I notice that every time I post a practice instead of a writing, there is quite a significant drop off of comments, which I am quite sure also means a large drop in people reading that particular post. When I do a writing that articulates in some manner a readers own anxieties and discomfort in a world absent of truth, dominated by a seemingly uncontrollable disease, the presence of deep social unrest, economic fears, the presence of the complete unknown, and in truth, the feeling that this “transition” is not transitioning, there is a moment of trying to listen to something that opens up breathing. Hearing or reading a wider and deeper context, I hope, is helpful. But the writings alone quickly wear off and all the discomfort begins to nag again. The reason for the quick return is that no degree of transformation can occur by quick reading alone. A therapeutic moment is hardly effective.
Many people are appalled with all that is happening and aspire to accomplish something that can produce an actual change but have no practical sense of how to go about it. But, when such a practical direction is suggested, well, it is work, requiring not only repetition but a capacity to track what is happening inwardly in order to progress. And “practices” are associated with the prevalent kinds of spirituality that separate everyday consciousness from “spiritual” consciousness that perhaps requires years of meditative practice before change can be noticed.
We really don’t need another spirituality. We need to fix consciousness that has been hijacked.
Hijacked from what? Where consciousness should now be after many millennia of the evolution of consciousness – is “soul-consciousness”, that is continual moments of waves, deep, in which we are one with One, all one with the One. Whatever the particular modality of consciousness – bodily, sensory, emotional, thinking, feeling, intuition, or spiritual, we are at an evolutionary place where these modes should have evolved into one simultaneity of inner with outer consciousness, which is more like a ‘field’ of consciousness rather than something that goes on ‘”inside”, whatever that means. The field of wholeness does not only mean that one is intimately together with what is present, but that we are but a moment of the field happening, coming-into being, not separated, finished entities, onlookers. This new mode would be creation creating itself as – truth, beauty, and goodness (in a very new way). Not that this vision would be accomplished – it could not be because it is an aspiration and a process without end, not a goal, something to accumulate.
Hijacked into what? The writings cannot be formative of being one with the One because consciousness has been hijacked into runaway relativism, nihilism, a belief that there is no truth, the presence of captive forms of consciousness – consumerism, greed, exploitation, divisiveness, and one oppressive force or another, and power-seeking. These modes of consciousness require narcissism, which is but a way of putting all of the modes of consciousness just mentioned into a single descriptive term. We are all captured and enslaved. It is impossible to be ‘partially’ one with the One.
Practices, as they are presented in these posts are suggested ways of looking that allow seeing what is not seen in hijacked consciousness. They are not spiritual practices. Not in the usual sense in which there is an assumed division between the earthly world and the spiritual worlds – as if the first is “here” and the second is…. somewhere else – outside of space and time, as if space and time is not embraced by outside of space and time. The practices are based in noticing the always-entwining of body, soul, spirit, others, world, earth, as such an embrace. The practices open the door to that comprehensive field.