Why do I keep winding up in conflict with friends and family over spiritual matters? I just want them to see what I see.

The truth is you are afraid of being alone and you intuit the path forward is precisely that. You wish to take these people with you out of your own fear as these are the ones who bind you to your old life. This doesn’t mean abandoning your friends and family outwardly, rather it means standing completely alone inwardly. It is in this inner aloneness that one is capable of reaching the inner most Self.

-Atreya Thomas

The Price is Your Life

The end of seeking is not a decision that you make; it comes as a result of a fundamental shift that occurs because of intense seeking. In other words, seek the Source through exclusive devotion to it while allowing your outer life to go on unimpeded. Eventually, all that’s left is grace and one’s personal will is finally burned up and traded in for the will of God.

-Atreya Thomas

Give Yourself a Break

Take time to release responsibility for the quality of your thoughts. Let them be; let them come, and let them go on their own volition. Do not judge and micromanage your humanity. There is pain, pleasure, and everything in between. Self realization does not mean the absence of this spectrum of human experience, but rather a surrender so profound that our humanity is allowed to exist along side our divinity.

-Atreya Thomas


Courage comes from a seeker being in love with the source that is intuited but nevertheless they have not fully come in contact with it yet. Through devotion sparked by that small glimpse; the love for the Source grows stronger than the love for ones own preservation. It is here that the devotee musters the courage to take the leap and offer themselves as a sacrifice into the void of the unknown.

-Atreya Thomas

Refining the Ego in the Fire of Grace


The ego does die, but it is not what many think. The caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, dies to his old form and can never go back to being a caterpillar. Yet, if you look closely, the main body of it still retains its caterpillar form. Recognize that you are an ego and do not pretend to have wings by using non-duality jargon. You intuit the source within; now offer yourself in deep surrender as ego incarnate to the fire of grace. It is this fire which burns away all that is exclusive and leaves in its place a refined personality under the sole sovereignty of God, which makes the will of the individual the will of the One. Hence, it stands that there is still a “me” and a “father” that are one.

-Atreya Thomas

The Hum of the Universe

There is an immensity present, a profound silence within the noise that 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 every day.

-Atreya Thomas

Stop Bottle Feeding Your Feelings

The key practice when experiencing fear, depression, anxiety, and these other debilitating states; is to accept that they are present but never pledge your allegiance to them. Keep a small room in your heart for them and do not turn them into an enemy; but do not enable them by giving them your attention which only energizes them. Anyone who has lived with an alcoholic or an addict will know that feeling of enabling because you want to love them and see them changed. Fear is fear, depression is depression, anger is anger; you are not going to change them into something else by holding them close like little children.

The best way to handle an addict is to be fair but firm and do not give them the time of day until they seek to change themselves. Until then, you remove yourself from the situation, ask them to leave, or have them escorted out. This does not mean you do not love them, rather you are allowing for true love to exist without enabling a false love based on the desire to change the reality. One’s emotions, feelings, states of mind etc, must be dealt with in the same manner. Acceptance but not enabling under the false pretense that spending time with them is somehow going to change them.

-Atreya Thomas

The Glow of the Spirit

Life is like a vast garden with fruit, flowers and trees as far as the eye can see. People spend their whole lives picking through this garden and analyzing, rearranging trauma, and trying to discover something absolute among the transient. But all this diversity has one thing in common and that is the rich soil or ground from which it all springs. Therefore, forget about the details of your life and fall deeply in love with the source of life. Then you will come to know God in all things and you won’t have to pick through the endless expressions of life trying to find the best tasting fruit or the most beautiful flower. Instead, you will come to see the glow of the Spirit within all so called imperfections, which discards the impulse to change anything.

-Atreya Thomas

Love has no Heroes

Love has only one condition, and that is to make yourself available and vulnerable to the living moment. You do not need to concern yourself with the details of how and what; just show up and let yourself drop. Then you will see that grace catches the fallen hero within your story.

-Atreya Thomas

The Idea of “No-Self” and “There is no doer” Explained

It has been emphasized here that first and foremost one must reach for the Source to the exclusion of all other things, which brings down the grace that unites the individual with the One. This Source of All permeates and is the cause for everything including your former personality. So one inherits all that back when they complete the cycle and come back to their humanity after their transcendent awakening.

What happens is that your unique personality shines even brighter and is used to serve the good of all but is now under the complete sovereignty of grace itself. This is what is meant by “no-self.” There is no longer an exclusive self that acts from an egocentric center. Yet, there is a self that is now made in the image of the divine and remains as all things simultaneously yet nothing exclusively.

All the qualities of personality remain latent and only arise spontaneously and in congruence with bringing homeostasis to any situation it finds itself in. This is what is meant by “there is no doer.” There is no doer acting from egocentricity, just the divine will being done through the vehicle of personality.

So from the outside one may seem very normal; but on the inside they are just an empty vessel perpetually being filled with and moved by grace.

-Atreya Thomas

Wanderer….Come Home.

Come home my friends. Turn towards your Inner Beloved, your peace, your stillness that has been validated by your searching and that you know exists now. Bring it all with you. The pain, fear, anxiety, and whatever else you’re trying to get rid of. Your Beloved is waiting and has always been here anticipating your return the whole time. Surrender the impulse to wander in the details of your life and profoundly trust that you are taken care of in the house of your own heart.

-Atreya Thomas

It is One’s Company That Determines the Future of an Individual

Surely, we reap the fruits of the company we keep. Therefore, it is association with the wise that leads to liberation. A proper teaching presents itself by an earnest and abiding desire to know God in spite of belief, dogma, and man made systems. It is in our aloneness that grace may take the form of a teaching that seems made for the individual and is presented away from the herd; and feels custom tailored to a person’s needs. All the while directing the aspirant towards the company of the Inner Most Lord that abides in the heart.

-Atreya Thomas

Is it okay to take medications for anxiety etc. Does it knock one off the spiritual path?

First, nothing can knock you off the path because life is the path and you are not going anywhere. Nothing is off the table as far as options in life. Some suffer so much that they cannot even find the space to regroup at all. Medication can open a small window of relief that provides a chance for the seeker to get some energy back. That energy must be filtered back into devotion towards God and not into ego based idiosyncrasies otherwise the opportunity is wasted and becomes a crutch or addiction.

-Atreya Thomas


Anxiety offers a tremendous opportunity as far as spiritual growth is concerned, because it forces the aspirant out of a comfort zone time and time again. This crisis in consciousness can feel as if one is going to lose their mind or possibly die. To completely intend to give up the mind and body in the midst of this crisis is the highest act of devotion and surrender; and leads to a metamorphosis. Anxiety from a spiritual point of view is actually the movement of energy or grace trying to flow through the body and mind; and is perceived as a threat because it seeks to rearrange and evolve the body, while annihilating the dysfunctional aspects of the ego. Therefore, as divinity lean into your humanity and know your eternal awareness to be the balancing principle.

-Atreya Thomas

A Love We Are Willing to Die For

Every one of you have already sensed that inner stillness before; a sense of un-explainable peace even for a small time. Know that to be your Beloved, you don’t need convincing. Now objectify it. Love it worship it, talk to it, write to it, and fall deeply in love with it. Eventually you will merge with it as the gap closes due to your loving devotion.
Surrender and trust it so profoundly that there is a place in your heart for all of your human interactions, feelings, irritations, etc. Because you are no longer obsessed with the details but are profoundly in love with the source of the details; which inadvertently includes them. This reassures you that you can confront the darkest parts of your humanity because your willing to die for It. Like the devotion and love that makes a parent willing to die for their child.

-Atreya Thomas

Come to the Front of Your Body

Most of you have had a glimpse of your eternal nature and now know it to be real; this peace and beauty that surpasses mind based explanation. It has been validated to you, as it is not just a concept or something a teacher has talked about but you feel it in your bones. Incarnate your life now and come back to the front of your body while holding dear in your heart the experience of this beloved. Dive deep into the ocean of humanity knowing you are forever tethered to this awakening that can never leave you. Prove you trust this anchor and go all in while letting your very life be a testimony in faith and humility.

We transcend the “I am a body and mind” notion by intense devotion to the abstract lord. There, we find the unchanging bliss that exists in spite of the body/mind. The second awakening is awakening back into the body and illuminating our humanity. This is coming back to the front of the body after transcending it. What good is enlightenment if you do not bring that light to the darkest corners of human consciousness.

-Atreya Thomas


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. This incorporates your particular body and personality, which becomes energized and made bright by the force of unimpeded grace that now flows freely in every aspect of your life.

-Atreya Thomas

Your Humanity is not an Obstacle to Divinity

It seems like we must discard our human nature in order to reach our eternal self. This is a misconception. We must first transcend or turn away from our humanity and focus our intent on the inner most self or heart. Once we discover and merge with the source or illuminating principle of the universe, we then come back into our humanity and become a powerhouse for grace. Which makes straight the imbalances of our character, and bends every action towards service as a complete human being.

-Atreya Thomas

Something Greater Than Yourself

Have you ever earnestly asked: what is the cause for all this? There is an “I” that has no clue whatsoever the reason for any of this. Just stop, look, and listen. You will begin to notice there is something present greater than yourself. With intense curiosity gaze into this abyss as its gravity starts to pull you closer. Surrender to it, talk to it, worship it, ask for its favor and prove your commitment to It. By doing so, you are bowing down to the creator of the cosmos and the very source of grace; which becomes you.

-Atreya Thomas

Knowing is not Required for Healthy Living

Watch how thought sifts for a problem. Always looking to fix,refine and make an experience more complete. Accepting things just as they are does not even seem like an option to such a mind. The fear is that things will become progressively more uncomfortable, threatening and unmanageable if we allow for unconditional rest. The truth is quite the opposite. Life works out pretty well when we trust and deeply surrender to the moment. The balancing principle is there ever present in our lives; and all too often becomes obstructed by our own addiction to manipulate and rig our own life in favor of more pleasure, comfort, and the fulfillment of desire.

-Atreya Thomas

There is no Enemy

The more you are afraid of your perceived “enemy” the further you distance yourself from the unifying principal of love. This approach has the potential to divorce one from logic, faith and reason. Have acceptance, and then brighten your own relationship with the source in all things. It is your own light and surrender to God that will cast out all fear. Stay firm in devotion my friends and cry out to grace, so that you may be filled and become a light to others.

-Atreya Thomas

Question: Is prayer selfish?

Prayers start off as self centered and that is natural. Even though they are bent towards the fulfillment of thought, they nevertheless direct the mind towards something greater than itself. In time this strengthens the aspirant in their devotion until it is God alone they seek. Then grace descends and reveals itself as both their outer and inner guru.

-Atreya Thomas

A Published Article by Atreya Thomas

Published article in Edge Magazine

by Atreya Thomas


How Do I Change?

Crossing the Ocean of Doubt

There cannot be liberation so long as there is identification with the body and mind. For the very nature of form is that it is in a state of decay, so one who only knows them self as a body and mind will remain in a perpetual state of doubt. Therefore, seek your eternal nature first and foremost by following the question: Who am I in spite of thought and body sensations? Once the eternal “I” is discovered, then come back to the front of your body and marry your eternal nature with your transient life. This is the greatest service one can do for humanity.

-Atreya Thomas


Awakening does not mean the denial or manipulation 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.

-Atreya Thomas

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

Haters Can’t Kill the Flame

People may be discouraging and push you to feel unworthy. The flame may flicker my friends and loneliness may creep in; but I assure you that haters cannot kill the flame neither in themselves or another. This fire is eternal and engulfs your life in direct proportion to the amount you are willing to sacrifice yourself to it. Therefore, call out to grace and offer yourself as an oblation. Then you will see that your life and all who come near you are set ablaze!

-Atreya Thomas

Time to get Serious

Recognize that you are an ego and do not pretend to have wings by using non-duality jargon. Start with the truth and be honest: You feel separated and are not rock solid about your relationship to death. We oscillate between feeling sure and feeling completely uncertain according to mind/body conditions. Therefore if you are ready, get serious about reconciling your relationship with the unknown; which is God, which is life, and has the power alone to reveal the secrets of the cosmos. If you feel this is for you, it is time to put all your chips in and say this aloud:

I am not here to stand but to kneel.
I am not here to be fulfilled but emptied.
I am not here to begin but to end.
I am not here to gain but to lose.
I am not here to take but to serve:
You can have me.