Earlier, I spoke of “What Remains“, the qualities of person that may appear to continue after one is fully awake. You have probably heard talk about the process of the dissolution of the ego concept of the “me”, the separate self. How the concepts and beliefs fall away around the time of first awakening, with the ego itself “popping” when we fully surrender just for a moment into who we are.
As L&L recently put it, “Being remembering itself is the individual forgetting itself.”
In a similar way, with the approach and realization of Unity, the core identity falls away, then its mesh of needs drivers in the lower energy centers. These are a little hard to describe as they are usually completely subconscious until after the opening of the divine heart, the casting off of the crust. But you may feel them as a gripping or clinging drive to be a certain way: to possess, to control, to know, to be seen – the residues depend on the person. But if we have done the work to cleanse the ego beliefs consciously, some of this will be familiar, but its form may be a surprise. There may not be a clue to the seeds of our ego dynamics.
After awakening, Adyashanti describes silence moving forward and absorbing head, heart and gut. This leads to the loss of identity and second waking. Then the Self moves forward and clears the lower centers and with that, moves out into our world. We continue to empty the container of person.
In the past we may have experienced the release of knots or holdings or resistance. They may have arisen as emotional or physical release. Now we find the “body” includes the environment. Our possessions and surroundings may be pleasant, neutral, or may hold residual drama*, just as the mind, heart and body did prior.
It can be surprising where you store your junk. Or maybe not surprising. I’ve commented prior of how outer clutter can be an expression of internal clutter. (or personal style) But understand it’s not the book or shirt or piece of furniture itself that is the stress. It’s the way we’ve been holding it in our awareness. Our relationship with it, we could say. The grip or craving are the giveaways. It is not held easily. It’s a little like someone being possessive or overly protective about something like a new car, only more fundamental. In a way, more animal.
This description brings ideas like Ho’oponopono to life. I don’t know much about it but it seems there is a traditional version that was made famous and adapted by Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len who is said to have healed a criminal psych ward without seeing any of the patients, as told by Joe Vitale. He simply healed what was in his experience. The environment is none other than you and everything that occurs within it arises from within. Purify yourself and you release the holding that caused the apparent suffering. Interesting that they describe it as releasing memories, given that awakening is a process of remembering.
The Person doesn’t really end. What ends is our association with the person as me, the crud inside it that created suffering, and its limitations. Indeed, the person becomes cosmic. Not of course the person of illusion but the person that contained that, that we were gifted for this chapter of our journey.
Of course the cosmic person is One, One cosmic person. The holy spirit. Purusha. The world is it’s body. All of creation is the mind. And you are that. Superman ain’t got nothin’ on you.
* these qualities are determined by the fundamental qualities or gunas of expression – Sattva (purity), Rajas (fire or kinetic energy) and Tamas (inertia). Think of how consciousness moves – is it smooth, agitated, or sluggish. This is the basic nature of everything we experience, everything of the world, internal and external.