Online meditation resumes on Nov. 19

Hi everyone,

I was optimistic in thinking that online meditations could continue through the traveling and vagaries of locations during the Autumn meditation retreats. It’s not happening!

So, please keep meditating for the world, everyone around you, and yourself. See you online on Tuesday, November 19.


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No meditation Tuesday – but how about Five Wisdoms

This arose last night.
– Soul on its own plane is a demonstration of All Accomplishing Wisdom. The function of the illusory Soul is to bring forward and accomplish the compassion and wisdom of innate profound Awareness through the illusion of form and its dimensions.
– Personality, as the primary manifestation of fundamental ignorance, demonstrates the unawakened “side” of Dharmadhatu Wisdom. Dharma dhatu = Truth Element, Nature of Truth. As one accepts the composite thus fabricated “nature”of the personality, then one begins to live differently through the personality. One abdicates the throne and the emperor’s clothes of unreality and treating the composite parts of the ego as if they were lastingly real or really expressing. With that, one begins to bring forward the Dharma (Truth) of the Nature (Dhatu) of Being as well as the Truth of non-being. (This is more full than it reads.)
– Mind is the manifesting expression of Mirror-like Wisdom. “All that appears and exists” is a reflection, a mirage, in the working habits of concretizing mind. As long as one uses thoughts, concepts, images, and partial realities AS the ways through which one perceives the world(s), one is living Mirror-like Wisdom as if the image in the mirror is what is real. However, Mirror-like Wisdom can be lived from within it, within buddhi/bodhi. Then, all that appears and seems to exist is recognized as merely a display – of what – of habituated consciousness. Buddhi/bodhi can reflect any vibration (above or below, so to speak) but is not caught up with/in the reflection.
– Personal astrality is quelled and refined through the Wisdom of Sameness (Equality) as well as demonstrates the bliss and happiness of One Taste. Sameness is the unpertubed “sea” of equanimity, the smooth and unbroken enfolding of quantum entanglement. All is ever part of the All (like fractals, kind of, but that is a concept). All being ever part of All is the source of sensate, sentient, sensory, sensitive thus the experience of relation. Astral.
– The appearance of a form + its etheric, energetic matrix of habituated forces and appetites are a manifestation of Discriminating Awareness. Form displays characteristics, qualities, attributes. Discriminating Awareness dances in/with the emptiness of form and the form of emptiness simultaneously which is how form is no other than emptiness and emptiness is no other than form.
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Meditation: the furniture

One attribute of Awareness is that it is space-like. Awareness is neutral like the space in front of your face. Awareness is impartial like the space in your room. Awareness is uncontrived like the space outside your door.

Thoughts are like the furniture in your room. They are fabricated and not neutral (have color, shape, and seeming purpose or function).

The space in your room is the same as the space in any other room: neutral, impartial, uncontrived, spacious space. Space is the same outside of the walls of your home; it is the same in my home and your home, in Borneo or Paris. Awareness is like this.

A shamatha practice assists the neutering of robotic, automated habits of consciousness that are – due to habits of dualism – contrived, fabricated, and anything but neutral. The reason to engage this training is to slowly free Awareness from being entangled in the furniture of a cluttered, personalized mind. As a human being dares to undo such habits of consciousness, then the spacious nature of Awareness is more available to be lived from during the dualities of everyday life. Drama fades, self-importance diminishes, harmony within one’s self and with others is experienced more fully, and the riches of being a full human being are what one lives from. Imagine a world where human beings lived from this dimensional fullness.

It is so one person at a time.

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7. Astrological houses spiritually viewed: 7th house

The 7th sign and the 7th house hold the position of half-way around the Wheel. The 7th sign, Libra, is an embrace of the responsibilities of being a member of a greater whole (marriage, family, business partnership, and such). Turn the spiral slightly and Libra signals an immersion into the day to day details of life done with the wisdom of whole-ism blended with the compassion of interbeing. Master DK calls Libra “the hub of the Wheel,” in part, because of these considerations. Turn the spiral a tad more and Libra represents the integrity of human beings thus that which is just, honest, and liberating. Note the root of liber in Libra, liberty, and liberation.

The 7th house is the environment of such endeavors. Embrace brings marriage or union with another, partnerships, and close collaborations. In each of these the dance of inter-being and interdependence plays out minute by minute, day by day. Emotions and mood swings, doing what one says one will do or not doing so, plus differences of thought, definitions, ideals, and motivations play out between partners or colleagues. All express the 7th house. Fairness, respect, civility, and deference are demonstrations of understanding the whole-ism of humanity. Social programs that provide for those in need are also a demonstration of Libra. Ideals of justice or of other species having the right to live on Earth would also be found under Libra’s scales. Planets in the 7th house will support or foster, compromise or thwart any of the above depending on the planet and what it is in aspect with.

Libra is a Cardinal Cross, Air sign. The 7th house shares these characteristics. 7th house planets will be used in a cardinal way: as instruments that fortify or maintain one’s independence and initiative, one’s self-reliance and self-directedness. Furthermore, I have witnessed that 7th house planets can demonstrate a skill that the native has honed, thus is a display of this person’s independent mind or demeanor in some way. 10th house planets are similar (cardinal again). 7th house planets will also demonstrate the air element. Examples of this include:

  • speed and/or agility with the attributes of the planet in question. This could express as reactiveness and non-mindfulness which would be problematic or as an immediacy of the skill and how to use it beneficially.
  • free or free-wheeling. The wind is a manifestation of air. It is free, untethered, and unbounded. Planets in the 7th could have the feeling of “express me” to them as in “let me out/let me go.” It also might be challenging to reign in the expression of 7th house planets due to air/free plus cardinality. Or if adept with one’s body, energy, and mind, then the expression will be in service to others and not a challenge.
  • changeable. The breeze and wind change through a day according to heat from the sun and how topography conducts and absorbs that heat. Due to this, air is only somewhat predictable. 7th house planets could take on this changebility, this morphability. Emotions act as the heat and circumstances as the topography.

The 7th house is classically the house of marriages and partnerships. These relationships require that the vested interests of all involved be surrendered to that which can evolve precisely because individual/personal interests are lived as secondary or not important in the greater scheme of things. 7th house planets take on a similar countenance. The higher self chose its birth such that the planets would be in the houses or arenas of life that they are. Planets in the 7th house are primary in how the native relates to others. 7th house planets are also forefront in how the native wants to be related to. The latter is attended by the sign of the planet as much as the planet. For example, Venus in the 7th will orient the native to “like” or be drawn towards people. That’s plain enough; but if Venus is in Gemini the litmus of to be or not to be relating with someone will be mental. Venus in another element (sign) produces different tendencies. Similarly, Mars in the 7th house will want to spar, debate, maybe even perpetually argue. If Mars is in a water sign, drama and an almost bipolar reaction will likely come with or spark the sparring. All of this is by way of illustrating vested interests. By nature, relationship is communal, a union of the parts. If Venus in Gemini in the 7th is in rich conversation with someone who is equally jazzed by conversation, then both feel related to.

The rulers of Libra are Venus traditionally, Saturn esoterically, and Uranus hierarchically. As we continue through the Wheel, please compile all that is said for repeating planets and take note of the evolution through the turns of the spiral.

Venus’ influence on the 7th house is obvious. This is the house of relationships! People we like, want to hang out with, spend our life with, work with, create with are Venus in manifestation; equally so those whom we don’t. Out of all the people in the world, we are in primary relationships with a handful. That is a display of Venusian selectivity. Planets in the 7th with be intrinsic in this selectivity. For instance the sparring example of Mars will require friends or partners who enjoy or can stand with that.

Saturn’s influence is just as obvious. Partnerships have rules such as fidelity or honesty and respect. Primary relationships require that each person fulfill their agreed upon responsibilities. The trouble with this will be when the responsibility is not agreed upon mutually but assumed or forced including through social norms or cultural biases. These also are 7th house issues.

Saturn is karma: that the relationship is not new but is, in some way, a playing out of that which two people have generated between them before. The key here is to not simply repeat that which was but to relate newly, honestly, and respectfully thus expand the relationship beyond that which was. Planets in the 7th are there for dynamic reasons. We are resolving old patterned ways of expressing them, we are learning how to be ever more responsible with the attributes of the planet in question, and we are experiencing that 7th house planets are everyday teachers. The way that each of us relates to other people, species, to space (messy, neat, ordered, disordered, cluttered, etc.) to time (on time, perpetually late, oblivious of time, and so forth), and therefore to being a responsible human being in the three-dimensional world is Saturnian, is constantly creating new causes and conditions, and is simultaneously illustrating and displaying past causes and conditions. Live your 7th house planets with this full understanding.

Uranus’ influence on 7th house planets is, in some ways no less obvious. Uranus represents pattern, system, orchestral interactions and the results of the latter. Planets in the 7th are primary patterns in our psyche. Whole systems of behavior, thought processes, emotional response or reaction, plus what is looked for in others (patterns of consciousness that are un- or subconscious) are in constant play (air) in the 7th house and  highlighted through the planets in the 7th.

Under hierarchical Uranus, patterns can be disrupted or shattered also. One has to be willing to engage that and daring enough to make it happen. Along this line, 7th house planets could be used for the penetrating insight of Uranus’ lightning flash as well as for Uranus as the vajra of penetrating wisdom through patterns of consciousness to liberated, unpatterned Awareness-Being. Again, live your 7th house planets well!

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Meditation: awareness-being again

The linkage is straightforward.

  • Become established in tranquility.
  • By nature, tranquility is peaceful.
  • Practice letting tranquility be. Experience its peacefulness and stability.
  • Within that experience are a variety of qualities or attributes. Experience them while letting the labels of such experiences dissolve. For example, what is the experience of peacefulness or tranquility.
  • Abide in this. When the discursive mind gets antsy, breathe and re-establish tranquility.

That is the beginning, the foundation, and the ground. Don’t move on until some facility, some modicum of consistency with establishing the mind-emotion complex in the innate condition of tranquility is present and repeated more often than not.

This will take time; it will require the repetition of a consistent sitting practice as well as less screen time. Regarding screen time, feel its lack of tranquility; then choose accordingly.

Now, …

  • Tranquility by nature is also neutral, impartial.
  • As tranquility (peaceful abiding) is sustained, neutrality/impartiality is too.
  • Slowly, this begins to erode and dissolve the emotional content that is commonly within one’s labeling and thinking processes.
  • Sustain the neutrality and experience that neutrality/impartiality is smooth, bright, and vibrant.
  • Also, experience that this smooth, bright or vibrant space of awareness makes no distinctions. Neutrality is neutral. Impartiality is impartial. Sustain this.
    • Off the cushion and in one’s life, this awareness will integrate. One way that it will is that one begins to feel the emotional charge or content within distinguishing. “This and that” are designations characterized inside us firstly through like/dislike. This experience and understanding is an “awakening”

Tranquility is neutral. Neutrality is impartial. Impartiality makes no distinctions. No distinctions implies underlying, essential sameness. Sameness, like space, is without referents. Without referents is non-dual Awareness.

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