March 29, 2015 3:08 PM
I just finished the prep work for the second volume of the Mystic’s Journal series (January through March 2015). Amazingly, it shouldn’t take any more than a few minutes to upload Volume II on the morning of April 1. Probably the most time consuming feature of publishing on Amazon will be waiting for Amazon to approve the book and make it available to the public.
We’ve come a long way since I first started writing.
In thinking about this upcoming interview, I realized last night that probably the most significant thing that sets me apart from most nondual teachers is that I don’t focus on the Emptiness quality.
In advaita (I believe) they stress not to become attached to the siddhis—the magical powers that sometimes manifest in a seeker’s life as he progresses in his spiritual development. Attachment to the siddhis—it is warned—will keep you from progressing further.
Some may criticize me for having fallen into this trap—of being attached to the magic and luck and synchronicities and thereby stunting my development.
I consider the siddhis a component of the Intimate quality of Mystical Oneness (the less there is of you, the more there is of the magic). But the Intimate quality is only one of five qualities that make up Mystical Oneness: The Mortal, Eternal, Radiance, Emptiness, and Intimate.
I like to focus on, and flow between, all these areas of the conscious experience (though I’m not crazy about the Mortal quality).
Ironically, you could say that most nondual teachers—just like they warn not to get attached to the siddhis—have themselves become attached to the Emptiness quality.
Emptiness is practically all they talk about.
It’s understandable, Emptiness is pretty cool, but it’s not the end-all. There’s much more to Life than No-thing.
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