Stillness is Humility

Watch what happens when life gets tough. There is an intense impulse to coerce, manipulate and bend the will of Life by force. Fight this impulse and instead use the power of silence, which acts with the entire weight of the universe to bring balance to any situation.

-Atreya Thomas

Lay It Down Equally

Always be quick to forgive, swift to love, and eager to serve throughout every second of the journey. Embody your humanity to execute this triple jewel. Above all other things love truth, love God, and love one another with all the zeal you can muster. Know that the objects of hate and fear are merely a thin shell that cover the yolk of eternity within all things. Remain firm in the creed to be willing to die for this love: and lay down your life equally for both your enemies and your friends.

-Atreya Thomas

Do Not be a Savior to Your Own Thoughts and Emotions

As we begin our journey on the spiritual path, we confront a host of suppressed emotions, thoughts and feelings. It is vital to uncover them and give them the space to surface and be brought into the light of awareness. Spending time with fear, depression, anxiety etc. helps us understand their nature; but make no mistake it’s not going to change them. At some point we must let them grow up and leave the house of our own heart and begin to break up with our trauma by being firm and saying enough, while letting them be on the simple level of our humanity.

-Atreya Thomas

Do Not Ever Forget This

If your nervous system and stress levels are dialed up to a nine you’re going to have thoughts that correspond to that level. Doesn’t make them true, it makes them paranoid. Don’t believe them my friends, be rational and let them go. Manage your stress not your thoughts.

-Atreya Thomas

The Scales of Life

Overwhelmed? Don’t try and remove things from your life. Instead, expand your emotional, psychological and spiritual space by increasing your capacity to hold more weight. Balance your life by resting as the fulcrum of positive and negative thoughts without adhering to either. Remain silent and you will begin to see that balance comes as a natural outcome of surrendering the impulse to manipulate the scales of life.

-Atreya Thomas

The Purpose of Spiritual Practice

All practices are only meant to validate the existence of one’s true nature or God. Once a glimpse is made, one need only then surrender one’s life on the strength of this experience. This is why we must seek: to validate. Some get a glimpse and that is enough for surrender. Some need constant reassurance even though they have had this glimpse.

-Atreya Thomas

Choose It

A fear driven life is a violent life; and all fear comes from the identification with the mind (thoughts), body (feelings) and the intense desire to preserve them. That is why this teaching has been called a prayer for death because one must experience themselves in spite of mind and body by merging with the Absolute and is made possible by Divine Grace alone; which chooses the devotee who has chosen It to the exclusion of all others things.

-Atreya Thomas

Claim Your Eternity or Suffer

Once we validate the existence that “it is I who is eternal,” then nothing perceived through the senses should ever be considered that serious. Then we can be light even in the most stressful situations. At some point we must come out of the shadows and claim our eternity.

-Atreya Thomas

A Relentless Effort

A relentless effort and laser like perseverance is the prerequisite to reach the well-spring of grace. A devotee must subjugate the intense impulse to get personally involved in the details of life and allow both the mind and body to be humiliated.

-Atreya Thomas

A Shaman’s Retreat

Contract into the heart of things where divinity is spread out equally as the substratum and soil of life. It is here that the opposites are reconciled, balance is brought to the objects of form; and creative love is made visible within all things.

-Atreya Thomas

“What is something I can practice right now, today?”

Drop the “why” in your life and the incessant desire to extract meaning out of everything. Just for a day treat everything as preordained no matter how uncomfortable, and stop feeding the impulse to formulate and construct answers for your perceived problems. Let’s practice starving this intense urge to involve our self so personally in the mind/body phenomenon of our lives.

-Atreya Thomas

“Come on Atreya. What is the truth. What’s everyone’s problem?”

lol, ok. The truth is we just do not feel safe. We truly believe “perhaps I am not taken care of.” Even the best childhood validates this notion as we all experience trauma on some level. We are seeking unconditional love now as a result, from what we call the Self, God, Universe, Love etc. We were all ripped from the womb of infinity; and we simply just want our mother.

-Atreya Thomas

Find Your Expression

No one wakes up in the morning and says “I’m going to be mediocre today.” Only the fearless become great. Great at what? Great at being yourself and expressing your uniqueness/talents; animated by your devotion to Grace. Stand completely and utterly alone, and you will find your expression which is love pushing through you.

-Atreya Thomas

*Video* The Evolution of Seeking

The diverse teachings all point to different parts of this evolution. The first part: seek yourself in things. Create an identity, a persona and be someone in this life. Defend and prop up this me. The second, stop seeking your life in things as this is the cause for suffering and inquire into the source of things. Third, once a glimpse is caught of the Absolute, then seek that to the exclusion of all other things. Fourth, once absorbed into the absolute and exclusive identity is erased, one senses them self in all things, times and places. Then one seeks to drop back into their humanity, re-inherit the personality and explode from the center.

 

“Why do you say to seek; and when does it end?”

You intuit eternity within yourself but it very much remains abstract; so doubt persists. We must seek to validate 100% the inner oracle or Resident Guru in one’s heart which becomes you; by exclusive devotion to it. The length of seeking is determined by your predisposition to trust with just a glimpse into the Self, or if insecurities keep the aspirant doubting. One should seek until all doubts are cleared and the full light of God is revealed; which forever blinds the seeker to the illusions of this world.

-Atreya Thomas

The Cutting Edge

If you wanted to penetrate a wall you can spend many hours smashing away, expending a lot of energy, and creating peripheral damage. Or, you can focus your energy like a laser and pierce it with pinpoint precision and accuracy. In order to acquire the latter technology, the aspirant must be willing to evolve the primal ego (me) that works through force, into the advanced functional ego or “I” that works through power. It is grace alone that advances this process. Therefore, only those who earnestly seek it will remain on the cutting edge.

-Atreya Thomas

The Lifeboat of Awareness

We all must pass through the spectrum of humanity and experience the full tide of being human. Do not obsess over the extremes of either positive or negative. Keep moving, and never get off this lifeboat of awareness; or you may find yourself stranded on any one of the innumerable islands of pain and pleasure.

-Atreya Thomas

The Power of Infinity

Bring the sum of infinity into your heart by unhooking your mental investment in mind/body conditions. It is here that the entire universe comes to together within you and explodes from the center, successfully distributing your awareness into all things, times and places; which is the experiential state of I AM THAT.

-Atreya Thomas

Understanding “Ego” in Today’s Spiritual Times

Bodies and minds will always be subject to the sway of nature, which makes possible the diversities of life and was never meant to be destroyed or got rid of. The word “ego” traditionally represents awareness completely identified with mind and body, therefore the emphasis is placed on the preservation of complex ideologies and the perpetuation of pleasurable sensations. It can go to great lengths to carry out this mission, while justifying subtle or gross acts of violence; either internally against oneself or externally against the “other.” We are all familiar with this definition of ego; and this particular entity does need to go and the idea of destroying it is correct.

What happens after this destruction? I can tell you from experience that there is a personality that remains with seemingly similar attributes of the former ego. Many in the spiritual community still call this ego and therefore say “do not destroy the ego” etc. Right. We do not want to destroy this particular ego that is healthy and functional, as it must be present for practical affairs; but it is important to make a distinction if we are going to use the same word for two very different entities.

The truth is the latter is an evolved version of the former, so they are both “ego” but have two very different effects within the scheme of things. The evolved version is not compelled by self–preservation alone but is under the sovereignty of a balancing principle which can’t but act in the direction of bringing homeostasis to all minds and bodies under all situations without acceptation. This balancing principle is sought by the dysfunctional ego which acts as a catalyst for its own evolution after it catches small glimpses coupled with the realization that it is “me” who stands in the way of experiential grace flowing through my life. Here ego offers itself to the living fire of evolution which turns out to be Love itself and evolves this ego into a servant; where it forever stays prostrated at the foot of its maker.

-Atreya Thomas

Can you really say…

Can you honestly say that the Universe really expects you to worry about all these little details in life? Perhaps the real issue here is this false sense of abandonment. Does a child worry about where they will get their next meal and the details of their life? Perhaps, if the parent is neglectful. And no human is perfect. But Grace is perfect and you are surrounded by it at all times, in all things and places. The time is here my friends to drop the doubt, leave the effort behind; and deeply trust like you have never trusted before.

-Atreya Thomas

Do it Your Way

Live it well my friends and do it your way. You have no obligation to the inner mental rhetoric and the pressures of outer life; either to fix, change, go along, or manipulate them. Let them be and give them space. All the while creating a secret plan to carry out what you really love to do in life, finding your unique talents and expressing them in spite of mind/body conditions. In other words, stand alone and dive into the wellspring of your own heart!

-Atreya Thomas

Taking Care of Yourself

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 seamlessly merge with our divinity.

-Atreya Thomas

To Love is to Die

One cannot know love while under the weight of self-centered opinions, demands, fears, desires, and partialities. One must willingly forfeit this super structure of the exclusive “me;” whose main vision is self-preservation through the manipulation of the outer and inner environment. It is in the deliberate sacrifice of this impulse, that enough space opens up for the flower of love to blossom whose perfume is Grace; which permeates and makes straight the dysfunctions of our life.

-Atreya Thomas

Draw the Nectar From the Life Around You

Whatever form life may be taking around you whether internally as thoughts and emotions or externally as sense experience, draw the divine nectar from them by remaining still without grasping. You will begin to see that though on the surface life may appear harsh; within all things is the yolk of eternity that allows for the personal connection with God in spite of the superficial form.

-Atreya Thomas

Stop Having A Relationship With Your Trauma

Do not impose your human experience on your relationship with divinity. In other words, we experience trauma, mistrust, people deceive us as children and adults etc because our humanity is not perfect. So we naturally learn to become guarded; perhaps rightfully so. The problem is we impose those experiences on our relationship with the Universe which is perfect. So our faith, trust, and surrender to the one thing that will never deceive us becomes jeopardized. Today we stop this my friends.

-Atreya Thomas

We Just Want Our Mother

The truth is we just want the certainty and security that we naturally strive for as a child. Ripped from the womb at birth and then placed in a cold world, we just want our mother. As we grow we can not be shielded from the eventual loss of this security and must leave the nest of certainty and comfort. This pain is inevitable and acts as a catalyst for a metamorphosis in our mind, body and soul. Painful indeed.

-Atreya Thomas

The Prism of Humanity

The beauty of a rainbow is its diversity of colors, yet together they are all pure light. Likewise when pure awareness passes through the prism of humanity it creates the beauty of your unique personality. Yet, in essence it is only the One.

-Atreya Thomas

Give up the Doubt

The entire universe is held in place by a power that we intuit to be real. Surely our life is included in this, and at some point we are going to have to accept this force as sovereign. Give up the doubt my friends and the false thinking that peace and harmony means a pain-free and comfortable existence with no place for the spectrum of our humanity.

-Atreya Thomas

Grieve Your Own Death if you Wish to be Free

Your life is the sacred offering and the only thing substantial enough to trade for Grace. Therefore, live in a constant state of sacrifice and accept your inevitable defeat while embodied. Lay down every thought, every feeling, emotion, and ambition. Whether good or bad, sad, horrible, your greatest shame and secret spiritual desire. This is a lifestyle where all is offered to death, which reveals itself to the devotee as the transformative principal of Love whose sole purpose is to consume you, and then rebirth you from the fires of Grace.

-Atreya Thomas

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
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