Spinning or Seeing

There is a simple principle to understand about our life experiences. If there is an experience showing up in our life, it’s there for our benefit. The nasty customer, the meeting going sideways, the crazy drivers; all of it is there to show us something about ourselves or to resolve something in our history. Moving us forward or clearing the past.

Yet all too often, we artfully deflect these experiences with narratives that put blame outside of ourselves or on some aspect of ourselves we diminish. We resist and call such experiences bad. This response reinforces and perpetuates what we don’t want.

But if we recognize these are arising to be experienced and resolved, and learn to let go of our inner contractions, we end the drivers that are causing these experiences in our life.

The Yoga Sutra tells us:
Yoga Sutra 2:16 – heyam duhkham anaagatam
Avert the danger which has not yet come.

The next verse tells us the cause of danger is identification with seer and seen, being caught in the sense of me and mine. That draws us into trouble.

If we are radiating peace, it will diffuse anger, fear, and discord around us. But I don’t mean making a mood of peace. That’s just wearing a another mask.

Just as we can culture gratitude, we can also culture peace. This means favouring it rather than pretending. We favour peace because we often have decades of practice doing the opposite. It takes time to change habits even if peace is alive deep within.

If peace is not alive within, then we have clearing to do to uncover it. You can’t favour peace if it’s not in your experience. Pure, silent, restful being is there within all of us under the veils of our unresolved past. You may find things you resist, things you grasp at, things you feed you know are not beneficial, or simply things you need to see.

If you find events push your buttons in any of these ways, change your tactic. Rather than avoiding or grasping at such events, look within at what is causing your reactivity. A “button” points to something unresolved. That is the seed of the event.

This can be well-masked so we may have to peel back multiple layers that obscure our contractions. But as we get closer and clear old drivers, we free up energy and gain peace of mind.

Notice the little stories we tell ourselves or share with others. In trying to point away, they can point back to what we’re blaming and avoiding.

Over time and process, events will tend to reduce and the dynamics will become much clearer and more distinct. Then, if an event arises in our experience, we know there is a gift in it for us.

This is similar to the modern ideas of Ho’oponopono.

After clear awakening, we may find ourselves clearing community trauma. Because of our history, it will often be things we can relate to because we’ve already experienced and cleared them in ourselves. But now we’re able to clear them energetically, resolving them before they show up in experiences. Then we’re averting the danger directly.ย ย 

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16 Responses to Spinning or Seeing

  1. Tim Owens says:

    In his readings, Edgar Cayce often said of difficult karma it is the self meeting the self in a former state.

    • Davidya says:

      Interesting. Thanks, TO.
      Thats been the experience here too, in some cases remembering how the challenge was handled in a prior life, eventually going back to the source of it.

      It’s not necessary to go back into past lives. The contractions can be resolved at any time. But they do have an apparent source in some past trauma.

  2. Good post David. So true so important to realizes there is choice and opportunity to choose and be peace.

  3. Rick Archer says:

    “If there is an experience showing up in our life, itโ€™s there for our benefit.” This is good advice for those of us living relatively comfortable lives, but it might be harder to say this to a Holocaust survivor, rape victim, Rohingya refugee, etc. It probably applies to them too, but it’s much “tougher love”. https://batgap.com/rob-schwartz/ insists that we all choose the major events of our lives, however horrific, in order to maximize our learning and evolution. Still, it can be a tough idea to adjust to, especially for those who have suffered greatly.

    • Davidya says:

      Hi Rick
      Yes, it’s much easier to see this when the life is relativity settled. When there is a lot of drama unfolding, what is driving events gets a log messier and less clear.

      The people who need tough love are more on the side of the abusers, those not recognizing the deeper consequences of their actions.

      Those having major traumas in the current life need compassion and healing more than philosophy.

      It has been the experience here that we choose the major challenges of our life to help learn or resolve or balance things. Often, we take on things we’re not really up for to try and get past barriers. But our families, communities and culture don’t tend to support deeper healing and we can underestimate how thick the veils are when we step in to a life.

      And then we create new karmas and can get more entangled than we started out.

      This is where samadhi is really, really good. Taking us out of all this for a moment on a regular basis gradually loosens the bindings and brings perspective.

      But yeah, if we feel a victim of life, it’s a harsh idea.

      • Michael says:

        Quote: Often, we take on things weโ€™re not really up for to try and get past barriers. But our families, communities and culture donโ€™t tend to support deeper healing and we can underestimate how thick the veils are when we step in to a life.

        That has been my expierence too……(prior to a live choosing) taking too much on and underestimate the consequences (i had the realization that this happens relativly often)……that happened with my deep emotinal trauma with my first teacher..that is something of that sort…also the male/female thing David i told you privately (i had choosen to clear all karma in this life….dont tell me that this was not the most balanced idea ๐Ÿ˜€

        When i first read Michael Browns “everything that happens may not be what we want but what is required”…i was a little shocked but as one really works through deep layers of pain, grief, shock, guilt, anger etc. it became more and more clear that it is really this way with everyone and all life circumstances…..and that i had choosen a too big thing to resolve lol!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ …..but i have been suported after that realization even more…..

        thanks for the conversation! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Davidya says:

          Yep, I can relate, Michael.

          And yes, it’s a little shocking to realize that our suffering is largely self-made or chosen. Outside of extremes, it’s much less about what happens than how we respond to it. And the biggest issue there is taking it personally (which is more of the self-made part).

          I have an article coming up in about 4 days on the latter topic.

  4. Phil says:

    Ah, this one hits home, strangely even though the concept is not new to me. Effectively written David, thank you.

    So, instead of prioritising the amendment of outer circumstances to resolve our emotions/contractions – instead prioritise letting go of the inner contractions and then the outer circumstances (and associated narratives – be they accurate or falsely superimposed) – that we think, in reverse, are the casual issue, but rather the symptom – will take care of themselves.

    That’s not to say we negate any outer responsibilities – of course, we still engage in timely and appropriate action, but then just let it be.

    So, what might be deemed unfavourable circumstances are rather beneficial lessons, invoking energetic responses alerting us to unresolved experience. Resolve the experience and that lesson is learned, and need not be repeated.

    Think I’m getting it. More or less.

    Less spinning, more seeing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Davidya says:

      Hi Phil

      Yeah, theres that difference between an idea of it and realizing it in the experience. For the subtle stuff, we may have to learn it a few times… a little more deeply each time.

      Well put.

      • Phil says:

        Yeah, I sympathise with Michael in his above comment – it takes some sinking in that reality is reverse to how our common interpretation operates, and it is indeed very shocking “to realize that our suffering is largely self-made or chosen.”

        I guess this shock is too a lesson, and the charge around even this, is to be resolved.

        For all I know, we here could have all long chosen to read your blog posts as lessons for resolving experience in this life, in a very literal way lol; I sometimes come away from reading having being revelatory walloped!! ๐Ÿ™‚

        Sometimes such revelations can make for uncomfortable reading or viewing (I watched that interview with Rob Schwartz that Rick refers to above, and remember being very disturbed by the perspective presented).

        So, this disturbance is too a charge for resolution. It’s not what we read, but how we respond to it, I suppose (laughs).

        • Davidya says:

          Right, Phil, but it’s also useful to recognize this choosing isn’t done by the little me so we shouldn’t get into self-blame about it.

          This is more a recognition when we step back into the jiva or soul and begin to see from that place, outside the identifications.

          I’ve seen some good talks by Schwartz but as I recall, i felt he was a little black and white in that one. Philosophy needs compassion as a companion.

          Exactly! (laughs)

  5. Deborah says:

    Phew! THIS is the most loaded concept, and has been the source of most of the blocks and contractions here….the ‘if only they would stop acting that way, projecting onto me’….blahblahblah. that, plus knowing the deep suffering in parts of the world. And, finally just surrendering it up, to be the stillness, without pushing anything away, as I did before. Then, noticing that staying in open stillness, manifests different responses from the perceived outside…because, it’s not actually outside as thought.

    • Davidya says:

      Good insights, Deborah.
      It seems a subtle thing but just tweaking our perception of what’s happening around us can change how we’re responding. That changes how “they” respond, and so on.

      When we’re trying to control the world we get push back, a constant battle. When we allow it to be what it is, it eases way off. And yes, then we discovver it’s not “out there” at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Guru says:

    As usual, a great blog. Meeting our past is very challenging. Inner contractions need to be released. we are radiating peace means we are above the identification with seen. Thanks again for your unconditional support. I am shameless when it comes to asking for. please let me know difference between qualified consciousness and sat consciousness. Thanks in advance.

    • Davidya says:

      Hi Guru

      Yes, radiating peace mean identification is no longer impeding inner peace. Peace is always and already there. We just have to let go of the surface appearances so it can shine through.

      There is no difference between qualified and absolute consciousness. Same consciousness. Only the first has moved and gained qualities while the other remains still and pure.

      One can think of a bucket of water. Still, it is quiet and clear. But if we pick up the bucket and pour it out, the water makes noise, becomes less clear, and flows. Then it lands on the ground and moves into it. It becomes hidden in the surface appearance of the ground. Same water in all cases. ๐Ÿ™‚

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