. Your sleep becomes lighter and lighter. Such a retreat offers a good opportunity to develop your presence and clarity.

 

Barriers To Meditation

Script: This needs a thorough going-over.

Barriers on the Path

*LotSB* Barriers to Hearing the Voice:

You have received this idea and entertained it at intervals, and between the intervals the clouds that emanate from old habits of thought obscure the light and you walk about in a sleep of forgetfulness until you remember and you come again to fitfully hold in awareness the illuminating Spirit. Yet I tell you that this Light is more powerful than past and the heavy race record that is written upon it.

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The magnet of the life about you, what you call actuality, is so absorbing the contact is broken, though for shorter periods, and the divine power is now so established that it draws you back... Instead of walking with God you so often walk with feverish thought which tires you and lowers your vitality and resistance.

*BG* The Senses Need To Be Otherwise Engaged:

"One may externally control the senses by some artificial process, but unless the senses are engaged in the transcendental service of the Lord, there is every chance of a fall."

*IAD* Leave the Past in the Past:

The unpleasant experiences, losses, or any imperfection that has passed over your wheel of experience to the present time should never be held close to you. They have gone over the wheel- forgive and forget them...

For individuals to continually revolve in their minds and discussion a business or project that has disintegrated will surely in the end destroy themselves- if they do not face about, and through calling on the Law of Forgiveness find complete conscious release from the entire situation...

For an individual to hold an attitude of revenge for any seeming wrong, imaginary or otherwise, can only bring upon himself incapacity of mind and body.

*TYSD* Errors On the Spiritual Path

From The Supreme Path of Discipleship: The Precepts of the Gurus- The Ten Errors:

1) Weakness of faith combined with strength of intellect are apt to lead to the error of talkativeness.

2) Strength of faith combined with weakness of intellect are apt to lead to the error of narrow minded dogmatism.

3) Great zeal without adequate religious instruction is apt to lead to the error of going to erroneous extremes [or following misleading paths]...

6) Unless the mind be trained to selflessness and infinite compassion, one is apt to fall into the error of seeking liberation for self alone.

Attention on the Outer

*LotSB* The Seeming Importance of Everyday Things:

Where are the events of yesterday that engaged our time and minds out of all proportion to their importance?

*IAD* The Outer Cannot Be Satisfied:

It is utterly impossible to satisfy the outer activity of the mind.

*LotSB* The Shallow-Making Spirit-Rufflers:

Things not done delay your plans; stupidities block and anger the spirit, disappointments, sudden hopes, in fact, all the excitement of the day's achievements has kept you far away and made you shallow.

*IAD* Seeking in the Outer:

The unfortunate situation in which personalities find themselves exists because they are constantly looking to outside sources for Sustenance, directing Intelligence, and for the Love that is the Supreme Presence and Power of the Universe...

The outer appearance... is never the Truth unless illumined by the "I AM Presence."

No matter what the problem is to be solved in the individual's Life, there is only One Power, Presence and Intelligence that can solve it, and that is the individual's recognition of the All powerful Presence of God.

*BG* Identification With Conditions:

"Being in a bewildered condition, therefore, the embodied soul identifies himself with the circumstantial material body and becomes subjected to the temporary misery and happiness of life. The Lord is the constant companion of the living entity as... the Supersoul."

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"Those who have forgotten Krishna must certainly be bewildered."

*DP* Physical Blocking Our Perception of Heaven's Light:

It is only our lack of development, only the limitation imposed upon us by this robe of flesh, that prevents us from fully realizing that all the glory of the highest heaven is about us here and now, and that influences flowing from that world are ever playing upon us if we will only understand and receive them.

*IAD* Distractions on the Path:

Do not let your attention ever be held by these many outer manifestations; astrology, the power of numbers, spiritualism, or any of the many things that would take your attention away from the "Mighty I AM Presence" which is your Real Self.

*TYSD* Don't Sacrifice Your Mental Powers to Limited Things:

According to Patanjali, those who subordinate or sacrifice their mental powers to nature (i.e. Prakriti, or Shakti), or to deified men who are deceased (such, for example, as Krishna or Jesus) cause thereby their own return to this world again and again. The aim of the higher yogas, which we shall now proceed to consider, is to advance the evolution of man beyond the illusory glamour of sangsaric, or worldly, existence, so that karmic necessity of rebirth in the human state comes to an end. Then if there be further incarnation on this planet, it comes as a matter of choice, endowed with the exalted consciousness and power derived from having made the Great Conquest; and there is born on Earth one more Guide to lead humanity to the Nirvanic Goal.

*SL* Distance Gives Balanced Judgement:

Distance in time as well as distance in space gives balanced judgement on life. After ten years have slipped away, we look back at the trials, the joys, the hopes, the disappointments of that earlier time and we marvel that we spent so much of our energy on things of so little worth... Today we look back without a quiver on an agony that nearly shattered our life...

Must we be at the mercy of these passing objects? Or, though we must dwell among them in space and be surrounded with them in time, can we find the Place of Peace, as though we were far away? We can.

*B* Forgetting the Outside, Seeing the Inside:

The masters say that if a person who is sleeping soundly would sleep for a hundred years, she would forget all creatures, time, and images. And then you could perceive what God works in you.

Condemnation

*FWG* Condemning is Locking into Place:

Neale: "That which you condemn, you keep in place." (NOTE: By not taking responsibility for it, you leave it untouched in the subconscious, or by dividing yourself from something outside you, you cut off your ability to heal or change it.)

Script: This is literal! For each thing you condemn you lock away a part of you, and that is a block on the path.
*IAD* Do Not Condemn:

There is not the slightest hope for you in heaven or earth so long as you persist in holding within your consciousness thoughts and feelings of criticism, condemnation, or hate of any description, and that includes mild dislike.

This leads us to the very vital point that you are concerned only with your own activity and your world. It is not your province to judge another, for you do not know the forces playing upon another or the conditions...

For Myself, I would rather a thousand times be deliberately shot down than to be the instrument of depriving any of God's Children of their liberty...

There is perhaps no single element responsible for so many diseased conditions of body and mind as the feelings of hate sent out to another individual.

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"I warn you, if you attempt to use this Knowledge to harm another, then remember that through your own soul and body will pass the bolt, or your intent to another." -Jesus

*IAD* Seeing Imperfection Brings it into Your Reality:

When the individual allows himself or herself to continue to criticize, condemn or judge another of his fellow beings, he is not only injuring the other person, but is unknowingly admitting into his own experience the very element that he is seeing wrong in the other person... (NOTE: By believing in the reason for condemnation)

Whatever the conscious attention is fixed firmly upon, that quality is impelled into the experience of the individual. Whatever an individual sees with deep feeling within another individual, he forces into his own experience. This is the indisputable proof of why the only desirable feeling to be sent out from any individual is the Presence of Divine Love- and I mean by that, Pure, Unselfish Love... (NOTE: Know that at the source of every appearance is love)

It matters not whether it is a person or inanimate object, the moment you see an imperfection, you are forcing that quality into your own experience.

Limiting Beliefs

*THAS* Belief in Limitation:

My own or anyone else's belief in our limitation is the greatest block to achievement.

*IAD* You Create Your Seeming Limitation:

There is but your human creation that stands between you and your Freedom from all limitation. That creation is no greater an obstacle than you accept it to be.

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"Human activity alone is the only creator of limitation and inharmony there is." -Jesus

Expectations

*JoA* Change is Gradual:

Don't count on anything dramatic. Most changes happen slowly.

*JoA* Expectations Get in the Way:

If you have ideas of what should happen, you can become needlessly disappointed if your meditation doesn't conform to these expectations. You may be making the most "progress" when you don't feel anything particularly significant going on.

If you don't keep your experiences to yourself you may find yourself caught in a social situation in which you have created a monster of enthusiasm which you must pump up in a false way in order to be consistent.

Set aside judging, being critical, having opinions. Meditation is giving up models and labels.

Often I have had my deepest meditations when I least expected them.

Difficulties

*JoA* Obstacles:

Nothing in and of itself is an obstacle; it's your attachment to it or your motive for doing it that is the obstacle.

Notice which areas of your life keep cropping up as distracting thoughts and pulling on you. You will easily see what you must clean out of your closet in order to proceed more smoothly. You will want to get your life lighter and clearer, so that there are fewer expectations upon you.

The less you dramatize, the fewer obstacles you create.

Other people's doubts weaken your faith before it has had the opportunity to mature.

The major unhelpful states are: tiredness and torpor; strong desires; distractedness, agitation and worry; and anger, depression, and doubt.

They should be treated like any other distraction. Simply return your full attention to the meditation. These hindering states demand that you exert greater effort to get your mind back to meditation than do most of the other random thoughts that cross your mind. Making this effort is the essence of meditation.

*E* Things That Scatter Consciousness:

The obstacles which scatter consciousness are illness, dullness, doubt, negligence, laziness, self destructive habits, mistaken perception, not being grounded and instability. (NOTE: Scatter works with moments, too, and length of focus.)

These are what keep the awareness divided and not one pointed on the Ascendant.

The natural counterparts of this scattering are suffering, unhappiness, lack of mind-body coordination and deranged breathing.

*JoA* The Ego's Resistance:

The path to freedom is through detachment from your old habits of ego. You will flow beyond the boundaries of your ego until ultimately you merge into the universe. At that point you have gone beyond ego. Until then you must break through old structures, develop broader structures, break through those, and develop still broader structures.

As your meditations get deeper, the ego will cling by whatever means it knows. Very often that clinging will take its form in physical symptoms or intensely negative psychological states.

You can't expect that your ego is going to lie down and stop resisting immediately. It finds new and more subtle ways to use your every weakness. At many points in your spiritual journey your faith may be tenuous and your commitment minimal, and your zeal may evaporate.

One of the ego's favorite paths of resistance is to fill you with doubt. When you want to sleep late, you'll find reasons not to get up to do your sadhana. You won't see the usefulness of meditation anymore.

*JoA* Meditating For Ego:

Initially most people choose to meditate out of curiosity or to relieve psychological pain, increase pleasure, or enhance power. The goal of all these motives is to strengthen the ego. For as the ego gets more comfortable, happy, and powerful, its prison walls thicken. These motives paradoxically carry the seeds of freedom, because they lead you to meditate more.

The mass movements in the spiritual community market their product to play on these ego motives.

When everybody's light is veiled, as though they had dark clouds over them, even a little flicker of light makes the meditator seem special or attractive.

The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can't be organized or regulated. It isn't true that everybody should follow any one path.

*JoA* Being Alone:

The desires for gratification that make you turn to others out of need fall away. You may increasingly prefer to be alone- or with only a few people who share your interest in meditation.

*JoA* Spiritual Pride:

A persistent trap all along the path is pride in one's spiritual purity. It's a form of one upmanship in which you judge others out of a feeling of superiority. This ultimately limits your spiritual awakening.

*JoA* Western Ingrained Competition:

Our deep conditioning from school exams, grades, and the like gives us the habit of looking at every achievement competitively, in terms of where we stand. How are we doing: Are we better, equal, or worse than others on the same journey? Such evaluations of our own position becomes a real obstacle in spiritual life, for it constantly leads us to look at spiritual evolution in comparative terms. Someone tells you they have visions of lights when they meditate. You never have such a vision. This fills you with feelings of inadequacy and jealousy. On the other hand, you may sometimes feel yourself leaving your body when you meditate. Your friends don't experience this. This fills you with a subtle spiritual pride that feeds your ego.

*JoA* Passing "Fatigue":

What I experienced as fatigue often was actually a state of deep stillness that I misinterpreted. Instead of taking the feeling of fatigue as an invitation for a nap, I now regard it as a passing state, and keep sitting.

*JoA* Handling Higher Energy:

The predicament is that as you receive greater energy during meditation, it carries over to the times you are not meditating, when your old habits of mind to which you are still attached hold sway. The temptation is to use the meditative energy in the service of your ego.

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*MoM* Stuck in Concepts:

If one clings merely to a system of concepts, one only becomes stuck.

*BWT* Don't Even Cling to Goodness:

There is no clinging to goodness in the kingdom of God; there is only Being.

*BWT* Spiritual Arrogance:

Do not try to appear different from other men; do not wear halos; do not use a language that sets you apart and makes others think, "Oh, you must be some kind of saint."

*TBD* Don't Seek Mind Outside Yourself:

From The Detailed Identification:

"Except through mind, it's impossible to reach Buddhahood.

Not recognizing this, if you seek mind outside,

Looking for something else, how can it find itself?

It is like a fool gawking at a crowd,

Forgetting himself among them,

Not recognizing himself, looking for himself,

Mistaking others for himself."

Indentifying With the Movements

*E* Identifying With the Movements:

At other times, the seer identifies with the movement.

(NOTE: Belief that it is a certain thing that it has become. Stuck. Vortex. Lost to the pool.)

If the Seer is identifying with the movements, Reality is not experienced; the True Form of the Self is the awareness of the silent, Absolute Eternity of the present moment.

The Self can never truly be the movements in the mind, but it can resemble them and think it is them. The Infinite is the one support of everything that is. Without true perception of that, one experiences only the shadow of reality.

Vrtti, translated "movement," also means "whirlpool, rushing, gush, mode o†f¿

The Self can never be devoid of its True Nature, but it can believe that it is.

*JoA* The Ego Makes You Identify With It, With Small Things:

The ego has convinced us that we need it- not only that we need it, but that we are it. I am my body. I am my personality. I am my neuroses. I am angry. I am depressed. I am a good person.

*E* Identifying with the Known:

The entire material creation and our relation to it is built up from the mistaken identity of the knower with the known.

It is a false or apparent form of union only, for the union is with the transient, the impure, suffering, the not-self. By experiencing boundaries, we come to believe in our own limited individuality as separate from our Source. Hence the ego is born and continues.

The cause of the impending suffering is Identification of the knower with the known.

In the Waking State of Consciousness, the knower perceives the objects of perception and forgets everything of the Ascendant Self. Reality hides behind the enticing display of the changing relative.

The Self wanders about as the self, believing in its mortality, identifying with its body and the body's suffering.

The connection with Seen vanishes for the liberated Seer.

The small self is overshadowed and identifies with the objects of perception. This confusion and loss of Self awareness is the root of identification and therefore is the source of all the suffering.

(NOTE: Weird…he/she says united with and means separate from. "It's not you, it's not the pure essence, and is the belief.") The senses are never truly united with the outer world, but from habitual use, one believes that they are. On sees a house and forgets the Absolute Self; one sees a dog and forgets the Absolute Self.

When one withdraws one's senses in the Waking State, one falls asleep, one does not experience the Absolute with the senses.

(NOTE: Yes!) Consciousness can look into multiplicity and, forgetting its oneness with what Is, become the object it sees. Losing its inherent purpose and meaning, it adopts the purpose and meaning of the environment.

*E* The Range From Absorption To Mastery:

The range of potential of the human is from complete bondage, complete identification with the object to complete freedom, complete identification with the Knower. This is the extent of the possibilities of life -- from absolute absorption in the Universe to absolute mastery of the Universe.

*E* Animal Consciousness:

Consciousness can look toward the manifest creation, identify with the Seen, and be continually overshadowed by unending desires. If that were all that was available to consciousness, human life would be virtually identical with the life of the animals.

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*PoMPE* Identifying With Passing Thoughts, Emotions:

When man says "I" it sounds as if he meant the whole of himself, but really even when he himself thinks that he means it, it is only a passing thought, a passing mood, or passing desire. In an hour's time he may completely forget it, and with the same conviction express an opposite opinion, opposite view, opposite interests.

*MoM* Recognizing All Arising Thoughts and Feelings:

The essential thing is not to let any feeling or thought arise without recognizing it in mindfulness.

*WAT* Union & Being Fooled By Forms:

Only union with you gives joy.

The rest is tearing down one building

to put up another.

Denied Thoughts Surfacing in Meditation

*UR2* To Clarity, You Pass Through Denied & Ignored Thoughts:

If you tell yourself that sexual feeling is wrong, and organize your daily programming in that fashion, then when you "meditate," or dispense with that orientation, you may suddenly find yourself presented with material that you consider unsavory... When you begin to alter your perception, then, and your habitual picture of reality drops away, you may well find yourself encountering in distorted fashion elements of your own reality that you have up to then studiously denied or ignored.

What Isnt Meditation

*E* Sleep vs Ascendant Consciousness:

If thought is given up without inward movement to the Ascendant, the individual will experience nothing — which is commonly called sleep – not Ascendant Consciousness.

*PAP* Meditation & Attention:

Meditation is not a reverie, a blank gaze lost in the depths of infinity, but the putting into action of a sustained, voluntary and conscious attention.

This practice should keep the attention fixed on the laws of the universe, then on the directing principles of evolution.

*TB* What Isnt Dzogchen Meditation:

The masters clarify in detail the states that are not Dzogchen meditation and must not be confused with it. In one of these states you drift into a no-man's land of the mind, where there are no thoughts or memories; it is a dark, dull, indifferent state, where you are plunged into the ground of the ordinary mind. In a second state, there is some stillness and slight clarity, but the state of stillness is a stagnant one, still buried in the ordinary mind. In a third you experience an absence of thoughts, but are "spaced out" in a vacant state of wonder. In a fourth your mind wanders away, hankering after thoughts and projections. None of these is the true state of meditation.

*TB* What Meditation Isnt:

Meditation is not striving, but naturally getting assimilated. Meditation is not a means of running away form the world, or of escaping from it into a trance-like experience of an altered state.

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*MoM* Constant Refocusing of Awareness, Not Mindless Repetition:

Machine thinking is the opposite of mindfulness.

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Sitting in such lazy semi-consciousness, far from being mindfulness, is like sitting in a dark cave. In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.

*R* Prayer (Meditation):

Parade and vain repetitions are foreign to prayer... The ceremonies that are customarily used in prayer are mere superstitions and have been invented to give prayer an air of solemnity.

 

Freedom from Desire

The Nature of Desire

Script: The following bit is very nice. It touches on what I spend a lot of time on in the Foundations of Human Experience: boxing up the Pure Essence.
*EL* What Our Desires Mean!!!:

Whatever most appeals to us at any particular time or place is that mode of the universal living spirit with which at that moment we are most in touch, and realizing this, we shall draw from it streams of vital energy which will make the very sensation of livingness a joy and will radiate from us as a sphere of vibration that can deflect all injurious suggestion on whatever plane.

*R* Desire's Central Role:

Desire is the mainspring of action. We could not move a single finger unless we had a desire to move it... A desire is but an awareness of something we lack or need to make our life more enjoyable... There is no absolutely unselfish desire. Where there is nothing to gain there is no desire, and consequently no action.

*ER* Nafs Defined:

"Sufis call the wantings nafs...The nafs are energies that keep us moving, stopping nowhere."

-Coleman Barks

*DEVF2* Pleasures Move Us, Not Needs- We Are Led By Pleasure:

Psychologists often speak of the needs of man. Here I would like to speak instead of the pleasures of man, for one of the distinguishing characteristics of value fulfillment is its pleasurable effect. It is not so much that man or nature seeks to satisfy needs, but to exuberantly, rambunctiously seek pleasure- and through following its pleasure each organism finds and satisfies its needs as well...

There is a great pleasure to be found in both work and play, in excitement and calm, in exertion and rest, yet the word "pleasure" itself has often fallen into disrepute, and is frowned at by the virtuous.

*WO* You Get What You Desire:

Desire is the agent of My Will, and supplies you with everything you want, if you want it with sufficient power to compel It to serve you.

*WtK* Desires Reveal Established Facts:

Could a desire be, if its fulfillment were not already accomplished in My Mind? What possible other purpose could I have in permitting your mind to see it, if not to bring it forth?

...For desire and its accomplishment are one and the same. Every desire, once born in the heart, is already fulfilled in actuality- that is, in My Mind, and but awaits your acceptance of it to come forth into manifestation. (NOTE: This IS the seeming paradox of the thing causing itself to be created!!)

*WtK* The Driving Desire to Know:

Because of this restless desire to know- this urge to unfold its consciousness into the fullness of realization, [the soul] ever seeks opportunity and means to grow and unfold in wisdom, which is the true word for soul knowledge. This urge is the urge of all life- the cause of all growth, for it is the Idea ensouled in the heart of each living thing which must grow and unfold Itself until It attains and expresses the fullness and perfection of Its nature. That is the law of life.

Desires as Higher Communication

Script: Desires are another way of looking at the divine stream of thoughts and energy. Thought can direct, create, and dissolve desire. That is, unless it is in the service of desire.*
*R* Inner Communication Through Desires:

Man has been stirred out of his sleep through the medium of desire, and can find no rest until he realizes his desire.

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Your basic desires are words of promise or prophecies that contain within themselves the plan and power of expression...

God, your I AM, speaks to you, the conditioned conscious state, through your basic desires...

Your desires are the natural and automatic result of your present conception of yourself... Your unconditioned consciousness, God, gives to your conditioned consciousness, man, through the medium of your basic desires that which your conditioned state (your present conception of yourself) believes it needs.

*ER* Desire for God:

God picks up the reed-flute world and blows.

Each note is a need coming through one of us,

a passion, a longing-pain.

Desire Becoming Habitual

*LotSB* Habit & The Strength of Desire:

The proof of a desire is found in the habit of response.

*SL* Habitual Desire & Inner Will:

The inner will determines the line of the consciousness-forces working in the higher vehicles, while habit largely determines the direction of those working in the desire body. The will, guided by the clear-eyed intelligence, points to the lofty ideal. The desire-nature does not want to reach it, is lethargic before it, not seeing its beauty, often repelled by the austere outlines of its grave and chastened dignity. "The difficulty is that I do not want."... The lower "I" is moved by the attraction of the moment rather than by the recorded results of the past that sway the higher "I." The real difficulty is to make ourselves feel that the lethargic or clamorous "I" of the lower nature is not the true "I." (NOTE: The lower "I" is the more short-term, narrow "I" concerned with a rush of pleasure now with no care for the next few moments. It sees itself as discontinuing, as existing in the flash of a moment too short to last the period of downfall following a foolish pleasure or indulgence. It is selfish in the moment, cares more for itself and does not identify with its continuity into the future. "I am here now, and whoever that person will be in my body tomorrow will have to deal with this." The higher "I" recognizes this continuity of self. An even higher "I" recognizes the continuity of self into other lifetimes, other bodies presently, into animals, then, stones, molecules, and finally into every living thing, thus bringing the universe compassionately together into a unified whole "I".) (NOTE: This deals with the ceaseless dying/releasing of the ecstasy trance. No thought or desire could take me down to identification with it's smaller self. I rode a wave above and beyond them, constant in the energies of being.)

What You Desire Holds Power Over You

*WO* What's Most Powerful To You?

By fearing money's seeming power they are making it first and God second in their lives, and until they truly want to serve God more than any other thing, and prove it by their right thinking, speech and actions, they are not yet where His help can reach them...

How many of you are not trying to serve two masters? Yes, you are trying to serve God, but who of you at the present time are not fearing money and its power? Who are not bowing down before it, daily acknowledging its power over you, afraid to do anything because of the control it has over most of your thoughts and acts?

The Lessons of Desire

*SL* Seeing Desires as Growth, Stimulus To Inner Life:

Your desires answer to the outer beauty, the attractiveness of the endless objects that are scattered over the world. If they were not meant to attract, they would not be there... The value of the attraction is not in the tinsel that presently the child grasps, crushes, and throws away, wanting something more, but in the stimulus to the life within, which makes him endeavor to move in order to gain the glittering prize, which he despises when he has won it.

The great mother-heart by which we are trained is ever dangling in front of us some attractive object, some prize for the child-spirit, turning outwards the powers that live within. In order to induce exertion, in order to make the effort by which alone those inward-turned powers will turn outwards into manifestation, we are bribed and coaxed and induced to make efforts by the endless toys of life scattered on every side. We struggle, we endeavor to grasp. At last we do grasp and hold. After a short time the brilliant apple turns to ashes... the prize that seemed so valuable loses all its attractiveness, becomes worthless, and something else is desired. In that way we grow...

You grow, not by what you gain of outer fruit, but by the inner unfolding necessary for your success in the struggle.

*SL* Lessons Learned By Desire, One Changes the Object of Desire:

Now, if long natural experience has made one wise, these objects lose their power to attract... Then is the time to look for some new motive. The motive to action for the spiritual life is, first, to perform action because it is duty, and not in order to gain the personal reward that it may bring...

Now, for a moment, pause on the life of a man who is determined to be rich. Everything is subordinated to that one aim. He must be master of his body, for if that body is his master... he will waste the money... in luxury for the pleasing of the body...

Then he learns concentration of mind. If he is not concentrated, his rivals will beat him in the struggle of the marketplace... His mind grows stronger and stronger, keener and keener, more and more under his control...

Has he gained anything more? Yes, a strong will; only the strong will can succeed in such a struggle... And then?...

His gold becomes a burden rather than a joy... It crushes the man who won it.

Now, what will make that man a spiritual person? A change of his object- that is all... Let him see the beauty of human service...

The power that man has gained over body, over mind, over will, will make him a giant in the spiritual world. He does not need to change those qualities, but to get rid of the selfishness, of the indifference to human pain, of the recklessness with which he crushed his brother in order that he might climb into wealth on the starvation of myriads.

*WO* The Blessings Created By Desire:

The blessings are not what you think them to be. The real blessings are in the qualities of these riches, in the attainment of these desires,- the qualities of determination to win, of persistency of purpose, the power to do, the ability to master every natural fault and weakness that stand in the way.

*ER* Desires Cloud Vision:

It's the love of the manifest world

that makes you an unreliable witness.

There is another way of seeing

that sees through your love of this place,

through the exciting drunkenness to the headache.

The witness can cure that hurting.

*ER* Needs Deafen You:

The imitation here

came from the man's desire to be honored.

It deafened him to what was being

so constantly said.

*LotSB* Who Disciplines You:

You will either be disciplined by events or you will make your own discipline.

Fulfilling All Desires

Script: The seemingly opposite bits here seem to conflict but do not. It is like this: there is a lesson to learn in all small (selfish) desires. Without learning that lesson, the desire will return and return. IAD assumes we learn this lesson. BG assumes we dont.
*IAD* Desire Must Be Left to Run Itself Out:

All who have any desire left to reach to the without must do so until that desire is no longer apparent.

*BG* Do Not Seek to Satisfy, But Release Desires:

A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires can alone acheive peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.

*BG* The Sensual Desire Itself Must Be Released:

One who restrains the senses and organs of action, but whose mind dwells on sense objects, certainly deludes himself and is called a pretender.

Script: This, too, can be easily misread. Generally we speak of the divine influx, the source of our being and thoughts, but the following speaks of a sensory influx that feeds the "flame of desire" which blocks the divine influx.
*TYSD* Feeding the Flame of Worldly Desires:

Mundane mind manifests itself as the life-flux of the illusory five skandhas, which constitute conditioned (or sangsaric) being. The life-flux has been likened to a flame fed by worldly desires. When man ceases to delight in sensuousness, when he has eradicated every worldly ambition, the flame dies for lack of fuel. (NOTE: ...and the barrier is destroyed.)

Thwarted Fulfillment

*R* Seeing Opposition To Desires:

The undisciplined man... constantly sees opposition to the fulfillment of his desire, and because of this frustration he forms desires of destruction which he firmly believes must be expressed before his basic desire can be realized.

Mastering Desire

*LotSB* Seek Dominion, Not Satiety:

FIRST VOICE: If I could know satiety instead of the besieging appetites of mind and body!

SECOND VOICE: No; ask for dominion.

*SL* We Need To Use, Not Destroy Desire:

Desire or emotion is the motive power in us and stands ever between thought and action. Intellect sees, but it does not move... For aspirants the question is how to use them instead of being used by them, how to discipline them, not how to destroy them. We would "want" to reach the highest, since without this wanting we shall make no progress at all.

*LotSB* Meet Desires With Gentleness:

Who is not familiar with the reasonable- oh very reasonable! -arguments that come rushing to justify the very human desires of mind and body? They must be met with as much gentleness toward yourself as you would meet them when trying to help another, otherwise your instant rebellion will obstruct and delay you. But in the true spirit of surrender, the giving up of everything that has become a burden, is little effort and the reward is instant.

*WtK* Self-Control:

You cannot find the Kingdom until you are able to control those forces of your emotional and mental nature that heretofore had their way with you almost unopposed.

Grasping At Forms

*VS* Grasping:

"He who binds himself to a joy

Does the winged life destroy;

He who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in eternity's sunrise." -William Blake

*BG* Material Enjoyments Are Temporary:

Material enjoyments... have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.

*SL* Do Not Attach To Things Which Pass Away:

The soul can be led to turn towards its desires only when it finds that everything which is not Brahman passes away and in the passing gives pain.

Flaming Desire

*BG* Material Nature Breeds Desire:

All living entities are born into delusion, overcome by the dualities of desire and hate.

*MaiU* Impurity & Desire:

The mind of man is of two kinds, pure and impure: impure when in the bondage of desire, pure when free from desire.

Lack of Desire Brings Great Sensitivity

*K* Becoming More Open, More Sensitive As We Evolve:

We do not break the "bonds of the heart" by trying to kill the heart. We do not break the bonds of desire by trying to turn ourselves into stones or pieces of metal unable to feel. The disciple becomes more sensitive, and not less so, as he nears his liberation, he becomes more tender and not more hard; for the perfect "disciple who is as the Master" is the one who answers to every thrill in the outside universe, who is touched by and responds to everything, who feels and answers to everything, who just because he desires nothing for himself is able to give everything to all. (NOTE: This thrill is due to the focus in the now that desire negates, for desire lives in the past and future, in the not-true)

*TYSD* Comrades Without Desires:

From The Precious Rosary:

‘The best comrade is one that hath no desires.'

Unselfish Desires

Script: The following is a personalized statement of unselfish desire.
*BG* Always Think of God:

You should always think of Me, and at the same time you should continue your prescribed duty.

Freedom From Misplaced Desire
All Desires Satisfied in Spirit

Script: The desires continue (else we would not act), but they are for spiritual, universal things that cannot help but to be satisfied, as they are from within.
*SuT* Freedom From Desire:

He who is free from desire, whose desire finds fulfilment, since the Spirit is his desire, the powers of life leave him not. He becomes one with Brahman, the Spirit, and enters into the Spirit...

Who knows this and has found peace, he is the lord of himself, his is a calm endurance, and calm concentration. In himself he sees the Spirit, and he sees the Spirit as all.

*ER* Longing For What You Cant Be Without:

Every thirst gets satisfied except

that of these fish, the mystics,

who swim a vast ocean of grace

still somehow longing for it!

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There is a basket of fresh bread on your head,

and yet you go door to door asking for crusts.

 

The Highest Choice, Desire for God

Making the Highest Choice

*CWG1* Making The Highest Choice:

It is when you have the anger, have the upset, have the disgust, have the rage, own the feeling of wanting to hurt back, that you can disown these first feelings as "not Who You Want to Be." Why Masters are imperturbable in the face of what others might call calamity. A Master blesses calamity, for the Master knows that from the seeds of disaster (and all experience) comes the growth of Self.

One can tell how one is doing on the road to mastery by simply noticing how predictably one makes the highest choice in responding or reacting to any situation. What choice is highest? Most people continue to be engaged by another question altogether. Not, what is the highest choice, but, what is the most profitable? Or, how can I lose the least? A life lived thusly is a life lived from fear. Only a person who thinks there is something to gain or to lose asks the second question. A person who understands that winning or losing is not the test, but only loving or failing to love- only that person asks the first. He who asks the second question says "I am my body." She who asks the first says "I am my soul." At the critical juncture in all human relationships, there is only one question: "What would love do now?" No other question has any importance to your soul.

The highest choice is that which produces the greatest good for you, The highest good for you becomes the highest good for another. People- well-meaning- did what they thought would be best for the other person in their relationships. All this produced (in most cases) was continued mistreatment and disfunction.

No one in right mind would tell you, when you are hurt in a relationship, to "stand aside from it, cause it to mean nothing." if you are now hurting, it is too late to cause it to mean nothing.

The Desire For God

*AoaY* The Love of God:

I felt a love for God descending with avalanchic force.

*AoaY* Desire for God:

The sincere devotee's intense craving begins to pull at God with an irresistible force.

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The day man wills, he is set on the path to freedom.

*IA* God & You:

Whoever loves to meet God, God loves to meet him. And whoever is averse to meeting God is averse to meeting him. God says "my servant continues to come nearer to Me through the further acts of devotion until I love him. Then when I love him I am/was his hearing with which he hears, his sight with he sees, his hand with which he holds, and his foot with which he walks." Since Arabi saw the face of God, its inspiration has been never-ceasing.

*AoaY* The Determined Disciple:

"On another occasion Babaji's sacred circle was disturbed by the arrival of a stranger. He had climbed with astonishing skill to the nearly inaccessible ledge near the camp of the master.

"Sir, you must be the great Babaji. I implore you to accept me as a disciple."

"If you refuse me, I will jump from this mountain. Life has no further value if I cannot win your guidance to the Divine."

"Jump then," Babaji said unemotionally. "I cannot accept you in your present state of development."

"The man immediately hurled himself over the cliff. Babaji instructed the shocked disciples to fetch the stranger's body. When they returned with the mangled form, the master placed his divine hand on the dead man. Lo! He opened his eyes and prostrated himself humbly before the omnipotent one."

"You are now ready for discipleship." Babaji beamed lovingly on his resurrected chela. "You have courageously passed a difficult test. Death shall not touch you again; now you are one of our immortal flock." Then he spoke his usual words of departure, "Dera danda uthao"; the whole group vanished from the mountain."

*EIM-M* Sincerity:

I said: what is the characteristic of sincerity?

He said: The disentangling of the self from any desire for praise or any aversion to blame. Sincerity removes from the act all flaws.

When Allah Most High and Glorious knew the sincerity of my will in quest for him, he called out "To me, to me!" It was as if I were melting like melting lead. Then he brought me to a state that I am unable to describe. Then he brought me closer and closer to him until I was nearer to him than the spirit is to the body.

I kept on in this way until I was like he was before creation and only the real remained without being or relation or place or position or quality.

Beyond Thought

Script: Here and there I wonder if this should be a separate section from the Path, or preceding it, as it is the goal of the Paths to silence thoughts and join with the Pure Mind.
Script: There are at least two other sections on thoughts..

What Thought Is

*H&H* Understanding/Thought:

Understanding receives truth and is formed by it. Understanding and thought is of memory. Man thinks from understanding. Thought is derived from knowing good/evil, and truth/falsity. Truth destroys the evil affections of the will. Neither will nor understanding alone makes man. Thought is internal sight, looking at an object. Thought is used to confirm affections or loves. Thought is the form of the will.

*GoE* Thoughts:

We call the essence Truth; the particular aspects of it we call thoughts.

About Thoughts

*PAP* Thought & Ideas:

Thought is not a thing in itself. The act of thinking is the result of a system of energies which allow us to use images, called ideas, in order to discover either the root cause or the key to phenomena and to adapt these to our needs.

The effect of thought on ideas might well be compared to a system of metal refining. Thought compresses, molds, and forges ideas, under the repeated assaults of the imagination, in order to make them more supple under the hammer of reason.

Every time one thinks, an energy, roughly comparable to electricity, is brought into play. This is of a positive nature every time it extracts from the images a judgement of a generally useful character. Its action is the more intense the more it approaches an organization having for aim the common good.

The negative aspect of thought is accentuated every time it descends to ideas of disorder, disorganization, egotism, and all images such as are connected with the lower, animal instincts. In fact, it finds itself compressed by the nature of the universal substance, and this rapid breaking down gives it only an ephemeral life.

Thought is a force which has to be directed consciously, with good sense and logic.

Source of Thought

*LotSB* Source of Thought:

As thought is to emotion, so this quality of perception and feeling is to thought. (NOTE: Therefore, it causes thought.)

The Movement & Development of Thoughts

*HTKHW* The Movement & Development of Thoughts & Memories:

As a rule we do not realize what controls the occurrence of ideas and memories and how they are called forth. Consider the following: we are riding in a train, wrapped up in our own thoughts, when suddenly our thinking takes a completely new turn—we remember something that happened many years ago. We weave this into our present thoughts. What we do not notice is that our eyes, looking through the window, fell upon a person resembling someone involved in the event we recalled. But we are not conscious of what we saw. We are aware only of the effect it had produced in us.

*HTKHW* The Basis of Likes & Dislikes:

We may dislike a certain color and not know why; we have forgotten that a teacher, who tormented us years ago, used to wear a coat of that color. Countless illusions are based on such connections.

The Power & Speed of Thought

*MotFE* The Power & Speed of Thought:

Thoughts is, of course, the most potent of any radiations because it has control over the vibratory field of electricity and radio. Radio follows a track in the atmosphere regardless of a conductor. It follows a true track or trend. It operates through the ether. But thought in this sense does not "travel" for thought is omnipresent. Mind is the motivating element, thought moving concurrently with mind and in striking upon the electrons produces all movement in the plane of manifest substances.

Thought does not know time and space while a word or audible sound belongs on the material plane and must traverse space and endure time in order to reach its destination. Notice how instantly your thought is at the sun, the center of the earth, or at any other place. Thought does not travel, it is already there.

*E* Ascending On Any Thought Brings It Into Its Full Power:

Any thought at all can become a vehicle for further Ascending.

In that sutra, the result of Ascending is extraordinary and wonderful; here it results in endless suffering and ignorance. What makes the difference? Subtlety, inward focus and intensity are the same; therefore the difference must lie in the vehicle used for Ascending.

Power increases as one approaches the Ascendant – the power for happiness or suffering is greater.

From holding onto the thought of non-violence in the Ascendant, all violence is abandoned in your presence. This includes your own violence -- there is no room in any human mind for more than one thing at a time. It also includes everyone else's violence -- if there is no functioning violence in you, it is impossible for any person or creature to feel violent toward you.

This may sound very surprising to those who deeply believe it is possible to be hurt, damaged or victimized by another in any way. And yet, it is so. It is possible to walk up to an enraged tiger and calm him with your glance, once your non-violence is stably entertained in the Ascending.

Practicing non-violence in the field of action is most assuredly not what Patañjali is talking about.

*E* Your Conception of the Supreme Being:

The aspect of the Supreme Being with which you become united depends entirely on what your conception of the Supreme Being is. If you think of the Supreme Being as being the Ultimate of Harmony, or example, upon mastering the study of the Self, you will be united with Harmony.

In Ascension, the left hemisphere focus, the conception of the Supreme Being, will change as the experience of life changes.

*SoM* The Power of Thought:

"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." -Shakespeare.

"It is done unto you AS you believe." -Jesus

We are living in an Intelligent Universe, which responds to our mental states. What we outwardly are, and what we are to become depends upon what we are thinking.

The Power of Thought(MJooB): Thought is the wellspring of existence. It is the vital creative force that produces energy, assembles matter into form, and provides channels of perception and communication. It is inhabited by entities with various degrees of intelligence with whom communication is possible. Communication is instantaneous. Thought is the force that supplies any need or desire.

The Selfish Voices of the Body

Script: This is good, good stuff. All of these little voices are the fragments of Pure Essence we've boxed up into external things, calling to us to bring them back into you.
*ANMU* The Chorus of Noisy Voices & The Calm Inner Voice:

Why can I not understand?

I answered: merely because in the ordinary state thousands of voices sound at once creating what we call our "consciousness," our thoughts, our feelings, our moods, our imagination. These voices drown the sound of that inner voice... The being to whom this voice belonged knew everything, understood everything and above all was free from thousands of small and distracting "personal" thoughts and moods. He could take everything calmly, could take everything objectively, as it was in reality...

These consciousnesses, which I now call the consciounesses of the physical body... were completely immersed in themselves. They knew only themselves, only "I"; "not I" did not exist for them... Their nature and the form of their existence consisted in their continually speaking of themselves- what they were, what they needed, what they wished, what was pleasant for them, what was unpleasant, what dangers threatened them, what could ward off or remove these dangers.

In the ordinary state we do not hear these voices separately; only the noise produced by them or their general tone is felt by us as our physical state or mood...

If a method could be found for entering into communication with these consciousnesses and for receiving from them information as to the state and demands of the organism, medicine would stand on firm ground.

*CWG3* Being Dominated By Uncontrolled Thoughts & the Collective Consciousness:

You create your own reality...

At first you may not realize this, and so you may not be consciously creating your reality. Your experience will then be created by one of two other energies: your uncontrolled thoughts, or the collective consciousness.

To the degree that your uncontrolled thoughts are stronger than the collective consciousness, to that degree you will experience them as reality. To the degree that the collective consciousness is accepted, absorbed, and internalized, to that degree you will experience it as your reality...

In the first moments of what you call the afterlife, on the other hand, you may find it difficult to surrender to the collective consciousness, given all that you are seeing around you (which may be unbelievable to you), and so you will be tempted to hold to your own individual understandings, whether they serve you or not.

*ANMU* The Small I's:

Particularly interesting were the houses and other buildings which I passed, especially the old houses. They were living beings, full of thoughts, feelings, moods and memories. The people who lived in them were their thoughts, feelings, moods. I mean that the people in relation to the "houses" played approximately the same role which the different "I"s of our personality play in relation to us. They come and go, sometimes live in us for a long time, sometimes appear only for short moments.

*ANMU* "I"- The Source of Troubles:

The disappearance of "I" began to produce in me a feeling of extraordinary calmness and confidence... I seemed to understand at that time that all the usual troubles, cares and anxieties are connected with the usual sensation of "I," result from it, and, at the same time, constitute and sustain it. Therefore, when "I" disappeared, all troubles, cares and anxieties disappeared. When I felt that I did not exist, everything else became very simple and easy... In the idea of "I," in the sensation of "I," such as we ordinarily have, there was something almost abnormal, a kind of fantastic conceit which bordered on blasphemy, as if each one of us called himself God.

*ABTM* Tennyson's Mystical Experiences:

The poet Tennyson wrote of experiences he had in his youth when his individual self "seemed to dissolve and melt away into boundless being." This radical shift out of ordinary expereince "was not a confused state," he recalled, "but the clearest of the clear, the surest of the sure, utterly beyond words- when death was an almost laughable impossibility."

Suggestion & the Collective Consciousness

*IAD* Suggestion:

One should understand the amazing conditions of suggestion by which individuals are constantly surrounded.

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Dear Students, shut your minds against the ignorance and inharmonious suggestions of human beings everywhere.

Being Open to Undesirable Thought

*IAD* Being Open to Undesirable Thought:

The only way one can open himself to undesirable thought is by entering into condemnation and hate... If you want peace and harmony, know: "‘I AM' the Power producing it."

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There is nothing more tragic in the world than for one person to hold the thought of limitation over another human being. A thought of imperfection driven at a sensitive person sometimes limits that one for years, and many times the results are very tragic.

*LotSB* Thoughts That Betray:

Be aware of your tongue's betrayal, of thought that enfeeble you. Shake off these things which are appetites in strange disguises.

Silencing the Stream of Small Thoughts

Script: This should probably be mixed into Meditation or the Paths.
Script: You dont really want to stop or silence this stream, you want to release your essence from all the boxes and return it to the ocean of you, the ocean of all.
*ANMU* Stopping the Stream of Small Thoughts:

Only when a man has created in himself this capacity for stopping the flow of thoughts can he approach the possibility of hearing the thoughts of other people, and all the voices which incessantly speak in nature, the voices of various "small lives," which are component parts of himself, and the voices of "big lives," of which he is a component part...

Unnecessary thinking is one of the chief evils of our inner life. How often it happens that some thought gets into our mind, and the mind, having no power to throw it out turns the thought over and over endlessly, just as a stream turns a stone over and over in its bed...

When the "disciple" has learned not to think, he is taught to think- to think of what he wants to think of, and not of anything that comes into his head.

*LotSB* Overcome the Inner Tornadoes, Channel the Presence:

Go forth then, and overcome your own immediate world...

It is difficult, for your minds are not yet trained to realization, realization in the sense of involuntary awareness of the constant Presence... You should fill yourselves with a calmness not your own making, that you become a channel for it to flow through.

When you examine your inner human selves you find they are tornadoes, volcanoes of feeling ready without warning to ravage the world around you.

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The time will come when these almost involuntary storms of human response will sicken you instantly, you will know that they are chains and cast them away forever. But the casting out means vigilance.

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It is the discipline of one's thoughts that matters, the turning inward and resting in that deep center where all is still and safe and sure.

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There is much degeneration due to emotional storms, even though they are secret storms, that needs the strong tools of creative, intelligent thought to clear away.

*LotSB* Try To Still Mind:

If you think you are master of your mind watch your mind when you try to still it...

It is rather humiliating to find how little we are masters of our minds. But be very gentle and say to your body, as you would to a child, "I think you had better sit still in that chair until I tell you to go."

*SL* Identifying With the True Self:

Now the secret of reaching that Place of Peace lies in our learning to identity our consciousness with the True Self instead of with the apparent one... We identify ourselves with our passions and desires and say we hope or we fear. We identify ourselves with our bodies... The means are: Disengaging from the objects of the senses, not caring about results, and meditation, ever renewed, on the True Self...

Gradually... small troubles that upset most people continually in daily life pass unnoticed...

[Meditation] consists of a constant endeavor to realize our identity with our True Self, and to become self-conscious as It. "To whatever object the inconstant mind goeth out he should subdue it, bring it back, and place it upon the Spirit."...We must continually renew the effort and patiently persist in it...

With the gradual growth of this power of remaining "in the Self" comes not only peace but wisdom, for absence of personal desires and recognition of our immortal nature leave us free to judge all things without bias or prejudice.

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By continual practice, disciples must learn to assimilate the consciousness of others. They must center their own consciousness in Life, not in form...

Gradually disciples must develop a perfect sympathy.

*SL* Hearing the Inner Voice:

The Self can withdraw from the sheath of the senses until they no longer function except when one wills them to. Then the voice of the Self may be heard without the intrusion of the outer world.

*WtK* Standing Guard at the Door of Mind:

The disciple sooner or later realizes that he must be able actually to stand guard at the door of his mind and admit only the thoughts and feelings he desires to entertain, and then must learn so to rule and train his mind that it thinks and holds only the perfected thoughts he wishes to outmanifest in his body and affairs... (NOTE: Imagine (picture) a EEG wave-thing with a narrow band in the middle. The narrow band is the NOW, and the EEG is a psychic stream flowing through the now, which is stationary. Now you can get caught up in the stream and dragged out of the now into the past.)

Without such control conscious functioning on the soul and higher planes is impossible...

[One who is master of his own mind] has compelled and taught it to serve him, and other minds instinctively recognize such and render obeisance. Weaker souls are the slaves of their minds- of their thoughts and emotions.

In true meditation one has such control of the mind that he can focus its attention on whatever he wishes to study and know... Such meditating can be done anywhere, at any time, and in the daylight, and needs not darkness or some quiet place.

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Determine with all the might of your soul henceforth to permit no thought or feeling in your mind that is not all good and which you do not want to outmanifest.

*TYSD* Watching, Getting To Know the Thought-Process:

From The Nirvanic Path: The Yoga of the Great Symbol:

46) One findeth that, because of the mind responding to stimuli, thoughts crop up continuously. Knowing that the birth of even a single idea should be prevented, one must try to inhibit this continuous cropping up of thoughts, by exercise of mental alertness. Thus, as soon as a thought sprouteth, try to chop it down, root and all, and continue meditating...

47) By prolonging, during the meditation, the period of time in which the effort is made to prevent the arising of thoughts, one finally cometh to be aware of thoughts following close on the heels of one another so numerous that they seem interminable. This is the recognizing of thoughts, which equalleth the knowing of the enemy. It is called ‘The First Resting Place', the first stage of mental quiescence attained; and the yogin then looketh on, mentally unperturbed, at the interminable flow of thoughts as though he were tranquilly resting on the shore of a river watching the water flow past.

48) Once the mind attaineth the tranquil state, for even the briefest moment, it understandeth the arising and the cessation of thoughts. This understanding maketh one to feel as though thoughts were becoming more and more numerous, but, really, thoughts are always arising, and there is neither increase nor decrease of them.

*TYSD* Non-Reacting To Thoughts:

From The Nirvanic Path: The Yoga of the Great Symbol:

49) In the next practice, the leaving unshaped whatever concept or idea appeareth, the procedure is to be indifferent to the thought, allowing it to do as it liketh, neither falling under its influence, nor attempting to impede it. Let the mind act as its shepherd [or watchman]; and go on meditating...

53) The Master of Doctrines, hath said,

‘If the mind be left relaxed, it attaineth tranquility;

If water be left undisturbed, it attaineth clearness.'...

55) The Great Saraha hath summarized the essence of the teachings...

‘When bound [or unrelaxed], the mind trieth to wander in each of the ten directions;

When freed, it remaineth firm and motionless,

I have come to understand that it is a stubborn thing like a camel.'...

67) ...Whatever visions or apparitional appearances may arise, are neither to be held on to through showing liking for them nor inhibited through dislike. (NOTE: Do not be moved by them. Be still.)...

87) Whatever thoughts, or concepts, or obscuring [or disturbing] passions arise are neither to be abandoned nor allowed to control one; they are to be allowed to arise without one's trying to direct [or shape] them.

*TYSD* Trying To Inhibit Thoughts Creates Them:

From The Nirvanic Path: The Yoga of the Great Symbol:

61)...The previous attempts at inhibiting thoughts have created thoughts.

*TYSD* Think of Nothing:

From The Nirvanic Path: The Yoga of the Great Symbol:

13) Think not of the past. Think not of the future. Think not that thou art actually engaged in meditation.

*KaU* Stilling the Senses:

When the five senses and the mind are still, and reason itself rests in silence, then begins the Path supreme.

*IAD* The Great Silence of "I AM":

You are immediately in the "Great Silence" the moment you say "I AM ."

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It is only through first, conscious acknowledgement; second, acceptance; and third, application, or in other words, consciously directing this Mighty Intelligence and Pure Energy, that the outer, or human, is kept dissolved enough for the outer to truly grasp these Mighty Activities...

Train yourselves to still the outer, if only for five minutes, three times a day. At the end of that stillness, with all the calm earnestness of your Being, call the "Mighty I AM Presence" into action, and you will have all the proof in the world you wish of the Presence, Power and Dominion of your own "Mighty God-Self."

*LotSB* False Thoughts Are Based in Illusion:

Concepts and thoughts are seeds and grow much faster than nature. The weed-thoughts wither into dust instantly when you seek the quiet communions of your inner stillness; they are in the soil of illusion and have no power when you are free.

Projecting into the Psychic Thought-Stream

Script: Not sure where this goes... Maybe in thought forms. It's not the downward sweep as is the rest of this, but the effect of our thoughts..
*OwtL* Existence in Higher Dimensions, the Psychic Thought-Stream & Thought-Forms:

He soon discovered that he could instantly travel to Scotland or to any other place that occured to him.

At about the time he became aware of the presence of a guide or "mentor," who explained to him that he was "...free in a time dimension of space, wherein now was the equivalent to here in the ordinary three-dimensional space of everyday life."

With the new understanding related to him by his guide, the doctor next noted he was able to see things in four or more dimensional places. At the same time, he could see equally well in the three-dimensional space of everyday life...

His mentor, he said, impressed on him that "...all our brains are just end-organs projecting as it were from the three-dimensional universe into the psychic stream... and flowing with it into the fourth and the fifth dimensions."

Accordingly, the doctor commented, he could see this "condensation of the psychic stream" forming a kind of cloud around each living brain.

His guide further explained that the fourth dimension existed, correspondingly, in everything that existed in the three-dimensional space. Moreover, everything in the third dimension also existed in the fourth and fifth...

"A fourth-dimensional being is everywhere in the now... Just as one is everywhere in the here in a three-dimensional view of things." (NOTE: Oh the bliss of being ever-now)

In the present state of his existence, the doctor's guide pointed out that he was a blue colored cloud.

Risings in the Light of Skylike Awareness

*TB* Risings in the Light of Dzogchen Meditation:

Dzogchen meditation comes to be a continual flow of Rigpa, like a river constantly moving day and night without any interruption. It is subtly powerful in dealing with the arisings of the mind, and has a unique perspective on them. All the risings are seen in their true nature, not as separate from Rigpa, and not as antagonistic to it, but actually as none other- and this is very important- than its "self-radiance," the manifestation of its very energy.

Of course there are rough as well as gentle waves in the ocean; strong emotions come, like anger, desire, jealousy. The real practitioner recognizes them not as a disturbance or obstacle, but as a great opportunity. The fact that you react to arisings such as these with habitual tendencies of attachment and aversion is a sign not only that you are distracted, but also that you do not have the recognition and have lost the ground of Rigpa. To react to emotions in this way empowers them and binds us even tighter in the chains of delusion. See right through them as soon as they arise, to what they really are: the vivid and electric manifestation of the energy of Rigpa itself. As you gradually learn to do this, even the most turbulent emotions fail to seize hold of you and dissolve. The tempestuous energy becomes raw food of the awakened energy of Rigpa. The stronger and more flaming the emotion, the more Rigpa is strengthened.

*TB* Thoughts Block the Absolute in Dzogchen Meditation:

Thoughts and concepts are all that block us from always being, quite simply, in the absolute. What you took so seriously before- ambitions, plans, expectations, doubts, and passions- no longer have any deep and anxious hold on you, for the View has helped you to see the futility and pointlessness of them all, and born in you a spirit of true renunciation. Remaining in the clarity and confidence of Rigpa allows all your thoughts and emotions to liberate naturally and effortlessly within its vast expanse.

*TB* Rigpa:

Rest, undistracted, in the state of Rigpa. Whatever arises in the mind is never anything but the display of your own Rigpa. You recognize exactly what they are and where they are springing from: then whatever arises becomes the self-radiance of that wisdom. If you lose the presence of that pristine, pure awareness of Rigpa, however, and you fail to recognize whatever arises, then it will become separate from you. It goes on to form what we call "thought," or an emotion, and this is the creation of duality. The crucial recognition is that it is the wisdom energy of your mind that is dawning. What is at question is whether or not we recognize the true nature of the arising. This recognition, and the freedom it brings, can only be the fruit of many years of the most disciplined practice of meditation.

*LDer* Formless Mind Perceives Reality:

Milarepa: "By leaving the mind in its natural state, without causing it to assume form (ideas, mentations, ways of perceiving) the first dawning of Knowledge appear. By keeping the mind relaxed, flowing like the peaceful water of a river, Reality is reflected therein."

*E* Cause of Suffering:

Suffering comes from having a break in the connection of the individual with the Universal.

It takes a huge investiture of our mental and physical energy every day to hold back the Infinite. This is the main reason so much sleep is required at night; this is the primary cause of all disease and aging.

The ultimate root of all avoidable suffering is simply ignorance. Ignorance is the confusion of that which is not real for the Real.

The Silencing Power of Marijuana

Script: When I first smoked marijuana, the thing that hit me was the silence. I was absolutely floored that the myriad voices and thoughts- the ceaseless babble that was so ever-present that I didnt even think it was there anymore- was gone. It had stopped. My mind was silent and clear and it was mine again. The silence was louder than a hurricane. I had long ago forgotten what it was like to be pure. We went outside and a new snowfall had started. Everything was pure and beautiful. Now I saw that I hadnt seen in quite some time. The noise of distractions had kept me in my head. But now my vision leapt out. It landed on the branches of trees, it reached out and touched, embraced the snowflakes. It was strong, clear, real. At times when I returned to this mind state, I connected with a time when my mind was always clear- when I was an infant, a baby, a toddler; when I lived day-to-day in this crystal-clear world of wonder.
*ER* Marijuana & the Quiet Mind:

God has put into the form of hashish a power

to deliver the taster from self-consciousness.

The Undisturbable True Self

*SL* The True Self Beyond the Storm:

Above this whirling mind as serene and passionless witness dwells the True Self... Below there may be storms, but above there is calm, the Place of Peace... So often... it has known birth and death, gains and losses, joys and griefs, pleasures and pains. It sees them all pass as a moving phantasmagoria, and no ripple ruffles its passionless serenity.

*TBD* Clear Intelligence, Free of Intrinsic Status:

From The Detailed Identification:

"When you nakedly regard yourself,

Your looking is transparent, nothing to be seen.

This is naked, immediate, clear intelligence.

It is clear voidness with nothing established...

Not permanent, free of any intrinsic status...

Not derivative, self-aware, it is this very reality."

*EJ* The Still, Serene Mind:

Later still, you grow so quiet that your body disappears. Then you find that you are the mind, and this mind that you are watching is a serene, deep, beautiful, blank sky, an empty space, elegant in its purity. It is what the Tibetans call rigpa, the beginning of the understanding of the richness of Emptiness.

*EK* God Seen as Nothingness:

God is the annihilation of all thoughts, uncontainable by any concept. Indeed, since no one can contain God at all, it is called Nothingness.

Higher Communication Through Quiet Mind

Script: This can also be merged with a similar section I know I've done.. In Unity?
*LBD* Communion with the Spiritual:

There is nothing more important for life, even for material life, than the strong and sure realization of communion with the spiritual world.

*CH* Only One Teacher:

Ramana declared unequivically that no one was his disciple. He would tirelessly insist that Ultimate Consciousness alone is the Guru, or teacher.

...Ramana did indicate, however, that although the Guru, or teacher, is within everyone as primal awareness, an illumined sage can push us in the direction he described as inward in the sense of being more primary, or primal.

*LotSB* Knowing God in the Silence:

Your God is personal to you inasmuch as you have reached through feeling, past thought into infinite inducing silence... He is here.

Script: Ecstasy, ecstasy, ecstasy.
*LotSB* The Renewing Silence:

Lie deep in the silent reaches where you will be restored, reborn, made new.

*IAD* Silence and Revelations:

The moment the questioning of the outer mind can be put under control and made to subside, the greatest revelations pour forth.

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If they will enter into the "I AM Presence" as directed, every question, every problem in their lives will disappear as the mist before the radiance of the morning sunlight.

*ER* All Knowledge in Emptiness:

They don't study books of philosophical thought.

They make their loving clearer and clearer.

No wantings, no anger. In that purity

they receive and reflect the images of every moment,

from here, from the stars, from the void.

*ER* Theorizing about Essence:

Muhammad said, "Don't theorize

about essence!" All speculations

are just more layers of covering.

Human beings love coverings!

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The fearful ascetic runs on foot, along the surface.

Lovers move like lightning and wind.

No contest.

Theologians mumble, rumble-dumble,

necessity and free will,

while lover and beloved

pull themselves

into each other.

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Some commentary

clarifies, but with love silence is clearer...

If you want to expound on love,

take your intellect out and let it lie down

in the mud. It's no help.

*IL* Making Contact in the Silence:

Sit quietly in a relaxed position, and, when wholly at ease, let your mind take in the significance of these words:

"Be still! -And KNOW- I AM- God."

...Let whatever impressions that come to your mind enter at will- without effort or interference on your part. Note carefully their import, for it is I, within, through these impressions, instructing you...

Say [these words] a thousand times a day,

Until you have discovered all My innermost meaning...

Then, as the Words reverberate through the caverns of your now empty being;

Then, as the Sun of Know-ing begins to rise on the horizon of your consciousness;

Then, will you feel the swell of a wondrous strange Breath filling you to the extreme of all your mortal members, causing your senses almost to burst with the ecstasy of it; then, will there come surge after surge of a mighty, resistless Power rising within you, lifting you almost off the earth; then, will you feel within the Glory, the Holiness, the Majesty of My Presence;

And then, then you will KNOW, I AM, GOD.

You,- when you have felt Me thus in such moments within, when you have tasted of My Power, hearkened to My Wisdom, and know the ecstasy of My all-embracing Love,- no disease can touch, no circumstance can weaken, no enemy can conquer you. For now you KNOW I AM within, and you always hereafter will turn to Me in your need, putting all your trust in Me, and allowing Me to manifest My Will.

 

See Truth & God in Everything

Seeing God in All Things
Becoming The Light

*KaU* See the Spirit in All:

When the wise realize the omnipresent Spirit, who rests invisible in the visible and permanent in the impermanent, then they go beyond sorrow.

...The foolish run after outward pleasures and fall into the snares of vast-embracing death. But the wise have found immortality, and do not seek the Eternal in things that pass away.

...As fire, though one, takes new forms in all things that burn, the Spirit, though one, takes new forms in all things that live.

...As the sun that beholds the world is untouched by earthly impurities, so the Spirit that is in all things is untouched by external sufferings.

*ER* All Emotions Reduced:

Anything she praises, it's Joseph's touch she means,

any complaint, it's his being away.

*CH* Seeing the Flow in Everything:

When the person unattuned to Original Mind looks at body, mind, and world, these appear opaque, or solid, and he or she encounters apparent separation and fragmentation. To the sage, by contrast, all structure is revealed as transparent, in no way obscuring the flow of True Nature.

*EJ* Seeing Everything Connected:

Jane McDonald: "I felt surrounded by unbounded Love. Everything I looked at, everything was connected. My heart went ping! and opened. I could feel it. It heated up.

*RotOS* Seeing the Good in Everything:

He found the magic in everything, be it philosophy or a field of grain. He could love equally every action he performed... It was a blessing to be in his company and an honor to be his student.

*THAS* See Life in All Things:

Cosmic Angel of Stone: Let your dominion be over yourself, and let your expanding consciousness see God's life in all things.

*BMS* All Things As Infinite:

"If the doors of perception were cleansed," wrote William Blake, "every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite."

*WtK* Seeing God/Good in All:

Unless we see God in everything we cannot see good in anything.

*TBD* Self-Recognition:

From The Prayer for Deliverance from the Straits of the Between:

"May I know all sounds as my own sounds!

May I know all lights as my own lights!

May know all rays as my own rays!"

*CH* Becoming What We Perceive:

Paul writes: "We, with our unveiled faces reflecting like mirrors the brightness of the Lord, all grow brighter and brighter as we are turned into the image that we reflect."

*EK* You See By God. Knowing This, You See God:

Usually the mind conceals the divine thoroughly by imagining that there is a separate mental power that constructs the mental images. But by training yourself to hear the voice of God in everything, the voice reveals itself to your mind as well.

*BG* Seeing God in Everything:

A true yogi observed Me in all beings, and also sees every being in Me. Indeed, the self-realized man sees Me everywhere. For one who sees Me everywhere and sees everything in Me, I am never lost, nor is he ever lost to Me. The yogi who knows that I and the Supersoul within all creatures are one worships Me and remains always in Me in all circumstances.

*IU* Brotherhood:

Who sees all being in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.

*B* See God In All Things:

Love God in all things equally, that is to say, love God as freely in poverty as in riches and look for him in illness as well as in health. Look for him outside of temptation as well as in temptation, in suffering as well as without suffering.

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The person who knows God most truly is the one who can find him equally in all things... If the situation is such that he can better perceive God when he is in peaceful circumstances where he is comfortable, this is due to his own insufficiency and not to anything on God's part. For God is equally in all things and in all places and he is ready to give himself in the same way and to the same degree in every circumstance.

*EK* Seeing God Through Anything:

God generates all of existence. From one bit of existence, the soul can perceive the existence of God.

*ER* Being With God:

When you are with everyone but me,

you're with no one.

When you are with no one but me,

you're with everyone.

(NOTE: Explain the difference between the level of dichotomy and the level of truth, of unity.)

*T* Seeing Eternal Relations to the World:

Each little beetle will reveal countless mysteries when we look at it not only with our eyes but also, through our eyes, with our spirit as well...

To begin with, we must be content with turning our attention to what is lasting; this effort in and of itself will eventually allow us to recognize the eternal... Even life's trivial aspects do not leave such people untouched, but instead of getting lost in frivolities, spirit-seeking individuals see them in the right light and recognize their limited value. It would be a poor seeker of knowledge who would prefer to roam the cloudy heights and lose touch with life. True seers know how to use their elevated vantage point, clear overview and strong sense of what is important to put each thing in its right place.

*CWG3* Seeing Through a Thing Via Concentration:

When you look deeply at something, you see through it. To contemplate a thing deeply is to see right through it. Then the illusion ceases to exist. Then you see a thing for what it really is. Only then can you truly enjoy it- that is, place joy into it. (NOTE: see through it, as you see through your own eyes. <-So well said!)

*CtL* Post-NDE- Seeing Beyond the Veil:

Many patients describe the Light as continuing on, even after the near-death experience is over. One patient said that whenever she fell asleep as a child she would reexperience the Light. Another described her near-death experience at age two: "I saw a bright light that I knew was God. I had the deepest possible experience from being in the Light. When I was a youngster, I could still see sparkles in a dark room from when I first saw that light."

*GHL* Attention- The Gateway Through Which Infinity Is Seen:

"Not long before Carver's death a visitor to his laboratory saw him reach out his long sensitive fingers to a little flower on his workbench. ‘When I touch that flower,' he said rapturously, ‘I am touching infinity. It existed long before there were human beings on this earth and will continue to exist for millions of years to come. Through the flower, I talk to the Infinite, which is only a silent force. This is not a physical contact. It is not in the earthquake, wind or fire. It is in the invisible world. It is that still small voice that calls up the fairies.'

"He suddenly stopped and after a moment of reflection smiled at his visitor. ‘Many people know this instinctively,' he said, ‘and none better than Tennyson when he wrote:

"‘Flower in the crannied wall,

I pluck you out of the crannies,

I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,

Little flower- but if I could understand

What you are, root and all, and all in all,

I should know what God and man is.'" -Peter Tomkins & Christopher Bird

(NOTE: You are the gateway to everything.)

*ER* God Within Things, Your Moving Attention:

God's joy moves from unmarked box to unmarked box,

from cell to cell. As rainwater, down into flowerbed.

As roses, up from ground.

Now it looks like a plate of rice and fish,

now a cliff covered with vines,

now a horse being saddled.

It hides within these,

till one day it cracks them open.

*E* Focus & Meaning Shining Through [All Fall Into the Infinite]:

In focus, when all meaning shines forth clearly and the True Form of the Self is experienced as if it were a void, that is Ascendant Consciousness. (NOTE: Holographically, then, the only reason all meaning doesnt shine forth from everything is that we have a limited search pattern!!!)

The complete experience of Ascendant Consciousness is not Emptiness; rather, it is the Fullness beyond all qualities.

When any object is held in the attention, its entire meaning and purpose is instantly and fully known. (NOTE: Truth shining through. And thus if a thing cant satisfy the SINGLE desire for, say, food, or drink, it is not even seen (with the attention!!)

As the full value of more and more objects of perception are perceived, the boundaries of the external world gradually fall into the Infinite until there is no thing anywhere at any time that is not directly cognized as Infinite.

One-pointedness is the natural result of the mind settling down into Silence.

*E* Seeing the Infinite in Everything:

In Exalted Consciousness, everything appears in celestial light. The individual has unmade all of his/her belief in separation, in limitation, in suffering, in death.

One open to this level of consciousness perceives the functioning of the Laws of Nature.

When this level of consciousness functions perfectly, all desires are instantly fulfilled.

(NOTE: That's because it's not just light! It's you shining out. You as God! Truth, beauty, love, it's all the same!) This is the level of perception of the angels, devas, gods and of God. Seeing the Infinite in everything occurs in Unified Consciousness. The Celestial light shining on and through everything is wonderful beyond the means of any words to describe. This state is replete with knowledge, love and bliss. All of life dances in joy and love.

It is precisely the Infinite moving from the inside to the outside that structures awareness of the Infinite on the outside.

*HU* This Organization as Intelligence, Life:

Life, too, is enfolded throughout the totality of the universe. Even a rock is in some way alive, says Bohm, for life and intelligence are present not only in all of matter, but in "energy," "space," "time," "the fabric of the entire universe."

*IA* Seeing God in All:

God bestowed on us the Face of the Truly Real in every thing, through which we are glorifying him. We do not blame anything in the world of being. To turn your love from some is to turn your back on that much God. The ego-self surrenders or disappears within the Divine Will. One witnesses either the ego-self or God.

Whoever is unaware of the Face of God in all things is overcome and mastered by unconscious pretensions. That ego-pretensiousness is the essence of all spiritual sickness. The people of spiritual realization have established that there is nothing in being but God. As for us, although we do exist, still our being is only through God. The ultimate state of someone whose being is through another is non-existance.

When God reveals himself, you see him through God's eye, for no one sees him but him.

Continually knocking at God's gate of the heart, closely attentive without distraction, there appeared the splendors of God's face, until there was nothing but that essence, and there was a knowing of being in which there was no knowing of anything but God.

God's power in manifested in the imagination.

Experiences can be perceived from four different levels of increasing "distance" from God. These are not different classes of phenomena, but different connections with God. They are essence, attributes, activities, and nothing. <-match Swedenborg.

*HTKHW* The Higher Perspective, An Inner Streaming Love:

We must reach the point of contemplating those things that concern us as human beings as such, completely independent of the circumstances and conditions of our particular life.

The center of our being shifts inward. We listen to the voices that speak within us in our moments of serenity.

At first, we are wholly absorbed in a world of thought. We must learn to love what streams toward us from the spirit. Then we shall soon cease to accept this world of thought as less real than the every day life surrounding us. Instead, we will begin to work with our thoughts as we do with material objects. And then the moment will approach when we begin to realize that what is revealed to us in the silence of inner thinking activity is more real than the physical objects around us. We experience that life speaks in this world of thoughts.

Hidden beings speak to us through thoughts. Words resound in our souls. The first time we experience this we feel supremely blessed. Our outer world is suffused with an inner light.

*SPoK* The Eye of Insight & the Unseen World:

"The cosmos is two worlds, the Unseen, and the Visible. The second world is perceived by sight, while the world of the Unseen is perceived by insight."

"Sight in the rational faculty is called the ‘eye of insight.'"

"The eye of insight is veiled by such things as rust, passion, and gazing upon ‘others' within the dense natural world. But when man applies himself to the mirror of his heart and polishes it, he thereby gains some light. And God possesses a light called the "light of existence" which is deployed over all existence things. When these two lights come together, unseen things are unveiled."

"When the shaykhs ask their disciples questions in order to teach them how to take from God, they do not allow them to reflect upon the answer, lest their answer be the result of reflection. They say, ‘Answer only with that which comes to your mind immediately when I ask you the question. Look at what is cast into your heart when the question enters it. Mention it at the outset of the idea.'"

"Some of the sober are sober through their Lord, and others through themselves. He who is sober through his Lord never addresses any but his Lord in his sobriety, nor does he hear any but Him. His eye falls upon his Lord in all the existent things. He will have one of two stations:

"He may see the Real from ‘behind' the veil of the things inasmuch as He has encompassed them.

"Or he may see the Real as identical with the things."

"We are many, deriving from One Entity- inaccessible and exalted is He! That Entity is related to us by bringing us into existence, and we are related to Him through existence. So ‘He who knows himself' as a creature and an existent thing ‘knows' the Real as a Creator and the one who brings into existence."

*IA* Seeing God in Every Belief:

The followers of the prophets, no matter how much they want to raise the veils of the prophets from themselves so they can see God without an intermediary are unable to do so.

Such people see the lord with the eye of every belief. The person who means to do well by his soul must necessarily seek out, during his life in this world, all the things that are professed concerning the ultimate Divine Reality, and he must come to know why each individual professing a particular position affirms what he professes. In other words, he must become completely compassionate. The person who realizes the underlying truth in every individual's inner form of beleif is beloved by all groups. Perhaps this is to release all hatred. Belief in the undying nature of the soul destroys all fear.

God Speaks Through All Things

*CWS* Truth In Everything:

You look for superior selves. You hope for senior selves; for spirits that know what you do not know; and yet I speak for the humblest cell within your body, to whom you do not listen. If you listened to the smallest leaf that falls upon an autumn walk, then you would know what I am saying; so I speak for the leaves, and the wind, and the cells within your body. You are the superior selves toward which you struggle with such great seriousness, and you cannot understand that it is precisely that seriousness that cuts you off from the intimate knowledge of the playfulness of your own being. Gurus have no truths that the leaves do not possess.

*GoE* The Essence Speaks Through Things:

A deep insight will always, like Nature, ultimate its thought in a thing. As soon as a man masters a principle and sees his facts in relation to it, fields, waters, skies, offer to clothe his thoughts in images. Then all men understand him.

*WAT* Hearing Behind Words:

Every spoken word is a covering for the inner self...

Even if what is being said is trivial and wrong,

the listener hears the source.

Seeing God With God

Script: Tuned to a higher frequency, that higher frequency is what you see.
*ER* Seeing God With God:

Borrow the beloved's eyes.

Look through them and you'll see the beloved's face

everywhere. No tiredness, no jaded boredom.

*ER* Seeking God- He is in Your Seeking:

Lo, I am with you always means when you look for God,

God is in the look of your eyes.

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And don't look for me in a human shape.

I am inside your looking. No room

for form with love this strong.

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Shams is invisible because he is inside sight.

He is the intelligent essence

of what is everywhere at once, seeing.

*MuU* Seeing the Light Behind the Senses:

[Atman] is immeasurable in his light and beyond all thought.

...By the grace of wisdom and purity of mind, he can be seen indivisible in the silence of contemplation.

...All mind is woven with the senses: but in a pure mind shines the light of the Self.

*T* No Light Enters the Soul:

Rays of light penetrate into the eye, to the retina, where they stimulate chemical changes in what is called the visual purple in the rods of the retina. The effect of this stimulus then moves along the visual nerve to the brain, where further physical processes take place... However, the sensation of the blue color that the recipient of the light rays experiences is still nowhere to be found; it only comes about in the recipient's soul...

The sentient soul is dependent on the ether body, because it draws from the ether body what it then allows to light up as sensation.

*WAT* Seeing Truly:

Borrow the Beloved's eyes.

Look through them and you'll see the Beloved's face

everywhere.

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Let your eyes see God everywhere. Give up fears

and expectations. The Friend, the Beloved, your Soul,

is a River with the trees and buds of the world

reflected in it. And it's no illusion!

The reflections are real, real images, through which

God is made real to you.

See God In All People

*MotFE* Worship the God in Everyone:

"Worship God expressing through the individual."

"If you wish to assist others, see the Christ enthroned in them as he is in you and speak to the Christ in them as though you were talking directly to them.

"The greatest sermon ever given is ‘BEHOLD GOD.' This means seeing God standing forth in all glory right within and from you and from all others also."

"Look beyond me; the voice of God speaks through me."

*IaTR* The Light of Humanity in Each Person:

I again see anew. With this greater clarity of vision comes a direct knowing. They bow not to me, a single human Being, but to the Light of Humanity, which I represent.

The light never falters. It is a beacon of Love. It is a reminder of our spiritual Self. It is a Light that never diminishes, no matter how ignored it may be or how long it may take to discover. No matter how much we abuse ourselves or are abused by others, the Light shines unabated, untarnished. We are the Light.

*AoaY* Sympathy, Compassion:

"Have you no sympathy for the bewildered masses?"

"To love both the invisible God, Repository of all Virtues, and visible man, apparently possessed of none, is often baffling! Inner research soon exposes a unity in all human minds – the stalwart kinship of selfish motive. In one sense at least, the brotherhood of man stands revealed. An aghast humility follows this leveling discovery. It ripens into compassion for one's fellows, blind to the healing potencies of the soul awaiting exploration." (NOTE: Yes!)

"Only the shallow man loses responsiveness to the woes of others' lives, as he sinks into narrow suffering of his own."

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Everyone found in Master an equal courtesy and kindness. To a man who has realized himself as a soul, not the body or the ego, the rest of humanity assumes a striking similarity of aspect.

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The saint was in a high state of samadhi. Utterly oblivious to her outward garb as a woman, she knew herself as the changeless soul; from that plane she was joyously greeting another devotee of God.

*AoaY* No Ego, No Gifts:

But shyly he drew away, repeatedly refusing the honor. Perceiving my hurt, he finally smiled consent.

"Since we are both devotees of the Mother, you may put the garland on this bodily temple, as offering to Her who dwells within."

*GR* Seeing Jesus in All:

The first step, I realized, was to stop trying to recapture that otherworldly vision of Jesus, and start looking for him in the faces across the mess table.

Compassion

*MotFE* Offering Solace To Would-Be Criminals:

Jast stated that these men belonged to one of the most notorious bands of bandits which roamed the nearby country. They did nothing but rob and plunder villages and drive off the herds of sheep and goats.

In a few moments Emil arose and said he would invite them to our camp. Unless they were well prepared, it would be impossible for man or beast to survive the storm until morning, as the cold was growing intense outside. After about twenty minutes had passed, they reappeared, followed by twenty of the bandit band leading their horses. The moment they entered the circle of light they became suspicious that there was some plot to capture them. [Emil assures them that he and the others are defenseless and that the bandits can leave at any time. They stayed awhile, keeping to themselves and many wanted to rob them but one said that they were like Gods and would have their bandit troupe destroyed. They tried leaving but the storm was too harsh.

[Friends were made of the whole bandit camp of over 150, and two joined them on their continuing journeys]

*JoA* Compassion:

The best antidote to pride is humility, which leads to compassion. The sooner one develops compassion in this journey, the better. Compassion lets us appreciate that each individual is doing what he or she must do.

*TB* Compassion:

A resolution is born in us to destroy that evil spirit [the false self generated by a small ego] , our greatest enemy. With that evil spirit dead, the cause of all our suffering will be removed, and our true nature, in all its spaciousness and dynamic generosity, will shine out. It is compassion, dedicating ourselves to others, taking on their suffering instead of cherishing ourselves, that hand in hand with the wisdom of egolessness destroys most effectively and most completely that ancient attachment to a false self that has been the cause of our endless wandering in samsara. We see compassion as the source and essence of enlightenment. "The childish work for their own benefit, The buddhas work for the benefit of others."

Compassion is not true compassion unless it is active.

Self-grasping crates self-cherishing, which in turn creates an ingrained aversion to harm and suffering. However, harm and suffering have no objective existence; what gives them their existence and their power is only out aversion to them. It is our aversion, in fact, that attracts to us every negativity and obstacle that can possible happen to us, and fills our lives with nervous anxiety, expectation, and fear.

By taking on the sickness of those suffering like you, in addition to your own pain, with a mind full of compassion you will- beyond any doubt- purify the past negative karma that is the cause, now and in the future, of the continuation of your suffering.

To awaken compassion, feel again that you are, as that person made you feel then, worthy of love and really lovable. One powerful way to evoke compassion is to think of others as exactly the same as you. Put yourself unflinchingly in his or her place. Imagine one of your dearest friends, or someone you really love, in that person's place. The universal way is to direct whatever compassion you have to all beings, be dedicating all your positive actions and spiritual practice to their welfare and especially toward their enlightenment.

All beings, everywhere, suffer; let your heart go out to them all in spontaneous and immeasurable compassion. Compassion is a far greater and nobler thing than pity. Pity has its roots in fear, and a sense of arrogance and condescension, sometimes even a smug feeling of "I'm glad it's not me." "When your fear touches someone's pain, it becomes pity; when your love touches someone's pain, it becomes compassion."

Experiences of Seeing God in All Things

*EJ* Mescaline- Seeing the Life in All Things:

W. T. Stace, in Mysticism and Philosophy: His story concerns "N.M.," who insists the mescaline did not produce the vision but rather "inhibited the inhibitions" which had previously veiled his eyes.

"The room in which I was standing looked out onto the back yards of a negro tenement. The buildings were decrepit and ugly, the ground covered with boards, rags, and debris. Suddenly every object in my field of vision took on a curious and intense kind of existence of its own; that is, everything appeared to have... A kind of individual life, and every object, seen under this aspect, appeared exceedingly beautiful... Everything was urgent with life... All things seemed to glow with a light that came from within... and I was filled with grief at the realization of the real situation of human beings living continuously in the midst of all this without being aware of it."

*CtL* Vision- Seeing Beyond the Veil:

Edward Robinson reports on a spiritual experience he had as a four-year-old: "My mother and I were walking on a stretch of land known locally as the moors. As the sun declined and the slight chill of evening came on, a pearly mist formed over the ground. Suddenly I seemed to see the mist as a shimmering gossamer tissue and flowers appearing here and there, seemed to shine with a brilliant fire. Somehow I understood that this was the living tissue of life itself, in which what we call consciousness was embedded: appearing here and there was a shining focus of energy in that more diffused whole. In that moment I knew that I had my own special place, as had all other things."

Sharing Visions of God in All

*IL* The Art:

The only true art is that of seeing clearly My Perfection in all My human expressions, and of allowing the quickening power of My Love to pour through you into their hearts, picturing to their inner vision My Image hidden therein.

Making True Sight Permanent

*EIM-S* Overcome With Remembrance:

When the secret of the heart of the ecstatic is overcome by the remembrance of the one in whom he has found rapture, he depicts all his conditions with the attributes of his beloved. When looking at a wild animal, "Layla," when looking at the mountains, "Layla", and when looking at other people, "Layla", to the point that when he was asked his name and condition, he said "Layla."

He was asked: "What is the mark of the knower?"

He said: "He does not slacken in his remembrance of him, and he does not tire from the reality of him, and he does not keep company with any other than him."

Seeing God Nowhere

*SDoG* Seeing the Real vs the Outward:

Inasmuch as they see the outward signs, they see the Manifest, and inasmuch as they see the inward signs, they see the Nonmanifest. Certain seekers move from a vision of the Real's utter difference from creation, which demands that they see things as lowly and despicable, to a vision of His utter sameness, which demands that they see all things as God's self-disclosures.

Learning What Blocks Your God-Seeing

*T* Seeing Eternal, Not Personal Relations to the World:

As long as our relationship to the world is a personal one, things show us only what connects them to our own personality... Whenever I observe a stone, plant, animal, or person, I should be aware that something eternal is expressed there.

*WtK* Seeing What Blocks Your Seeing of the Light in Others:

If the human mind and its thoughts are permitted to be distracted by appearances, and are not centered upon seeing the Light within your companions, you will be thus shown every thing within yourself that prevents the unfolding of the inner sight and hearing, and you will stay out in the shadows, wondering why you cannot progress as your soul longs to do.

It is hard for many to believe that what they see in others is because of what still exists in themselves. But that is only because they are still more interested in judging others than in listening to the Loving One within, Who always seeks to draw their thoughts to Himself... and thus may see with His eyes the souls of their fellows, shining in the darkness of mortal consciousness, ever seeking to be free, even as their own souls long to be free...

Compassion and understanding lift the veil of self and enable him to see through into the souls of his fellows, and thus to know his oneness with them.

A Disciple learns early not to deal with men and women, but with souls. Gradually he becomes more concerned with the effect upon himself than with what others say and do to him. He seeks earnestly to learn what weakness or inharmony in himself drew forth such unkind words or harmful acts that hurt and caused his soul disquiet or trouble.

Truth Through Metaphor

*WtK* The Brain Must See Truth Via Metaphor:

The human mind, because of its sense of separateness, can receive Spiritual truths only in terms of form or pictures, so that such symbolic illustration is used that will best convey to the mind the truth sought.

** All Things Can Be Known:

(NOTE: Anyone who says "it cannot be known" suffers self-doubt and is justifying his self doubt. All things can be known and God uses as a metaphor all things through which he shines the truth plainly if we will only look)

 

Enlightenment & Living in the Moment

What Enlightenment Is

*EJ* I Am Awake:

The Buddha, asked once who he was, responded, "I am awake."

*E* Enlightenment Connects Absolute & Physical:

Enlightenment is the connecting link between the Absolute Self and the external Universe.

*WoLi* Vibrational Enlightenment:

On a vibrational level, enlightenment could be thought of as the omnipresence of a wave-form with infinite frequency and infinite amplitude.

*WO* Knowing Who You Are:

You will see with My eyes, hear with My ears, and know with My understanding all things. You no longer will see only the outward appearance of things, but you will see them in their Reality. Nothing past, present or future, will be hidden from you; for the limitations of the human nature are no longer there, and in the Spirit there is no time, space, personalities or separation, -All is one...

You will no longer seek to lead, but only to follow Me.

And you will no longer even seek to be wise, or good, or strong, or rich, or healthy, or happy, because you are all these things, being One with Me, Who AM the inner essence of which these things are but the outer manifestation.

And you will know that all inharmony presages the coming harmony; that all lack is but My urge towards complete expression; that all darkness is but shadow indicating the direction of the Light.

*WoLi* The Highest Plane- Vibrational Enlightenment:

If we postulate that each chakra represents a dimension of smaller and faster vibration, we theoretically reach a plane in the crown chakra where we have a wave of infinite speed and no wavelength, allowing it to be everywhere at once.

*E* Enlightenment Defined:

Enlightenment: we know that we are the Source of our light. We know that the Source of our Good is the omnipresent Ascendant Consciousness which we live continually; we recognize also that all that returns to us that is not desirable is the result of our past, unenlightened action. All is our own creation, none others.

*TB* Dzogchen, the Great Perfection:

Dzogchen is the primordial state of total awakening that is the heart-essence of all the buddhas and all spiritual paths, and the summit of spiritual evolution. Dzogchen is the already self perfected state of our primordial nature, which needs no perfecting, for it has always been perfect since the very beginning. To directly see this state is nothing less than seeing the actual state of things as they are.

In Dzogchen, the fundamental, inherent nature of everything is called the "Ground Luminosity." This pervades our whole experience, and is therefore the inherent nature of the thoughts and emotions that arise in our minds as well. The Ground Luminosity and the Path Luminosity are fundamentally the same. As soon as a thought or emotion arises, the Path Luminosity- the Rigpa- recognizes it immediately for what it is, recognizes its inherent nature, the Ground Luminosity. In that moment of recognition, the two luminosities merge and thoughts and emotions are liberated in the very ground. In Dzogchen all is only and forever Rigpa.

*MotFE* Heaven Is Here, Now:

"The laws for the establishment of heaven here on earth, which Jesus taught and which you have seen applied in a very small measure, are exact and scientific."

"Heaven is all about us and is light vibration. The actual focal center or starting point of heaven must be right within my body."

"There is not an atom of space that does not have the emanating energy of light and life flowing through it."

*PAP* Enlightenment, the State of Unity-Multiplicity:

In the full knowledge and understanding of Cause, man is God. In the orbit of his Love, his life is at once everywhere and nowhere. The space in which this formless, divine energy radiates, is impregnated with his life. Not an atom can be influenced, not a single vibration can be produced, without his being immediately aware of it. This Unity-Multiplicity energy of the higher worlds makes it difficult even to remember the feeble powers of the earthly state. Whether we act everywhere at once or at some given point in spherical space, it is by means of an impulse which comes from the entire being.

We now no longer think of the constants of the past and future. We "are" purely and simply, in a perfect present which unites in itself all the prerogatives which lie beyond the power of human conception and which human beings have at all times attributed to their gods.

*MotFE* Empowerment By Unity & Large-Scale Forgiveness:

"You will soon find that, by fixing your thoughts and attention steadfastly on God and His divine perfection, you can raise the vibrations of your body so that they will blend so harmoniously with those of the divine perfection that you are absolutely one with the divine perfection and thus one with God. You are then able so to influence the vibrations of the bodies of others with whom you come in contact that they see the perfection that you see.

"God works through all to carry out His perfect plan and the perfect, loving thoughts continually going forth from the hearts of all are God's own message to His children. It is these thoughts that keep the vibration of our bodies in direct touch with the divine and perfect vibrations.

"We soon find we have the power to enslave or to free ourselves, as well as to forgive every sin of the whole human family through our attitude of thought, word, or deed and, through the vibrations thus released, to the whole world. This power which we have to free ourselves and our fellow-men from bondage through the process of divine thinking is a glorious privilege.

"True forgiveness purifies and blesses all and begins in the heart of the individual."

*E* Enlightenment's Internal Signs:

Non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, self-restraint, and non-grasping are perfected when they apply to all that proceeds from the Earth with no distinction for species, place, time or circumstances.

This sutra does not suggest pretending to be peaceful if you are enraged inside. It is perfectly possible to kill and yet to have perfected non-violence. It is entirely based on the level of consciousness inside, not at all on the external behavior.

There are no external signs of enlightenment. Enlightenment is absolutely an internal reality.

*EIM-Q* Ecstasy:

No ecstasy that contains anything of its possessor is truly an ecstasy.

*EIM-Q* Union & Separation:

When a person affirms his self and affirms creation but witnesses it all as existing through the real, that is union. But if he is snatched from all regard of creation, uprooted from his own self, utterly removed from perceiving any "other" through the sovereign power of reality when it appears and seizes him, that is union of union.

Separation is the witnessing of others-than-God. Union is witnessing the others through God. Union of union is the utter perishing and passing away of all perception of any other-than God.

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[EIM-R] Rabi'a said: "O my God, whatever share of this world you have given me, give it to your enemies, and whatever share of the next world you have given me, give it to your friends. You are enough for us."

*E* Remembering, Resonating:

(NOTE: When mind hologram is more equal to the universe hologram, the beam is reconstructed and fills you with the Ascendant/pure essence. To be more like the universe, to embrace and have its entire power and knowing, it takes an ultimate surrender or TRUST to what it is and is doing! Since you came from God, you once were God and thus had all knowledge. That is why you remember. Resonance: this is a key word. Holographically, to be equal is to resonate.)

A mind resonating with the One is in perfect harmony with Nature.

Not only does Resonance not create deep stress, it creates no impression of any kind. For those moving in frictionless flow with the Ascendant in every thought, word and deed, there is no result of action, for there is no independent action.

*TB* The Bliss of the Realization:

If you were to gather all the glory, enjoyment, pleasure, and happiness of the world and put it all together, it would not approach one tiny fraction of the bliss that you experience upon realizing the nature of mind.

*EIM-N* Being With God:

5. THE STANDING "MY TIME HAS COME"

He stood me, saying:

If you cannot see me, you are not with me

If you see an other-than-me, you do not see me.

*EIM-N* Remember God Always, Remain Fluid:

67. THE STANDING OF THE PRESENCE CHAMBER AND THE LETTER

If you recall your fault

You will forget your lord.

What blocks you from me in the world

Will block you from me in the afterworld.

Fixed knowledge

Is fixed ignorance

Remember me. You will know me.

Help me. You will witness me.

Everything other-than is a passing inclination.

Only knowledge can negate it.

Center Awareness in the Moment

*E* Awareness is Seldom in the Moment:

The typical experience of the adult human mind is that awareness is rarely in the present moment. Instead of regret for the past or worry for the future, we should be free from the limitations imposed by past experience.

What is the root of sorrow? A mind that is caught by the past.

*CWG2* Living Each Moment Fully:

Remember, you sent your Self this moment as a gift. The moment contained the seed of a tremendous truth. Yet when the moment arrived, you immediately began constructing thoughts about it. Instead of being in the moment, you stood outside the moment and judged it. When you come to each moment cleanly, without a previous thought about it, you can create who you are, rather than re-enact who you once were.

In order to act with love when all your previous experience is screaming at you that a particular moment is likely to be painful, ignore your previous experience and go into the moment. Life is an ongoing, never-ending process of re-creation. You keep recreating your selves in the image of your next highest idea about yourselves.

*MotFE* Live in the Now To Create a Great Future:

Wherever we go, we find a people that had, at one time, lived wholly in the present. The whole future was in complete accord with the attainments of the present, so the future could take no other direction.

"Live true in the present and the future must be what the present has been."

*HU* Contact With the Eternal Present:

As one seven-year-old boy put it, "Death is like walking into your mind." Bohm: "If you went deeply enough into the actually present, then maybe there's no difference between this moment and the next. Contact with eternity is the present, then maybe there's no difference between this moment and the next. Contact with eternity is in the present moment, but it is mediated by thought. It is a matter of attention."

The idea that the subtler levels of reality can be accessed through a shift in consciousness alone is also one of the main premises of the yogic tradition.

Become God Right Now

*MotFE* Right NOW Become God Right Now This Very Instant:

"Let this one declare himself the Christ and actually accept it as a fact; that instant, that one has brought forth the Christ. Then the Christ stands forth triumphant. Now let him go one step further and declare hat the Christ of God stands forth and that instant he is the Christ of God. Now the Son of God is one with God the Father and he does go directly to the Father. That one must go one more step. This is the greatest and takes the greatest determination, as every fear of mortal thought and limitation must be erased: he must step forth, go forth direct to God the source, or the Father, and declare definitely and know positively without fear of precedent or superstition, or man-made belief, that he Is God; that he is merged wholly or amalgamated with God; that he is this Love, Wisdom, Understanding; that he is substance; that he is every attribute of God the Father, the source, the Principle. He must accept this in all humility- such a one does show forth God. Through such a one, every one of the God attributes does flow out to the whole world. To that one, nothing is impossible. It is only through such a one that God can express. When you amalgamate yourself with God, nothing is impossible to you. You not only have all the Father has but you are all that the Father is. Come forth and become the triumphant Christ. Whosoever will, let them come.

"When you say ‘God,' see yourself as God. See God standing forth as you stand forth."

"I say to you that now, this instant, is the great opportunity for you to step forth, out of this outer turmoil, into the great peace and blessings of God, and clothe yourself with the light of God.

"Become one with those that have made the great accomplishment in like manner; be not only one with God but be God, actually GOD. There is not another organism upon the whole earth that can vibrate at the same rate or frequency; and in consequence, it is so highly organized that it does perceive, then generate and transform this supreme energy, which enables man to express God to the whole world. How can this be done except through the highly organized and perfected body which are when you are in full control of that body?

"You are only in control of and in perfect harmony with this body when you stand forth in perfect dominion and mastery in all the attributes of the Holy Trinity."

"You must be absolutely fearless and true, regardless of what the whole world may think."

Realizing Present Enlightenment
All Are Enlightened & Perfect But Dont Know It

*HoL* Realizing Enlightenment, Healing is Coming Home:

I was led into what appeared to be higher and higher realms. Each realm was more magnificent than the one before. Each was harder and harder to perceive. Each was becoming apparently thinner and of less form...

I tried to reach into the door of the Holy of Holies...

Heyoan: "It is not a matter of trying to reach; it is a matter of allowing oneself to be where one already is...

"Healing is opening the doors of perception so that one can enter into the Holy of Holies and be one with the Creator. It is nothing more, nothing less than that... Enlightenment is the goal; healing is a by-product. So, whenever a soul comes to you for healing, know deep inside that this is what the soul is asking for...

"The soul is saying ‘Help me find my way back home. Help me find my way into the Holy of Holies, into the peace of the ages, into the Wind Whispering Truth Through the Centuries.'"

*TYSD* Enlightenment Through Identification With the Infinite:

In this later Mahayana view, Buddhahood is not obtained through destroying the mind's accumulated knowledge, but through direct identification of the limited human consciousness with the infinite Buddha-mind.

*TYSD* The Goal of Buddhism- Reaching Enlightenment:

The goal of Buddhism is perfection and enlightenment- to become a Fully Awakened and Fully Energized One, a Buddha... To this mighty end, the aim of the practice is to transmute the normal human consciousness into the Transcendental Wisdom and the Great Vitality.

*TYSD* All Are Perfect, But Don't Realize It:

When the Buddha was attaining Enlightenment, he observed, ‘Strange, indeed, it is, for I see that in reality all creatures are Enlightened, are Buddhas'. Both the Mahamudra and Zen are founded on this view...

Garmapa, another great master of Mahamudra, taught:

‘Although the sentient beings themselves dwell in the realm of Buddhahood,

They fail to realize this, and so they wander, lost in the Sangsara.'

*R* Man is Perfect:

Nothing can be added to man, for the whole of creation is already perfected within him... Heaven is your subconscious.

*TBD* We Don't Need to Create Ourselves, We Already Are Perfect:

Our true nature, our Buddha essence, is not something that needs laboriously to be created- it is already overwhelmingly present as our very soul.

*IL* Perfection is Now:

He who looks to the future for his final perfection is chained to the past and can never get free...

You, who are one with Me, are perfect now, and always were perfect...

That only concerns you which immediately confronts you, -how perfectly to express My Idea here and now in the condition in which I have placed you.

*BWT* Peace Exists in God, Put it in You:

The world prays to God for peace... God is not withholding peace. God's peace is already established, but peace must be established in the consciousness of the individual.

*BWT* God Fills Holes of Doubt:

The activity of God is like light touching darkness. It does not do anything whatsoever to darkness: it does not heal it, correct it, change it, or remove it. It just reveals that there is none.

The Four Stages of Enlightenment

*CH* Stages of Enlightenment:

In the process of Enlightenment there is indeed a point when we become ecstatic over rediscovering the One, but this excitement eventually disappears as we understand more clearly that the One is fully present through every state of consciousness, transcendental and mundane.

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We should immerse our awareness successively in each of these four revelatory modes...

The first dimension is prayerful contemplation. The Form or Presence of the ishtadeva, or chosen ideal, appears as vibrantly alive, composed from the radiance of Consciousness. We are not projecting... The primal radiance which assumes the form of the ishtadeva is actually projecting us and all the phenomena that we call the universe...

In the second dimension of contemplation, prayerfulness disappears into silent meditation as our sense of intimacy or communion with the ishtadeva deepens even further. The contemplative and his or her chosen ideal blend with each other and eventually merge completely...

In the third dimension that Archetype itself dissolves into its own essence, or ground. At the heart of the ishtadeva is the primal radiance from which is has emerged, to which it returns, and into which it now disappears... The delight and value of all life-forms, earthly or transcendental, emanate from their essential nature as formless radiance... This third dimension of contemplation cannot involve any focus. We cannot pay attention to primal radiance, because there is nothing separate to pay attention to and no one to pay attention. And yet this radiance cannot be ignored, because it is pure attention. (NOTE: Aha!)

...Primal radiance... is perfectly expressed by whatever thoughts occur... There is no sense in this third dimension of contemplation that forms or sounds ever really occur. They are at most transparent dreams.

Entering the fourth dimension of contemplation involves... The reappearance of our ishtadeva, manifesting as all human beings, all life-forms, all planets and galaxies throughout space and time, as well as all Divine Forms and their heavenly realms...

These four dimensions of contemplating echo the analysis of consciousness developed by the Advaita Vedanta school some fifteen hundred years ago... These ancient thinkers... Speak of a fourfold configuration: three basic states of consciousness- waking, dream, dreamless sleep- and Turiya, which is not a particular state of consciousness but simply primal awareness itself.

The waking state presents to us a world of separate beings and is comparable to the first dimension of contemplation, in which there is separation between the worshipped and the object of worship... In the dream state, beings tend to merge into each other, because the entire dream world is composed of our own consciousness... The state of dreamless sleep is comparable to the third dimension of contemplation, in which all forms disappear into formless radiance. And Turiya, which is the Sanskrit term meaning fourth, corresponds to the fourth dimension of contemplation, [which] embraces the other three dimensions.

...Turiya is also called Brahman.

*CH* The Stages of Enlightenment:

All manifestation is now observed by awakened Enlightenment as its own emanation... In earlier stages there has been a dramatic quality of realization, but in the ninth stage this drama fades, leaving only freshness or plainness.

...The First Glimpse [is] the sudden and inebriating experience of all phenomena as Original Mind...

Yaeko writes: Yesterday morning you told me, "What you have perceived is still hazy." So I felt I must search more deeply. When I awaoke suddenly last midnight, it had become far clearer... All I could do was raise my hands, palms together, out of joy, sheer joy. Truly I see that there are degrees of depth in Enlightenment. Harada Roshi comments: Yes, but few know of this significant fact...

Many practitioners, for years after the experience, accept an inebriating glimpse of True Nature of the flash of initial Enlightenment as final...

Affirms Yaeko: Now that my Mind's eye is opened, the vow to save every living being arises in me spontaneously... As Enlightenment becomes progressively deeper, it becomes clearer that there are no individual beings separate from True Nature.

...The roshi notes...:But as yet there remains a subject who is seeing. Her mind's home is still far distant...

Writes Yaeko: Today for the first time I have attained Great Enlightenment. I am so overjoyed that all of me is dancing.

...Now I can commense the unending task of rescuing every living being. This makes me so happy I can scarcely contain myself. All is radiance, pure radiance. I can now forever progress toward perfection in natural harmony with my daily life... The dimensions of Enlightenment are perceivd to be endless, traversed and retraversed, in various moods, eternally.

...The delirium of joy is the initial reaction of all who have had a deep awakening. Because it contrasts so dramatically with ordinary, daily experience, this ecstasy helps to sustain the illusory separation between spiritual life and ordinary life... Yaeko continues from her new level of clarity or maturity... I swear never again to write anything so pretentious as I did yesterday, saying that I had become enlightened and therefore could instruct others... Yaeko has entered the phase... which involves the disappearance of the illusion that Enlightenment is a condition one can claim. Subtle pretentions are dissipated, and even the role of illuminated sage is transcended.

...Yaeko's balanced assimilation of ecstasy is now such that new levels of Enlightenment do not disturb her appreciation of discipleship... I used to think, "How grand one must become upon enlightenment," and "How admirable is he who devotes himself so fully to Buddhist activities, that he no longer thinks of himself." But I was so mistaken! Yaeko understands that, althought Enlightened, she is an ordinary human being. The pure Buddha activity which is now consciously focused through her is simply her full humanity... Before enlightenment I was so anxious for it... But having come to full enlightenment, I now say to myself, "Why were you so excited about it?" For I have a distinct aversion to being called "enlightened." The illumined sage has disappeared into the Source.

...No longer is there any question of further practice and purification, as in previous letters, but a sense of effortless oneness with Dharma, or True Nature.

...Yaeko writes: I have utterly forgotten the moment of my enlightenment... I simply cant understand why I always made such a to-do about respecting Buddhism or anyone who had attained full enlightenemnt... Yaeko... has really become her own roshi, or master. Better, Orginal Mind has become the guide.

...Writes Yaeko: Thanks to you, I have clearly perceived that the Buddha is none other than Mind. My gratitude knows no bounds.

*CH* Beyond Divine Forms to Union:

That evening, Totapure began instructing him in formless meditation. But as Ramakrishna concentrated deeply, the radiant figure of the Goddess appeared to his inner eye. When he reported this to Totapuri, the austere naked monk took a sharp stone and pressed it firmly against Ramakrishna's forehead, instructing him to concentrate on the pain and assuring him that he could transcend the Divine Form and merge into the infinite expanse of the Absolute. Once more, Ramakrishna meditated and, as he later expressed it, with the sword of wisdom, I cut through the Divine Form of Kali. Her form dissolved, and his individuality completely disappeared into Her formless aspect. For three days Ramakrishna was completely lost to the world, seated in the small meditatiopn hut, motionless, breathing suspended.

*THAS* The Deep Stillness:

What could be stronger than the peace that stays rooted and untouched by the tormented activity whirling about it? (NOTE: imagine trying to disturb the infinite peace of God. You can use bombs, wars, destroy planets and it still remains perfectly at peace. You cannot disturb this eternal peace. Now how petty does your shouting and destruction seem? It is not power, especially not the same power as God, once imagined as hateful and vengeful. It is nothing. The stillness is the untouchable, unbreakable power.)

Further in the depths of it you are unaware of the storms and are conscious of my peace as a gentle rain falling around you. Still further in and not a leaf rustles; it is as if the world were turned to stone and waiting, expectant, for even greater stillness. But further in still the stoniness of the world has vanished, and there is movement again, the lightest and airiest and subtlest of blends, the faintest of sounds, only tinges of flashing colour- all contained in that unbreakable stillness.

Then that movement ceases and we pass to a formless world where lie waiting the seeds, the potencies, of all other worlds. This land you cannot sense, you cannot see nor hear, but you know that in its controlled vibrancy is the mighty bursting force of love eager for expression.

*SL* Initiation One- The Experience of Awakening To the One Life:

The first of the great initiations is... the awakening of consciousness in the spiritual world, in the world where consciousness identifies itself with the life, and ceases to identify itself with the forms in which the life may at the moment be imprisoned. The characteristic of this awakening is a feeling of sudden expansion and of widening out beyond habitual limits... The feeling of a marvelous peace dawns, surpassing anything the world can dream of.

With the falling away of limitations comes an increased intensity of life, as though life flowed in from every side... This is an expansion so marvelous that consciousness feels as though it had never known itself before...

Those who experience this see that limitations were necessary for building a center of selfhood in which self-identity might persist...

The initiate knows the full meaning of the phrase "the unity of humanity," and feels what it is to live in all that lives and moves.

*SL* Initiation Two- Being A Channel of Love:

They realize that they live on earth only to be the expression of the Father's will, his manifested organism... They have become a channel through which that hidden Life can reach the outer world...

Hungry souls come to them and are given bread; souls suffering from the disease of sin come, and are healed by the living word; souls blinded by ignorance come and are illuminated by wisdom.

*SL* The Third Initiation:

Now before disciples is the third portal... and they have a brief moment of peace, of glory, of illumination...

During this lull... disciples see their future. A series of pictures unrolls before their eyes... Then their faces are set steadfastly towards... the darkness they are to enter for the love of humankind...

In the solitude of the heart they must experience the true unity of the Father and the Son, an interior and not an outer unity.

Enlightened Meditation
Realize All Thoughts Are One

*CH* Enlightenment is Embracing All:

We might suppose that Taming the Ox would begin by the elimination of all thoughts, or at least certain thoughts regarded as negative, impure, or unreal. But that is not the way of Enlightenment, which operates fundamentally by inclusion rather than by exclusion... We discover all thoughts to be intrinsically the same, since they each rise from Original Mind. Only because traces of illusion remain is any thought imagined to be different from Enlightenment.

*CH* Enlightenment is Non-Duality:

Enlightenent: no contemplator and no contemplation, no serenity and no disturbance. He lingers not in Buddha and passes quickly on through not-Buddha.

Everyday Enlightenment

*CH* Everyday Enlightenment:

The Hasidic master disappears into God's Life by transforming ordinary daily existence into the holy dance of ecstasy, by perceiving God only...

A mathematical formula, a headache, the death of a loved one, a child's game, a religious ceremony- each permits us to acquire partnership with God when experienced ecstatically, when celebrated as God's own Life.

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The Tantric practitioner does not reject the world dream. The Tantric Way is to continue to dream the universe, which is Ultimate Consciousness engaged in ecstatic worship of Itself.

*SL* Enlightenment Isn't Ascetic:

The life of the Christs of the race is the life in the world, and not the life in the jungle... For only there is the great work to be done, there the trials to be faced, there the powers to be opened up.

*EJ* How Enlightenment Changes Your Life- It Doesn't:

There is a Zen saying...: Before enlightenment, chop wood, draw water; after enlightenment, chop wood, draw water.

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Perfection is not in exhibitions of miraculous powers, but perfection is to sit among people, sell and buy, marry and have children; and yet never leave the presence of God even for one moment.

-Imam Rabbani, Quoting Sayyid Al-Kharraz

Undisturbable

*B* Be Unperturbable:

A master of the spiritual life says: "Nothing can disturb heaven, and this means that an individual is a heavenly person. All things should not mean so much to a person that they can disturb him or her.

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The soul that is to know God must be so established and fixed in God that nothing can make an impression on it- neither joy nor suffering nor love nor sorrow nor anything else could take the soul from its own course.

*LotSB* The Strong, Stable Confident Strength of Spiritual Courage:

True courage, spiritual courage, is without strain, is relaxed, it is a state not ruffled, it is an outpouring steadiness, it is strong, confident, without effort, a calm benediction- for it comes from within.

*HoL* Power:

Having power means to be seated within the center of one's being. (NOTE: An undivided will)

*BG* Being Steady Through Everything:

The person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation.

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One who is not in transcendental consciousness can have neither a controlled mind nor steady intelligence, without which there is no possibility of peace. And how can there be any happiness without peace?

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As the blazing fire turns wood to ashes, O Arjuna, so does the fire of knowledge burn to ashes all reactions to material activities.

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As a lamp in a windless place does not waver, so the transcendentalist, whose mind is controlled, remains always steady in his meditation on the transcendent self... Established thus, one never departs from the truth, and upon gaining this he thinks there is no greater gain. Being situated in such a position, one is never shaken, even in the midst of the greatest difficulty.

Channeling Light to Earth

*TYSD* The Enlightened Ones Channeling Love to the Earth:

Even as the Sun ripens the corn and the fruits of the Earth, so do the Enlightened Ones, by emitting upon the Sangsara the radiances of their all-embracing Love and Compassion, cause the growth and maturity of the Bodhic essence which is implanted in all living things.

*CJ* Radiating Love:

ROMC: "This is the very basis of the training they are putting me through. This love, with no fear and no criticism, starts from within and radiates out into levels of others' consciousness."

*EK* Mystics Emanating Sefirot Energy:

The righteous are capable of becoming a vehicle for the sefirot, through the mystery of the emanation of their souls, their actions in this world, and their inclination toward one side and toward one of the sefirot.

Conscious Living

*CWG2* Unity & Visibility:

Abandon the concept of Separation and adopt the concept of Visibility. For when you and your true relationship with God becomes visible, then We are indivisible. And nothing will ever divide Us again. And although you will live again in the illusion of separation, using it as a tool to create your Self anew, you will henceforth move through your incarnations with enlightenment, seeing the illusion for what it is, using it playfully and joyfully to experience, yet nevermore accepting it as reality. You will nevermore have to use the device of forgetfulness in order to recreate your Self anew, but will use Separation knowingly, simply choosing to manifest as That Which Is Separate for a particular reason and a particular purpose. And when you are thus totally enlightened- you may even choose, as your particular reason for returning to physical life, the re-minding of others.

Focusing Only on God

*WotT* Heeding Only God:

Certain individual men may be so perfect in essence that they become among the angels drawn near to God, who pay no heed to anything other than Him – not even to the pleasures and different orders of blessings in Paradise.

*IA* Focus Only on God:

Stop doing whatever disturbs you and do what does not. Seek the guidance of your heart, even if it guides you to what fascinates or tempts you. Every servant who is praying but whose act of praying does not remove everything other than God is not truly praying. By emptying the receptacle of their hearts from all inquiry about contingent things, and through the presence of careful attentiveness to the inner state of their hearts, they reach God. Such a person seeking inspiration turns their thoughts completely from their self, since that turning away dispenses their worries, and remains alone carefully attending to their heart, at the Door of their Lord.

You must listen instead of projecting expectations. The most compassionate and loving see God even in the most evil.

Expansion & Constriction of Consciousness

*E* Dissolving Stress & Approaching the Ascendant:

When the mind begins its inward march, there may be times when large quantities of stress are dissolving from the nervous system and the body; this makes the experiences rather less than rewarding. What is the poor beginner to do? Not start to concentrate, for that would only raise the physiological rate and tire the mind. Patanjali suggests culturing the opposite thought to the one that is causing the distress.

Dissolving of stress activates memory. It can at times be slightly rough, particularly if there is much guilt about past actions performed or permitted. These stresses can trigger current feelings of anger, greed or delusion.

Removing stress from the nervous system (from the perspective of the body) is the same as expansion of consciousness to the Infinite (from the perspective of the mind).

It is a common experience during the practice of Ascension for ancient memories to drift through with perfect vividness. This is a spontaneous result of stress dissolving.

As the impressions of the Absolute become deeper and clearer, the other impressions of stress and limitation are overshadowed and replaced.

Physical stress and mental impressions of lack and insufficiency are the same thing, seen from two different perspectives. They cease to function for us as we remove our attention from them.

*E* Expansion of Consciousness, Focus of Purpose:

With expansion of consciousness, the knower settles more and more deeply and thoroughly into Ascendant Consciousness. The Laws of Nature that function in life are different in different states of consciousness.

As this transformation occurs, the purpose of life also naturally change. Many purposes naturally change into one. When this happens, all fluctuations of consciousness naturally become stable in pure Ascendant Consciousness.

The natural tendency of the senses change as consciousness changes; so does the use or purpose of the senses.

Life changes because consciousness evolves; it is not that consciousness evolves because life changes.

*FT* Expansion During Ascension:

I felt as if I were expanding through space, becoming larger and larger, bigger than the earth. A bright golden sphere appeared before me and expanded around me. Inside were seven rings of fire, each a color of the rainbow, each more brilliant than our sun. These also expanded around me; inside were galaxies, stars, planets. It was before me and in me. It was part of me, and I was observing it. I forget who I am, and everything I know.

Then I expanded even further and became aware of another reality, filled with uncountable billions of golden spheres, each containing the entire universe, each a complete and perfect creation. Then at the deepest, subtlest, most expanded level of all, I merged into an infinite white light that was not light but beyond all light, yet contained within it all light & color and form and sound and time. I knew that I was that, and nothing other than that.

*UR* Expansive Feelings, Inner Senses, & The Astral Body:

Jane: I feel like my head is real big now, and going around to the right and spinning.

Jane's "massive feelings" are not only instructive physically, but exhilarating indeed when they encompass revelatory or transcendent states of consciousness.

The very peculiar feeling of ‘growing larger' means her boundaries of awareness seemed to have expanded.

Jane said it was as though her eyes had actually moved further apart to create this expanded field of awareness, of infinite black.

Jane had been experimenting with one of the inner senses.

Expansion or Contraction of the Tissue Capsule (The Astral Body): This seventh inner sense represents an extension of the self, widening of its consciousness comprehension… or a pulling together into … a minute capsule that enables the self to enter other fields.

The tissue capsule is actually an energy field boundary… At the same time it protects the whole self from certain radiations which do not here concern you. No living consciousness exists on any plane without this tissue capsule enclosing it… To some inhabitants of other planes [realities] that have access to your plane, all that can be seen of you is this capsule, since such inhabitants have had no experience in our particular type of camouflage [physical] construction. Therefore your camouflage patterns are invisible to them, but the tissue capsules are not.

These capsules can be seen by you under certain circumstances and have been called astral bodies.

*EIM-Q* Fear & Hope, Constriction & Expansion:

These two states [constriction and expansion] arise after the servant has risen beyond the condition of fear and hope. Construction is to the master as fear is to the beginner. Expansion is to the master as hope is to the beginner. Fear concerns something in the future only. The same holds true for hope.

As for constriction and expansion, their mode of consciousness occurs in the present moment. There are also people so constricted that they have no room for the oncoming of anything else. (NOTE: Constriction means focus! Exactly!)

The same is true for a person experiencing expansion. He might have an expansion that contains all creatures, so that the most spectacular things do not move him. No state can affect him. (NOTE: Expansion means unfocus!)

Among the more common occasions of constriction is an oncoming that overwhelms the heart as an intimation of fault or a sign that blame is deserved. Inevitably, constriction comes upon the heart. Another occasion of oncoming might be a sign of nearness or approach to favor and acceptance. Then expansion comes upon the heart.

The realized masters have numbered the states of constriction and expansion among those from which one should ask refuge.

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[EIM-R] Rabi'a said: "I am going to burn paradise and douse hellfire, so that both veils may be lifted from those on the quest and they will become sincere of purpose. God's servants will learn to see him without hope for reward or fear of punishment. As it is now, if you took away hope for reward and fear of punishment, no one would worship or obey.

"O Lord, if I worship you out of fear of hell, burn me in hell, burn me in hell. If I worship you in the hope of paradise, forbid it to me. And if I worship you for your own sake, do not deprive me of your eternal beauty."

*EIM-Q* Awe & Intimacy:

Awe and intimacy are above constriction and expansion. The reality of awe is absence; every person in a state of awe is absent, disappeared.

Intimacy, on the other hand, requires a proper wakefulness.

Awe and intimacy, majestic as they are, are deficient because they entail variability in the godservant. The states of the people of firm-rootedness are beyond any variation.

*UR2* Expansion is Stacking of Time:

The cellular consciousness expereinces itself as eternal... Part of Ruburt's feeling of massiveness comes from the mass [life-to-death] experence of the body, existing all at once. Therefore to him the body feels larger.

*OwtL* NDE- Rings from Wound, Above the World, Expansion & Contraction:

Walker had taken a serious spill going downhill which concluded with the sharp end of a ski pole being driven through his breastbone and piercing his heart.

"I became fascinated by what I saw coming out of my chest," Walker told us. "I saw ‘rings' emanating from my wound. There was one ring after another. They looked just like smoke rings.

"I closed my eyes- and I was not just floating above my body... I was up above the world.

"I could see the planet getting smaller and smaller...

"I understood that I was smaller than the smallest grain of sand on the beach- yet I was also ten thousand feet tall... And both at the same time!"

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*U* Expansion:

Uses are heavenward. That is, they involve a reaching our, an expansion.

...You will live in a wider sphere than those focused on themselves... If my end is myself foremost, I am constricting my sphere to me. If my end is to learn, or to do something useful, I live out into a larger sphere.

 

Attention & Nonattention

Your Attention Worships It's Object

Script: Remember, you become what your attention rests upon.
*EK* Attention is like Bowing Down to an Idol:

In meditation, everything depends on thought. If your thought becomes attached to any created thing- even something unseen or spiritual, higher than any earthly creature- it is as if you were bowing down to an idol on your hands and knees.

*IAD* One Accepts By Giving Attention:

The whole work of a teacher is to get some means and explanation over to the student of the activity of acceptance. What the mind accepts is that which the individual agrees with through his attention by letting the two become one. (NOTE: Attention becomes, says "I AM")

*LotSB* Faith & Attention:

Faith is where your mind is.

Focusing Full Attention

*MotFE* Full Attention:

It is like we often say of a person, "He put his whole self into what he said." It is only when the entire nature is aroused and operative that the voice is sound or that we speak with soundness.

*MJooB* Focus of Attention/Consciousness:

Focus of attention, of consciousness is the most powerful energy available to humankind. It works as a lens will directs light.

*E* Focus:

Focus is the nourishing root of joy and pain.

Focus is consciousness fastened on a point

The mind is sufficiently stable to focus on one object without wavering. This is a by-product of Perpetual Consciousness.

As the mind focuses on a single object, the fluctuations of thought naturally settle into the One, the Ascendant. The ability to cognize the full range of the meaning of the object naturally blossoms in the mind.

Consider the example of the laser -- all the photons march together in step -- this leads to great power. A 75 watt beam of laser light can be bounced off of the moon. Seventy-five watts of random, diffused light will scarcely travel a few miles. This is an analogy of the difference between the incoherent functioning of the Waking State and the coherence of Ascendant Consciousness. This difference is measurable by the EEG -- the Waking State is characterized by a chaotic admixture of brain waves. During the experiences of the Fourth and higher states, however, the brain exhibits perfect orderliness.

*MotFE* What You Worship, You Become:

"What you worship, you idealize, you become.

"The moment you personalize, you idolize. Then you have the empty idol; you have lost the ideal."

"If you co-operate with Me in the Divine Creative Will, you will have no need for any other and you will set up no graven images before Me or yourself."

*CWG2* Attention Creates:

What you think is what you get.

What you fear is what you will draw to you.

What you resist, persists.

What you look at disappears- giving you a chance to recreate it all over again, if you wish, or banish it forever from your experience.

What you choose, you experience.

Denial Uses Attention

*MotFE* Denial Plunges One Further Into Illusion:

The practice of denial as an effective means of liberation into this perfect state should also be intelligently considered in this light. Denial is supposed to erase from the mind or blot out of consciousness, hence out of man's being, an experience or process that is not true or that is seemingly opposed to his perfect state of completion or oneness.

Denial is in no sense necessary. It has a tendency always to plunge one further into illusion because the denial keeps the mind fixed upon the condition and it is thereby more likely to intensify that condition. The purpose is that the condition be eliminated entirely and, in order for this to be brought about, it must be put out of consideration altogether.

*EIM-Q* Absence & Presence:

Absence is the absence of the heart from the knowledge of the states that are occurring in creatures, due to the preoccupation of the perception with what is coming upon it.

Absence can entail a person being absent from his own sense faculties because of what is disclosed to him from the real.

(NOTE: attention) As for presence, a person might be present to the real because when he is absent from creatures, he is present to the real. His presence to the real is in proportion to his absence form creatures.

*EIM-Q* Worship:

(NOTE: Worship can be defined as "putting your attention on" and thus it all makes sense with astral realms and thought forms.)

Divine law is an order through the requiring of worship.

No reality unbound by divine law is acceptable.

Divine law is performed through the efforts of creatures.

Divine law is that you worship it.

Reality is that you witness it.

Stop Thinking About Undesirable Things

*IL* Giving Away Power As the Gatekeeper of Your Mind:

When you have turned thus within to Me, I will open your eyes and cause you to see that the only way you can ever bring about this change in thinking, is by first changing your attitude toward all these things you now think are not what they ought to be.

That is, if they are unsatisfactory or obnoxious to you and affect you so as to cause you discomfort of body or disturbance of mind,- why, stop thinking that they can so affect or disturb you...

It is only by your thinking these other things, by allowing these inharmonious thought to enter your mind and by so doing giving them power so to affect or disturb you, that they have any such influence over you. When you stop thinking into them this power, and turn within to Me and allow Me to direct your thinkging, they will at once disappear into the nothingness from which you created them by your thinking.

*FWG* Ignoring Negativity:

When you have a problem, pay it no mind. And when you are surrounded by negativity, negative forces, and negative emotions, do not mind a thing.

When you "mind" it, you obey it!... You are controlled by it, because you are minding it.

*IAD* Turn Away and Forget Disturbance:

"The easiest way to overcome disturbance is to turn away from a thing- and forget it." -The Teacher of both Saint Germain and Jesus

...To wrong activities say: "That is not correct," and then quickly pass it off. This avoids a disturbance which builds...

The quickest way to stop any kind of disturbance is to stop discussing it.

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"For the benefit of the beloved students, I urge them not to discuss discordant things any more than is enough to understand a situation. Then turn completely from it and never let it hold your attention again, for I assure you, what you entertain in your consciousness will find expression in your Life and world." -Cha Ara

*IAD* The Attention Placed on Destructive Things:

When the student once understands that whatsoever he connects himself with through his attention he becomes a part of to the degree of the intensity with which his attention is fixed, he will see the importance of keeping his attention off the seeming destructive angles of human experience, no matter what they are.

To discuss the seeming inability, shortcomings, or faults of your friends and associates but builds that element upon which your discussion rests within your own consciousness, and also adds to the appearance which seems to be in the other individual...

Our business is to hold the attention free to rest within our own Self-control, compelling it by the conscious action to rest on whatsoever we choose.

Few understand that when their attention is called to some destructive thing, how much and how often they allow the attention to go back to it; or if another has displeased them in some way, how much and how often the attention returns to that incident...

When you allow the attention to become fixed upon a thing, you that moment give it power to act in your world.

*IAD* Taking Attention Off Unwanted Things:

There is only one possible way to change anything which has been created and directed into wrong channel. The attention is what holds it fast to the wrong use or expression of it. Instantly direct the thought to the Higher Self. Many people get the idea that they can control it by sheer force of will, through compulsion. This cannot be done, for you but dam it up, and it only breaks out somewhere else.

The only permanent way to overcome it is to change the attention and rise out of it.

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When it is necessary to discuss some condition to understand it, immediately follow by withdrawing any power that has been given it, and then know: "‘I AM' the Harmonious Presence, ever pervading whatever the condition may be."

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"If the ignorance of the outer activity of the mind seems to have created disorder, pain and limitation, then you know that the miscreation has no power of its own. There is nothing but the wrong belief of the individual to sustain it; consequently, it has no Self-sustaining power." Jesus

*Chaos* Whatever Attention Focuses on is True:

Arnold Mandell: "All I have to do is ask you not to think of elephants for a few minutes." (NOTE: Whatever attention rests on is true. Even 1 = -1. The whole world turns to fit this truth. "Think of elephants" doesn't care about "not." Elephants becomes true. There is no "not")

*DEVF1* Concentration Ties In To Probabilities:

Do not personally give any more conscious consideration, either of you, to events that you do not want to happen. Any such concentration, to whatever degree, ties you in with those probabilities, so concentrate upon what you want.

Distraction

*LotSB* Distractions & Losing Abiding Focus:

"I call in and invite God and His angels thither, and when they are there I neglect God and His angels for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door."

-Careless Devotions, John Donne, 1573-1631

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Once there was an ancient king who, upon the day of his coronation felt that all his hopes had come to fulfillment, for he was crowned after many years of waiting, king of a great realm. As he sat in the cathedral in his vestments, his orb and scepter in his hands, his crown upon his head, he saw a fault in the uniform one of his generals was wearing and his mind was taken to that and he forgot that he was at the great moment of his life and the moment passed him by.

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"Listen, or thy tongue will keep thee deaf." -American Indian

*IAD* Nothing Should Grab Your Attention:

Anything that gets your attention is a subtle activity of the outer to pull you away from your Freedom.

** Distraction:

(NOTE: When distracted, I find I read the sentence again and again until it gets my attention. How like the rest of life!)

Desire & Attention - Which is in Control

Script: Repeated from before, but appropriate here: Desires are another way of looking at the divine stream of thoughts and energy. Thought can direct, create, and dissolve desire. That is, unless it is in the service of desire.*
*IAD* Desire and Attention:

The Infinite Energy is always present awaiting use, but does not act in the Life of an individual except under Conscious Command. There does come a time in the progress of the individual when things act so instantaneously that it seems to be automatic, but it really never is...

Desire is an indirect action of the attention, but desire, sustained by the determined use of the attention, causes the desire to become an invincible manifestation. This will give you a slight idea of how important it is that conscious direction be coupled with the desire.

** Intention Directs Attention:

(NOTE: Intention directs attention and is often the slave of desires, specific searches.)

Attention on Higher Things

*IAD* Attention on "I AM" Gives Total Freedom:

The individual who stands with his attention fixed firmly on the "I AM Presence," on God and with God, becomes an Invincible Power with which no outer manifestation of mankind can interfere... (NOTE: Absolute freedom 100% unaffected by fate, by any other will or action.)

Many times this requires strong determination to hold unwaveringly in this Presence when appearances seem to be dominating.

*IAD* The Power of "I AM" Flows Through Attention, Speaking Through Things:

If you put your attention upon ["I AM"] it rushes forth more and more. Where the conscious attention is fixed, there the energy pours. Dear Ones, do you not see, when you want something revealed, or to be inspired in some way, do you not see, "I AM that." The moment you say "I AM," you set in motion this Power that has inherent within It all these faculties. It has all substance, and must take on whatsoever form the attention of the mind is fixed upon... (NOTE: Ah! Becoming a thing opens up the truth to come through it! That's my discovery exactly, only worded differently. This is also Science of Mind's "pouring into," the receptive)

In reaching for understanding, the average student is but contracting the recurring memory of that which has been, instead of going into the Heart of God and bringing forth that which never has been. (NOTE: It only speaks through the ‘Now!')

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Through this "I AM Presence" you can compel everything you need to know to be revealed to you.

Script

Release must first take place through understanding that it has no reality, from learning a lesson from it, or from otherwise seeing through it. Then nonattention is necessary to fully release it. Nonattention without understanding is more or less denial.

Release Through Denial of Limitation

*SoM* Denial of Limtaiton:

Thinking of his weakness keeps the image of it before him. Never look at that which you do not wish to experience. The proper kind of a denial is based upon the recognition that, in reality, there is no limitation, for Mind can as easily make a planet as an acorn. A good healing is always filled with the recognition of the Presence of God, or Good. The Spirit of God is a law of elimination and obliteration to everything unlike itself!

*SoM* Successful Living:

It is entirely possible, through mental healing- through right thought and belief- to greatly influence our environment, its reaction to us, the situations we meet and the conditions we contact. There is such a thing as demonstrating a control of conditions. This Science does not promise something for nothing. If we comply with the Law, the Law complies with us. NO PERSON WHOSE ENTIRE TIME IS SPENT IN THE CONTEMPLATION OF LIMITATION CAN DEMONSTRATE FREEDOM FROM SUCH LIMITATION!

Anything that will enable us to express greater life, greater happiness, greater power- so long as it does not harm anyone- must be the Will of God for us. The love of a mother for her children, a man for his wife- all of these are but ways of self-fulfillment. This is legitimate self-expression. It is quite a burden lifted when we realize that we do not have to move the world- it is going to move anyway. There is no medium between us and the Universal Mind except our thought.

Healing is not something one does to another, not something one does to an environment, nor to a situation. It is always the thing one does to himself.

The Law is a blind force, and lest we misuse It, we should be very careful to follow a constructive course.

*CWG1* Overcoming Earthly Expectations:

A true Master does not "give up" something. A true Master simply sets it aside, as he would do with anything for which he no longer has any use. There are those who say that to know God you must overcome all earthly passions. Yet to understand and accept them is enough. What you resist persists. What you look at disappears. You cannot resist something to which you grant no reality. What you open your eyes and look at disappears. That is, it ceases to hold its illusory form. If you look at something- truly look at it- you will see right through it, and right through any illusion it holds for you. Never resist anything. By your resistance you plant it more firmly in place. What the Master has done is to understand it, see the illusion, and step aside from the passions that do not serve him- all he while loving the illusion for what it has brought to him: the chance to be wholly free.

Passion is the love of turning being into action. Never deny passion- deny attachment to results. Passion is a love of doing. Doing is being, experienced. It has never been enough for us to simple be. We have always yearned to experience What We Are. To live your life without expectation- without the need for specific results- that is freedom. That is Godliness. That is how I live.

Man often feels that if we're going to love somebody, fine- but we'd better get some love back. This is not passion. This is expectation. This is the greatest source of man's unhappiness. It is what separates man from God. Renounce result.

Choose, but don't want.

*MotFE* Forgiveness, God Has Nothing To Do With Forgiveness, Focus on Love:

"Jesus saw that, in order to practice forgiveness or the science of forgiving, man must be enlightened to the fact that man has the power to forgive all sin, discord, and inharmony; that it is not God who forgives sin, for God has nothing to do with the sin, sickness, and inharmony of man; that man, himself, brought these into being and man is the only one who can erase or forgive them. Man may have all intellectual knowledge and be versed in worldly affairs, yet if he does not recognize the Christ as the living, vitalizing essence of God within him, he is grossly ignorant of the most important factor governing his life.

"In order to forgive hate, he centered his attention on love. This was not only when it touched his life, but when he saw it manifest in the world about him. This Truth was the inherent light that he saw in all, which would lead them out of darkness when applied with understanding. Overcome every inharmony with Truth."

"Thus forgiveness has a two-fold mission. It frees both the erring and the loving one, for back of the application of forgiveness is a deep and radiant love, a love founded on principle, a love that desires to give for the joy of giving with no thought of reward.

*SDoG* God Forgives All:

Despair not of God's mercy. Surely God forgives all sins; surely He is the Forgiving, the Compassionate.

*EbtL* Forgiveness:

Forgiven wrongs are blotted out and overlaid with new understanding and a new direction in life. Although it is released, the learning from it remains. Forgiving yourself is where all forgiveness starts. If you cannot forgive yourself, you cannot forgive others.

Final Release Through Nonattention

*MotFE* Leaving Behind A Condition:

Why this terrible holocaust, this destruction of life?

"Every one of us has taken upon himself the condition of the experience through which we have passed. This is what is now hampering us and I for one am through with that thing, it is no part of me whatsoever. I step forth out of this condition into a higher and better condition and let go. I am entirely through with it."

*MotFE* Release Through Nonattention:

And is does not matter what the condition is. It has been shown by repeated experiments that it is far better to simply release the condition. Free it entirely through nonattention. Dismiss it. That was evidently Jesus' meaning when He said, "loose him and let him go."

The cessation of activity through exhaustion caused his mind to let go of the condition and then the solution came through.

Christ's denial of limitation- Satan- was not a declaration of his non-existence but a simple letting go of the idea which was entirely false.

Anyone may break his seeming bondage to a condition that is not Godly by simply letting go of the bondage completely. That was our training from boyhood on. If a discordant condition came into our surroundings we let go of it completely.

*MotFE* Release is Forgetting:

"You praise and sing of liberty and freedom from bondage and fear but, unless you have forgotten bondage and forgiven it, you have remembered bondage too well and have forgotten liberty."

They let go the burden; then the burden does not exist.

"If you are shooting at a target and you wish to hit the mark, you must focus your whole thought upon the center of the target; then, with your will in complete focus, you must see nothing but the mark. When you have hit the mark, you have brought forth or accomplished God in a degree.

Control of Thoughts

*MWT* No Wasted Energy:

"The thinking of creative and successful men is never extended in any direction other than that intended. That is why great men produce a prodigious amount of work, seemingly without effort and without fatigue."

"In order to get the best that is within themselves they learn to eliminate from their thoughts and actions everything which subtracts from their purposes."

*HTKHW* Controling the Effect of Outer Sensations:

We become increasingly able to control the effect that impressions from the outer world have upon us.

If other people can make me angry, I am not the master of myself.

*ODM* The Importance of Dream Control:

Ibn Arabi: "A person must control his thoughts in a dream. The training of this alertness.. will produce great benefits for the individual. Everyone should apply himself to the attainment of this ability of such great value."

 

Union

Mystical Union

*ER* Mysticism & Union:

"Union with God in this life is the goal of mysticism... The subject steps out of himself- ex, ‘out'; statuo, ‘to stand'; ecstasis, ‘to stand outside oneself...'

"Unless the ecstatic's ecstacies transform him, returning him to the world a better person, they can mire him in what The Tibetan Book of the Dead calls "the god-realm," which is happy but unproductive." -Huston Smith

Retaining Individuality in Unity
Harmony, Blending

*T* The Proper Conception of Union:

If we need a metaphor of what happens when individual spirits unite with the universal spirit, we must not imagine different circles that coincide and become one, but many overlapping circles, each with a distinct shade of color. Although the circles overlap, each individual shade maintains its identity within the whole, and no circle loses any of the fullness of its individual strength.

*THAS* Unity, Not Uniformity:

Tibetan Blue Poppy Deva: Man's trend should be to unity, not uniformity. Each to his own talent.

*FWG* Harmony, Not Unison, Becoming Like Touching:

Harmony means feeling the vibration of the moment, of the person, place, or circumstances you are now experiencing, and blending with it. Blending does not mean matching. Singing in harmony does not mean singing in unison. It does mean singing together. (NOTE: Becoming... is more like touching, forming a communication, seeing the other and ourselves through the other.)

*ER* No Disappearance in Union:

A person blended into God does not disappear. He, or she,

is just completely soaked in God's qualities.

*TYSD* The Union Of Meditator, Object of Meditation, and Act of Meditation:

From The Supreme Path of Discipleship: The Precepts of the Gurus- The Ten Best Things:

6)... The best meditation is to remain in mental quiescence, the mind devoid of all thought processes, knowing that the meditator, the object of meditation, and the act of meditating constitute an inseparable unity...

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From The Nirvanic Path: The Yoga of the Great Symbol:

83)...E'er inseparable the thing that sees is from the thing that's seen.

 

Transcendant States of Being

The Unity & Labels of Mystical Experiences

*ANMU* The Uniformity of Mystical Experiences Across Time & Culture:

In mystical states utterly different people in utterly different conditions learn one and the same thing and, what is still more striking, in mystical states there is no difference of religions. All the experiences are absolutely identical; the difference can be only in language and form of the description.

*BDL* Mystical Experiences & Their Many Labels:

Much conflict is created from arguments over what to call these experiences. It is merely a matter of semantics or labeling, and the way people are attracted to their own religious orientation. Each will experience and call it something else and therein arises the argument... For the labeling becomes the crutch, so they can hang on to that which is unseen. The labeling then becomes more important than that which is labeled...

There are similar experiences throughout all of humankind from the beginning, and they will continue for as long as humankind exists. It is in all religious aspects and evolution through all cultures... This planet has had many of those who have embodied these concepts, such as Gautama (Buddha), Mohammed, Moses, Elijah, etc.

*HTO* Cosmic Consciousness:

It has been called ultraconsciousness, cosmic consciousness, Brahmic Splendor, ineffible light. List of ten parts:

Dazzling light.

Superpsychic orgasm.

Omnipotence, cosmic joining.

Transcendental love for all.

No fear of death.

No material, add beauty.

Quickening of intellect.

Sense of mission.

Inner and outer radiance, change of character.

Gradual development of psychic abilities.

I beleive that all of these phenomena may be the outcome of a biological transformation that is induced by the release of kundalini.

Total Experiences

*PotC* Touching God, Indescribable Bliss:

I became lucid in an evolved extraphysical region, the splendor and beauty of which transcended the locales typically found on the Earth's crust. I saw only lights and vivid colors of indefinite shapes. The site appeared to be completely uninhabited. There were no dwellings in sight. My experience was that of simply existing as a consciousness. I did not feel the form of the psychosoma. It was invisible even to me.

Lighter than usual outside the dense body, I had an attitude of confidence... which made unequivocally sublime energies arise within me, in an indefinable, tranquil contentment.

There were no human forms or faces, only centers of energy radiation constituting familiar consciousnesses... They had no names, nor were they identifiable by their forms, but I knew them and was united with them through common experiences. I was suddenly sure of being a participant in a formless gathering... (NOTE: Ah, even the form separates, or suggests and therefore creates separation)

That place... does not exist in time, but will exist in eternity. There, in that nonexistent place, nothing existed, but everything was existing. I experienced "touchable" ideas, unshakable certainties, indescribable serenity and undreamed of well-being.

It was clear that a Higher Consciousness would manifest itself through everyone present...

That definitive structural peace told me that this reality constitutes the most impactful event of intraphysical life... How can I describe it?... A drop of water in the sun, a galactic explosion of peace, a cosmic avalanche without a fall, a universe without limits, an ocean current in a drop of sea water? Mere words. It is impossible to describe something that does not have a point of reference... (NOTE: Aha!)

It was a free consciousness. A lucid vortex of vibrant energetic emanation; free from matter, form and space; free from the series of rebirths...

A constant "nirvanic orgasm"... each consciousness... being the center and the periphery, a part and the whole. A creator in action...

The eloquence of the dissertation that apparently did not take place, spoken in the silent voice of the inner self, appeared fleeting, and yet everlasting. The influx emanated from an invisible, nonphysical superhuman consciousness with a serene knowledge, and no emotionalism...

In 22 minutes of sleep, I had experienced a millennium of reality. A few moments had passed, that were worth centuries... (NOTE: Absolute focus, prime cycling truths)

It all happened with the naturality of a sunrise, family life, a running brook, tall green grass swaying in the wind, birds singing, a calm sea, clouds in the blue sky- but it was all so transcendent. This fact impregnated my mind with the certainty of basic truths making them innate to my very being. (NOTE: This is from my first trip- the natural world-changing splendor)

My wish to remain there overrode all other desires and aspirations, but an irresistible command ordered me to return... (NOTE: This is from the ecstasy trance- all desires washed out)

One no longer believes, one knows. (NOTE: And again)

Melting In Ecstasy

*ER* The Source of Love:

Whatever he's looking for, he is that himself.

How can a lover be anything but the beloved?

Every second he's bowing into a mirror.

If he could see for just a second one molecule

of what's there without fantasizing about it,

he'd explode.

His imagination, and he himself,

would vanish, with all his knowledge, obliterated

into a new birth, a perfectly clear view,

a voice that says, I am God.

*VS-KR* The Incredible Feeling:

One woman told me that when she found herself in the light, "the feeling just became more and more and more ecstatic and glorious and perfect... If you took the one thousand best things that ever happened to you in your life and multiplied by a million, maybe you could get close to this feeling.

*EJ* The Cleansing Light & Purifying Fire of God's Love:

[Catherine Fieschi of Genoa] wrote of the fire of the love of God that draws and binds the soul to Himself "with a love that by itself could annihilate the immortal soul." Then,

The soul becomes like gold

that becomes purer as it is fired,

all dross being cast out...

In 1510, as she lay dying, surrounded by a circle of friends and spiritual seekers, she experienced terrible, internal burning. Her skin scalded anyone who touched her. Yet whenever she regained consciousness, she was found laughing- playing, she said, with angels.

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With that I was immersed in a sweetness words cannot express. I could hear the singing of the planets, and wave after wave of light washed over me. But this is wrong, because I was the light as well, without distinction of self or of being washed.

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The medieval mystic Richard Rolle: "I cant tell you how astonished I was when I felt my heart grow warm for the first time. It was a real warmth, too, not an imaginary one: I seemed kindled with a fire that I could feel with my senses... I melted with joy an wanted my love to increase still more, especially because of the pleasurable sensations of interior sweetness that poured into my soul with this spiritual flame."

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At night, going to sleep, and sometimes also early in the morning just on awakening, I would feel wave after wave of light pour through me, pulsating, as if I were being washed inside and out by light.

*ND* A Visitation- Waves of Light Washing You Away In Love, Dream-Correspondence:

As I prayed, a Light went on- a brilliant white Light in the corner of the room... And in it were my mother's face, and my father's face, and they were alive, full of energy and vitality. Dad spoke to me- not in words, but in my head. He smiled and said, "Hugh Lynn, you should not worry, you shouldn't be concerned. It's going to be all right. We are going to show you what Love can do."

He smiled, and Mother smiled, and they moved. They moved in this Light, and as it touched me, I lost consciousness as I know consciousness. I lost it completely. But I became aware of my father, and my mother, and of their essence, and my essence. And we were all together in what I'd call an ecstasy, a state of tremendous emotion, beauty, an ecstasy... Then we moved- all three of us with the Light into Sally's body and the body of this unborn child. The ecstasy increased until it was overpowering, and it swept over me like waves rolling over top. I couldn't stand it- I mean there was nothing left of me. I was out of my body- I was in this other body. And the Life was there in the body of this child- the essence- all five of us together, and it was like being all together.

Then there was a pull, and we moved out of Sally's body, and I was on the bed again, and the Light was in the corner, and Dad and Mother were there.

I was crying, choked, I couldn't talk. I couldn't say anything. Dad grinned at me. He didn't smile, he grinned, a big, wide grin. And he said, "You see? You see what Love can do?"

Mother smiled and said "It's gonna be all right. It's gonna be a boy, and it's gonna be all right."

Then the Light went out, and I sat there, sobbing.

Sally woke up, turned over, grabbed hold of my hand, and squeezed it very hard. Before I could say a word, she said, "Hugh Lynn, it's gonna be all right. I've had a beautiful dream of your mother and father. We're going to have a son. It's gonna be all right."

And it was.

*LotSB* Melting Spiritually:

Touch the Spirit, the warm fire within you, be happy with it and you will "thaw."

*RotOS* Transcendence:

For a moment I felt as if I were no longer in my physical body. The light coming into the room became much brighter. The plants took on a deep intensity. A passionate energy enveloped my total being, and I felt more alive than I'd ever been. This was total bliss. Thoughts of love and compassion for all life rushed through my head.

"You experienced total bliss. This is the same feeling that the soul will experience as it reaches the other side." -Sir William

*LotSB* The Melting Radiance:

This heavenly radiance is melting away the dross of old habits, mental states, weaknesses, inertias and fears.

*B* The Soul's Place of Non-Comparative Delight:

In the soul there is a power for which all things are equally delightful. Indeed, for this power the least important and the best of things are totally one and the same.

*EtS-EKR* Cosmic Union [Personal Experience]:

[After enduring countless deaths, she releases, and the excruciating pain stops.] A very fast vibratory pulsation of my abdominal wall spread through my entire body. Then this pulsating spread to each and every molecule that my eyes beheld. In front of me appeared an incredible beautiful lotus flower amidst a nonphysical Light. I entered into the Light through the open lotus flower – the whole world still vibrating at an incredible rate. However, the moment I merged into the unconditional love of this Light, all vibration stopped. A deep silence came over me as I fell into a deep trancelike sleep for about an hour and a half. I woke up just before dawn. When I awoke, I somehow just knew that I was supposed to walk down the hill, and "it" would occur – at the exact moment when the sun would rise over the horizon. I put on my robe and sandals and walked down the hill. As I walked, I experienced such ecstasy. I was in total love and awe with every leaf, every cloud, every blade of grass, every living creature. Everything was alive. I felt the pulsation of the pebbles on the path. My feet literally hovered above the pebbles without touching them.

It took me several days to completely come back down to normal, physical existence.

Peaceful, Natural, Calm Freedom

*EJ* Seeing God's Light:

"I found myself crying out, ‘If there is a God let Him show Himself.'" Suddenly the room lit up with a great white light. "It seemed to me, in the mind's eye, that I was on a mountain and that a wind not of air but of the spirit was blowing. And then it burst upon me that I was a free man."

*EJ* The Incredibly Natural-Feeling Light of God:

Thomas Merton: "But what a thing it was, this awareness: it was so intangible, and yet it struck my like a thunderclap. It was a light that was so bright that it had no relation to any visible light and so profound and so intimate that it seemed like a neutralization of every lesser experience.

And yet the thing that struck me most of all was that this light was in a certain sense ‘ordinary' -it was a light (and this most of all was what took my breath away) -that was offered to all, to everybody, and there was nothing fancy or strange about it." (NOTE: Like LSD- looking out through the eyes of God)

*ER* The Feeling of God:

"Majesty is that composite felt as a presence, dawn, a company of friends, a splendor that is prior to, and the source of, the universe." -Coleman Barks

*WoaP* The Ceaseless Inner Prayer- Peace Through Turmoil:

None of these things made me feel at all cast down. It was as though they happened to someone else and I merely watched them. Even the flogging was within my power to bear. The prayer brought sweetness into my heart and made me unaware, so to speak, of everything else.

*GoE* The Feel of God:

The gift of God to the soul is now a vaunting, overpowering, excluding sanctity, but a sweet, natural goodness, a goodness... that... invites thine and mine to be and to grow.

Oneness & Brotherhood

*TYSD* Enlightenment Gives Birth to Great Compassion:

There must be perfect at-one-meant of Infinite Wisdom and Infinite Compassion. The words of Garmaba, in the Vow of Mahamudra, testify to this:

‘During the moment of illumination, when I see the original face of mind,

A limitless compassion ariseth.

The greater the illumination, the greater is the compassion.

The greater my compassion, the deeper is the wisdom I feel.'

*ANMU* Oneness in Drugland:

Sometimes I found myself in another world. On such occasions the whole of the ordinary world changed in a very subtle and strange way... I took everything emotionally, reacted to everything emotionally. Further, in this new world which surrounded me, there was nothing separate, nothing that had no connection with other things or with me personally. All things were connected with one another, and not accidentally, but by incomprehensible chains of causes and effects... Everything was living, everything was conscious of itself. Everything spoke to me and I could speak to everything.

*EJ* The Immediacy and Relevance of Unity:

Jean Houston in A Mythic Life: "There were no visions... yet everything became a part of a single Unity, a glorious symphonic resonance in which every part of the universe was a part of and illuminated every other part, and I knew that in some way it all worked together and was very good... I had awakened to a consciousness that spanned centuries and was on intimate terms with the universe. Everything mattered. Nothing was alien or irrelevant or distant. The farthest star was right next door, and the deepest mystery was mystically seen.. As if I knew everything, as if I was everything."

A door slammed and her father entered the house laughing. Everything exploded into laughter. "Great roars of hilarity... Laughter leavened every atom and every star until I saw the universe inspirited and spiraled by joy."

*BMS* An Experience of Transcendence:

"A student: ‘I was at the source of awareness, enlightenment, and existence, manifested in a form of energy linking all objects animate and inanimate... I felt morally elevated to a state of pure and simple existence flowing like a continuous current through a waterfall, going deeper and deeper within all existence while feeling more and more at peace and content... I was surrounded by meaning and freed from the despair of meaninglessness, guilt, and time.'" -Hoyt Edge

*CH* Beyond the Absolute is the Continuum of Consciousness:

Ramakrishna's mere presence, without any verbal teaching, had opened Totapuri beyond his experience of the formless Absolute into the continuum of Consciousness, from which no Divine, human, or natural forms are excluded and to which no particular doctrine exclusively applies. Totapuri had been transformed by Ramakrishna's Tantric attitude.

...This ecstatic and unitary understanding of all as Consciousness excludes nothing and establishes no heirarchy. This is the Tantric Way.

*GHL* Connecting With the Whole:

"When we are lifted out of ourselves, looking into the beauty of a flower or a sunset or the amazing shape of a shell, this is an experience of the deva world. Consciousness of beauty brings you into oneness with any part of the universe, they have said.

"Everything belongs to one world, but if each thing or life lives to itself, it cuts itself off from the one great teeming force field. If each opens out to the all, then currents flow through unhindered." -Dorothy Maclean

*GHL* Connecting To the Energy-Matrix of Life:

"I was told in guidance, You are simply surrounded by life. You are a life force moving along with other life forces. As you recognize this, you open up and draw near to these others, becoming more and more one with them, working together for My purposes...

"By thinking in terms of light, you add light to that already existing. Hence, you speed up growth and enhance beauty, you see truth and link up with God's perfection." -Dorothy Maclean

*LotSB* Vast Effects of Joining with the Presence:

If you could for one hour be with your divine self- that is, your outer you and your inner you together in the presence of God- you would change the whole mood of our generation, so powerful is this light.

Try; hold nations in the palms of your hands and shine on them. The big and the little, the little and the big- there is no scale.

*ER* Absorbed in Unity:

"‘If this is the spirit-reality,' I said to myself,

‘how is it we're speaking words and saying names?'

One of the seven answered, ‘Names, sometimes

the names slip away, but it's not forgetfulness.

It's our being so absorbed.'"

*WtL* Mystical Oneness With All Things:

(NOTE: Is consciousness the ability to become something else? A mobile attention?)

(Moira:) At that instant, as I looked at the tree, it was as if I had X-ray vision- I could see inside the tree- and I could see all these cells working away like mad. As I looked at them I became a cell, and there I was and I had a consciousness. I couldn't think or reason, but I had a feeling of joy that I was there doing something to help the universe go round. I was helping bring up all this sap or whatever it was, up into the next one, to the top of the tree. And there was a feeling of joyous participation in something that just went on and on...

Then the same thing happened again- I suddenly had this X-ray vision- I could see through all the trees, through everything, and I could see that absolutely everything in the universe was interconnected, and interdependent. There was nothing separate, not a thing. Then I saw that even the air between things was just teeming with organisms, and they were all interconnected and all for a purpose. They were all doing things. They were going into me and coming out, going into the earth and coming out, going into the trees and coming out. I could see that absolutely everything was interconnected. And I thought, "So that's how it works!"

I completely lost consciousness of myself- I don't know how long it lasted- I could see through all the trees, all the buildings, and I could see to infinity. Then the next thing I knew, I was out in space somewhere, and I knew that the same power that was holding all the planets and everything in space was the same power that was in me... I didn't see God- I felt I was God!.. I knew I knew everything, I knew there was an absolute reason for being, and I knew that the universe was all one- almost as if the universe was me and I was the universe.

I don't know how long that lasted, but when it finished I came back,and it was as if I was numb... As I walked out of the sunlight I had the most amazing feeling of waves and waves and waves of ecstasy going through me, vibrating all through me to the tips of my finger. It was bliss!

*SPoK* Spiritual Mastery & Reaching Perfection:

"The share of the shaykh in knowledge of God is as follows: He has knowledge of the sources and origins of people's activities. He possesses the science of incoming thoughts, both the praiseworthy and the blameworthy."

"The final end and ultimate return of the gnostics- though their entities remain immutably fixed- is that the Real is identical with them, while they do not exist."

"The people of perfection have realized all stations and states and passed beyond these to the station above both majesty and beauty."

"The Prophet said, ‘One dirham outstrips a thousand,' since the possessor of the dirham has nothing else, so he spends it for God and returns to God. But the possessor of the thousand dirhams gives some of what is with him, and he leaves some, to which he returns, so he does not return to God. The Lawgiver does not take into account the amount of the gift, he only considers that to which the giver goes back after giving. He is judged by that to which he returns."

*IaTR* The Human Truth: Individuality & the Whole:

I seem to be surrounded by dancing flames of light, each flame a brilliant white. Although not really constant, they are approximately the size of a human body, appearing rather as a stretched out drop of water, with the wide end uppermost.

It engulfs me.

Instantly, everything changes. I am on a sun.

I consciously merge with an Intelligence so awesome in its awareness of life that I, as a human, am no more than a cell in its body of illumination. This is our human truth. The individual is the Whole and the Whole is the individual.

*WoLi* Transcendence:

By rising above differences, everything is immediately connected in space and time and can be perceived simultaneously- not as objects but as essence.

True Inner Perception, Becoming All

Script: This also fits with Seeing God In All Things.*
*GB* Direct Beautiful Perception:

My brother was driving the car as we headed south on highway 45. I was suddenly seized with the knowledge that I was leaving. I simply knew I was leaving this world, period. I thought I might be going up or vertical. I began to disengage from all I was attached to; my friends, family, the place where I grew up, everything. As I thought of each thing I let them go. The last thing I remember giving up was the concern that I might seriously startle my brother by disappearing. I wondered how he would explain my being gone.

Then everything changed. The world changed. I no longer had use of my mind. Try as I could I could not form a thought. I saw the world with eyes that were not eyes of man. I perceived directly and realized that I had seen the world through words which led to only relative knowledge. I laughed out loud as I saw each thing as it was. It was pure joy. Everything was alive with the shiny energy of God; a total flowing and pure expression. I have no idea how long this went on but when I turned my attention back to my body I noticed it was in some type of shock. There was a knot in my stomach and I was trembling. I told God that I could not take it any more. The experience subsided and I vowed to return as soon as I could.

*CPL* Transcendant Experience:

As I watched the first splinter of orange sun peek over the horizon, I noticed a strange buzzing sound in my ears, and everything I looked at started to sparkle and wink. The horizon began to shimmer. Then suddenly everything changed in a way I had never experienced before.

I wasn't just seeing with my eyes – I was perceiving everything around me. I was seeing, sensing, becoming, being the sand, the waves, the endless orange and pink sky. Suddenly I was all energy, and everything around me was all the same energy, flowing within me and without me. What I normally thought of as solid matter was now a seamless reflection of all this golden energy. My body seemed to melt away totally. I became one with the sand and the surf – and then, for a moment, with all of creation. I felt tremendously expanded and alive.

This energy I felt within myself could never be destroyed.

*SS* Physical Unity:

You are physically a part of earth and everything within it. (Air is a part of you)

Since you and the seasons have a psychic interaction, then the self must be understood in a far greater context. Such a context would allow you to share in life experiences of many other forms.

*AD* Expanded Senses:

Norman was lost in the wilderness. "Suddenly, I wasn't alone. I became intensely aware of the thousands and thousands of trees around me. Their forms gradually dissolved until I could see what I call their ‘life force.' They were no longer just trees but were undulating, vibrating, making a sound as if they were humming. They were still trees, but something more as well."

"A peacefulness fell upon me. After a while, a sort of wind came up, and we all swayed to it, naturally. It was like, what else is there to do in a wind? The swaying showed me that there was a kind of natural direction flowing through us all, and I began to move deliberately in that direction. For no earthly reason, I felt a great certainty that I was now going in the right direction, and I continued to move on – without fear, even though it got dark. Eventually I stepped out of the forest onto the road. My car was parked about thirty yards to my right."

*AoaY* Cosmic Experiences:

He gently slapped my chest over the heart.

A transforming silence ensued. By some strange miracle, the pedestrians as well as the passing trolley cars, automobiles, were all in noiseless transit. As though possessing an omnipresent eye, I beheld the scenes which were behind me, and to each side, as easily as those in front. Like a glow of fire dimly seen beneath a thin coat of ashes, a mellow luminescence permeated the panoramic view.

My own body seemed nothing more than one of the many shadows, though it was motionless, while the other flitted mutely to and fro. Several boys, friends of mine, approached and passed on; though they had looked directly at me, it was without recognition

The unique pantomime brought me an inexpressible ecstasy. I drank deep from some blissful fount. Suddenly my chest received another soft blow from Master Mahasaya. The pandemonium of the world burst upon my unwilling ears. I staggered, as though harshly awakened from a gossamer dream.

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Sri Yukteswar struck me gently on my chest above the heart.

My body became immovably rooted; breath was drawn out of my lungs as if by some huge magnet. Soul and mind instantly lost their physical bondage, and streamed out like a fluid piercing light from my every pore. The flesh was as though dead, yet in my intense awareness I knew that never before had I been fully alive. My sense of identity embraced the circumambient atoms. People on distant streets seemed to be moving gently over my own remote periphery. The roots of plants and trees appeared through a dim transparency of the soil; I discerned the inward flow of their sap.

(NOTE: Yes!) My ordinary frontal vision was now changed to a vast spherical sight, simultaneously all-perceptive.

All objects within my panoramic gaze trembled and vibrated like quick motion pictures. My body, Master's, the pillared courtyard, the furniture and floor, the trees and sunshine, occasionally became violently agitated, until all melted into a luminescent sea; even as sugar crystals, thrown into a glass of water, dissolve after being shaken. The unifying light alternated with materializations of form, the metamorphoses revealing the law of cause and effect in creation.

An oceanic joy broke upon calm endless shores of my soul. The Spirit of God, I realized, is exhaustless Bliss; His body is countless tissues of light. A swelling glory within me began to envelop towns, continents, the earth, solar and stellar systems, tenuous nebulae, and floating universes. The entire cosmos, gently luminous, like a city seen afar at night, glimmered within the infinitude of my being. The sharply etched global outlines faded somewhat at the farthest edges; there I could see a mellow radiance, ever-undiminished. It was indescribably subtle; the planetary pictures were formed of a grosser light.

The divine dispersion of rays poured from an Eternal Source, blazing into galaxies, transfigured with ineffable auras. Again and again I saw the creative beams condense into constellations, then resolve into sheets of transparent flame. By rhythmic reversion, sextillion worlds passed into diaphanous luster; fire became firmament.

I cognized the center of the empyrean as a point of intuitive perception in my heart. Irradiating splendor issued from my nucleus to every part of the universal structure. The creative voice of God I heard resounding as Aum, the vibration of the Cosmic Motor.

Suddenly the breath returned to my lungs. With a disappointment almost unbearable, I realized that my infinite immensity was lost.

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The world receded as I became devotionally entranced.

Five hours had passed. God eventually appears to the persistent devotee in whatever form he holds dear. A devout Christian sees Jesus; a Hindu beholds Krishna, or the Goddess Kali, or an expanding Light if his worship takes an impersonal turn.

"Divine Mother, I wanted to offer a special prayer to Thee today on behalf of my brother-in law."

My inward petition was instantly acknowledged. First, a delightful cold wave descended over my back and under my feet, banishing all discomfort. Then, to my amazement, the temple became greatly magnified. Its large door slowly opened, revealing the stone figure of Goddess Kali. Gradually it changed into a living form, smilingly nodding in greeting, thrilling me with joy indescribable. The breath was withdrawn from my lungs; my body became very still.

An ecstatic enlargement of consciousness followed. I could see clearly for several miles over the Ganges River to my left, and beyond the temple into the entire Dakshineswar precincts. The walls of all buildings glimmered transparently; through them I observed people walking to and fro over distant acres.

Though I was breathless and my body in a strangely quiet state, I was able to move my hands and feet freely. For several minutes I experimented in closing and opening my eyes; in either state I saw distinctly the whole Dakshineswar panorama.

Spiritual sight penetrates into all matter; the divine eye is center everywhere, circumference nowhere.

The only extraordinary-enlarged objects were the temple and the form of the Goddess. Everything else appeared in its normal dimensions, although each was enclosed in a halo of mellow light – white, blue, and pastel rainbow hues. My body seemed to be of ethereal substance, ready to levitate. Fully conscious of my material surroundings, I was looking about me and taking a few steps without disturbing the continuity of the blissful vision.

Behind the temple walls I suddenly glimpsed my brother-in-law as he sat under the thorny branches of a sacred bel tree. I could effortlessly discern the course of his thoughts. His mind yet held unkind reflections about me.

"Divine Mother," I prayed, "wilt Thou not spiritually change my sister's husband?"

The beautiful figure, hitherto silent, spoke at last: "Thy wish is granted!"

I looked happily at Satish. As though instinctively aware that some spiritual power was at work, he rose resentfully from his seat on the ground I saw him running behind the temple. He approached me, shaking his fist.

The all-embracing vision disappeared. The divine vision had lasted an hour.

"Where is my food?"

"I would like to see your Divine Mother giving us food here without prior arrangements!"

His words were hardly uttered when a temple priest crossed the courtyard and joined us.

"I felt a desire to put aside ample food for your lunch."

*LWK* The Vivification of My Senses, The Spiritual Light Projected From Myself:

On my way to the office, I happened to look at the front block of the Rajgarh Palace, taking in my glance the sky as well as the roof and the upper part of the building. I looked casually at first, then, struck by something strange in their appearance, more attentively, unable to withdraw my gaze, and finally rooted to the spot I stared in amazement at the spectacle.

I was looking at a scene familiar to me but what I now saw was a scene belonging not to the earth but to some fairyland, for the ancient, weather-stained front of the building, unadorned and commonplace, and the arch of the sky above it, bathed in the clear light of the sun, were both lit with a brilliant silvery luster that lent a beauty and a glory to both and created a marvelous light and shade effect impossible to described. Wonder struck, I turned my eyes in other directions, fascinated by the silvery shine, which glorified everything.

I walked out onto the verandah looking at the fine view.

The magnified dimensions of the picture and the slightly chalky appearance of the objects were both present, but the dusty haze before my eyes had vanished and instead I was gazing fascinatedly at an extraordinarily rich blend of color and shade, shining with a silvery luster which lent an indescribable beauty to the scene.

A surge of emotion too deep for words filled my whole being and tears gathered in my eyes in spite of myself. The fascinating luster was a projection of my own internal radiance.

A bright silvery sheen around every object, across the entire field of view, became a permanent feature of my vision. The azure dome of the sky had a purity of color and a brightness impossible to describe.

Sounds possessed now an exotic quality and a distinctiveness that lent to music and melody a greater sweetness and to noise and clamor a more disagreeable harshness. The olfactory, gustatory, and tactile centers as well exhibited a peculiar sensitivity and acuteness, clearly perceptible, but in point of magnitude nothing compared to what happened with my sight.

The same quaint streets and buildings, the same Ganges with its swiftly flowing sapphire water, the whole assemblage lit with a glitter like that of freshly fallen snow when the sun shines upon it.

With my inner vision I could distinctly perceive a living silvery flame with a delicate gold tinge clearly perceptible in the interior of my brain across the forehead. My thought images were vividly bright, and every object recalled to memory possessed radiance in the same manner as the concrete form.

In every illness the characteristic symptoms of the ailment, though present, were distinctly milder in nature in nature and usually there was an absence of temperature.

*LWK* Expansion, Roar Changes To Buzz With Words, The Out-Pouring, Reality From the Inside:

We walked leisurely, discussing our work, when suddenly while crossing the Tawi Bridge I felt a mood of deep absorption settling upon me until I almost lost touch with my surroundings. I no longer heard the voice of my companion; she seemed to have receded into the distance, though walking by my side. Near me, in a blaze of brilliant light, I suddenly felt what seemed to be a mighty conscious presence, sprung from nowhere, encompassing me and overshadowing all the objects around, from which two lines of a beautiful verse in Kashmiri poured out to float before my vision, like luminous writing in the air, disappearing as suddenly as they had come.

I had gradually passed off, without becoming aware of it, into a condition of exaltation and self expansion, with the modification that in place of a roaring noise in my ears there was now a cadence like the humming of a swarm of bees, enchanting and melodious, and the encircling glow was replaced by a penetrating silvery radiance.

I had expanded in an indescribable manner into a titanic personality, conscious from within of an immediate and direct contact with an intensely conscious universe. My body, the chair I was sitting on, the table in front of me, the room enclosed by walls, the lawn outside and the space beyond, including the earth and sky, appeared to be most amazingly mere phantoms in this real, interpenetrating, and all pervasive ocean of existence which seemed to be simultaneously unbounded, stretching out immeasurably in all direction, and yet no bigger than an infinitely small point.

From this marvelous point the entire existence, of which my body and its surroundings were a part, poured out like radiation, as if a reflection as vast as my conception of the cosmos were thrown out upon infinity by a projector no bigger than a pinpoint, the entire intensely active and gigantic world picture dependent on the beams issuing from it.

I was intensely aware internally of a marvelous being so concentratedly and massively conscious as to out-luster and out-stature infinitely the cosmic image present before me, not only in point of extent and brightness, but in point of reality and substance as well. The phenomenal world, ceaselessly in motion, characterized by creation, incessant change, and dissolution, receded into the background and assumed the appearance of an extremely thin, rapidly melting layer of foam upon a substantial rolling ocean of life, a veil of exceedingly fine vapor before an infinitely large conscious sun. It showed the previously all-dominating cosmos reduced to the state of a transitory appearance.

I awoke from the semi-trance condition after about half an hour. There were intervals of deeper and lesser penetration not distinguishable by the flow of time but by the state of immanence, which, at the point of the deepest penetration, assumed such an awe-inspiring, almighty, all knowing, blissful, and at the same time absolutely motionless, intangible, and formless character that the invisible line demarcating the material world and the boundless, all-conscious Reality ceased to exist, the two fusing into one; the mighty ocean sucked up by a drop.

I found, floating in the luminous glow of my mind, the rhymes following the couplet that had suddenly taken shape in me. The lines occurred one after the other, as if dropped into the three dimensional field of my consciousness by another source of condensed knowledge within me. They started from the glowing recesses of my being, developing suddenly into fully formed couplets like falling snowflakes which, from tiny specks high up, become clear-cut, regularly shaped crystals when nearing the eye, and vanished so suddenly as to leave me hardly any time to retain them in my memory. They came fully formed, complete with language, rhyme, and meter, finished products.

Remembering them was not an easy task.

*EJ* A Vision of God & Angels:

One image returns- of sparks of light, like angels, like atoms or electrons sweeping, dancing, pulled behind the image of the Light. They were alive with praise. As solar debris is sucked across the heavens by a passing comet and pulled along to form its tail, so these dancing sparks were swept up in the wake of the Divine. And yet they were themselves composed of light, singing wildly in its joy.

*O* Oneness: Cougar:

Everything suddenly went quiet in the outside world, as when a wind stops. My mind became calm as well. My body was frozen to the spot. All I could do was look straight up into the trees. Life became dear to me. "If this is it," I thought, "I may as well enjoy every little bit I can." I saw the green of the trees and the blue of the skies. The green jumped out of the trees at me in such beauty, such richness! The sky was indescribable! The world was so huge at my back! Up until this point in my life I had been used to the concept of "me" here and "the world" out there. Now, we had somehow merged.

I saw the rich brown of the Earth all around me and with more than just my eyes. I could actually feel the distant curve of the Earth beyond our normally and perceived horizons. In fact, there were no horizons... just distances and depths to be explored...vast root systems and unexplored caverns. I could just begin to feel towns and touch people reaching out on the other side of this planet, when images started coming to me from my immediate surroundings. I saw into the past here. I could see and feel Native Americans enjoying the challenges of nature, enjoying the trees, squirrels and life in ways that I knew and in ways that I had not been familiar with. I could smell the rich old peat of the Earth that they were breathing into their own nostrils and the different scents of the tree bark. Then I saw them hide behind those same trees and reluctantly move out as hunters and trappers moved in. The adventure was exhilarating for a while, until I saw the harmony was being destroyed in the sometimes hurtful exchanges. What I once thought was heroic was now saddening.

But as I was released from my pain, these woeful conflicts of the Earth's past no longer mattered to me. They were replaced and I was being filled by something else much bigger that was above me, something much more important that I found myself moving toward. I was floating freely upward through the different layers of the atmosphere like a dandelion seed-puff floating in a gentle breeze. I could see beyond the clouds. Then from all around and in every direction, I could feel a mature love beyond my age and beyond that of my parents years and beyond even that of my grandparents. All of life seemed to be connected to this deep love that was far beyond anything any human could generate. I remember myself thinking, "This must be what people have been trying to describe as God for centuries without success," because I felt I was now going into God's presence and it was beyond anything I had ever been told in church or had ever imagined. This mature love permeated my entire being and defies description. It is beyond thought or words. It is a state of BEING. It IS and I was BECOMING just by virtue of moving into His presence.

I could feel something of His awesome power animating all of the world. The Earth was all alive by virtue of His very existence. Even the rocks were as vibrantly alive as anything else on this planet.

*BtL* Seeing The Internal Reality and Power of Love:

"It was as if all reality were composed of radioactive love and I was being bombarded by waves of love radiation. Every leaf, every tree, every stone in every building was a sun unto itself, emanating love. This was no mere mental perception. It was a physical feeling that penetrated to my very core. I knew that every particle of which I was composed vibrated in harmony with this magnificent loving power. Only my thoughts, somehow, stood at a distance, observing. I wandered about dazed, eyes wide. Never had anything living or otherwise shimmered with such a dance of vibrancy. And the blue sky and the sunlight crowned it all. My thoughts screamed with profound joy. My mind exploded, over and over, with this rush of infinitely profound awareness. All Being was, in the last analysis, composed of the substance of Love."

-E.G.M. Richie

*LDer* The Nature of Reality, You Are the Light:

The fifteenth-century Sufi mystic, Shamsoddin Lahiji, experienced this cosmic light in a lucid dream, and felt that "The whole universe, in the structure it presents, consists of light." He tells of rays of light which joined within him and rapidly pulled the whole of his being upward. After reaching what he called the Sphere of Spheres, he finds himself covered in light without quality or dimension and he is simply annihilated to himself and appears to cease to exist at all. "But," he continues, "once I had found my super existence in God, I saw that this absolute light was I. Whatever fills the universe is I; other than myself there is nothing. The eternal being, the demiurge of the universe, is I."

Becoming

Script: Since this is the joining of consciousness with something else, it has great application in the description of different kinds of consciousness, including elemental and gestalt consciousnesses.
*GHL* Kulike- Hawaiian Influence By Becoming:

"So in a rain dance, the storm clouds had to be coaxed to come hither and drop their rain- they could not be forced...

"In Hawaii this skill is called kulike a rough translation of which is ‘to make subconscious patterns...'

"My first experience in kulike took place in West Africa under the guidance of a Hausa shaman. One night in a hut in northern Dahomey (now Benin), he guided me into a very deep trance and helped me to merge my spirit with that of a cooperative leopard. I spent the rest of that night as the leopard, hunting, feeding, resting, observing, and feeling tremendously, vibrantly aware, alive, and full of energy... For several years after my return from Africa, numerous people told me that I reminded them of a leopard in some ways." -Serge Kahili King

*CJ* Consciousness of a Frog & Relaxation for Joining:

ROMC: "I am very relaxed, and feel a sense of floating. I can see a frog in front of me. Now I am getting closer. Wow, I am going into the frog to experience the consciousness of being a frog...

"I can see out of the eyes of this frog. There's a bug. Oh, it's going to grab the bug in its mouth...

"Now I'm floating again, I really couldn't get that relaxed in the frog. My helpers are indicating to me that I must relax and let go if I am to experience universal consciousness."

*CJ* Consciousness of a Snake- Earth Energy:

ROMC: "Goodness- there's a snake! Oh, they're going to send me into a snake. I have a fear of snakes...

"I am going inside the snake. Wow, it's better inside than out!

"I am beginning to feel a sense of attunement with the earth. There is an earth energy inside this reptile because it is so close to the earth. I feel a great sense of peace and gentleness. I feel that I am supposed to talk for the reptile...

" ‘There is such joy in being a part of the grass and the earth. I never want to harm anyone. I believe in harmony. But I am forced to protect myself.

" ‘I can tell a lot about the human by the vibrations of the footsteps. Most of the time we know when to get out of the way to keep from being killed. Humans kill to kill. We kill to survive.'"

*CJ* Consciousness of a Rose- Beauty:

ROMC: "I am moving into another area of consciousness. I can see a rose...

"As I come into the rose I sense its consciousness communicating the following... ‘When [humans] look upon us and experience the joy of beauty, they are experiencing their own true natures...'

"It was such a good feeling being inside it that I would like to have just stayed there. But the message is that I can live in this rose-consciousness of pure beauty and joy anyway. I am in this consciousness."

*CJ* Consciousness of Grass- Vitality:

ROMC: "I'm floating again, Oh, I can see grass below me. What beautiful green. I'm going into it. What a good feeling! I'm sensing that levels of color in nature are so important. Color is all a part of the vibration of the consciousness level of everything...

"Green is the color that brings balance into the universe... I feel such a freshness, and a feeling of floating. There is a great feeling of freedom, and strength that comes from the level of consciousness of a blade of grass. Strength and vitality are the basis of the grass-consciousness.

"I sense the grass saying, ‘I am surrounding humans for a very specific purpose. They come into contact with us almost every day of their lives.We give strength and vitality to those who will accept it from us. Humans receive such great joy in running barefoot in our midst. Humans should never lose this vitality...

" ‘Much natural strength is destroyed in cities that replace us with man-made substance. Where we are lacking, the whole consciousness of an area is changed... Children have a natural affinity for us because they are in tune with us and know our purpose for their lives.'

*CJ* Consciousness of a Tree- Energy:

ROMC: "I'm floating over some trees. I'm going into them. I'm in the trunk of a large pine tree...

"The tree says, ‘What a great feeling of grandeur I have as I look out over my brother and sister trees. I feel such freedom, even though I am rooted in the ground. I give strength and inspiration to humans. I feel stability...

" ‘If humans would relate at least five minutes a day to their favorite tree by sitting under us, touching us, climbing us, they would become revitalized. We act as a battery for humans... Our purpose in life is to bring stability and regeneration...'

"As the consciousness of this pine tree I have experienced a sense of infinity, an endless source of energy."

*CJ* Consciousness of Water- Flow:

ROMC: "I'm floating again. I'm looking down upon a great body of water. I'm starting to get the feeling of flow and movement...

"I feel that I am the consciousness of rain falling down through the atmosphere. Oh, what a great feeling of freedom, movement, joy, freshness! I'm coming down through the atmosphere as a raindrop. I am floating free...

"I represent not only flow and movement, but also the higher consciousness of man, I represent that movement of energy into its higher levels... I represent the service aspect of the earth."

*CJ* Consciousness of Earth- Strength:

ROMC: "I'm moving from the water into the earth itself. As the consciousness of earth, I am in the level that holds things together... I am not movement, like water. But like water, I am vitality and strength. I give nourishment."

*IaTR* Oneness with Water, Becoming the Spirit of Water:

Instantly, everything changes. I am no longer a human Being in a body of light; I am without form, without shape. I am the surging rush of Spirit that flows as water over every waterfall on the planet. I am falling, tumbling—water as light, light as water, water as oxygen, oxygen as water, every drop, every molecule—as One. The great purpose of life on Earth is to combine with, and radiate forth, the creative power of Unconditional Love.

I sing my Song of vibrating, harmonic Silence.

I touch the consciousness of every fish, of every bird, of every creature of the water. It is I who sings in the body of every human, every creature of Earth, every drop of rain, each wisp of mist and fog. (NOTE: Resonate with one. Resonate with all; the expressiveness of becoming.)

Without warning, my all-embracing experience of the Spirit of Water becomes centered and focused within my human psyche. (NOTE: Return to Self.)

Up I flow, and up. I am the sparkling, twinkling Light in each drop of water.

Up, up, up, I flow—to slide with easy grace into a large pool of softly glowing liquid light.

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*IaTR* The Beautiful Song, The Pipes of Pan, Becoming a Faun:

The Spirit of Water withdraws, and I am a man, swimming in my light body across a pool of awesome beauty. As I swim, I hear a sound that thrills me to the very core of my Being.

It is a sound so sweet, its notes so clear, that I shiver as a faint recognition stirs within. I have heard this sound as a child, and later as a teenager. This haunting call has invaded my dreams and has thrilled me in those brief moments when a tangible reality has wavered as I reached out to Mystery. I hear not only the clear fluting of the Pipes, but mixed and merged the sound of distant wind chimes. In the merging, it seems that I can hear the faintest laughter.

"How can you resist the music of the Pipes?"

The Pipes of Pan have growth much stronger and more compelling as we talk, and I realize that each leaf of the trees, each golden grain of sand, each blade of grass, each flower and petal—all Nature— is keenly ware of this hauntingly beautiful sound. All life dances to the evocative power held in this ethereal resonance.

"I can't resist," I whisper.

Suddenly, a high fluting note of power, pierces me through and through, and I change again.

I am a faun, and I dance to the joy and compulsion of the Pipes of Pan. No longer do I hear an external sound, for the sound is now the rhythm of my Being. Energy of a quality and abundance unknown to my human self surges through me, my pulse beating to the inner cadence of undefined joy.

My new body seems the most natural, most perfect body possible.

Every ethereal atom of my body is filled to bursting with the energy of Dance.

This is the Song I sang as the Spirit of Water, the primal Song of Love and Joy that incubates, nurtures, and nourishes All Life.

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*IaTR* The Interior Senses of the Being of Light Body, Becoming Sound, All Experience:

My human relationship with Nature is swept away as the Pipes of Pan change my reality. Only moments earlier, the trees had been normal trees, albeit with independent movement. Now, they are columns of energy, engaged in a flow both up, toward the stars, and down, into the earth. The flow is constant, its energy defined by the seasons of a physical Earth. Sometimes strong and powerful in the movement of Spring and Summer, other times slow and gentle as Autumn and Winter energies are expressed. But never static—always there is movement.

(NOTE: Ecstasy Trance.) There is also a flux of color in the moving streams of energy, color that constantly changes through the known spectrum and beyond. Irresistibly, I am drawn toward the trees, dancing as though a mote of light into the wondrous streams of energy.

I seem to lose my body, traveling as a mote of Light within a column of tree energy into the stars. I experience no journey or time, yet I am surrounded by countless stars, and feel my connection with them.

I am faun. My experience is startlingly different from being human. My vision is more limited in some ways, more expanded in others. What I see as a faun contains no peripheral vision; I see only what I look at. However, what I see is multidimensional, for within the One, I see the All. Each leaf on a tree is also the tree in a leaf.

To the tree, death is an illusion, for life is movement, not form. As I dance into a tree, I combine with it, knowing the tree in a way that is not humanly possible.

Not only is my vision different, but also my hearing. I am no longer hearing sound outside of me, for it is within me. I hear human thought and voice from the collective consciousness, but as a faun I have learned to disengage my listening from the sound of collective human thinking. Human thoughts have become a vibration of discord in the universal Song of harmony.

My faun body is a fraud, drawn from human consciousness. The faun I am is a Being of Light. I realize how this experience of trees, faun, and me is possible: we are Light, we are One, as is all humanity, All Life.

*IaTR* The Whirlwind Approaches:

As far as I can see, endless hills crest and dip into the distance, all fresh and green.

Not far away, I see what appears to be a small whirlwind, but instead of being invisible air swirling round and round, it is translucent, as though filled with fog or smoke.

When I first saw the whirlwind, it was heading away from me, but it has turned, pausing. As I watch, it doubles in size. I realize that it is aware of me and watching me.

Suddenly, the whirlwind is flowing in my direction, and I run, fleet as a deer in my light body. With a high-pitched whistling, the whirlwind comes chasing after me, scattering leaves and flattening the grass as it skims over the hillside. I run, faster than I ever believed was possible, only to come skidding to a stop as I reach the shores of the lake.

The whirlwind is moving slowly now, somehow flowing through the trees without even disturbing them. Only the odd branch twitches or waves as it passes, and I am aware that the trees are cooperating with it.

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*IaTR* The Whirlwind's Examination, Adjustments:

The whirlwind approaches me very slowly, deliberately trying not to frighten me. Swirling gently before me, it is now clear, sparking with tiny iridescent lights that seem to swim within the depths of the nebulous Being—this is an intelligent Being.

At least fifty feet high, it is maybe even wider, yet as I watch, I see it change. A faintly glittering tendril of breeze unfolds from the Being and approaches me. Very softly, without alarming me, it circles my light body. As I relax, it seems that my light body brightens. Very gently, as though opening a soft toy with a zipper, the breeze somehow opens and enters my body of light. It feels weird, as though a warm chill is moving within me. I am gently probed and prodded.

It is sensitive to my feelings. Somehow, the breeze touches a chord within me, and the feeling it evokes in me is experienced by the breeze. This is repeated many times, ranging from feelings of great love, joy, and amazement, to ones of fear, sexuality, anger, and even disgust. (NOTE: Unhooking attachments in order to proceed.)

Part of me cringes in shame at what must be revealed in some of my darker feelings, yet even as this happens, I feel an acceptance and healing from the breeze as it circles and spirals through my inner Being.

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*IaTR* Inside the Whirlwind, an Exchange of Beingness:

How long this examination takes, I have no idea, but there is a moment when, as though becoming a vacuum, the breeze draws me into its greater Being, and I am engulfed.

I am expanding. Instead of being enclosed in the Being, I am expanding beyond all belief. My senses are becoming more acute, my sense of Being vast. I am the whirling energy of Air, and in this exultation my Beingness expands tenfold. (NOTE: Holographic expansion.)

This Being is not the overseer of my mystical experiences. I thrill, as in totally new ways I am seeing anew. I see not with vision, but by being that which I make contact with. Nothing is seen beyond Self, yet all is sensed and experienced. I am the Being of Air experiencing the human experiencing the Being of Air! I am of many dimensions. I am aware of my Beingness in many physical and nonphysical realms, and in no one place is my focus more centered, my Beingness more complete. I am truly a multidimensional Being of a vast and limitless potential.

In my new and expansive Beingness, I am not alone. I contain an essence of all that I—the Being of Air—have encountered and experienced. In some timeless way, all that was still is, continuing in this incredible Being. I am the experience of countless selves, each a spark of joy within my Being. How long ago these were first encountered is unknowable, but in essence they remain as part of the Being of Air. I realize that I, too, will leave some essence of myself in this entity, even after I have departed, for such is the nature of this Being.

There are elf-like essences from many different dimensions, some appearing as small, solid chunks of Light, others as transparent shards of illumination, while some seem to be elfin shadows, and yet others wink in and out of reality, rather like fireflies in the evening twilight. Some are of colors that I humanly know, while others are of colors that are familiar to this Being of Air but are unknowable to my human self.

Suddenly, from within my swirling, mystical Beingness, a flock of small birds bursts into flight, flying out into the magical countryside. And, with the birds, I fly. Even as I fly, I am aware that I am still within the Being of Air, for this Being seems to have no defined border of where it ends, no real demarcation.

I fly into a wood of tall green trees, experiencing the essence of a small bird. I am aware of never having been physical. In my humanness, I feel a surge of surprise, for it has never occurred to me that there may be earthlike creatures who have not taken on a physical form.

Perching on a branch of a tall, supple, willow-like tree, I sing, purely to release the joy that I contain.

My Song is pure vibrating harmony.

Time is meaningless. I may sing for a micro-moment, or for all eternity; each is the same. The part and the Whole cannot be separated.

I am a skylark in a physical Earth.

As a crow, my interpretation of the Song is a joy to all of my kind. I am never alone, nor can I conceive of aloneness, for the Song is our bonding.

With the wind stroking the feather of my face, I am an eagle high in the sky.

Within that fleeting moment, when as eagle I killed the young kangaroo joey, our spirits merged, nourishing in a very real way the spirit of kangaroo. The price paid was the eagle's meal. Such is all Nature.

With this insight, I am released from the Spirit of the Birds, spiraling once more in the swirling energy of this limitless Being of Air. (NOTE: You release the sphere when you learn its lesson.)

For and endless nontime, I touch countless insects, flowers, and plants. I absorb their essence, imparting this and how I—a human Being—experience it to the Being of Air growing and expanding, for this—experience—is the substance of its own nourishment and growth.

I, too, am nourished. In no way was I engulfed against my will by this Being of Air. The inquiring tendril of breeze read my psyche, finding the full depth and intensity of my longing to connect with the deepest essence of Nature.

At no time did it ever communicate with me on a mental level. I shared my Beingness with its Beingness, and its Beingness with my Beingness! But it never once used words or gave me a clue about what was happening to me.

Profound Revelation

*EJ* A Fiery Revelation- All Is Life, All Will Know Supreme Love:

Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke: "I was in a state of quiet, almost passive enjoyment, not actually thinking, but letting ideas, images, and emotions flow of themselves, as it were, through my mind. All at once, without warning of any kind, I found myself wrapped in a flame-colored cloud... Directly afterward there came upon me a sense of exultation, of immense joyousness accompanied or immediately followed by an intellectual illumination... I saw that the universe is not composed of dead matter, but is, on the contrary, a living Presence; I became conscious in myself of eternal life... I saw that all men are immortal; that the cosmic order is such that without any peradventure all things work together for the good of each and all; that the foundation principle of the world, of all the worlds, is what we call love, and that the happiness of each and all is in the long run absolutely certain."

*CBAP* Mystical Experience of Waters While Reading:

Case No. 570: "Instantly my surroundings disappeared. I was in the midst of a boundless ocean. Around me were innumerable columns of water arising from the water below and uniting into a misty unity above.

"I knew the columns of water to be human beings who sprang from a common source and reunited after their temporary separation in a richer unity."

*CH* The Ecstasy of Knowing:

Rebbe Nachman..: "Once upon a time there was a country that encompassed all the countries of the world. And in that country, there was a town that incorporated all the towns of the country; and in that town there was a street in which were gathered all the streets of the town; and on that street there was a house that sheltered all the houses of the street; and in that house there was a room, and in that room there was a man, and that man personified all men of all countries, and that man laughed and laughed- no one had ever laughed like that before."

*UR2* Jane's Mystical Experience:

Jane: "Then, between one moment and the next, the world literally changed for me...It's like the old world but infinitely richer, more ‘now,' built better, and with much greater depth...

"Each person who passes the car is more than three-dimensional, super-real in this time... It's as if before I've seen only a part of people or things...

"I could look at each person and sense his or her ‘model' and all the variations, and see how the model was here and now in the person."...

Ruburt has allowed a portion of his this-life consciousness to go off on a tangent, so to speak, on another path into another system of actuality...

He is consciously entering another room of the psyche, and also entering into the reality that corresponds to it. This brings the two experiences together so that they coincide. They are held, however, both separately and in joint focus.

*ER* Seven in One Mystical Experience:

Daquqi said,

"One day I was going along

looking to see in people the shining of the Friend,

so I would recognize the ocean in a drop,

the sun in a bright speck.

I came to the shore

at twilight and saw seven candles. I hurried

along the beach toward them. The light of each

lifted into the sky. I was amazed. My amazement

was amazed. Waves of bewilderment

broke over my head.

What are these candles that no one seems to see?

In the presence of such lights people were looking

for lamps to buy!

Then the seven became one,

in the middle of the sky's rim.

Then that

fanned out to seven again. There were connections

between the candles that cannot be said...

They became seven men, and then seven trees, so dense with leaves and fruit

that no limbs were visible.

Flashes of light

spurted from each fruit like juice!"

*ER* The Inner Perspective of Time:

To your minds there is such a thing as news,

whereas to the inner knowing, it's all

in the middle of its happening.

*VS-BR* The Answers are Already There:

"I saw a bright light in the middle of my head, in the center of my brain. It shot out through all those squiggly lines of my brain like a flash. It was at that moment that I had every answer I ever wanted. It completed every thought process I ever had." -22 year old Grace

*LWK* Oceanic Oneness Returns Again & Again:

On every such occasion I am made to feel as if the observer in me, or speaking more precisely, my lustrous conscious self, is floating, with but an extremely dim idea of the corporeal frame, in a vividly bright conscious plane, every fragment of which represents a boundless world of knowledge, embracing the present, past, and future, commanding all the sciences, philosophies, and arts ever known or that will be known in the ages to come, all concentrated and contained in a point of existing here and everywhere, now and always, a formless, measureless ocean of wisdom from which, drop by drop, knowledge has filtered and will continue to filter into the human brain.

On every visit to the supersensible realm I am so overwhelmed by the mystery and the wonder of it that everything else of this world, everything conceived by us of the next, every fact and incident of my life save this, every momentous event of history, every ambition and desire, and above all even my own existence, life and death, appear to be trite and trivial before the indescribable glory, the unfathomable mystery, and the unimaginable extent of the marvelous ocean of life.

In the course of a few weeks, unable to resist the fascination of the newly found subliminal existence, I found myself powerless to come out of my contemplative moods. Except for a few hours of irregular sleep at night they were continuously upon me for the whole day, making it almost impossible for me to apply my mind to anything. I ate mechanically, almost as a child does in sleep, and when obliged to speak talked and heard like a man who is engrossed in watching a most fascinating drama enacted before him and returns laconic answers to the comments of those seated beside him, often without comprehending and remembering fully what is said.

Compared to the reality of this oceanic consciousness the gigantic cosmos appears to be like variously patterned clouds sailing across the face of a sun of infinite dimensions.

*HTO* Other NDE Revelations:

1) The view of our interconnectedness wasnt linear. It was almost like there was a focal point and then things would branch out in every direction and I was getting different connections with different people. There were layers and layers of stuff.

2) All you have to do to have a life of great interest is simply to stay in the present moment. If you stay there, you will live in eternity. I learned to sit still, to find power in silence.

3) There is a feeling of oneness, that "everything is everything" and that "I am that." NDE pre-afterlife experience is the same as OBE experiences.

4) Your mind is so clear. My mind just took everything down and worked it out for me the first time, without having to go through it more than once. After a while everything I was experiencing got to where it meant something to me in some way.

Seeing Behind Forms

*ER* Seeing the Interior of Now:

So the sublime kindness

descended again, and the courtyard seemed split apart

like a pomegranate laughing, with all the forms

of the universe opening their tent flaps,

new creations every second.

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The tree limbs will move like people dancing,

who suddenly know what the mystical life is.

The leaves snap their fingers like they're hearing music.

They are! A sliver of a mirror shines out

from under a felt covering. Think how it will be

when the whole thing is open to the air and the sunlight!

*ER* The Pure Essence Beneath Structure:

Tear down this house. A hundred thousands new houses

can be built from the transparent yellow carnelian

buried beneath it.

Being With God

*AoaY* Being With God.

Pranabananda's face was suffused with divine light.

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"Lahiri Mahasaya's eyes sparkled and danced with the joy of the Divine. They were ever half closed, peering through the inner telescopic orb into a sphere of eternal bliss. He seldom spoke at length. Occasionally his gaze would focus on a student in need of help; healing words poured then like an avalanche of light."

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Always one with the Lord, he needed no separate time for communion.

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The Vedic definition of a man of God: "Softer than the flower, where kindness is concerned; stronger than the thunder, where principles are at stake."

"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty."

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Healing strength emanated from the yogi; I was instantly refreshed.

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Lahiri Mahasaya's habitual physiological state exhibited the superhuman features of breathlessness, sleeplessness, cessation of pulse and heartbeat, calm eyes unblinking for hours, and a profound aura of peace.

*AoaY* Divine Fragrance:

"An indescribable peach blossomed within me at the master's glance. I was permeated with his fragrance."

"Gandha Baba can give the natural perfume of any flower to a scentless one, or revive a wilted blossom, or make a person's skin exude delightful fragrance."

Light In Your Head

*BMS* Exertion Mystical Experience:

"Russian weightlifter, Uri Vlasov, states:

"‘At the peak of tremendous... effort while the blood is pounding in your head, all suddenly becomes quiet within you. Everything seems clearer and whiter than ever before, as if great spotlights had been turned on... At that moment you have the conviction that you contain all the power in the world... you have wings. There is no more precious moment in life than this, the white moment, and you will work very hard for years just to taste is again' (Lipsyte, 1975, p. 280)" -Rhea White

*LWK* Extraordinarily Vivid Dreams Came With the Vivid Change in Daily Sensations:

A mantle of light was perceptible in the dreams also.

Extraordinarily vivid dreams became habitual with me. The bright luster in my head continued undiminished during sleep; if anything, more clearly apparent and more active during the night than during the day. The moment I rested my head on the pillow and closed my eyes to invite sleep, the first object to draw my attention was the cranial glow, clearly distinguishable in darkness, not stationary and steady but spreading out and narrowing down like a whirlpool or swirling water in a shining sun. It appeared as if a piston, working in the spinal tube at the bottom, was throwing up stream after stream of a very lustrous fluid, impalpable but distinctly visible, with such force that I actually felt my whole body shaking with the impact of the current to such an extent as made the bed creak at times.

The dreams were wonderful and always occurred against a shining background. The widespread luminous glow inside also lent a strange phosphorescence to the dream images. Every night during sleep I was transported to a glittering fairyland where, garbed in luster, I glided from place to place, as light as a feather. The incidents were of the usual character common to dreams. They often lacked coherence and continuity, but although strange, fanciful and fantastic, they possessed a visionary character, surrounded by landscapes of a vastness and magnificence seldom seen in real life.

In my dreams I usually experienced a feeling of security and contentment, with the absence of anything in the least disturbing or disharmonious.

When sleepless, I felt as if my brain had been deprived of its usual dose of energy, which enabled it to maintain the extensive dimension to which it had now grown gradually during the years.

Without implying the least exaggeration, I actually felt as if every night during slumber I roamed in enchanting empyrean regions of heavenly life.

I distinctly experienced a partial eclipse of personality, a descent from a higher to a lower plane of being during the interval separating the dream state from wakefulness and could clearly mark a narrowing down of the self, as if forced to shrink from a state of wide expansion to one of close confinement.

During sleep my pulse rate was often considerably higher than during the day. The vital current swept like a storm through the entire organism with the obvious aim of refashioning it to a higher pitch of efficiency.

*SD&P* The Pulsing White Light in Jane's Head During an OBE:

As I fell off to sleep, I found myself seeing Congress Park very clearly, yet I wasn't there yet, and my head kept throbbing in a way that wasn't physical- as if I heard rather than felt the throbs. This was accompanied by a buzzing noise and other loud sounds that I now accept as characteristic of certain kinds of projection. My head felt full of a white light. Everything in my astral visions was opaque white, instead of dark.

My sight was operating perfectly, but it took a while before my hearing worked. I worked at getting clearer focus and really enjoyed walking down the park paths.

All the while I was very conscious of the white light that was beginning to bother me. It seemed to fill my entire head, growing more and more intense. A funny whooshing sound inside my head also distracted me and my head itself began to feel fantastically light. The more I tried to concentrate in my environment, the stronger these effects grew.

Ignoring the light, I willed myself to go to the house of the Linden family, across town. Instantly I found myself there on the porch. For a moment I wondered if I was in the right place, then I saw that the old side porch had been completely removed and another front porch added. Was this a distortion or hallucination? I willed all hallucinations to vanish, but everything remained the same. This usually means that the environment is a "real" location. I decided to go inside.

At this point the pulsations of the white light inside my head quickened and grew very powerful. I felt for a moment as if my consciousness could really be swept away or as if I could really have difficulty getting back to my body.

The Primal Flow

*CH* Within The Flow of Primal Awareness:

A family relation had died and young Ramana decided to explore directly the experience of death. His motive stemmed more from curiosity than any feeling of bereavement. Ramana removed all his clothes, lay on the floor of his room, and with tremendous intensity, imagined his body dead. He closed his eyes, simulating the state of deep sleep. Suddenly there flashed into view, more or less complete, the primal awareness that lies at the Source of our being, the Ultimate Consciousness that is the Source of Being itself.

This proved not to be an isolated trance. The radiant flow of this primal awareness continued to be experienced throughout Ramana's waking, dream, and dreamless sleep. It was focused in the spiritual center Ramana later called the Heart, two fingers to the right of the breastbone.

...He would remain motionless for days at a time, neither eating nor sleeing, totally absorbed in the current of primal awareness from which all phenomena emerge and into which they disappear again like bubbles in a stream.

*CH* Primal Awareness in the Body:

Ramana explained that while we are aware of the body, the source of the I am is experienced in what he called the right-hand Heart, but if our attention becomes totally absorbed in the stream of primal awareness, all sense of an individual body dissolves and no exclusive location remains.

Moved By Kundalini

*CH* The Ecstasy Trance:

Holy ecstasy dances spontaneously... Levi-Yitzhak simply radiated that Divine Dance. He worshipped with such abandon that the frightened faithful instinctively moved away. He gesticulated, howled, and danced, jumping from one corner to the other, pushing and overturning whatever was in his way. People ceased to exist for him. When he prayed, he himself ceased to exist.

*HU* The Jansenists:

Healings: being near the tomb healed almost anything.

The Convulsionaries: People felt strange involuntary spasms and convulsions. They underwent the most amazing contortions of their limbs. These siezures proved contagious, and it spread like a brushfire until men, women, and children were twisting and writhing as if caught up in some surreal enchantment.

Invulnerability: see above.

Clairvoyance: Some could discern hidden things, others could read with their eyes closed and bandaged.

Levitation: Some could levitate with such strength that others could not hold him down.

Shamanic Ecstasy

*O4* Ecstasy:

When certain drums are played, some fall instantly into ecstasy, because the sound of the drums goes directly into their whole system, bringing it to a certain pitch where they feel ecstasy. And when they are in ecstasy they can jump into fire and come out without being burned; they can cut themselves with a sword and they are instantly healed; they can eat fire. One needs not be very educated or evolved to go into that trance. They can be very ordinary. Sound can have this effect on them. Because the vibrations of their body are equal to fire, fire has no effect.

The Mystical Slap & Other Interventions

*AoaY* Removing the Veil:

He gently slapped my chest over the heart.

A transforming silence ensued.

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Sri Yukteswar struck me gently on my chest above the heart.

My body became immovably rooted; breath was drawn out of my lungs as if by some huge magnet. Soul and mind instantly lost their physical bondage.

*AoaY* Removing the Veil:

I used to meditate with another disciple for eight hours every night. I had wonderful results; tremendous spiritual perceptions illumined my mind. But a little veil always remained between me and the Infinite. I paid a visit to Lahiri Mahasaya.

"Lahiri Mahasaya extended his hand in a benign gesture. ‘You may go now and meditate. I have interceded for you with Brahma.'

"Immeasurably uplifted, I returned to my home. In mediation that night, the burning Goal of my life was achieved. Now I ceaselessly enjoy the spiritual pension. Never from that day has the Blissful Creator remained hidden from my eyes behind any screen of delusion."

*AoaY* The Touch of A Yogi:

At his touch, a great light broke upon my being, like the glory of countless suns blazing together. A flood of ineffable bliss, overwhelming my heart to an innermost core, continued during the following day.

Revelation of the Nature of the Universe
A Bubble in Eternity

Script: This might be good for the Nature of the Universe. Think of the way that the universes are arranged in bubbles.
*CH* The Stages of Ascent, The Bubble of Creation, Concern Causes One To Enter:

I will describe here... An ascent to the One that occurred to me, through spiritual imagination, while meditating with Mother Serena...

I gradually became aware that I was rising higher in consciousness. While ascending, I could still hear Mother Serena praying... This spiritual ascension translated itself vividly into the image of an elevator. Finally the car reach the top floor, its doors opened, and I stepped into a realm of golden light. My body was of the same color and nature as this light... Noticing a stairway that circled upward and was lost in the intensity of golden light, I began to climb, realizing that as I ascended, the light became more dense... My body blended with the light, and soon there was no body, only golden intensity. I was still aware of myself as an individual center of consciousness...

The next move resembled osmosis through a membrane and occurred spontaneously, without planning or effort. With no sensation of abruptness, there was the other side of the membrane. All was clear. The heavy golden density of Being was gone, dissipated as though one were to move directly from summer humidity to autumn clarity. The golden light had generated a certain excitement or ecstasy, but now there was none- only clear brightness, natural and buoyant... The clarity appeared white, or faintly opaque, because there was nothing to be seen through this clarity that would make it appear transparent. And because there was nothing to be seen, there was no sense of distance or vastness- only a sense of completeness...

After an interval of simple brightness that revealed nothing beyond itself, the question arose, How long have you been here? These words, seeming to filter through from another level of consciousness, kindled an immediate sensation of laughter, because it was delightfully apparent that no such concept could be applied... After another immeasurable interval, a second question arose: Why would one ever leave this Clear Light? As if in response to the query, a bubble appeared, floating through the brightness, resembling the bubbles children blow from rings dipped in soap... Within this bubble there stretched a rainbow, which revealed itself as the entire structure of Being- all the planes, all the souls, all the sentient beings, civilizations, and galaxies. The whole structure was totally insubstantial. The bubble, unstable as it floated, changed shape constantly, looking as if it might burst at any moment. Its delicacy was poignant. And the seamless brightness of the One shone directly through this transparent bubble of Being. Then a current of loving concern welled up, concern for the beings on these various planets and planes of rainbow light. That concern became more and more intense, building to a climax. Suddenly I found myself once more in the golden realm, understanding that I had been taken back through the membrane into this floating bubble which is Being.

My sense of individuality reawakened as soon as I perceived the golden light. Yet I knew that I had been returned to Being not by attachment to my individuality but through commitment to all life.

Wanting To Share It

*ER* Wanting to Share Union:

"In the middle of these streets and gardens, I stand and say

and say again, and it's all I say,

I wish everyone

could know what I know"

Inner Visions

*AoaY* Inner Visions:

Sitting on my bed one morning, I feel into a deep reverie.

"What is behind the darkness of closed eyes?" This probing thought came powerfully into my mind. An immense flash of light at once manifested to my inward gaze. Divine shapes of saints, sitting in meditation posture in mountain caves, formed like miniature cinema pictures on the large screen of radiance within my forehead.

"We are the Himalayan yogis."

The vision vanished, but the silvery beams expanded in ever-widening circles to infinity.

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As I gazed upon the mountain-peak hermitage, standing bold against the sky, I fell into an ecstatic trance. A vision appeared of a hilltop mansion in a distant land. The lofty Shankara ashrma before me was transformed into the structure where, years later, I established the Self Realization Fellowship headquarters in America.

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"Lahiri Mahasaya touched my forehead. Masses of whirling light appeared; the radiance gradually formed itself into the opal-blue spiritual eye, ringed in gold and centered with a white pentagonal star."

"Penetrate your consciousness through the star into the kingdom of the Infinite."

"Vision after vision broke as oceanic surf on the shores of my soul. The panoramic spheres finally melted in a sea of bliss. I lost myself in ever-surging blessedness. When I returned hours later to awareness of this world, the master gave me the technique of Kriya Yoga."

Boundaries Torn Open

*VS* Boundaries Torn Open, Horrible Dreams:

"My experience occurred at the age of nine. The radio was either doing a reenactment or an actual broadcasting of the cockpit conversations of the bomber crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Caught up in the drama, I listened with total attention until the moment the bomb exploded and my world changed. I was suddenly overwhelmed with immense grief and agony on a scale much vaster than my small childlike consciousness. My boundaries were shattered; that barrier which made me feel separate from things. This was followed by nightmares in which I died nightly by every conceivable method, the chief feature being feeling the pain in my physical body. This pain from knives, bullets, strangling, crushing rocks, tearing of teeth, hanging, etc. would jerk me awake and it seemed that no amount of prayers could make the dreams stop. One night a "voice" told me it wouldn't hurt if I got out of my body. This somehow happened and once I had learned to do this consistently, these dreams gradually stopped. Over the next five years, I had regular out-of-body experiences in what seemed to be dreams in which I traveled into the past or spent time learning to use and control my ‘dream body' and then eventually to control the dream itself." -Mary Horan, v.XVI, n.3

*EtS-EKR* Experiencing Everyone's Pain:

I spent that night alone in a remote forest cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Soon, an ominous, eerie feeling came over me. I had a vague, inner foreboding that something very impactful was going to happen in that cabin. The "it" happened – the most painful experience in my life. I literally had to experience what it felt like to die a thousand times over: Over the next few hours, I experienced the deaths of over 1,000 patients I had attended to up to that time. My body doubled up in excruciating physical pain. I could hardly breathe. During those agonizing hours, I had only three momentary reprieves to catch my breath. I begged for a shoulder to lean on. In the same instant, a firm but compassionate voice of a spirit guide simply stated, "It shall not be given." The pain resumed.

In the next brief reprieve, I begged for a hand to hold. The same voice spoke again and said, "it shall not be given."

The third and last time I was able to catch my breath. My acceptance that I had both the strength and the courage to endure this agony.

At this point, something in me surrendered. I realized that I needed to stop fighting all the time and move to a place of positive surrender. Then the simple word yes emerged in my mind. At the moment that yes came into my awareness, the incredible agony stopped. [She has a transcendent experience.]

*EtS-SL* You Arent Alone in Your Pain [An Experience]:

"The pain in my back, in my hips, in my legs was so great, I couldn't stand it. I just let myself go, and I sank under the waves of this pain."

She then said, "A moment later, I experienced myself lying on a bank of a river in Africa with my water jar broken next to me. My skin was black. A huge boulder had rolled off the hill and hit me in the back. I was dying alone by this river with a crushed back. There was enormous pain in my back, in my hips, in my legs."

She continued, "A millisecond later, there I was, as an Eskimo woman dying in childbirth, with enormous pain in my back, in my hips, in my legs. A moment later, there I was again, lying on my side on a urine-stained mattress, yellow with hepatitis – a young woman dying from the effects of using heroin. Then I was a woman lying on a dirt floor in a grass hut, starving to death, and my infant baby is sucking at my slackened, empty breast. We are both dying of cholera, lying on the floor – with enormous pain in my back, in my hips, in my legs.

She didn't know how long these experiences lasted, probably an hour and a half or so. She told me she experienced the "10,000 women in the throes of death." When she came out of that experience, her heart was no longer closed. She said, "It was no longer my pain, but the pain."

Essence Working Through You

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*U* Essence Speaks Through and Animates Focus:

In uses one is attempting to do whatever is at hand very well as a way of reaching out and learning... This divine leading and guidance take several forms. The complex dynamics of these leadings perfect how one works, correct personal habits and faults, and then lead into general perceptions of the nature of reality... The interior response is in terms of what you need to learn here and now. One could not ask for a more personal or pertinent response... This method not only continuously perfects what you do, but it leads through personal insights and wisdom to experience the Divine.

...When you do the same routine task in a devoted way, you then discover a never-ending series of learnings in the same task... Early in the practice of uses it seems that one is simply trying to do the task at hand better... Later... it is as though the task is being done through you. You are closer to an observer watching something being done. It goes well by itself... At first you try to do good. Later good is simply done through you. Much later the experience is of God acting through you and you find yourself involved in acts which transcend your normal capacities.

...The "normal" worker is just trying to do a task and busily discarding the inner hints, leads and insights given... After you learn more about the process and find even your seeking is given to you, then your seeking will have become wise. That is, you will be given to seek what Is ready to be given... Suppose one person gets into this process and gets endless social understanding and nothing of heaven or God? I would not complain. What is of God and heaven this person is seeing as social... The inward process can be understood in many frames of reference, and I dont know that one is really superior to the others...

The same process in its full outer and inner aspects makes a master bricklayer, as well as a considerate person, and even the religiously enlightened. In a way, it is wrong to rank one superior to the other... Baking bread is not simply a way of focusing outwardly while tripping out inwardly. The process is contained in the attempt to be of use.

...At first... Sweeping the floor looks less than the concerns of... the study of God, only because you havent looked for God in the sweepings of the floor... The more you see into the process, the more pleasure there is. Soon you do a good use simply because youprefer to do and enjoy it.

In Other Planes of Consciousness

*LWK* Disappearing Into Another Plane of Consciousness:

My father was possessed of extraordinary psychic faculties. He lived and acted in another plane of consciousness. His whole behavior was a constant reminder of this fact.

While talking with the family, he would suddenly pass off into another mood with a faraway look in his eyes, oblivious to those to whom he was speaking a moment before. When he came back to the present moment he was too overwhelmed by what he had witnessed during the interval to be able to continue the conversation.

A Higher Vibration

*MotFE* Being Filled With A Higher Vibration:

After those assembled had departed, my associates and I stayed on, loath to leave the place where we had witnessed such a transformation. No words can describe our feelings and the tremendous uplift of those last hours.

We had no sense of being confined in a room. Our bodies seemed to emit a brilliant light and, wherever we walked we had no sense of limiting walls, although just previous to the experience we were in a room hewed from solid rock. We moved freely in any direction.

Our garments and everything about us seemed to radiate a pure white light. Even after sunrise this light seemed brighter than that of the sun. We seemed to be in a great sphere of light and we could look through this crystal ray and see the sun as it appeared far away, shrouded in a haze. It actually seemed cold and uninviting compared with the place where we stood. Although the thermostat registered 45 degrees below zero and the country was covered with snow that sparkled in the morning sunlight, in the place where we were there was a consciousness of warmth, peace, and beauty that surpassed expression.

Here we stayed for three more days and nights with no thought of rest or refreshment. There was not a sign of fatigue or weariness.

Powerful Prayer

*AoaY* Powerful Prayer:

"Once Bhaduri Mahasaya performed the Bhastrika Pranayama before me with such amazing force that it seemed an actual storm had arisen in the room! Then he extinguished the thundering breath and remained motionless in a high state of superconsciousness. The aura of peace after the storm was vivid beyond forgetting."

Transcendence Reveals Holographic Nature

*AoaY* Two Visions of Light:

I witnessed a vision of violent contrasts.

As I closed my eyes in meditation, my consciousness was suddenly transferred to the body of a captain in command of a battleship. The thunder of guns split the air as shots were exchanged between shore batteries and the ship's cannons. A huge shell hit and I jumped into the water.

I reached the shore safely. But alas! A stray bullet ended its furious flight in my chest. I fell groaning to the ground.

With a final sigh, I was about to sink into unconsciousness when lo! I found myself seated in the lotus posture in my Gurpar Road room.

Hysterical tears poured forth as I joyfully stroked and pinched my regained possession – a body free from any bullet hole in the breast. I rocked to and fro, inhaling and exhaling to assure myself that I was alive. Amidst these self-congratulations, again I found my consciousness transferred to the captain's dead body by the gory shore. Utter confusion of mind came upon me.

"Lord," I prayed, "am I dead or alive?"

A dazzling play of light filled the whole horizon. A soft rumbling vibration formed itself into words:

"What has life or death to do with Light? In the image of My Light I have made you. The relativities of life and death belong to the cosmic dream. Behold your dreamless being! Awake, my child, awake!"

He pours His creative beam through the films of successive ages, and the picture are thrown on the screen of space.

The colorful universal drama is issuing from the single while light of a Cosmic Source.

"Creation is light and shadow both, else no picture is possible. The good and evil of maya must ever alternate in supremacy. If joy were ceaseless here in this world, would man ever seek another? Without suffering he scarcely cares to recall that he has forsaken his eternal home. Pain is a prod to remembrance. "My sons are the children of light; they will not sleep forever in delusion."

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I sat on my bed in the lotus posture. My room was dimly lit by two shaded lamps. Lifting my gaze, I noticed that the ceiling was dotted with small mustard-colored lights, scintillating and quivering with a radiumlike luster. Myriads of pencilled rays, like sheets of rain, gathered into a transparent shaft and poured silently upon me.

At once my physical body lost its grossness and became metamorphosed into astral texture. I felt a floating sensation as, barely touching the bed, the weightless body shifted slightly and alternately to left and right. I looked around the room; the furniture and walls were as usual, but the little mass of light had so multiplied that the ceiling was invisible. I was wonder-struck.

"This is the cosmic motion picture mechanism." A voice spoke as though from within the light. "Shedding its beam on the white screen of your bed sheets, it is producing the picture of your body. Behold, your form is nothing but light!"

I gazed at my arms and moved them back and forth, yet could not feel their weight. An ecstatic joy overwhelmed me. This cosmic stem of light, blossoming as my body, seemed a divine replica of the light beams streaming out of the projection booth in a cinema house.

*LWK* The World Reflected In a Larger Mental Mirror, Expansion:

I now saw the world reflected in a larger mental mirror. It appeared as if an enlarged picture of the world was now being formed in my mind, not enlarged in the sense of magnification by a microscope, but as if the world image was now presented by a wider conscious surface than before. The knowing self appeared to have acquired distinctly extended proportions.

Rapid alteration in the perceptive mirror, accompanied by an ever present sense of deadening fear, had been the first acutely distressing and completely bewildering feature of my uncanny experience.

As time wore on, the extension became more and more apparent, with less frequent contractions, but even in the narrowest state of perception my consciousness was wider than before.

From a tiny glow the awareness in me became a large radiating pool of light, the "I" immersed in it yet fully cognizant of the radiantly blissful volume of consciousness all around.

(NOTE: Like high in Tappan Square! The sphere of being!) With the passage of time the luminous circle in my head grew larger and larger by imperceptible degrees, with a corresponding increase in the area of consciousness.

 

Yoga

What Yoga Is

Script: The following being what yoga is, it should be in the Meditation & Paths sections.
*TYSD* The Meaning of Yoga:

The word yoga, having two recognized Sanskrit roots, has two possible meaning. One meaning is ‘to meditate', or ‘to go to trance' (as in Samadhi Yoga). The other meaning is ‘to join.'...

Patanjali: ‘Yoga is the restricting of the fluctuations of mind-stuff.' And, as he continues, ‘Then the seer [that is, the Self] abideth in himself. At other times [that is, in all other conditions] the Self taketh the same, form as the fluctuations [of mind-stuff].'...

Yoga is commonly regarded by its practitioners as the shortest path to the higher evolution of man.

*ANMU* The Meaning of Yoga:

The word Yoga can be translated by the word unity or union or subjugation; in the first meaning it corresponds to the word "harnessing"...

To follow Yoga means to subjugate to the control of one or another system of Yoga thought, feeling, internal and external movements, etc., that is, the functions, most of which ordinarily work without control.

*LWK* The Goal of Yoga:

I longed to attain the condition of consciousness, said to be the ultimate goal of yoga, which carries the embodied spirit to regions of unspeakable glory and bliss, beyond the sphere of opposites, free from the desire for life and fear of death.

Forms of Yoga
Paths of Meditation

*TYSD* Laya, Bhakti, Shakti, Mantra, Yantra, Mudra & Shabda Yoga- the Yogas of Mind Control:

Laya, in the term Laya Yoga, means ‘mind-control'; and Laya Yoga is, accordingly, that part of the science of yoga concerned chiefly with the yogic method of acquiring mastery over the mind, more particularly over the will-power...

Under Laya Yoga we classify four other yogas which, like Laya Yoga, depend essentially upon the conscious exercise of the yogically-controlled power of mind...

Viewing yoga as a unitary whole, Bhakti Yoga, or the ‘joining' by means of mentally concentrating on[Divine] Love, results chiefly in one-pointedness of mind...

Likewise, Shakti Yoga is a part of Laya Yoga inasmuch as it implies the ‘joining' by means of mentally concentrating on [Divine] Power, conceived of as being the feminine (or negative_ aspect of the Universe-embracing spiritual forces of Cosmic Mind...

In Mantra Yoga, by the expert use of mantras, which consist of words or sounds of occult power, and in Yantra Yoga, by similar employment of yantras, or geometrical diagrams of mystical significance, the yogin's aim is to establish telepathic and even more intimate communication with the deities that he invokes to assist him in his yogic endeavors. Mudra Yoga may be regarded as a subdivision of Yantra Yoga; for it is dependent upon the yogic use of mystic signs which are usually made by posturing the hands or body, and in lesser degree upon mystic symbols more or less of geometrical character...

Shabda (Sensation of Sound) Yoga, is said to be the best part of Laya Yoga.

Dhyana Yoga

*TYSD* Dhyana Yoga:

Dhyana Yoga is that part of yoga dependent upon meditation leading to mind-control. As such, it stands alone, not being exclusively related to any of the yogas, but being an essential practice in all of them.

Raja Yoga

*TYSD* Raja Yoga:

In the term Raja Yoga, Raja means ‘best', or ‘royal', or ‘highest'. Raja Yoga, therefore, means the best part of yoga.

*ANMU* Raja-Yoga:

Raja-Yoga is the Yoga of the education of consciousness...

Hatha-Yoga is the Yoga of the overcoming of the body, the acquiring of control over the body and its functions; Raja-Yoga is the Yoga of the overcoming of the illusory and erroneous self consciousness of man and of the acquiring of control over consciousness.

Kundalini Yoga

*TYSD* Kundalini Yoga:

To yogins who follow the Path of the Tantras, it is Kundalini Yoga which is the Royal Yoga.

Kriya Yoga

*AoaY* Kriya Yoga:

"Through the use of Kriya, the omnipotent God, hidden in all men, became visibly incarnated in the flesh of Lahiri Mahasaya and a number of his disciples."

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Kriya Yoga is a simple, psychophysiological method by which the human blood is decarbonized and recharged with oxygen. The atoms of this extra oxygen are transmitted into life current to rejuvenate the brain and spinal centers. By stopping the accumulation of venous blood, the yogi is able to lessen or prevent the decay of tissues; the advanced yogi transmutes his cells into pure energy. They caused their bodies to dematerialize at will.

All bodily tissues are electrically negative, except the brain and nervous system tissues which remain electrically positive because they take up revivifying oxygen at a more rapid rate.

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The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers. One-half minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment.

One thousand Kriya practiced in eight hours give the yogi, in one day, the equivalent of one thousand years of natural evolution: 365,000 years of evolution in one year. With the guidance of a guru, such yogis have carefully prepared their bodies and brains to receive the power created by intensive practice.

The Kriya beginner employs his yogic exercise only fourteen to twenty-eight times, twice daily.

The body of the average man is like a fifty-watt lamp, which cannot accommodate the billion watts of power aroused by an excessive practice of Kriya.

Kriya is accompanied from the very beginning by an accession of peace, and by soothing sensations of regenerative effect in the spine.

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Yoga enables the devotee to switch off or on, at will, life current form the five senses. Attaining this power of sense-disconnection, the yogi finds it simple to unite his mind at will with divine realms or with the world of matter. No longer is he unwillingly brought back by the life force to the mundane sphere of rowdy sensations and restless thoughts.

The life of an advanced Kriya Yogi is influenced, not by effects of past actions, but solely by directions from the soul.

Identifying himself with a shallow ego, man takes for granted that it is he who thinks, wills, feels, digests meals, and keeps himself alive, never admitting through reflection (only a little would suffice!) that in his ordinary life he is naught but a puppet of past actions (karma) and of nature or environment. Lofty above such influences, however, is his regal soul.

*AoaY* Kriya and Breathing:

"The secret of cosmic consciousness is intimately linked with breath mastery. The life force, which is ordinarily absorbed in maintaining the heart-pump, must be freed for higher activities by a method of calming and stilling the ceaseless demands of the breath."

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The ancient yogic technique converts the breath into mind. By spiritual advancement, one is able to cognize the breath as an act of mind – a dream-breath.

A person whose attention is wholly engrossed breathes very slowly. Fixity of attention depends on slow breathing; quick or uneven breaths are an inevitable accompaniment of harmful emotional states: fear, lust, anger. The elephant, tortoise, snake and other animals noted for their longevity have a respiratory rate which is less than man's.

The rejuvenating effects of sleep are due to man's temporary unawareness of body and breathing. The sleeping man becomes a yogi; each night he unconsciously performs the yogic rite of releasing himself from bodily identification, and of merging the life force with healing currents in the main brain region and the six sub-dynamos of his spinal centers. The sleeper thus dips unknowingly into the reservoir of cosmic energy which sustains all life.

The voluntary yogi performs a simple, natural process consciously, not unconsciously like the slow-paced sleeper. The Kriya Yogi uses his technique to saturate and feed all his physical cells with undecaying light and keep them in a magnetized state. He scientifically makes breath unnecessary, without producing the states of subconscious sleep or unconsciousness.

Untying the cord of breath which binds the soul to the body, Kriya serves to prolong life and enlarge the consciousness to infinity.

*AoaY* Kriya vs. Introspection:

Introspection, or "sitting in the silence," is an unscientific way of trying to force apart the mind and senses, tied together by the life force. The contemplative mind, attempting its return to divinity, is constantly dragged back toward the senses by the life currents. Kriya, controlling the mind directly through the life force, is the easiest, most effective, and most scientific avenue of approach to the Infinite.

Samadhi Yoga

*TYSD* Samadhi Yoga:

In the ‘joining' by means of the Quiescent State (Skt, Samadhi), the yogin transcends personality, and his microcosmic consciousness breaks its fetters and becomes reunited with the Macrocosmic All-Consciousness.

Hatha Yoga

*ANMU* Hatha-Yoga:

Hatha-Yoga is the Yoga of power over the body and over the physical nature of man...

Hatha-Yogis are unfortunately often confused with "fakirs"... Fakirs imitate Hatha-Yogis.

*LWK* How Hatha Yoga Works:

The whole system of hatha yoga is designed to induce by artificial means the natural conditions displayed by an enlightened consciousness. Hatha yogis try to counterfeit the trance state with diminished breathing and heart action, which can be a striking and confirmative feature of the ecstatic state, by means of the arduous exercises of pranayama resulting in perceptible slowing down of the metabolic processes for even weeks and months, but it does not confer what is the priceless gift of yoga – an illuminated consciousness.

Karma Yoga

*TYSD* Karma Yoga:

In the term Karma Yoga, the Sanskrit word Karma means ‘action,' more especially such action as will lead to Emancipation... Inasmuch as right yogic action forms a part of all yoga practices, Karma Yoga, like Dhyana Yoga, underlies the whole of yoga.

*ANMU* Karma-Yoga:

Karma-Yoga teaches right living. Karma-Yoga is the Yoga of activity...

Without Karma-Yoga man becomes absorbed in the nearest, the visible, aims and forgets the chief aim...

Karma-Yoga teaches man to understand that when it seems to him that he himself is acting, in reality it is not he who acts, but only a power passing through him...

The chief principle of Karma-Yoga is non-attachment...

Karma-Yoga teaches that may change the people and events around him by changing his attitude towards them.

Bhakti Yoga

*ANMU* Bhakti-Yoga:

Bhakti-Yoga Is the Yoga of the religious way.

Jnana Yoga

*TYSD* Jnana Yoga:

Jnana Yoga refers to that part of yoga dependent upon [Divine] Knowledge.

*ANMU* Jnana-Yoga:

Jnana-Yoga... is the Yoga of knowledge.

Yogic Transferral of Consciousness into Other Things

*TYSD* Leaving the Body,Transference of Consciousness into Other Forms:

Mastery of the Art of Pho-wa primarily confers the yogic power to bring about in oneself, at will, essentially the same process as that which under normal conditions is called death, there being the difference that in natural death the principle of consciousness departs from the human form permanently, whereas in yogically- induced death the departure may be but temporary...

Trongjug, meaning ‘Transference and Inspiration'. By means of this yogic art, it is believed that the principles of consciousness of two human beings can be mutually exchanged, or, in other words, that the consciousness which animated, or inspires, one human body can be transferred to and made to animate another human body.

Results of Yoga

*SU* Initial Result of Yoga:

The first fruits of the practice of Yoga are: health, little waste matter, and a clear complexion; lightness of the body, a pleasant scent, and a sweet voice; and an absence of greedy desires.

The Eight-Fold Path

*TYSD* The Eight-Fold Path:

The Noble Eight-Fold Path...

‘Right Belief, Right Intentions, Right Speech, Right Actions; Right Livelihood, Right Endeavouring, Right-Mindfullness, Right Concentration.'

*AoaY* The Eightfold Path:

The Yoga system as outlined by Patanjali is known as the Eightfold Path. The first steps, (1) yama and (2) niyama, require observance of ten negative and positive moralities – avoidance of injury to others, of untruthfulness, of stealing, of incontinence, of gift-receiving (which brings obligations); and purity of body and mind, contentment, self-discipline, study, and devotion to God.

The next steps are (3) asana (right posture); the spinal column must be held straight, and the body firm in a comfortable position for meditation; (4) pranayama (control of prana, subtle life currents); and (5) pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses from external objects).

The last steps are forms of yoga proper; (6) dharana (concentration); holding the mind to one thought; (7) dhyana (meditation), and (8) samadhi (superconscious perception).

"When final oneness with God is achieved, the distinctions of the various paths disappear. The Bhagavad Gita, points out that the methods of yoga are all-embracive.

Fakirs

*ANMU* Fakirs- Fakers:

Yogis have nothing in common with "fakirs," that is, with men who endeavor to subjugate the physical body to the will by the way of suffering, and who are very often ignorant fanatics torturing themselves in order to attain heavenly beatitude, or conjurors who for money perform "miracles," which are based upon skill, patience and the accustoming of the body to assume incredible postures or to exercise its functions in an abnormal way.