In The Grip, I talked about the sequence of 4 grips. These are key holdings or resistances that keep us “in the dark”, in ignorance of our true nature as they would say in the east. They are met in the descent of higher states in unfolding enlightenment and, to some extent in the rising and falling cycles of time. There are of course secondary resistances of all sorts, unique to each person. And a different set of blocks in the prior rise of kundalini. This is the journey of healing and release each of us goes through in some form or another on the journey home.
I numbered the grips in the sequence in which they are discovered and released. But what of how they are formed? Why would all this happen? What would be the point of separating ourselves from ourselves?
There are a number of ways of looking at this, each of which will reveal nuances of the truth. Today, I’ll explore it from the perspective of the grips. Let’s see if I can do it in a nutshell.
In the “beginning” (“long” before time), liveliness stirs alertness into awareness. Awareness moves within itself and becomes aware of itself. Awareness is aware of itself both globally and at every point within itself. We could call this the God perspective.
The trouble with the God perspective is that when any intention to create arises, the expression all happens instantly. All of creation, the beings, the universes, the galaxies, stars and planets, the people, the lives and all the individual experiences in all time happen instantaneously. Blip. Done.
This perspective includes complete knowledge of everything that apparently occurred. But the global perspective overshadows the experience at any given point. And that points experience of a fraction of instantaneous does not really do it justice.
What God/spirit does is a fascinating adaptation. Attention shifts slightly from wholeness to the gap between awareness aware of itself. This creates a duality that does several things.
1 – it divides subject and object, creating the trinity of subject, object and process of experience.
2 – it creates space, and through the process of experience, time.
3 – global attention drops into the points of attention
Thus, by creating that simple duality by mere attention, creation is able to be experienced as a sequence of events in space by individual points of awareness. (you and I)
This little twist is the “fourth grip” of ignorance. It is only in seeing past this subtle duality that wholeness can really dawn in awareness and enlightenment can be said to be complete. (although there is always more refinement, expansion, etc)
The intellect has turned from differentiating creation to recognition of Self in all in unity. But it must also stop differentiating Self from Self.
One of the qualities of a creation built from flowing awareness is that it moves in cycles. In The Yugas, I explore one way of looking at the long cycles of time in the rise and fall of consciousness. In a Sat yuga or golden age, the general population experiences life with the twist of ignorance but in many ways is as-if enlightened. As the ages fall and rise again, the other grips are amplified and reduced.
In the descending cycle of Treta that follows Sat, the degree of consciousness drops. By the end of the age, the awareness of spirit is lost. (without global, only the point is known) Thus, feeling divided and alone, the sceptre of fear arises creating the “3rd” grip. The separation and fear make the sense of being a unique individual prominent, causing the core identity.
Fear casts a shadow over all emotions. As consciousness drops further, lower emotions like guilt, shame, and anger become more prominent. The heart builds a crust to protect itself but this further cuts us off from higher emotions and our connection with our soul and the divine. This is the “2nd” grip. Emotions are fed by experiences that verify our uniqueness and validate our feelings.
With the core identity giving a signal of individuality and the emotions energized by this, the mind develops the concept of a separate me. It seeks ways to emotionally gratify this, looking for experiences that verify this perspective. We seek to be right and thus make other wrong. This is the “first” grip.
It should be noted that I don’t want to demonize the ego here. It is a natural part of growing to adulthood. The issue is an ego without global context; an I without spirit. It becomes identified with its experiences and divides everything into good and bad.
As consciousness rises, the grips are lessened or released – either through a rising age or rising spiritual development. The advantage of spiritual development is that it gets us off the wheel of time. Once off, we can continue and clear the last grip and step into wholeness.
Make any sense?