Touchstones of Transcendence

Many age-old methods of developing awareness share common components. While these systems pave the way to similar destinations, the paths themselves have different colors, flavors, textures. Traditional American Indian practices seek partnership with the Great Spirit yet the end point is not dissimilar from the end point of Zen Buddhism or Christianity. Here are six Toltec guidelines for developing transcendental awareness.

Find an ethic based on personal freedom rather than the accumulation of power.

In essence, remember not to will an outcome or even test the possibility of being able to do so. By not using power, you’ll develop an exquisite balance.

Love is awareness itself, the feeling of ongoing expansion.

Patience is a silent force that forms cohesions. It means keeping your awareness clear and unfettered. Patience is measured with the body, and is therefore a step toward managing body knowledge. Your body feels simultaneously relaxed and attentive.

Part of impeccability is honest self-appraisal. Emotional stability, calmness, and nonattachment are all signs and effects of having character.

Being is arriving at and maintaining a connection with the core of your energy body. While being, we experience our lives from the vantage point of a flow of events, the circumstances of our lives. We relinquish notions of ourselves in order to experience more of ourselves.

Adapted from Toltec Dreaming, by Ken Eagle Feather (Inner Traditions, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by Ken Eagle Feather. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Toltec Dreaming, by Ken Eagle Feather (Inner Traditions, 2007).

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Laura Saxon
Past Member 2 years ago

Very wise. Thanks for sharing.

Dot A.
Dot A.2 years ago

and truth is revealed as life unfolds
for every unique and marvelous creation
- as transcendence is woven
throughout the cosmos
- and the concepts of awareness
reach higher than the baseline of survival:
and all which we read of here:
ethics, power, love, patience, impeccability, being,
- all integrate more beautifully with each moment

Happy Spring!!!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

very interesting

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies3 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Very true.

Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

David Mackintosh
David M.5 years ago

In his classic series of books on the teachings of Don Juan, Carlos Casteñeda has this Yaqui Indian wise man from Sonora repeatedly stressing the concept of being "impeccable" in every part of our lives. Especially in the book Journey to Ixtlan. The ideas here do seem very pervasive in many writings with wisdom.

Connie Burian
Connie Burian8 years ago

The world will be a perfect place when we all realize that we are all one!