These are amazing times of great transformation for the earth and for humanity. People everywhere are graciously stepping out of the darkness of separation and disconnection from the divine. With each passing day, ever more are realising their interconnectedness and at-one-ment with all life. It is a breathtaking liberation! But as souls emerge, there are still many traps and fixations. We must not settle in fixed reality constructs. The soul is a continually inquiring, exploring and unwinding 'creature', at the core of our experience. It's expression is intimately interrelated with Enlightenment.
That's why we must be careful not to slip into the uniformity of the 'non-duality' trap...
In non-duality you cease to exist
When you step out of identification with the lower three densities, the expansion into the 4D is utterly amazing, practically beyond words. Initially you may feel light, expanded and free. It can be so liberating, it's quite often the case, that people feel they've already attained the mystical state of "Enlightenment" of which many are now speaking.
Crucially, the contrast between the disconnect of unawakened living, and the interconnection of Unity Consciousness, can be so poignant, that you feel at-one with everything. And the realisation may then dawn, that at some place, you and everything around you are indeed one. BUT, if you contemplate it deeply, that condition can only exist at the level of the absolute, where everything does indeed merge back into pure presence - that which precedes the manifest.
Consider it carefully: as you - your soul - merges back into the absolute potential of presence, there can be no experience at all at this point; because there is no relativity, no "this" and "that". Hence when there really is the condition of "non-duality" of which the mainstream speaks, then experience has dissolved. You cease to exist.
How then, is it possible to be in an "Enlightened state" of presence, and still be in existence?
The last great attachment is to that of non-attachment!
To master this, you have to hold a duality - two apparently contrasting truths simultaneously: internally there is the state of presence at the core of your experience and through your experience, which is a non-experience in the background, like the canvas upon which the masterpiece is painted; and, AT THE SAME TIME, there is a flowing experience of coloufull soul, a brush stroke on the canvass, which is completely unique to you.
Let's be clear, if a part you owns a particular state - if it fixates on a particular phenomenal experience, then in that moment, the risk is to build identity, which then disconnects from the flow of the soul, which in turn dissolves out the possibility of true presence - you may attain a bubble of peace, but not the real thing (which is a no-thing!). I witness many people on the path thinking they're in the 'non-dualistic' enlightened state, but are actually stuck in - attached to - an expanded 4D bubble. In many cases, the psyche has installed a 'trip switch', saying...."drop any feeling of separation, tightness or attachment". And this becomes a subtle inner identity doing so.
The last great attachment, is that of non-attachment!
Student: master, I have reached the state of oneness, all is perfect
Zen Master: tell me more...
Student: I am at one with the divine, there is no duality
Zen Master: what else?
Student: I am....
Zen Master: what else?
Zen Master: what else?
Student: no reply...dissolving into state of oneness
Zen Master: strikes the student hard across the face
Zen Master: well who felt that then!
The One Hand clapping conundrum
Let's be clear, you cannot intentionally aim for pure presence and truly find it. Because in the very moment that you do, you've already subtly established the inner condition of separation. You've said to the Universe..."I'd like to let go now and become the One". But who is the "I"? You've already established, in your subconscious, the inner separation of the "I" from the absoluteness of the One.
It's a one hand clapping conundrum!
So, what I'm saying, is that the truly enlightened state, is where your consciousness has mastered the ability to hold a duality of apparently contrasting truths SIMULTANEOUSLY: the separation in you has surrendered into the unique flowing experience that is the soul; AND THIS intimately interconnects you with the sense of presence within, which in itself, is a non-experience. Which is the sense of presence.
So is there anything you can do to attain that state? Bearing in mind that to aim for the state itself, is to already prevent you attaining it.
Ride the wave of the soul
I believe there most definitely is. If you, as the separation, work to dissolve into the fullness of what you truly are - which is the expression of the soul - then you'll be riding the wave of the soul, and as such, this will deliver you onto the shores of the One inside of you; you'll discover it progressively, until one day, all the lights come on, and stay on...you're constantly sitting in the presence. Crucially, you don't have to aim or effort to get there. And neither do you have to dissolve the glorious story that is you - your soul.
What this means, is that you can have your apple and eat it too.
in fact, I would say, that's what the Universe is inviting of you:
to fully enjoy the apple of all experience, and yet not be attached to it.
How might we then attain this ever flowing state of truly enlightened experience?
It is to embrace everything that shows up on your path, not to deny or push anything away. Instead to bring the full light of awareness into it. Crucially you're looking for the doorways of tightness within those experiences - where you attach or close down or where you disconnect in aloofness. These are the places to identify and work within.
How might we best work in the places of tightness?
At Openhand we apply what we call the "Breakthrough Approach":
Honour the truth of the moment, exactly as it is
Express fully into the tightness
Become as-One with the tightness by completely accepting it
Unwind the natural feeling of soul that wants to emerge out.
Ultimately, you'll come to be able to unwind through all the various circumstances of your life, as they are happening, and this is true Enlightenment - there is nothing else going on. The One in you is constantly bringing the light into the Universe by unleashing soul through it, and where a soul is enlightened (fully self-realised, in other words....always realising of the One Self), where there is some density or darkness in the outer, then it's immediately turning into whatever inner tightness that generates and unwinding through. This then brings light into the outer to help realign the situation. That's how the inner and outer interrelate.
Meditation to Bring this Understanding into Your Life Right Now By Unwinding Through Density
Here's how to work with this understanding through anything that's challenging you right now...
- Take an experience that's causing you challenge or difficulty in your outer life.
- Sit quietly in meditation and reflect upon all the circumstances. See them in as much detail as possible.
- Breathe with them, but crucially, don't try to change them, simply honour them as they are.
- Now look for the tightness it generates. It'll be in the physical, emotional, mental or in your energy field.
- Notice what this feels like, honour and express the pain or challenge of it.
- Explore what particular outcome you think you need from that situation. What can you not accept?
- Work to completely accept the situation to the degree you don't need it to go away. Keep going deep in.
- Now work to open a doorway through it, with complete acceptance.
- You become simply present, with the movement all happening within you.
- Once you're settled into presence with the situation, you can start to unwind through it.
- Start to breathe and move with the contraction, but from the place of the presence.
- Feel yourself unwinding through any tightness you feel. Movement may also help.
- Finally, you're simply sitting in the presence, but gently breathing through your inner world.
- What you're now doing is bringing harmony from the inner, into life's outer circumstances.
This process becomes straightforward, but not always simple. Some of the inner layers on the journey back to the One are complex, based on past life karma, that can be subtly deceptive and limiting - like the non-duality trap for example. The essential key is profound self honesty and owning the manifestations that you create and draw to you in the outer world, because they reflect back to your inner movement of consciousness - the inner creates all the circumstances of the outer. So if there's disharmony in the 'mirror', that's why you create it - to reflect back to the inner convolution for you now to work through.
Mirrors to the Soul
Everything around you, all sentient life and people, are mirrors your soul draws, which reflect both the distortion and the new beingness that wants to emerge as soul. If you keep honouring what shows up and keep inquiring, the soul will break through, and you'll be delivered onto the welcome shores of the One inside. You'll progressively come home to presence, after which, you're constantly living in it, but with each moment shaping ever new relativistic experience.
This inner journey is reflected miraculously into our outer world. Each moment delivers bounteous abundance of experience, both distorted and aligned, all of which are designed to continually bring you back to the abode of the One, AND to have a reflective experience of that, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. You're constantly manifesting new materiality and tasting it too.
So beware the non-duality trap on the flowing path of Enlightenment. Because it limits the full unbridled emergence of soul, and delivers instead, only an expanded 4D bubble, which although initially may feel very harmonious and peaceful, ultimately becomes very limiting. Look deeper, into the truly expanded Universe - a veritable kaleidoscope of colour, change and transformation. Not only is it at times peaceful, but it's also crashing and smashing as entire world's come and go. Each has its unique story, just as you do. And when you truly discover the story of your soul and unleash it, then even in that incredible crucibal of transformation, of great magic and beauty. Like the rainbow that emerges through the rain, your soul breathes colour through the all of it.
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