Introspections

Buddha at the San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

I spent quite a bit of time the last few days looking deep within. Looking into my story. Finding nothing there to grasp hold of. In trying to clarify it, I’m refining my basic “levels” of spiritual development…

In Fading Toward Enlightenment, I defined three levels of spiritual development, Solid, Liquid, and Ethereal. My current model adds a new level and renames the levels entirely. Nothing really changes, but I hope it helps clarify things.

  • “Person” – was “Solid” : Identifies with the ego (thought and emotions).
  • “Mystic” – was “Liquid” : Identifies with the ego story. Ego no longer feels as real, but the story of their life still has a tight grip. Often experiences magical and mystical events.
  • “Sage” – new level : Identifies with the Soul. Most social and people-centric concerns no longer hold much sway. Sees the ego as a quality, not an identity. Sees the ego story as unimportant. Sees personality as habitual conditioning.
  • “No One” – was “Ethereal” : Identifies with the Source. No sense of an individual self. Just awareness experiencing a life.

I have been at the “Sage” level for awhile. Recently, I’ve been practicing dropping even this simple identity.

It a wonderful feeling – a free, boundless, empty/full radiance – but it hasn’t stuck yet.

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4 thoughts on “Introspections

  1. Some days, all that is required is, to just “show up”. Those days often turn into our deepest reservoirs of enlightenment.

  2. Sounds like you are practicing Svadhyaya – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – Niyama (Disciplines of Self restraint and personal observances) the second Limb and the fourth Niyama (coincidentally the one working with me this month:)

    ‘The fourth niyama is Svadhayaya Sva means “self” adhyaya
    means “inquiry” or “examination” Any activity that cultivates
    self-reflective consciousness can be considered svadhyaya. It means
    to intentionally find self-awareness in all our activities and efforts, even to
    the point of welcoming and accepting our limitations. It teaches us to be centered and non-reactive to the dualities of being both human and spirit at the same time, so we can live in balance with all aspects of our being”

    Yogi Bhajan calls THIS Perfect abiding in love, the stage of Mamu kita bhau: Perfect abiding begins with the disengagement of even the sense of “I” Peace, silence, even beatitude have no meaning here, near and far, no meaning; space and time, ideas / notions held in abeyance with the inward pulsing of the “I” sense (yogis call samadhi with seed), have no meaning.

    Ones prayer might be …..

    Blessed am I
    In freedom am I
    I am the infinite in my soul
    I can find no beginning
    No end
    All is my Self
    All is my Self..

  3. Thank you both for your comments.

    “It teaches us to be centered and non-reactive to the dualities of being both human and spirit at the same time, so we can live in balance with all aspects of our being” – That’s pretty much what I’m going through. Not as smoothly as I’d like though. 🙂

  4. Ah. Yes. (!)

    “‘The fourth niyama is Svadhayaya Sva means “self” adhyaya
    means “inquiry” or “examination” Any activity that cultivates
    self-reflective consciousness can be considered svadhyaya. It means
    to intentionally find self-awareness in all our activities and efforts, even to
    the point of welcoming and accepting our limitations.It teaches us to be centered and non-reactive to the dualities of being both human and spirit at the same time, so we can live in balance with all aspects of our being”

    Beautiful, thank you.
    Kimberely

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