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At this stage in our meditation we are required to change our mode of thinking. As we look inwardly into a world of light energies and forms, we discover in the silence of our experience an expanding universe in which, up and down, higher and lower no longer defines our experience. We are in a realm whereby each plane of consciousness is made of the sum of all its parts, and itself a part of a greater sum. An expanding universe is curved, which prompted Buckminster Fuller to suggest we use, in and out, instead of up and down. In a similar fashion the concept of hierarchy no longer matches our realization, and another word is progressively replacing it. Rupert Sheldrake in the book The Physics of Angels writes “ I think “holarchy” is fine, because actually what “hier” means (from hierarchy) is not just sacred but holy; and “holy” has the same root in English as “whole”. Likewise in Greek holos means whole.” Therefore in a holarchy we have a better descriptive experience of a curved inner space made of the sum of its part, each, a part of a greater sum.
We wonder, why it is so difficult to “breakthrough”. What is it that distorts and stands in the way of “my love”? The answer to the question is in our intention. Not all motives, though spiritual, are pure. Often enough they are not even an intention, but an impulse. Some look to compensate for frailty of character, some to gain power, others for to find an easy way in life. Any such desires, conscious or unconscious are like a weight on our spirit, keeping it from reaching its natural fulfillment. Wajid
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We are the product of our environment. Many sources
We deal with facts and not the idea of fact. J Krishnamuti
Fact is a shadow of the truth. Sufi Inayat Khan
I have occasionally spoken of the fact that we are a product of our environment, often with the expectation of an understanding that varied according to the subject I was addressing at the time. Considering the importance of understanding the place and influence of conditioning and our propensity toward simplification, to interpret a statement or word to its most common use, it behooves us to have a more detailed and yet broad understanding of this idea.
First we need to look into the primordial environmental start of this process, which happens to be the time our parent have the sexual encounter that will provide the two elements carrying the DNA that will be the basis of the structure that will produce our physical body.
There is no denying that we carry the imprint and are the product of that first primal exposure in the environment of our mother’s womb.
Because during our life we have a psychological need to feel some sense of control and a desire to account for our destiny, there has been talk in the spiritual community about our having a choice on the karmic possibility of our life, that we chose the parental situation that will provide the learning and exposure to certain experiences. I mention this because it might be true, although my penchant from experience, as a variation on that theme, is that we are attracted by the sympathetic resonance of our parents reflecting our own as a divine spark, which is how the spiritual world seems to function. Being that most of us cannot personally ascertain the reality of this belief, I leave it at that, a choice of personal belief that offers a supporting mode of thinking from that ideology.
From this humble beginning we progressively become a conglomeration of impressions, nutrients, emotions, sounds etc. picked up from the immediate environment of our mother, and less directly at this stage, our father through his influence and relationship with our mother and the environment they jointly create. All of this at a deep experiential level, that will remain with us throughout our life, unless at some point we feel the need for a purification in order to reconnect with the original divine spark, from which all started.
After a gestation of nine months we are delivered into the world of direct experiences, hopefully under the emotional, psychic, and physical protection of our parents. This is when our inherent inner potential instinctively begins exploring our immediate world. From innocence, at least of the world of form, and with an inherent curiosity, inspired by an original intention (yet to be discovered), we begin a process of informational absorption, limited only by our brain capacity and rapidity of assimilation.
Slowly at first, but progressively faster, we acquire (instinctual) knowledge and (intellectual) education. All of which eventually brings us to a bifurcation on the road of becoming, a moment in time in our life that is not of the realm of time, but circumstantial. In other words this instant will come and go many times, as long as we don’t recognize the opportunity offered by the challenge of the bifurcation. If one of this moments happen to have all the right ingredients, the sleep walker may awaken.
The important question is, what does awakening mean, what is it that changes in a person in this process from sleep to awaken?
To comprehend the process of awakening we need to go back to the early years of our journey, when our brain and our innocence, needed to rely on trust and accepted words and concepts at face value. We were given meanings and definitions on words and thoughts, according to our parents, friends and school teachers, an understanding, that also made sense to them, as they acquired their information in the same manner from their parents, friends and school teachers. We observed that society used the same words and concepts and that it worked for people. That there was acknowledgement and that grades of proficiency were given according to familiarity and proficiency of use.
Although for some, the social norm of learning did not work well. From the start, they found they had a different association with words and thinking. To them the way the dictionary meaning of words was used seemed limiting, when using them they felt a superficiality, which boxed them in, hiding a deeper dimension of understanding that they experienced in painting, music, dance and other artistic forms of expression.
In the meantime the public and particularly the scholarly individuals, found satisfaction in the orderliness of the clear definition of words. The world being full of unknown, of unexpected, it is gratifying, for most people, to be able to count on regularity, and to have the security of rational expectations. In other words to exist in a structured world, where the unexpected is kept a bay. Which indeed makes life easier and more manageable, “when it works.”
So we can safely say that there is nothing wrong with this structured model, of society, of the world. Except that is, when the individual begins to feel stifled, and mentally and emotionally suppressed. The security, and orderliness that came from the intellectual knowledge and thinking perspective becomes oppressive by its limitation. There is a lack of depth in that form of communication that reveals an emptiness of being that cannot be satisfied with more of the same, be it words, thoughts or objects. There is a feeling of wanting to break free from the confining box of shallow exchange, when the environment and society become a hollow mode of communication rehashing prescribed sound bites, without the depth of personal thinking about one’s words. If we are able to catch it “That instant, is the bifurcation on the road.”
What is the solution, which has been spoken, hinted, shared, by mystics, be they masters, saints, prophets or other? Which of course, society loves to hate, or hates to love, depending on what they have to say.
The solution is to crack open the box of our conditioned mind, the very framework that has provided some illusory sense of security. To daringly experience the far reaching radiance of our own intuitive intelligence, to enter into the uncertainty of a reality, that has a depth beyond our rational, that requires an emotional availability to the shattering of one’s perspective of the world, on the rock of truth. Yes, it might be painful, or as painful as one tries to resist, due to a deep fear of the unknown. But the gain is the discovery of an emotional depth that reveals an experiential knowledge that will takes us to the far edge of our humanity, to reach into the purpose of our life, in a dimension of being that harbors no dependency no analysis, just a quality of silence to one’s listening.
“That is the awakening.”