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


Dialectical Kabbalistic Meditation

by L. Ron Gardner on December 23, 2017

What’s common to all proper descriptions of mystical meditation, including those in Kabbalah, is an activistic approach (thesis) immediately followed by a passive state (antithesis). The synthesis that results (through the medium of the influx of the Holy Spirit) is divine union. In his fine text “Kabbalah: New Perspectives,” author Moshe Idel’s descriptions of the mystical path allude to this dialectic. For example, he writes:

“Although the ecstatic Kabbalah emphasized an activistic approach to the mystical experience through its prescription of the mystical techniques, at the very moment of the experience, this activism was obliterated and replaced by a passive… Read the full article


Trekcho: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

by L. Ron Gardner on September 9, 2017

[This is  a raw, unedited excerpt from my forthcoming Dzogchen text, which, barring unforseen circumstances, will be published in late 2018.]
You’ve described Trekcho as “cutting through spiritual materialism to get to Spirit itself.” Can you describe this practice in more detail?

Trekcho, typically defined as “breakthrough,” is the implementation of one’s consciousness as a “cutting tool” to break one through to the “Other Side,” which is Spirit, or the Sambhogakaya. How does one transform one’s consciousness into such a cutting tool? By assuming, and maintaining, the asana, or “position,” of direct, immediate presence. Hence, Trekcho is simply Rigpa applied… Read the full article


Rigpa: Primal Presence

August 26, 2017
[This is an excerpt from the Dzogchen book I'm now writing. It will be finished and published in 2018.]

Q: Rigpa is the prescribed practice in Dzogchen. How would you describe it?

A: Rigpa is the practice of primal presence, which bestows radical (or gone-to-the-root) gnosis (or spiritual knowledge) and whole-body en-Light-enment (or Spirit-current irradiation). It is commonly described as naked, or intrinsic, awareness, but because one is be-ing (or attempting to be) present as this awareness, it is better described as direct and immediate presence.

When one is directly and immediately present, the pressure of one’s (consciously “plugged-in”) presence… Read the full article

Meditation for Smarties

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

The (Three-Part) Art of Being Here Now

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

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