Awaking is a process of transformation. An exploration of our unconscioius mind by becoming alert to what is. An exploration of the inner world. Many explorers have e xplored before, and have made attempts at mapping the terretory, but as the saying goes: “the map is not the territory”. These maps might be good pointers, but they won’t be the territory of the innter landscape. This inner exploration is therefor partly an exploration into the unknown. Into the unknowable.
A lot of people long for a healthy and sustanaible life. The systems we have created consciously as well as unconsciously are currently not sustaining life as we know it. Species are dying, the climate is changing, the global north throws eadible food out while parts of the global south is starving to death. All these are outer manifestations of what goes on inside. We are the world and the world is us and there is really no inside and no outside at a certain point. You come to the same source whether you go totally outside or totally inside. Eventually going inside will go outside and going outside will go inside.
One can’t exist without the other. This is a simple law governing this dualistic life of the mind. Lao Tzu described it well. You create the ugly with beauty and poor with rich. These polarities are inseparable. The brilliant tool, our mind, projects these polarities and prefers either the one extreme or the other. We defend and fight for this extreme, when we identify with this projection of the mind. “This is THE right way to go!” even though this polarity can only exist because of its opposite. The winner requires a loser. Wrong only exists because of right. As a teacher of mine once said when I told him I wasn’t sure whether where I was going was right: “then go left…”.
So the first step once a somewhat safe and secure frame has been put in place, is to go inside. Our bodies and personalities are vihecles for love and light through which this love and light can mirror itself. Eventually return to where this comes from. There are so many different ways to do this, and it really depends on the your vihecle’s type. Some vihecles prefer entering the inner landscape through feelings and sensations. Other through attentive awareness of what is. Both will meet eventually as the source is the source nomatter what.
Ways to go In, Down and Up
Body and emotions:
Body psychotherapeutic techniques to release tensions stored in the bodies. To open up to love and life as it was meant to flow. Bioenergetics, core energetics, rolfing, yoga etc. Some of these ways lay their emphasis on the physcal body, while others move through several bodies. It is really about coming in touch with our esssnece.
Maps for the therapeutic landscape
Mental & Physical
This is a more clinical approach where we direct our attention with an intention. We direct our attention to the present moment through the sense perceptions of the body. This has been taught by Gautama the Buddha and the flowers of his garden (metaphorically speaking) for 2.500 years (I’m referring to Boddhidharma, mahakashap etc.). There are many nuances to these teachings. Many combinations of cultural influences like for Example Tantra in India and the shamanistic bön tradition in Tibet. A lot has been discovered and written down and some writings and maps might contradict each other. So stay with one long enough. If you dig a hole for a well, then you have to dig deep enough at the same place.
In essence what is described above is mindfulness and is simply directing our attention with the intention to be present herenow through our sense perceptions, and to notice whenever we unconscously identify with the thoughts of the mind which are never here now, but from the past and perhaps projected into the future.
Through our sense perceptions we can be present here-now as the sense percetions are always registering what is here now. This i physically speaking. Once we have anchored our awarenes in the here and now, we can expand our awareness to other bodies. Namely the emotional body, and the mental body etc, and eventually intend to direct our attention towards that which is paying attention.
What happens is that our consciousness unconsciously, out of habit, identifies with a thought or a feeling and through this identification a reaction follows.
You intend to sit quietly for 20 min. yet suddenly you find youself looking at our phone. What happened? This is what I mean with unconscious. A lot of our behavior is automatic and not yet in our own hands. We don’t master ourselves.
Guatama the Buddha once said that thoughts that turn into habits are like lines you draw in the sand. The more you think a thought which leads to an action the deeper you draw the line. Then imagine your life energy being water flowing through this sand. The water or our lives will because of its liquied nature and the laws of gravity flow where the lines are drawn.
So this is where descipline comes in. But how doe we master our mind instead of being slaves of our minds?
Another metaphor for the inner life is a chariot (the body), with the kutcher (being the mind), the horse (the emotions), and the people transported inside our conditioning. Yet who is the true master of this chariot. The master will only show when the chariot is empty. This master can also be called higher self, true self, the source, God, etc.
So preparing our bodymind to be empty and open is up to us, and how is found out by exploring our vihecle – our personality. Not the character of our personality but the essential personality we incarnated as. To align the kutcher with the horse and the chariot is up to us. We are not suppose to fit some descipline the descipline is supposed to fit us.
Techniques and Methods
Vipassana – conscious walking mediation
Watching the breath, thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations
Pointing out point in
Maps of the inner landscape
So you need to take time to go in and this going in totally will transform you. as darkness is transformed youby light. The potential of darkness is light and the potential of light is darkness. This transformation and awakening will open your thrid eye, or at least it did for me. It will tune your antennas to yourself and empty yourself of conditioning so that life can live how it wants to live through you. Yet we need to wipe away those old habits which don’t serve life as it wants to live. We need to draw new lines in the sand. And this is where we manifest life as it wants to live. As our hearts feel is in alignment with life. Many lines in the sand put together can be considered a system. This system needs to be adjusted and changed according to life.
So let me give you an example of why we need to go in before we go out. When it comes to workplaces take a classic corporation as an unconscious system which prays on stressing its employees, triggers fear, feeds on power struggles and incentivises compitition and then a network of friendly people who deal with their conflicts, decide together so that everyone’s needs are heard and incorporated in decisions. Both organizations or systems have been created to serve needs, but how consciously these are designed, from which place they are designed is compleley differnet. This is why going in is so important before going out because else our creation is unconscious. It is conditioning recreating itself.
So how to go out ? You’ve gotten to know yourself better from going inside. Use your emotional guiding system to navigate. Conscioisly create your reality with your thoughts. Listen to yourself, try things out, listen to yourself, try things out, listen to yourself change things. You’ll slowly create your reality in resonance with your inner experience.
Just don’t lose touch with your experiencing.