Articles by Ryan Greendyk
We and the Earth are made for each other. The technosphere and the biosphere are not fundamentally opposed; they are designed to dance together, to overcome all barriers to an impossible synergy…and now is the time to make our move.
Everything is part of the awakening process. Not just yoga, meditation, and love-light bliss—everything. Whether it feels like it or not, every moment is sacred, every moment is ceremony.
Ritual dynamics is a pragmatic modality for building a lifestyle in alignment with the principles of right relation. It is a psycho-spiritual technology—an intricate interweaving of art, science, psychology, mindfulness, and spiritual practice.
A revolution against the linear, the ordinary, and the structured has been taking place for some time. This revolt is well-intentioned and much needed. Our minds and hearts yearn for flow states, decentralized information, non-hierarchical control, and self-organization.
This year’s Arise Festival in Loveland, Colorado was a stunningly beautiful reminder that festival culture offers a powerful context for selfless service and transpersonal immersion.
True rest is not stagnancy. It is rejuvenation, recalibration, balance, and poise. It is psycho-spiritual neutrality. It is release from the necessity of forward progress—and paradoxically, it’s exactly what allows for the most meaningful progress.
The psycho-spiritual underpinnings of our actions will help us achieve our goals far more successfully than the actions themselves.
I was first introduced to this practice when I attended a regularly scheduled Hatha class. A substitute yoga teacher who was standing in for the day informed us that she’d be teaching Kundalini Yoga instead. Her introduction sums up the practice very well: “If you came here expecting to practice Hatha Yoga, you’re in for a pretty wild ride.”
Mantra is a Sanskrit word that is derived from man, which means mind, and trang, which means wave or projection. Mantra is thus a conscious, structured projection of psycho-spiritual will. Its use has powerful, predictable effects upon our bodies, minds, and lives.
No one ever said that life as a three-dimensional human being would be easy. Here’s some reminders for all the times that it’s difficult to remember that the universe is perfect, that everything happens for a reason, and that there are always more good things coming.
By offering a curated, autonomous dharma-space within which awakened individuals could meet and cross-pollinate, the Sonic Bloom organizers were able to conjure a world of staggering beauty and novelty.
Festivals like Firefly Gathering are liminal spaces for the testing of new ideas. They are ecstatic templates for new ways of being, fueled by light and sound and the indefatigable unfolding of creative love.
Flow and beauty are effortless, unconcerned, and unendingly playful. So, by adoring the beautiful and artful aspects of life, we cultivate the sense of playful but structured surrender that is necessary for flow.
By living in flow, you extricate yourself from the ceaseless oscillatory dance that’s been going on since the genesis of physical matter. Besides being a majorly important step on the path to spiritual awakening, this way of being also makes life way more beautiful, blissful, and effortless.
Flow is living intentionality that has been molded into form not by external coercion or obligation, but for the sake of its own joyous and intuitive expression.
Hermann Hesse believed that “our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.”
It’s hard not to see the mark of magical craftsmanship in germinating seeds and unfurling flowers, in the living synchrony of a climaxed forest, and in the quilted diversity of the Earth’s biomes.
Each and every one of us must consciously choose to separate ourselves from the old ways. We must live and breathe the New Ways in our daily existences. We must use our thoughts, words, and actions to weave new patterns into the quilt of planetary consciousness. We must carve new habit-grooves in the societal psyche and form positive neural networks in the planetary brain.
Kundalini ascension feels rather like a trigger-happy sailor shooting a harpoon of light up your spine and out the top of your head, where it expands into an infinite-sided object filled with a luminous sea of interconnected thought and feeling.
Bliss is a sort of siren song in the spiritual community. Its evocative power is deep, immediate, and luscious. Even its physical pronunciation is lilting and intoxicating, beginning tenderly on the lips and ending with a gently sustained vibration of the soft palate.