I think both of these are fair questions that I would like to address at the outset of creating this blog site.
Firstly, a little bit about me. It is now exactly 30 years since I went travelling abroad, at age 24, searching for truth, meaning and ‘the miraculous’. And the intervening years have been very kind in terms of access to teachings, philosophies and people that have helped me develop as a human being.
Currently I practice yoga, pranayama and meditation – approximately 2 hours most days. I also receive inspiration from non-duality teachings. So I find that the progressive path and the direct path support my wish for a fulfilling and meaningful spiritual life. My enquiry began in a school in the Fourth Way or Gurdjieff/Ouspensky tradition. That was in 1986. Ever since then I've been working on ‘consciousness’ – directly and indirectly.
For most of this time my practice has been largely invisible or unknown to the outside world (beyond my immediate circle of friends). I think that was partly due to the culture of the Fourth Way tradition. However, three things have converged to make me re-think:
- As my practice has matured so has the desire to be of service, offering the goodwill to all. And this is a key principle of Ashtanga Yoga – serving and improving humanity.
- The spiritual alienation and loss of direction that characterises much of the Western world shows no signs abating – on a macro level one could make a persuasive argument for a growing crisis and a corresponding need for help.
- I feel a responsibility to share what I have gained, and continue to gain.
I do not wish to over-or-understate my capabilities. Fortunately, I do not need to worry about that. Each reader will determine if they find something useful (or not) and absorb or discard accordingly. Whatever I share is given with the utmost sincerity.
Inevitably, as one begins to set forth ideas and experiences, one is open to a range of opinion and views. Allied to this is an increased responsibility to be the words one is sharing. I think these forces will be a healthy pressure on my spiritual practice.
I take comfort and courage from a recent breakthrough in my understanding. That is the real possibility of being a conduit for Divine Will. Whenever I use terms like ‘Divine’ or ‘consciousness’ I would encourage each person to insert the word that is most meaningful to them. I do not wish anything presented here to be ‘preachy’ or dogmatic.
These writings are offered in a spirit of love to help fellow seekers of truth. And I hope they will contribute toward a more conscious view of how we human beings can live in harmony with the source of the miraculous, and with one another.
Your comments, feedback and questions are welcome.