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This is a short version of a (long awaited) video I made of a trip I took to Crestone, CO. Liz Sterling, a close friend, was supposed to come out to do some recording in my studio and compile some of her radio interviews. We began planning a side trip to Crestone because of an Ashram there run by a woman named Ramloti whom Liz had met at an event. The Crestone side trip grew until it took over the week Liz spent in Colorado. Between preparation and the studio work involved in editing the interviews when we got home it was the central focus rather than a side event.
We went with it and had a great trip. We stayed at the Ashram and Liz interviewed eight or nine of the spiritual leaders in the area. From Catholic Carmalite Nuns to a Native American Chief we got the same message. We are all the same, and we are all on the same journey. All religions lead to God, and Spirituality doesn’t have to be tied to a religion at all.
The other part of the story is that they are in a fight right now over the proposed drilling of exploratory wells for oil and natural gas on the Baca Wildlife Refuge. They sit on top of one of the largest aquifers in North America and had evidently won a fight over the water only to have it changed to oil drilling. The refuge is the issue but the mineral rights in the area don’t come along with land ownership. I don’t want to get too deep because I am not a reporter. Liz is digging and will have more on AskLiz.com
For this short version I didn’t leave much in the way of interviews. I just tried to let you get a taste of the trip. The other version will be up on Higher-Ground.com as soon as I can figure out how to post a 40 minute video. Youtube limits you to 11 min.
I like the sound of full time philosopher better than unemployed, don’t you? I had a job up until last Tuesday, which happened to also be my 47th birthday. That same day I found out we took a major hit in a law suit which could end it completely. It’s a bitter thing and maybe it’s better if it’s gone but there are big reasons we wanted to continue.
Any way I took a couple of major hits and I’m really not too bugged about it. I will be contracting independently and I already have some sources of work so, whatever. It’s weird because what I am studying says to be detached, and I hadn’t realized that I had accomplished a good deal of it… I believe in what I am learning and study the course work and do my assigned mediations and I have seen positive changes in myself. There have been only a few times when I really see that I have changed something so specific.
There are plenty of ways you can react to losing a job you had for over seven years but I turned to my wife and said, “it will be interesting to see how this all turns out”. It’s not like I don’t care what happens or if I lose my house. I know that whatever comes I’ll handle it. I’m good at what I do and I can find another way of making the money I was making. I’m just going to have to work harder. you live in the universe you create, and I’m not done.
The thing is that none of that matters. I have lost other jobs and in one case I had a new one before I got home to tell my wife I lost the old one. I have always been able to convince myself that I would be ok, but the panic was still there underneath. It’s gone.
I like it. It’s like being an informed observer in my own life. It is interactive and interested but detached from the outcome in some way at the same time. I’m a freaking’ video game playing myself! Without deep emotional investment and attachment you are very liberated.
I’m not talking about a flat affect. I literally cried when I wrote a thank you note to my friend and ex boss, now client, Dennis. He is still a friend and it was a sad moment when that era ended. I feel sad, but not sorry, angry, ripped off or righteously indignant at the economy that cost me the best job I ever had… I just have to do something else now, and It’s OK.
I was the luckiest SOB on earth there for a while. It was a hell of a run.
Now I’m a full time philosopher…
What a week!
Last Tuesday Liz Sterling, a close friend and a radio talk show host in South Florida, arrived in Colorado to do some recording in my studio and take a trip to Crestone to visit some of the 23 spiritual centers there. I had been anticipating the trip but it was way more than I expected. We stayed at the Haidakandi Ashram for three days and Liz did interviews with 9 of the spiritual leaders in the area. I will be posting pix and making a video out of the footage I shot there.
What a place! It is beautiful and there are such great people. We went from one brilliant mind to another over the course of the three days talking about spirituality with a diverse group that ranged from a Catholic Carmelite Monastery to a Japanese Shumei Temple and two Hindu Ashrams. We talked to people from “New Age” and Native American belief systems and they all know and love each other. What is really impressive is that they all had about the same things to say. They talked about unity and love and the fact that we are all headed to the same place no matter what “religious” system we relate to.
At the Ashram I got to play a hand drum during the morning Aarati chanting ceremony and participate in the Fire ceremony at the full moon as well. It was interesting to see how devoted and loving they were in their prayers. It is run by a wonderful woman named Ramloti and you can do the same and visit this Ashram if you like. I’ll get links up on the Higher-Ground site ASAP. They live completely off the grid using photocells to generate electricity and gravity fed stream water. They have a generator for emergencies or if the get a few sunless days in a row but rarely have to start it.
What we didn’t know until just before heading there is that they are in an epic battle to save the land from drilling by a Canadian company. They wanted to tap a huge underground aquifer and lost that fight, so now they are trying to drill for natural gas they don’t even know exists. I think it is a ploy to start work there and then take the water. The whole community is against it, but while they own their land they don’t own the mineral rights. Stay tuned for more on this as we put the information together.
God or Spirit is “masculine” only in that it posits into matter, the “female” Deity. The result is Soul or consciousness. This is the trinity of creation Spirit, Soul and Matter or Will, Love and Active intelligence. The Buddhists call it Atma Buddhi and Manas. The Hebrew uses Kether, Chokma, and Binas. It all means the same thing. I am a hylozoist and believe that this consciousness permeates everything and represents God immanent.
In the case of the human soul. It is matter and does occupy space. Man is in gods image a trinity of Will Love and Active intelligence, this also manifests as Spirit Soul and Personality. The Ppirit is Lebniz’s monad and is in a sense a spark of the divine flame, Moses’ all consuming fire. An analogy that I liked was ice cubes in the ocean. Still a part of the ocean in every way, but crystallized into an illusory separateness. That could be said of the soul itself as well as the monad.
The monad manifests on the second cosmic etheric plane called Anupadaka. It appropriates matter on the next three planes of manifestation Atmic, Buddhic, and Manasic (Manasic is the plane of the mind and that will come back in a moment). It sheathes itself in this matter forming what is called the Causal Body. The Soul the recapitulates the same process over and over as it forms and uses the different vehicles or bodies for each incarnation. As man evolves and learns to contact this soul he gains in his awareness and access to the world “behind the veil”. He gains access to what the soul has access to. At the fourth initiation this causal body in which the monad has expressed through countless lives is then discarded as well and the spiritual man ascends. This is what was personified by Christ at the Crucifixion. In the orient it is called the great renunciation.
The fact that the soul and the human mind occupy sub panes of the manasic plane is the key. Through meditation we can build a bridge between the lower concrete mind and the upper abstract mind. Its called the anthakarana or Rainbow Bridge and connects in it lower portion the two mentioned and in its upper portion the abstract mind and the soul. When that communication is made we are sensitive to impress from what Patanjali called the “raincloud of knowable things” in his Raja Yoga Sutras. He calls it this because of the way ideas precipitate down through the upper planes into the mind, and then through the emotional or astral plane into the physical world. This is the basis for thought form building. You get an idea (you do not create it) you infuse it with desire, and if you want id enough you act and it becomes a physical reality.
Meditation is the key to the contact of the soul, and the soul has access to everything else. (God Transcendent). The mental plane is the meeting ground or overlap where spirit and matter meet, as the Human Being is the meeting ground on the physical plane where Highest God and lowest animal meet. Mary rides on an ass in the Bible story carrying within her the Christ Consciousness. Symbolically my soul rides upon a dying animal.
Doug Fisichella Talks about Spirit, Will, Motivation, and Action using the mountain trail as a metaphor for our Journey of awakening. Wishing for change is not enough