The teachings, teacher and benefits of
The Facets of Being
● What is unique about these teachings?
● What are the Facets of Being? | What is Enlightenment?
● What are the benefits of realisation?
● How do I attain realisation | What is available?
● A unique advantage: the powerful OAM meditation
● This teacher-realiser
● Approaching a realiser: exploding counter-productive misconceptions about enlightenment
● What to look for in a guide | Questions for any teacher | Spirituality and money | Qualities of a student
● The Facets of Being: a detailed summary
- not just several
These teachings are among the few in the world that can help you attain all the enlightenments of the world's major experiential traditions. To a sufficient depth that you will no longer be a seeker.
These include the 'big four' -Buddhism, Hinduism, Christian Mysticism and Sufism - as well as independent realisers and the understanding gained by some near-death experiencers. The reason the traditions sometimes contradict each other is because few schools hold all the enlightenments. Our time is the first in history it's practically possible to receive all the teachings.
A teacher of a particular school may have a 'deeper' realisation of one or several of the facets of being than the teacher within this new wisdom school.
However the breadth of our teacher's realisation is highly unusual. He is likely one of few in the world who has experienced all the facets of being to a depth sufficient to end all further seeking.
not just faith or philosophy
Realisation is attained through direct, 'empirical' experience. You do not need to rely on faith or belief.
Spirituality, religion, philosophy and psychology obtain 'knowledge' in two different ways:
1. Through observation and thinking. This knowledge exists merely as\ thoughts, and is transitory.
2. Through direct experience, using the deepest faculty we have: Awareness-In-Itself. Such knowledge is as clear, simple and certain as seeing your own hand. Once you know it, you cannot unknow or forget it.
Most of the realisations of the facets of being are experiential, not conceptual.
This is why the great experiential, or 'gnostic' traditions emphasise meditational practices.
|Learn directly from the realiser
Rather than waiting for a teacher travelling from overseas to deliver a short series of lectures and retreats, students in this wisdom school currently have direct access to the realiser.
of abiding realities,
not temporary fixes
What abiding realities can we rely upon?
What is true and existent in all times and places?
What can benefit us deeply whoever, whenever and wherever we are?
There are certain quite specific aspects of Being - meaning the individual, the universe, and both as one indivisible whole - that are always present and available.
Experiencing and aligning with them leads to all the benefits associated with enlightenment throughout history.
We call them The Facets of Being.
|Confidence, self-esteem, fearlessness||
have confidence and self-esteem at a level so profound that it is 'unshakeable'.
Paradoxically you'll also have authentic humility
● the ability to be as you are without doubt or self-blame
● you won't fear death
flow and engagement
● more fun, laughter and adventure
● greater courage
● freedom from disturbing thoughts and emotions
● richer, more sensual experience: even including experiencing the senses free of thought
● a profound understanding of ‘what makes people tick’
● enhanced ability to predict the future
● physical feelings of bliss; joy; love; and peace (each of which is a specific experience not just an idea)
● better health and well-being
● enhanced physical pleasure and heightened senses
● reduced physical discomfort – an enhanced ability to withstand extremes of exertion, temperature, and other forms of physical contact; former feelings of discomfort will lessen or disappear
● increased flexibility and lightness of the body
● the ability to release and transcend suffering. Experiential knowledge of the principles and techniques of the paths designed to end all suffering forever should you wish to.[*]
and true help
capacity to remove all obstacles to love within yourself – as well as
connection, empathy and compassion. The
ability to help others do the same.
● the ability to physically feel profound love, connection, empathy and compassion
● the ability to provide truly useful help to all beings, including (ultimate) knowledge, peace, love, joy, pleasure, healing, protection and empowerment
● an ethical compass which, being rooted in abiding realities, provides unusual certainty and peace
● in summary: the capacity to identify, feel and practically enact real love, empathy and compassion for all; to love the entire universe and life itself – genuinely and deeply
a greater ‘range of action’
capacity to remove internal and external obstacles: to dissolve
neuroses, limiting beliefs, conditioning and limitation
● the capacity to understand and go beyond any system of knowledge or belief
● unshakeable independence from all belief systems and opinions. Irreversible immunity from the belief any being (embodied or disembodied) knows more or is more than you ultimately
● powerful immunity from non-organic mental illness
Knowledge, certainty and freedom
|● Access to a
bedrock of crystal-clear knowledge about what reality truly is
at any moment.
The knowledge is utterly perfect, certain and clear, yet totally free of ideology and dogma.
It has the utmost simplicity, allowing you to relate to even the most complex situation as clear and obvious: the here and now becomes the only thing you really need to deal with
● Certain experiential knowledge (as distinct from belief arising as thoughts) of these profound spiritual truths:
- your literal oneness and intimacy with all of existence
- your immortality
- your deep connection and inter-relationship with all beings
- and even the fact that you are a kind of all-pervading ‘god’ – as is every other being
● Profound freedom – of mind and action: since one has certain knowledge and has developed a pure intention in every moment, one is free to act spontaneously, knowing one is just as likely to achieve success as any other person and is unlikely to harm others
● The knowledge and confidence to intelligently evaluate the various paths in the world that offer the goal of a final state, without ever falling into the belief that any path is ultimately necessary or required.
|Belonging, peace, joy, wonderment and contentment||
Confidence that other realms exist, and knowledge about them –
including the ‘heavenly’ realms experienced by people during
near-death experiences (NDEs).
● An incredible journey of the intellect: you will experience ‘crystalline palaces’ and ‘rainbow mandalas’ of knowledge, deeply stimulating, enjoyable and satisfying to the mind
● Joy and wonderment: experiencing the wonderment, beauty and divine adventure of existence
● A deep sense of belonging and intimacy with all existence – you will nestle in the bosom of the 'great mother'
● The deepest peace, satisfaction and contentment possible whilst physically embodied without taking a radical renunciate path such as that required for Nirvana, Moksha or the like
Ask your burning spiritual question
Do you have a deep spiritual question or a question about life you've always wondered about?
Or a life-issue you're dealing with for which you'd like guidance?
Aaron can give you a brief answer
in the light of the most profoundly reliable dynamics of self and world:
The Facets of Being.
This is a good way to 'test' the teacher and the teachings.
Just message Aaron at Facebook
or text him on the number below.
If you have a particular life-issue you are dealing with
or something you wish to achieve,
the teacher may be able to help you resolve or create.
In the process he is likely to share with you the facets of being that bear on that issue.
He may also draw on knowledge and practices derived from other modalities.
As a result you are likely to gain at least an intellectual understanding of the relevant facets.
Often this will be enough to help you resolve the issue.
But he may also give you one or more meditations so you can realise those facets directly.
Aaron will ask you to what you aim to achieve or resolve.
He will evaluate whether or not he can facilitate your doing so successfully,
If so, he will provide you with a figure for the work.
You can expect that it will be no higher than standard counselling rates.
It will take into account:
● your means
● expected time and energy
● whether a venue needs to be paid for
whether you can provide a venue (such as your own home), and any unusual transport costs
|Pay what you feel|
Aaron can provide advice on various aspects of Spiritual Ways and Paths
to individuals he considers will be able to use the information fruitfully.
To get a sense of what he can offer, read the section below on Initiation and Spiritual Community.
Contact him on Facebook if you are interested in availing yourself of this.
Initiation for Realisation
This exciting program is designed to provide you with 'escape velocity'
- enough 'knowledge, fuel and momentum' to escape the 'gravitational pull' of 'ordinary vision'
and rocket towards the open space of full enlightenment!
The aim is to provide you with sufficient knowledge, techniques and orientations that thereafter you will only need to consult a teacher from time to time for 'minor adjustments to your course'.
● Receive a deep overview of all the facets of being
● Learn a meditation that will bring you love, joy, peace and relaxation in the present moment
as well as transforming your life-world over time into an experience more
positive, blissful, flowing, clear and transparent
● Learn an advanced meditation powerful enough for you to experience all the enlightenments
(OAM: see below)
● Gain an understanding of the ideal attitudes, orientations and actions for full realisation
● Learn any other techniques or information the teacher feels might be necessary
for realisation given your unique 'personality' and life-circumstances
● Have ample space to ask all the key questions you have
The initiatation includes an initial session of several hours
and three follow-up phonecalls of up to 30 minutes each.
You couldn't give yourself a greater gift
than taking hold of your birthright as a divine being.
Please message Aaron on Facebook, briefly explaining why you are interested in this.
|The teacher is working on a comprehensive
course to be delivered
to groups of students over a number of weeks.
The likely completion date is 2020.
A shared community
with an initial contribution of $250 / $100 in advance unless you have already done the initiation.
Ongoing spiritual friendship with the teacher and fellow practitioners
This is the ideal way to achieve the enlightenments with the least cost
of time and energy and the the most enjoyment.
● Receive the same teachings as the initiation above. However the timing for each element may vary because the longer time available means the teacher can give you teachings very precisely tailored to your personality and life-circumstance as he gets to know you.
● Receive one-on-one instruction in whatever knowledge, techniques, attitudes, orientations and actions the teacher sees to be necessary for your spiritual development: for realising the facets of being, and for your personal well-being and fulfilment.
● Be able to consult the teacher at any time, within reason
● Join the teacher and other students on formal and informal occasions including:
- talks, meditations, group discussions, sharings and any rituals
These are likely to be amongst the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences,
because you will see and enjoy realisation being 'lived' in the 'real world': others' and eventually your own
● Gain access to the community's wide range of resources including recommendations of
books, other teachers, retreats and events
To access the individual aspect of this program,
please message Aaron on Facebook briefly explaining your interest.
The group aspect will be available after the teacher gets to know you.
was a journalist for one of Australia's leading broadsheet
newspapers who set out asking the question:
"What is the deepest, most useful knowledge a human being can discover?"
During a full-time retreat period of seven years,
he received teachings in person from renowned masters, from sacred texts and from fellow practitioners of the great experiential traditions,
including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christian Mysticism, Sufism, independent realisers and near-death experiencers.
learnt powerful techniques for:
transformation' of the body, mind and environment
● Calming the body and mind
● Insight into mind, body, world and awareness-in-itself
● The daily-life mindfulness required to live in alignment with the facets
He experienced to a depth of certainty all the facets of being revealed by the enlightenments of the great traditions, a very rare achievement.
He is capable of resolving the contradictions between these enlightenments.
Sunnataram Forest Monastery (NSW): meditation; returning
on train | Rooms in Eliza St, Newtown (NSW): meditation
Great Silence / Raw Non-conceptual Experience: Australia Street, Newtown: walking | Milson’s Point (NSW): brief meditation | Darlinghurst (NSW): meditations
Awareness-in-itself: Sydney Zen Centre: meditation
Transcendence / Independence: Sydney Zen Centre: meditation
Emptiness: House in Paddington (NSW): meditation | Erskinville
Openness/Choicelessness: Rooms in Gowrie Street, Newtown
'Self-Contained Sphere': Near Macquarie Lighthouse, Dunbar Head, Vaucluse (NSW): staring out to sea (possibly meditating)| Melbourne (VIC): looking, back garden, front porch
Sunnataram Forest Monastery: meditation | Mount Gulaga, Namgyalgar
(South) Retreat Centre, Tilba (NSW), practice | Rooms in Eliza St,
Newtown: reading | Darlinghurst:
Ocean of energy: Darlinghurst | Confest, Moulamein (NSW): alone in the hot-tub late at night, meditating, looking.
Not-self: Sunnataram Forest Monastery: meditation | Milson’s Point
Existentially non-separate, functionally independent: House in Warren Ball Avenue, Newtown
Wholeness: House at The Entrance (NSW)
WYSIWYG / 'Suchness': The Entrance
Plasticity and Infinite Variety: The Entrance
transformation' of the body, mind and environment
You are not inside the realiser's universe
Nobody can completely know the experiential-cosmos of another (while embodied).
Your teacher may look like she's just sitting there with her eyes closed, yet she may be in a vast space of bliss! Shakyamuni Buddha put it well: “it is just within this fathom-long body…that I declare that there is the cosmos, the origination of the cosmos [and] the cessation of the cosmos”
Your ideas about what an enlightened person is like may be wrong
People will have different ideas of 'what an enlightened person' should be like. But until you've experienced the enlightenments yourself, how can you be certain?
(Nevertheless, there are useful traditional guidelines to choosing a guide - see below)
Awakened Beings don't know everything - they don't have to
Meanwhile, enlightenment does not make any person suddenly know everything or be good at everything in the relative sphere. Just like anyone, they have to choose how much time and energy they will direct towards developing various conditional skills and knowledge. However they are likely to be good at achieving enlightenment and revealing ultimate knowledge!
Realisation is absolute but it can be endlessly deepened, so too with skills
Even here, it should be realised that different realisers will have:
- experienced different facets to different levels of depth
- different levels of skill and capacity in everything from mindfulness to manifest compassion
This is why in Zen they hope that ‘the student will stand on the shoulders of the teacher and reach higher than them’.
However if someone has experienced a particular facet, they do have the primary requirement to show you how to experience it.
The realiser has no obligations to you
The realiser needs nothing from you. He or she has already attained a profound sense of security and comfort in the universe, unshakable 'cosmic' self-esteem, ultimate knowledge, the capacity to enter states of bliss, profound independence of thought, and great freedom, among other things. They have no need to 'convert' others' to buttress 'faith' because their realisations derive from direct experience. The nature of reality is such that they have no obligations of any kind. See also the section on teaching spirituality and money.
Implications of all this for your relationship:
● It is not-aligned-with-reality to evaluate whether someone is enlightened by comparing them with your own ideas of what that should look like or how good they are at manifesting things in the conditioned sphere that you might value
● The more realistic and productive course is to evaluate whether the 'truths' the 'realiser' is positing seem realistic (and/or) then do the practices to check for yourself
● The realiser has no obligation, personal or 'cosmic', towards you
● It is up to each realiser how willing they are to dilute their hard-earned freedom in order to temporarily conform to a student's existing tendencies and ideas in order to help that student..
"If you see your teacher as a dog, he's a dog. If you see him as a buddha, he's a buddha"
– Tibetan saying
You will encounter an apparently ordinary person.
But if you practice and realise yourself, your own experience will become extraordinary.
If you harbour a strong resistance to the possibility that a 'mere ordinary person' can attain the enlightenments,
you only create an obstacle to your own realisation.
Zen Buddhism has a healthy attitude to this: in this tradition students seek (and eventually attain) 'kensho' or even 'satori' during every 'sesshin'.
~* The 'unremarkable' stone-cutter who attained the 'Rainbow Body' *~
to look for in a
This list derives from traditional sources and the wisdom within our school:
● Direct experiential knowledge of the facets (See how quickly they can create a fresh metaphor!)
● A pure intention: at the very least to avoid harming others, but preferably a desire to benefit them
● Ideally, deep compassion
● The capacity to enter meditative states as required
● Open-mindedness as an indicator of enlightenment
Questions for any teacher
The current 'taboo' against asking teachers about their attainments is unhealthy, in that it denies students the opportunity to obtain accountability from their teachers and gauge how extensively any teacher can serve them.
The teacher of the Facets of Being encourages all practitioners to ask the following questions of every teacher:
1. Have you attained direct experience of any of the ultimate/abiding aspects of reality (that which is true in all times and places)?
If so, please tell us which ones and describe your realisation/experiences.
-Yes, all the major realisations spoken of in the experiential traditions, direct experience of what I call The Facets of Being. (See here)
2. Do you believe it's possible to attain a final state?
a) Yes, that state of all-pervading blissful non-dual wholeness, effulgent fullness and spacious emptiness some call (para)nirvana, moksha, liberation or 'complete union with god'. But only fully after death, when Awareness-in-itself experiences only itself, without any form.
b) Potentially also 'continual-all day-enlightenment', but I cannot be sure. My experience so far says that it's unlikely - and even if possible, one would probably have to give up normal life to do so.
This is because of the way cognition within being 'operates'. Being is usually 'filled' with the current activity - whether that be 'noticing' the true nature of things (realisation), or chopping wood and carrying water ! When I'm enjoying, or even becoming one with, a beautiful piece of music, I don't need or usually even want to be noticing my nonduality with it at the same time. If one was living in realisation continually it would be akin to noticing the nonduality (or another of the facets of being) of the music without enjoying the music for itself. You are either noticing your oneness with the music, or you're enjoying its various tones and textures - not both. There is also more than one facet of being to 'notice' !
I believe anyone who attained 'continual seeing of the ultimate nature' (or really, one or more of the various facets possible to experience all at once) would surely be confident and compassionate enough to openly share their experiences and knowledge with us. Yet few speak of this. I'm agnostic about its possibility.
Happily, the enlightenments need only be experienced to a certain depth and to certainty anyway to bring the massive benefits and avoid most suffering.
c) Finally, I believe that it is possible to attain a state of continuous well-being and even bliss. I had already released any search or need for an unassailable, perfect state by 1999, because I gained certainty that within any realm of form, absolute perfection is impossible. For one thing, interdependent origination means there are too many factors influencing any moment of experience. Even if a Yogi has reached a sublime state, his body can still be ripped apart by a tiger ! Even the Buddha experienced physical pain occasionally. So a perfectly unassailable state is impossible while Awareness is merged with form. It's possible only when Awareness is without form, after death in nirvana. Having certainty of this is liberating in itself.
Up until recently I only experienced occasional 'psychic irritants' (as Gunaratana has called the various kleshas), mainly minor irritation for on average a few seconds a day. However recently I decided it's worthwhile gently pursuing a path of maximising the potential of my being to it's fullest: moving from the Way of Enlightenment, to a relaxed Path of Transformation. I know that it's impossible in a realm of form to reach a perfect state; but there is no need to 'let the perfect be the enemy of the good'! While I have this life and this access to various teachings, I feel it's right to maximise that potential - without being attached to some unassailable perfection. I already have very strong 'wisdom'. I can see clear evidence in others and myself that a state of continuous wellbeing and even bliss is also quite possible. Besides: I've already thoroughly explored all the fundamental facets of being to the point of profound certainty, so what else is there to do?! :)
3. What is required to achieve that state?
- Ask me for details in person, but see this
4. Will I have to give up alot to achieve a final state?
Yes, certainly if seeking 'final liberation'. Almost certainly if seeking 'continual-enlightenment'. If you want to attain (para)nirvana, you will (eventually) have to completely renounce all form [realms] or at least always place in the subordinate position your pursuit of specific forms - in favour of a focus on / 'love' of one or more of the facets, usually 'Spirit'/Consciousness/Awareness/'Great Self'/'God'. You may regard this as worthwhile, or not. But deep knowledge of the facets will make you confident that is your decision, not some 'ordained' necessary path.
5. Have you attained that state?
- No, but I have a very good idea how to attain final liberation! However both final liberation and (potential) 'continual enlightenment' are radical paths requiring a level of renunciation and focus I choose not to engage at this time. Currently I find the form-realms sufficiently enjoyable that I'm happy to play here for a while !
6. [If you haven't attained a final state,] why should I use your teachings?!
- because experiential understanding of the fundamental Facets of Being gives you massive benefits and avoids massive suffering. Because experiencing the deeper facets is the most wonderous, mind-blowing, existence-expanding thing you can possibly do while still alive! (That is, without giving up everything to attain 'nirvana-with-remainder' and then parinirvana). It also enables you to intelligently evaluate any path without succumbing to the belief it's 'necessary' or 'ordained', a belief many people cannot fully free themselves from until deep realisation.
|"No obligation, no one to save and nothing to prove":
the use of money in sharing reality-teachings
- a definitive explanation for a 'controversial' issue
Religion could be defined as a set of conceptual beliefs which if believed and acted upon, provide various benefits. Since beliefs require faith, believers may feel the need to buttress that faith by persuading others.
By contrast, spirituality could be defined as a set of experiences which give the seeker direct knowledge of the already existing deep (yet 'hidden') nature of reality. Once a person has direct experience, they have no need of faith, or to persuade others.
Religion, when believed, usually compels the believer to attain some kind of paradise and avoid postulated negative states of existence. The believer will often feel obligated to persuade others to do the same.
By contrast, deep familiarity with existing reality (which we call the facets of being) reveals that:
- even though cause and effect ('karma') means every action will result in temporary consequences, positive or negative
- still there are no forces or beings which force or obligate any being to do any thing, ever
- even though people may suffer (even greatly) by not understanding the deepest nature of reality, they are still ultimately protected and benefitted by that nature
Even though the realiser knows beings will benefit if they share what they know and will tend to suffer more if they don't, like you, they still have no obligations whatsoever.
Like you, they have infinite choices about how to spend their time and energy.
It is natural for them to want to help, but:
1. Contrary to some inspiring stories, a true realiser still requires the basic requisites of life, such as food, clothing and shelter!
2. They will have experienced a massive release of energy, an increase in openminded intelligence, and a resolution of existential anxieties and limitations. This enables them to enjoy life far more deeply.They would be foolish to waste the capacities they've worked so hard to attain by not giving priority to the experiences they enjoy most.
Sharing spiritual knowledge can also be arduous, especially when egoic insecurity and arrogance is present, so many realisers remain largely silent about their realisations and get on with enjoying their own (expanded) lives.
Given all the above, you can see why treating a realiser as the one person who should not be offered life-energy (including money) in return for their time, energy and resources is ridiculous.
They have no obligation to teach because there are no obligations in existence and ultimately people will be fine - suffering does not change the Facets of Being.
So it's just a fact of life that if we wish to ensure that realisers choose to spend their life-energy on sharing their realisation, we would be wise to enable, reward and encourage that sharing, especially given the expanded range of possibilities a realiser has.
of a successful student
● Enthusiasm, diligence, energy