Facing the window overlooking the garden
I am blindfolded,
a veil over my eyes.
Taken into this darkest of rooms, I wonder
If I am blindfolded…how am I seeing in this darkness?
My heart has been opened
There is no ground underfoot.
No chair to settle in.
Up ahead in the intimacy
I witness light
flashing like neon gas
through colored tubes.
Road signs in a seemingly endless well…
The path home.
I have had a bit of experience traveling in the unconscious. Of course it wasn’t possible without assistance. The thing to realize is that this assistance is the nature of reality…the reciprocal help is right here, right now for each of us.
There is a great deal of precedence to separate ourselves from this reality. Cultures that captivate us, religions that insist on reaping heavenly rewards, sure fire future oriented calculations to follow…the list is seemingly endless. I used to think it was an inbred, agreed upon collective consensus to do everything possible to insure the future.
Now I understand that this collective tendency is also that we’ll do anything to avoid pain.
As a scout developing a road map of the human unconscious I’d like to pass on some general guidelines I’ve found helpful. I fully understand that each of us is unique. This means that the steps taken are unique to each of us. The consolation is that we’re all on the road together. I’m sharing what’s been helpful to me….you fill in the details if it resonates with you.
My first guideline is to just show up. This is more difficult than it sounds. To be truly present to life I find is an act of great courage.
The second is trusting that assistance is relationship with the unknown. Acknowledgement is relationship. It is simple but essential. Also tricky. We’ve been conditioned to name everything to give it validity. How do you name the unknown? Staying open to inspiration without having to name it, or condense it to a manageable comfortable size? I’ve given this a lot of thought. When we name something… we separate from it. Naming places us as an observer, in time, and reactive to cause and effect. Elemental physics understands there is no such thing as an observer.
Not naming has been one of the first steps in shifting this paradigm of separation.
Full commitment to the journey, being cognizant of words and language. Being present. Keeping my eyes open so I don’t float away. Creating a space everyday for this spiritual discipline. Better yet…opening and closing my day with it until it becomes me.
Keep showing up and not naming.
When things get going and I need to slow things down a bit…I know that I can. An island of respite will appear even if it’s only a great night’s sleep.
Trusting life. It no longer seems like an experiment. It’s become an adventure in the heart of the world.
I invite you to visit my other blog Resonant Velocity
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