Part 4 – Consequence
One consequence this makes clear – self realization or awakening is not the desired goal. We want to complete the process. Genpo Roshi talks about the “Fall from Grace“, although his middle period was rougher than seems to be typical.
With identity shrapnel at play, there can be an overall experience of being OK with what is, a flow of love and bliss, but a nagging voice that still carries subtle expectations. I should do better. This should be different. Where is X experience? What state have I reached? These are surprisingly powerful but subtle messages that have been the backstory of our lives. The things that pull us into resistance, into not following our bliss, or into inertia.
When some of this junk falls away, the sense of OK gets much deeper and there will be much less stuff coming up that we’ll want to avoid. Our life and environment will change when we change. It becomes not just an inner OK, but all of what is becomes increasingly OK too.
Thus unfolds another of the paradoxes of the journey. With awakening, we found ourselves the non-doer. Yet as the fullness of who we are unfolds, we now see we are the container of doing. We are both the intender and that which experiences the intention. We are the playwright and the audience. The author and the reader. We are the non-doer that intends that which becomes done.
Action flows through us but the author depends on how we look. Is it the Person? God? Self? As the Unity deepens, the aspects merge together to an increasing degree. We find there is no difference. This is a substantial change in reality so it can take a bit of time.
But in the meantime, we have to become increasingly vigilant to what we’re giving our attention to. That attention is becoming increasingly powerful. It is creating the world. When there is some resistance or holding to a should, it can magnify that effect. But that does certainly make the cause more clear. What needs to be let go of sits right in front of us in our life. (but see how it is subtle – who needs to let go of it? (laughs))
As the resistance is seen and relaxed, the energy shifts roles:
3 – Need becomes Confidence, energy, reliability.
2 – Attachment gives way to Passion, flow, grace
1 – Must relaxes into Groundedness, health, physical comfort & presence.
This is the sense of The Push I’ve described prior. That is the movement or flow of consciousness, urging us to action. This is not characterized by resistance or inertia, or fear and holding. Although, if the Push feels large, it may be pushing us out of a rut. (laughs)
The process this happens in will vary widely by person. Some will be clearer here first, some later. Some will see it quite differently.
The point of all this is of course to clear the way, to open enough for the full flowering of human potential to occur. In the Veda of Unity, I touch on one vision of the flowering of Unity. Notably, this takes one past the 7 states of consciousness into the Totality of Brahman Consciousness.
What is life when all holding falls away? Where love and joy flow through us like blood. Where we and our experiences are one in wholeness, arising from ourselves. It is nothing we can comprehend. Yet it is our reality, under the mask of fear.
Much as the world may seem otherwise, this is where our journey is taking us. And it’s doing so at an unusually high speed. It’s very exciting to see it unfold.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the series.