Seems I’m on a scales thing these days…
While everything we experience originates in the dynamics of consciousness, how much of that is embodied in form varies widely.
For example, simple objects like rocks are largely inert. But some rocks like gemstones can express a surprising amount of presence. Note that this is distinct from the laws of nature or qualities of a stone. A stone can have very distinct, strong qualities. But some rare stones take that to another level. The presence amplifies the qualities and makes it seem almost alive.
Also, objects can carry energy from their environments, such as clothing or stones worn by someone for awhile. But that is distinct from the object and can be cleared.
Next step up is life forms – they have the intelligent structure to support life-force (prana or chi). This ranges from borderline things like viruses up to self-reflective life, like primates and dolphins.
At the mid-range of the Kala scale are forms that can bring their attention to attention itself, to recognize presence directly. That can be cultured with good techniques.
Muddying the water is charisma, an energetic dynamic. We’re in a culture that values charisma, so people tend to seek teachers with star power rather than spiritual power. Not such a good technique.
We’re now in a time and place where far more people are developing presence but this is certainly not exclusive to humans. There are stories of animals who come to satsang and we’ve all met animals with presence beyond their peers. Most of the avatars of Vishnu (like Krishna) have not come in human form.
After Self Realization, the awake Shakti descends into the energy physiology. We move through the stages of development in consciousness, the house is cleared, and it becomes increasingly lively in the form. As the presence becomes deeper, the resonance becomes progressively more universal.
As the resonance steps up, we may notice people responding to us differently. While many still respond to the personality and form as usual, some may respond in other ways – sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously or even reactively.
As it becomes deep enough, it gets strong enough to seep out even in recordings and writings. The further from the original, the less, but if it’s strong enough, even a transcript can resonate for some.
Yet presence isn’t just quiet Shiva. It is also lively, alive. As divinity becomes increasingly recognized along with awareness, presence takes on a potency.
As we shift into ParaBrahman and pure divinity, presence surpasses consciousness. It becomes self-awakening, self-consuming. Such people become catalysts for transformation and awakening in others around them.
In a rare few examples I’ve seen (in various lifetimes), presence reaches a place where it can be felt by most everyone, even from miles away. It is embodied divinity and increases everyone’s inner light.
Now we’re in a new time. Rather than a single lighthouse in the dark, we’re in a time of many lights waking up and raising the whole. This is similar to the esoteric Christian approach that the “Second Coming” is within each of us.