As 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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