Category: spirituality

lazyyogi: So much content in “spiritual” circ…

lazyyogi:

So much content in “spiritual” circles is just countercultural nonsense. Being “woke” is conflated with being Awakened. Buddha wasn’t trying to be trippy nor was he interested in superstitious new age fads—in fact he was fed up with all that noise. Buddha was in a position to lead an empire but he abandoned that to pursue enlightenment. Why? Because in the face of the realities of sickness, old age, and death, how much positive change can last from such political endeavors? And yet by becoming enlightened and setting forth the Buddhist path, he contributed something truly eternal to humanity. Do you think he’d give two fucks about conspiracies? Illusion is illusion. Either you’re waking up or you aren’t. Dreaming differently won’t save you. #spirituality #buddhism #psychedelic #newage #conspiracy #enlightenment
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moderngnosticsocietyorc: The four pillars of …

moderngnosticsocietyorc:

The four pillars of gnosis (modified to non I)

The pillars are waking, dreaming, dreamless sleep and non dual one consciouness.

When you think about all of our awareness can be broken down to the 3 states and the hidden one consciousness.

Consciousness is not mind, not limited to one person.
Consciousness is always pure and without the I.

Regular

aspiritualwarrior:

“Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated. In Zazen neither intention, analysis, specific effort nor imagination take place. It’s enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance – embracing all opposites.”

— Taisen Deshimaru

she-initiates: 🌈 Discovering the Rainbow Br…

she-initiates:

🌈 Discovering the Rainbow Bridge 🌈 

This journey is a colorful one, as life itself is colorful. It offers an alternative to the drab, gray mentality of the modern era, where color is limited to the realm of children. By contrast, too many “grown-ups” live in dark, tailored suits, riding gray subways and highways through black-and-white realities of grim choices and limited options. Reclaiming the multidimensional diversity of the human experience is the task of this journey – no less than a quest for our wholeness and the renewal of our collective spirit.

The seven colors of the rainbow represent an alternative to our binary black-and-white consciousness, offering us a world of multiple opportunities. The rainbow expresses the diversity of light as it moves from source to manifestation. Its seven colors represent seven vibratory modalities of human existence, related to the seven chakras of Indian yogic tradition – energy centers that exist within each one of us. 

Yoga philosophy teaches us that the serpent goddess, Kundalini, represents the evolutionary life force within each person. She awakens from her slumber in the art to dance her way through each chakra, reestablishing the rainbow as a metaphysical bridge between matter and consciousness. Through this dance of transformation, the rainbow becomes the axis mundi – the central axis of the world that runs through the vertical core of each one of us. On our journey through life, the chakras are the wheels along this axis that take the vehicle of the Self along our evolutionary quest, across the Rainbow Bridge, to reclaim our divine nature once again. 

This Rainbow Bridge can also span the cultures of East and West, as each has something to learn from the other. The treasures of the East bring Westerners a vast spiritual wealth. The elaborate practices of yoga, the abundance of Buddhist and Hindu scriptures, and the rich imagery of Eastern deities bring Westerners new dimensions of spiritual experience. Yet despite this spiritual wealth, there is a predominance of material poverty in many of the Eastern countries, especially in India, where yoga and the chakra system originated. By comparison, most Westerners live among material wealth, but spiritual poverty. Greed and violence dominate our news, fear and emptiness plague our youth, and mindless materialism consumes the world’s resources. I believe it is possible to have both material abundance and spiritual wealth. We can embrace all the chakras at once, at last achieving some kind of personal and cultural balance.

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge is a mythic metaphor for the evolution of consciousness. To reclaim a myth is to put our personal work into a larger context – a context which deepens the meaning of our individual struggle. To restore the Rainbow Bridge is to reconnect to our own divinity, anchoring it in the world around us and healing the rifts that so plague our world. 

Mythologically, the rainbow has always been a sign of hope – a connection between Heaven and Earth, a sign of harmony and peace. It was once believed that deities, spirits, and mortals passed along its bands of color both during life and after, protecting the indivisibility of sky and Earth. In Norse mythology, the Rainbow Bridge connected humans to the gods, and provided the link to Valhalla, the celestial palace where the gods had their dwelling.

The rainbow, as an archetypal symbol, appears in many mythologies throughout the world. In Hindu mythology, the goddess Maya created the world out of seven rainbow-hued veils. In Egyptian myth, it was the seven stoles of Isis; in Christianity, the seven veils of Salome; for the Babylonians, it was Ishtar’s rainbow-jeweled necklace; and for the Greeks, the winged Iris, who carried the gods’ messages to humans on Earth. 

From Celtic myth, the pot of gold at the rainbow’s end represents a kind of Holy Grail – the lost vessel of spiritual renewal and fulfillment. Carl Jung referred to gold as the symbolic end product of inner alchemical transformation. Passage through the chakras is an alchemical process of increasing refinement that unites light and shadow, male and female, spirit and matter, all in the crucible of the body and psyche. The pot of gold is indeed the elusive philosopher’s stone that lures is into the heroic journey of transformation.

In the Turkish language, the word for rainbow literally means “bridge.” Ancient myths tell us that as doomsday approaches, the Rainbow Bridge will be broken down, severing forever the connection between Heaven and Earth. As we face an uncertain future in the dawning of a new millennium, perhaps doomsday can be averted by reestablishing the Rainbow Bridge once again through the medium of our own consciousness. Thus the journey becomes a sacred quest – one that restores hope and connection, renewing ourselves, and preserving the world.

Anodea Judith, Eastern Body, Western Mind

The War on Consciousness – Graham Hancock

The War on Consciousness – Graham Hancock:

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone. Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works. 

The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then of course you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship — and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. And this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions, that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms. 

 If we want to understand consciousness, the last people we should ask are materialist scientists. Instead, we should look at ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, who highly valued dream states. Many ancient cultures around the world used hallucinogenic plants to understand consciousness and expand their minds.

However in today’s society, visionary plants are highly illegal because they promote a state of consciousness that does not agree with the agenda of profit. Substances, like coffee, alcohol, sugar and pharmaceuticals, are forced upon the population, but possession of even small quantities of cannabis, Ayahuasca or psilocybin will land you in jail. If we do not recognize the right of adult sovereignty over consciousness, then we can NOT claim to be free.

 Look at what our moderns state of consciousness has done. We have destroyed the natural gifts of earth in pursuit of short-term, selfish gain. We must reconnect with spirit immediately or else we will encounter disaster. Visionary plants could be the remedy for our current sickness.

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5 Things Spiritual People Practice

lazyyogi:

  1. Forgiveness. 

    “Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.” ~ Lama Surya Das

    Sanity is a basic principle of the spiritual path and forgiveness is an essential aspect of sanity. As Lama Surya Das points out, forgiveness is what allows us to accept the past. It is only by accepting the past that we can allow ourselves to be present. When we are hooked on the past in the form of resentment or fear or anguish, we are constantly reliving and experiencing from a place that doesn’t actually exist now. Thus we aren’t able to be fully ourselves here and now. On the most basic level, forgiveness is for your own sanity so that Life can be Life.

  2. Compassion.

    The party is always better when everyone is having a good time. That is the underlying recognition that gives form to compassion. We wish for others to be peaceful, happy, and free because this will make everything better for everyone, including ourselves. Compassion isn’t a talent, it’s a cultivated practice. It starts with intention and then manifests into activity. We work on compassion for ourselves, then compassion for our loved ones, then compassion for strangers, and finally compassion for enemies. Furthermore, compassion provides a way for us to touch the suffering of this world and offer relief. 

  3. Mindfulness.

    Within each of us is a fathomless eternity. It is an unborn placeless place that is not our personality, not our bodies, not our minds. It is what gives us the feeling that we exist. It is what gives all living things the feeling that they exist. It has nothing to do with the world or the events happening within it. Feel your Self more strongly than you feel the world. That is mindfulness practice. This can be done anywhere, anytime. By practicing daily meditation, you will learn how to deepen your mindfulness. 

  4. Reflection. 

    Noticing our patterns, challenging our assumptions, questioning our desires, examining our perspectives, these are all activities that paralyze the ego. The ego is made up of assertions. Therefore the ego is dismantled not via new or different assertions but by questioning. The power of an insightful question can be explosive to our sense of self. Learning to be less defensive and more willing to question ourselves without being insecure about it can lead to incredible growth. 

  5. Peace.

    There is no way to peace, peace itself is the practice. We cannot afford to wait until circumstances align perfectly before allowing ourselves to feel peace. Otherwise we will just be changing the world to try to make ourselves feel better. Instead, we discover peace within the depths of our being. Then we can work with the world as needed, not trying to comfort ourselves but trying to be of genuine help. And because we have found some peace within, we actually have something to contribute and share. We aren’t trying to get something all the time, we can be abundant and give

Whatever religions, paths, or practices an individual may engage, these qualities are markers of authentic spiritual practice. They are qualities that can benefit any life. Nothing is stopping you from adopting them and triumphing. 

Namaste 🙂

Start Where You Are

rainbowtwo:

‘Start where you are. This is very important. Tonglen practice (and all meditation practice) is not about later, when you get it all together and you’re this person you really respect. You may be the most violent person in the world – that’s a fine place to start. That’s a very rich place to start – juicy, smelly. You might be the most depressed person in the world, the most addicted person in the world, the most jealous person in the world. You might think that there are no others on the planet who hate themselves as much as you do. All that is a good place to start.

What you do for yourself, any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself, will affect how you experience the world. In fact, it will transform how you experience the world. What you do for yourself, you’re doing for others, and what you do for others, you’re doing for yourself. When you exchange yourself for others in the practice of tonglen, it becomes increasingly uncertain what is out there and what is in here.’

– Pema Chodron, Comfortable With Uncertainty.

Stillness Speaks

rainbowtwo:

‘The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of external silence is inner stillness.

Whenever there is some silence around you – listen to it. That means just notice it. Pay attention to it. Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence.

See that in the moment of noticing the silence around you, you are not thinking. You are aware, but not thinking.’

– Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks.

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Spirit Matters: Occult Beliefs, Alternative …

Spirit Matters: Occult Beliefs, Alternative Religions, and the Crisis of Faith in Victorian Britain Hardcover – March 15, 2018

by J. Jeffrey Franklin (Author)

Spirit Matters explores the heterodox and unorthodox religions and spiritualities that arose in Victorian Britain as a result of the faltering of Christian faith in the face of modernity, the rise of the truth-telling authority of science, and the first full exposure of the West to non-Christian religions. J. Jeffrey Franklin investigates the diversity of ways that spiritual seekers struggled to maintain faith or to create new faiths by reconciling elements of the Judeo-Christian heritage with Spiritualism, Buddhism, occultism, and scientific naturalism. Spirit Matters covers a range of scenarios from the Victorian hearth and the state-Church altar to the frontiers of empire in Buddhist countries and Egyptian crypts. Franklin reveals how this diversity of elements provided the materials for the formation of new hybrid religions and the emergence in the 20th century of New Age spiritualities.

Franklin investigates a broad spectrum of experiences through a series of representative case studies that together trace the development of unorthodox religious and spiritual discourses. The ideas and events discussed by Franklin through these case studies were considered outside the domain of orthodox religion yet still religious or spiritual rather than atheistic or materialistic. Among the works―obscure and canonical―he analyzes are Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s Zanoni and A Strange Story; Forest Life in Ceylon, by William Knighton; Anthony Trollope’s The Vicar of Bullhampton; Anna Leonowens’s The English Governess at the Siamese Court; Literature and Dogma, by Matthew Arnold; and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.