Seven Stages Of The Spiritual Journey

am I?

is the True Nature of Being?

happens when I die?

order to answer these questions you have to

they way they are viewed!

the supreme wisdom of the true nature of being

the absolute greatest achievement of a lifetime.

is a Way of Seeing!

Outcome of such realization is Lasting Peace and Happiness!


The spiritual journey reveals the fullness of human

growth is a journey with many twists and turns.

is Spiritual Enlightenment?

does it Happen? What is the Code?

is what this material answers as:

are seven clear stages to the path to spiritual wholeness.

Seven Stages of the Spiritual Journey involve

the way you view your being as you see:

  1. Ignorance
    of the true nature of being;

  2. The
    error that arises due to such ignorance;

  3. Suffering
    due to that error;

  4. Indirect,
    or second hand knowledge as learning via a book;

  5. Direct
    Knowledge as Insight and Understanding via Direct Experience –
    Knowing via Being;

  6. The
    ending of the error that arose due to ignorance;

  7. The
    ending of suffering and attainment of lasting Peace and Happiness.

Spiritual Awakening – What it is and What
it isn’t

Time Object

Spiritual Journey is not a journey in space.

is not a physical journey from one place to another
[like from earth to heaven].

is not
a journey in time, which means that you
do not have to wait until after death to explore it.

is not
an object that is to be attained – it is
an idea or some subtle form that you have to

spiritual journey is the journey from ignorance to self-knowledge.

is available right here, right now and it is
what you already are yet you do not realize it.

Knowledge is not Conventional Knowledge

‘teach’ in a Spiritual Way means to Point the Way!

other words you change the Way You See!

Knowledge is not knowledge that is in the realm of that which is
known or not known.

And yet the
wisdom of enlightened sages demonstrate that it is not unknowable.

Hello, My name is
James Traverse

James Traverse

First you may want
to know a little about my background.

I have been actively involved with yoga
study, teaching and practice for over 40 years. I have been blessed
with connecting to many teachers who have helped me along the way, yet
the one person who I call my teacher was a musicologist, medical
doctor and sage named Jean Klein. Jean Klein helped me understand the
true nondual nature of being via experience. He did this with his
Presence and somewhat with his words. I had studied yoga with B K S
Iyengar for many years and I had explored the teachings of folks like
J. Krishnamurti, Atmananda Krishna Menon, Ramana Maharshi,
Nisargadatta Maharaj and many others but only Jean Klein’s approach
truly helped me understand all of these teachings.

I created this page so that I could
share with you the fact that there is another way of knowing
that is distinct from the knowing and knowledge gained via science or
language. I created a work that I call the Seven Stages of the
Spiritual Journey
in which I share this way of knowing and
all that I’ve learned. This work is in four parts that correspond to
the Four States of Consciousness that You experience as follows:

  • A 3-Part text that provides information, exercises and
    experiments that you can explore while awake;

    • This corresponds to Waking Consciousness.
  • Nisarga Yoga – Energy Body Yoga. This practice explores
    traditional yoga poses and emphasis the Energy Body;

    • This corresponds to Dream Consciousness.
  • Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a Guided Relaxation Practice that
    approximates Deep Sleep;

    • This corresponds to Deep Sleep.
  • The Fourth [relative to the other three] is self-knowledge that is
    revealed via Insight;

    • This part corresponds to Turiya, which is called the

Together all four parts correspond to the Om Symbol

– the Layers of Meaning of Om is explained throughout this material.


Attention ~
Problem ~ Solution ~ Insight


The foundation of the Spiritual Journey
is to clearly understand

and give Attention to the Problem.

The Problem


The Solution


In this light when there is a clear
understanding of the problem the Solution comes out of it.

Buddha’s Solution – Insight Meditation

The Buddha clearly understood the need for
Insight and Personal experience that is beyond the limitations of the
thinking mind.

Thus the Buddha taught Vipassana
Meditation, or Insight Meditation
because it is based on

The Insight

Insight is Seeing via the Third
Eye – the Pineal Gland

The Mechanism of Spiritual Knowledge
is Insight

What is Insight?


Insight is the Wisdom of Seeing that is when the Thinking Mind is



Insight means Direct Experience as
facilitated by the information,

exercises and experiments of this
journey as illustrated by

the Contents of this work shown in the
images below.

Click on the image and RightClick to see
a larger view


Magical, Paradigm-Shifting and Terrifying,
the spiritual
awakening journey is at the core of every human’s quest for freedom,
love, and happiness.

unveiling your Authentic Being, you will discover how to experience
the joy, liberation, and peace that you have been searching for all

RightClick the images for a larger view.

The material uses the metaphor of a whirlpool
to represent the Flow of life and the Form called your bodymind.

As you explore this
metaphor you will see that throughout the material there are over 30 exercises and experiments that help
you to make the understanding experiential rather than just

The exercises guide you
in ways whereby what are called ‘AhA!’
flower, yet they do not stop there as you continue your
journey you turn
your ‘AhA!’ moments into ‘WoW’s!’
by applying
the understanding in your life and see that it works, because
that is experiential understanding!

As you explore this experiential
you quickly discover that you cannot come to
the understanding of your true nature via the activity of your
thinking-reasoning mind, yet you also realize that the
thinking-reasoning mind can confirm the understanding once it has been
understood via experience.

Why does this

All the forces of Life are Living Answers –

Health, Peace, Love, Joy, Power, Beauty, Wisdom…

Out of Body and Near
Death Experiences

are Much More Common than Reported –

Part of the Problem is that these, Psychic Powers

and things like Reincarnation
aren’t Correctly Understood!

The Insights of the Seven Stages of the Spiritual Journey

Clarify These Experiences.

Understanding the
true nature of your being matters because:

  • your actions
    and everyday life are governed by your understanding;
  • fear of
    things like death and what happens after death fall away

    with this understanding;
  • you realize peace
    of mind;
  • you discover an
    ease of being
    – conflict, struggle, stress and strain
  • when the mind is at peace there is a
    corresponding benefit to the well-being of your body, which means better health overall;
  • the ease and relaxation of your mind is an
    environment wherein you accomplish your goals more readily – instead
    of chasing your dreams the case is more that ‘things
    fall into your lap’
    when this understanding is
  • this understanding lets you be a better partner and a better friend,
    which means that you will enjoy better
  • the greatest gift that you can give to
    another is your health and well-being, because then you are a burden
    to no one and you are better able
    to help others;
  • with this understanding you are more than
    knowledgeable, because you see via Insight, which means that you have access to wisdom and live from
  • Insight gives you the
    understanding of Out of Body
  • Insight
    gives you the understanding of Near
    Death Experiences;
  • Insight
    gives you the understanding of Psychic
    Powers and its wisdom lets you use them wisely;
  • Insight
    gives you the understanding of Reincarnation;
  • the benefits listed above are just a few
    of the reasons why the sages of all wisdom traditions direct you to
    ‘Know Thyself’, but perhaps a most significant reason is that with
    this understanding you are like Minerva’s Owl that flies at dusk,
    which means that in addition to the
    gift of Insight
    you also have the
    gift of Hindsight
    . Hindsight is another means of
    seeing clearly and again that means wisdom;
  • wisdom
    means that you have become sagelike and possess the power to see
    via both Hindsight and Insight and the action that arises with
    such powers is the one that is appropriate to the moment – that
    action leaves nothing lacking and no residue – thus every aspect
    of your being is enhanced!

The Spiritual Journey is The Way Home!

~ ~ ~

I’ll tell you the
introductory price in just a moment but first let me share a brief story
that is symbolic of this approach of experiential understanding – don’t
worry, it’s affordable.

This story takes place
on a very cold winter day and a homeowner is experiencing a serious
problem because his heating system, which is a furnace in the basement
of his house, is not functioning properly. The homeowner has tried
everything he knows to get the furnace working properly but he has
failed to get it working at all; he is very concerned because the
temperature is below freezing and it is possible that water pipes may
break and cause extensive damage to his home.

The homeowner calls a
furnace repairman.

The furnace repairman
arrives promptly, goes downstairs and returns after just a few minutes
and declares that the furnace is fixed. The homeowner puts his hand over
one of the heating vents and sure enough he can feel heat there, and he
can also hear the sound of the furnace running. He says to the furnace
repairman. “Thank You – how much do I owe you?” The furnace repairman
says, “That will be $1000.00.”

The homeowner is
somewhat surprised at the amount of the bill because the repairman only
took a few minutes to fix the furnace; yet he is quite happy that the
furnace is now working and that he has avoided more severe problems. He
says to the furnace repairmen, “Would you mind giving me an itemized
bill?” The furnace repairman says, “No problem – I’ll be back shortly.”

The furnace repairman
goes out to his van and quickly returns with the itemized bill. The
homeowner double-checks that the furnace is running well and pays the
furnace repairman who then leaves.

The homeowner looks at
the itemized bill that the furnace repairman gave him – it says:

  • Adjusted screw on furnace …………………………………………………………………. $ 1.00
  • Knowing which screw to adjust ………………………………………………………….. $ 999.00
  • Total ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. $ 1000.00

This approach of
Insight via experiential understanding is much like the story of the
homeowner and the furnace repairman [who knows via experience]. The
material I share with you is a means of experiential self-knowledge,
which is akin to ‘knowing which screw to adjust’ as in the
story above – in this case that ‘screw’ is Insight.

Content vs Process

There is plenty of Content as the information that is shared in this

yet what is truly valuable is that which facilitates Insight and that
is Process.

The Process of the Seven Stages of the Spiritual Journey is the
Methodology of Vedanta as:




may not be for you…

One last thing before I
share the price with you and that is that although this material can
benefit everyone it is not for everyone, because you have to do you part
in helping me share self-knowledge with you. This means that I cannot
tell you what the true nature of your being is [I can tell you but it
will not have any meaning unless and until you have had the experience]
and that means that it is necessary for you to explore the exercises and
the rest of the material such that your understanding is experiential.
In this way you make the
understanding your own
and then you will no
longer need my guidance. In this light I ask that you only get this
material if you are willing to explore it fully – I can assure you that
it is not what you think, because its nature is beyond thinking.

introductory price is just $37.00 [it goes to $97 once my quota is

Please understand that
the price may increase as this is an introductory price that is
available as long as you are seeing this page. I
reserve the right to remove this offer and/or adjust the price as
I can only work with a limited number of people at a time.
order to make this material available to the vast majority of people, I
have made it affordable without compromising quality AND


Stages of the Spiritual Journey
is a complete work that
does not need anything else to prop it up. Yet my 40 years of continuous
yoga practice makes me want to share with you a few other things like
the correct translation of Ramana Maharshi’s ‘Who Am I?’ – very few
people know what Ramana Maharsh meant by what he called ‘Atma Vichara’ –
most people think it is a question that requires a mental answer,
yet it is other than that – the correct translation is just
one page, yet it makes a huge difference in your Spiritual Journey
Nisarga Yoga and Yoga Nidra are included – these are products that
can be and have been sold independently. I’ll also include a surprise
bonus or two.

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ps – This approach
provides information about the nature of being, yet its core is about
facilitating Insight via the information, exercises and experiments. The
difference between intellectual understanding and the experiential
accessible via this approach is the difference
between seeing with the mind
[intellectual] and seeing through the
[experiential]. This is truly life changing.

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pps – Is your
understanding of the true nature of being an intellectual understanding
or is it experiential understanding? The vast majority of human being
understand the true nature of being via intellectual understanding,
which means that their understanding is conceptual and since the concept
of a thing is not the thing itself, their lives are full of conflict and
suffering. On the other hand sages have an experiential understanding of
the true nature of being and use intellectual understanding only for
functional purposes; thus for sages there is an ease
of being – which one are you?

Asked Questions

How to Know

You cannot make
knowledge out of the true nature of being, yet it can be experienced.

In this light the way
to Know Thyself is via experiential understanding, and that is
a way of knowing that is different than knowing via the content and
activity of the mind – because it is the way of Insight.

The approach of Seven
Stages of the Spiritual Journey
is to describe the situation and
to come to the solution of the question ‘How to Know Thyself’
via Insight that is fostered by exploring the exercises and

Can you give an
example of experiential understanding?

Yes – Consider the
question, ‘What is Time?’

Time is an elegant
concept that describes experience. The experience is true yet the
description, the concept, is not the thing itself.

What is Time?

Time [psychological
time] is a concept as the description and measure of motion that is
experienced as constant change. An analogy that helps with the
understanding of time is a ship traveling at a constant speed in the
open ocean. The place where the ship has been, the wake, is called the
past, the place where the ship is yet to go is called the future, and
the ship’s current position is called now. In this way what is called
the past, present and future are descriptions of the ship’s position and

The experience of
constant, orderly, change allows us to define units of time as seconds,
minutes, hours and days etc. and we use this elegant concept to be able
to plan things like the ship’s future position. Thus the concept of time
is very useful for functional purposes, yet it is highly significant to
understand that this concept is ultimately untrue, because it is a
concept and not the thing itself. The thing itself is motion as that is
the experience.

Thus the experiential
understanding is to see the functional usefulness of the concept of time
and yet be very clear that this is never truly experienced other than as
the mental description of experience [note that you had to learn to tell
time as a child].

power of experiential understanding is that it is not a belief or
some form of wishful thinking.
For example it is
self-evident that experience as what is described as ‘now’ is
never not the case [this applies to current experience as you are
reading this; it also applies when you have a psychic experience or a
memory as these things are experienced and described as happening ‘now’].

Oscar Wilde said, “Experience
is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the
lesson afterward.”
This is true because it is only after
the experience that the mind describes the experience and renders it as

Can you give
another example of experiential understanding?

Yes. Ask the question ‘Are
you aware?’
and note how it is answered.

Notice that you
understand the question intellectually, which means your mind [head].
The answer comes when you drop out of your head and into your core
[heart] and experience that indeed you are aware. Then your mind
conceptualizes the experience of being aware and answers the question ‘Yes
I am aware’

In this way the
experiential answer comes from the wisdom of the heart and it is
rendered as knowledge by the activity of the mind [the head].

Can you give a
simple example of the difference between intellectual understanding
and experiential understanding?

Yes. Science
is intellectual. Art is experiential.

Science is experiential
when it is applied. Art is intellectual when it is analyzed.

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Stages of the Spiritual Journey

We are inevitably drawn to something that
no other aspect of our lives can offer

– a regular reminder that there is
something bigger and more important than who I think I

“Spirituality is a brave search for the
truth about existence, fearlessly peering into the mysterious nature
of life.”

~ Elizabeth Lesser

See Beauty. Touch Truth. Feel Love. Be Peace.