The Four Stages of Spiritual Growth ~ Eknath Easwaran

Published on Sep 1, 2015

In the Video of the Month for this month, Easwaran draws on his own spiritual development to illustrate Spiritual growth. In this clip he talks of leaving behind his beloved world of literature, and discovering the spiritual world of the mystics who “throw light on life.”

CakeMix Spirituality by Jim Cartwright (Author)

Cakemix Spirituality is a unique gathering of words written from the perspective of an unhindered, egoless mind. As a result, a natural filtering of unnecessary analytical spiritual data is prevalent, thus delivering to the reader a clear concise perspective regarding a wide range of spiritual/human issues.

Cakemix Spirituality introduces a new, simple universal concept in the first chapter, which is then continuously referred to throughout the book as a foundation for explaining a broad range of spiritual topics. This original concept merges with current accepted views, while also occasionally challenging current accepted societal views. The simplicity of Jim Cartwright’s Energy Combination concept can be for some, ironically, difficult to understand, as it quite often renders the analytical egoic mind (the negative mind within the mind) obsolete, threatening its actual existence.

Cakemix Spirituality initially explains how each individual’s spiritual personality unconsciously regulates his or her own unique personal spiritual Energy Combination, then builds on this explanation, thus helping the reader to transition from unconscious regulation to conscious regulation of his or her own unique spiritual Energy Combination, (this being a dissipation or reduction of the reader’s negative egoic mind). The individual Energy Combination concept is then used as a basis for explaining issues at a planetary level for the human species as a collective.

The author’s writing style offers simplistic clarity, hence helping the reader to understand the primary nature and purpose of his or her being.

Jim Cartwright is a contemporary Australian spiritual writer, not aligned with any particular religious organization. His natural ability to simplify the most complex of issues relating to spirituality adds a fresh unique perspective to currently accepted conventional spiritual concepts, while simultaneously introducing to the reader his own new all encompassing universal energy concept.


Sit Like a Mountain: An Image of Equanimity by Sharon Salzberg|

Sharon Salzberg teaches on why equanimity is important, and how to foster it.

The fourth Brahma Vihara is equanimity, where the predominant tone is one of calm. In this spacious stillness of mind, we can fully connect to whatever is happening around us, fully connect to others, but without our habitual reactions of rushing toward what is pleasant and pulling away from what is unpleasant. Developing equanimity, in effect, is how we can forge a space between fear and compassion and between sorrow and compassion. This is how we cultivate lovingkindness without it turning into impatient entreaty or demand, “Get happy already, would you!” This is how we expand sympathetic joy.

Without equanimity, we might offer friendship only as long as our offering is acknowledged and appreciated, or as long as someone responds in kind. We would offer compassion to ourselves only when we weren’t overcome by pain, and compassion to others only when we weren’t overcome by their suffering. We would offer sympathetic joy only when we did not feel threatened or envious. When we cultivate equanimity, our tremendous capacity to connect can blossom, for we do not have to push away or cling to anything that may happen.

Sometimes in teaching meditation we say, “Sit like a mountain. Sit with a sense of strength and dignity. Be steadfast, be majestic, be natural and at ease in awareness. No matter how many winds are blowing, no matter how many clouds are swirling, no matter how many lions are prowling, be intimate with everything and sit like a mountain.” This is an image of equanimity. We feel everything, without exception, and we relate to it through our own strength of awareness, not through habitual reactions. Practice sitting like a mountain sometime, allowing all images and feelings and sensations to come and go, as you reside in steadfastness, watching it all arise and pass away.

We Can Do It

Abandon what is unskillful,
One can abandon the unskillful,
If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do so.
If this abandoning of the unskillful would bring harm
and suffering,
I would not ask you to abandon it.
But as the abandoning of the unskillful brings benefit
and happiness,
Therefore, I say, “abandon what is unskillful.”
Cultivate the good,
You can cultivate the good.
If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it.
If this cultivation of the good would bring harm
and suffering,
I would not ask you to cultivate it.
But as the cultivation of the good brings benefit
and happiness,
Therefore, I say, “Cultivate the good!”

—The Buddha

The-Kindness-Handbook_S.Salzberg_CVRAdapted from “The Kindness Handbook” by Sharon Salzberg. Copyright 2008, 2015 Sharon Salzberg. Published in paperback in August 2015 by Sounds True.

This passage is one of my favorites from the Buddha’s teaching. I think it beautifully exemplifies the extraordinary compassion of the Buddha. The mind of the Buddha sees not good and bad
people, but suffering and the end of suffering, and exhorts those heading toward suffering through greed or anger or fear to take care, to pay attention, to see how much more they are capable of, rather than condemning them. He sees those heading toward the end of suffering through wisdom and lovingkindness and rejoices for them.

It is a passage that inspires our sincere efforts. In the end, these ideas of how to live a better life aren’t something to admire from afar or hold in an abstract way. We need to experiment with them, breathe life into them, see how they affect our minds and hearts, and see where they take us. Turning our lives in the direction of kindness can be done . . . It can only bring benefit and happiness. I can do it. You can do it. Otherwise, the Buddha would not have asked us to do so.


Loch Kelly – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Aug 31, 2015

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Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is the author of, Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness. He is an educator, licensed psychotherapist and recognized leader in the field of nondual meditation who was asked to teach Sutra Mahamudra by Mingyur Rinpoche and nondual meditation by Adyashanti. Loch has worked in community mental health, established homeless shelters and counseled family members of 9/11. He is the founder of the non-profit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. Loch collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and well-being. For more information, visit

View his book ” Shift into Freedom “ HERE

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