Dreaming, weaving and embodying a whole new web of life in the age of Covid-19 amid sweeping social, economic, and political transformation
For context, please read the previous post in this series.
Continuing on with my personal story, ending up in the hospital for sixteen days six years ago with a severe case of pneumonia that required breaking a rib to get out all of the infection and required an operation to implant three stents in my heart, and then adding that to my most recent experience this Spring, finally has forced me to see that my heart was breaking and that I was grieving, all because I wasn’t listening to myself. I was not being true to myself. No matter how “noble” the work was that I was doing and no matter what the number of people was that I was able to serve in my spiritual work over the years, I simply was not being true to myself. Thus, I did not love myself. So, what was the point of it?
This is not a metaphor for me. This is what I actually experienced. And it’s certainly on all levels what Covid-19 and all the social, political, and economic upheaval that has arisen on the global level is all about. Many hearts are breaking and copious tears of grief are pouring out. It’s interesting to see that the impulse many are having is to get back to “normal” as soon as possible—i.e., get the economy rolling again, go on vacations, get to the mall, and basically just sweep all our personal and collective cobwebs and shadows under a rug.
Yeah! Well, that kind of an approach of going back to the old normal didn’t work for me six years ago, so I know it won’t work again for me nor for you nor for us collectively. We’ve all had many wake-up calls in our lives and so has civilization in general. This time, though, we have no way out but to go with-in. We must come to “know” and love ourselves and each other and act accordingly. Nothing will or can be the same again. We are at a major evolutionary turning point.
So, I could go on and on about my “stuff” and how it relates to the macro level, but I don’t need to. I know you get it.
I would just like to humbly encourage you not to run away from the uncomfortable feelings and thoughts you have about your life, but instead lovingly and deeply explore them. Don’t run away from the challenging choices you will have to make going forward; embrace them fully. And, please don’t tell yourself that you’ve got your act totally together and my “story” is not yours. There is no time for that! At least to some degree we all have a similar story. We are all here to learn and grow. None of us has our “act” totally together. Please, I figured that out about myself and others when I was in my teens.
Tell the truth to yourself and to others with love,but remember that you can never speak your truth until you hear it yourself.Know ThySelf.
So, let the light shine on your shadows and let it fully awaken the sun within you. Up to now, collectively and personally, we have been stuck in a freeze-frame, a Bill Murray “Groundhog Day” movie rerun. I suggest we drop the facades, see what is really there, get newly inspired, weave/dream a new vision, lay a new foundation, birth the new human, and build a new, sustainable, inclusive, loving world.
Besides all the shadows that the coronavirus is bringing up within us personally, so, too, our inability and unwillingness to look at the massive injustices that have been perpetrated on human beings because of their “otherness:” skin color, gender, culture, etc., must finally be healed. Otherwise our collective shadows will ensnare, bury, and destroy us in a web of deadly dystopia.
We must let the light within us emerge. We are in an e-merge-ncy.
Dreaming, weaving, and embodying a whole new web of life in the age of Covid-19 amid sweeping social, economic and political transformation.
Is this for me to do?I have a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside of me.
Spend quality time with yourself. You are your most significant other.
Reflecting on my life, I realize that I wasn’t totally being true to myself. Yes, I sought to do things that were of service to others and to do work that was sacred, but I wasn’t doing things that brought me real joy and that were really deeply in resonance with who I am. I wasn’t asking myself this singularly most important question: “Is this for me to do?”
I was instead often acting out of guilt, lack, and fear. Guilt that I wasn’t worthy, so I had to always do more and more even when what I was doing to assuage my guilt really did not resonate with who I really was. As well, I worshiped at the altar of Iack: I was not enough, I would never add up to being enough, and I would not have enough. And lastly, fear—fear that my unworthiness would be found out.
None of this was fun.
Too often I did things in order to “earn” something: respect, recognition, money, etc. It was always an uphill battle of doing more and more in order to “earn” it. But really, we are all fully worthy of receiving, period. A flower is a flower, it doesn’t “earn” its beauty. It is inherently beautiful.
Same with us, there is nothing we have to do to “earn it.” We are inherently magnificent co-creators made in the image of god/goddess. Also, there is nothing to “get.” Life is a pure, sacred gift—no attachments, no grasping, no hoarding, no indebtedness—it is a beautiful flow of giving and receiving eternally gifted to all.
Yes, I have been very blessed to have had many diverse and unique experiences in my life and there certainly have been moments and periods of ease, grace, inspiration and joy, but as I am being honest with myself, that was not the dominant space I was operating from and living in. So, from my point of view, ultimately, it would be best if we all became super observant of our own energy and start tuning in to see if we are living from a place of grace, joy, peace, love, and deepening and as well acting from a place of pure presence—with much less doing and more being.
Life is not a race; proceed at the speed of grace.
What dream are we living and weaving now? Is it yesterday’s dream or is it today’s? Whatever it is, was it ever our own dream? If not, why not? Whose dream is it?
These are all questions for us to explore personally and collectively. What are our motivations for what we do personally? Collectively, how and why have we created the social, economic, and political systems that we now have? What dysfunctional worldviews are they based on?
You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, unapologetically—to say ‘no’ to other things.And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.—Stephen Covey
What is the personal “yes” burning inside of you? What would our collective “yes” be?
Dreaming, weaving, and embodying a whole new web of life in the age of Covid-19 amid sweeping social, economic and political transformation.
A web of disempowerment and separation
Now that I am very gratefully back in my body,, I have come to really, really appreciate it. I realize that basically all of my life I have taken my body for granted and not truly honored it as the sacred temple of my soul and as the vehicle through which I experience the incredible deliciousness of life and of 3-D relationships, especially with Jaime, Sean, and so many of you.
As one who has meditated for over 50 years, I have come to understand that, on one level, “I am not my body.” Yes, I get that, but I’m certainly very happy, blessed, and grateful to be back in my body and to be able to experience a walk outside during this glorious spring; the smell of flowers blooming; the resplendent, beautiful colors of the trees and plants; the singing of the birds; sweet sleep; the delightful taste and smell of foods; the wiggling of my toes; an in-breath and an out-breath. How blessed I am and so are we all.
It’s truly time to come to peace with my body and to honor and listen to all the trillions of cells that support me through my 3-D experience. This was not something I was doing that well up to now. The body has a wisdom and is always speaking to us. We just need to learn how to listen it.
As well, having very viscerally experienced my mortality face-to-face during this experience, I was also unceremoniously introduced to my immortality. They are one and the same, actually, and can only be known as we fully face and embrace them both. Just as my master teacher, the spider, had to almost die to get my attention, I, too, needed to almost die in order to re-member who I am and what I really came here to be, become, and experience. In all the hyper activity I was engaged in, I actually was running away from death—my mortality—and, as well, I was running away from my immortality—my divinity—which is who I really am. I have come to see that almost all of us are actually afraid to face both of these. And this ultimately translates into the fact that we are afraid to face life itself.
I now realize more than ever how deeply I was caught up in patterns of thought and emotion that are simply the deep-rooted vestiges of a lack-based un-illuminated belief system of separation, suffering, and soullessness. Yes, I was on the spiritual path all my life, but I wasn’t really being fully honest with myself, however much I was endeavoring to be. I had aimed high, but missed the mark.
It’s become so clear to me that it is time to finally and fully recalibrate and release my attachment to fear, striving, and ego attachment—all of which were clouding my vision and enmeshing me in a web of disempowerment and separation.
As well, these issues are some of our many collective, deeply-embedded biases, shadows, and blind spots. How do we gracefully move into our next evolutionary chapter? It’s both an inside job and an outside job. As Ken Wilber has reminded us, we need to “wake up” (go within); “grow up” (take full responsibility); and “clean up” (create the new human and build a new earth).
As received by Charles Kouns. Note: This is a meditation practice for mornings, before you begin your day. The first section is knowing the union of the selves with the Higher Self in divine balance. The next is the knowing of your divineness, oneness with all of creation. The next is the movement into creating Day and imbuing it with your essence. You are divine. You are the Creator. What will you create for you and for all life?
We invite and welcome Our Divine Self into its rightful place on the throne. We acknowledge its wisdom, compassion, all-loving nature and glorious light, which bathes all of us in Divine Presence. In this, We are reconnected in harmonic alignment.
We rejoice in our reunion. It is the pause before the new day. We rejoice in this Divine Infusion into all Aspects of our Selves. We rejoice in the interconnected beauty of the Aspects, each an evolving creation of Divine Expression.
There is no me. Only We. WE am The One. The One is the We. We celebrate the Oneness of the Aspects of We.
Blessings upon blessings to all the Aspects of We being completely and wholly woven together in Divine Golden Light. We am complete, whole expressions of the joyous love of creation.
We precede this day with the declaration of our Divine Beingness – one and whole, available to the rest of the We that is all life, interwoven. We release golden waves of Divine Love into the One Life – that is all things manifest and unmanifest – and receive Divine Love being returned in recognition. It is our greatest joy to love and serve all of the infinite expressions of the Aspects of Creation.
All of Life, in all of its dimensions, is enriched immeasurably by this offering. We acknowledge and accept its loving gratitude and receive its infinite blessings in this sacred loop that has no end.
It is the collective intention of We to be creating the new day. We see its space and imbue it with our essence. Into the space called Day, we breathe our heart. It is now a living space for the benefit of all life. We nurture its unfolding with all of our essence. We invite all life to contribute its essence in this living space called Day.
It is here all Aspects of the One We meet in the Divine Unfolding of all creation. As the Day breaks, all of the One We’s collective creative intentions are energized through Divine Love. The space called Day is filled with infinite possibilities, all of which will benefit infinitely the One We.
Dreaming, weaving and embodying a whole new web of life in the age of Covid-19 amid sweeping social, economic, and political transformation.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing, there is a field.”
Picking up where I left off in Part 2….Our very dear shaman friend, Sarah Hawk, Jaime, and another friend helped me piece together some aspects of where I “went.” Apparently, during those 90 minutes, I went up into the spirit world and onto a rainbow where I was intensely discussing the current situation on earth with a couple of Asian masters. And, of course, I was also joking a bit with them. Given that there was still a lot more for me to “do” in the 3-D realm and that I really wanted to be back with Jaime and our son, Sean, I eventually finished my deliberations with them and returned to my body.
I’ve had a few conscious glimpses of what I just described, but honestly, as I really “tune in” to where I went, I realize and very much appreciate that I simply fell into the arms of The Embrace. A “place” where all there really is, is: one sacred sound; one brilliant, healing light; one voice; one answer; no questions; one Why; one How; one mantra; one breath; one beginning; one ending; one re-membering; one knowing; one heart; one river; one mountain; one ocean; one valley; one human; one four-legged; one winged one; one finned one; one plant; one stone; one tree; one flower; one insect; one solar system; one galaxy; one universe; one multiverse; a luminous void; all of which are the infinite expressions of the one Love and one Embrace that is the essential nature of all. There is/was/will be nothing else. There is nothing else to say, to seek, to know, to remember, to explore, but all we need to “do” is simply to recognize and experience this Love in all its infinite forms and to humbly bow to its perfect expressions. It is eternal: it was never created nor can it ever be destroyed. It simply is.
Rumi expressed it well:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doors where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.
It’s really rather simple. We are being asked to remember our beginnings and who we really are. We are being asked to not fall asleep and to come out of our shadows and cobwebs and into the light and to see and live through the brilliance of our soul.
We are living in a time when we collectively are finally and clearly becoming aware of our many deeply-embedded biases and shadows. We are witnessing an entire world that is struggling to honestly face its fractured history so that it can move into its next evolutionary phase of unity and oneness.
How can we more skillfully, artfully, and heartfully heal as individuals, as a community, as a nation, and as a single human family and as well honor our unique differences and reaffirm our underlying unity?
Love said to me…there is nothing that is not me.—Rumi
The Unknown, as some humans call it, can sound vast and potentially threatening. To many, it sounds like a place of Looming Destiny where their future is determined, and not by them.
Although the Unknown may generate fear and confusion, it is worthwhile to pause and ponder why. Perhaps the fear has its roots in how we collectively and culturally view this vastness—how we have been taught to hold it.
It is necessary to address this. A different understanding of the Unknown will have a catalytic effect on what you do next on your planet.
Humanity is and has been in a cycle of creating from what it already knows; the purview of the conscious mind is to replicate what it knows, thus exacerbating the current issues humanity is grappling with.
Today, many humans are under the illusion that beneficial change comes from the mind, but the mind usually creates from the same energies of separation. Creating in or from the Unknown essentially means (to most humans), releasing control to transcendent energies greater than yourselves. This subjects the egoic mind to a diminished role that is deeply threatening to it. Yet within this vast, uncharted, unfamiliar dimension called the Unknown pulsates a benevolent Source of Wisdom that can lead us forward into a joyful partnership in creation.
Some people more easily embrace the Unknown and understand its laws of energy, intention, and manifestation. However, enthusiasm for a path as ineffable as this can leave others behind and create obstacles or misunderstandings that prevent others from choosing to learn and participate. Especially when a path is presented as the only path, judgment can arise on both sides, thus creating more separation.
Shouldn’t the invitation to journey into the Unknown be available to all? Perhaps a wise use of time right now, while people are more physically separated from each other, is to extend that invitation through a deeper exploration. Through connection with others’ needs, create a space for greater understanding out of which a warm, clear, and loving invitation can naturally arise.
When we sense into humanity’s flow into the future, we do this without attachments, without projecting embodied experiences from the past onto the future, and without human conditioning influencing what we see.
We can sense and see that humans are embedded in limited systems of thinking that greatly influence over what is considered possible. This greatly curtails your future possibilities.
We also see the fullness of humanity, not just certain aspects. Therefore, not being bound to patterns of predictability and forecasting, etc., we can hold an infinite number of possibilities as to how humanity might flow into its future.
The Unknown then becomes an invitation to enter into a space of infinite possibility, where a great Lovingness is holding an intention for humanity to exercise its collective free will in the direction of healing and growth for all life on the planet.
Imagine a group of 20 to 30 humans are sitting in an indoor space where they are safely and carefully creating suggestions for the future direction of their community. They make many suggestions and fill many sheets of paper with their ideas. When they take stock of their ideas, they all seem flat and uninspired. None of the ideas feel nourishing or generate a collective, “Yes!” They hold a subconscious feeling that they are not providing anything fresh. Even their meeting space feels confined and stuffy. They get frustrated with the facilitator because he too is leading them from what he already knows, not from anything truly new.
Now imagine that while they have been inside getting frustrated and discouraged, many tractor trailers have pulled up outside and have dropped off hundreds of boxes, each full of new possibilities the group never considered.
Now imagine that a being—a loving presence—goes to their door and knocks. When they open it, this Loving Presence invites them outside. When they step out, they are stunned to see all the boxes—hundreds and hundreds of them in different shapes and sizes. The group’s energy totally shifts. They become curious and excited, eager to see and explore what the boxes contain. In their enthusiasm for discovering this Unknown, they leave behind their old ways of seeing and creating. Their past patterns of caution and fear no longer constrain them, now that they have engaged their innate curiosity. They trust that whatever they uncover will be for their benefit. They feel free—free to be surprised, to discover unique and unprecedented options, to choose what gives them life.
The Unknown is not so much an impenetrable mystery as it is a field of benevolent potential. There is a profound intelligence in the Universe, and it serves your best interests. This Truth has not been understood. Ponder this. Why has the Unknown seemed so fearful? Your past experiences and those of most humans have not included the profound teaching—the understanding—that to trust in and create from the Unknown brings renewal, joy, and nourishment of the heart.
Dreaming, weaving, and embodying a whole new web of life in the age of Covid-19 amid sweeping social, economic, and political transformation.
A quiet early Spring Sunday morning walk: Where did I go?
Recently on a quiet early Spring Sunday morning, my wife, Jaime, and I were walking our dog. I felt uncommonly dizzy early in the walk and said to her, “Let’s stop and go back home. I really don’t feel good.” We turned around and started back home. Ninety minutes later I awoke to find myself in the Emergency Room of a hospital. I had totally blacked out.
Apparently, I had walked about a block with Jaime, headed toward home, when I let out a huge scream and fell unconscious on the sidewalk. Jaime, the police, and an EMR gave me CPR and put me in an ambulance, and off I went to the hospital.
While I was unconscious, they tested to see if I had had a stroke. Fortunately, I hadn’t. At some point I became fully conscious and the next thing I knew I was in another ambulance on my way to another hospital where a heart operation team was getting ready to perform surgery on me.
Soon after I got there I was sedated and the surgery was performed. It turned out that it wasn’t as bad as they initially thought. A peripheral artery in my heart that had always been unusually narrow and had narrowed even further. So, a very small stent was put in and I remained in the hospital for 3 days as they poked, prodded, and stabilized me.
It was a rather surreal experience to say the least. Jaime having witnessed it all, and talking to all the doctors and nurses along the way, helped me piece together most of the timeline and get some of the facts of what happened clear. Otherwise, I was clueless. It was only when I got home that, with her help, I was able to fill in the gaps.
By the way, had I not received such lightning-fast and expert medical care that morning I would not be here writing this reflection. This was “the real deal” of an experience and I am still in the process of recovering.
But the most interesting part of the whole adventure is…where did I go during the 90 minutes that I was “out?” I’ll continue in Part 3.
The first and the final frontier is the journey within.
What do you see as you look toward your future? Does it feel unlimited, a great adventure? Does it feel unknown and uncertain? Do you think of your future in terms of doing, accomplishing, goals? Do you ever think about who you will be becoming?
Consider that your future is filled with potentials. That is all the future is: potentials waiting to serve your highest good. Just as you are granted and guaranteed free will, the potentials for your life are unlimited possibilities, and all are for your highest good. You are not used to thinking this way, but it is so important to understand this. Is it not a beautiful surprise that all of the potentials for your life exist for your highest good?
To understand the magnitude of this, please imagine a beautiful building the size of a city block, many levels high. Inside, this building is filled with shelves and on the shelves are millions of glass jars, each holding a single energetic possibility for your life’s highest good. Using your free will, you have the choice as to which potential is selected for the next moment of your life.
Now let us say that on one particular day, you are trying to decide whether to go visit your family who live halfway across the country. Because of the COVID virus, you choose not to fly because you do not want to expose yourself and your family to the potential of getting the virus. As a result of not flying, imagine a section of the glass jars extinguishing instantly, for those choices or potentials are no longer relevant to your chosen future.
You decide you will drive, even though it will take two days. This means that innumerable potential outcomes are possible. The way you think, feel, and believe things might happen will affect your next set of choices.
Let’s say you do not have the best vehicle to drive and you are fearful that it will break down. The energy of fear now colors your choices, but the experiences that follow will still serve your highest good. Why do you think it is like this? If you are in fear, you activate the potential for the car to break down so that you can learn from the experience! Your highest good is to be free from fear. Fear always limits your possibilities and life wants you to live in freedom. Back to our analogy, with fear leading the way, a section of shelves holding the potentials of what might happen when your car breaks down really lights up!
Do you see now how what you think, feel, and believe affects your free will and how your free will choices then affect the potential outcomes in your life? In fact, everything you think, feel, and believe affects the potentials of your life.
You are the creator! Let us say this again, you are the creator!
Every time you exercise your free will (which, by the way, includes allowing others to make decisions for you), an entirely new set of potentials is created. As everything is energy, these energetic potentials then reset based on each choice. Your experience of your choices influences your next set of choices and gradually you come to see the connections between thoughts, feelings, beliefs and the choices you make—and the connections between the choices you make and the experiences you have, all for your highest good.
Such love surrounds you at every moment!
The future of your life, then, exists in a state of more! Not more wealth, more goods, bigger houses—although those could be outcomes of choices—but instead a future of energetic more—more richness of experience for your highest good.
As you are an eternal being choosing to incarnate, think of it as Morever! More growth, more healing, more wisdom, more compassion, more love, more light, more freedom. These are the gifts of the potentials awaiting you. What form they arrive in is of little consequence at the energetic level. No matter the form, everything that arrives in your life is for your highest good. Can you see this?
Let’s say you and your partner have just bought a large tract of land and you are holding the intention to care for it with all of your heart and energy. As you are speaking about the changes this is creating in your life, you recognize you will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to help you take care of the land. Your partner states that their dream has always been to have a bright yellow four-wheel-drive vehicle of a certain make. You both laugh about it because it seems such a specific thing to be wanting. Then you go to bed, thinking nothing more of it.
The next morning you awake with a toothache. It’s so bad you go to see the dentist. During the chitchat at the end of the visit, your dentist tells you she is selling her four-wheel-drive vehicle and that it is bright yellow and the exact make your partner specified. You buy it right on the spot!
Now you get the thrill of going home and surprising your partner with the news. But understand, the joy is not from the form. It is from the alignment between your intention and what is delivered to you by life. The form is the manifestation for your highest good, for now you have more wisdom about how the process of growth and learning works at the energetic level.
There is no set future outcome. It is important to see this. The future is yours to create through your free will. What does exist for your future are untold potentials that are affected by how you think, feel, and believe. Look back and study events in your past to see how your future was affected by the choices you made. Spend time with this! Now ponder your relationship to your future. What is your vision for it? How do you, the creator, wish it to unfold?
The potentials for your life are always for your highest good. There is nothing to fear. You are loved beyond measure. Everything is an offering in love. Can you feel this connection?
The Cosmology of Homecoming is a novel map and transmission of Reality. It is a powerful and efficient tool for awakening to Love, healing oneself and the world, and discovering immortality. This Cosmology is offered with the sacred intention of bringing peace to all and guiding those who seek Truth all the way home.
The words and concepts that you are about to read are carriers of a transmission. Allow yourself to be bathed in Love. Feel the essence of the transmission coming through the spaces as well as the words. Observe what arises for you and how your whole being responds. The shifts that are initiated will likely span days, weeks, or longer. Know that all is very well.
Over the years I have created a number of maps of the spiritual domains through systematic explorations. These metaphysical representations have helped many people to awaken and expand their consciousness into the source of love, light, and enlightenment. At the same time, I have been aware that maps based on experience are incomplete since there is always infinitely more to explore and discover. In addition, any map will be distorted in the measure that the map maker does not yet perceive with complete clarity. Charting the subtle terrain of spirit is tricky business.
Eventually I asked for a certain type of map – a cosmology – to reveal itself with as much accuracy as possible. I had a knowing that it was finally possible to receive a visualization of the entirety of Reality, together with a set of coherent explanations, that was comprehensive and somehow flawless in its essence. The quality of perfection would come from the fact that Reality itself was offering an expression of itself as itself. Importantly, I appreciated that although the cosmology would be a supreme representation of Reality, infinitely many other such representations would always be possible since that which is limitless cannot be restricted to a single form. Fortunately, one perfect version would suffice to provide a reliable basis for the work of enlightening systems and helping people to discover their own luminous nature.
Flower of Totality
When I asked for a “true cosmology” in meditation, I received detailed specifications. These specifications describe a set of concentric polygons that together resemble a flower with seven layers of petals. The number of petals ranges from eight in the outermost layer to infinitely many in the innermost layer. Once the structure of the visualization was confirmed intuitively, I received names for the layers and came to understand that each one corresponds to a realm of realization of Love. Next I sourced the colors, which turned out to be visually harmonious. After letting the information settle over several weeks, I asked my friend Joe Menth – who co-created a film about the structure of the universe as well as the logo for Sourcing The Way (a company I co-founded) – to render the visual. The “Flower of Totality” is the result.
A Note About Capitalization
From this point on, names and phrases that point most powerfully to the deepest dimensions of Reality are capitalized. These names and phrases all calibrate at the level of the “root” of the Flower of Totality, which is behind the center point, or underneath this point if the flower is viewed from the side. The use of capitalization to distinguish the root of the flower from its outward expressions is a transitional device that becomes meaningless later, with the final recognition of homecoming.
Definitions of Realization, Love, and Recognition
In the Cosmology of Homecoming, ‘realization’ refers to the processes of making Love real in experience, and also the extent to which one knows the presence of Love and lives in alignment with that knowing.
‘Love’ is understood in this context to be the True Cause of all that arises. By acting in deference to that which is truly causal, a highly realized being expresses at all times the Love that is the origin of life.
‘Recognition’ refers to any irreversible insight that what has been held as separate is, in fact, one. Recognition is a sacred opening that occurs in an instant, and every recognition has the potential to be the final recognition of total inseparability.
A realized being who knows Love directly discovers that what they would dearly wish to see or experience tends to manifest effortlessly. One who has recognized inseparability abides in a flow of grace, attended by synchronicities and apparently magical coincidences. Although these signs and experiences are joyous, for such a one Love itself remains the primary focus.
With growing realization, one shifts from an emphasis on experiencing various forms of Love to knowing Love directly. With the final recognition of homecoming, experience and knowing merge into a seamless Isness that nullifies all definitions and comparisons, at which point it is obvious that there is only Love, and that there has only ever been Love.
Journey of Homecoming
The journey of the soul is a journey of wandering, adventure, disappointment, and return. Through the creativity of Profound Mind, a universe is imagined in which sentient beings proliferate and collectively form the body of all that is. The Flower of Totality symbolizes this body. Under the care of the Divine Mother, all beings within this universal body find their way to the center of creation, where they discover immortality in the recognition of themselves as the Creator and the created, indivisible.
Although there are many expansions and delights on the journey home, each bringing greater joy and powerful mastery, the recognition of oneself as the sum total of Reality, and its Source, is the true coming home. The preceding steps all build toward this moment, and it is important to know, and to be honest about, where one is in the process. Otherwise, it is easy to drift back to sleep amidst the comforts and the splendors that accumulate as one approaches the goal.
The mature seeker will be satisfied with nothing less than full, unbridled Enlightenment. The Cosmology of Homecoming has been revealed to support the devotees of Truth on their journey all the way into Love.
Realms of Realization
The seven realms were revealed from the outermost to the innermost, and numbered in descending order from six to zero:
6. The Surface Level 5. Exploring the Realm of Ashes 4. Becoming the Temple of Light 3. Releasing the Veil 2. The Lands Beyond Time 1. Inner Fortress and Grounds 0. Innermost Chamber
The realms are differentiated by the extent to which there is the experience of separation. In the Innermost Chamber, there is no experience of separation whatsoever. There is no sense of other or of disconnection from life when one is abiding within the inner sanctum of being. On the other end of the spectrum, in The Surface Level, the experience of feeling separate from other people, from life, and from oneself is most extreme. Greater perceived separation brings greater fear and confusion, as well as a strong sense of being the victim of circumstances rather than the beneficiary of life’s generosity. In the outermost realms, Love is perceived weakly rather than known directly, and amongst the collective there is a strong culture of sickness and death that reduces the human lifespan. Generally speaking, the soul’s journey is from the experience of separation to the direct knowing of one’s true self and the Love that manifests universes. It is for this reason that the realms are listed and described starting with the outermost layers and ending with the True You.
The following table summarizes the key characteristics for the innermost and outermost realms.
Characteristics of the Innermost Realms
Characteristics of the Outermost Realms
Separation (perceived disconnection)
Love is everywhere
Longing for love
Birth and death
For a detailed description of each of the seven realms and suggested ways to apply the Cosmology of Homecoming in your life and work, read the rest of this article on my website.
Dreaming, weaving and embodying a whole new web of life in the age of Covid-19 amid sweeping social, economic, and political transformation.
“…his body will cast no shadow on the ground for he will have awakened the sun within him.”—The Way of the Essenes
Until you have taken the time to look within,you are literally in the dark about yourself.
The time has come for us to no longer live in the shadows of our ego, but instead in the brilliant light of our soul. What we thought was real, was actually just a fleeting specter. For we have now learned to shine our light and see through the illusions and into the essence of our being and into each other’s brilliance.
For as long as I can remember I have put a glass of water on my night table when I go to sleep just in case I need to take an herbal sleep aide if I feel agitated before going to bed or if I wake up feeling hyper in the middle of the night. A few mornings ago, upon awakening, I found a spider in my water. That was quite the surprise to say the least. As I carefully got the spider out of the water and put him outside and he ran off into our back yard, I knew I should take the time to meditate and read up on the “medicine” and metaphysical meaning of the spider. So, later that morning I did.
“Why would a spider risk its life to get my attention?” I asked. I felt there was something very important that I needed to know.
What came to me quite spontaneously while meditating was that the spider wanted me to understand that just as it was for him, so it was for me—that the web of dreams I had been weaving for so many years had to be torn away from me and new dreams needed to be woven. Actually, on all levels, a radically new reboot, a new life’s vision, was essential. The old web had gotten cluttered and muddied with longstanding debris, blind spots, and worn out dreams and thus had created a dense cloud of “things to do, people to see, and places to go,” with no real overarching coherence or sense of connection.
Of course, we are all experiencing something like this now as a result of Covid-19 and the coming to a head of so many years of social, political, and economic inequality and other collective shadows. The spider’s message is certainly a metaphor for all of us and not just for me, to stop, look, and listen. But before I say much more about the spider’s message, in Part 2 of this 7-part series I will give you a bit more of my personal context for why I am writing about this now.