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Truth of Being

Eugene Alliende

You are eternal Consciousness, infinite Awareness, boundless Being. How do I know this? In fact, it is the only thing I truly know, without a shadow of a doubt. That I Am, I exist, I am aware in this very moment is the only certainty I have of my existence. The only absolute Truth anyone of us can ever know is the Truth of Being; that which gives life, and this moment, any meaning. 

What is perhaps most abundantly clear in our current post-truth world built on memes is that all truths, other then this basic awareness of Being, are relative to perspective. Whatever people hold to be true is governed by the culture they grow up in, the life experiences they have, and the websites they choose to visit. Each human brain constructs it’s relative truths dependent on the environments in which it imprints information. A brain developing in a Christian capitalist culture will imprint a whole different set of truths than will a brain growing up in a materialistic, communist culture for example. In fact, there are as many “truths” out there as there are brains; all reflecting the unique coordinates of a lived life through diversified neuronal structures.

What about the physical world? Aren’t there consistent patterns and laws out there in the cosmos that we can call truths? That depends on the instrument used to observe this so-called external universe. As it turns out, physical perception is also a relative phenomena, dependent on the organism and the sensory-perceptual system it uses to observe its universe. Bats live in very different worlds then snakes, ants, whales, or oak trees do. Each filtering out a select set of frequencies to uniquely construct an inner model of an external world. In fact it is becoming increasingly clear through advances in neuroscience and quantum physics that there is no “external” universe independent of the observer. What exists is a function of the co-creative dance between observer and what is observed.

So if all cognitive and perceptual phenomena is ultimately relative to observer, then what truth can we claim to be fundamental, absolute, and shared by all beings? Let us explore this question directly, right now as you read these words. Ask yourself, what is the only quality in your current experience that is ever-present, changeless, consistent and self-evident. The familiar sense of “I Am” that was present when you were five, twenty, that will be present when you turn ninety. Who or what is that changeless, ever-present “I?” Notice, it doesn’t come from anywhere, it doesn’t go anywhere. There is nothing we have to do or think to make it happen. It is self-generating and self-reliant, requiring no proof, effort, description, or justification. 

It just Is.

The Changeless

In fact, the sense of Being Aware, the “I Am,” is the only element in our experience that does not change. Everything else in our experience changes. The world around us, in this supposedly solid and material universe, is in constant flux. Our bodies grow older day by day, emotions undulate like the tides of the ocean, our thoughts and conceptual understanding moves like an endless stream, and the perceptual world around us continually refreshes itself in new and surprising ways. Even our sense of identity, ego, or self-concept changes and fluxes according to maturing life experiences. Yet behind those evolving constructs there is just me, I, Self, Being. Behind the moving image of space-time there is just Awareness. In other words, Consciousness seems to be primary and fundamental, and the arising perceptual-material world a derivative of that Consciousness.

 

Now, as we turn toward this inherent Being, that which is conscious and aware in this very moment, certain qualities become abundantly clear. Again, no one can deny or argue these qualities away, as they are self-evident to the individual undergoing this probe. It may take a little practice to realize and uncover this fundamental Truth of Being at first, such as with formal meditation technique or intensive entheogenic work, but can eventually be realized and recognized as the very Presence that embodies our life in this and every other moment. Once a mind has recognized its essential nature in pure Consciousness, it never forgets the abiding qualities that exist at the core of our existence. The basic Presence of “I Am” begins to shine through the relative constructs of mind and body, to ultimately exert healing influences on the surrounding fields of experience. 

As you read these words, gently and subtly drop into that which is Present and Alive within you. You don’t even have to stop reading, as you may simply recognize that warm, sentient inner glow as the very essence of your current existence. It is the you, the “I Am” before the mind weaves an image of who it believes itself to be, or what it thinks is going on. When relieved of the mind made constructs, beliefs, associations, ideas, and identities, the inner “I” begins to return to its Source. The limitations set by mind give way to the underlying expanse that is pure Awareness, as the separate “I” sense dissolves into an ocean of pure Being. 

Mind is Awareness in motion, Awareness is mind at rest.

Formless Awareness

When the mind is still and at rest, Awareness is discovered to be formless, holding no patterns or objects to create distinctions. And if you are really honest with your direct, immediate experience, you may experimentally verified that it is Singular. Notice, at the core of your experience right now, there is only one of it. One moment, one you, one existential whole. Your experience is singularly yours. You assume others are having a similar inner subjective moment, but this is a mere assumption and supposition. All you truly know is that you are; all you could ever know is your own inner subjective moment. And since all other beings share this same fundamental formless Being at their core, then it is safe to deduce that it is the common Ground out of which all individuals draw their sustenance. We are all truly One Being in our deepest center.

   

Can you remember a time when you weren’t, when you did not exit? Of course not. All you know is right Now, and the Awareness of that Now. In fact, Awareness is synonymous with Now. There is no Now without Awareness; there is no Awareness without the Now. Mind is what superimposes the boundary of yesterday and tomorrow, memory of before and thought of later, on the vast formless Ground of the ever-present Now. In the Now there is no time, it is time-less, and therefore eternal. Not an eternity that just goes on endlessly in time, but radically outside the movement of time itself.  

Time is eternity in motion, eternity is time at rest. 

Deep Dreamless Sleep

If Being is the ultimate, fundamental Truth, what about the apparent non-being of deep dreamless sleep? Where is Being when one is deep asleep? Do we cease to exist in that dark Void between dreams where most minds go unconscious? In deep dreamless sleep, the brain enters the ultra subtle, super-still Delta brain wave frequency of only 0.5 to 3 Hz (cycles per second). The body-mind enters its deepest healing state, as the parasympathetic nervous system of rest and repair is activated due to the minute amounts of energy used for mental activity.

In deep dreamless sleep there is no thought, no dream, no content of any kind; just pure formless awareness. Of course most people forget this state as soon as they start REM dreaming (subtle Theta brain wave frequency of 3.5 to 8 Hz), or as soon as they awaken (gross Beta frequency of 13 to 40 Hz), leaving this supreme causal state of dreamless freedom in the “unconscious.” Since there is no mind to record the event, no memories exit of that dreamless darkness. No mind, no memory; no memory, no time. However, the advanced practitioners of meditation, who can achieve the Delta frequency of nirvakalpa samadhi on demand, report that they can remain aware during deep dreamless sleep due to the cultivation of constant witnessing.

When the natural shutdown of the mind-body occurs at night, the well trained Witness is able to remain aware of itself while the rest of the brain-body sleeps. Awareness merges with the silent totality of the Void-Light that unfolds when all the grosser bodies are at rest. The naked substrate at the heart of creation is revealed every night, exposed in its splendor, unconditioned and free, as the very Witness of all other states (dreaming, waking, visionary). In other words, the Witnessing Awareness of all other levels is revealed in its pure, raw form, and, if well developed, can maintain its self-knowing through the deep darkness of the dreamless night. The formless spaciousness of the Witness becomes temporarily free of time, space, and form, and rests in its own radiance. 

Near Death Experience and the White Light

So far we have demonstrated that ever-present Being is the only absolute Truth any of us can ever claim. It is who and what we are in our deepest Self. We also discussed how even in deep dreamless sleep radiant Being remains, although only experienced after years of deep meditation practice. The final frontier would of course be physical death. Does Being remain even after our body-mind has disintegrated into dust?

One clue rests in the simple fact of this formless Awareness. If there are no distinctions, if time does not touch it, if no self-referencing identity can sustain its existence in the radiance of pure Being, then what or who dies? Could it be that even though the brain, nervous system, and  identity associated with said brain perish, ever-present Being remains? Clearly Being manifests itself in endless, multiplistic forms, coming and going in endless cycles of birth and death. But Being itself remains the same, changeless, ever-present, eternal.

Aside from our direct personal evidence of the timeless present, there is now a massive data base of recorded near-death experiences (NDE) that point to the reality of consciousness surviving physical death. Even when the body and brain of the patients had shut down, the indwelling awareness experienced ongoing existence. Perhaps the most common element in the NDE is the bright White Light, often times interpreted through the cultural filters of the individual.

It is the Tibetan Buddhist, the most advanced technicians of the after death states they call brados, who reveal that the white light is actually the Nature of Mind. Called the Clear Light of Consciousness, the Ground Luminosity of Being, Tibetans see it as the Source of all existence. This, they tell us, is who we really are.

Peace Freedom Love

So, if that deep sense of Being is the only absolute Truth anyone can ever ultimately know, shinning in the heart of every and all beings, how does its realization help us in everyday life? All world wisdom traditions describe how a personal relationship with this underlying transpersonal Awareness is what is required to live a liberated life. Ego looses its foot hold on reality, as fear evaporates in the brilliant Reality of the present moment. Being shines through the artificial constructs, revealing a deeply held secret: I Am is eternal, I Am is ageless, I Am is deathless. The mere glimpse of this vast underlying Reality infuses the individual with an unshakable peace; a peace unmoved by the restless dramas of the furious sensory world.

The full recognition of Being liberates the contracted mind, allowing that which is Aware to expand beyond the limits of conception. True freedom unfolds as the mind looses its ability to separate, judge, and define. The endless motion finally comes to rest, as the individual self begins to remember who it was before it decided to play out its role on Earth. A secret joy wells up in the heart, as we come home to the place where we are all One.

In that final recognition of our deepest Truth, what remains is nothing less than Love. Love is discovered to be the source, the path, and the goal, as we allow its magic to effortlessly touch all that surrounds us. It is this deep indwelling Love that quietly invites others to remember. 

And in that remembrance, the world is birthed one more time.      

Personal Piece

Living Non-Duality: You Are the Medicine

Eugene Alliende

So you have seen the Light, melted into the ocean of pure Consciousness, become one with God, rested in Nirvakalpa Samadhi. Now what? How do you live in the world when you have realized that you are not of the world? The final stage of Yoga, Sahaj Samadhi, addresses this conundrum. 

Many renunciate traditions of the world describe this final mystical union achieved in deep states of absorption to be the end of the path, the summit of personal evolution, where the individual transcends the samsaric wheels of birth and death to blissfully merge into the timeless One behind space-time. The yogi in a cave, the monk in the monastery, the ascetic in the jungle are all images of beings who have left the trials and tribulations of mundane life behind to seek personal liberation from the endless ocean of suffering. As attractive as this image may seem, especially as we all face an accelerating global collapse, the deeper call is one of collective awakening, deeply rooted in the manifest world, as it is.

Many of us who have seen the Light, whether through devoted spiritual practice, a psychedelic encounter, a near death experience (NDE), or just graced by a spontaneous mystical revelation, are faced with the daunting project of integrating what was once protected in the renunciate setting. We inevitably have to come back to our lives, our communities, our livelihoods, our relationships, but now we are different. The very structure of our personality has been utterly transformed by a direct encounter with this transcendent Reality. Who we once thought we were begins to resonate with a deeper Mystery that renders the personality construct transparent and illusory. The mirror of the mind is finally polished so that when we look out into the world, we begin to see none other than our Self. In other words, the final duality to be transcended is the me vs. the world, for the deepest realization reveals that there is no other, only the Self.

From this non-dual stance, the yogi tucked away in her private nirvakalpa samadhi is still stuck in duality, pushing away the world of the senses and grasping for the formless states of transcendence. This subtle duality is the final confrontation of the awakening soul, as the next stage becomes the selfless service that the liberated being offers to the larger Body of the collective. According to Mahayana Buddhist its the “Great Vehicle,” where the hero comes back from their personal liberation to help the rest of the world awaken. Salvation is viewed not as an individual pursuit, but as a collective process. Since it is all part of Us, the bodhisattva, or awakened One, knows that we are all in this together, so that if one of us is still suffering then we are all still suffering. We either all liberate, or none of us does, since in our deepest core we are all part of a Single Consciousness that only manifests as fractal, individualized expressions in space-time for the dance.  

The difference, however, is that the bodhisattva has seen beyond the world of form, and knows that in that timeless Source Consciousness there is no time, therefore we are already saved, enlightened, and liberated! Awareness itself is the liberation. Pure Awareness is already whole, complete onto it-Self, the only thing in our experience that does not change. As it turns out, Pure Consciousness is the medicine! In that formless, innermost place within all beings nothing happens; it is pure stillness, ever-present Now, timeless Being. 

After we have established contact with that deepest Identity where we are already free, we then return to space-time to do our thing, but this time from a space of awe, curiosity, wisdom, and compassion. In other words, you become a free evolutionary agent, deeply embodied in the game of life, but with a secret resonance that continually reminds you of who you truly are; the eternal One behind all of creation.

Patanjali called this final level of realization sahaj samadhi. One of the limits of the high causal state of nirvakalpa samadhi is that  it can be enjoyed only while the individual remains still, absorbed in deep meditation. The final step in Raja Yoga is to extend the deep stillness of samadhi into all other realms of the individual’s life (waking, dreaming, and deep sleep). If one is able to abide in this deep inner stillness throughout life’s everyday challenges, and remain conscious at every level of Being, then one is called a jivan-mukti, a liberated wo/man (bodhisattva). In this enlightened state of Being, the Supreme formless Void is integrated into the lower matrices of creation as a constant Witnessing. The Witness itself being one with that pure formless Awareness at the core of all experience. This is true Wholeness.

Enlightenment literally means “light emanating from within,” and this Light is none other than ever-present Awareness. In sahaj samadhi, meditation is a self-sustained, spontaneous fact of the individual’s existence. Life becomes the meditation, as the practice becomes one of subtly identifying with the quiet Presence that is Aware behind that which is observed. Whether perceptual, sensual, emotional, mental, social, or spiritual, the non-dual practice is to see all phenomena as the play of Consciousness. 

Remember, pure Consciousness is not some far out, unattainable mystical concept. It is the very Essence of who and what you are, in this very moment. That which is Aware, that which Knows, that which is having an experience right now is pure Awareness, the Witness or Observer behind all of the impermanent waves that are arising moment to moment. Normally, for most people, this Awareness identifies with that which arises and is “unconscious” of its self-being and self-knowing. It identifies with the body, which is an object that Awareness is Aware of. If you really notice, what we call “our body” is but a series of sensory-perceptual signals arising in a field of Awareness, the subjective Witness that is conscious of those sensations. 

Awareness also identifies with the habitual thoughts of the brain, which through association, memory, and self-referencing creates a conceptual sense of self; the ego personality most humans believe themselves to be. Pure limitless Awareness condenses from its boundless, infinite nature into the limitations of the body-mind, therefore forgetting its essential nature. The spiritual journey is the progressive awakening of this Awareness, as it sheds lawyers of conditioned self-identity to reveal its true and original luminous nature. 

The simple recognition that the deepest I Am is inherently fulfilled, whole, and free is all that is required to remain rooted in the Mystery. But as simple and obvious as this realization seems, the paradox is that to get to it requires practice and a certain devotion to self-knowing.         Most humans go through life without ever realizing who or what they ultimately are. They live asleep to their true nature, conditioned and programmed by outside forces that often time distract attention away from the richness of an inner life. It often takes a drastic life event to shake a person up from their slumber, such as a loss, almost dying, or a pinch of psychedelic, revealing that life is a much deeper miracle than the mundane nine to five prime-time 3D reality would have us believe. The ultimate revelation is that freedom and peace is the very substance that we are made of, and by simply reorienting toward it, as a practice, we can initiate the flowering towards a liberated life.  

This recognition can be had in an instant if accurately pointed out. Let us take this moment and explore this question directly, within the lab of our own intimate subjective knowing. As we turn our gaze in on itself, becoming Aware of Awareness it-Self,  a number of obvious truths become apparent regarding the nature of that which is looking: 

            1. Awareness itself has no form; it is fundamentally formless. It is aware of shifting forms, the world for example, or a dream, but in itself is formless.

2. Awareness has no space, it is spaceless, dimensionless, without boundaries, therefore limitless. Limits only arise as a function of the activity of the individual mind. When the individual mind learns to quiet and listen, the infinite nature of the underlying Awareness is experienced.

3. If you really notice, it will be self-evident and obvious that you are always “here;” awareness is always in the “here.” “Over there” is a thought, a projection, for all awareness ever knows is “here.” Your  experience is always in your own personal “here.” You don’t really know anyone else’s “here,” a categorical impossibility.  

4. Awareness is always in the now. The mind can remember a past or fantasize and plan for a future, but the Awareness Witnessing those constructs exists only in the now. If we look closely we may notice that this now is ever-present. In fact it is eternal. Do you remember a time when you did not exist? Of course not, you can’t remember non-existence; you can only know now, existence in this moment. Now is all there is.

5. And finally, if we are really honest with the knowing in our deepest experience, we may notice that there is just ONE of it! Your experience is singular. You assume others are having a subjective conscious experience of being, just as you are, but you don’t really know that. All you truly know is your own experience, the only thing you will ever know. 

To recap, what we can observe when we quiet our individual mind is an underlying Witnessing Awareness, which appears as a vast, unified Field in which the world of form arises, and into which it returns. It is dimensionless; there is no distance or size, just a “here;” time stands still as an eternal now; and no limitations can be discerned. This, is the Singularity. It is the only Singularity we could ever know. And you are it! Not the you that you identify with on a regular daily basis, but that which feels itself to be you in your deepest inner core, before your mind forms an image of who it thinks it is.

And so, after we have recognized our true nature as pristine and free, we return to “the market place” with helping hands. Rooted in the knowing that there is no death, that the deepest Awareness is eternal as evidenced by it’s changeless ever-present Reality, we return to the suffering masses to assist and midwife the birth of this evolving Consciousness. We become part of a larger collective movement of awakening that we influence through our individualized connection to that indwelling Source. This can manifest in a variety of actions and behaviors, but ultimately it is the quality of being that emanates from the awakened heart that gently calls others to remember.

When one awakens from the clutches of time, one relaxes into the play of life, bringing joy and creativity as a contribution to the evolutionary journey itself. In the non-dual stance, one embraces all that presents itself without resistance, while simultaneously being grounded in the Clear Light of ones own Witnessing Awareness. This Awareness is synonymous with unconditional Love, which when turned toward the apparent world helps heal and transform its changing forms. 

Buddha’s “Form is none other Emptiness, Emptiness is none other than Form” becomes a blazing reality as we walk through a world on the cusp of radical transformation. When we know that deep eternal Presence within, we open our hearts without fear or hesitation to whatever life puts in front of us, as we feel life rise within us. All that arises exists within Awareness, and the final recognition is that it is not two, but one spontaneous movement of the One. In that recognition, we fall in Love all over again. 

Personal Piece

Bridging Heaven: The Art and Science of Psychedelic Yoga

Eugene Alliende

The 21st century is witnessing a profound synthesis of spiritual technologies. Entheogenic medicines are being integrated into spiritual practices in order to accelerate the transformation of individual and collective Consciousness; before it’s too late. What was once relegated to committed mystics, sitting in ascetic isolation for years on end in ancient mountain caves, is now available to those brave souls ready to take the plunge. As I write, a so-called psychedelic renaissance is sweeping through the social web of culture, making available the inner realms of mind and consciousness to the average human with enough interest to take the dose.

Psychedelics, hallucinogens, or entheogen, also ancient technologies used by our indigenous ancestors to probe the depths of mind, are now becoming widely available to those seeking healing and spiritual insight. Science and the healing arts are rediscovering ancient molecules with the astonishing capacity to unlock mundane ego consciousness, revealing ever-deepening landscapes that lead to non-other then Source Consciousness; the Unitive Field behind all of creation.

Even though there is a spectrum of deepening consciousness available to the wandering soul, which we will briefly outline here, the potential these substances hold is nothing less than the complete non-dual illumination and enlightenment known to the sages, masters, and mystics of the ages. This highly sought after state, and ultimately permanent abiding trait, is one enshrined by all world wisdom traditions. The goal of all spiritual practices, representing the summit of human evolution, can now be attained by anyone wishing to undertake the journey. 

This is not an easy journey, however. In fact, to reach the illumined state one must die to one’s previous models of who they think they are, and this requires, I believe, training and preparation. In other words, if you want to reach the summit, and learn to live from those heights, I believe serious training and preparation to be of paramount importance. No one would ever dream of climbing Mount Everest without training, preparation, and knowing mountain climbing technique. 

Even though there are many reasons to take psychedelics, we will focus on the mystical potential that is available when integrated with spiritual technique. Many take these substances and await their effects, open to whatever the experience may bring. This has untold therapeutic value, as the substance dislodges traumatic residues to be acknowledged and worked with for the ultimate purpose of healing. Others who venture deeper yet may encounter visionary vitas, with undulating entities telepathically communicating deep secrets of the cosmos. And if you are lucky, in rare cases you may strike the jack pot and merge with the Luminous One behind all form.

  It is common for facilitators, particularly in the Toad community using the ultra-powerful tryptamine known as 5-MeO-DMT, to state that there is nothing that can prepare one for this encounter. I disagree. I propose that the mystical experience, classically defined as a personal merging with the unified totality of all existence, is one that is reliably accessible to those with enough patience to train and prepare.

As a practicing transpersonal psychotherapist, I am well aware of the various states and dimensions of consciousness available to the human experience. However, once a person has integrated the first four dimensions of being, namely the physical, emotional, mental, and social, that person is then ready to explore the deeper domains that begin to feather out into what are called transpersonal (beyond the personal) realms. If these first four dimensions are not well integrated, such as seen in poor physical health, emotional disturbances, mental problems, or social issues, a psychedelic session will amplify said ailments. Again, as therapeutically valuable as this may be, our focus is on those higher dimensions that promise nothing less than deliverance from ignorance and suffering.

To reiterate, the psychedelic molecules will open up the higher domains of consciousness for almost anyone, but this is unpredictable for most and has a feeling of rolling the dice. With some luck, and with a more or less integrated personality, a person ingesting may experience any number of deep states of being. The first may be a sense of psycho-somatic integration and wellness, where one feels connected and whole within ones sensual body-mind. This state can be reliably accessed with cannabis, MDMA, or lower doses of most psychedelics. 

As attention is directed inwardly, the next dimension which we will call the psychic plane is encountered. Here one has the potential to explore their biographical story, deep programming of mind, and the labyrinthian structures of the unconscious that comprise the personal self. LSD unveils this dimension with most lucidity and luminosity, but most other psychedelics pass through this domain as well.

As the inward journeyer moves through and beyond the psychic plane, an inner realm of transpersonal information begins to open up. This dimension is traditionally called the subtle plane, and houses frequencies that are visionary, other-worldly, and archetypal. Reliably accessed by the Earth medicines, such psilocybin mushrooms, DMT containing ayahuasca, and mescaline infused cacti, it is the spirit realm of the shamans accessed for healing and divination. What one experiences, we are told, is what one needs to experience, to learn about one’s self, life, and the nature of reality.

In a final flip (again if no preparation is had, this experience is relegated to luck, grace, or good karma), ones individuality merges and dissolves into a vast ocean of pure Consciousness, becoming one with the the Source of all creation. This eternal, infinite, formless state, called the Nature of Mind by Buddhist or Nirvakalpa Samadhi by yogis, is known as the causal plane by  the perennial wisdom traditions, and is the crowning achievement of years of dedicated spiritual practice. This experience can be reliably had (again when integrated with technique and practice) by one deep toke of 5 MeO-DMT.  

And finally, to complete the journey, past the causal plane is the return to Earth. A full heroes journey that brings one back to all the lower dimensions for the full integration of the embodied non-dual sage. Non-duality, the final goal as an ever-present reality, is the return to the Earthly planes with a deep gnosis; an unshakable knowledge of who we really are and what this world-life is all about. Recreation, fun, therapy, healing, creativity, and visionary exploration are all worthy reasons to open your mind with psychedelics; but for those that want to uncover their true Nature, merge with the One in the causal plane, and achieve total illumination, what follows is a systematic training that will allow any navigator using entheogen to hit the jack pot, on demand.  

TRAINING THE BODY-MIND

We do not need to reinvent the wheel. Historically, there are a plethora of mind-body practices that were developed to refine, purify, open, and prepare the body and mind for expanded states of consciousness. In my view, the most sophisticated and integral of these practices is the eight-limbed system of Raja Yoga, the “royal” road as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. This system is designed for self-mastery, and as such prepares the individual for the Ultimate Self-realization. Before we explore these eight-limbs, as preparatory practices  for deep entheogenic dives, there is one pre-step that I feel is helpful in our journey towards awakening.

Psychotherapy

 

Before diving into the deep waters of Being, ones personal being should be in good standing order. Although psychedelic medicines may help in this endeavor, the process of working through ones past, traumas, maladaptive patterns, and addictive behaviors should be in more or  less advanced stages of integration. One does not need to be perfect, but should have a good working relationship with his or her shadow side, issues, and blockages. Ideally, most psychological work should be out of the way in order to reliably access the Illumined Mind beyond space-time. Again, this is not essential, but more often then not the blockages and issues will surface once one’s ego is deactivated and dissolved. If the goal is transcendence and a return to the Ground of Being, all mental noise should be brought to a minimum.

Yama

Yama, the first limb in Patanjali’s Raja Yoga system, is the most basic and foundational attitude that an explorer should have in order to optimize and maximize their experience. Yama (restraint) is basically a dictate on the ethical and moral principles that underlie the spiritual life. These principle include non-stealing, nonviolence, non-injury, truthfulness, sharing, loving-kindness, non-killing, and for the monk chastity, and non-receiving of gifts. Yama underlies the basic understanding of our oneness, our interconnections that establish “do unto others as you would like done to you” as a deeply felt reality. All world religions have a version of such commandments, and it is the cultivation of a loving heart and compassionate life that creates the psychological environment, the set in psychedelic parlance, that will facilitate expansive states of deep Love. If any of the above “restraints” are not observed, they are bound to arise and block the awakening mind with more “karmic” residues to deal with. 

Niyama

The second limb is called niyama (observances/ discipline) and consists of the cleansing and purifying practices that prepare the vessel for augmented states of consciousness. Cleanliness of body, purity of mind, contentment, simplicity, study of spiritual wisdom, and devotion (called Bhakti yoga) are all part of this limb. These practices cleanse, purify, heal, and refine the organic vessel in preparation for optimal flight into deeper, more expansive dimensions of being. This ofcourse includes a balanced, light, healthy, plant-based diet, with fasting and a flushing out of the system the day of the sacred journey with the sacrament. Without a pure, clear, and refined vessel, the released energies run the risk of being blocked, thus manifesting in a variety of potentially negative and harmful ways. The setting, meaning the environment in which the journey is conducted, should also be clean, inspiring, safe, and conducive to the full letting go required to transcend our space-time matrix.

Asana

Perhaps the most familiar limb in our mainstream culture’s understanding of yoga, asanas are the postures and stretches that unlock, release, and open the body and its many sub-systems. Also known as Hatha Yoga, this limb brings awareness to the body, using breath to guide the flow of energy, or prana, thereby opening channels and releasing stagnant energies. A full session will induce a heightened state of psycho-somatic wellness, akin but allegedly superior to the MDMA or cannabis high. Patanjali stated that you practice asanas only as a means to cool out the body so that the aspirant may sit in meditation and samadhi for extended periods of time. Asanas dislodge and unblock energies allowing the liberation of panic energy in the body.

Pranayama

This fourth limb works exclusively with the movement of prana via breath control. Once the energy has been liberated through the asanas, pranayama is used to consciously direct, control, focus, and manage said energies. Breath is central to the successful navigation of psychedelic space. It will allow one to move through the space by either slowing and calming one down, or by providing the power to move through various planes when energies begin to get stuck. Again, an essential technology for navigating the deep waters of Mind.

These first four limbs are preparation for the next four, which collectively comprise deep Meditation practice. For Patanjali, meditation was not a mere stress reduction aide, but the actual path toward God-Realization in Samadhi. This state was granted to the deeply committed aspirant, historically leaving the consensus life of samsara to devote a life-time of meditation in order to get the sought after glimpse. By integrating entheogens, this glimpse can now be had “on the natch.” 

MEDITATION

    

       So far, we have explored the preliminary practices that were developed in ancient India to prepare the body-mind vessel to receive the powerful energies of Cosmic Consciousness. Patanjali was clear however; the first four limbs are designed to cultivate a vibrant, refined, and purified nervous system that can withstand the long hours of meditative absorption that the last four limbs facilitate. The practice of meditation is the vehicle to enlightenment in the yogic tradition, systematically and carefully crafted to tune the mind toward the deep spaciousness behind thought; bringing ego to a zero-point of stillness and releasing  Awareness from its illusory identity to the mind-stuff posturing as a personal self. 

This journey is long and arduous however, as the “drunken monkey mind” of the average human is wildly undisciplined, pulled and pushed by the sensual desires of the external world. As anyone who has attempted meditation will reveal, the task of quieting the endless stream of thoughts is in fact, a work of a life-time. The prospect of slowing down the thoughts long enough to get a brief glimpse of the Light behind form is, well, almost unattainable unless the life is fully devoted to such practices.

Enter the entheogenic molecules. It is clear from the Rig Vedas that Yoga’s origins are intertwined with such sacraments, known as Soma and worshipped as the elixir of eternal life itself. Many scholars believe that most yogic techniques were in fact developed by stoned yogis, deeply connecting with their body and spirit while flying high on soma and its visionary revelations.

We now know through modern and ancient research that entheogens, those substance that “unveil the Divine within,” have the profound capacity to shut down the neural complex now known as the Default Mode Network and the ego filtering that it overlays on reality. In so doing, the larger brain may enter hyper-connective states of coherence where consciousness expands in its capacities and neurogenesis is stimulated. In other words, these psychedelic molecules are demonstrating a profound ability to stimulate new neural growth and connectivity. They allow the brain to reformat and rewire, as old imprints and repetitive conditioning are temporarily suspended. When you capitalize on this potential through the application of meditation practice, the meta-programming potential increases exponentially.

Dr. Timothy Leary called it serial re-imprinting, and Dr. John Lilly Meta-programing, pointing to the possibility of harnessing the neuroplastic nature of the evolving brain. Neuraplasticity is a term that illustrates the fact that the brain is always moving, changing, adjusting, growing branches, making connections, and creating novel pathways. The brain in effect is a fluid, dynamic, “plastic” ever-branching structure finely sensitized to inner and outer stimuli. By systematically applying the entheogenically enhanced last four limbs of Raja Yoga, we can use this neuroplasticity of the brain consciously to direct, reprogram, rewire, and heal the brain. 

A more recent researcher, British psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Shwartz, has been studying the brain’s capacity to heal and rewire itself via mindfulness meditation. He calls this process self-directed neuroplasticity, showing through advanced fMRI brain imaging technology the structural brain changes achieved by his OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) patients after only a six month application of the technique. By comparing before and after pictures of his patient’s brains, he found that the consistent training, centering, and observing of previously unconscious OCD patterns allowed his patients to develop new neural pathways that facilitated an open state of witnessing. Through this practice their symptoms decreased, as their brains grew new neural capacities allowing a more conscious relationship to what was arising. A strengthening of the pre-frontal cortex’s ability to consciously self-regulate limbic patterns, pathologically stuck in his OCD patients, by increasing awareness of what normally runs unconsciously was clearly observed in the structural imaging. By using the mindfulness techniques, the subjective minds of patients were literally able to reshape and rewire objective brain structures that were once dysfunctional and maladaptive. 

What follows are the last  four limbs in Patanjali’s Raja Yoga system, which are the systematic steps that allow entrance into deep meditative absorption. When applied while under the influence of a neurotonic and neurogenic substance that is known to increase neuroplasticity, the outcome is an accelerated growth and maturation of the personality.    Ofcourse Raja Yoga is a complete stand-alone system for self development and mastery, requiring nothing outside of itself in its promise to facilitate Self-realization. But psychedelic molecules, when applied consciously and with intention, create a sort of neural lubricant that facilitates the inner engineering of our own neural architecture. Not essential, but a welcome tool in our journey toward awakening. The neural pathways are laid so that mind returns to center effortlessly; in effect creating inner conditions that entrain the mind to rest in its own essential nature. You see, its not about the altered state, but about a deeper experiencing of what already is. We can use these substance to train our brains so that we may ultimately live from those higher perspective, for Consciousness is the medicine. In other words, the wholeness, healing, and Light turns out to be our own, ever-present Awareness.

What all our training finally brings us to is our own Presence, the only Ground of Being we could ever know. That deepest core of luminous Light is our deepest Self, free and at rest, complete onto itself. What ultimately follows from this path is a peaceful and mindful life, having trained the mind to stay open and centered. After the neural tracks are laid, living from that core of pure Presence become effortless. The paradox here is that you train your being diligently, to ultimately be able to just be fully Present with what is, in this moment. As simple as this sounds, most humans live tormented by a looping mind. Humanity is not well, hence the relevance and urgency of applying these ancient practices for personal and planetary healing in this most tumultuous age.  

Pratyahara

The first four limbs are preparatory. With pratyahara (withdrawal) the mystic is ready for departure from the 3D world of matter-space-time. One sits in their preferred meditative posture, and begins to withdraw attention from the senses and gather the forces of the mind that have been liberated through asana, pranayama or entheogenic substance. Turning awareness inward, one consciously extricates oneself from the sensory realm of the senses and opens to an expanding inner world beyond form. A medicine that achieves this sensory withdrawal on demand is ketamine. By blocking the glutamate (excitatory neuromodulators) NMDA receptors of the sensorimotor channels, the expanding awareness is liberated from the sensory impressions of the body so that it may travel through the inner realms of Mind. The practice of this limb trains Awareness to consciously extricate and dis-attach it-Self from the sensory world of matter, thereby freeing up conscious energy, otherwise used to experience the external world, so that it may be directed inwardly. 

Dharana  

With Awareness now freed from worldly signals through pratyahara, it can now be directed and managed through the faculty of Will. In dharana (concentration) practice, the practitioner fixes the mind upon a single point, channeling the freed conscious energy to the desired object of concentration. By bringing the mind back over and over again to the chosen focal point, one develops a “spiritual muscle” that cultivates neural pathways that lead one back to center consistently. We concentrate, focus, and direct our conscious energy toward one point in order to quiet and still the thinking mind. This focal point for developing concentration can be anything, but the most potent has been found to be the center of the forehead, the “third eye” where the pineal gland lives, in conjunction with the breath. One lightly places attention on the forehead, breathing in and out from that single point. If a thought arises, one notices, lets go on the out breath, and then gently brings awareness back to that single point on the in breath. 

Dhyana

The seventh limb is called dhyana (meditation) and is defined as the continuous flow of attention, without break, on the object of meditation. At this point the meditator experiences one-pointed focus on the object of meditation, thereby stilling the body, senses, mind, and ego. Anchored in dharana through the continuous flow of one-pointed concentrated awareness, one then undergoes the final act of Will in dhyana: the complete relinquishing of attachment, identity, and imprinted habit of the lower dimensions of being. Through practice, the mind eventually flowers into an open, spacious, equanimous, mindful Witnessing capacity that can calmly observe all that arises without attachment or clinging. The impermanence of all phenomena is appreciated, and one trains to meet all that arises with ease and curiosity. These two pillars of meditation practice, concentration and mindfulness, are essential tools for the aspiring psychonaut. They provide the inner capacity to sit with what is, but with the steering capability to bring the mind back to the central oneness on demand. By continuously returning to the center, all conscious energy from thought, feeling, or sensation finally learns to merge and dissolve back to the one, bringing the thinking mind to a supra-still one-pointed singularity. When mind comes to rest, it returns to its original nature as pure Awareness.

Samadhi

Once the aspirant has learned to stabilize the mind through the previous limbs, the mind finally begins to flower into progressively deeper aspects of it-Self in the final limb, samadhi (absorption). At this stage the thinking mind and its egoic structures give way to a vast formless expanse behind all form that is pure Awareness, as the individual (soul-atman) merges and becomes one with Universal Source (God-Brahma). Ofcourse there are levels to samadhi, ever-deepening, merging, dissolving until there is no meditator or meditation, just pure Being. Space is transcended, time evaporates, and all that remains is One.

The first level of samadhi is called savikalpa samadhi, and features a merging of the individual with the Supreme principle, or the highest Archetypal Deity. Corresponding to the subtle plane of reality, the aspirant at this level of trance has access to visionary vistas, Platonic Archetypal patterns, deities, gods, goddesses, and a panoply of spiritual entities and forces that Intelligently guide our evolution. Again, this state can be accessed by the plant medicines reliably, but through the deepest stillness of the concentrated meditative mind one can learn to tune and resonate with those deep frequencies without entheogenic help. The spirit helpers and guides are all around us; we just need to learn how to find and tune into that channel in a systematic way.

The union or fusion of subject and object defines the deepest meditative state in Yoga, nirvakalpa samadhi. In nirvakalpa, individual identity completely dissolves into its underlying, formless, unmanifest substrate, pure Consciousness, where all duality is annihilated. Here there is no content, only satchitananda (Absolute Existence-Knowledge-Bliss), and the yogi’s mind is at its stillest. Again, here meditator and meditation cease, as there is complete, unmanifest absorption in an ocean of pure Consciousness. No thoughts, no bodily perceptions, no subtle currents. There is only One; a total transcendence of time, space, and matter.

Buddhist have mapped the subtleties of deepening samadhi in their formless jhanas. The meditator attains the formless jhanas by passing beyond all perception of form. To enter each successive jhana, the meditators substitutes progressively subtler objects of concentration, refining concentration and equanimity until nothing is left within the field of Awareness. The fifth jhana starts with space as the “object,” moving to a focus on pure consciousness in the sixth, and then emptiness in the seventh. When all content ceases one enters the eight and final formless jhana, called nirodh (equivalent to nirvakalpa) “sphere of neither perception nor nonperception,” approaching the ultimate limits of what we call perception and mind. Here there are no mental states, just a deep ocean of Being. And this is who, and what we are at our core. The naked revelation of this Truth is a blazing mystical experience beyond body-mind space-time; but this is still only half the journey, for “after the ecstasy, the laundry.”

Personal Piece

Physics of Consciousness: Unraveling the Mystery of Existence

Eugene Alliende

The complete system of knowledge that underlies all Yoga psychology, known as Samkhya philosophy, has understood the deep mysteries of existence for millennia. Only in the last couple of decades have our Western sciences began to catch up to the intimate knowledge once possessed by the seers and yogis of ancient India. The assimilation of these insights and discoveries hold nothing less then the key to revolutionizing our world.

Samkhya tells us that creation is the result of two forces or principles engaged in an endless co-creative dance. One of these principles is called prakriti, or unconscious noumenon, and is defined as the primordial energy substrate out of which all matter and energy in our material universe comes from and are modifications of. Prakrit is the “unconscious,” objective, outer material realm studied by our physical sciences. At its most fundamental level, physics calls prakriti zero-point energy or vacuum energy, and in agreement with the ancient yogis see it as the most fundamental force out of which space-time is derived. The vacuum is saturated by frothing fluctuations that are almost infinite in energy and density, physicists tell us, and are at the base of all universal forces, space, time, and matter. 

The other principle defined by Samkhya Yoga, and completely omitted by the equations of physics I might add, is called purusa. Purusa, or conscious noumenon, is defined as pure intelligence, consciousness, sentience, or the indwelling self within all forms. It is the inner subjective radiance of conscious awareness that is housed by the developing and evolving structures of prakriti. Purusa is the purely subjective seer, experiencer or knower, drishta, and prakriti the purely objective seen, experienced or known, drishya. 

In the more poetic Tantras, these two principles are personified as the God Shiva of pure Consciousness, and the Goddess Shakti of pure Energy. It is the dance and lovemaking of the two that gives birth to our sentient material universe. Both God and Goddess expressed throughout and within all forms of creation. Yin and Yang engaged in a never ending love affair, with the manifest cosmos as their most cherished offspring.

Incomplete Philosophies

In an attempt to understand this most mysterious existence, humans have constructed a series of explanatory artifacts that provide frameworks from which to understand our world. These philosophies have all fallen short, however, as they omit important truths in their attempt to provide maps for creation. 

Materialism believes only in the existence of prakriti, collapsing the entire cosmos into what integral philosopher Ken Wilber calls flatland. The entire interior dimension of subjectivity is conveniently dismissed due to the fact that it is not measurable by the empirical senses. If it can’t be measured then it must not be real the materialist tell us, as a world designed on this premise collapses due to the lack of inherent meaning. The data captured by the five sense is the only evidence of the materialist paradigm, reinforcing the ego’s need to get everything it can before its unavoidable nihilistic death. Consciousness is a mere epiphenomena of neuronal fireworks, soon to perish after its lucky moment in space and time.

Idealisms collapses the universe in the opposite direction as it sees purusa as the only reality of existence. A paradigm that sees the world as essentially made of mind-stuff fails to account for the predictable laws, patterns, and insights derived by the five senses. A world made of thoughts and dreams can still destroy the host body of that indwelling mind, effectively ending its current experience in space and time. There is clearly an “outer” dimension to our lives, seemingly unfolding under its own set of laws and parameters. Even though there is an intimate and profound relationship between observer and observed, the material universe appears to evolve independently of what we as individually think about it.

Panpsychism integrates purusa and prakriti, seeing all objective structures and forms as having interior subjective mindedness; from quarks, to rocks, to galactic clusters. This philosophical perspective views the world as possessing two distinct dimensions; an interior subjective sentience, and an exterior material manifestation. Even though it approaches the understanding of Samkhya Yoga, it remains a dualistic philosophy. By simply dividing the world into interior mind and exterior matter, no matter how far back in time it goes, the major philosophical questions remain unanswered. What then is the world made of, mind or matter? And ofcourse the “hard problem” of science remains untouched; namely, what is the relationship between this mind and brain, consciousness and matter?  

Non-dualism

The most important point made in Samkhya philosophy, and which underlies all of Yoga psychology, is that both purusa and prakriti are aspects and manifestations of one fundamental reality: Brahma, one-without-a-second. Objective energy and subjective mind are both creative emanations of a single, transcendent Source that lies outside of the space-time matrix. Brahma is the eternal dimensionless point where Shiva and Shakti are merged in ecstatic, loving, orgasmic Unity as the Creator-Source of all that is. It is the transcendent Source where the intellectual distinctions of spirit/ matter, inner/ outer, subject/ object, conscious/ unconscious break down and dissolve into a non-dual, Unified Field of pure Consciousness. Not to be confused with human consciousness, which is merely a highly evolved form of purusa, but the very foundation and ground of all that is.

Non-duality, or advaita, integrates and reconciles all of the above philosophies, stating that both subject and object, inner and outer, mind and matter are aspects and modifications of a unitary ground of pure Being. Matter, even though it is governed by inherent natural laws, is seen to exist only as it arises within the space of Consciousness. In this regard, what we humans call matter is only our unique sensory experience, and totally relative to receiving-perceiving structure. Matter is what we call the sensory impressions that appear within our limited subjective awareness. 

When that Awareness is identified with thoughts, feelings, or emotions, we call it subjective mind, creating all forms of ego self-referencing to express its underlying sentience. When Awareness is identified with sensory impressions, we call it our body and the material world it lives in. Yet both subject and object, mind-stuff and sensory-impression, appear within the empty embrace of an underlying Awareness that exists as the non-dual ground for all that arises. 

The understanding and realization that Consciousness is the very ground of Being was discovered by techniques that conformed to the scientific method, but aimed in a different direction. The science of mysticism explores the deep levels of consciousness accessible to the individual. When the surface mind is stilled, and the egoic identification transcended, the mystic discovers a Unified Field of Consciousness where all dualities are transcended. Time ends, space disappears, and all that remains is an ocean of pure luminous Awareness. 

The Nature of Prakriti 

Aside from the fact that what we call “matter” is in actuality a sensory moment experienced in consciousness, physicist are discovering that matter itself doesn’t really exist at fundamental levels. If we zoomed into the atom of a rock, for example, we would find 99.99% empty space. And the .001% that is not empty has been discovered to be a mere probabilistic cloud of possibilities awaiting a measurement to localize. Quarks and protons are seen to be mere fluctuations of a deeper field, making up a nucleus that is surrounded by vast empty space before the electron cloud is even detected.

 

However, physicists are finding that this space between the nucleus of the atom and the whirling electron, which they are calling quantum vacuum, is not empty but actually full. A plenum rather then a true vacuum. As understood through the uncertainty principle in quantum mechanics, there are countless probabilistic fluctuations undulating in and out of existence in what physicist are also calling the zero-point field. These probabilistic fluctuations, now called zero-point energy, appear to contain unimaginable amounts of energy. This unfathomable energy and density is generated by the dance of countless virtual particles and antiparticles popping in and out of existence, creating almost infinite energy when added all together. 

 

Maverick physicist Hassim Haramein has gone even further, stating that the quantum fluctuation is actually a mini- spherical vortex, what is called a dual torus, which is spinning at the most fundamental level of creation. It is this inward moving spin that generates the outward radiating field, thus giving form to the whirling structures seen across our cosmos: from sub-atomic particles, to planets, to solar systems, to galaxies, to galactic clusters. Nassim claims that the spin unifies all universal forces, as its attractive nature is expressed in the strong nuclear force and gravity, and its radiant nature in the electromagnetic spectrum and the weak atomic force of radioactivity. The energy is pulled into the vacuum while simultaneously emanating out through its own centrifugal forces in an endless feedback loop of self-creation. 

 

A proton, Haramein tells us, is composed of these quantum fluctuations, which remember are but little vortices in the quantum field. They are measured in Plank lengths, the smallest possible unit of measurement, which is so small that if you were to have one of these PSUs (Plank Spherical Units as Haramein calls them) be the size of a grain of sand, the proton diameter would be the distance from the sun to Alpha Centauri; forty trillion kilometers to be exact. Therefore, the proton is the product of countless spinning PSUs, whirling the entire fractal universe into existence like the opening of a flower. 

 

Yogis knew that Shakti was a spiral; that prakriti moved in endless cycles across all levels of manifestation. It is the serpentine energy that is spinning our entire cosmos into existence, as all forms and patterns of nature reveal the cyclical and fractal nature of prakriti. Tai chi masters move with it, calling it chi, and yogis work with it, calling it prana, as careful observation reveals the vibratory nature of all existence. Prakriti-shakti is the dancing feminine principle of creation, the Mater, weaving creation into being through the endless cycles of Her spiral dance.

Nature of Purusa

 

What is causing the spiral? What is prakriti moving toward? Nassim Haramein states that at the center of the whirling fluctuation is a singularity, a point of infinite energy, curvature, and density. In effect, the proton is a min-black hole, as is the PSU. In fact, the whole universe can be described as a black hole/ white hole phenomena, as it allegedly sprang forth from an infinite point of compressed potentiality, the singularity, and to it it shall return. What we see then at all fractal levels is a toroidal energy field, prakriti, spinning around an empty center that itself transcends the known laws of physics. A singularity appears to be at the center of all known structures of creation, from the quantum fluctuation to the cosmos as a whole.

 

In physics, a singularity is a region where space contracts, time ends, and all know physical laws break down due to an almost unimaginable gravitational pull. It is dimensionless, as space-time is annihilated; formless, as anything larger than a photon is compressed into an infinite point of stillness. Yet, it is the mysterious power source that spins atoms into being, lights up the stars at night, orbits the planets around the sun, networks stars into galaxies, weaves galaxies into clusters, and gives birth to the cosmos we so happily inhabit. In effect, it is a dimensionless and timeless core out of which and into which all manifesting energies flow.

What else do we know to be dimensionless, timeless, formless? Awareness, the inner being, sentience, life! In effect, purusa is the singularity, radiating within the whirling electromagnetic and physiological field that is our body. Life is the singularity of biology, orchestrating the fractal fields of organic nature to create endless eco-diversity. In humans we call purusa soul, or atman, and feel it as the animating force spinning molecules off the genetic assembly line to sustain our physical organism. 

From the atom’s inner mini-singularity, keeping it in gyrating existence, to the spark of life in the heart of all living cells, spinning the genetic codes for their survival, to the self-aware human mind, keeping our lives going, the inner purusa is in constant dialogue with his partner prakriti. The internal sentient spark of radiant Shiva illuminating and in-forming the dancing creativity of Shakti, as they create worlds from their endless love affair. Prakriti looses herself in cyclical time, yearning for her beloved purusa as she spirals back toward her dear One.  

Unification in Brahma

When Shiva and Shakti unite in sacred Love, when prakriti and purusa dissolve into each other, when subject and object merge in Samadhi, Brahma awakens as the enlightened Being it has always been, the very Source of all existence. The quantum unified field of physics, prakriti, and the sentience within us all, purusa, reunite as the true Unified Field of creation: pure Consciousness. What we call the universe is Consciousness, expressing itself as stars, planets, and galaxies on the outer surface, and as inner entangled and nonlocal realms of consciousness within. Both the inner and the outer being expressions of the One. And as Samkhaya remind us, atman and Brahma are identical, as there is only one Singularity, one Source, and you are It!