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Blogs contained here emanate from questions or responses to themes that arose in psychological and spiritual settings – sessions, groups, training workshops, etc. Please note that blog entries 64-166 are drawn from Richard Harvey’s articles page. This retrospective series of blogs spanned over 25 years; please remember when reading them that some of Richard’s thought and practice have evolved since. We hope you enjoy this blog and that you will carry on submitting your psycho-spiritual questions for Richard’s response, either through the form on our Contact Us page or in the ongoing video blog series. Thank you.

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The Flowering Of A Human Life

by Richard Harvey on 06/11/20


Let me refer again to the Three Stages of Awakening. These descriptions are my attempt to provide an accurate, clarifying response to questions and bewilderment about the mysteries that human beings, men and women, seem to have in these confusing times. My short response or answer is that in transcending the limitations of your personality you embrace open-heartedness and compassionate life and, transcending even that elevation of heart, mind, and action, enter a preparatory period of ordeal and testing in order to begin your spiritual discipline or sadhana. The first stage of awakening is thus the stage of the hero, the adventurer, the Parsifal or human being in the relative world who conforms to the present mythology of call, adventure, and return.

Almost all people are presently in this stage of their growth and development.

Those few who have developed past the stage of psychological wholeness and personal transformation into the second stage of awakening are the human beings who know what it is like to fulfill the potential and some of the capacity of a human being. They have developed into the present stage of psycho-biological life and are free to meet the challenges of their adult lives, without being hampered by anachronistic behavior and attachments, by unresolved baggage and conditioning from the past, in particular natal, childhood, and early life experience. They develop in heart-centeredness, awareness, and wisdom and achieve the flowering of a human life in all its clarity, brightness, loving kindness, and compassion.

The Fourth Stage Of Human Awakening: Mahanamen

For those who are presently inclined toward spiritual life, sacred existence, and timeless wisdom, the preparation for sacred-spiritual life is indicated and it involves the complete relinquishment of human heart-centered existence, very much in the same way as the transformation between the first and the second stages of awakening required the sacrifice of the childhood ego-self.

Through grace, the individual who completes the primary sadhana of spiritual preparation enters into the spiritual life of devotion and surrender, without any obstacles between him or herself and the Divine in the form of the teacher, the teachings, the ceremonies, or the formless aspects of the Divine Source, as it plays in the world of form. He or she is without identity, ambition, and beyond search or seeking.

The culmination or assembled endeavor of my three stages of awakening constitute the fourth level of the spiritual autobiography, but the blossoming into the life of devotion and surrender constitute a fourth stage of awakening and this I have called Mahanamen. In the fourth stage, Mahanamen, the Divine Presence resides in every heart and this again relates to the first three levels of spiritual autobiography, the three major teachings of the three great adepts, and the three stages of awakening.

In the life of perpetual sadhana in our present existence which surpasses even death itself, the foundational ground of the Divine Person resides in the psycho-physical organism in the will center or the pelvis, the feet of the Divine Person stand in the physical heart-center or chest, and the Divine Heart-Mind appears energetically and symbolically above the physical organism altogether, but perceived by those who are awakened.

The physical and energetic heart center itself consists of three "centers." At the left side is the individual heart, experienced in the usual waking state of separation. On the right side is the universally conscious, heart-sense of spiritual awakening. In the center is the heart of wholeness of the psycho-physical organism which is the heart we refer to when we talk about rising into the heart chakra.

Thus, the left-hand side of the heart corresponds to individual identity and appearance in space-time, the central heart to the dreaming state or meeting of conscious and unconscious, and the right-hand side heart to the universal or supra-personal heart or awakened Self.

Mahanamen may appear in the world as the enlightened individual who has transcended individuality, in which the heart is saturated with the divine nectar and whose brightness distinguishes her or him from the human being who is in the process of search, seeking, or individual awakening.


Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [email protected].

Blog entry #192

The Impersonal Realization of the Divine

by Richard Harvey on 06/03/20


Each of the great teachings—the liberation of mind, from desire, and from self-delusion—constitute the principle themes of the teachings of the great avataric masters Krishna, Buddha and Jesus... or more correctly the Avatar, the Buddha and the Christ known as Krishna, Gautama, and Jesus. These teachings were sometimes often conveyed in esoteric inner circles while more general, exoteric or outward societal teachings were expressed freely. In addition each of these great presences attracted legends and mythological stories, optionally fact or fiction, which attached to them and embellished a life narrative or spiritual biography. These stories of events, interactions, tests, and ordeals are often interchangeable in regard to the teachings they convey and may or may not be related to the central esoteric teachings that distinguished them and formed the heart of their mission and communication to humanity.

Indeed the stories when taken at face value may even conflict with the teachings in a fundamental sense and in the sense of the effect they have had on humanity. These stories, generalized or possibly specific, tend to create a feeling, a sense of individual presence of the personality and character of the adepts. This personal sense of those great beings who were fundamentally distinguished by the impersonal realization of the Divine in their present lifetimes naturally becomes obsolete in the condition of realization. However, obsessed as we are with individuality, the personal self, the conflicts and estrangement between separate entities in the world, we project onto these "personalities" certain characteristics of attraction and repulsion, of agreement and wariness, of adulation and idolization, and these of course are all the prerequisite for the creation of a cult.

The Divine Person in Every Heart

A cult is not an authentic spiritual grouping or endeavor. A cult is a grouping based on the attraction to a central personality and to a specific teaching or dogma, a set of beliefs and behaviors which followers conform to. Over the last one hundred or so years cults have proliferated overwhelmingly in all areas of life. They do and always have served partisanship, prejudice, and intolerance and since they enliven the lower chakra centers of hostility and survival they have been and remain the basic reason for much, if not all, of humanity's mistreatment of humanity.

We do not need another cult. We should begin to wean ourselves off our attachment to cults, to cultish beliefs and dogma of all kinds, to cultish leaders, behaviors, rites and ceremonies. You have certainly got such attachments. In particular, if you find yourself listening to this and saying to yourself, he must be referring to the other people, then please look again!

We do not need another cult, but we do need to prepare individually, collectively and as a race for transformation. This transformation is our liberation, our saving, and our realization. Just so, it fulfills the teachings of the Perennial Tradition, the long-established convention of spiritual searching. It completes these teachings and the eclectic derivatives of choose-some-leave-some, "pop," spiritual perspective so predominant and favored in the last fifty years or more.

 

Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [email protected].

Blog entry #191


Three Great Masters

by Richard Harvey on 05/24/20


Among the great procession of spiritual adepts through history, three clearly stand out as, not only the founders of great world religions, but as the teachers of the principle ways to realization. They are Jesus, Krishna, and Buddha. Each of these three masters taught different paths to Truth and these different paths relate directly to our levels of spiritual autobiography.

The fundamental human dilemma is the antagonism between ego and God, the self-directed life and surrender, the delusion of separation and the spiritual Reality of Unity Consciousness. These are ways to summarize and describe human beings in their basic circumstance; this is what we have to deal with.

The great adepts, avatars, and spiritual masters appear in the world in larger numbers than we may think, but they are nonetheless rare. Their role is usually explicitly to help, through teaching the paths to wisdom. They teach without thought of gain, unmotivated by need or hope, and entirely without self-aggrandizement. In these ways alone, they are extraordinary. It is as if they are pointing to a parallel reality, urging us to see something we cannot, and that something is the state or condition they themselves model or appear in to us, the conditions of equanimity, contentment, and selflessness.

Equanimity, Contentment, and Selflessness

These three essential states represent paths to Truth and they are inherent in the teaching example of each of these three great masters. They offer us guidance and encouragement. They point us in the direction we as spiritual aspirants need to go. Equanimity is the antithesis of the ego-restless mind. Mind as we know is relentless, interminable, and full of turmoil and delusion. To placate the mind, to still the mind, to bring peace to the inner turmoil, a great path of realization is needed. Contentment is the state of desirelessness, not because nothing will be given and you cannot have all you need, but because paradoxically desire is its own saboteur. To be content we must see beyond the delusion that any object of desire can ever satisfy us and it is taught in one of the great spiritual traditions of the world. Selflessness is attained through, not only seeing past the lie of separation and division, but also by embracing and struggling with individuality and personality in the process of shedding self-identification. It is a most human route to realization and it is taught in one of the great world traditions.

Now each of these three corresponds to the first three levels of spiritual autobiography that we have been discussing, namely thought, action, and emotion—that is, mind, desire, and self.

The sacrifice of thought or mind, the enlightening way of Krishna, is the Hindu way to realize the Self. The sacrifice of action or desire, the way to end suffering taught by Buddha, is the Hindu revisionist way to annul the illusion of a separate self and realize the True Self. The sacrifice of emotion and self, the transcendent way of Jesus, is the Christ's way to liberation.

 

Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [email protected].

Blog entry #190


Many Roads to Truth

by Richard Harvey on 05/12/20


No representation of Truth is Truth itself. I have offended many with this revelation and no doubt I will offend many more. Your masters, your teachers, your practices, your discipline, your ways and means, your scriptures, your holy books, your sanghas—all of it is meaningless, utterly meaningless. In the face of Truth, nothing matters. Even those persons, practices, and paraphernalia you consider to be of the utmost importance and significance is as nothing to Truth itself.

If you are at all serious about spirituality, about the "journey" to Truth, about the importance of deathless love and wisdom, and the self-sourcing Divine Self that is Consciousness, which is not an event, not an experience, and entirely outside of space and time ..then please realize that everything must be sacrificed in your attempt at spiritual realization and true understanding.

There are many roads to this Truth, many ways... but there are many ways that will not lead to this Truth. When your heart has selected a road stay on it; it is the quickest way.

One Story, One Biography, One Autobiography

Today the self-consciousness of the human being has firmly immersed us in cultism. Cultism is everywhere. Cults are built inevitably around cultic figures, leaders, and often charismatic beings who hold some sway with collections of human beings. Please see through this absurdity; you cannot seek and find the Truth. Neither can you transcend the self through a deferred or preferred personality around which a set of beliefs and slogans have appeared. Please remember that the genuine spiritual master is not a personality.

It is really because of this that the idea of a spiritual autobiography is ultimately flawed. Spirituality is the annulment of the separate sense, the transcendence of the identification with the ego-I. The end of the journey is the end of the self or the end of the search and the two are synonymous.

There can only ever be one story, one biography, one autobiography, from the spiritual perspective and that is that the enlightenment of all begins in all worlds at all times, forever. There can only ever be, therefore, a spiritual autobiography.

As we sit silently, let us envision, not imagine, nor hope, but envision, the truth of this: the Divine waits for us in infinite patience, forever loving, waiting tenderly, silently, without judgment or criticism. Waiting for our return, waiting for the return of all and everyone. Meditate on this great patience, this infinite love and compassion. Let it fill your heart to the very brim until it is overflowing and the world is filling with brightness from the overflowing of infinite Love.

Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [email protected].

Blog entry #189


Perpetual Sadhana: The Spiritual Practice and Discipline of The True Adept

by Richard Harvey on 04/29/20


At this time in our evolution it is this stage of heart-centered living that we find ourselves on the very brink of. However, as with all acts of great transformative change, resistance mounts up in an attempt to thwart us from taking the risk and suffering the instability of the process of deep change. Each and every one of us has beating within us the heart of change, of loving transformation, and it is for each one of us to find themselves worthy through the cultivation of courage and commitment, intention and discernment... to awaken to Truth, Love, and Reality itself.

God no longer is an anthropomorphized being, a loving father who will take responsibility for us. Neither are we any longer his children, neither are there anymore interceders, spiritual masters, priests, shamans, and realizers to mediate between us and the Divine source. It is here, now. There are no ways left. All ways have led us to here. There is only one way left and that is to be. This sixth level of autobiography is just that then.... we are finally ourselves.

A great sacrifice now awaits the true seeker after truth, the spiritual wanderer, the one who through life has never truly been bewitched, beguiled, or fascinated by any of the appearances of the Divine in the field of space and time. For such a one—and not all are called—the very flowering of human life is followed by autumn, by fall. He or she not only allows, but now actively relinquishes attainment for the gift of personal annulment. In truth, the dance, apparitions, drama, and spells of the ego-mind have never been other than this—a mere shadow play on the emptiness of eternity.

In that emptiness now he or she steps with all their heart, mind, will, and totality, beyond transformation or flowering or attainment or fear or desire.

This is less a level in autobiography and more the end. For this is the very earth and it is not an ending or rather it is neither an ending, nor is it a beginning. The true person resides in eternity outside of space and time. This was, is, and always will be the case.

In perpetual sadhana, the spiritual practice and discipline of the true adept now is to feel, do, and become in each moment as the Divine Person, the one who has always ever been the subject and imagined image of delusion for thousands of years—the Great Being of immeasurable love.

This Flower of Compassion

Autobiography stops here, but in order to step into this void, remember something that not only I but others have often related. Read any scripts about truth three times and in doing so they saturate through the levels of thinking, feeling, and willing, and yet, like a beautiful round or madrigal, as you near the perfection of spiritual life in whatever form that appears as you prepare to end it allows your inner eye to skate over the territory again... again.

The realms of thinking will then give way to emptiness and from there to surrender to the Divine. The realms of action will give way to inaction and emptiness and then to being the instrument of the Divine. The realms of feeling emotion will give way to a depth of true homogenous feeling and "feeling with" that transcends empathy and then you will give this feeling into the keeping of the Divine. The sum of the parts, the totality of yourself, will merge into Oneness, and then with the All, and become nothing that can be related to at all. The transformation will modulate in to the ever-arising and subsiding forms of so-called creation as the ground of being submits and gives way to the restlessness of souls in turmoil and great flowering replaces, or rather expands out of your memories of personal flowering, into a huge flower, the world flower, the world consciousness. Universal oneness and Love is its center, its stem, and its petals. All is this flower of compassion, Light, Truth, and blissful Consciousness.

Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [email protected].

Blog entry #188


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