At this point I hope that some or all of you have a copy of the book. It has been great as a meditation for me and as I see the world turning upside down I turn to its pages on a daily basis. Here are some words from Letter Seventeen “Three More Suggestions” which is a reminder of the process by which I can keep my being at peace and my consciousness expanded.
ⓒ 2010 cosmicobserver
“Several letters ago, you gave me three suggestions for living through the Great Storm. Can you give me any more?”
Here are three more suggestions, which are follow-ups to each of the three I started with:
1) As you improve your capacity to actively notice what you are feeling and thinking, and what is happening around you, turn that noticing into the expansion of awareness. Invite into your being a new openness and allowing that will begin to dissolve barriers around the little self. The focus of this is the release of your identity with form, and that which is separate from the Cosmos.
You may use noticing as a technique within your meditations. Observe, for instance as you sit still, that there are holes within the fabric of your thinking. There are occasional brief pauses in the streams of thought. There are openings between all the streams as well, loopholes if you will.
Use your imagination to zoom down to microscopic levels in these holes. There, if you are patient, you will recognize what we call points of peace. Now apply your awareness to these points. Center in on them. Relax into their spaciousness. They feel enormously peaceful. When you enter their orbits, you feel blanketed by the most refreshing and calming influence. If you do this, you will find that they are not only supremely serene, but they are also internal power generators of great abundance…
If you would know your true reality, your formless identity beyond form, consider my second suggestion:
2) Turn not-resisting into active acceptance of the moment; accept Now as your true identity. It is only logical. If there is only one Now and no other, then everything is within the Now, in the same space. Everything belongs to it. We are all simultaneous, as I’ve already asserted. We are all one, both in essence and in substance. All the boundaries in the world, in nature, in the Cosmos, are just permeable membranes; we are literally liquid beings, flowing into and through one another. We all flow continuously through our environments.
There are many examples of this fluidity. Look at breathing for one. It is the most fundamental life-sustaining action we can take. Stop eating and you live a few weeks; stop drinking water and you live a few days. Without breathing, the body and brain die within minutes.
The breath we breathe sustains our life in the physical body more essentially than any other function. Yet we are giving it away in great exhalations several times a minute. We draw in and breathe out. Where is the boundary between our bodies and the air, the room, the person beside us, the sky? Our skin is highly porous, especially at microscopic and subatomic levels. Our minds are continuously receiving and digesting the ideas of others, and in turn giving them away again. The heat and cold outside invade our bodies without hesitation. We take in food and give off waste products. We touch each other and feel comfort, irritation, or excitement.
Our boundaries are, in truth, arbitrary. We construct them and use them for good and understandable reasons, but that does not make them real. We could just as easily see that there are no permanent boundaries, and no one would be the worse for it. In fact, with awakening, we are a lot better off. It is our knowing of oneness, integration and sharing of the fabric of existence with all else, that gives vigilans health and abundance. We see boundaries as elements of functionality, not identity…
“All right. Yes, non-resistance sounds great, but is it really something we can use in our daily lives? It seems so abstract sometimes. Where can it lead?”
It leads right here: 3) You can turn your acceptance into authenticity and thence into appreciative action. You can translate the formless into form in the manifested world. You can look and move in the other direction as well. That is, you can move from form into the formless space. Action is necessary to be physically alive. But not all actions are healthy. Many actions are cut off from Source, and are not inspired by beneficial motives or outcomes. For actions to be healthy and beneficial to the actor and to the acted-upon, they must be generated from the Life Source. The clearer and cleaner the connection, the healthier will be the outcome.
Authenticity is the health-giving connection. It is more than just a buzzword or synonym for spirit-seeking. It is an avenue for practical efficiency in all you do. Authenticity equals simplicity. Actions, like thoughts, tend toward complexity, and hence away from the authentic awareness; they tend toward dense formations and loss of connection unless they are consistently guided from Source. Source and simplicity are the basic tenets of the vigilan appreciative faculty; these were also available embryonically to homo sapiens. So, it is not beyond your capacity to begin exploring this primal core of your being. To facilitate your transition into the new species, you will want to know the way this works.
“Yes. I do want to know.”
This is the way. The still, small voice is speaking. Stop shouting within yourself, within your mind, long enough to imagine that voice. Stop rustling the papers of your impatience, and careening through your daily life in avoidance of what’s real. The way authenticity comes to us is by stopping. How do you stop? Do so by not resisting what is. Anything that is not real—in the moment—has been added by your mind, as a form of distraction and defense. Notice this phenomenon in yourself, and continue to drop your resistance. Call that energy back into your matrix.
The way appreciation works is by being what it is not. I say these words of paradox again, to intentionally confuse your mind. Not resisting opens the way into the not-self; that is, into all that you feel separated from. Walk that way! Enter that which you have rejected and denied. The not-self is in fact your self in disguise. Remember paradox always points to the truth. In order to practice deep appreciation, you must first disidentify from the form of yourself in the world. Identify, rather, with the formless stillness. Accepting what seems to be not you breaks down conditioned attachments to form and dissolves the fortifications of the ego…
Copyright © 2010 by Robert Lee Potter