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

Day long intensive with Atreya Thomas get tickets

“Awakening into a Complete Human Being” February 4, 2017 9:45-4:00 PM

A day long intensive with spiritual teachers Atreya Thomas and  Craig Holliday.

The focus will be on awakening into the human condition. Exploring the “grit” of what it means to truly transcend and then embody our lives and meet the shadow aspects of life in everyday relationships at all ages and walks of life. This will give the audience a chance for an intimate dialogue and the opportunity to ask the hard questions.

Atreya Thomas is an author and spiritual teacher who has four adopted children through foster care and continues to foster drug exposed newborns with his wife.

Craig Holliday is a licensed therapist, author, nondual teacher and student of Adyashanti. He lives in Colorado with his wife and children.

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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

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