The Way of Light

I am interested in shifting away from specific, existing traditions, and to teach from a generic approach which I call “The Way of Light”. This approach will be fully described in my forthcoming book called aptly, “The Way of Light”.
The Dalai Lama wrote:
“I believe deeply that we must find, all of us together, a new spirituality. This new concept ought to be elaborated alongside the religions in such a way that all people of good will could adhere to it.”
I feel the “The Way of Light” could be a formidable effort in this direction.
A key necessity is ease of its principles and applications being understood and actualized. Therefore your suggestions, comments and questions regarding its principle axioms, would be greatly appreciated!
The Way of Light and its Axioms
The Axioms:
1. There is only a single field of Consciousness.
2. Consciousness, like open space, can’t be divided into parts.
3. Consciousness appears to itself as seeming to be “other”, as the “known”.
4. Consciousness has no material substance, the universe is Consciousness.
5. Consciousness appears in different states of density or contraction; like field fluctuations or water and ice.
6. Each degree of density or contraction of Consciousness, has its own cognitive state.
7. The greater the contraction of Consciousness, the more limited the cognitive awareness.
8. The essential Empty Space of Consciousness never contracts, only its energetic light does.
9. The Empty Space of Consciousness is a cognitive awareness that always remains primordially pure and pristine; it is the essential nature of all other states of Consciousness.
10. When any state of Consciousness reveals its essential nature as being the Empty Space of Consciousness, the existing state of contracted Consciousness releases and becomes the “recognition” of its own empty and aware essence.
11. Each release of a contraction of Consciousness reveals itself as a cognitive insight.
12. Because every contracted state of Consciousness contains its own wisdom of self-release, by Consciousness knowing itself, all contracted states are workable, and will self-release.
13. The method is for the current state of contracted Consciousness to know itself by its own capacity that knows; like light being its own illumination.
14. “Knowing itself” is resting and being that which “knows”, not being engaged with a something known.
15. The “known” is always a contracted state of Consciousness. The “knowingness” is an un-contracted state of primordial Consciousness.
16. Your ultimate state of non-dual Consciousness is the “Knowingness” residing without a known. For something to be known, requires a contracted Consciousness as a dualizing mind and a concept that defines what’s “known”.
17. Your current state of Consciousness is the primordially perfect Consciousness as a contracted state of “mind”.
18. The first contraction was Consciousness appearing as the contracted sense of “me”, as what became the first “known”; the fundamental dualism of self-consciousness: “I am”.
19. The “known” (me), then engaged with other “knowns”; the mind’s second tier of dualism.
20. Samsara is the first tier “known” (me) and second tier “others” known, all seeming to be interacting, through the contracted mind conceptually defining the knower and each “known” through thought.
21. “Thinking” is symptomatic of Consciousness being contracted into being a dualistic mind.
22. Consciousness has become contracted into being “your” mind as the functioning contracted mind-consciousness of a human “me”.
23. Conceptualizing is a contraction of Consciousness that creates the dualism of a “known”.
24. Thinking is a process where existing concepts are dualistically contemplated.
25. All contractions of Consciousness are simultaneous with a moment of conceptualization.
26. Attention and focus are both contractions of non-dual Consciousness.
27. Consciousness in its primordial, non-dual state, doesn’t conceptualize or have thoughts, nor does it have a focus of attention.
28. Consciousness in its non-dual state, was called nirvana by the Buddha.
By Jackson Peterson
To get more familiar with his more generic approach, I recommend reading his current book: “The Natural Bliss of Being” and visiting his websites: and

By Ian Marshall

Ian Paul Marshall has been initiated by the Dalai Lama, is trained in Zen as transmitted through the teachings of the Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An and Seung Sahn Dae Jong Sa and is the founder of based out of Toronto, Canada.