For awhile, I’ve talked here about the three major stages of the awakening shift. What Adyashanti described as Self absorbing the head, heart and gut. What is broadly called Self realization, God realization, and Unity.
I’ve also talked about the 3 “am-ego’s”, the 3 layers of an “ego” self that are released as these awakenings occur. (although GC can take place further along) The mental concept of being separate, the emotions that drive it, and the core identity that separates us from the world.
More recently, I’ve been observing this relationship with the chakras and how there’s another further stage, what I’ve started to call Embodiment. Where the Self moves down to the base and out onto the surface of experience, right there to the senses. We can literally touch Brahman.
It turns out that there is a further value of individuality, associated with descent of Self to the root. The point value.
We can understand this better if we understand the bigger picture. In essence, the infinity of being is collapsing to a point at every point. We could say we’re one of those infinite points. Infinity in a point, our soul, in a sea of sparkling lights of life.
Our soul can be accessed in the heart but it is the root chakra energy that identifies with that point as individual.
The Sanskrit term Ahamkara is usually translated as ego, but I believe this is what it refers to. The point value, the first principle of individual. Ego arises as a result of that. Or we may just call the whole process ego.
It’s not the point value that’s individual but the identification with it that makes it so.
Thus we have a 4th value. The infinite in a point, identified as individual. As that is further engaged, we have identification with that individuality as separate (the core identity), emotions to drive that, and the mental concept of being “other” and unique (what I call ego). We lose them in reverse.
The other Chakras
Now, you might note that a head, heart, gut, & root model misses 2 of the chakras, the throat and sex. These also need to be opened to the divine flow and in some people’s paths may be distinct shifts as well. We’ll all probably notice the first time your body has a conversation, talking to someone without any input from you. But it seems the other 4 are the common places of self-identification. At least in the current time and culture. We’ll see how well this holds up over time.
Of course, Self doesn’t actually descend. It was here all along. What actually “descends” is the opening and allowing to what preexists. This also awakens us to our full cosmic nature, even right on the level of the body.
Last Updated on November 11, 2017 by Davidya
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Reminds me of this quoate from “The Fault in our Stars”. “There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
It’s quite amazing to see existence as my lila but when the point recognize itself to be the infinite it must be something else all together 🙂
Yep. But it’s also layered too. Infinities within infinities. I talk about subjects like nested space here.
Yes I can comprehend that. All is in every point in all! A visualization of that came to me in a mediation. I was happy to see your attempt to illustrate it. This is where we recognize the body as absolute? I haven’t come across much writings about it out there. Movie quote came into mind as I watched it recently and thought they were going in the right direction there 🙂
Right. I describe Atman now as being aware of itself globally and at every point within itself. Each of those points is a reference point, a perspective of the whole. Yet it remains an aspect of the whole, undivided. It is only when it (we) gets lost in it’s experiences that it sees itself as separate.
As I recall, this came up after the devata body unfolded. This is an expression of the cosmic body which I’ve written about a few times. Some may refer to this as the absolute body but I’m thinking the old references are more likely to an embodiment of Brahman. Another step deeper.
This was also written just before my life changed dramatically into what became grad school.