A Zen story that caught and continues to hold my attention goes like this: A Zen student and his master are washing up after dinner in the monastery. The young student looks at his master and declares: “Master, we are so free! What shall we do after cleaning these dishes?” The Master turns to him and replies: “Where shall we look?”

Implied in this story are many degrees and depths of freedom. One could do worse than contemplate the sense of what is going on between the Master and his student, especially the implications about our attention in our day to day lives and who has claim upon it. Even more important, I believe, than the debate about free will, there is the question of how our attention is controlled and what actual free attention we have. What does one do with attention not coopted by commercial, political, and religious interests? Perhaps it is no revelation to assert that our attention is not our own, that we are imprisoned inside the mass consciousness in a cell no larger than the amount of free attention we have to work with in our awakening process.

For our awakening to move forward, we need to use our attention, our greatest spiritual tool, to bring light-filled influences into our inner landscape so that those influences ultimately overthrow the influence of the dark consciousness that dominates humanity today. We do this or continue in the fixed loop of living meaningless lives, dying, returning to live more meaningless lives, thousands of times until this proportion changes. You don’t believe this? Fine, you declare to yourself just what is going on. Free attention is the welcome platform upon which divine intent works. Now is when awakening happens.


As active human beings in the world, we need to know many things; indeed, there seems to be no end of things to know in order to succeed in life. Those whose lives are based on a dearth of worldly knowledge live contracted lives. We see this all around in every country, including “rich” countries. These people only the heart can help, and as we all know, there is a dearth of heart in the world. Life continues like this within the thinking mind indefinitely unless there is some intervention.

There is another way of knowing reality, which I call in this episode direct cognition of the mysteries of existence. Knowledge of the invisible room, the absolute spirit, the original condition–this knowledge is a fundamental knowledge for integrating the human experience into the flow of life in the cosmos. In this episode, I delve deeply into this kind of knowing for those whom I refer to as “long distance thinkers,” those whose thought streams have escaped the delusions of the mass consciousness. The problems of the world will always be there absent direct knowledge of the absolute spirit. Many do their part to help from where they know these deeper things. This episode is expressly dedicated to the long distance thinkers of the world, whether they hear these particular words or not.


It is a rare breed of human being, almost as rare as the snow leopard, who aligns his or her life with the silent waves of spirit that arise eternally out of the unknown. These waves, of course, are the divine intelligence manifesting the cosmos out its deep mystery. By the time those streams of divine intelligence coalesce into you and me, we have forgotten the source of all that we know and see, and therefore wander the landscape of our personal living lost to the knowledge, which when discovered, creates an unassailable foundation to the awesome fact of one’s existence.

Who wishes to hear the secrets of existence transmitted directly into one’s consciousness? Surely, the divine intelligence will find a way into the psyche of one who wishes to know life in this way. The internal hearing which brings knowledge of the infinite does not arise out of books, though the reading of certain texts can stimulate the spirit to rise and touch our conscious knowing. That which is known as reality rises out of the ocean of being and reaches human consciousness through the internal sense of “hearing,” which means direct knowing.

The ancient seers of India called this hearing of reality shruti. For millennia the Sanskrit term shruti has meant two things: direct cognition of reality through hearing, and the written texts that represent those cognitions, the most prominent of which are the Upanishads. The most famous commentary on the Upanishads is the Brahma Sutras by Shankara, whose stated purpose was to integrate the disparate, aspected angles taken on reality by the seers who composed the Upanishads over centuries into the irreducible singularity of Brahman.

Historically, these ancient seers have been seen as the cognizers of the ultimate reality, the thing finally to be settled upon as the beyond-which-there-is-nothing-more-to-be-or-know, the final texts of which revelations have been designated forever as that. These texts, however, were not meant to designate finality. Texts themselves are forever separate from the gaze of the seers, which has never been available to the gaze of history. The ancient texts and teachings were not records of cognitions to be passed on to posterity; they were and are tools used by Shankara and others today to awaken their disciples into superconscious states in order that they might participate in events eternally occurring in the primordial substrates of the cosmos. Those seers were then and are now hybrid beings, human beings transformed into cosmic seers through the agency of a vanguard of unmanifested seed urges (cosmic DNA) sweeping into this plane of existence from otherwhere, probing particular human beings in order to see if those lives can be adapted to their particular impulses of the primordial urge.

Today many more waves of these quantum beings, each a unique matrix of the divine “scrum,” are again entering human consciousness, evaluating the spiritual states of particular individuals, calling upon many to embark upon an advanced track in human evolution, a track successfully established (ropes laid) thousands of years ago by the ancient seers, and offering their seed vibrations as inexhaustible creation material for those who wish to project their unique existence into the beyond.

In the blood and soil of the Earth today, divinely fired creator beings are being generated as probes into these higher planes of existence. Through the cognitions of ancient and modern seers, the evolution of the human race is now directly linked into the eternal evolution of the cosmos and responds directly to the quivering waves of divine mystery that move existence forward in the unknown.

Whisperings are occurring now in the corridors of eternity. To hear the whisperings embedded in the words written here is shruti today. What you hear in this way is what you know.

I consider The Invisible Room Podcast to be shruti today. What arises in me out of the unknown finds passage into the world through the agency of my thinking mind and the technology of the day. The audios are spontaneous and lack the smooth literary structures of the magnificent “shruti” that are the apex of Vedic literature. The true value of what transpires in the spoken material of the podcast is the stimulating effect it might have on the psyches of those who have turned to listen, true listening, of course, being the listening to the waves of mystery rising from deep within their personal knowing.

On the deepest levels of knowing, true shruti never arises out of the original self-existent condition, and those who cognize pristinely at this level of interior penetration, who know this whispering for what it is, move on into an eternity which has no-thing by which to know the nature of its journey:

A whisper swirls itself into an ear to hear what it is saying.


If you can pitch your tent on the event horizon of the cosmic “I”, the “black hole,” the roiling waters of pure existence always bursting forth into creation; those primal waters emerging from their unknown source into your consciousness, moving in and out like a tide, teaching you about what it is, sometimes grabbing you out of your mist-saturated tent and carrying you into unfathomable vistas of existence; here, this, you, knowing with infinite knowing . . . learning how to travel on and beyond.

Light body 1



Once we get out of the legalistic and politically-driven questions about what is true, the question of how do we know what we know swims into view. The lower mind, the vibration of mind through which we perceive and understand the world, the mind of the mass consciousness, gives us very limited knowledge about what reality is. To live exclusively out of the lower mind is to life in the fake-reality. Knowledge generated out of the higher mind reveals much more about the nature of the universe as a spiritual event and brings us into closer contact with the divine intelligence that governs all things in the cosmos, including you and me specifically.

This episode is highly influenced by my readings of Sri Aurobindo, especially The Life Divine, which is a breathtaking but challenging opus of spiritual knowledge composed over an entire lifetime. A visit to the Sri Aurobindo Darshan Page would be a supportive experience to this audio, which is about how the higher mind experiences eventually lead us to coming under the influence of the Supermind, as Sri Aurobindo refers to the divine intelligence running the universe.



Every human being goes through life appreciating free choices to be made. We measure our freedom by the open space between the elements of our choosing. Behind the scenes, however, where the currents of spirit are more acutely felt, deeper choices are being made. The psyche itself prepares to shift its attention away from exclusively guiding its personal life and putting it directly on the divine presence as its exclusive priority. That choice, of course, is our personal choice as well. We take a deep breath as we awaken to the real currents of life arising out of the unknown. Such an experience is a good way to describe the process of waking up.


We get used to the world being the way it seems day after day. After all, the minimal expectation we want in our living is continuity, the reasonable predictability of how the basic things might go. You know, the sun coming up, the moon in the sky, gravity and the world which science has turned our reality into. And after all, that’s better than the mythic world of the middle ages, maintained by a quasi-terror of unquestionable dogma. But what if we cut loose from those realms of the thinking mind and shift our awareness closer into that mysterious place from where all of this arises. How do we navigate the treacherous waters of the hidden mind? What do I hold onto when I become infinite?

Michael Garfield’s Music