Spiritual state-stages tend to unfold in a certain order that are likened to the three broad states of waking (in which we are aware of physical objects), dreaming (in which we are identified with non-physical objects in our mind), and dreamless sleep (in which we fall into a state of timeless emptiness) that every human being, regardless of age, education, or cultural background, experiences during the course of a normal day.

Two advanced state-stages that are called the witness (in which a conscious awareness of timeless emptiness arises) and non-duality (in which awareness and that which we are aware of unite) become available through grace or advanced practices.

In this meetup we will learn about the difference between states and stages, point to the five spiritual state/stages, and explore the difference between subject and object, as well as identification, differentiation (versus repression or splitting off) and integration.


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