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

Freedom

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

GRACE
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

Sacrifice

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.

Question: “How does one break the addictive bond to the thinking mind that runs on constantly?”

It is not about changing the mind to look a certain way, rather it is a surrender so deep and profound that you allow it to exist in its own right along its own line and space.

Like living with a TV on that blares incessantly, plays provocative programming, and cannot be shut off. The only way is to completely abandon your obsession with changing it, listening to it, watching, fighting, and hating it.

Then you will see that the noise drops to the background and your primary experience becomes the vastness that contains thinking and all other phenomenon.

Contemplative Thought

Like a deep pool of water, one can see great depths according to the stillness of the surface. Likewise, when the mind is still it is possible to see great depths into one’s own heart; revealing the very source of existence.

-Atreya Thomas

Contemplative Thought

The whole point of discerning the ego from the true self is so a seeker can rediscover their eternal nature, and come back to the front of their body and fearlessly embody the ego.

Then one is not afraid anymore to fully embrace and meet the dark side of humanity knowing that ultimately they are not humanity, but rather love itself.

-Atreya Thomas

QUESTION: “WHY DO SOME TEACHERS OR YOGIS HAVE SUCH DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES? SOMETIMES VERY UNORTHODOX, SELFISH AND MEAN, ETC. YET THEY EXPOUND UNDENIABLE TRUTHS. WHO IS THE BEST THEN?”

Some teachers are lustful, others irritable. Some seem arrogant, while others are combative. Still others are sunk in devotion, some keep and uphold sacred scripture, while others seem to live a perfectly normal life. There is even a story of an ancient yogi whose grace increased every time he cursed someone.

This is due to the fact that awakening happens on many different levels.

All these teachers have tapped into the inner oracle of divine wisdom. This inner oracle is not dependent on outward conditions or personal predispositions; and once discovered is never lost in spite of personal “karma.” So the Yogi does not feel the need to get rid of these things; as they know themselves in spite of mind/body; so any effort seems pointless; as there is no fear of themselves anymore, therefore no motivation to change anything.

Nevertheless, the very best awaken emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, physically, and intellectually. They demand of themselves to be on the cutting edge of evolution at all times, which requires awakening on all levels. This desire for perfection is due to a personal predisposition that will not be burned up easily, as they are resolved on serving the Lord Supreme in every act, gesture, word, and breath; while completely embodying their human nature.

Human life is becoming increasingly more dynamic where it is required to awaken on all levels; as people are waking up in families, positions of power, and within deep interwoven relationships.

QUESTION: “THERE IS ONLY ONENESS. WHAT IS THE POINT OF ALL THIS EGO TALK FROM TEACHERS? THERE IS NO EGO OR FALSE SELF, ONLY THE TRUE SELF!”

The word “ego” symbolizes eternal unchanging awareness mistakenly identifying with ever changing form (mainly body and mind), which creates an exclusive “me” whose reality is based in separation. In turn, preservation of “mine,” my demands, my ideology, expectations, happiness etc.; becomes the primary focus.

Everything that challenges these positions becomes “them,” and suffering ensues. One need not look very long at their own life to see the extraordinary damage this thing does to human relationships; and to deny that is a grave mistake.

The whole point of discerning the ego from the true self is so a seeker can rediscover their eternal nature, and come back to the front of their body and fearlessly embody the ego. Then one is not afraid anymore to fully embrace and meet the dark side of humanity knowing that ultimately they are not humanity, but rather love itself.

As this Love, fully embody the false self. Wear it completely! Then offer it as a living sacrifice to truth. Then you will discover the true meaning of Oneness

QUESTION: “HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE SPIRITUAL AWAKENING?”

Awakening can be defined as a fundamental transformation or dissolution of the exclusive “me” that has its identity in “I am the body and mind,” to a non-exclusive awareness that simultaneously sees itself in all things, times and places without a second of differentiation.

Just like the sunlight does not need to be achieved as it is there ever-shining, awakening is your true nature and does not need to be achieved. What does need to be achieved and does take effort is the removal of the curtain that obstructs the sunlight.

The only prerequisite for this removal is an earnest and unwavering devotion to discover something that is eternal, everlasting, complementary to all, unchanging, and final. This brings down grace which removes the veil. The intensity of devotion and perseverance determines the pace.

DIVERSITY IS NOT AN OBSTACLE TO ONENESS

Duality is the dynamic aspect of the non-dual, or Final Cause. Inseparable, like the mirror and its images. Yet the former remains unchanged and the latter stays in a constant state of flux.

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.

Unless a seeker is able to live a normal life and credit all phenomenon to the Final Cause it can’t be said that the supreme goal is reached.

The Impenetrable Fortress Within

Peace does not mean comfort. Rather, a discovery of the Impenetrable Fortress Within that exists in spite of mind/body conditions.

This does not mean the denial of mind/body phenomenon. On the contrary, it means a final release of the obsession to control them. A surrender so profound, all that is left is a living vessel brimming with the glow of the Unknown.

Question: Atreya, What is the truth about karma and can I be free from it?

It is not about rearranging or changing mind/body conditions in order to get rid of karma. Rather it is more about discovering the Unchanging Self in the midst of all circumstance. Which brings the realization that you have no absolute connection to any type of karma.

When we think of karma we think about the quality of our experiences. These experiences are always associated with the mind and body. In body: I experience comfort, pleasure, fulfillment of desires, equilibrium, and spiritual accolades. In mind, I perceive nice, creative, encouraging and supportive thoughts. We call this good karma.

When the body experiences discomfort, illness, misfortune, or the mind is frustrated in its fulfillment of desires and bombarded with unwanted thoughts, we call this bad karma.
So karma becomes a very big deal because our whole identity and happiness is based on sustaining specific body conditions and the exclusive content in the mind. Together these two form “who I am.”

As long as the “exclusive me” is our primary experience, we will continue to invest in and give continuity to it. In turn, the concept of karma will continue as to define and symbolize our experience of masquerading as a mind/body, and to give a framework for the rollercoaster effects of the compulsion to preserve “this” and avoid “that;” as well as the strife to experience pleasure while avoiding pain.

What is the true meaning of prayer?

The meaning of prayer changes according to one’s proximity to the Source. When we are born we are identified with the body and with the thinking mind. The marriage of these two create the exclusive me, or ego that feels its abiding state to be a sense of separation. After experiencing conflict due to this state of separation; one may intuit, be told about, read about etc. the idea that there may be a higher power, an all encompassing source that has complete sovereignty.

If this idea is accepted, now this “me” begins to petition this source for the fulfillment of thought. This is right as the petitioner is still identified with form (mainly body and mind), so seeks happiness or God in form. More things, smoother life, fulfillment of desires, healthy body, protect my family and attachments etc.

If one begins to see the futility of seeking permanent happiness in transient things, then the prayer mentioned above is transformed into inquiry: Can I be happy whatever mind/body conditions may be present? The seeker is still asking for something but now holds a major responsibility in the process and must do the work.

If one relentlessly perseveres, they realize that it is “me” that holds onto and obsesses over mind/body conditions. Prayer inquiry then mutates into deep surrender and devotion to That Which Exists in Spite of Me.

This eventually unites the seeker with the Source, which then life is experienced as God interacting with God. Then prayer becomes an endless experience of grace.

Question: Do we have any control over our experiences or are we watching a divine script?

Consider a parent and a child: The parent gives the feeling to the child that they have many choices, but in actuality every choice was created by the parent who is in complete control. The child is under the illusion of free will, in that there appears to be many independent choices. Nevertheless, each option was already decided for him and is only meant for their growth-some harsh and some soft. Some to teach the individual and some to teach the whole of mankind-some to allow pain some to allow pleasure. The individual chooses their path according to their own temperament and predispositions.

In the end, every choice leads to the dissolution of the “me” or ego, and acts as a catalyst to reveal The One Observer of Phenomenon; either through pain that leads to surrender, or self-knowledge that leads to an “aha.” Hence, breaking down the sense of individuality or “me;” and re-emerging as the identity of the One Eternal Cause that abides in all things, times and places.

The script is Reality, which there is only One. The pace which all doubts are satisfied and the illusion of diversity is removed; is determined by the intensity which one turns inward.

 

Do not ask “how.”

If you ask “how,” that will only lead you deeper into concepts potentially skewing one’s understanding towards being partial. Rather, ask “what?” From what space am I going to meet life with all its demands, uncertainties, thoughts, and body responses? Will it be a space of grasping the details, analysis, and manipulation towards your particular vision? Or will it be a space of profound surrender, acceptance, and unwavering trust in the divine order of things?

-Atreya Thomas