May all beings be in peace
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Mystical spirituality for personal and world peace
Does God intentionally hide from us in order to invigorate
the play we are all in and charge it with emotion?
Could God and creation be the same reality in different forms?
Like water and ice? Different forms but the exact same essence?
The mystic says, “Yes!” and the implications are mind-blowing!
You are not simply connected to God; every aspect of your being is divine! God is not just deep within you at a special place; you are divine at every level!
This website explores the traditional Advaita philosophy, which is also called the nondual or mystical understanding.
The term “nondual” means “not two” and it comes about because the Creator and creation are seen as one, not two. The sanskrit word for nonduality is “advaita” and this philosophy goes back thousands of years. This understanding holds that all of creation, both spiritual and physical, is a collection of things, while on the other hand, the Creator is Pure Awareness without any “thing-like” qualities at all. And yet the formless Creator arises as all the form that we see as creation, simultaneously transcending it and permeating it.
My mentor is Timothy Conway, author of the well-regarded book, Women of Power and Grace. Timothy had his first mystical experience in February 1971 while only sixteen years old. He was so transformed that he dedicated his life to both learning and teaching this ancient wisdom. He first went to India in 1980 and met with some of the most renowned sages of the day, including his mentor Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj [1897-1981]. Timothy is a very accomplished scholar and he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the criteria for enlightenment. In part, it was based on a massive literature review of hundreds of texts about enlightenment, awakening, God-realization, and “optimal well-being” found in many of the Sacred Traditions. Timothy’s website is quite extensive. If you are inspired, it is here: enlightened-spirituality.org.
Much of my work draws from what I have learned from Timothy Conway’s weekly satsangs, which I have attended since 2005. (“Satsang” means “Divine assembly” or “association in Truth.”) Timothy is supremely confident in his presentations at these meetings because of his own direct experiencing, plus his extensive study of all the ancient texts, which still goes on today, even after over forty years. While he sometimes puts that material on the table for us to consider, he primarily wants us to dig into this subject via our own direct experience and I will, of course, also encourage you to explore the true nature of reality in this way. While the core of what I present is ancient, I hope that my fresh presentation will help you understand this delicious material in the deepest way possible. Perhaps my work will inspire us all to respect one another, treat each other kindly, and work together for both personal and world peace.
Here is some information about my newest book:
• Paperback and ebook: Living the Paradox of Enlightenment:
Ancient Nondual Wisdom for Today
This book’s most passionate plea is for you to wake up to your true self as pure awareness. We have all heard it said that you are not a human being having a spiritual experience and instead you are a spiritual being having a human experience. Yet you are not a being of any kind, spiritual or physical. You are pure awareness! And most importantly, your awareness is the One Awareness - the Divine Awareness - and as such, it is the only reality that was not created. This Divine Awareness is the source of all of creation and it is the only witness to it. This is your true fundamental self and this Source-Awareness is looking out of your eyes right now!
This is a nondual or mystical understanding and it is one of the core aspects of enlightenment. Another aspect is the ability to flow in harmony with all that life brings forth. This book will help you become more skillful in the art of acceptance and in doing so, you will more easily experience a deep and lasting personal peace.
Yet you were not created just to sit still in a state of peaceful acceptance. You are here to fearlessly dive head first into your life in your own unique way. Many of us have heard the phrase “you create your own reality,” but this does not mean that the universe is your personal mail order catalog, simply waiting for you to clearly make up your mind and place your order. If you are open to a deeper understanding of that phrase, then you are ready to make some real progress. When you release your limiting beliefs about yourself, the world, and how you fit into it, you will be able to completely surrender to your own divine wisdom. This will allow you to spontaneously put your values of kindness and caring into action with an aliveness that cannot be matched!
So what do you think? Are you inspired to learn more about the paradox of enlightenment? If so, this book just might offer you the clarity you have been looking for!
Here are a few excerpts from that book:
Timothy was kind enough to write a short foreword for my book and you can read it here. He slips in some wonderful words of wisdom that you might not want to miss.
Is our physical world “the totality of reality” or is it only “part of the picture,” an illusion? Are we drawing the wrong conclusion because we are missing the bigger picture? And most importantly, how can we find out more about the big picture, what I call “he mystic's view?”
This essay was inspired by the book, Pollyanna, which tells us about the “Just Be Glad Game.” This game encourages us to try to find something about everything to be glad about. In this way, we see the immediate effect of our thoughts and attitude. While it is obviously very helpful to be happy most of the time, many of us want to make real changes to our lives. But to what degree do we actually control our own life? Read my point of view about “The Serenity Prayer” and why I think that an open, flowing, adventurous approach to life is the most rewarding. When you mix the mystic's view - that God and creation are the same reality in different forms - with optimism, you have what I call mystical optimism. With it you can glow with the flow and dance with the divine in a way that will bring a richness to your life, no matter what shows up!
In late 2005, I became aware of a man on California's death row named Stanley “Tookie“ Williams. He was scheduled to be put to death in just a few weeks and there was an effort to prevent this. This is the story of my experience with the deep sorrow that arose within me when I learned that this reformed man had indeed been put to death. This experience was so profound that it changed my life in a very deep way. Perhaps you will be inspired by what I have to share about this.
And here is my first book:
Important note now that December 21, 2012 has passed: My book and free essays on the Maya calendar were ignored by the general public because I always maintained that the ancient Maya did not create the calendar as a prediction of any sudden shift in our world, either good or bad. My opinion that the message from the ancient Maya is the profound, timeless nondual message that all ture mystics bring forth did not appeal to very many people. The only people that were buying books about 2012 wanted it to be about a sudden shift into world peace and anything else was pushed aside. But now that December 21, 2012 has come and gone and nothing of note has happened, perhaps more people will be interested in giving my work a closer look.
Obviously, everyone can make up his or her own mind about 2012 and what it means to them. This is just like life itself since we all get to pick what life means to us personally. You can pick whatever you want no matter what anyone else thinks about your choice. And you can change your mind whenever you want. How fantastic is that?
I stand alone in my opinion that the message of 2012 was and still is about the fundamental nature of reality rather than the common view that it is about the conditions of our world at this time - either the physical conditions or the spiritual conditions that give birth to the physical conditions. Even though the ancient Maya did not give us a prediction about world peace now, please keep in mind that we do not need a 2,000 year old prediction about world peace to actually create world peace. I certainly don't think that the 26,000 year wobble of the earth has anything to do with the consciousness of humankind (or the animals, for that matter). Do the conditions of the world “wobble” back and forth between good and bad? I don't think so.
In both my free essays and my book, I go over the actual astronomy of 2012, which the Maya saw as the sacred triple rebirth of the sun. Don't worry about this astronomy being to hard to understand; this is more like art than astronomy! It's easy to understand the pictures in the sky that the ancient skywatcher saw with their naked eye. No computers or telescopes were needed. While the astronomy is fascinating to me, much of my work was devoted to pondering the core meaning of the Long Count calendar.
The sacred triple rebirth of the sun was used as the foundation for a very deep spiritual metaphor about your three births: 1) Your birth into the physical world with only a materialist understanding. 2) Your birth into the spiritual world with your awakening to the existance of your soul. 3) Your birth into the understanding that you are not a human being nor a spiritual being, but instead, you are pure awareness. And most importantly, your awareness is the One Awareness - the Divine Awareness - and as such, it is the only reality that was not created. This Divine Awareness is the source of all of creation and it is the only witness to it. This is the One Divine Awareness that all true mystics talk endless about. This is your true fundamental self and it is looking out of your eyes right now!
For me personally, the discovery of all the material in this book was totally mind-blowing. Perhaps you will have a similar experience!
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