Welcome to Integral Spiritual Meditation

by L. Ron Gardner on May 13, 2014

This is my initial post at this new blog. I will generally, but not always, post at least one new article each month. The article will generally, but not always, pertain to the subject of Integral Spiritual Meditation (ISM). I am also “reviving” my website, electricalspirituality.com, at this time, and also will be posting a new article there once a month or so. Both sites allow for comments, and I invite participation, particularly at this blog. The goal of this blog is to consider the subject of meditation in depth from multiple angles. I am utterly eclectic, but favor certain… Read the full article

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Meditation for Smarties

by L. Ron Gardner on April 10, 2017

[This is an article I recently wrote for a friend’s blog.] 
 
Most everyone nowadays knows that meditation is a healthful, stress-relieving practice, but which method should you practice to derive the most benefit psycho-physically as well as spiritually? Before I describe the practice that I recommend -- Plugged-in Presence – I’ll briefly consider probably the two most popular methods.

Transcendental Meditation (TM): This method has been popular in the West since the ‘60s, when Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced it. It was the first method I practiced (way back in 1969), but I quickly transitioned to others, as I… Read the full article

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The (Three-Part) Art of Being Here Now

by L. Ron Gardner on August 29, 2016

I recently watched a YouTube video of Eckart Tolle, wherein he provided a humorous anecdote regarding Baba Ram Dass, the iconic spiritual teacher and author of the classic text “Be Here Now.” According to Tolle, Ram Dass, now living in Maui, noticed cars with license plates that read, “I’d rather be fishing” and “I’d rather be golfing.” Ram Dass chuckled, because his own license plate reads, “I’d rather be here now.” Although this story is funny, what’s not so funny is that nearly half a century after “Be Here Now” was first published, Ram Dass still doesn’t know how to… Read the full article

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Divine Devotional Meditation

July 30, 2016
There are subtle variations in the way that one can practice Plugged-in Presence, the meditation method that I teach. For example, one can practice this method in a gnostic Buddhist, or Dzogchen, manner, or one can employ a Hindu or Christian devotional approach, wherein one establishes, and yogically “fights” to maintain, a direct and immediate relationship to/with Mother Shakti, the Holy Spirit (which I shall now refer to as “the Spirit”). I believe that this devotional approach is the preferable one for most people. But before one can practice it, one must be baptized by the Spirit, which is Read the full article

Dzogchen in the Zhang-Zhung Tradition of Tibet

May 1, 2016
[This is my three-star Amazon review of John Myrdhin Reynolds’ text “The Practice of Dzogchen in the Zhang-Zhung Tradition of Tibet.” I’ve now read enough of the Zhang-Zhung (or Bonpo) tradition to realize that, generally speaking, the Buddhist versions of Dzogchen are superior. Nonetheless, Bonpo Dzogchen is worth a read by those into Dzogchen, and the Bonpo Dzogchen teacher I  most recommend reading is Tenzin Wangyal (see my three-star Amazon review of “Wonders of the Natural Mind: The Essence of Dzogchen in the Native Bon Tradition of Tibet”).]

The Zhang-Zhung Dzogchen tradition, associated with the Bon religion, predates Buddhism in… Read the full article

Consent to Be Blessed

March 31, 2016
Real meditation, real contemplation, is a simple, direct, and immediate spiritual practice: connecting to Divine Power and allowing it to Bless you. The Buddha is commonly called the Blessed One because he unobstructedly channeled (and consequently radiated) Divine Blessing Power (a.k.a. the Spirit, Shakti, or Stream).

This Divine Blessing (and Blissing) Power is Clear-Light Energy, which literally en-Light-ens you. Hence, to become a Blessed One is also to become an Enlightened (or Awakened) One.

Until one is initiated (or baptized) in the Spirit, or Shakti, or Stream (the Buddha’s term for this Clear-Light-Energy), one cannot be truly, Spirit-ually Blessed. Hence,… Read the full article

Jesus on the Practice of Divine Yoga

February 19, 2016
[This is an excerpt from just-published novel "Kill Jesus: The Shocking Return of the Chosen One." In this excerpt, Jack Cohen, Jesus 2.0 is sermonizing on Divine Yoga. The book is available in paperback and Kindle at Amazon.com.]

Mother Mary’s temple was packed, wall to wall, while an estimated thirty million viewers tuned in to the live webcast. Jack greeted the yogis with a warm “Namaste,” then laid the groundwork for the evening’s sermon. While he normally kept politics out of his spiritual talks, on this occasion he felt moved to use the full moon’s energy as a springboard… Read the full article

Kill Jesus: My Spiritual Dharma in a Fictional Context

January 27, 2016
My just-published novel, "Kill Jesus: The Shocking Return of the Chosen One" is not just a wild, page-turning thriller, it is also a medium through which I elaborate my spiritual Dharma. Moreover, my Dharma is not just philosophically elaborated in this book, it is also dramatically explicated through the story itself.

If you want to gain a better understanding of my spiritual teachings (and sociopolitical ones as well) while at the same time enjoying a wildly entertaining story, then you will for sure want to get this book.Read the full article

An Esoteric Consideration of the Power of Now

January 21, 2016
[This is a yet unedited excerpt from my forthcoming book "The Power of Now Meditation Guide." More articles like this one are available at my blog -- integralspiritualmeditation.com -- and in my book "Beyond the Power of Now."]

Q: How does the Power of Now relate to Kundalini energy?

A: The Power of Now is Kundalini energy. As the “lower” Kundalini, it functions as awakened cosmic energy or prana-shakti. Although this energy can be felt as a “churning in the nadis” (one’s subtle-body network of pranic channels), it is most intensely experienced as a rising, or upward polarized, force-flow along… Read the full article