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September 24, 2006
Triggering the Enlightenment Virus
some years now, I have had this thought that re-emerges in my head from time to
time - "Trigger the 60's virus". Now, to be honest, I'm not sure if this is
something that came through me, or if I picked it up somewhere else. Ultimately,
it doesn't really matter. In fact, if it came from somewhere else, perhaps it's
symbolic that the idea is working...I now have the virus. For those of you who
might be old enough to have lived through the 1960's, the summer of love, and
all that, there is a recognition, that it was an unprecedented period in
history. Although very embryonic at that time, still, there was a sense or
foreshadowing of what was to come, and seems to be happening now. The 60's
represented a period in history where the existing memes were being deeply
questioned. At that time, the principle one was, of course, Viet Nam, however,
there were other ideals arising of love versus hate, collectivism versus extreme
individuality and independence, return to rural and agrarian versus metropolitan
life, etc. Even the idea of Enlightenment was first to really emerge here, with
the Beatles going to the Maharishi and the budding of the TM movement, George
and his sitar studying with Ravi Shankar, the Hare Krishna devotees chanting on
street corners. But in many ways, like pre-pubescence, it was short lived, and
we entered into the late 70's and 80's and onward into even more massive
materialism, and domination by the media, government, and the various ills that
weigh upon society on a much grander scale today.
Now, we are at a new point. I am totally convinced of it. I feel it to the core
of my Being (or perhaps better from the core of Being). I see it echoed by
spiritual teachers in all traditions. Suddenly, it was as if we turned around,
and it was happening. In Joseph Chilton Pearce's recent book, Biology of
Transcendence, he speaks of research which points out that the brain goes
through very specific changes at certain ages in early life - around 3 or 4,
again around 12 to 15, and once more at around 18 to 22 (I may have these ages
wrong by a few years), where the whole chemistry changes; certain synapses are
created, others destroyed, specific things are sought (primarily meaning in
life), and so forth. It takes a certain maturity for these things to happen.
Similarly, globally, as a species, we seemed to have reached one of these
points. We are evolving to the next stage, potentially a stage that may be
occurring for the first time in human history. It is an age of Global Awakening,
an Age of Enlightenment.
As someone who has been teaching about Enlightenment and Consciousness for
nearly 20 years, for most of it, there wasn't a whole lot of interest. Suddenly,
you see people talking about it on talk shows, on the street, on buses. Perhaps
not in a deeply serious way, but still, it's in the air. But it's a little like
talk about a cure for many diseases - something of a remote possibility, but not
taken too seriously. It's time to change that!
Trigger the Enlightenment Virus!!!
Our culture, our world, has been deeply infected with a virus. This virus has
been going on for quite some time, and its hold is insidious and pervasive. It
is the virus (or viruses) of egoism, narcissism, materialism, fragmentation and
divisiveness. Whereas we used to have tribes and families, we now have billions
of independent entities, each vying for personal fulfillment and even supremacy.
Even the so-called nuclear families of the 50's and 60's have passed on, and a
huge percentage of children grow up in single parent households. Our culture has
become terminally ill. If you watch TV, you see that half the advertisements are
for things that no one needs, while the other half are for medications to cure
them from the diseases they have acquired from those very things - many of them
for obesity, depression, and anxiety. What we essentially have is a virus of
anti-Enlightenment, in all its various forms. We need to trigger the
What does the Enlightenment Virus look like?
First, it is an understanding of what Enlightenment or Awakening is. It is the
recognition that we are not the ego-based individuals we think we are. The
spiritual teachings of a wide variety of traditions essentially tell us the same
thing - You are Absolute Consciousness - the sense of an individualized and
localized self is part of this Infinite and Absolute Consciousness. When you
inquire into the thing you call "I", it is not the body or the mind or the
emotions, although all of those things are occurring IN Awareness, you are in
fact that Awareness within which the personality 'you' is arising.
Secondly, it is the recognition that this is not something for some 'Special'
people only - the Jesuses, the Buddhas, the Mohammeds (or any other well known,
living or dead, spiritual teachers) - but is in fact the normal reality, which
we have simply missed because of our infatuation with the phenomenal reality.
It's like looking in the mirror and completely identifying with the person IN
the mirror, rather than recognizing you are the person that is gazing AT the
mirror. It only requires spending some time to look at the 'looker' and
realizing that behind it all, the 'BIG' looker is the real, impersonal, and
Thirdly, it is spreading this virus. This is the most important part, and, for
now, perhaps the most difficult. The Anti-Enlightenment Virus is SO pervasive,
that it literally drowns out all other ideas. It's like trying to find a needle
in a haystack. And to make matters worse, for many, they don't even know there
is a needle. But Enlightenment is a reality, and it is possible to spread it.
That's what teachers have been doing for centuries. But commonly, the virus has
been mutated to a belief system, which is another type of Anti-Enlightenment
virus. Real Enlightenment has nothing whatsoever to do with belief systems. It
is an actual and concrete recognition of Who One Is. What's more, this virus has
a tangible effect on deeper layers. It has an advantage. Unlike traditional
memetic viruses, which need to be spread AS a belief system, the Enlightenment
Virus is spread not only through mental and intellectual understanding, but also
by 'resonance'. Most people who have spent time with a deeply Enlightened being
recognize that there is more going on than simply seeing and hearing; there is
an energetic influence taking place. This is what Alan Lithman in his
ground-breaking book, An Evolutionary Agenda for the Third Millennium calls
Evolutionary or Integral Activism:
"Motivated by an evolutionary Force... this integral activism (i.e.
Enlightenment Virus - ed.) effectively reunites the once-polarized paths of
peace and power;invoking an invincible evolutionary dynamic that acts directly,
vibrationally upon the body, cellular and terrestrial; not simply overpowering
from without but setting up a resonance that "agitates" the "particles" of
consciousness in the surrounding material field. In effect, this "agitation"
awakens and quickens that same power locked within each crystallized form;
setting in motion the consciousness equivalent of a nuclear chain reaction;
catalyzing and releasing this truer power and potential lying dormant (i.e.,
unconscious or half-conscious) within each being and form; freeing that power to
consciously transform the instrumental vessels it inhabits; out-sustaining the
counter-reactive resistances through an inexorable takeover from within...in
effect, "radioactivating" the particular field through which one acts; shaking
it (i.e., vibrating it at an accelerated rate) from its present status quo
trance; provoking in the most positive and profound sense a mutation of
This is the mission of www.OneMillionAwake.com - To spread this enlightenment
virus around the globe; to document and assist 1,000,000 people in their
Enlightenment, so that this all-important Enlightenment Virus can infect the
world, eventually overcoming and wiping out the Anti-Enlightenment Virus.
Remember, at first it is a joke, then it is possible, than plausible, then
inevitable. Be a part of this Virus!
July 19, 2006
One Million Awake
Most of everything I will be doing for the time being will not be here! (So to
new website we are working on is:
the new BLOG is
Please visit us there.
June 23, 2006
What Does an Enlightened Teacher Look
story is told of Sri Ramakrishna walking with, I believe it was his cousin, and
the question of what does a knower of Brahman look like. Ramakrishna pointed to
what appeared to be a homeless street person, who was fighting with a dog for
some scrap of food and said, "He is a knower of Brahman."
cousin said 'no way!' but Ramakrishna insisted and told him to go ask him. He
approached to man, still fighting with the dog, and inquired, "Are you a knower
of Brahman, sir?" To which he stopped fighting with the dog, turned to him and
said, "Sshhhh!" and went back to fighting with the dog.
the west, particularly, people have no clue what enlightenment is, and thus, for
the most part confuse it with something that their ego wants, i.e. power,
mastery, influence, or as something that will bring these things to them as a
person. This is their whole reason for even having an interest in enlightenment
- as something that will benefit their ego. So, when they look at teachers, (if
they even bother to do that) they look for that one who most resembles what it
is they think they want - powerful, or disciplined, or humble, or sexy, or rich,
or whatever. It never occurs to them that their shoe salesman could be
enlightened, or the garbage man, or their president, or whoever. They know (in
their minds) what an enlightened individual looks like. While it's nice to have
a teacher that fits your bill of how a teacher should look, it's stupid. If you
knew what enlightenment looked like, you'd probably be enlightened.
relatively recent teachers are good examples. Ramana and Nisargadatta. Ramana
was often extremely quiet, appeared to be reserved, and simply sat. Nisargadatta,
on the other hand, was extremely loud, apparently offensive, and was said to
have an extreme 'potty mouth' (i.e. He swore like a sailor). Some very well
known teachers were vegetarian, while others ate meat. Nisargadatta smoked and
owned a bidi shop. (He even smoked during his satsangs.) Some are celibate,
others are married, some have had sexual affairs with students. Some wore robes,
some wore suits, and some wore nothing whatsoever. Here political and spiritual
correctness is so severe, that it (and not truth) dictates what enlightenment
what does an enlightened person look like? He (or she) looks exactly like you.
The only difference is they don't exist in the way you think you do. They are
infinite emptiness, infinite fullness, they are the pure moment that is
expressing in the moment. What does that look like? Right now it looks like
someone reading something. It probably looks like words appearing on a computer
screen. It looks like this moment right here and now, with no Seer or Seen, just
the present happening. Simply Awareness, infinite pure awareness, right Here,
right Now! And nothing else ever.
May 21, 2006
you find yourself reading incessantly - trying to 'find' answers that perhaps do
not exist? What's more astonishing is that even though you have read or seen
most of these answers, many (if not most) of which conflict with each other,
still you read on. Perhaps there is some thought or hope of a definitive knowing
- something that ultimately the mind can grasp on to. But this is definitely not
so. In the end, the mind cannot understand the truth, but only grasp a few
relative truths, which are not really truths at all, but rather only ideas. The
nature of the mind is to continue to seek. It will never be satisfied, because
that is not the nature of the mind. You can read and read and read until you are
blue in the face, and, although you will find some beautiful things there, and
certain things will resonate very deeply, another option, rather than reading,
is to write.
there is a topic that interests you, particularly on the nature of
consciousness, the Self, Awareness, God, Love, and so on, write about it.
Explore it yourself. Pick up paper and pen and begin writing. Write what you
know, write what you don't know, and then just keep going deeper and deeper.
Write what you know to be true; write what you suspect to be true; explore what
you suspect isn't true, and gradually more and more actual truth and recognition
will become apparent as you see through that which is untrue and become more
cognizant of what IS true.
So Write On!
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Stop And Be Presence (And much
ado about nothing)
Admittedly, it took quite a while, but somehow or other, blogging again is
arising. I must admit, that also occurring is a certain sense of guilt. This
life, Aja's life, is really about one thing only, and that is awakening humanity
(those two words can be taken as a noun or verb, depending on how you look at
it). So, why stop the blogs? There's no particular reason, except that at some
point words seem to run out. It appears that everything has been said, and said
again, and said again. As much as people say they get a great deal from the
writings, a part of you says, "How can they? It is the same thing over and over,
and still, lives don't seem to change." In other words, there occurs a subtle
sense of doership and attachment to results. But if Aja IS Enlightenment (as
opposed to Aja is an enlightened person - which is definitely NOT true) then
Truth must be expressed. So for now, blogging will again occur, and we make no
promises for how long! I suppose I could say the best way to keep them going is
to call, email, write, send telepathic messages, come over, etc. and say, "This
is really helping me to recognize who I am. Please, if it is Divine Will, keep
it going." Or even better, is to ask questions. What is arising for you in this
search for ultimate understanding and recognition? What obstacles arise?
This is what we are here for, as we evolve together into this deepening
expansion of Awareness.
Phenomenally, much has happened in the last four-plus months. For those in the
Portland area, the biggest change is that we have now opened a small center in
Southeast Portland. It is at 3430 SE Belmont, just above the Tao of Tea. At
present we have two evenings a week there: Thursday evening from 7 to 9 PM with
Aja, and on Sunday night, also 7 to 9 PM, but with Aja's friend and student
Jnanacharya (aka Ben Wilcox). These evening programs are entitled "Enlightenment
Talks" as they specifically are about the nature of waking up, and also because
of the recognition that is is not Aja or Jnana that speak, but in fact
Enlightenment Itself. All are welcome to come, sit, ask questions, etc.
have also had one half day Self Inquiry Intensive, which went quite well, and we
hope to have more very soon. (If you're not on our email list, send us your
email and we'll make sure you hear about any upcoming events. Let us know if you
are IN Portland, and/or if you want to receive all Portland event listings.
Also, if you think you should be receiving emails from us but haven't, make sure
that your ISP, domain, or email program is not blocking us, since we often send
out bulk emails. Check through your spam mails, black lists, quarantined emails,
etc. for both firstname.lastname@example.org
and email@example.com and get them both on
the 'acceptable' mail list or 'white list'. We use both to send out
to more relevant information. Some weeks ago, spending much of the day
'meditating,' a phrase came into awareness. The simple phrase was, "Stop and be
Presence." Always, there is a sense of how to get people to recognize who they
are, and simple 'techniques' or 'pointers' that will facilitate this. 'Stop and
Be Presence' is an exceptionally powerful reminder.
STOP - Moment by moment, throughout the day, we are pulled in a nearly infinite
variety of thoughts, sensations, feelings, memories, and so on. This first
instruction simply says 'Stop!' Stop associating with those thoughts and
feelings. Stop identifying with them. Stop following the train of thoughts into
an endless loop of stories that simply bolster your sense of ego and
individuality. Just STOP!
BE PRESENCE - This can be looked at in several ways. First, when you simply
stop, you may become aware OF presence, that sense of peace and quiet, that
underlying field of quiet and contentment. This is a good beginning, but it is
still appears to be a subject (you) being aware OF an object (presence).
As you recognize deeper, however, you find that you ARE that Presence.
(This could also be termed Awareness, Consciousness, Is-Ness, 'I Am' etc.)
The Presence that you are aware of is the same presence that is being aware.
There is no separation. In fact, this Presence is simply infinite awareness
happening, in which all of those other things are similarly occurring. Resorting
to, or identification with the mind always brings duality or multiplicity. When
you simply stop this identification and recognize where it is all happening,
that is the field of Presence or Awareness, which has neither subject nor
object, but is the non-dual substance in which it is all happening, from which
it is arising, of which it is all a part. Either you can simply 'stay' here in
and as Presence, or every time you find your self distracted by the mind. Simply
Stop and Be Presence.