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Key 1- Honesty

I will be presenting an overview of the talk I gave last week in Oslo of what I called The Five Spiritual Keys, the main foundation we have to have in our being to make any real progress on this path. But in the last week I have added a few more items to the list of 5.

So the first key is HONESTY. Now what does honesty mean in the spiritual area. It is not about how much you reveal or confront people on the street, or acquaintances or whatnot. This is about first of all how honest you are with yourself. About what you are feeling, what you are actually experiencing (which is what most spirituality is designed to hide from, people use spirituality to not have to look into what personal or world suffering is) so you have to stay alert to notice what is coming up and be honest to look at it clearly. It also means to be honest with your closest spiritual friends. The only way you can at times see what is going on inside, is to have an honest external mirror to help show you. And if both are being honest more can be seen than any one individual can see.

One thing about the early days of country music, is the great deep honestly in some of the songs. Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and the like, what they have written comes from their own grief and experiences- and then are added with a singer (often the writer) who can bring out the experience via the tone of their voice. If either the singer of the writer have not had the experience being shared, and are not going into the depth of honest about it- the song will just die…it will have no real power. The same goes for early blues music, where the southern blacks could pour out the feelings of their hardships and poverty into a real and powerful sound that all those who came to listen to could relate to.

Ok so how does that relate to current spirituality and honesty? Well I love 50’s and 60’s Rock and Roll. From the Beach Boys to Motown to Doo Wop. Love the sound and the beat, makes you feel good. But when you dig into it, how much honesty is their in the songs? Not that much, or a little bit, spruce up with some nice sounds and endings. To me 50’s and early 60 Rand R is like modern spirituality, the thing that makes you feel good, get away from your troubles, feel all will be ok. And like everything there is a place for that. But to keep up with the honesty side of it, you need that late 60’s and 70’s folk sound, or the Blues of Muddy Waters or the songs of Hank Williams. That is not to say that other forms of music did not evolve into some more honest song writing in time, this is just a general statement making a point.

Without that reminder of the real way things are here, then you can get mentally lost in an illusion that does not match the honestly of this place. Hard times, difficulty and challenge are a big part of the spiritual path if there is going to be progress. To get to deeper and deeper levels of Truth about oneself and reality, means there are going to be some very strong inner and outer gates that will be waiting to trap you. As long as you live in distraction, the challenges will never be seen, dealt with and put past- they will stay indefinitely while you pretend all is well. The view of honestly allows to see what is, and what can change or transform, and how to do it. There is power in honesty, and the more honest you become, the more power can be found.

One of the key points of great honesty is to admit just how little you know. The more you think you know, the more answers you think you already have- the less open you will be, the less you will search. The study of reality is one of these you need to be honest about. To see how strange it is, how dreamlike it is- and if you ignore what you see and experience then you will miss the key elements of the examination of reality. It may be a dream but that dream must be seen through and questioned as to how it is formed, kept, and operates. And this can’t happen when people are staring at their phones for 8 hours a day. I took the train home yesterday. 45 other people were on my car. I counted. 31 of them were staring at their phones while I was counting, 8 had headphones on (that were attached to their phone), 2 were sleeping, 2 were talking with each other while 2 more, just 2- were you know just looking out the window or around at their surroundings- having some sort of awareness. 2 out of 45! How much honestly do you think is going on with all those people.

How much honesty is going on right now with you?

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New article coming

Yesterday I gave a very interesting talk in Oslo on what I called the six spiritual keys: honesty, commitment, courage, doubt, death, and calming an overstimulated brain. It was a wonderful group to talk and share with, and I see that what was shared was simple and would be extremely useful for any seeker. So this weekend I will add a post presenting some what I shared yesterday with all of my readers. Check back in Monday 22nd to read it.

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Death and Awakening Interview, Part 1

Here you can find a new interview conducted by Einar Sorbey from Unity.no . He asks a number of very good questions (he came tremendously prepared and it shows in how he conducts this interview). We get into the role of death in the spiritual search, the use of prayer as Native Indians understand it, as well as spiraling inward. The second part will come out in January.

WATCH IT HERE ON YOUTUBE

Ancient Civilizations

NANTES, FRANCE- Alchemic and Egyptian symbolism

A very amazing sculpture that can be found in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Nantes. Not only is it an amazing Renaissance work of art, made out of Carrara marble by sculptor Michael Colombe, but contains a treasure trove of alchemic and Egyptian symbolism. I literally spent three hours just examining and photographing it, so as to fully enjoy the fine carving and the detail of the symbolism. As of yet no analysis appears on the internet on this sarcophagus, save a small page on Wikipedia, hence my reason to produce this article for all of you.

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Video Interview-Falling For Truth

Shawn Nevins of the TAT Foundation and I did an interview recently where we discuss the themes and some of the stories surrounding my book Falling For Truth.

It can be seen as a video here

And as a podcast on spiritualteachers.org here


With the book now out for a month, I thought it would be a good idea to lay out a small overview of what is in the book chapters so those visiting this site can better see the many areas it contains.

Chapter 1 recounts the death event that led to seeing reality and myself not just as a “kind of dream” but as a dream.

Chapter 2 looks at modern spirituality and why it has little merit for the seeker of truth.

Chapter 3 is about commitment, small and large. I share an example from a Native Indian medicine man and how the commitments we make shape our entire life.

Chapter 4 presents what Richard Rose called Jacob’s Ladder. I take his framework and show how it fits into alchemy, Adyashanti, Ancient Egypt. This reveals 3 stages of spiritual work, what those three stages are- and why very very few are even in the second stage (even though most of them think they are in the third or even completed).

Chapter 5 is about the mind, thoughts, its parasitic nature, and a long discussion of the process of recapitulation (life review) that took me almost 5 years to complete.

Chapter 6 is about the examination of the mind, some suggestions how to do that, and what I found by looking at my mind with something past the mind.

Chapter 7 digs into the dreamstate, the world we inhabit but believe to be “real.” Here via movies, discussion of holograms, time loops, and parallel worlds the dreamstate might be seen a bit more clearly.

Chapter 8 is about manifestation- which Rose labeled between ness, and why the spiritual community is being sold a manifestation product that accomplishes very little.

Chapter 9 is a wrap up of the book and where things are heading after writing it.

The Appendix has around 100 pages of information on the Nag Hammadi Gnostic documents, the process of recapitulation, dreaming exercises that I used, a discussion of Castaneda’s Tonal and Nagual, what I see a shaman really is, and a presentation of the plates of the alchemic Mutus Liber which basically lays out the whole process of awakening if you can read the symbolic language.

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Awake

So you want to wake up?

And go somewhere to do it.

But there is nowhere to go.

No place to walk to.

No path will get you there.

Enlightenment is where you are right now.

It is here, not there.

No paths, no walking, no goals, no guides.

Why?

When you truly know that answer,

You will be awake.

HM 2006

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Death

“Die while you are alive,
and be absolutely dead.
Then do whatever you want.
It’s all good.”
Bunyan

Q I had a dream last night and death was following me.

A Death is always following you. The process of awakening is the process of death. The death of everything you believed to be you. One will not realize without the force of death. It is why we make death our best friend. Talk about hanging out with the wrong crowd huh? Every spiritual aspirant has a giant fear of death, yet has great courage to not run from it but instead, seek it out.

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Recapitulation

This process appears now in my new book Falling For Truth. However, many people have come to this article on my site for many years to help with their practice, so I have decided to keep this available for site readers.

“Only through the recapitulation of one’s entire life
can the apprentice truly understand his total being.”
-Theun Mares-

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