Living in Resonance

This article originally appeared in Light on Light Magazine volume 2.

A decade ago I transitioned from living in one place, to being at home in many places. The shift happened quite naturally and organically after I had been devoted to a spiritual path for about a year and a half. The exploration began with A Course in Miracles and then expanded to embrace the teachings of the major faith traditions. Buddhism and the mystical aspects of Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam all spoke to me, as did Nonduality. Amidst such a richness of spiritual beauty and profundity I soon found myself on a contemplative and pathless journey, without a single tradition or lineage to rely on, into an all-encompassing Divinity of Love.

With no established path to follow, my wanderings became – slowly at first – a spiritual practice of standing in the Unknown, listening for subtle signals from a source beyond manifestation, and stepping consciously into the currents of life with love and compassion. After a year of living in this manner, while on a road trip in the USA, the foundations for a process called “Resonance Mapping” appeared in a flash of insight that transformed my wanderings into a science. In essence, I realized that it was both possible and totally appropriate to navigate the complexities of life by paying close attention to what had the most aliveness, or resonance.

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A flux of trains and passengers at Haridwar Station in Haridwar, India

Having studied mathematics and the sciences, my natural tendency was to be systematic. So I created a matrix of the opportunities that life was presenting (e.g. where to travel, roles and volunteer positions, etc.) and used my felt sense of aliveness – initially a kind of rising energy sensation around my spine – to rank each one on a scale of 0-10. Then I sorted the matrix by descending resonance and voilà… I could literally see where life wanted to go. Then, when sitting in meditation with the highest-resonance items, additional insights came as to how I could flow and collaborate with life consciously rather than unintentionally moving against it.

As a science experiment, I chose to align with life in every moment to the best of my ability. This required me to set aside my ideas about how life should work, and certainly I was not always successful. Nevertheless, my persistence was rewarded as life flowed more and more gracefully with dramatically less inner and outer conflict. Perhaps because I found myself passionately engaged in an experiment that was working, instead of settling into complacency as life improved, I became radically dedicated to learning how life works. From there, the quest to understand life led me inexorably to dedicate my days to discovering how God works.

Fast-forwarding a few years, the pathless path of resonance has led me to a “Grand Unification” of science and spirituality, of intuition and analysis, and of individual, collective, and universal service at this painful and yet utterly profound moment in human history. I said “yes!” to serve Humanity’s waking up and growing up, and the well-being of Earth. This has brought me into relationship with luminous organizations such as Alliance for the Earth, Charter for Compassion International, NewStories, Planet Protector Academy, Source of Synergy Foundation, and UNITY EARTH, to name just a few. Each of these groups is working egolessly to inspire a new, life-affirming way forward that includes everyone – and the whole web of life.

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Ram Jhula Bridge in Rishikesh, India

The spiritual practice of living in resonance has transformed my entire life into a Great Adventure of service and illumination. Last month, after a UNITY EARTH Convergence event in Delhi, India, I had the joy of visiting Parmarth Niketan, an ashram on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh that is home to the International Yoga Festival. As I had never been to Rishikesh, I boarded the 6:45am train from Delhi to Haridwar without any idea of what to expect. The trip was, as usual, a leap into the Unknown. Nevertheless, the resonance of going was maximal according to the latest evolution of Resonance Mapping, and that was enough for me.

That afternoon my colleague and I reached the ashram and were welcomed with a warmth and a quality of Love that I had never experienced. Over the following two days something in me was broken open – my heart! – and healed. It is said that there’s no substitute for a mother’s love. Indeed, the Love of Mother Ganga and the Divine Mother energy, so strongly present at the ashram, proved this to be true on a cosmic scale. I am eternally grateful to H.H. Pujya Swamiji, Sadhviji, and our new friends Indu and Laurie at Parmarth, as well as to Lakshmiji and all of my colleagues at UNITY EARTH, for your many gifts on this Great Adventure of the Spirit.

The experience of Parmarth Niketan confirmed for perhaps the ten thousandth time that the spiritual practice of listening deeply to life – whether in the form of Resonance Mapping or in some other way – works. Everything I have learned so far while wandering through the fields of resonance suggests that listening to the subtle whispers of Grace, and then responding from Love, is the way life works… and maybe even the way Creator, Divinity, God the Mother-Father, Great Spirit works. Yet, whatever I may have learned on this pathless path, I remain in listening and in service, humbled by the Great Mystery. There is always infinitely more.

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Evening aarti on the River Ganga at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India

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