The Soul of America: New Beginnings – 4 – Connecting
‘Hearing’ what you are reading in the installments of this blog as if it were speaking rather than writing helps take you into the image rather than remaining ‘usual-cognitive’. With the ‘usual-cognitive’, we understand what we already know and when something comes along that seems strange, not capable being understood as information, there is a tendency to just shut it off, stop reading, make a judgment.
A first orientation toward seeking the Soul of America:
Human beings are a subset of the living organism of Earth.
Let this be an inner picture. Keep it is a mantra. Return to it. Say it before you go to sleep. Let it be the first thing you think in the morning.
This epigram speaks an immediate reality. No theory here, no opinion, the epigram speaks a primordial reality. The Indians lived this reality and were/are one with the Soul of this land, are one with the Soul of America – before it was called America. We have to go here, try to follow its resonance deeper and deeper and deeper if we are to come to how this reality can speak now. The epigram originates from the soul of this place.
What do I want for the Soul of America? Ask yourself this question by saying the question gesturally; that is, speak it with your lips, through your body, not from within the ‘floaty’ mind.
And let the answer come in the same way.
Then, remove the words, remove the content of what you said. What is felt? What do you bodily feel? Not what do you feel about what you said. What is the bodily feeling of what you said? This feeling is the very presence of what you are asking. It is already happening – you could not have spoken what you spoke without it already happening – in the deep realm of the bodily will (not ego-will, but will as the deepest reality of embodied spirit).
What you feel, as already happening, though it is without form until you speak, when you do speak and it becomes form, it is immediately usurped by the mind and then you think about it, register it, judge it, dismiss it, go on to the next thing to think about. The presence of the reality is lost.
Returning what you said to the originating bodily feeling source, feeling what that is like, means that what you are feeling will inevitably happen in form, happen in the world. It is impossible for it not to happen. You have touched into the Soul of America, into the myth of America. The true definition of myth is –“myth is something that never happened but is always happening.”
The feeling and only the feeling is real. The content is not. If you hold to this feeling, it will inevitably come to outer expression.
Did you say something like – “I want peace in the world, a sense of feeling connected with others, with Earth, harmony, being able to really be both individual and communal simultaneously, to be in my life, freedom with responsibility. I want to be in a safe place, safe for those I love.”
Whatever you said, the feeling-presence that originated the speaking is the living presence of the Soul of America. What is spoken, as an idea is in the realm of opinion. What the body originates does so in unity with Earth, for we are of the Earth. Put aside for awhile your notions of where you come from and be with the reality. Put aside, for the moment, your religion, your spiritual orientation, what you have come to adhere to. It will not go away; it will become earthed.
It may well be we have to go the long route, for, mostly, we are not present anymore with the immediacy of bodily feeling. I hope you can be present to the lovely resonance of the feeling-origin of what you said. Such presence will help immensely in retrieving the Soul of America.
Imagine that we are together, sitting outside around a fire, or sitting in circle. We sit quietly, contemplatively, in deep concern, and confusion about America. But we do not want to let our mind get hold of our concerns and begin speaking politics or giving our opinions, or dwelling on social concerns. All of these ways of thinking about America will be steeped in illusion and delusion in the absence of an inward listening-in-soul, and allowing the spirits of this land to in-form us.
What way are we using the term ‘soul’? James Hillman (Re-Visioning Psychology) gives a wonderful description of soul: “The unknown component that makes meaning possible, turns events into experiences, and is communicated in love. The significance soul makes derives from its special relation with death.”
We begin by turning inward in contemplation of America – this inward turn involves more than trying to ‘see’ our own depth. The metaphor of ‘turning ‘inward’ also involves the attitude of an inward soul/spirit ‘seeing’ of soul encompassing us in this contemplation. When we ‘see’ in this way, ‘outside’ is an octave of inside.
What we ‘see’ remains invisible to sensation, we see through the intimacy of feeling. Our soul touches, feels, comes in contact with the soul of this land.
The ‘spirits’ of America, heard through the depth of the soul – Who are they? Right now, attend to the way this manner of speaking strikes you.When I speak this unfolding view, it is present. When i speak about this view, it is no longer present. When you hear this unfolding view, it is present. When you take what you are reading as information, it is not present.
We are not attempting a ‘spiritual’ reading of America. For the original inhabitants of this land, speaking and listening to the ‘spirits’ was their way. We cannot get anywhere if we cannot find this Way, not as it was for them, but how the spirits of this land still speak.
We are not ‘going Indian’. We are attempting to come into harmony with the spirit-soul wholeness of this land – a wholeness that was broken the moment the Spaniards invaded this land, a wholeness that further fractured when the Puritans brought all their assumptions of a “New” land, and further fractures now as we have become nearly complete abstract creatures inhabiting a conquered place.
Another crucial aspect of soul — imagine soul as an ‘imaginal place, soul as precision of space rather than time. We move out of temporal thinking and historicity. We will speak and hear ‘history’, but when heard through soul, we feelingly know the qualities of the ‘space’, the place that is America. To be in soul, we sense the so-called ‘historical’ events inwardly, as happening now, with hidden, mysterious depths that begin to reveal themselves. This attitude of being within imaginal space is necessary, and somewhat difficult because, since the Puritans, the sense of the soul-space (soul-space is a way of saying the ‘myth’, the living myth, the living imagination) of America remains occluded. To be present, therefore, requires us to enter the occult, to enter what remains obscure to the 4% of usual consciousness. Surrendering to the other 96% of consciousness is required — the movement from “our consciousness: into consciousness. America is no longer space but a time, and not the time of the past or the present, but the time of the future. We call it development, progress, getting on with it, technology, investment, ownership….all the cliques we heard and have come to believe constitutes the ‘American Way’. It is the way of not-being here. Soul, though, remains, for it is not trying to get anywhere, it is all here. The moment we depart from it we turn from the soul of America to abstract ideas about America.
America is no longer space but time, and not the time of the past or the present, but the time of the future. We call it development, progress, getting on with it, technology, investment, ownership, innovation….all the cliques we heard and have come to believe constitutes the ‘American Way’. It is the way of not-being here. Soul, though, remains, for it is not trying to get anywhere, it is all here. The moment we enter the spacious here (seen/felt from the occulted 96% of consciousness) we are within the felt truth of America.
The Guardian of the Threshold – or – When heaven comes nearer, all hell breaks loose
The Guardian of the Threshold — an old esoteric term – and a reality. It’s something that stands at the entrance to what is termed the higher state; you cannot pass into the higher state until you face me. The ‘me’ is ourselves in our totality.
Everyone who is going to move into higher planes of consciousness must meet the guardian of the threshold. This needs to be explained. There is no higher consciousness ‘tomorrow’. – makes us depend on hope, fate, the future.
Where is the guardian of the threshold; if it is truth, it has to be now. Where is it in your life – now. Where is He, she, it?
The Guardian of the Threshold represents the sum total of your entire existence. It is an entity – for the sum total….of all your past, that is you. A very vital entity, for it is you, now.
You are not connected to the full vitality of it because you believe in the future. It is only your belief in the future that cuts you off from all the past that exists in you NOW.
If you could experience that, you would have access to all the secrets of all the mysteries…they are now.
I am who am this body, but we are talking about the I who am forever. I am the guardian of the threshold between the two, where the two become the one.
Where is this guardian. We are facing it all the time. It is your life as it is now – deeper than the life we rationalize about, much, much deeper.
It has been made into something ‘esoteric’, something available only to one who has access to mysteries. That is not true. It is facing you, now, facing your life as it is now. Between the looker and what we see lies the infinite void, a vacuum. Only one thing can fill this vacuum so you can see yourself as you are, and that is love. Seen through the void, we see only what we fear as we see ourselves on the other side. Love will draw all of that to itself. But for love to be within the void, we must become no-thing.
Do you have any problems in your life? Then you are facing the guardian. The Guardian appears as your problems. Those problems are what you have not faced, and who says ‘”face me now”’. When you see me, you see the higher knowledge, you see the truth, the truth sets you free.
Do you have a problem in your life? What is that problem? It is you that you have not been facing. Problems have to be faced practically – not thought about, do something now.
Quit all unhappiness or surrender to it – rather than put up with the problem in your life.
We are here to be free of unhappiness – we are here to face the guardian of the threshold.
Stop thinking and wondering what you will do. The problem, the recurring problem, what is it? It is what you will not face. Face your life now – stop thinking or wondering what you will do. What is the area of your life where you are unhappy.
If you want a future, you cannot be free. Nothing we do to try and solve our problems frees us from them. They only shift them around. Away. No one will come and save you. You have to free yourself; otherwise, the problems will recur, perhaps in another form.
Time. What is time? All religions and teachings are about time; past and future. Guardian of the future – time’s up, face me now. The total product of all the time within you. Time’s up. Have you gotten rid of the only- human in you, the only- mortal in you? Have you gone deeply enough to make consciousness total and whole.? Be present and responsible for existence as now.
When self-presence begins, then we are ready to face the unknown Soul of America. It is a difficult story, for here, now, America faces a Guardian of the Threshold. Holy Death and the Soul of America. America, since the Spaniards and still now, even more so now, the soul has been sidetracked by making an abstract split between death and life, and thus we are completely unnatural. Why has this happened? Did America lose soul before it had the opportunity to feel what it is to be of this land?
What constitutes a spirituality of these times? This question does not require feeling that all previous ways of spiritual practice are passé. The question only requires seeing that we have to respond, always, to the present, from the present, which requires, of course, being present. So, the most encompassing of spiritual work is that of being present. The rest follows.
What are these times? How are you these times? How can you know the truth of these times?
We are at the end of time, for we may die at any moment. This is a simple truth, not imposed on us from anywhere. It is a first realization of being present.
The time is now, and we must face ‘now’. We must, first, relinquish looking to a future that does not exist. Truth is now. If we have any hope, we are not being ‘now’, are we? But, if we have no hope, we are also not being ‘now’. The times call for being now. That is why, in America, we are having trouble thinking that ‘tomorrow will be better’, and we also feel, ‘the past is gone.’ It is the times.
Can we stand the times? If not, someone will propose a belief, to be followed, to gather followers who are not able to be here now. But, the truth is now. The times are announcing that it is now time to stop living in the past or in the future.
We are being instructed, simply by the times, to give up seeking some improvement – in ourselves, and also give up the collective notions of this country – to grow, to look forward to a ‘brighter future’, to keep expanding, to keep having, to keep insanely destroying. Looking forward to ‘improvement’ prevents us from being the truth now.
How, then to do this, to open to the depth of now? It is a matter of meeting the ‘Guardian of the Threshold’, He, She, It, is always present and becomes very present at end times. What is this? Not according to some esoteric tradition; what is this in you, how do you notice its presence.
The Guardian of the Threshold is the sum total of our lives. Being present is being present to the sum total of our lives. That is what is meant to be at an end. This is the truth of our times. This truth could not be grasped earlier. If we do not grasp it now, it will continue to occur as if everything is falling apart. And that illusion will be used to govern and manipulate us. And keep us from living within the Soul of America. The Soul of America surely differs from what we may be tempted to think. The only ones present with America’s true present are those who were here before the Spanish, and before the Puritans.
God, truth, beauty, love, peace, wonder….these are not lost, it is only that we have not learned to be present because we have all ‘bought’ into the false notion that these are all to be attained – in the future, either, and, an inner future, called a ‘spiritual path’, or an outer future, presently called, “make America great again”.
The brain cannot find the truth. It can have moments of clarity – through a spiritual path, through some kind of therapy. Clarity because you have introduced yourself to the brain; so there are moments of clarity. You are purer, but not able to be responsible for yourself. The impurity is thinking you can be better. You cannot improve yourself; you can only be responsible for yourself. Everything is pure now.
The only thing you can be saved from — the wanting. Wanting to be saved is the problem, the first problem. The second one consists of trying to do it