When You Are Here, You Are Everywhere
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I hope that you have been working on becoming physically present. The practice concerns bodying body, as we are “not here”, not even through the more usual ways of paying attention to body such as exercise, walking, or grounding, or techniques of imagination. My language perhaps needs to be more precise. We cannot make anything of an essential spiritual nature happen –as it is already all happening. But, we can and do loose the awareness, which, in many instances, such as bodying, is usually quite naturally spiritually/bodily present. Not any more. But, we don’t do anything to make it happen – we work to notice WHERE it is happening. The breathing exercise is an exercise for noticing bodying happening. We don’t start bodying by doing the exercise. We shift attention out of the distractions.
Attention is everything – it is the spirit-capacity of the self. Noticing, attention, differs from “paying attention”. Paying attention utilizes attention that has already occurred to now be a mental capacity of focusing. Primary attention, as utilized in all the suggested practices does not have to do with the mind, but with intuition. The breathing exercise itself starts out with “paying attention” – the part of taking 30 deep breaths, not breathing on the exhale, then breathing, and holding the breath. It is necessary to be attentive to do this, but true spirit-attention opens, just a bit, in the experience of the bodying at the very end. Notice what the bodying is like – maybe starting with an inner light, going into darkness, a highly, highly dense nothing, completely silent, in complete stillness which is complete pureness of activity. So, the exercise really involves two aspects – the bodying and the spirit-attention noticing the bodying. Thus, the bodying is not a content of consciousness, but the creating-consciousness itself. Ponder this a bit as speaking just turned subtle.
The creating consciousness of bodying does not last because we have not yet dealt with the distractions as they hide in sub-consciousness. We will get to that in a later entry.
I hope, though, you begin to feel, see, and an insight awakens that what we are doing is spiritual-work. It consists of something vastly different than taking something that someone says to do and doing it and perhaps finding that something happens. Thousands of books and even more internet sites traffic in presenting things to do to transform. Mostly, they work at the “astral” level of consciousness. “Astral” means ‘star’ – there is a “higher astral” and a “lower astral” (from Rudolf Steiner). The lower astral con-fuses, that is “fuses together” the higher astral, which opens into spirit awareness with desire, want, need, impulse. "I desire spiritual experience, I want to be more spiritually present, I want happiness, I need to get out of this world, I want more good things to happen. I want to help others, I want to help the Earth. We need to do something about the situation we are in, about the devastation of the earth, about the terrible divisions between people, about, about, about."Or more subtly, I want, need, desire to experience the spiritual worlds, to be with Nature, to help Nature. Our highest desires are still self-oriented.
The term spiritual-work does not exactly mean “effort”, not in the sense of the application of the will. In depth psychology, for example, “dream-work” and “soul-work” do not mean analyzing dreams or the soul even understanding them. Work of this nature, including spirit-work means yielding, surrendering to aspects of being fully human that are typically outside of awareness.
This kind of “work” is not fun, but it is filled with joy and delight.
What we're not yet aware of is how the subconscious realms take over when we're not here. Staying with this kind of spirit-work it is not unique insofar as any spiritual tradition involving contemplation or meditation brings spirit-work with it. What we have done in terms of breathing and what will be presented in a moment, begin to open the portal to the very giddy, kind of idiotic “happy” – even when it chooses to present us with emotional suffering – sub-world that is having a field day in distracting us from being here. When the portal opens, it is possible to see that the world we think we live in and the earth that we think of as where we live, has been, and continues to be overlaid with the lower-astral world. And, this revelation comes, always, in completely unique ways – there is nothing ‘general about it. Such a moment --- or actually, many such moments work toward freeing us --- and simultaneously orienting others to freely become free, freeing the world, and freeing Earth. Maybe more. When those worlds begin to be noticed as astral and they were the world we thought was the literal world, and the literal earth, and literal others, the shock has to be met, and that requires significant spirit-work, as we will see. The spirit-work involves, for example, refraining from trying to get rid of those worlds, but to notice something else -- what that is, well, that is for later.
The top indicator of having, probably already, right at the start, being invaded by the happy-subconscious campers – is if the little physical work suggested so far, seems to be about “us”, the “me-me”, “for me”.(I need to also say that most "service work" and even most practical "spiritual work", when looked at clearly, also tends to be either about us or done by is as if we could control the spiritual realms -- or we could appeal to them to do something.) The spirit-work of this work is integral spiritual psychology – that is, integral or Wholeness. Much more of this term remains for us to develop – it is not an abstract word at all, but it has to be experienced as it is not in the realm of knowledge. We are not doing anything for ourselves as if we were independent of everything else that is conscious -- which is everything. It is more the work of being open to receiving the sense of who we humans are within the fabric of totality happening.
A characterizing of Integral Spiritual Psychology was given last time:
Integral Spiritual Psychology is an approach to humanness that takes into consideration all aspects of an individual’s life - physical, vital, mental, environmental, social, cultural and spiritual-that make him/her a human person. It is called ‘Integral’ especially because of its focus on the process of integration-into wholeness that goes on continually in all normal human beings.
I worked for some 10 years developing the practices of the heart (see the book “Heartfulness”), and very few folks become free by doing those practices because getting free of the "me" while still being integral with the world and Earth and everything is very difficult. That work is pure beauty, but not once invaded with desire. I heard someone speaking of mathematics saying that mathematics is like clearing a room from everything and everybody and then going into that room, being empty oneself and describing it, fully and completely in all its relations. With the heart, with heartfulness, well, because heart is about the realm of feeling (not emotion), one is required to completely clear this “room” of everything – all self-interest, desires, wants, needs, fantasies, memories, and then going into that room and describe the fullness of feeling, which is also world-feeling, earth-feeling. Not what they feel about something, but feeling-consciousness.
Where we are going now will be even more complex.
But, now, the second and practical part – BEING HERE IS ALSO BEING EVERYWHERE.
The noticing is quite simple. Do the breathing exercise given in the last blog entry. When completing the practice and regular breathing begins again, then close your eyes and notice – that is, be present, quietly, just noticing the region right at the edges of experiencing the form of the physical body. Notice that an invisible and quite subtle vibration is present. The vibration will be strongest, at first, at the place of the form of the physical body – a kind of “frequency” tingling, experienced from the surface of the bodily form inwardly, quite deeply. As attention rests, though, at the place of the expanding invisible vibration happening, it continues to expand, relaxation increases, and it seems as if you/your form is within a transparent sphere – it continues to go “out” further and further – without boundary. As this expansion happens, a spontaneous smile begins to form. It is not planned, there is no inner longing or desire for anything, it simply starts to happen – because the physical body is not a content, but a vibrating field, the same vibrating field as that surrounding the bodily form – and this vibration itself is joy-consciousness, love-consciousness, for consciousness is Love --- and.... consciousness is not in us --- we are in consciousness. Consciousness is everything – whether something is visible and tangible – what we call “matter”, or far more subtle, spiritual, depends on the intensity of vibration. The physical body is a very slow mode of vibration, like the center of a spiral, which is, however, inseparable from the vibration at the outermost of the spiral – and the spiral of consciousness is not static, but one that constantly widens and concentrates – concentrates and “decentrates, as the whole of creating is doing. In the life of fullness, this creating-decreating is experienced as the life of giving-re-giving. That is, the life of giving in order to get no longer exists, it is a distraction.
(For a remarkable, but highly complex and difficult presenting of the process just described see the work of Walter and Lao Russell.)
Again, the result of first exercise of bodying does not last, nor does this present exercise of being here as being the Fullness, the Wholeness, though by doing these two for just a little while, it becomes possible to enter into this Wholeness at any moment by just shifting attention. They do not last because we have not confronted yet what keeps us out of the Wholeness, and we almost certainly expect to be able to do this work, feel more spiritual and go about living in the same world as we did before; in fact we do and do not continue living in the world of falsehood. But, developing Truth-Consciouness, is not so easy, and I certainly don't mean to be talking as if I've developed it. Yet, the aspiration, not a desire, but aspiring is present. I hope it is for you also because I have the feeling this is not an endeavor that can be done by one and handed out, but, as we are going toward the "We", which includes everything, it would seem that WE have to be within such an aspiration.