Saturday, March 19, 2016

New Website: GraveyardCowboy.com

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ken Wilber Video





A good introduction to the genius ideas of Ken Wilber mentioned on my most recent podcast.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Aren't You Already Enlightened? Sudden Enlightenment Practices

While you live out the illusion of going through the world as an imperfect human being, with fears, with concerns, with a thousand things to do, behind the scene your true self is enlightened, resting perfectly in the Absolute God, and you don't need to try to do anything about it. At least, this is the teaching of many mystics. Julian of Norwich believed that while there is a part of the soul that has fallen into sin, there is also a part of the soul (which is really your truest soul) that is resting perfectly in God, sinless. From a somewhat similar angle, Mahayana Buddhists have a teaching, "you are already enlightened." And then there are countless New Age offshoot lessons, from A Course In Miracles to Eckhart Tolle, that talk about a higher self already immortal, unbreakable, infinite. The only problem is you don't realize that THAT IS YOU, you don't realize that YOU ARE HERE ALREADY ENLIGHTENED.
It seemed like a strange teaching to me at first. So the real truth is that I'm in my higher self right now resting in the infinite, I thought, but I just have chosen to believe something false so that it almost becomes true by virtue of the power I give it? Well, kind of, but trying to reason out logical frameworks in the realm of meditation and mysticism often does more harm than good. So to try out this teaching, I decided to test the waters, sitting in dark candlelight listening to Gregorian chant. I simply returned my attention and my mind to the fact that regardless of what I thought, I was perfectly enlightened already in the room. My higher self was there --why didn't I join it? Why didn't I just cave in to the higher self that loomed behind me, watching it all, as an all-seeing eye? And WHOOSH. For awhile it's like I was lifting up and out in every direction, my energy swirling in the back of my spinal column up my neck through the pituitary gland and WHOOSH! I simply got too alarmed because this teaching worked too well too fast. I still don't understand it completely, and I generally prefer the slow, gradual way to enlightenment and illumination rather than these sudden enlightenment shifts. But if you dare, try it. That is, if you know exactly what you're trying, oh curious fellow seeker.....

It is helpful, also, I have found to randomly consult with a medium of sorts in regards to your spiritual state.  I have not been one to regularly use psychic networks, myself, but most people use them for quick answers about money and love -- rarely, do people ask psychics about their spiritual life and/or spiritual progress or lack thereof.  I know this, because I have worked at times for various psychic networks.  I don't consider myself psychic or a medium or anything of the sort, but I tried to get a job mainly out of curiosity about what people were concerned about.  I got hired by several networks, but the one network where I got fired was Psychic Source.  I believe that this is because they (or their callers) could tell that I was not a real psychic.  Likewise, I respect them much more.  I was able to get hired initially by demonstrating intuition and spiritual knowledge, but, alas, I have no gifts of talking to dead ancestors or anything of the sort.  The fact that they realized this, made me wonder -- if I am not the real thing and therefore cannot work here, perhaps the people on it ACTUALLY ARE real seers and clairvoyants.  In turn, I sporadically call to get a reading myself.  I suggest you do the same below.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Karma Yoga: Definition And Description

Non-attached action: An American Paradox?

Here in the USA, we like to win. We like to play to win. And why not? Despite our mistakes and bad economy, we're still a relatively stable place compared to most of the world. But this pre-occupation with results might also be causing us to have a high rate of stress, heart-disease, obesity, and any numbers of maladies. Moreover, paradoxically, the desire to get certain results often prevents those results from coming, and just focusing on your role and letting go of any attachment to particular outcomes often proves to bring in a stream of positivity.
The ancient Hindus called this principle non-attached action, Karma Yoga. It was a way to transcendence for spiritual seekers and holy men. More recently, in one of his breakthrough books, Deepak Chopra mentioned that one of the laws of success was that in order to get ANYTHING really good you had to be detached from getting it. The law of detachment necessitated doing your best but not have to desperately need a certain result or craving it so much that your happiness always rested in the future. What would happen if you didn't get what you want? Everything would be awful and you're reason for living would go down the drain, just because one possibility out of infinite possibilities didn't work out? There are always options. And the key here is that one can always do a more sincere, thorough job at anything if they are focused on the task itself, not the result.
It seems like insanity to some. But even ruthless capitalists, at least the successful ones, usually remain aware of the map of possibilities, that if something goes wrong, there's an option B, C, or even the option Z --the pleasant surprise that you couldn't have predicted beforehand.
Regardless, practicing Karma Yoga increases peace of mind, health, and general happiness. You may or may not win the battle, but if you don't care about the battle, you'll win the war of internal fulfillment. You'll get that eventually and you'll even get it quicker the less you are dependent on outcomes. At least, that's the thinking behind this concept: to release control of any expectations and judgments. Space opens for the fresh air of newness and gratitude to enter. But it's easier said than done.
Some gurus might talk about focusing your intent, to direct your energy and your life, towards certain goals. But the wise ones realize that intent towards goals goes hand in hand with the ability to accept everything as it is. As humanistic psychologist Karl Rogers once said, "when I completely accept myself and everything exactly as it is, then I can change."


It is helpful, also, I have found to randomly consult with a medium of sorts in regards to your spiritual state.  I have not been one to regularly use psychic networks, myself, but most people use them for quick answers about money and love -- rarely, do people ask psychics about their spiritual life and/or spiritual progress or lack thereof.  I know this, because I have worked at times for various psychic networks.  I don't consider myself psychic or a medium or anything of the sort, but I tried to get a job mainly out of curiosity about what people were concerned about.  I got hired by several networks, but the one network where I got fired was Psychic Source.  I believe that this is because they (or their callers) could tell that I was not a real psychic.  Likewise, I respect them much more.  I was able to get hired initially by demonstrating intuition and spiritual knowledge, but, alas, I have no gifts of talking to dead ancestors or anything of the sort.  The fact that they realized this, made me wonder -- if I am not the real thing and therefore cannot work here, perhaps the people on it ACTUALLY ARE real seers and clairvoyants.  In turn, I sporadically call to get a reading myself.  I suggest you do the same below.