Beyond Enlightenment

Picnic Table by the River


A slight revision to my Path of Mystical Oneness:

  • The Mortal Level: You as a personal story
  • The Soul Level: You as an eternal, individual consciousness
  • The Radiant Level: You as an opening for the Divine
  • The Emptiness Level: You with no boundaries or separation
  • Mystical Oneness: Not a level, but the union of all levels

The Emptiness Level (what I was calling Oneness) is what the majority of nondual teachers mean by enlightenment.

Since most spiritual teachers believe in an all-or-nothing approach (“You’re either enlightened or you’re not”), they imply that Emptiness is “good” and the Mortal Level (the only other level they recognize) is “bad”.

They believe that the Mortal level must be dropped.

This is simply not the case.

What has been clarifying over the past few months (from around The Paradox and up through Mortal Level Pain) is that each level is an aspect of the whole, the union of which leads to Mystical Oneness (or Oneness if She hasn’t revealed Herself to you yet).

Just laying a foundation here. Nothing has really changed in what I’ve been saying for years, but the clarification has some implications—implications which I’ll delve into soon.

Mortal Level Pain

Chained and Locked

CABALLO LAKE SP, NM—No matter how spiritually advanced you are, a needle poked into your skin is going to cause you pain.

Recently, I was disrespected by a friend. What follows is how it felt, and far more importantly, how it clarified a false assumption I’ve been making up until this point.

More below the break (huh?).

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That Which Sees Out My Eyes…

Tree on a Hill on a Lake

Sumner Lake SP, NM

Mortal is the skin of the Soul.

Soul is the skin of Radiance.

Radiance is the skin of Oneness.

Oneness is the Source.

It is the beginning—Oneness is the Alpha.

Oneness is manifested as Light and Love (Radiance).

Radiance is manifested as individual consciousness (Soul).

Soul is manifested as a living being (Mortal).

Mortal has no manifestation.

It is the end—the Omega.

Emptiness and Fullness. The Source and the Manifest. The Alpha and the Omega.

And everything in between.

There is no physical difference between Mortal and Soul and Radiance and Oneness.

It seems different only because of our thoughts—because of our perceived identity.

It is just an illusion of perspective.

That which sees out my eyes… sees out yours.

That which sees my thoughts… sees your thoughts.

Shift your perspective. It is simply an issue of identity.

The less there is of you, the more there is of Her.