A Conscious Unfolding

Higher-Consciousness_Humanity-Healing1As we evolve our relationship to our dreams, by writing them down and trying to understand what they are saying, a deeper relationship with them can develop. If we have questions about certain aspects or struggles in our lives, we can ask these questions to ourselves before we sleep and see what our unconscious has to say when we wake up. So much of the development process is learning to use all of our natural systems (not just the brain) to help us find our way, or to keep on track. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: And then when I go to sleep the first is, one’s asked to give up a seat for another in back of a bus area – and that’s more humbleness and devotion. That’s like a good image, and that’s subjective. That’s the first aspect of a subjective influence.

And then second is a going to a depth where I disappear from a scenario. And when it disappears, I see at the depth ants. That could be like a bad image, trying to do it in one’s own way. But it’s also objective and that’s kind of Chisti, and the other is kind of Naqshbandi. That set the contrast. That’s the in between, right?

And then comes this other. It was contrast after contrast in the dreaming in which I would start out an image in which everything was whole and intertwined, and the energetics were in flow and in sync with themselves or each other. Then a mood or tone would hit, and the place would be compromised.

In one dream image, invaders in dark attire invade the space. And then there was the balance of wholeness in which I could look out ambivalently over everything and be at peace with all that I saw. This was a soothing vibration in the image of completeness merged into this presence with a calm stillness.

In other words, both started with this image of a wholeness where everything was in order, but then that shifted and would go into the stillness, in which even that would fall away and everything was just held, or beheld. That’s kind of the Naqshbandi manner.

And then there was the starting out again, with the same wholeness and image, and it now has to contend with the factors and features that are just in life, like invaders or something. It has to absorb or deal with that. And that’s more of the Chisti; it requires a very saintly way of feeling it, very angelic, to be able to hold the space sufficiently enough to make the effect work.

And so, this is like being in an inner classroom effect in which I am shown, and this is like an octave of this dream but another kind of dream yet, and it’s like being in an inner classroom effect in which I am shown that there is a way of discerning changes that need to be taken in with an accepted calmness, and they’re kind of done in two ways. Like I set the scenario up above as two, I describe this as two, and so now I’m recognizing that there are two ways.

The first way that is more Chisti-like works with a wholeness which then has to accommodate changes that are reflected in the outer. This is more akin to a vibratory effect that corresponds to the moment—not necessarily the moment, you could then afterwards hold, as you indicated, you hold that, you can hold that in an aftertaste; a moment taste, a before taste, and then an aftertaste.

The other way that seems more Naqshbandi, seems to work with the light or, as heard in the dream, the colors. As the wholeness is correlated not just to the merged essence of an intertwined wholeness, but there is an expansiveness in the light, not just the sound. It’s not just sound going on, which affects the scenario as well. Chistis work much more with the sound. The Naqshbands try to see things.

Both incorporate an all-embracing image of accepted overall intertwined wholeness, but the Chisti path accommodating that which is out of sync and making it right in an absorbed way, while the Naqshbandi sits in a seeing state in which the vibration is held in a stillness akin to just light and that effuses out over it all.

By working more in creation, the Chisti are playing more with the objective forces while the Naqshbandi are working more with kind of an inner probing, which is more subjective. A human being gets really twisted up when they look at this objectively and then also try to simultaneously handle life subjectively – because the two seem to be separate. In other words, inner and outer seem to be different. They can be brought together as an inner/outer, or as the outer reflecting the inner, but this is not how mankind per se is used to functioning.

Man is in creation. The divine essence is an association with the creator – more on the inner. Merging the two as one is what the Sufi path is about, in their focus and attention that unfolds consciously.

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Many Ways In

341d4Here John takes a look at the different ways that different religious paths approach the same goal of inner connection and inner awakening. And what is interesting to understand is that religions have sprung up over the centuries to offer guidance to the human journey and, though they may seem quite different one to another, they are all still only facets of the one thing that is going on in creation. We’re all individual, so each of us must find our own way. Religions just offer a pathway in, and a process to overcome what prevents us. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: Well, that’s why you have the elements, and the Naqshband accentuates the Earth element and the Earth element is going to have a certain dourness that’s apt to come up because of the heaviness of things that’s perceived in a physical orientation reflective outer.

And you have to go behind that, but in going behind that you can’t leave the physical behind, and there is no intent of leaving the physical behind in terms of the Naqshband process, but there is a little contamination that is slipped into the equation by saying that how things are in the outer is somehow or another poisoning the inner.

Well, the reason why it appears to be poisoning the inner is that you can sense that there is a gap or a distance in terms of fully grasping things in the outer and, therefore, there is the same gap or distance in terms of fully comprehending the inner. And the answer for that is, it’s not inclusive; something is being left out.

And this thing seems very, very difficult, which shows that you have to make some sort of huge leap that can only be made in a type of deep, deep innerness because if you were try to look at this from the standpoint of a discussion of the breath, you could say, okay, well, you know, the Earth element effect upon life, which there are say four elements that you have to contend with, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air.

The Earth effect is a breathing in the nose, out the nose, and the Water effect, which is a Chisti orientation that works with traits, and tools, and characteristics that break through things for flow purposes, and uses music and ceremony therefore, as well, because they are closely correlated; that recognizes the importance of sound, which is an aspect of flow, which is an aspect of water, which is an aspect then of music and is correlated with how physical manifestation is because it was created out of sound.

If you look it just that way so you’ve got then the breathing in the nose, and out the mouth. But then you need to be able to catch up with a greater fullness beyond that which, let’s say, is Fire and Air.

And the Air quality is an expansiveness that you just experience somewhere. Well that’s a breathing in the mouth, and out the nose. Well that’s a little unnatural in a way if you think about it. Visualize yourself going around using a tool like this, a breathing in the mouth, and out the nose. Or let’s say you’re just trying to do a Fire aspect of things. That’s breathing in the mouth and out the mouth. I don’t think that works. I don’t think you see people going around doing that.

And so some part of me has kind of understood this from long, long ago because I came to look at these traits in terms of a certain way in which they root themselves, how they root themselves, and that you catch up with the inner through a certain groundedness in the physical.

And that even though the physical is dense in its nature, you ground into the physical and that’s why, I understood, 20 years ago I understood but didn’t know what it was that I really understood then, and it was me trying to grasp what Raj yoga was really trying to do and what it was about, and it was an observation in terms of the experiences I was having under it, was that within a vibration of something, which is described as the Word in terms of the Bible and all things were created out of the Word, within that vibration, which is like a flow, which you could say is like a sound if you were the Chisti talking about it, that is like a noun.

A noun is something of which you have modifiers to it, and the modifiers to the noun have parts and the parts are music, which would be the sound characteristic of this noun, light, which again is another characteristic of this noun, and then there was like even a taste, a nectar that made you really high and ecstatic, that could give you this whole Fire and Air element rising up inside of you that was an aspect of this noun.

And the way the practices were oriented for someone doing Raj yoga was you had these four techniques, and one of them was the rootedness we’ll call it. The other worked with sound, the other with music, and the other with this ecstasy that was like a nectar. And the way they would explain this nectar was that it was what sustained Jesus when he was in the desert wandering for 40 days, you know without food or whatever.

And he accessed this quality inside of his beingness. And the way that another one of those techniques is revealed has to do again with what Christ portrayed at the Last Supper, in which he portrayed something, he opened up something to them that is depicted in the Bible as being like rushing waters, or there’s other depictions of that and that was the inner sound.

So anyway, each of these characteristics and traits I came to find out were automatically there when you held to the noun. We’ll call those other three like adverbs that modify the noun. And if you held to the rootedness of things, the others were naturally there.

And what I have recently come to realize, and I was coming to realize that in terms of the limitation of what I was trying to do under Raj yoga was that in trying to focus upon anything specific – like these other three modifiers as if they were all equal – caused something to be missing, caused something to be missing.

And so I didn’t know what to make out of that. All I knew is if I held the noun, the others could be there and the way the techniques were taught was you spent 15 minutes on each one. You didn’t make one more than the other, but I tended to notice that holding the noun part the others were there, and that when you focused on just the light, or focused on just the sound, which is the music, or focused just on being this highness, this expansive quality highness, that you had to abstract that from the whole. And holding the noun, the others were there.

And so what I have come to notice is one day I was talking and I was explaining an experience that I was having, and he says, “That’s all I do, I just sit and listen to the sound.”

And I go, “Really? Really, that’s all you do?” Well, that isn’t all that I do. It used to be that I might have to listen to the sound to calm myself, or to quiet myself, and to a certain degree that’s what the nature of sound is, just like the nature of light is to burn off a certain density or samskara of active thoughts that get in the way of letting go.

And so it used to be that I used to do that, but then I came to realize that my mind can sit in this lullaby of the sound, and so the sound is there just like I’m doing the noun. The sound is there and I let go of that sound, in other words, I don’t focus intently upon that sound, and I go somewhere.

If I focused intently upon that sound I would still have a certain quality of mind/sense awareness that would still be trying to figure something out in relationship to sound then, or in relationship to light, or in relationship to being high.

And then as a consequence then I then fell into a total stillness, a total emptiness deep, deep, deep within.

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Finding the Zone

atomBeing in manifestation, or creation, or the physical realms is not random or a mistake. It is not something to be denied or discarded. It is the place where we are meant to, and designed to, make our journey back to what created us. Being in manifestation makes something possible that isn’t possible in the purely energetic realms. That makes it important what we experience and what we do while we’re here. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: There’s actually a whole discussion in Sufism, as if there’s a good, better, and best, as to what is the purer state, or something. Is it the Yogi who is totally realized and connected to the heightened awareness, the inner sight, that hands you back to God, so to speak. And also, then, because he’s totally linked with that, he’s just following orders, just being how he has to be. Is it that?

Or is it the student, who doesn’t have the ability to access that sight, who is caught in the parameters of something that has been changed a little bit, so that the light has been turned to sound, so to speak, so that you’re on a whole another kind of wavelength, but it is all in that wavelength but it’s dumbed down, or has a denseness to it, that comes across as something you have to transcend in terms of how most people are inclined to see it.

What role does that have to play? And because we’re in creation, we can’t be where we’re not. That’s why a teacher will say don’t try to do anything spiritual, because you don’t know what you’re doing. But if you’re sitting in creation and you access the energetics of that, a teacher will say, well, in creation, you can kind of see the coattails of God, behind the curtain, so to speak, as the curtain moves a little bit.

But in the transcendent overallness, there’s no way that you have the ability to access that. And the teacher characterizes this by saying that the masculine element, which is the spirit energy of something that comes down like an out-breath from a depth within, we’ll even say, or however you’d say it, from on high. All of that is a bit too transcendent, and so it’s off the ground.

And that the feminine sitting in creation with this whole other quality taken and thrown at her in a way so that it then is slowed down into an unconsciousness, a subjectiveness, that sits as sound, we’ll say, as opposed to the light, is whole.

So, you have the masculine light, or qualities that bring in the seed thought, with the feminine naturalness, and you put the two together, and it results in something else. Now, each are inclined to want to go off on their own little tangent, because the feminine wants the security of the space that it’s sitting in.

And the masculine wants the understanding and the power and control, and so then goes off and tries to heighten the focus and attention that works with the momentum to get what it wants. And yet, as shown in this dream, there are limitations in either direction.

This expert that has access to all of this inner acuity, to which I’m going to have trouble accessing and can warm up to it to a certain degree because it’s pent up inside. I’m always going to fall back from that acuity and degree that I can access inside, because I too am caught in the weight and the mannerism of a sound-created manifestation.

Yet, if I take and accept that, and go along with that, and work all of that into the flux, then very peculiar things can happen. That focus and attention gets lost in a baffling because it is following just a particular scientific wavelength.

And so I’m hitting the ball with my hand (see The Next Step in Consciousness), instead of with a paddle or a racket or something, the ball goes across, it has strange English, it doesn’t bounce forward or something as you would expect under a normal flow that he’s accustomed to, the opponent, and this is a very strange opponent.

To begin with, the opponent was both masculine and feminine, but then he got changed, so he was just masculine. And so when I hit the ball, and I’m hitting it with kind of a feminine mannerism to his masculine state, he doesn’t know how to respond. He steps up then, as if that’s going to help, but this time the ball bounces.

And I’m just as baffled as he is. I’m just seeing this, you know, in the same sort of amazement. The ball bounces and it bounces back! It bounces away. It bounces even more forward. It doesn’t even bounce up. It jerks backwards. And I’m so baffled by this, I suppose that’s why I’m starting to try to even evaluate what the playing surface is like. Is it folded? Is it rippled? I don’t know how to explain it.

But even though it’s doing it because I don’t understand it, all I understand is I’m warming up with him to try to access. I’m coming close to him, getting into his energetic nature, to try to then awaken and quicken that part inside of myself. To then think that I’m going to be playing with him, on his level? Well, I’m not going to be very good at it because he is afar.

That gets us back to this whole story. Which is greater, the Yogi or the student? The student who takes and accesses something inside and honors that, and follows that, that isn’t under orders, is said to be something that is more amazing than the teacher. Because that’s unexpected, unpredictable, and there’s no way to account for that. And that, as an aspect of consciousness, that creates an amazement, that is just, there’s no way it can be seen on the inner level.

And yet it is an aspect that, in the wonder of how manifestation is created, that is whole and complete in and of itself, is a way of catching up with something, that in terms of the beingness of our nature, that’s on an inner level, that it is able to cause it to take another step. It enables it to get closer. Or otherwise, it is inclined to sit in this freer zone, but it still is not the epicenter or wholeness or oneness of it all. It requires something in manifestation to catch the zone.

Within the zone of manifestation, you have lots of examples. You have Michael Jordan, for example, that can just go on this blitz and be making shot after shot falling backwards, hooking it, doing whatever he wants to do. Once he’s in the zone, the ball goes in.

And you have the zone in everything. You have the zone in pitching, you have the zone in lots of sports, you have the zone even in terms of the way the intuition works. The intuition will hit and can hit into a zone, and this zone was obvious in my dream. I mean, I’m sitting there doing my best to try to do it one way and, because I’m including the manifestation that I’m in which has me dumbed down and slowed down, I’m working with an aspect of that, that I’m bringing into the equation, too. And what occurs is completely much, much more than something that’s just sight, focus, attention, and flow and speed. I’ve added a whole other level that throws all of this into another loop.

And so this is a dream that’s pointing out the importance of manifestation. I just have this ability to note something in terms of manifestation that works for me. Although if left to my predilections, I want to play the game like he plays the game because this is what I really deeply remember in terms of the transcendent side of myself. But I’ve been forced to swallow this whole manifestation thing, and there is something to it.

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