How do I know if I am being earnest, or if it is just spiritual ego?

It is all ego when there is still an “I” that wants to know and feels separate. Nevertheless, this is a natural part of the path easily verified in all children. So it is a question of what position is the ego taking? Does it seek to add to itself in the name of spirituality and enhance a character as this or that, a sense of exclusiveness, more spiritual, a teacher; and secretly wishes for the recognition and accolades that come with it? Or is it positioning itself in earnest reverence to mature at the foot of its maker so that it is made fit for service? Therefore it is not about getting rid of ego but rather discovering its holy purpose: to offer itself in profound surrender and devotion so that it may undergo a metamorphosis, be emptied and resurrected as divinity in human form.

-Atreya Thomas

Question: Where is God in relation to starving people and war?

When awareness breaks off from its source or is unaware of it’s true nature as all things simultaneously, the exclusive “me “is born. This me is motivated by self preservation, self interest, greed and fear; and is willing to move into violence in order to maintain its position.

Therefore, it is “me” who creates war and lets children starve etc. Hence, the sole purport of this teaching is to sacrifice this me and reunite it with the balancing factor; in which all action is based on balance for the good of all.

Therefore, be swift and do not hesitate for the greatest thing you can do for mankind is to unite yourself with God or the unifying principle. Then It will act through you to restore homeostasis.

Do not stand on the sidelines keeping your little “me” and blaming God.

-Atreya Thomas


I feel pulled to teach others but get overwhelmed. Advise?

Decide whether you are a healer or a teacher. A teacher has very good catch phrases, and is very well learned and experienced in ancient studies, approaches and practices, and takes the time to learn these. Some will admit themselves that at the end of the day, they would like to “talk about something else,” as teaching is compartmentalized. This is a very practical approach and many need this style.

The healer has been to the darkest parts of human consciousness and have the scars to show it. They are wrestlers and learn to bring light to dark forces through blood, sweat and tears. They acquire spiritual accolades at the place where the dark meets the light, and find themselves upon the inner cross. They carry a sword in one hand and a flame in the other. As they cut through and burn down thousands of years of conditioning against all odds.

These are not mutually exclusive but nevertheless, you know your path.

-Atreya Thomas

The Heart Acts

If you keep anger, frustration, fear and resentment in your heart; you become that. If you keep the Lord of Love in your heart, you become that. It is from the overflow of the heart that one acts. Therefore, pray that you may be emptied and filled with the Holy Spirit; and given the strength to endure the process.

-Atreya Thomas

It is You on the Cross

If you are set on the revelation of the highest truth, than you must embody your ego and nail it to the cross of your life. It is this mass conglomeration of my demands, dreams, opinions, desires, impulses, and sense of exclusiveness that masquerades as your first name, which corrupts the heart and must be laid bare so one may be filled with that Perfect Love which gives life to all things, times and places; and makes holy even the smallest act or gesture.

-Atreya Thomas

The Power That Preserves

When has life ever betrayed you? If you look back and recapitulate your life, surely even the most horrible things and injustices are revealed to have given birth to great revelation, deeper understanding, and healing in peripheral parts of your life and in others. It is also quite clear that it was always the mind and its fears, un-acceptance, desires, judgments, ideas of what should be and what shouldn’t be, that has endlessly betrayed you. It is time to let it go and rest all activity on the Supreme Presence that everlastingly preserves life; and is incapable of abandoning your highest interest.

-Atreya Thomas

The Heart is Already Full

Stillness does not mean the absence of thought but rather remaining still without grasping in the presence of thoughts. Surely, thought has a contribution to the mechanical aspect of life, but it has absolutely nothing to contribute to the heart. The heart is already full, complete, and wholly entrenched in grace. Let mind be mind business and do not involve yourself with the preservation of “my life;” which is actually made up of nothing besides fleeting concepts and sensations which eclipse the bursting of loves light.

-Atreya Thomas

Feed the Fire

There is no shortage of fuel once it is realized that it is our own desires, opinions, and demands which feed the fire of grace. Therefore, surrender every thought and sensation to the Living Moment and set ablaze this house built on sand.

-Atreya Thomas

Question: “Atreya. For what purpose do you teach?”

I do not consider myself a teacher, but a servant. As a human being I surrender all of “me” to an unknown purpose that manifests itself spontaneously and for the highest good. That highest good is the Source in all things, times, and places which becomes you through intense devotion to it. Therefore, I say embody your ego and offer it as a sacrifice each and every moment until you’re so empty that grace strikes in the eleventh hour and becomes the primary motivator of every action. I do what I do because my service is not to others or the “me” but I serve the Lord of All, whom cuts me down, crushes me under the weight of eternity and then re-forms me in Her grace.

-Atreya Thomas

Question: My husband cheated on me and I can not get over it. Help.

Who is the “me” that got cheated on? Surely, if a casual acquaintance at work told you they cheated on you, it would mean nothing because you have never put a set standard or expectation on them. I am saying this to illustrate that this “me” that was cheated on is partial, judges by a standard, and then inflicts pain on itself because its expectations were not met. True freedom lies in the ability to see all with an equal eye. Nevertheless, it is still painful on a human level and that is normal and is right. But begin to make your primary relationship a secret one in your heart with the Lord itself. As this relationship will never betray you, and you will be able to weather the humanity of your life while being anchored in divinity.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Look around at your environment and you can see diverse action taken place. At the same time, you sense that you are the unchanging observer. Know this: The thoughts and sensations that arise are also part of that objective environment. This is nature, whose chief quality is duality containing the good, the bad and the ugly. These are merely transient images on the reflecting surface of the only thing that is absolute: You. Therefore, do not be swayed into identification with thought or body sensations.

-Atreya Thomas

Make the Villain the Object of Your Affection

The only way to completely love yourself is to love others. For, it is the “others” that contain the marginalized aspects of our self. Therefore, we must engage the world with this single abiding intent: To keep the heart open in spite of the intense compulsion to close it, while offering every opinion, demand and judgment, as a payment for the manifestation for more love in the world.

-Atreya Thomas

Freedom to Look

Watch how the mind judges, critiques, and weighs everything against a conditioned standard that is very familiar and based on self-preservation. Just look and observe. Do not condemn or condone, nor fight or pledge your allegiance to these thoughts. At the same time, pay attention without grasping the body’s reaction to the thoughts or emotions that very subtly arise almost undetected. This is the freedom to look, which must be implemented at the very beginning of the journey, rather than thinking it is a result at the end. It is only when we can truly observe our daily life without interference that a fundamental mutation can take place within it.

-Atreya Thomas

The Pathless Path

The path that leads to the center is unmarked and filled with uncertainty. There are many signs that point to it and it’s important to trust these, but the trail-head lies in one’s own heart. There is no guide when one steps onto it, as they must leave behind all that is known and familiar. Completely alone one travels forward, and it is only out of sheer devotion for the Inner Beloved that one is willing to pay the ultimate price and trade in “my life, my will.” This begins a journey for which one scarcely understands and there is no turning back from.

-Atreya Thomas

Self Realization

Self realization does not mean changing, coercing, and manipulating the mind and body to look a certain way. It does not mean the absence of human nature including the spectrum of thought and emotion. Rather, it is the end of the obsession with the human condition and the experiences it offers. Pain happens as well as pleasure. When the mind is no longer caught in desiring certain experiences and expending all its energy in preserving and rejecting them, it naturally becomes still. It is in this stillness that one is made ripe for the flowering of awakening.

-Atreya Thomas

Come Alive

Personality is not problematic. It is when it stands alone as a seemingly separate entity divorced from its source that it becomes egocentric and mischief ensues. Therefore, the source must be sought first to the exclusion of all other endeavors in order to marry the ego with its maker and then personality becomes an expression that is clean, pure and devoid of self-centered intent. In other words, wear your life fully and offer it to Love every second of every moment until it polishes you so completely that this “me” becomes translucent, which allows for loves light to express itself through it unobstructed.

-Atreya Thomas

Devotional Love

It happens when we stop chasing and trying to love outer experiences and things. It does not mean we abandon our life. Rather, it is seeing it for what it is: transient. Then we start to turn inward and we must meet the marginalized aspects of our self. If we persevere through this, we get a glimpse of the Inner Beloved. Once felt, a natural love for It blooms and true devotion ensues. Then one pursues It internally to the exclusion of all other things; while allowing outer life to go on unobstructed.

-Atreya Thomas

Love is not a Practice

Adoration, worship, and intense devotion to the Source is not a practice; it’s more of a lifestyle and really cannot be imitated. It is hardly containable as tears flow on a daily basis. It is like being in love, all you think about is the object of your affection, you can hardly sleep and there seems to be a tremendous amount of energy that surges for ones beloved. No one or any amount of practice can make you fall in love. It’s wild and consumes ones being; and we are willing to go through hell to be with That.

-Atreya Thomas


The intensity of devotion to empty oneself and surrender one’s personal will, determines the pace towards the revelation and the descending of grace; which unites the individual with the One. It is in the womb of this omnipresent aspect of ourselves that the heart forever stays anchored; in spite of mind/body conditions. Here, freedom becomes the permanent reality in the midst of the whole spectrum of human experience.

-Atreya Thomas


Grace is what fills the cup once you have emptied it. It is the animating principle, the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It is the Self ever present but unseen to the mind, though made visible upon the cessation of egocentric will. Once you get a glimpse, you will naturally want to seek that to the exclusion of all other things, as it is felt and intuited to be the balancing factor in all of life, and the inspiration for all that is good.

-Atreya Thomas

Silence is Precision

Silence does not mean the absence of stimulus, thoughts, feelings, pleasures and pains. Rather, it is to remain precisely in the center without grasping or conceptualizing the thoughts of the mind or the sensations of the body. Let body business be body business, and mind business be mind business. Natural intelligence is then left alone, which always acts with precision, balance, and for the good of all.

-Atreya Thomas

Stop, breathe and listen

There is an immensity present, a profound silence within the noise when looked at, absorbs every thought, every worry, every sensation and compulsion. It can only be found here, now; in the very midst of your daily life. It is the healing and balancing principle of the universe. Therefore, every chance you get stop, breathe, and listen. It is calling for you, every moment of everyday.

-Atreya Thomas



Raise the Anchor

Just stop for one second and look; while giving over all your senses and focus to the moment. There is something here! It’s a mystery of mysteries. There is a living force; something in a constant state of flux and cannot be nailed down by thought. It beckons us inward and invites the seeker on a journey. Raise the anchor; set sail and leave the shores of the known. For, spiritual accolades are acquired where the dark meets the light.

-Atreya Thomas

Purpose Through Illumination

Your purpose is to glow. Be brilliant my friend; and illuminate your life. Seek the Source first and foremost with all the intensity that you can muster. Go all the way into the abstract and discover yourself as this unchanging light. Then, come back and illuminate your body whose brightness makes visible your earthly purpose; which always has the flavor of relieving suffering in yourself and others, while serving as a conduit for Divine Grace.

-Atreya Thomas

Trust the Process

If one tries to force a flower open they will inevitably stunt its growth and may damage its delicate petals. Likewise, intense devotion does not mean intense about forcing oneself into awakening or beating down the ego relentlessly. Rather, it is an unwavering commitment to nurture and help the Self blossom using the tools of humility, patience, surrender, faith and compassion. Don’t force; nurture my friend, love, take care and look after this eternal seed that lies within all of us. Trust the process and when it blooms, it will be grace that fills the air; and will act as a catalyst for others to begin watering that seed within themselves.

-Atreya Thomas

Exclusive Devotion

Love the Ground and you will inadvertently love all things that spring from It without having to pick through the details, which traps one in the endless cycle of judgement and choice. Make one choice: exclusive devotion to the Source. Which has been validated to be trustworthy by every Sage, over and over again; and makes up the sole purport of every earnest teaching.

-Atreya Thomas

It is Your Hand on the Dial

If you’re going to commit to being a complete human being; you are going to have to realize that it is your hand on the dial. You cannot control what life brings you; but without a doubt you decide whether you intensify an object (mainly thoughts and feelings), or dial it down. It is your responsibility to use your logic and reason to see which objects relieve suffering and are worth energizing, and which ones increase pain in yourself and others. Fear, obsession, justified anger, expectations, blame, etc. are not logical; and should always be intentionally dialed down. Devotion to a benevolent force, love, compassion, patience, humility, forgiveness; and trust, should all be intentionally invigorated.

-Atreya Thomas

This is my Prayer

Fear, anger, violence, and hate, always implies a divorce and sense of separation; as well as the abandonment of logic and reason. Be a complete human being and marry the concrete aspect of the Self (Logic), with the abstract aspect of the Self (Creative Energy). Discard this little “me” that is bent on breaking this divine couple up.

-Atreya Thomas

Do Not Discard Your Humanity in the Search for Spirituality

Do you go for a walk and doubt if the ground will hold you? Logic and reason tells you that you’re safe and it’s trustable because it is tangible. If you abandon your humanity then you abandon the faculty of reason. If you make God too abstract, reason and logic cannot verify it and doubt and fear will always creep in.

It is logical, and reasonable to conclude that we can trust the balance of nature as the will and chief power of a Unifying Force; which is not abstract but tangible and verified through observation. This balance allows for the conviction and trust that life is perfectly balanced, in spite of all the seemingly imperfections and is held together by a trustworthy impeccable force, which includes the details of your life: past, present and future.
-Atreya Thomas


There is not a single detail about ones life that is not worthy of sacrifice to the Beloved; the Inner Most Self. One must wear their humanity completely, for the sole purpose of offering it as an oblation. Make your mind the altar and let every thought and sensation be a sacrifice into the fire of awareness. What rises from the ashes becomes You!

-Atreya Thomas


Perfect Love

Perfection in close relationships is to be in relationship with the Source within that person, while discarding the details of his or her personality. Bend your love towards the Absolute; and it will not be the person you love but the Lord within them. Therefore, eliminating the “middle man” or “me” that creates strife, with its demands, opinions, fears, and judgements.

-Atreya Thomas

Love the Source

If you try to love all things you will come up short. Rather, fall in love with the source of all things and you will see your Beloved in the midst of all human activity and emotion. From the most pleasurable to the most painful. In deep anxiety and in deep joy.

-Atreya Thomas

The Presence of Love

Love does not require you to intellectually know It, but only trust It. As you deepen that relationship; the strength of your experience in Its grace will increase. In turn, slowly clearing all doubts about the presence of It in all things, times and places. This Love starts to become the primary experience in the midst of all human conditions; from the most pleasurable to the most painful.

-Atreya Thomas

Surrender or be Afflicted

It is not the details of circumstances that one must surrender to. Rather, the Unifying Intelligence that permeates all things, times and places. Individual will is then surrendered to the Supreme Will, which always acts consistently and without fail for the good of all.

-Atreya Thomas

Step Into Your Life

All the grace that is needed for self-realization is right there within your closest relationships. Try for just a day to believe that meeting your daily life completely and with profound surrender is the highest spiritual practice; not anything outside of that.

-Atreya Thomas

A Loud Whisper

There is something that draws the seeker inward. A force, a subtle light; a loud whisper. Follow That, and do not stop until you reach the center. Blood, sweat and tears-it’s a calling.

The Crown Jewel of Relationships

The teacher’s goal is to reassure and clear any doubts about the existence of the Absolute; and point to and set the seeker on the path that leads straight to It.

The parent reassures the child that they are safe. The spouse reassures their partner that they are loved.

Do not be that person who stands aloof, and moves away from pain. Instead, deeply and profoundly lean into your experiences in spite of the intense desire to close the heart in the face of fear, anger, and total annihilation of one’s pride.

Reassure darkness that there is light. Reassure pain that there is healing; and reassure anger that there is compassion. In doing so, Grace will reassure you that in spite of whatever happens in your life; you are taken care of and indestructible trust is finally restored.