Incandescence: The White Heat of Awakening

This piece is the next in a series looking at various forms of evolving notions of spiritual awakening. Earlier pieces explored the origins of the teaching of the self as curved-in-on-itself in St. Augustine, as well as how practices of somatic regulation could be used to bring coherence to this…

Immanence Vs. Transcendence: Two Spiritual Paths

In a previous piece I explored the topic of how to bring somatic regulation practices, that is trauma healing practices, to the art of spiritual realization, specifically the mysterious activity known as the self-contraction. For more on the historical roots of the recognition of the self as the activity of…

The Wound That Heals: Somatic Regulation and the self-contraction

"There is a moment in the story when the wound—of both the [Fisher] king and his environment—could be healed, not by medicine or technology but by insight. When the young knight Perceval arrives, he has the opportunity (which he misses) to pose the right question to the king.…

Lucifer Was The Original Spiritual Bypasser

In a previous piece I explored the archetypes of Lucifer and Satan and their depiction through contemporary film, looking especially at the possibilities of potential cultural programming and hidden messaging via those “left-hand” (literally sinister) archetypes. In this piece I want to explore a related thread but from a slightly…

Quadruple Transformation: On Regulating the Descent Of The Supermind

"If it is the sole intention of Nature in the evolution of the spiritual man to awaken him to the supreme Reality...then in the essence her work has been already accomplished and there is nothing more to be done....But we have supposed that there is a farther intention,…

The Supra-Alchemical: Sri Aurobindo and Exotic States of Spiritual-Alchemical Consciousness (Part II)

“The quest of alchemy, in short, was to literally embody the materia prima and its transmutative powers as fully within lower diversified matter as was possible in the earthly Philosophers’ Stone.”     —Joseph P. Farrell,  The Philosopher's Stone: Alchemy and the Secret Research for Exotic Matter (p. 37). The yoga we…

The Supra-Alchemical: Sri Aurobindo and Exotic States of Spiritual-Alchemical Consciousness (Part I)

“Gardner then recounts the difficulties of translators when they encountered an inscription from the Middle Kingdom’s deputy treasurer Si-Hathor, which stated 'I visited Bia as a child; I compelled the great ones to wash gold.' Noting that a question mark occurs after 'wash' Gardner observers that the translators…

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