The Platform and the Will

DoorIt’s lucky for us that the workings of the universe are unfathomable. We’d be insufferable if we knew it all. So how do we understand our sense of separation as an individual life, against the idea that the universe is a single entity, where everything within it is part of a Oneness? Think of it this way: we are born on a distant planet as separate entities, yet it is through our spiritual journey that we learn to reconnect to the wholeness of everything. That is what we are designed to do: reconnect to the energetic realms while we are in a physical form. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: Here’s where it gets interesting. If you were looking at it from the standpoint of the divine hidden within the reflective which is the waking up state, and that area that most people have some degree of orientation to, you know, thinking that there’s a heaven and a hell. They have some degree of orientation in this area. They then will believe that there is something like a god that’s separate from them.

And when I was looking at just that area, the way I would characterize it is that a human being has the platform, has access to the will of God, but he’s not the will of God.

Gosh, if I really ponder what I just said I’m talking about kind of two different things unless I guess I’m willing to just say that the illusion is the illusion, and it doesn’t exist, and it’s just a motion picture fabrication type thing – and what exists is just this will of God.

Well, if just the will of God exists, then what am I? Well, you kind of have a sense that there’s this entity quality to you that fights for survival, that reacts to things, and yet then it goes bye-bye when there’s just the soul and the body is dropped.

It does seem like we’re still playing with a duality, but when you flip it around now to where you have advanced the waking up to the point where you have to now live what you’ve woken up, and to where what you think you have to be careful of because it can manifest, and that hypnagogic area that you can have as you are falling asleep, you can have it with your eyes open too, you can just daydream.

You can develop an affinity there that can create. And when you develop an affinity that creates, the highest level of creating is to bring something through from an aspect in a vibration that’s rising up out of a stillness. And that vibration that rises up out of a stillness is what? That’s God, right, coming in motion?

And so for a long period of time you see yourself capable and able of effectuating things in this regard, and so now your objective instead of subjective. Now you are more extroverted as opposed to introverted. Now you’re living something as opposed to being more responsive and seeing it from within.

But taking the density out of those words extroverted and introverted and going to more of the essence, you’re closer to the essence when you recognize it as something that rises up out of a stillness. You’re living it, but you’re still living it in the multiplicity of things, changing things, shaping things, reordering life.

And so you’re still going to have a certain degree of conflict in terms of whether or not your idea of reordering things, to the degree to which you are able to backdoor the essence coming through you, and reshaping the images of things, you’re still going to have issues in terms of how pure you are – in terms of what you’re doing.

Now what does purity mean? I saw last night that that means the difference between total quietness and stillness, or not. The highest state of shaping things is a total stillness. In other words, to begin with you realize that you can have an effect upon things.

Let’s just take for example the Chistis. So the Chistis have all of these various techniques that they go through and all of these techniques are designed to cause you to be able to access a recognition of something more divine in your nature, a higher self-quality in your nature – amidst your outer orientation.

And so the sort of stuff that you’re doing can actually kind of like get a hold of you. If you work at this well enough, you develop a certain kind of chi or charisma, energetic presence, and it can seem interesting, but it’s a magnetism still that is oriented in an outer way. It’s not a true letting go quality of pure essence only.

In other words, this aspect of it that has a kind of being quality to it, entity quality to it, goes away when you don’t have the dynamics between the platform and the will of God. The idea of a platform and a will of God is a way of perceiving that exists, with the will of God being separate and a human being being like the platform or that quality in which, through the magnetism and a gravity of things able to hold the infiniteness of the soul. And thus you have the outer reflections.

Looking at the ability to live something, looking at how you get to a point where your thoughts create and shape, looking at that takes you to a point that can get dangerously close to seeing that you now are the will of God. Well now you’re finally starting to talk more and more a oneness. The other is still kind of a bifurcated head game kind of duality pretend oneness.

And it’s still a duality if you’re just kind of dealing with the vibrations that are rising up, and then you’re taking those and you’re processing that through, pushing that through, that vibration through to create the reflections or the images. That still is kind of a messing around, but all of it goes poof, all of it disappears if you take and you find the emptiness, the stillness.

Now, this emptiness and the stillness and the ability to live this is an ongoing thing that you have to be able to do in the day-to-day.

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The Objective State

1unfolding.universe_2As we begin to awaken spiritually we realize more and more that the universe doesn’t revolve around us, and the successful outcomes of our personal whims and desires are not the reasons for our existence. That is a profound shift, and it enables us to begin to see more clearly the unfolding of the bigger picture around us, while also allowing the bigger picture to see us. Said another way, if we are self-involved, the universe can’t see us. If we aim our lives in support of what the universe is trying to accomplish, then we effectively can join the universe in what is unfolding. That is being in the flow. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: First of all I guess maybe the easiest way of looking at it is starting with the hypnagogic state. Now you have a hypnagogic state when you wake up [ed.: actually waking up is hypnapompia, hypnagogic is the onset of sleep]. As you’re waking up you have these fuzzy images and glimpses that can be very strange and weird, and you have to kind of wonder what the heck all that mean. And yet there’s a profound meaning behind it if you can see through it.

And they call it like the realms of the witches and the wizards and such because most people just perceive it as silliness. When you do go into looking at it and seeing through it, you’re actually working with the reflective is what you’re really doing. You’re also burning off the sanskaras faster by taking and contending with the vibrations, and those images, directly, which means that you are taking the reflective outer and you are finding a meaning, an essence, a validity, a depth in that.

The spiritual process is one in which that’s kind of the journey that we’ve come to know, that you come to see the outer as having something that has a depth or a profound meaningfulness to it. And so the outer is like an illusion of which imbedded behind that illusion is a deep depth. And so you could almost say that the outer is like a lower self because it’s a reflection and it’s dense, and the higher aspect of all of that is the hidden meaningness that’s the inner, that has come into the outer, that’s at the essence so to speak. That is what is real, in other words.

Well, if you sit with that a little bit you realize that that’s almost like a duality and it’s very easy now to have spiritual groups that go off and talk about the importance of holy names, saying holy names and chanting and mantras and the importance of believing in a heaven and a hell and good and evil and each of those things portrays something as if there is something else, in other words more than a oneness, a duality.

So when you’re waking up, when you’re becoming conscious, you are actually coming out of the trance of the duality, of the multiplicity of things. And that aspect is accentuated in a kind of dream state way in this hypnagogic waking up portion, in the early hours as your senses are coming back and then the magnetism of the density of things dumbs down the spatiality of the soul.

If you ponder this you also will realize that in the breath, where this is the out-breath coming down; this is coming into life. This is where the dynamic exists of coming from an essence into something that’s reflective, and then that essence is buried in that reflective. And that waking up is to be able to go back and know what you don’t know, in other words, through your senses to be able to capture the recognition of this higher-self principle of yourself.

And the epitome of that is accentuated as this longing state. And so the out-breath and then the accentuation of it is where the out-breath turns to the in-breath.

The hypnagogic state, and whether this is called the hypnagogic state when you’re falling asleep as opposed to waking up, whether this is also called the hypnagogic area as well, I don’t know, but I’m calling it the hypnagogic area saying that because it’s a realm where there is a kind of delirium, a daydreaming or delirium, more of a delirium in the waking up, more of a grogginess in the waking up, more of an active imagination and fantasy delirium in falling asleep.

In this realm you’re taking the vibration, whatever that vibration of awareness is that you have, and you’re trying to live it, which means that you’re trying to create the reflections as opposed to see something in the reflections.

And so if you look at this in relationship to the breath again this is the in-breath, and it’s accentuated at the point where the in-breath turns to the out-breath. So initially when you start experiencing the in-breath you’re experiencing this quality of instead of being kind of like responsive to the collective – and the collective is overwhelming which is the other which is the out-breath, which his the hypnagogic or the waking up, and instead of kind of more or less having to be in the outer and then see the divine within the outer – now it’s the other way around.

Now you are having to live some sort of consciousness or a waking up awareness, the essence that is, and when you hold that essence and you function with that essence you now are changing the world. You’re creating the images. Instead of seeing the images, which is kind of like a subjective state, you’re now more in the objective side of life. You’re living it. You’re intonating it. You’re inflecting it.

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Open to the Wonder

maxtWhen journeying in the realms of spirituality and religion, it can often seem a somber, or at least sober, and serious approach to life. But human life was never meant to be a drudgery, it is meant to be a joyous experience and celebration. That’s why we find ourselves on a planet of such plenty, with no natural enemies (what we have created here is our own doing). Here John has a dream to show him just that: we can’t hold on tight to our view of things, we must stay flexible and be alive and attuned to what is happening. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So, the next dream shows the importance of laughter and joy, because you’re not meant to get too contangled in things, too lost in something.

So in this dream a friend has formulated a set opinion that is like a cancer, because it festers away and limits what is possible.

And the way this works is there’s three people, and this thing happens between my two friends. And one of them develops an attitude where he shuts off the other. And if he doesn’t quit doing that, then a dynamic upon which we used to free flow together, the three of us, is lost.

So to be restricted and impacted like this, it’s actually caused a lot of freedom to be lost. In other words, there’s nothing more. He doesn’t really relate to my friend anymore. And, as a consequence, I have to leave him alone because he’s in an estranged way. So, I have to try to fix that because I need all of that in flow. That’s all part of something that’s the greater whole.

Basically, what we’re talking about here is not getting too condensed with things. And my friend probably had a right to get condensed, but he took it too literally instead of his soul being more in the overall.

So, what I suggest is that we walk through an area where my friend who’s set to leave later today, e’s set to leave and he won’t be back for a while, and he’s going to be carrying that condition. So if we’re going to have any effect upon him at all, we have to have it now.

And he has stopped to read the paper, or we expect him to be there reading the paper, and at least we can bug him or go there and do our antics or whatever, because we can’t let him leave in the mood that he is, that he has towards my friend, which indirectly, you know, then affects me from being able to be, too. All of these being parts of oneself.

So, we decide to play with him to see if it is possible to lighten him up. And whether our friend can see through the antics or not, is another thing. At least we will make a valiant effort and create a humor to awaken a potential flow. So, the gig we have in mind is to walk through the area and, all three of us are guys, only we need to lighten this guy up and create something that’s ridiculous.

So we’re going to walk through, holding hands together. And because we’re both guys, this is apt to get his goat, so to speak. And this will tease his attitude and hopefully cause his manifest condition to get jarred, that he’s harboring.

And just to try to make sure that he doesn’t just look up and snicker and go back into his tone, I suggest to further top it off, that I carry a bouquet of flowers in the other hand—you know, like you have got married or something, to make sure we get his goat, or he is overwhelmed and drops this mood or tone that he has, because this other has to be sorted out.

In other words, the idea is to reestablish the creative juices, so that they flow and that something will again become possible as his set nature gets set aside.

The meaning of this is this dream is pointing out that the heart of a human being is not naturally designed to be confined to set, manifested mannerisms, ways, and conditions. The heart can work within parameters, but only when it is able to maintain a flex and a flow, and have a comfortability in which it can move and adjust the parameters, even though that’s very dangerous. This is very dangerous because you can get lost in the whole confinement of the parameters. It’s very dangerous, but it’s better than going off and sitting in a stupor.

So, because the soul is such a dynamic overallness, it is able to play with those parts of itself that get stuck in a density, which is a reoccurring condition, because we live in manifestation. And things in manifestation get rigidly compacted. So, the key is to take on the challenge, in which the soul is able to play in a joyous wonder of make believe and magic, a quality that exists when the freedom and potentiality is able to stay alive.

The reason for having a dream like this is to show that a Sufi does not get caught up in anything in particular. In other words, just get all defined in something and then not be able to be. A Sufi is able to take the set dynamics of manifestation and flip it into a greater spatiality, so that a potentiality is reawakened and the imaginative is quickened.

This is where the joy and play are afoot. The soul is able to play with itself, laugh at itself, and love everything it sees, because everything is harboring the need to be reawakened to this greater naturalness.

This greater naturalness exists when the soul is not too transcendent because that leaves manifestation behind. Nor can the soul be buried by the reflective conditions that get set in a manifestation, because that leaves the heart in a delirium. And as the heart sings and the soul rejoices, the whole quality of the heart and whatever it is that makes a person what they are, is able to dance or to be in a state of flow and rejoicing and happiness.

So, what I’m talking about is the humor side of God, in which the parameters are kicked out from under a scenario, and the mood, tone, demeanor, and setness is tweaked. The tweaking, when it works humorously, causes the soul overly lost in manifestation, to lose its self-limiting definition as it opens up to wonder and humor in life.

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