Anxiety may be the body/brain’s way of hanging on to the illusion that it is in control of what is happening.
If this is true, then by letting go of any need to control now, the anxiety will quickly fade. So try it: read a book for ten minutes, listen to music, exercise, and see if the anxiety fades.
Even if it doesn’t, you will benefit in the long run because you have taken a step closer to how things actually are, rather than how you would like them to be, because the body/brain is never in control of what is happening.
The Technology Sabbath, or tech shabbat for short, is a day when the practitioner forgoes the modern reliance on computers ,smartphones, tablets and the like in order to have a day of rest. On hearing of this term the thought arose that it was perhaps describing a day for worshipping tech, but of course we seem to do plenty of that devotional practice the whole week.
Having seen the way orthodox Jews practice, the tech shabbat looks like a standard shabbat to me, but perhaps without the loopholes like timeswitches to watch tv, etc., and horrendously expensive religious tech so that baby strollers and umbrellas can be used on shabbat without allegedly incurring divine displeasure.
This is what can happen when we lose sight of the Spirit behind the dogma. The observance of the many rules within religion was designed to foster a continuous remembrance of the divine, a contemplative mindful state, and not as an excuse for exercising ingenuity to find ways of avoiding God.
Sometimes it appears deep and focused, at other times shallow and pointless. Occasionally self and time are lost to later recollection.
Who knows which might be more successful- if indeed such a term can be applied to meditation at all.
Of course it depends on the framework and definitions you are using, but it seems to fit that angels are archetypes exhibiting essentially divine qualities, whereas the gods of the Greek and Roman eras are archetypes of essentially human qualities. Where devils and demons fit in is not so clear. It has been said that demons are thought forms created by human evil, and that is as good a definition as any.
On the other hand devils exhibit archetypal qualities, and it seems to be a question of dogma whether these qualities are attributed to divine or human.
DC Vision said to me one day that I should publish a short paragraph, every day.
It became as he knew it would, a touchstone of my awareness of Self, of Self-remembering.
I continue this practice, however no longer daily. Sometimes there is nothing that presents itself.
At a late summer barbecue, I was talking about being a vegetarian with another guest.
“Oh, I’m not a vegetarian for any kind of moral reason, meat just doesn’t agree with me” she said.
Does the body have it’s own morality?
Tomorrow, the 31st August, is a blue moon, in Pisces. A blue moon is so-called when there are two full moons in one month.
Am I reading too much into it that DC was born into a month in which there were no full moons at all, and passed away between the two full moons of this month? – Probably. I think we tend to look for meaning at such times as these, and perhaps there is none.
DC had great respect for the powers of the moon. He recognised the affect that it had on his body.
Lately I have been talking to DC from time to time about the various assignments he has given me, to expand my awareness. We were speaking about boredom, which he has not experienced for years http://theawakeningself.com/perpetually-awake/ .
I disclosed that it is difficult for me to sit still, as the feeling is that I need to be doing rather than sitting. The energy rising within my body is a stimulus to doing.
His answer, which I thought was pure gold, is that the problem is that I’m trying to quiet the wrong part down, The body is currently usurping the Self’s energy. The energy that the body wants to use for doing is the energy that should be arising. The part that wishes that it wouldn’t, that it is troublesome, is the part that needs curtailing.
I am identifying with the wrong energy.
I am identifying with the “doing” energy, which is the energy of the body, rather than the active animating force, which is the Self. When I notice a needing to “do” in these circumstances, I am to check that I am identifying with the Self, using DC’s formula “I am This, everything else is That” and dis-identify and observe the body in its neediness and discomfort. (That may be unpleasant for the body, but it isn’t boring!)
The key, as DC put it, is to use the body’s signs, but not the body’s interpretations. I am to identify with my Self, the animating force in the environment, being fully ACTIVE as the being self, not passive as the doing body.
Following our discussion in the closed chatroom last night (details on how to join in), We decided that this weeks exercise would be to use our body/brains to replicate sensory experiences. Some suggestions:
- recall tastes of food
- recall smells of food (Food seemed to figure largely!)
- recall pictures of places we have been
- recall body sensations, e.g. warmth, cold, touches
- recall pleasant and unpleasant feelings
In the room we talked about how we got started in our awakening process, and looked for the common factors which might be of help to those following the same exercises.
We agreed that separating out Self and body was the key, and tiring. DC said that this was because we were moving from being passive to living the Active Self, which causes the body/brain to expend a lot of energy at first.
Juxta had a wonderful phrase, saying that the psychology he learned at university – he majored in that subject – was “dream management.”
DC’s suggestion is that we go into a chatroom that we know is going to wind us up, and listen, aware, but without getting involved. A live meeting will do just as well.
He asks that we notice how our body/brain responds to remaining aware in that place, how it wants to go away, dissociate, distract itself, assert it’s superiority and greater knowledge. And how it responds to your direction not to get involved.
If your natural inclination is not to get involved (we know who you are :quiet: ) then DC suggests that you say something silly, banal and worthy of ridicule, and watch your body/brain respond to the challenge of doing that, and then sitting aware and silent to any response.
Less powerful – because you cannot get involved – is to listen to a program on the TV or radio that you would normally avoid, and, again, watch your body responding to remaining aware.
Please do comment on here as to your experiences of this exercise.