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Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom

From the teachings of A.H. Almaas

What is Logos?

Diamond Approach Teachings About: Logos

Discerning a Universal Pattern in the Manifestation

In experiencing the dimension of the logos we experience a boundless presence transparent and full of being. We see all of manifestation both physical and spiritual, as manifest within it, constituted by it. We see all of manifestation as the details and specifics of the logos. These details and specifics form a universal and infinite pattern. It is one pattern, interconnected and indivisible. Discerning this pattern we recognize the universe of experience in its totality, for all objects of the universe are subpatterns within the overall pattern. At the same time, the pattern is in flow, in progress, its flow detailing the development and the evolution of the universe. The flow is an unfolding of the presence that not only generates the forms of the world but their changes and movements. In other words, the pattern is dynamic and evolving.

Dynamic Form of the Universal Mind is the Logos

The Universal Mind in its dynamic form is what is called the Logos; it is the level of the changes and transformations within reality, according to the noetic forms of the Nous. The Logos has both life and death in it; it does not say that one is better than the other. One simply comes after the other; or more accurately, things just change and transform. Ocean becomes rain, and rain becomes ocean. The Logos does not say which one is better. It just does both.

Engaging the Logos of the Teaching

There is an interesting dynamic between the individual and the logos of the teaching that can happen as we sincerely engage this particular path. The qualities, dimensions, and vehicles of true nature that arise in our work carry different kinds of wisdom, understanding, and freedom. Our primary practice of inquiring into our immediate experience is ongoing. Inquiry continues in our life all the time. And our other practices—the meditations, the sensing, looking and listening practice, the periods of life practice, and so on all support our ongoing inquiry. These are practices in their own right, and they also are supports for the practice of inquiry. In other words, the inquiry practice that we engage in is embedded in the field of this teaching, both in the experiences we have of true nature and in the other practices of the path. This is important to understand because when we engage any particular practice, we engage the entire logos of that teaching. Because so many teachings are readily available these days, many of us borrow practices from different traditions and do them on our own outside the context of that tradition. But practices contain and express the logos of their teaching, so when they are done outside of that context, they lack the holding, support, and guidance of the larger field of the teaching. So although the practices might be useful in some ways, their impact will be limited . . . . . . . . Over the years, I’ve noticed that the more that any member of the school is involved in and aligned with the logos of this teaching, the more thoroughly the teaching unfolds within them. In other words, greater alignment with the logos of the Diamond Approach means that the dimensions and vehicles and aspects arise with their particular issues. But involvement with the teaching and alignment with the logos is not the only requirement. Personal capacity, personal development, and one’s life situations are also an important part of the process.

Experience of Being in Flow, in Movement

The Logos on the other hand, is the Presence of Being in a boundless manifestation that has a distinct dynamic quality to it. It is experienced as Being in flow, in movement. The flow and movement are not haphazard, but coincide with the changes we see as the occurrence of events in the totality of the whole universe. In other words, all changes are perceived from this dimension as the flow of substance and beingness of the Logos. The world is perceived, in some sense, as alive and living, as one infinite and boundless organism of consciousness. It is not merely the Presence of Being or consciousness; this dimension of Being is experienced as a living organism, boundless and infinite.

Experience of the Logos

The dimension of the Logos is integrative in nature, and can be experienced as the totality of all dimensions, except for the Absolute. Hence, it is often seen as the totality of existence, termed sometimes "creation."

First Experiencing of the Logos

At first, we experienced this creative force of Logos as an entity. It felt like a substance of living presence that would descend into us in various ways. But our sense of a divine being who is conceiving and reasoning creation changed over time. Creation is neither chaotic nor random; it is inherently ordered, and its evolution moves in a dynamic, optimizing way. We came to see this dynamism as the flow of natural Law, just as the sun and the stars function according to natural law. Hameed reports: Then we started to see the whole constellation of issues related to the Logos. As Karen became the black nothing (one of the ways that the emptiness of the Absolute had manifested), the Logos descended from the top of her head and down over her forehead. Then her line came back (the ego line indicating separating boundaries). This made her see the Logos as an object (separate from herself). The moment she let go of needing the object – that ultimately supports the sense of self – we had the perception of the conditions that promote the view of Living Being as another or as connected with her. At first she felt connected to God. She felt some kind of umbilical cord. She felt that God is some kind of intelligence someplace far away. As the Diamond Will appeared, she started becoming the Logos. She felt it dripping down as a pearly-like substance. (The Logos can manifest any aspect, quality, or dimension. What I was experiencing felt like a personal relationship with God, inseparable from Living Being, but I had not yet extended into the entirety of the ocean). When she first embodied it, she felt that God is in everybody and that she has a connection to everybody. Then she experienced the state of oneness, what I call Divine Being. And she then knew herself as that.

The Jeweled Path, pg. 248-250

Logos is the Manifesting Dimension and the Manifestation

The logos is the boundless dimension of true nature that is both presence and creative dynamism. Logos refers to the fact that true nature is inherently dynamic and creative. Logos is the creative matrix of all manifestation. Logos is the manifesting dimension, but it is also the manifestation, for it manifests everything from its own substance, its own presence. True nature in its absoluteness is totally transcendent … but it possesses a dimension of itself, one of its inherent potentialities, that makes it inherently dynamic and creative. One way of saying this is that true nature creates the universe through its logos, while in reality the logos is only a facet of true nature, and not something separate from it.

The Logos Can Reveal the Wisdom Needed by Human Beings to Grow

Since the logos is the harmonious flow of all phenomena, a flow that embodies an optimizing and loving intelligence, it is the source of wisdom regarding many of the phenomena that are of particular interest to human beings. Being the harmonious flow of interrelating phenomena, the logos contains the wisdom of the optimization. It can show us the truth and reality, and the possible optimizing direction, of such things as human relationships in their various forms, such as love relationships, marriages and divorces, friendships and work associations. It can reveal to us the wisdom regarding destiny, connection, union, even the various degrees of union with God. It can also reveal to us the wisdom of how to grow, develop, mature, evolve, and so on, and how to unfold knowledge and deepen heart. Because it is the harmonious order of all phenomena, it can guide us toward optimizing all concerns of human life, and of life in general.

The Logos Speaks the Unfoldment of the Soul

The logos is the speaker in another way. Just as it reveals the potentialities inherent in Being through the primal revelation that manifests Reality, it also manifests these to the soul as inner revelations. This has been the understanding of the various wisdom traditions. In the Diamond Approach, inquiry invites the logos to unfold the soul’s experience. The Diamond Guidance aligns the inquiry with the intelligence and dynamism of Being, opening the soul to the revelations of her true nature. The experience of the individual is usually a sense of unfoldment of the soul, where the mysteries of Being are revealed to her as she knows and understands herself. She discovers one quality of true nature after another, one dimension after another, one capacity after another, as the logos reveals them to her. In other words, the guided unfoldment of the soul is precisely the orderly pattern of the logos as it manifests in the individual soul. They are the same process, but seen from two vantage points, that of the individual soul and that of the universal logos. We can say that the logos speaks to the soul, informing her of the mysteries of Reality, but it is more accurate to say that the logos speaks the unfoldment of the soul.

True Nature is Originally Non-differentiated, Implicitly Including Various Perfections

The logos of the Diamond Approach includes the understanding that true nature is originally non-differentiated, which includes in an implicit and undifferentiated manner various perfections. These are qualities of its presence, its being, and its truth that become instrumental in manifest reality when they arise in a differentiated and explicit manner. In other words, these are qualities of manifest true nature, one of the primary ways it appears in manifestation. They appear in an explicit, differentiated, and even discriminated way; they are capable of being experienced individually and known for what they are. True nature is like white light, and the essential aspects are like the rainbow colors that are its prismatic differentiations.

True Nature is Self-Revealing

The primary insight in the logos of the Diamond Approach is that our true nature is the truth. Second, that true nature is self-revealing; it automatically, spontaneously, and naturally has a tendency to reveal its truth. And it reveals this truth in all situations, and all times, in all ways, in everything we experience. Since our nature is self-revealing truth, then if we’re not seeing or being our true nature, it is because we are stuck in what we think we know. We believe that we understand when we don’t. We believe that we see the truth when we’re not seeing the truth. This not seeing the truth and believing we see it is the unconscious unclarity, the unconscious obscuration, the omnipresent dullness of the ego-personality.

Whatever the Soul Focuses on Tends to Increase and Expand

One of the laws of the universal logos is that whatever the soul focuses on and pays greater attention to tends to increase and expand. So the focus on and familiarity with a particular logos will unfold the individual’s experience to reveal more of the qualities of the particular logos. This is natural and necessary, and there is no way to avoid it. That is how reality functions.

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