Types of Spaces

Types of Spaces

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I’ve written before about nested space. Every object we experience arises near instantly and in every moment in layers. We’re all familiar with how everything is made of subatomic particles, atoms, and molecules, but this is a scale. Everything also has layers of expression, from an impulse in consciousness though vibration, structure, field, and into form.

The level of vibration happens within space. Each object arises in a space from a vibration which then gains structure, fields, and form as it expresses forward through the layers. Some objects express all the way into “earth”, the physical. Other things don’t express as far, like thoughts and emotions.

The mind, both local and cosmic, is a space in consciousness, enlivened by self-awareness. We might call mind a field of lively alertness.

Feelings are fine flows within inner space, like air. Emotions are more expressed than mind as energy-intensive flows, like fire and water.

Other spaces are where we stash what we don’t want to experience. Typically this is an unresolved energetic node we shadow with layers of resistance. Once they become conscious though, they can be experienced and resolved. Then the energy is released, the burden is lifted, and another space is opened.
Experiences also create memories that are sustained in their own space with elements of structure and field. (air & fire)

Each role or persona we have – parent, partner, worker, friend, also has its own space with its own programs.

We are a nested set of ever-changing spaces, each defining a different aspect of our experience. We are a community.

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  1. Clarice M Davidson

    You suggested for me to try Dr. Kathiva meditation. It seems good but nonetheless I feel the mantra is keeping me from being effortless. I’m leaning toward trying Adya true meditation. I find it confusing and so want a regular practice as an aid to awaken. I mention in an email that I hear an energetic sound most of the time and was trying to find out more about that from you in my last email. I know how busy you must be. Love your work read your book and many blogs.


    1. Hi Clarice
      I generally recommend personal instruction for this reason. Effortlessness is in the technique, not the mantra. The mantra is a vehicle of attention. When it’s not directed outwards, it settles within to more and more subtle levels. If you try to hold on to the mantra or keep it clear or similar, it gets in the way of this natural tendency.

      Because this is a very experiential process that is unlike our usual habits of mind, it’s very useful to be guided through the experience. Occasionally, someone takes to simple instruction like a fish to water but I’ve found most people need some guiding.

      I’ve really enjoyed Adya’s talks on the awakening though Unity process. However, I’m not as enamored of his practices. His Zen approach is much more about control. This can work but is slower and more difficult for most. Of course you’re welcome to try what you like. I’m just sharing what I’ve seen as most effective for most people I know.

      This isn’t just my take. Thousands of Buddhist monks in SE Asia have switched to an effortless practice. Scientific research also backs up the benefits.

      Yes, a regular practice is good for day-to-day life and supporting your spiritual process. It helps prepare the ground, increase inner clarity, etc.

      I have replied to your question about sounds on the Smooth Loops article.


    2. Blanche Johnson

      Hello, Clarice –

      Dr. Kathiva teaches Deep Meditation, a practice she learned from Yogani, whose free lessons are published on the Advanced Yoga Practices website at http://www.aypsite.com

      Check the website to read more about the Deep Meditation, get feedback from other teachers and practitioners, or find a AYP retreat or teacher to learn the mantra meditation.

      Thank you for another amazing article, Davidya!

      1. Thanks, Blanche
        That may be a good resource to understand the process better, although the site is a little dense with info for a newbie.

        As mentioned, I’ve seen the best results with personal instruction so the individuals experience is guided to right practice and it gets established.

        1. Blanche Johnson

          I agree, Davidya. It is better to learn from a teacher. But the AYP website, just like your blog, is an amazing spiritual free resource for these hungry souls.

          Greeting from Koh Tao, Thailand, where I am teaching an one month-long AYP teacher training course. One of the students lives in the Vancouver area. /\

    1. Hi Carl
      Many scientific leaps have been made by explorers having profound experiences. Einstein saw Relativity in an experience, for example, then applied his intellect to explain it in scientific terms.

      When similar happens with refined perception that is sustained, the materialist paradigm currently driving much of science will fly out the window.

      My SAND talk in 2015 showed how the stages of enlightenment build on the stages currently understood in psychology.

      There is a field of psychology called Transpersonal – even a university that specializes (where we held the 2015 panel) – but the major proponents are pushing the chasing of experiences rather than shifts in being. They have proposed 2 stages, essentially awakening and Unity, but don’t yet understand the fundamental drivers.

      But that will come… 🙂

    1. Hi Ray
      No. Mind isn’t self-aware although it may claim awareness for itself. The spaces I’m describing are more subtle than mind and awareness more subtle than the spaces. Mind is on the level of fields that arise in structured spaces.

      There is a value of cosmic mind in which these spaces arise but thats not normally recognized until Unity stage.

      The sense of continuity of experiencer is recognized by consciousness itself, then the mind digests this and gives it words. We can’t think or write about it until the mind has processed an experience but that’s not the experience itself nor the experiencer. They come prior. They are as if behind and driving the mind.

      Make sense?

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